Category Archives: Topps Company

This category is all about the Topps brand of baseball cards.

A New Season

Well, I guess it is that time of year again. Time for the beer and hot dogs and the man to yell “Play Ball”. Sunday will mark opening night as they are now calling it, and I will be wearing my Bleacher Creature t-shirt (shout out to Bald Vinny – check his tee’s out – and likely yelling at my TV.

Since today felt like spring and I could almost taste the bud light and hot dogs, I decided what better day to go out at lunch and buy some new wax. I ended up picking up some 2010 Topps as well as a few packs of 2010 Upper Deck (ya, unlicensed we know). Nothing really fascinating to report there, but did score a few cool cards I guess. Just doesn’t do it for me anymore, growing up a kid of the 90s with junk wax I guess busting some over-commercialized “junk 90s wax” still does it for me.

Here are a few cards that I picked up. (Pardon the borrowed images – google is just too easy these days)

2010 Upper Deck – Brandon Inge Game Used Jersey Card (#UDGJ-BI)

2010 Upper Deck Brandon Inge Jersey Card

2010 Topps Mickey Mantle (#7)

2010 Topps Mickey Mantle #7

This little game might just get me hooked on 2010 Topps – The Million Card Giveaway

Million card giveaway

2010 Topps Legendary Lineage – Rickey Henderson/Carl Crawford (#LL30)

2010 Rickey henderson

I also got a 2010 Upper Deck Pure Heat Albert Pujols (PH-2), can’t find a picture of it online so maybe I will have to scan my own. It is a pretty cool die-cut card.

Amazing that tossing $25 down can still afford to provide this much fun, suspense and surprise still at this age.

Anyone else out there cracking new wax in anticipation of the new season? Until next time…



Jeter… No not that guy!

Jeter is a big name in baseball, I mean how can a guy with 10 all star appearances, 4 rings and 3 gold gloves fly under the radar? Not to mention the Yankee captain, Derek Jeter…..

NO NOT THAT JETER.. how about this guy…



1993 Topps – #800 – Shawn Jeter Coming Attraction

Talk about an unfortunate time to come into the league, Shawn Jeter made his MLB debut in 1992 with the Chicago White Sox, his career was short lived lasting only about 4 months. Batting .111 with 7 K’s in 18 plate appearances certainly didn’t help his short career in the bigs. Did you know that Shawn Jeter’s father, Johnny Jeter also played in the bigs for a few teams including the Chi Sox? His career was a bit longer than his son Shawn’s lasting 6 seasons.

Well, it being a Friday in which the Yankees lead by team captain Derek find themselves atop the AL East, I wanted to take a few minutes to recognize the other Jeter’s of the league… here’s to you Shawn Jeter… here’s to you.


Card Store Grab Bag Break 7/8/2009

I busted the Grab Bag that I picked up at the card store and here is what it had in it, enjoy…


Grab Bag Contents:


NBA CardsFREE to the first visitor to send address

1996 Fleer Skybox Metal Universe


  • #191 Hersey Hawkins
  • #195 Detlet Schrempf
  • #196 Willie Anderson
  • #197 Oliver Miller

Baseball Cards



1987 Topps

  • #7 Todd Worrell Record Breaker
  • #266 Jeff Hamilton
  • #326 Mark Gubicza
  • #401 Billy Jo Robidoux
  • #503 Larry Andersen
  • #528 Ken Dixon

1992 Leaf Studio

  • #56 Ken Hill
  • #84 Doug Drabek
  • #224 Dave Henderson

1994 Upper Deck

  • #220 Lou Brock (All-Time Heroes 125th Anniversary)
  • #87 Luis Tiant (All-Time Heroes)

1989 Donruss

  • #123 Bob Knepper

1989 Topps

  • #280 Bob Knepper

1995 Topps

  • #228 Darryl Kile

2007 Fleer

  • #2 Alfonso Soriano
  • #43 Albert Pujols
  • #61 Adrian Beltre
  • #163 Nomar Garciaparra
  • #219 Jeremy Bonderman
  • #243 Jason Michaels
  • #339 Jose Garcia
  • #366 Juan Salas
  • #388 Carlos Beltran (Mets Checklist)
  • RS-JB Josh Barfield

Was it worth $1.99? I’m not sure, but it was a good time opening it up so I guess it was. Also, because I don’t collect basketball cards anyone who wants those just shoot me an email with an address and they are yours.

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Trip to the Card Store

So today at lunch time I took some time to stop by the card store right by my office. I have been there before and it is really nothing more than a little stand inside and indoor flea market. The guy who runs the place is from up North like me and has been in the business for quite some time and at one time owned multiple stores in the Massachusetts area.

Whenever I stop there I feel as though I am the only customer who thumbs through the boxes of cards and sorts through some of the older packs he has. He sells some other type of goods which I think is his main revenue stream there, but I don’t go for anything but some old wax. He usually gives me a few things for free when I stop in, and we chat a bit and then part ways – he is a genuine nice guy. Today I decided I would go for a reason and wanted to pick up some older baseball card packs to bust.

I dropped $20 today and walked away with the following:


  • Plastic 100 card carrying case – just something I will appreciate having more of when I take some cards to shows to see about dumping off or trading away.
  • 1991 Topps 45 Card pack
  • 5 Packs of 1987 Donruss – good rookie class
  • 1 Pack of 1993 Bowman – maybe a Jeter rookie?
  • 1 Pack of 2007 Topps Flashback Fridays – freebie
  • And a random grab bag for $1.99 – there was one left and what could be more fun than a grab bag?

I will be sure to follow up with what I got in the packs and grab bag!

I have to say, I do enjoy taking a mid week trip to the card store. For me it is almost like a nice stress relief and gives me something to do after work on hump day, perhaps it’s cardboard therapy. Looking forward to seeing what cards this week brings. Anyone else take a weekly stress relief trip to the card store?

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