Thursday, 31 December 2009

Trade with Chuck from Chuck's Used Cards

Chuck, of Chuck's Used Cards, and I have sent trade packages back and forth a number of times now. He has collecting itch that I am able to scratch- soccer. The two major card releases in the UK are Topps Match Attax and Panini Champions League, there are a number of sticker variations on the football theme but Topps and Panini have the card market securely tied up with these two sets. Chuck is a fan of both the English Premier League and European teams, so these two releases fit nicely into his collecting remit. A padded envelope containing each made its way to Florida.
Chuck sent this selection of Red Sox in return:

1961 Topps #99 Don Buddin
1990 Swell #29 Rick Ferrell
1992 Fleer Ultra #17 Joe Hesketh
1993 Fleer Ultra #150 Danny Darwin
1993 Fleer Ultra #158 Bob Zupcic
1994 Studio #161 Andre Dawson
2001 Topps Archives #47 Ellis Kinder
2001 Topps Archives #66 Ted Lepcio
2001 Topps Archives #80 Jackie Jensen
2001 Topps Archives #93 Sid Hudson
2001 Topps Archives #195 Bill Consolo
2001 Topps Archives #217 Paul Schreiber
2001 Topps Archives #221 Dick Brodowski

The Topps Archives sets has sidled past relatively unnoticed, so thanks for including these Chuck.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

This year I will be collecting !

Since getting back into collecting I decided to collect just one complete set every year. My choice is determined by four factors;
1. Availability. There is no point in choosing a set that is too difficult to obtain in the UK. The postage costs from the US are alright for a few cards and trades but complete boxes are just ridiculous.
2. Aesthetics. I choose sets that may not be everyone's cup of tea but they look good to me.
3. Price. (See point 1.) There is no point in trying to obtain the base set of Sweet Spot or Topps Finest. There is a small matter of food, utility bills, children and a wife to consider. And finally,
4. The Chase. There has to an effort to collect, which may involve trading or searching e-bay or picking up the odd pack.
I re-entered collecting in 2006 so the sets I have chosen so far are;

2006 Fleer Tradition
2007 UD Masterpieces
2008 Goudey (completed)
2009 Goodwin Champions
2010 ?
There is one other set which is 1994 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes for the simple reason that I was able to pick up half the set on e-bayUK. However being who I am I cannot leave it that way.
The wants list for these sets are;
2006 Fleer Tradition
To complete the 200 card base set, 28 still needed:
5, 6, 9, 11, 17, 22, 23, 28, 33, 34, 45, 47, 48, 51, 59, 60, 64, 65, 70, 76, 78, 84, 87, 89, 90, 93, 95, 115.
2007 UD Masterpieces
To complete the 90 card base set, 15 still needed:
1, 6, 8, 14, 19, 21, 28, 32, 34, 45, 47, 60, 66, 73, 79.
2009 Goodwin Champions
To complete the 150 card base set, still needed too many (34 cards obtained so far)
1994 UD All-time Heroes
To complete the 225 base card set,107 cards needed:
1, 9, 12, 20, 21, 22, 25, 30, 34, 35, 40, 44, 47, 57, 62, 66, 68, 73, 79, 88, 93, 95, 96, 98, 101-125, 135, 140, 143, 147, 150-178, 182, 186, 187, 188, 195, 199, 200, 202, 204, 206, 208-225.

