Monday, 7 January 2013

2013 Topps Heritage 1964 card design

So there is a great deal of talk about 2013 and what that means as a collector.
Put aside all the other sets that I am trying to complete, that are accumulating year on year - for me 2013 will be all about Topps Heritage and the 1964 design.
If I try to ignore the 75 short prints, the Action Image variations and Colour variations and just aim for the 425 base set, there is a chance that I can complete before 2013 is out. (Funny I remember saying something very similar about the 1980 design in 2012 Archives). It will be difficult to ignore the Venezuelan parallel, as this black back variation was actually available in 1964, as opposed to the mini parallels and chrome parallel rubbish.
Some of the inserts look interesting too-1964 Baseball Flashbacks, 1964 News Flashbacks, Then and Now 1964/2012 and let's not forget the 1964 Bazooka and Tattoos. 
So anyone else going to 'show the love' for 2013 Topps Heritage or is just me?

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Topps 2013 Football Stickers

The biggest number of views that I have on this blog are always related to posts about stickers, in particular football stickers. While other posts get maybe 80 views, football, whether it be Match Attax, Topps stickers or Panini stickers, get in excess of 300 views. Compared to many other blogs this is not many, but I have 30 followers-not 200+.
This years sticker book is free, yes free. You purchase 4 packs of stickers for £2 and receive the sticker book gratis. A clever ploy or marketing technique, either way it works for me.
There are 352 stickers to collect, which includes 16 stickers per team- 2 of which make a squad picture plus a sparkly star player, 20 kit stickers- half size stickers as per last year and 20 international players.
Topps do stickers well, so there is no real change this year, (Why fix something that isn't broken?), thankfully they dropped the 3D stickers from a few years back.
I have 5 packs to showcase, purchased from Tesco supermarket in Broadstairs.

Pack 1:
#61 Darron Gibson Everton
#137 Steven Taylor Newcastle
#252 Matthew Etherington Stoke
#258 Simon Mignolet Sunderland
#301 Gareth Bale Tottenham star player
Pack 2:
#148 John Ruddy Norwich
#200 Alejandro Faurlin QPR
#212 Reading team part 1
#223 Pavel Pogrebnyah Reading
#345 Antolin Alcaraz Wigan
Pack 3:
#7 Arsenal team part 2
#49 Oscar Chelsea
#82 Hugo Rodallega Fulham
#308 West Bromwich Albion team part 1
#319 Peter Odemwingie West Bromwich
Pack 4:
#14 Theo Walcott Arsenal
#93 Joe Allen Liverpool
#113 Mario Balotelli Manchester City
#237 Richie Lambert Southampton star player
#281Jonathan De Guzman Swansea
Pack 5:
#44 Frank Lampard Chelsea
#54 Everton team part 1
#174 Karim El Ahmadi Morocco international star
#170 Sunderland/Swansea kit
#259 John O'Shea Sunderland
So there you have it, 5 packs of 2013 Topps football. A cross section of the stickers available but no Manchester United and one Manchester City- the most hated man in football.
Contact me if you would like an album some stickers,
Big B I have already posted yours.