Daily Archives: April 26, 2010

I Am Going To Attempt A ‘Rainbow’. And I Need Your Help!!!

I am Going To Attempt A ‘Rainbow’.  And I Need Your Help!!!

I have wanted to attempt this for some time, so I have finally given in to those thoughts and I am now ready to act!!!

One of my newest collecting goals is to collect the 2008 Upper Deck Heroes cards of Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks. 

Over the last few months, I have gotten myself pretty familiar with the cards from this set.   But I am still not 100% certain that I know  of each and every version that was issued…  Between the colors of the various versions, the game-used cards, and the certified autographs, I know that this task is an impossible mission.  But that doesn’t mean that I am not up for the challenge.

My biggest struggle is the checklist.  I know that there is a large handful of colored parallels in this set, but I am having a hard time finding a complete list.  Ideally, I would like to see a list of all colors and what they are numbered to.  I can find the Green, Grey, Red, Yellow, Sea Green, Brown, etc on various sites, but I cannot find 1 source that gives me all of the info at once.

I am hoping that a fellow reader of this site can help.  You guys have been great with information like this before, and your help would be greatly appreciated again.

Also, are the game-used relic cards and certified auto’s color-coded and numbered in the same manner as the base versions???  Please help.


Tim Raines 1989 Upper Deck – Front & Back

Tim Raines 1989 Upper Deck – Front & Back

Upper Deck got it right with Tim Raines’ card in their 1989 issue.  They just didn’t execute it as properly as they could have…

This is the picture they went with on the front of Raines’ card…

Terrible, I know.  And when compared to the image that they used for the back, it makes the front image look even worse.

Check out the back…

See what I mean?  The front of the card is one of the worst card fronts that UD issued that year.  And the back is one of their best…

I just don’t get it.  But I guess that is why I am messing with inventory numbers for a medical supplies company while some Marketing and Advertising geniuses are saying ‘YEAH’ and not ‘NEY’ to issuing this card to the collecting world…

1981 Topps ‘Record Breakers’ – Card #201 – Johnny Bench

1981 Topps ‘Record Breakers’ – Card #201 – Johnny Bench

Headline – ‘Bench sets home run mark for backstops’

The story – Cincinnati, Ohio, October 5, 1980.  Reds’ catcher Johnny Bench has finished the season as the all-time leading slugger among backstops.  Johnny belted 23 round-trippers while catching in 1980, giving him a lifetime total of 323 4-baggers while wearing the ‘tools of ignorance’.  The former major league record for home runs by a catcher was 313 held by Hall of Famer, Yogi Berra.

30 years later – Bench ended his career with 389 home runs; 326 of which were hit while catching in the game.  The game’s new leader is Mike Piazza who hit 427 career home runs, 396 of which came while catching.

My Fergie Jenkins ‘Fab 5′ – Card #5

My Fergie Jenkins ‘Fab 5′ – Card #5

Now that my Fergie Jenkins player collection is complete I wanted to take the time to show off my favorite 5 cards from this set.

Card #5 – 1983 Topps ‘Super Veteran’

We here at ’30-YOC’ love the baseball subset.  And the first subset I collected when getting back into this hobby was the 1983 Topps ‘Super Veteran’ set.  The set has everything a collector like me craves – tributes to legendary players that built the sport into what it is.  This Fergie Jenkins card features Fergie during his rookie season with the Phillies and then again during his second stint with the Cubs.

Truly classic, the 1983 Topps ‘Super Veteran’ subset is and will always be a ’30-YOC’ favorite!!!