So if you can help me out. It would be greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Trade with Matt from Heartbreaking cards

Let's get back to trading. A short while ago this package arrived from Matt at Heartbreaking Cards of Staggering Genius. This was in response to a pile of Mariners and Royals I sent his way. Matt and Travis at Punk Rock Paint have inspired me to attempt making my own cards. They are complete crap but the attempt has been made. Makes you realise the effort they put in. The beauty of this trade was the mixture of cards sent, late 1970's, some early 80's and a few lovely shiny cards, which I know we all appreciate.
These are some of the Red Sox cards Matt sent from Lawrence, Kansas;
1975 Topps#645 Danny Carter
1976 Topps #396 Bill Lee
1978 Topps #12 Don Aase
1978 Topps #524 Bernie Carbo
1978 Topps #597 Steve Dillard
1981 Fleer #218 Fred Lynn
1981 Topps #123 Gary Allenson
1981 Topps #184 Jim Dwyer
1981 Topps #349 Glenn Hoffman
1982 Topps #91 Carney Lansford
1982 Topps #619 Bill Campbell
1983 Fleer #391 Doug Bird
1983 Fleer #395 Mark Clear
2002 Upper Deck Holographix #LL10 Manny Ramirez
2004 Topps Finest #14 Bill Mueller
2007 Bowman Best #22 Manny Ramirez
2007 UD Masterpieces #27 Daisuke Matsuzaka
2007 UD Masterpieces #86 Red Sox 2007 World Series Champions
2008 Topps Finest #45 Manny Ramirez
2008 Upper Deck X #X2-MA Manny Ramirez
to name but a few of the 50plus cards he sent.
The Red Sox are always appreciated. Thanks Matt.

Monday, 21 December 2009

A final look at 1980 Topps Baseball

Here is one final look at the complete set of 1980 Topps before I move onto pastures new. I was given my original 84 cards in 1980 by a school 'friend' they consisted of 19 Red Sox, 21 White Sox,15 Tigers and 1 card from the other teams in the MLB. Although I made a serious decision to complete the set in September 2008. The decision to collect baseball cards, and ultimately the 1980 Topps set, started in October 1980 almost 30 years ago. Here's to patience. Enjoy.
The opening page with cards numbered 1 to 9.

The final page with cards numbered 721 to 726 and the backs of 712 to 720.

Saturday, 19 December 2009

That's a wrap!! 1980 Topps completed

I set out in September 2008 to collect all 726 cards of the 1980's Topps set. They were the first baseball cards that I ever received way back in 1980 and it started a modest obsession with baseball card collecting.
Thanks to many people and to Brian who sent the last three cards I needed. I had intended to look at each card indivdually but another collector beat me to the punch, so it is back to the drawing board to think of another pursuit.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Project Cobb and the History of baseball in the UK.

I found a fascinating collection of archive footage of baseball in the UK. It includes newsreels of games played in the UK and visiting teams from the 1930's.

Rather than steal their footage. Have look here at Project Cobb.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Trade with Drew from Drew's Cards

There are very few baseball fans here in the UK. There was a small rally of fans while a particular television station broadcast live games, although they were shown very early in the morning.

The free to view station called Five screened MLB on Sunday and Wednesday which usually starting at 1 a.m. British Time. It was recently presented by Johnny Gould, a bog standard UK TV presenter and Josh Chetwynd, a retired Great Britain baseball player. The show started on the channel's opening night in 1997, until it became economically unsustainable to show games and it was cancelled for the 2009 season. Incidentally it is the first time since 1997 that the World Series wasn't shown live in the UK. As for 2010, no decision has been made by Five as to whether they will show any MLB games.

The show actually developed a band of hard core followers which helped the number of UK baseball leagues. Have a look at the British Baseball and Softball Federation's website for more details.

I wasn't aware that during the 1930's there was a thriving baseball league through-out the UK and it was only the outbreak of World War Two that ended its rising popularity. There is some speculation that baseball would be as popular as football is now.

