A quick discussion question or two…

4 12 2008

Do you ever think that Topps designs the base set around the parallels and the Chrome release rather than as a stand alone product?

Having said that, can you imagine the 2009 Gold borders are going to be anything short of ugly?



I try and be responsive to my readers, so here you go, Stephen:



2008 Topps Updates & Highlights Hobby box break Packs 29 & 30

4 12 2008

I realize the blog is becoming a little staccato lately, with a trade post intermixed with this box break. Working nights has become very draining, especially when there’s a family to be missed because of it. I’ve got a little bit of time being pulled in a lot of directions. I do have a couple things in mind, but it may take a few weeks to get them started. Thanks for bearing with me, though.

Now on to more of the box break…

Disclaimer: Base cards may be depicted as Gold or Black bordered parallels. I just needed the image.

So the official total needed for the set is 47.  I swear next year I’m getting a HTA Jumbo box and being done with it.  One with the march to completeness…

Pack 29

UH247 Scott Podsednik
UH265 Tony Abreu


I don’t think he’s getting to that ball.

UH133 Tadahito Iguchi
UH303 Taylor Teagarden
UH327 Hernan Iribarren


Brewers scout Dick Groch compares Iribarren to Boggs, Brett, Carew and Rose. So you may want to stock up on these if you believe in the words of Groch.

UH315 Sean Rodriguez
UH114 Billy Traber
UH168 Ben Zobrist
UH132 Jorge De la Rosa Gold parallel 1353/2008
YR131 Mike Mussina Year in Review (Moose wins 100 for two teams)
Wright insert

Pack 30

UH283 Alex Cintron
UH176 Brad Wilkerson
UH38 Carlos Villanueva
UH150 Jon Lester
UH94 Volquez and Martin Classic Combos


I hope that Topps realizes that getting a picture of two baseball players standing near each other does not make for a “Classic Combo” and discontinues this sort of thing soon.

UH269 Robert Andino
UH191 Ian Kinsler
UH83 George Sherrill
UH223 Jeff Ridgway Gold Parallel 0265/2008
FC17 Ulysses & Julia Grant


What did I learn about Julia Grant? She was cross eyed, and friends told her to have surgery to correct it when she entered the White House. She demurred, and could have become a great crusader for the rights of cross eyed people everywhere. Ulysses, well, he wrote a book about himself if you’re interested.

Base: 256 out of 330 – 78%
All Star Stitches AS-JES Joe Saunders
Topps Silk Collection: 1 – Mark Derosa 21/50
Black Border parallel: 1 – UH300 CC Sabathia 26/57, damaged
Gold Border parallel: 6 – UH31 Marco Scutaro 0015/2008, UH78 Dallas Braden 1415/2008, UH132 Jorge De la Rosa 1353/2008, UH159 Mike Aviles 1795/2008, UH167 Justin Morneau Home Run Derby 409/2008, UH223 Jeff Ridgway 0265/2008
Gold Foil Parallel:15
First Couples: 4 – FC16 Eliza and Andrew Johnson, FC17 Ulysses and Julia Grant, FC18 Rutherford B. And Lucy Hayes, FC40 Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton
Ring of Honor: 2 RH-DJ David Justice, RH-BS Bruce Sutter
Mets Ring of Honor: 2 – MRH-DJ Davey Johnson, MRH-GC Gary Carter
Mickey Mantle Story MMS68
Word Baseball Classic Preview: 4 – WBC12 Carlos Zambrano, WBC14 Carlos Beltran, WBC16 Paul Bell, WBC21 Carlos Lee
Year in Review: 5 – YR131 – Mike Mussina, YR145, Tom Shearn, YR158 Alex Rodriguez, YR161 Marlon Byrd, YR169 Matt Holiday
Toppstown: 14, including one gold