(National Baseball Card) Day Tripper

2019 Topps of the Class Greats Gold TCG-23
2019 Topps of the Class Greats Gold TCG-23

Most group breakers offer spots in group breaks of cases or boxes of baseball cards. Fellow blogger Kerry of Cards on Cards held a rather unusual group break back in the middle of May. Rather than breaking cases or boxes of cards, Kerry offered up spots in a bunch of 2019 Topps of the Class packs. These 5-card packs were originally distrubuted by card shops to kids who brought in their report cards. Apparently some shops had extra packs.

2019 Topps of the Class Greats Gold TCG-23 (back)
2019 Topps of the Class Greats Gold TCG-23 (back)

Some packs even had a serial-numbered insert card inside. So I signed up for Kerry’s group break and was lucky enough to claim the Dodgers. Even luckier, I came away with the only insert card of the break (the Clayton Kershaw card above #’d 252/299). Of the four Dodgers featured in the base set I got two of them (Kerry also sent a bonus 2019 Allen & Ginter insert #BSS-34 Kershaw):

2019 Topps of the Class TC-45
2019 Topps of the Class TC-45
2019 Topps of the Class TC-48
2019 Topps of the Class TC-48
2019 Topps Allen & Ginter BSS-34
2019 Topps Allen & Ginter BSS-34

Well, you certainly can’t go wrong with Cody Bellinger and Walker Buehler. The other two Dodger base cards that I did not get are Clayton Kershaw and Cory Seager. As you may have noticed, the base card design is based on the 2019 Topps Big League design. Of course the product logo and numbering have been changed. Looks like I just may have to go try to complete this set.

But the fun at Kerry’s blog doesn’t end there. Kerry has also been hosting Free Stuff Fridays, too. Kerry has not only offered up some great cards but also hobby magazine card panels/sheets and even entire boxed traded sets. So a couple weeks ago, I saw that he was offering some more Topps of the Class, a few 2018 National Baseball Card Day and a Topps flagship insert. Of course I had to take him up on these:

2019 Topps Update 1984 Topps Baseball Blue #84-47, 2019 Topps of the Class TC-4 & TC-84, 2018 National Baseball Card Day #12, 19 & 23
2019 Topps Update 1984 Topps Baseball Blue #84-47, 2019 Topps of the Class TC-4 & TC-84, 2018 National Baseball Card Day #12, 19 & 23

A big thank you and a big Stadium Fantasium standing ovation go out to Kerry. So far I’ve got about a half-dozen cards from Kerry’s want lists set aside for him. As soon as I find a couple more, they will be sent on their way to Kerry’s mailbox. I’ve updated a couple of my want lists and will add want lists soon of the sets mentioned above.

Speaking of National Baseball Card Day, Topps has announced details of the 2020 National Baseball Card Day promotion. On Saturday August 8th, customers at participating hobby shops will receive one free pack of cards. Additional bonus cards of Peter Alonso (Week 1) and Yordan Alvarez (Week 2) will be available with an additional $10 purchase. Around this same time, Target and Walmart stores will also be selling 2020 Topps Chrome hanger boxes with a free pack of NBCD cards inside.

In past years, Topps would also distribute packs of team-specific NBCD cards at MLB games across the country. So far it is not clear if we will see that this year. The Topps announcement does have a “Topps NBCD MLB Stadium Giveaway Dates” link but as of this writing, it links to a list of 2019 dates. (Somebody’s trippin’.)

I do like Topps NBCD cards and it’s likely I’ll go after this set too.

Will you be trying to obtain 2020 National Baseball Card Day cards in August?

Stay tuned…

Things That Make You Go Hmmm

Stadium Fantasium “Wins” Cards From Cards On Cards

Some of you may remember that one of our most popular fellow bloggers, Kerry of Cards on Cards, had a College Bowl Pick’em Contest #10 back in December/January. A total of 28 people entered the contest. The first place winner won a 2019 Topps Series 1 blaster. The second prize winner would get a Priority Mail padded envelope full of cards from their favorite team/player(s)/etc. The entrant who ended up in last place would be the winner of the “Rhubarb Runner Trophy” and receive whatever Kerry felt like sending. As Kerry said on his contest post, “Be very afraid to finish last. I don’t advise it.” So guess who ended up in 28th (last) place in his contest?

2019 ESPN Bowl Pick 'em, Cards on Cards Group
2019 ESPN Bowl Pick ’em, Cards on Cards Group

Yes, I admit it was me. In no way did I try to finish last. I really wanted to win the Topps blaster because those are the cards I collect. I even did a half-hour’s worth of research (don’t laugh) on college football to help me with my picks. Alas, it was all for naught (except for the last place prize cards that Kerry sent as shown below).

Contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
Contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 2019 Topps Heritage #34 Cody Bellinger
  2. 2019 Topps Heritage #366 Matt Kemp AS
  3. 2019 Topps Heritage #5 Alex Wood
  4. 2019 Topps Heritage #197 NLCS Game 5
  1. 2017 Topps #685 Enrique Hernandez
  2. 2011 Topps Insert #HOT-7
  3. 2017 Topps Insert #MLBN-7 Sean Casey
  4. 2019 Topps Opening Day #48 Matt Kemp
  1. 1987 Topps #596 Steve Sax
  2. 1988 Topps #249 Mike Marshall
  3. 1990 Topps #426 Jeff Hamilton
  1. 1991 Topps #279 José Gonzalez
  2. 1991 Topps #367 Dave Walsh
  3. 1990 Topps #789 Tom Lasorda MGR
More contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 1983 Donruss Hall of Fame Heroes #2 Walter Johnson
  2. 1988 Donruss #475 Dave Anderson
  3. 2019 Donruss #245 Caleb Ferguson
  1. 2019 Donruss #37 Dennis Santana
  2. 2019 Donruss #53 Cody Bellinger
  3. 2019 Donruss #95 Justin Turner
More contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter #120 Cody Bellinger
  2. 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter #88 Kenta Maeda
  3. 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter #68 Yasiel Puig
  1. 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter #153 Sloane Stephens
  2. 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter #179 Tyronn Lue
More contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 1990 Leaf #16 Hubie Brooks
  2. 1990 Leaf #49 Mike Scioscia
  3. 1990 Leaf #68 Fernando Valenzuela
  4. 1990 Leaf #95 Alfredo Griffin
  5. 1990 Leaf #173 Kirk Gibson
  1. 1990 Leaf #181 Eddie Murray
  2. 1990 Leaf #226 Juan Samuel
  3. 1990 Leaf #313 Kal Daniels
  4. 1990 Leaf #411 Chris Gwynn
More contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 1990 Pacific Legends #99 Lou Piniella
  2. 1991 Stadium Club #65 Lenny Harris
  3. 1992 Fleer Ultra #215 José Offerman
  1. 1992 Score #195 Eddie Murray
  2. 2013 Panini Pinnacle #22 Clayton Kershaw
  3. 2013 Panini Pinnacle #64 Carl Crawford
More contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 1990 Upper Deck #44 Jose Vizcaino
  2. 1990 Upper Deck #46 Jose Offerman
  3. 1990 Upper Deck #377 John Wetteland
  1. 1990 Upper Deck #423 Lenny Harris
  2. 2009 Upper Deck – USA 18U National Team insert #18U-DT Donovan Tate
More contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 2011 Bowman Sterling – USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Relic Refractor #USAR-BR Brady Rodgers
  2. 2010 Bowman Chrome – USA Team #USA-BC13 insert Brad Miller
  1. 2003 Topps Chrome #7 Odalis Perez
  2. 2003 Topps Chrome #30 Darren Dreifort
  3. 1995 Topps Finest #94 Tom Candiotti
More contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 2018 Topps Archives insert #SL-WP Wendy Peppercorn
  2. 1988 Conlon World Wide Sports Series 5 #1 Nick Altrock
  3. 1991 Pro Set PGA Tour #75 Curtis Strange
  4. 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter – Menagerie of the Mind insert #MM-13 Cyclops
  5. 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter – Great Scott! insert #GS-6 Deoxyribonucleic Acid
  1. 1994 Star Trek Customizable Card Game: 1st Edition Premiere – White Bordered Expansion Set #NUSP Null Space
  2. 1992-93 Panini Stickers #18 1992 NBA Finals (Action scene/lower left) Chicago Bulls / Portland Trail Blazers
  3. 2010-11 Panini Stickers #6 Eastern Conference Logo
Waxpacks! 1988 Donruss and 1990 Donruss
Waxpacks! 1988 Donruss and 1990 Donruss

I must say, this is a rather overwhelming prize for last place. Kerry sent a ton of Dodgers cards and some non-Dodgers cards. The two Donruss waxpacks were a nice touch, too. Although a couple of these cards are actually hard for me to look at, I do appreciate the time and thought that went into selecting these cards from numerous brands and years. Some cards will end up on the Stadium Fantasium Trading Block but some are actually needed for my sets–thanks Kerry!

As we stand and give Cards On Cards a rousing Stadium Fantasium standing ovation, we look forward to entering Kerry’s College Bowl Pick’em Contest #11. I’d really like to see if I can go from worst to first and win next year’s Topps Series 1 prize. I might have to do more than 30 minutes of research though. I don’t know if I have that kind of time…hmmm.

Stay tuned…