Which leads me into the trade I completed recently with Drew from Drew's Cards. I joined the large trading ranks that Drew has developed.
Drew sent these Red Sox cards over 'The Pond';

2008 Allen + Ginter #10 Manny Ramirez mini
2008 Baseball Heroes #33 Carl Yastrzemski blue 055/199
2008 Documentary #4815 Daisuke Matsuzaka
2008 Goudey #HPC-7 Carl Yastrzemski
2008 Masterpieces #13 Curt Schilling
2008 Starquest #SQ-18 Many Ramirez
2008 Topps #TS-13 Manny Ramirez
2008 Topps #AR61 Hideki Okajima
2009 Allen + Ginter #7 John Smoltz
2009 Allen + Ginter #223 Jason Bay mini
2009 Allen + Ginter #303 Rocco Baldelli mini
2009 Bowman #43 Justin Masterson
2009 Godwins Champions #3 Jon Lester
2009 Icons #28 Daisuke Matsuzaka
2009 Icons #47 Jason Varitek
2009 O-Pee-Chee #180 Josh Beckett
2009 O-Pee-Chee #AW20 Dustin Pedroia
2009 Starquest #SQ8 David Ortiz black ultra rare
2009 Topps #RH24 Curt Schilling
2009 Topps #RH56 Dustin Pedroia
2009 Topps Heritage #216 Terry Francona

A massive thank you to Drew for this awesome selection of cards. Although there was a great mixture of cards, Drew sent a card from the 2008 UD Documentary set. A set that has thus far alluded me, which would appear odd as there was so many of them.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Trade with Brian from Play at the Plate

I took my two daughters to the Roman Museum in Canterbury today. They are studying the Romans at school, so I was being a good father and giving them some hands on experience. There is a whole section of 'hands on' being an archaeologist and handling Roman objects. Every time someone digs in Canterbury they discover artifacts related to the Romans and the Iron Age. Most of this museum is underground and the centrepiece is the intact remains of the hypocaust room and patterned mosaic floor. They loved it. When you leave the museum, to your right is Canterbury Cathedral looming above you.
While we were walking the quiet corridors I met Doug. I usually keep pretty much to myself but my wife says whenever I hear an American or Canadian accent I am like a bee to honey. I introduced myself with the usual politeness of 'Where are you from?' This is always a good opener for me as I can then say 'So are you a Phillies/Yankees/Braves/insert team here fan?' Doug is from Austin, Texas, or close enough to, he said. However he is the first person from the Americas that I have met that had no interest in any sport. He finally seceded that he should be a Rangers fan. We chatted a little while about sports, Barrack Obama, why he was travelling; the usual sort of stuff you discuss with strangers.
So it is fitting that I share this large brick of Red Sox cards sent from Dallas in Texas from Brian at Play at the Plate. He is a Texas Rangers fan and immensely proud of the fact. Brian sent along roughly 70 Red Sox cards from a variety of years. The pick for me was these Dick Perez cards inserted in 2008 Topps Chrome. I had yet to add the Jacoby to my collection.
Another highlight was these three numbered cards.
2001 Fleer Focus #235 Paxton Crawford 0933/4999
2002 Donruss Elite #151 Jorge De La Rosa 0254/1500
2002 Fleer Diamond Standouts #10/10 Nomar Garciaparra 0623/1200
And finally, 13 2009 Topps Chrome cards. This not only took a large bite out of the wants list but, oh how I love shiny...

Thank you Brain. The pile of Rangers grows gradually and I will send it when it is worthy of the selection you have sent me.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Cards from the Alley family

Recently when I posted about the huge UK phenomenon that is Match Attax Football, I was contacted by a reader in the US of A who asked if I wouldn't mind sending her son some cards. He is a big Evertonian and Premiership Football fan. They would be happy to send some baseball back my way. I have no absolutely no problem with this, in fact this is the sort of trade I was trying to encourage. I sent a Match Attax magazine, some other football magazines that had promotion packs attached and a number of Match Attax packs.
The Alley family were more than generous in their return package, five packs of baseball cards, and a Sweet Spot tin filled with roughly 50 Red Sox cards, including the Papelbon Jersey card. I will crack the packs in Pursuit of Red Sox but here is a selection of the cards they sent my way;

