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Let The Battle Rage On: 1983 Topps Super Veterans VS 2014 Topps Super Veterans. Who Will Win???

Let The Battle Rage On:  1983 Topps Super Veterans VS 2014 Topps Super Veterans.  Who Will Win???

As a kid collecting baseball cards, I used the 1983 Topps Super Veterans subset as a tool to learn about the ‘older’ players in the game.  The set was large and it featured images from the beginning of each player’s career and then images that were current (1982-83).

When I got back into collecting in 2008, this same subset was the first one I went after.  I had built it 20+ years prior, but I wanted to re-live my youth by doing it again.  So, I did.  And it re-kindled my enjoyment for vintage baseball cards and the players that helped shape the history of the game.

Upon completion of that subset, and learning that Topps had begun recycling older designs in their modern releases, I kept my fingers crossed that ‘Super Veterans’ would eventually be re-done.

And when 2014 Topps, Series 1 hit the shelves, a 15-card subset of ‘Super Veterans’ was included.  I was ecstatic.  And I quickly made this a target for my collection.  And after a few days of shopping around, I scored the complete 15-card set and began showing it off on this blog as I did with the 1983 set back in 2009.

So, here they are.  First the 1983 version:

SUP VET 83 A SUP VET 83 B SUP VET 83 C SUP VET 83 D SUP VET 83 E

And now, the 2014 set:

SUP VET 2014 A SUP VET 2014 B SUP VET 2014 C SUP VET 2014 D SUP VET 2014 E

And now for my review and comparison.

  • The edge goes to ’83 as it relates to size – 35 to 15
  • The edge goes to ’14 as it relates to % of future Hall of Fame inclusions:  14/35 players versus a likely 7/15 ( I did not count Peter Rose, though I want to)
  • There is a tie in regards to how the images of yore are shown – Sepia tones in both ’83 and ’14
  • The edge goes to ’83 as it relates to ‘Star Power’

Overall, I of course like both sets. I wish that the 2014 version included more players on the checklist or at least was continued into the Series 2 release.  I don’t find that the 2014 version has the same star power that the set from ’83 offers even though it features Jeter, Rivera, and Cabrera – I just don’t think that Topps truly dug in deep enough to really get behind this set.  It feels like it was put together as a way to add Pettitte and Rivera cards into yet another subset.  If they had truly shown us the longest tenured players in the majors, we would have had a more apples-to-apples comparison.  The set is called ‘Super Veterans’ for a reason; it is not called ‘Best Older Players In The Game’.  At the very least, and to be more consistent with the original subset, this one should have included Jason Giambi, Ichiro, Paul Konerko, Raul Ibanez, LaTroy Hawkins, and Bartolo Colon.  If Topps had taken this step, it would definitely be more true to what ‘Super Veterans’ offered in 1983.

Still, no complaints from my side.  I’m thrilled to have both sets in my collection.  I’m just thirsty for more!

My 2014 Topps Series 1 ‘Super Veterans’ Subset Is Complete!!!

My 2014 Topps Series 1 ‘Super Veterans’ Subset Is Complete!!!

Oh Yeah!!!  I am very, very excited to announce that I have completed another subset at ’30-YOC’.  And this time, it is a subset that means the world to me – Topps’ Super Veterans.

The original ‘Super Vets’ subset was part of the 1983 Topps set.  It has long been my favorite subset of all-time.  I built that set when I got back into the hobby five years ago, and I was extremely excited to see that Topps brought it back for their 2014 release.

Here is the completed 2014 version of ‘Super Veterans':
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I love it!!

And while there may be some questionable entries into the set as well as some notable omissions, I am very happy with the final product.  Yes, I had my fingers crossed that the set would expand into the Series 2 and Update sets but that does not look like it will be the case.

So, I will sit back and be proud of another subset completed.  A subset that I have been a fan of since 1983!

One More Subset Complete: 2012 Topps ‘Prime 9 – Home Run Legends’ YES!!!

One More Subset Complete: 2012 Topps ‘Prime 9 – Home Run Legends’  YES!!!

This set was a lot of fun to put together.  I really enjoyed digging into each of these guy’s career home run accomplishments.  And I learned quite a bit through that process.

The set features just 9 cards, but it fills an album page perfectly.

Here is a look at the complete set:

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The cards are sharp.  They are shiny.  And they really stand out.

I wish that Topps continued this set past just the 2011 and 2012 seasons, I could easily think of 5-6 more themes that I would love for them to share with us that follow the same format.

Thankfully, they did give us one more.  Their ‘Prime 9 – Players Of The Week’ subset that was also issued in 2011 is on my radar!!

The Checklists For The New Subsets I Am Building Are Done. It Is Now ‘Go Time’!!!

