2010 Tournament of Gimmicks Round 1- Berger Region Pt 2

22 03 2010

First round matchups, part 2

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Game #5

1) 2008-09 Upper Deck Yankee Stadium Legacy

I hated every pack I opened of Upper Deck that gave me a chance to pull one of these.  Every single one.  It ended up being a 6742 card set commemorating the most over celebrated team in baseball that no one but Yankee fans would care about.  And there was no escape as they appeared in every set Upper Deck released in 2008 (or at least it felt that way).  Then, to add salt to the wounds, they reappeared in the 2009 Series 1 packs to celebrate the final season.

16) 1988 Topps Big

This match up should be a slaughter, right?

The spark that started the retro blaze a burning, the most annoying things about Big was that it was released in 3 eighty-eight card series and the cards were larger than standard size which makes them difficult to store.  So many of these cards must have been damaged as a result because complete sets will run you at least $5 on eBay.

Game #6

4) 2007-08 Topps Moments and Milestones

If I have this right, and I stopped caring about this set the moment I heard this, each card had a parallel for each one of whatever the card was celebrating.  Each of those parallels was numbered to less than #199, and each had a 1 of 1 parallel as well.  So there are 201 parallels of the card above, and they all look the same except for the big number in the center.  Then rookies got three different versions, also numbered and paralleled and shoot me now for knowing all this.


13) 2008 Topps #AS Arnold Schwarzenegger (2012?)

No, Topps.  The answer is no.  Another “super secret shortprint” that played into the Presidential hype of 2008.  Lord knows what they are gearing up for in 2012.

Game #7

5) 2009 Topps Target Throwback/Wal-Mart All-Black Blasters

These were a beauty of a gimmick, inserted in specially coded blasters that were supposed to appear a month after 2009 Topps blasters hit the big box shelves to drive interest in the product.  Someone at Wal-Mart screwed up, and these appeared and delighted card bloggers everywhere early on.

Then, seeing how much interest these generated, Topps decided to gimmick the gimmick with the series 2 blasters, making the parallels appear in only two of the ten booster packs.  This turned most previously delighted bloggers off, as it would force an extreme amount of money to spent to complete the set and it screwed up folks just wanting to build a set with blasters by giving them two packs of unusable parallels.  Way to go, Topps!


12) 2009 Topps Heritage #70 “Thom” Glavine

An homage to the 1960 Topps “Lou/Lew” Burdette mix up.  Except there was only one card in the ’60 set, and Topps had to go and make the “Thom” version a difficult to pull super short print.

Game #8

8) 2008 Bowman Chrome #155 Kosuke Fukudome No Autograph

Fukudome could have his own wing in the gimmick Hall of Fame thanks to Topps.  This BoChrome auto card with no auto was, according to Topps, never supposed to have been an auto card, yet they printed 1900 of them that “snuck” into packs.


9) 2008 Topps Kosuke Fukudome “Japan”

See what I mean about the Fukudome wing?  Collectors expecting Kosuke to make his Topps base set debut in 2008 Series 2 were shafted and instead this (you guessed it) super secret short print was seeded into packs instead.

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The polls are open! Voting closes Thursday @ midnight EST.

Oh, and don’t forget the Burdick regional, the Olbermann regional, and the Beckett regional either.




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23 03 2010
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