2007 SP Authentic #59 Jonathan Papelbon
2007 Fleer Ultra #22 Josh Beckett
2008 Sweet Spot #29 Daisuke Matsuzaka
2008 Sweet Spot #50 Jason Bay
2008 Bowman Chrome #147 Kevin Youkilis
2008 Bowman Chrome #189 Jacoby Ellsbury
2008 Goudey #206 Fred Lynn
2008 Topps Co-signers #19 Curt Schilling
2009 Bowman #BP6 Stolmy Pimentel
2009 Bowman #26 Tyler Yockey
2009 Bowman Chrome #BDPP25 Christian Vazquez
2009 Bowman Chrome #BDPP35 Tim Federowicz
2009 Goudey #24 Justin Masterson
2009 SP Authentic #15 Dustin Pedroia
2009 SP Authentic #31 Jon Lester
2009 SP Legendary Cuts #111 Carlton Fisk #345/550

A huge thanks to the Alley family as they went all out to send some great Red Sox stuff. I have collected a few more Everton items (and Match Attax cards) for their son and they are keeping an eye out for Jacoby Ellsbury cards at their local card shop. Sounds like another trade in the making.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Trade with Derek from Hey That's Mine

Many of us have returned to card collecting after a break. For me it was getting married and having children. Less time, less disposable income and just being plain knackered. Now my children are at an age where collecting can be a shared experience, there is a little left over at the end of the month and well frankly sleep is overrated.
So it was great to find the blog Hey That's Mine. Derek returned to card collecting after a 25 year break and made up for lost time by arranging many trades. Like Derek I started blogging not just to keep a record of my collecting but to meet fellow collectors and arrange a few trades. A quick e-mail and a positive response set the wheels in motion.
I sent Hey That's Mine these and now for me to share the return.
Derek sent these Red Sox from Grand Prairie Texas but the package was postmarked Dallas, which is so cool;
2001 Donruss #23 Manny Ramirez
2001 Upper Deck #34 Carlton Fisk
2002 Donruss #9 Manny Ramirez
2002 Donruss #12 Nomar Garciaparra
2002 Fleer Tradition #312 Jason Varitek
2003 Fleer Hot Prospects #28 Manny Ramirez
2004 Donruss World Series #24 Curt Schilling
2004 Donruss World Series #25 Dwight Evans
2004 Donruss World Series #27 Jason Varitek
2004 Donruss World Series #28 Jim Rice
2004 Donruss World Series #29 Johnny Damon
2004 Donruss World Series #31 Manny Ramirez
2004 Donruss World Series #33 Pedro Martinez
2004 Topps Bazooka #154 Johnny Damon
2005 Leaf #30 Curt Schilling
2005 Leaf #32 Doug Mientkiewicz
2005 Leaf #34 Johnny Damon
2005 Leaf #35 Manny Ramirez
2005 Leaf #36 Pedro Martinez
2005 Leaf #37 Trot Nixon
2005 Leaf #64 Victor Martinez
2009 Upper Deck X #10 Jonathan Papelbon
2009 Upper Deck X #11 Jacoby Ellsbury
2009 Upper Deck X #13 David Ortiz
2009 Upper Deck X #14 Daisuke Matsuzaka
2009 Upper Deck X #X-KY Kevin Youkilis

Thank you Big D for the trade and yes I did like them.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Trade with Big B from Waxaholic

Brian from Waxaholic and I have traded cards across the pond for a good 12 months now. The package that arrived from Brian the other day contained cards that recognised that I have more than one pursuit.
Firstly he sent these 4 Jacoby Ellsbury cards for Pursuit of Jacoby.
This chronicles my attempts to collect all the Jacoby cards with no specific print runs from 2005 to the present.
Secondly 2 Junk Wax packs for Pursuit of Red Sox.
Any packs I manage to beg, borrow or buy are opened here in search of Red Sox.
And lastly 4 cards for the Pursuit of 1980's Topps.
This was my first and a long term pursuits, but thanks to Brian and a host of other generous collectors might be coming to an end very soon. There are now only 3 cards I need to collect the whole 726 set. In an era that was devoid of short printed, different coloured parallels and mini refractor relics, it has been a quest that was attainable.
Many thanks to Brian for this much appreciated package.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Big League Baseball card game