The Checklists For The New Subsets I Am Building Are Done. It Is Now ‘Go Time’!!!

You may recall that from last week that I announced that I would be taking on a few more subsets in the coming weeks.

Well, there are five that I am going after.  And I have finally created the needed checklists to keep myself on track as I begin to tackle these new collecting adventures.

Here they are:

Prime Nine Home Run Legends
Got It
Alex Rodriguez
 
Albert Pujols
X
Frank Robinson
X
Ernie Banks
 
Mickey Mantle
 
Reggie Jackson
 
Willie Mays
 
Babe Ruth
 
Hank Aaron
 
   
 
2013 GQ – Collisions At The Plate
Got It
CP-BM Brian McCann  
CP-BP Buster Posey  
CP-CF Carlton Fisk  
CP-CR Carlos Ruiz  
CP-GC Gary Carter  
CP-JB Johnny Bench  
CP-MM Miguel Montero  
CP-SP Salvador Perez  
CP-WR Wilin Rosario  
CP-YM Yadier Molina  
   
 
2011 GQ – Wall Climbers
Got It
WC1 Torii Hunter
 
WC2 Mike Stanton
 
WC3 Nick Swisher
 
WC4 Denard Span
 
WC5 Rajai Davis
X
WC6 Ichiro
X
WC7 Franklin Gutierrez
 
WC8 Michael Brantley
 
WC9 Jason Heyward
 
WC10 David DeJesus
 
   
 
2013 Archives – 72 Topps Basketball Design
Got It
72B-AM Andrew McCutchen  
72B-CC CC Sabathia  
72B-DW Dave Winfield  
72B-GS Giancarlo Stanton  
72B-JB Johnny Bench  
72B-JH Jason Heyward  
72B-JM Joe Morgan  
72B-KG Ken Griffey Jr.  
72B-LB Lou Brock  
72B-MK Matt Kemp  
72B-OS Ozzie Smith  
72B-PF Prince Fielder  
72B-RC Rod Carew  
72B-RJ Reggie Jackson  
72B-TG Tony Gwynn  
72B-TS Tom Seaver  
72B-TW Ted Williams  
72B-WM Willie McCovey  
72B-WS Willie Stargell  
72B-YD Yu Darvish  
   
2013 Archives Tallboys Got It
MT-AB Albert Pujols  
MT-AK Al Kaline  
MT-AR Anthony Rizzo X
MT-BH Bryce Harper  
MT-BP Buster Posey  
MT-CK Clayton Kershaw  
MT-CR Cal Ripken Jr.  
MT-CS Chris Sale  
MT-DBU Dylan Bundy  
MT-DC Dave Concepcion  
MT-DF David Freese  
MT-DJ Derek Jeter X
MT-DM Denny McLain  
MT-DP Dave Parker  
MT-DS Dave Stewart X
MT-DW David Wright  
MT-EB Ellis Burks  
MT-ED Eric Davis  
MT-FL Fred Lynn  
MT-FM Fred McGriff  
MT-FW Frank White  
MT-GG Gio Gonzalez  
MT-KG Kirk Gibson X
MT-KM Kevin Mitchell  
MT-MC Miguel Cabrera  
MT-MG Mike Greenwell X
MT-MS Mike Schmidt  
MT-MT Mike Trout  
MT-MW Matt Williams  
MT-ON Otis Nixon  
MT-RB Ryan Braun  
MT-RC Robinson Cano  
MT-RCL Roberto Clemente  
MT-SS Stephen Strasburg  
MT-WC Will Clark X
MT-WM Will Middlebrooks  
MT-YC Yoenis Cespedes

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The task at hand is a large one, but one that I definitely look forward to tackling.

If anyone can assist me with these new collecting endeavors, I would be greatly appreciative!!  Let me know and we will work something out.

Thanks.

A Few New Subsets To Tackle!!!

A Few New Subsets To Tackle!!!

I’ve eluded to this for a few weeks now that some of the subsets I had been working on for a while have been conquered.

So, without further ado, I am ready to announce the next group of subsets that I am preparing to build.

And yes, I plan on taking you with me on the journey.  So, buckle up – here they are:

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Wall Climbers’

subset wall climber

2012 Topps ‘Prime 9 – Home Run Legends’

subset prime 9

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’

subset tallboy

2013 Topps Archives ‘1972 Basketball Design’

subset 72 basketball

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’

subset collisions

A pretty nice crop of subset themes and designs, huh???

If anyone can help me get these started I would be extremely grateful and would immediately work on a way to repay the kindness!

This is going to be a lot of fun.  Stay tuned!!!!

 

I Have Finally Completed The 2012 Topps Archives ‘Deckle Edge’ Subset!!! Check It Out!!!