I need some assistance with this set of cards, there is very little in way of explanation on the interwebs. When I first collected baseball cards in the early 80's, rather than just admire them I invented a game using a spinner. I kept detailed records of the statistics and players averages. I'm sure I am not alone. There must be many variations on the theme.
I bought The EXCITING and SENSATIONAL Game of 'BIG LEAGUE BASEBALL' on ebay out of curiosity. The copyright is 1949. The seller stating in the advert, that he thought this was probably a reprinted version as it was in such excellent condition.
A search of 'Big League Baseball', 'State College Game Laboratory' and 'Robert L. Arble' directed me to similar items on e-bay, an empty Wiki entry and a query as to whether I wanted Robert Marble instead. So I am none the wiser.
The seller was correct it is in excellent condition, untouched hence un-played, which is a travesty. The contents of the box includes 36 playing cards, which are the same size as regular playing cards, two score sheets and a rules leaflet. Simple and easy to play. Its compact size makes it convenient to carry for amusement at any time.The opening paragraph of the rules leaflet goes like this.
'The game is played according to the rules which exist for the major league baseball games. Any one who is not familiar with baseball rules can obtain a baseball handbook from any sporting goods store.'
Then follows an explanation of some of the cards that are turned up. A very clear description of a double play is given.

'Batter and runner on first base are out. If first base is unoccupied, batter and runner on second base are out. If first and second base are unoccupied, batter and runner on third are out. If bases are unoccupied batter is out. If there are no outs, runners not involved in double play advance one base.'

This is a small selection of some of the playing cards. Wild pitch looks interesting and is the home run card modelled on the Babe and single on Ted Williams? The simplicity of this particular games puts the recent Topps Attax game in the shade.

Have you ever played this game or a variation of it?

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Trade with Justin from Is this a Wasteland?

Some cards we like instantly, others we push to side and think 'What the...?' The above card, an insert in the 2003 Topps set, was one of those cards that I instantly liked and it wasn't shiny. I have been able to gather a few these Red and Blue Backs fashioned after the 1951 Topps set but this one of Pedro I didn't have. Justin from Is this a Wasteland.. included it in a package I received amidst postage turmoil here in the UK. Justin also enclosed another guilty pleasure, unopened packs. 5 2007 Fleer Ultra packs, which I will bust in my search for Red Sox.
Also included in the package from Largo Florida were:

1994 Upper Deck #21 Jeff McNeeley Star Rookie
1994 Upper Deck #45 Aaron Sele The Future is Now
1998 Donruss Preferred #23 Big Mo Vaughn

1998 Donruss Elite #82 Nomar Garciaparra
1998 Upper Deck Premier #1/10 Nomar Garciaparra RC
2001 Topps #571 Wilson Veras 0426/2001
2001 Topps Chrome #T219 Juan Diaz
2001 Topps Sweetness #TC15 Ted Williams
2002 Topps #311 Kevin Youkilis RC
2002 Topps American Pie #AS-CF Carlton Fisk
2003 Bazooka #65 Nomar Garciaparra
2003 Topps Opening Day #NN Pedro Martinez mini
2003 Topps Red Backs #39 Pedro Martinez
2003 Upper Deck #337 Bill Mueller
2004 Upper Deck #31 Kevin Youkilis

An excellent assortment of Rookies, inserts and a numbered gold parallel. As always Justin -its great to trade.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Trade with Ed from Roll out the Barrel

The postal workers of the United Kingdom were 'on strike' for two days this week, so I was surprised to receive not one, but two packages from the US. These arrived like book-ends on either side of the strike while very little else did. Amazingly however credit card applications and bills managed to be delivered as well. These along with coackroaches, it is rumoured, will survive a nuclear attack.
Another interesting fact that has emerged during all this -is that it takes between three and four weeks to clear two days of back logged post.
Firstly the package from Ed at Roll Out the Barrel and what a beauty it was. A game used bat, two Jacobys and my first taste of Goodwins Champions. The Goodwins have received mixed reviews around the blogs. Comments such as: dubious quality, multiplication in packs, Evil Lincoln, Topps did it better in A+G and so on. I liked them and the Jacoby mini is superb although a little spooky...
Here is the rest the package from Hartland Wisconsin;
1982 Fleer Boston Logo sticker
2004 Leaf #PTT 266 Pedro Martinez
2005 Topps #UH151 JohnnyDamon
2006 Flair Showcase #50 Curt Schilling
2008 Stadium Club #55 Dustin Pedroia
2008 Stadium Club #19 Jed Lowrie
2008 UD Timelines #226 Clay Buchholz
2008UD Timelines Mayo #136 Davis Ortiz
2008 UD Timelines Mayo #168 Daisuke Matsuzaka
2008 Upper Deck X #15 Josh Beckett die-cut
2008 Upper Deck X #16 Clay Buchholz die-cut
2008 Upper Deck X #X-JB Josh Beckett
2009 A+G #7 John Smoltz
2009 A+G #11 Jacoby Ellsbury
2009 A+G #29 Jonathan Papelbon
2009 A+G #119 Kevin Youkilis
2009 A+G #215 Jed Lowrie
2009 A+G #291 Josh Beckett
2009 A+G #348 Justin Masterson
2009 Bowman #20 Josh Beckett
2009 Bowman #38 Dustin Pedroia
2009 Goodwins Champions #3 Jon Lester
2009 Goodwins Champions #23 Kevin Youkilis
2009 Goodwins Champions #78 Jason Varitek
2009 Goodwins Campions #225 Jacoby Ellsbury mini black border
2009 Icons #61 Jon Lester
2009 OPC #192 Hideki Okajima
2009 OPC #550 Jonathan Papelbon
2009 OPC #577 George Kottaras
2009 Topps #77 Jon Lester
2009 Topps #CBR-BRA Rocco Baldelli relic
2009 Topps Chrome #31 Kevin Youkilis
2009 Topps Chrome #110 Jonathan Papelbon
Thank you Ed. Superb cards once again.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

2009/2010 Topps Match Attax

There are a few readers out there who have, in the past, shown an interest in these cards, mainly for the American born players and a few who support a particular English club.
For the third year running Topps have released the 'Match Attax Trading Card Game' series of collectible cards. For the past two years Topps has seen unprecedented popularity for this set, mainly in the UK. This year, however, they have decided to go global. Whether that means these cards will be available in the US or Canada I am not sure but they are advertising swap and play events in Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and Australia.
The presentation of the cards has changed very little;
There are 444 cards to collect, 425 last year,
There are 6 cards per packet,
The predominate colour for this years set is orange, rather than the blue Topps has used for the last two years,
Inserts include Man of the Match and 100 Club 'rainbow' foils,
New Inserts included this year are manager cards and i-cards (similar to the Topps Attax baseball) with redemption codes,
There are 100 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) and 1000 Shey Given (Manchester City) autographs inserted into LUCKY packs,
There are 7 Limited Edition cards available in starter packs, collectors tins, collectors guides and available in some football related magazines for a short time. Interestingly two stores are also giving away limited edition cards (while stocks last, naturally).

Currently eleven American born players are plying their trade in the English Premiership:

(Players in bold have cards in the Match Attax set)
Jozy Altidore Hull City,
Clint Dempsey Fulham,
Brad Friedel Aston Villa,
Brad Guzan Aston Villa,
Marcus Hahnemann Wolves,
Tim Howard Everton,
Eddie Johnson Fulham,
Eric Lichaj Aston Villa,
Boaz Myhill Hull City,
Jonathan Spector West Ham and
Brede Hangeland Fulham.
(although born in Texas he has played for Norway about 50 times)

and 2 players from Canada:
David Edgar Burnley,
David Huilett Blackburn Rovers.
I busted 6 packs for your pleasure.