I Have Finally Completed The 2012 Topps Archives ‘Deckle Edge’ Subset!!!  Check It Out!!!

I have been knocking out player collections and subsets at a pretty good pace as of late, and I have another completed set to add to my collection.

This subset comes from the 2012 Topps Archives set, and is re-make of a very popular and widely collected subset from the late 1960’s – ‘Deckle Edge’.

The set, made famous with its smaller size and scalloped edges.

Have a look at this 15-card beauty:

DECKLE SET A

DECKLE SET B

Featuring both players from today’s game and legends from the past, the set looks great.  I love the Black and White look of the images used on this set, but the faux autographs probably could have been skipped…

If I could change one thing in the set, it would be the crop of players from today that were included.  Sure, I understand adding Napoli and Freese due to their amazing play in the 2011 World Series, but I would have rather have seen guys like Verlander or Cabrera or Posey make the cut instead.

Still, a fantastic set for my collection.  And one that I am really happy that I chose to piece together.

:)

My 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘MoonShots’ Set Is COMPLETE!!! Have A Look!!!

My 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘MoonShots’ Set Is COMPLETE!!!  Have A Look!!!

Well, it took me roughly 3 1/2 months, but I am happy to announce that I have been able to piece together another great looking subset.

This one comes from the 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen set and is tagged as ‘Moonshots’.

The 20-card set features the great home runs hitters of the past and current game. 

Have a look:

MOONSHOTS A

MOONSHOTS B

MOONSHOTS C

Normally, Purple would not be a border color that would be something I would celebrate, but I really think it works well for this set.  The Yellow and Silver pieces of the card’s graphic design work well with the Dark Purple border color and it allows for the action imagery to stand out nicely.

As for the player selection, I like that Topps included current and former stars in the set.  I could have done with a few more legends and a few less modern guys, but I know that Topps has to cater to all collectors.

Still, if this set had a little more Eddie Murray,  Hank Aaron, and Stan Musial and a little less Giancarlo Stanton, Curtis Granderson, and Nelson Cruz, I don’t think you’d get too many complaints…

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Lot Of Five 2013 Topps Archives ‘Tall Boy’ Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Lot Of Five 2013 Topps Archives ‘Tall Boy’ Cards

On the short list of cards that I told the dealer I was seeking was ‘Any Card From The Tall Boy’ subset.

I knew as soon as I saw these cards in some previews that I was going to want to go after the full set.  I love the vintage look, and I like that the checklist features from of my favorite players from the 1980’s.

He pulled five cards from the set during his box break and I swiftly offered him $2.00 for the lot.

Here is my purchase: 

SHOW 8

My favorites from this lot are the Mike Greenwell and Dave Stewart cards.  It’s nice to see these two guys getting some modern-day love!!!

I Have Completed My 2012 Topps Archives ‘Cloth Stickers’ Set And It Looks G-R-E-A-T!!!! Check it out!!!

I Have Completed My 2012 Topps Archives ‘Cloth Stickers’ Set And It Looks G-R-E-A-T!!!!  Check it out!!!

As we rapidly approach the release of the new 2013 Topps Archives set, I am very excited to announce that I have completed one of the two subsets from last year’s set that I had been working on – ’77 Cloth Stickers.

I decided to build this set just a few months ago, but thanks to some great trades and donations plus a few card show purchases, I was able to wrap this one up rather quickly.

The set features a solid mix of both vintage and current ball players, and Topps did a great job of staying true to the original design from the ’77 set.  I especially like that Topps chose age-appropriate images of the legends in the set as many of them could have been from 1977.

Here is a look at the complete set:

CLOTH STICKER SET A

CLOTH STICKER SET B

CLOTH STICKER SET C

CLOTH STICKER SET D

The set looks really, really nice.  And I am strongly considering putting this one in an album versus leaving them in penny sleeves and top loaders.  I think that showcasing the set in this manner will do the set a lot more justice this way.

I cannot wait to see what surprises the 2013 Archives set may bring!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Inspiration For My Next Subset!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Inspiration For My Next Subset!!!

When I attend these monthly baseball card shows, the biggest thrill that I get is the chance to simply sift through a massive amount of cardboard.

As a kid, I used to love doing this and getting this chance once a month makes up for the other 30 days a  month that I get to shop online for them.

While at the card shows, I always find it interesting when I discover a card or set that I had not seen before.

And that was what happened when I came across these two cards:

SHOW 6

Coming from the 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen set, the two cards you are seeing come from the ‘Wal Climbers’ subset.  I like the theme, and I love the images.

This is definitely a set that I will investigate further.  If the remainder of the cards look as good as the first two that I picked up, I will be going after the full set, for sure!!