Pack 1:
Stephen Carr Birmingham City
David James Portsmouth
Mario Melchiot Wigan Athletic
Emmanuel Eboue Arsenal
James McFadden Birmingham City
Martin Paterson Burnley i-card
Pack 2:
Steven Caldwell Burnley
Joey Gudjonsson Burnley
Luke Young Aston Villa
Joel Ward Portsmouth
Phil Jagielka Everton
El-Hadji Diouf Blackburn Rovers i-card
Pack 3:
Kevin Davies Bolton Wanderers
Cameron Jerome Birmingham City
Daryl Murphy Sunderland
Jermaine Jenas Tottenham Hotspur
Paul Robinson Bolton Wanderers
Robert Green West Ham United i-card
Pack 4:
Jonathan Spector West Ham
Karl Henry Wolverhampton Wanderers
Ryan Giggs Manchester United
Emile Heskey Aston Villa
Jose Bosingwa Chelsea
Theo Walcott Arsenal MOM
Pack 5:
Ryan Babel Liverpool
Kevin Kilbane Hull City
Andy Wilkinson Stoke City
Christophe Berra Wolvehampton Wanderers
Danny Collins Stoke City
Andrey Arshavin Arsenal MOM
Pack 6:
Joleon Lescott Manchester City
Chris Iwelumo Wolverhampton Wanderers
Paul Hart Portsmouth manager
Mark Hughes Manchester City manager
Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United manager
Carlos Tevez Manchester City i-card

If you have come this far, you are either a football fan or have an insatiable curiosity.
Drop me a message if you would like some of these packs and they will happily find their way to you. I will also throw in the Collectors Guide.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

2004 Topps Bazooka Baseball

It is vary rare that this happens, so when this particular item, a whole box of cards-24 packs! of 2004 Topps Bazooka , appeared on e-bayUK I was fairly determined to acquire it.
And acquire it I did.
Odd thing though was that it didn't rise higher than my initial bid. Considering the rarity of such an item I presumed that it would go higher.
Each 2004 Topps Bazooka Baseball sealed box contains 24 packs (each pack including one sugarless slice of bubble gum) of 8 cards each in a 330 card base set. The base set is 300 cards with 30 cards being printed in 2 variations. Each box will contain THREE Memorabilia cards. Parallel sets: Minis 1:1 and Red Chunks 1:1. Inserts: Tattoos 1:4 - 4-on-1 Stickers 1:4 - Comics 1:4 - Stand-Ups 1:8 - and Relics Memorabilia cards 1:8 (Blasts > Game Used Bats #'d to 25; Adventures, Game Worn Jerseys #'d to 25; and One Liners Retired Game Worn Jerseys - #'d to 25).
This appeared to be an underrated set. The target demographics being children.
I have opened all the packs in 4 stages. I hesitated at opening them all in one go. Trying desperately to 'eek' this out for as long as I could stand.
From the 24 packs I pulled:

118 base cards, 3 doubles (39% of the set), although this caused some initial confusion as some of the cards are printed with two different images on the front. There were 3 cards with both variations in this box.

24 Mini parallels

22 Red Chunk parallels

and the following inserts:

7 Comic cards (1 double)

5 4in 1 stickers
5 Tattoos

5 Stand-ups (1 double)

and finally 2 Game -used Relic cards, although the box specifically states that there would be 3 in every box. Is 5 years too late to complain to Topps?
Bazooka One-liners #BOL-WS Willie Stargell

Bazooka Adventures #BA-AR2 Alex Rodriguez

My initial reaction is one of excitement as it is a novelty to actually open a full box of baseball cards. Overall as a collector I am pleased with the selection. Inserting only 5 base cards out of 8 may not be the ideal way for set collectors, however it adds to the uniqueness of the product.