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HOO-RAY!!! My 2013 Topps Archives ‘Mini Tallboy’ Subset Is Complete!!

HOO-RAY!!!  My 2013 Topps Archives ‘Mini Tallboy’ Subset Is Complete!!

Yeah baby, the biggest subset I have tackled in years is finally complete.  And it took a lot of work to get here.

Thankfully, I had some help with this one.  Some trades, some donations, and some shared information all helped me get this one done.

40 cards deep, this set is big.  But, the theme is right up my alley – full of modern and vintage players all on a sweet design.

Have a look at all 40 cards:

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The set is nice, and I am digging how it looks all together like this.  In my album, it is not as clean looking as the cards have a ton of room to shift and slide around in the standard sized 9-pocket page, but I will get over it.

As for the players included in the set, there are a few questionable things going on, but overall I am OK with the checklist.  I love the inclusion of Stewart, Concepcion, Greenwell, and Parker but I could have done without some of the others.  And way too many Red Sox in the set – 5 out of 40 cards when teams like the Marlins were not recognized at all.

Overall, I love it.  And I am very happy with my decision to put this set together when released with 2013 Topps Archives.

Hopefully the new Archives set has something else for me to go after…

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Topps Archives ’1972 Basketball Design’

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Topps Archives ’1972 Basketball Design’

I am currently building the 2013 Topps Archives ‘1972 Basketball Design’ subset.  As the name implies, Topps adopted a card design from a vintage  basketball product and put it into this baseball product.

The end result is a pretty exciting looking baseball card set, with a neat twist.  Would I like to see more of this in the future?  Possibly.  But, there are a ton of baseball-specific designs that I think Topps should re-issue first!!

This is the Andrew McCutchen card from the set:



McCutchen is a fantastic young baseball player that is in his fifth major league season at just 26 years of age.

He is an exciting player to watch due to his quick feet and seemingly limitless energy.  As a defender, McCutchen is able to get to plays in the outfield in a hurry, and while small in stature, he has a pretty strong throwing arm.  Offensively, McCutchen is excellent – he can hit for power, hit for a high average, run like the wind, make good baseball decisions, and best of all – he is a leader.

McCutchen could definitely have played in the 1970’s and 1980’s – the player he make me think of when watching him play is cross between Joe Morgan and Dale Murphy.  And that is not bad company at all!!!


2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Dante Bichette

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Dante Bichette

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the Dante Bichette card from the set:



Dante Bichette played in the major leagues for 14 seasons.  During that time, he suited up for the Angels, Brewers, Rockies, Reds, and Red Sox.

This card features Bichette as a member of the Rockies; and it is the proper choice.  7 of Bichette’s 14 big league seasons were spent in Colorado.  During that time, he was an All-Star four time and an MVP candidate.

Bichette clubbed 274 home runs during his career, 201 of them coming while with the Rockies.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Lot Of 3 2013 Topps Archives ‘Tall Boys’ – Boston Red Sox: Evans, Burks, Middlebrooks!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Lot Of 3 2013 Topps Archives ‘Tall Boys’ – Boston Red Sox: Evans, Burks, Middlebrooks!!

I did much better with the ‘Tallboys’ set at the show than any other that I was going after.

I was able to find three cards for my set, and it is really odd that all three feature players from the Boston Red Sox.  The cards cover three eras of Red Sox baseball – the 1970’s, the 1990’s, and the present time.


I like the cards.  I like the consistency of the approach with the same colors being used for the team too.

Not a bad way to take a chunk out of my ‘Want List’ for the set!!

Attention Orioles Fans, Topps’ 2013 Archives Product May Not Be For You…

Attention Orioles Fans, Topps’ 2013 Archives Product May Not Be For You…

I’m still going through all of the cards that I pulled from the two boxes of 2013 Topps Archives that I busted two weeks ago.

I have a few trades in the works, I have cards that will go to my player collections, and I have cards that will go to the guys that I exchange cards with often.

Overall, I would say that I am pretty happy with the product, but some of the image choices have left me scratching my head – especially when it comes to some of the legends that were included in the set.

Of the poor image selection that I found, no team was more effected than the Baltimore Orioles.  They are all pretty bad if you ask me.

Attention Orioles Fans, Topps’ 2013 Archives Product May Not Be For You…

First, there is the way too zoomed-in image of Cal Ripken in this 1972 Topps card:


Not complimentary at all if you ask me.  And this one is the BEST one I pulled…

Have a look at the Eddie Murray card:


Sure, I love the 1985 Topps design and the Orioles logo is sweet as well.  But this image sucks – I cannot even figure out why the picture was snapped…

And it only gets worse from there…

Here are the four base cards I pulled of guys on the current roster:



What the hell is that in the background?  A tarp?  A construction site??  Where aer the palm trees?  Where are the hand-painted outfield signs??  And can somebody please look at the camera??

Jeez!!!  I’m kind of glad that my Marlins only got one card in the set this year…

Finally, A 2-Box 2013 Topps Archives ‘Retail Blaster Box Break’ – Come Check It Out!!!

Finally, A 2-Box 2013 Topps Archives ‘Retail Blaster Box Break’ – Come Check It Out!!!

Man, it took me forever to find these.  And trust me when I tell you that I was really putting some energy into hunting them down…

I was informed via the web that the release date had been pushed back from last Wednesday, the 29th to Friday, the 31st.  Well, I looked for Topps Archives on the 31st, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd before I finally found them today – four days after they were supposed to be on the shelves.

As soon as I saw them at Wal-Mart, I scooped up two boxes and headed for the register.  I had already seen, and bought a few, of the cards at the card show I attended over the weekend, but there is nothing better than ripping through the boxes yourself – NOTHING!!

Let me first say that I love the packaging of Archives – from the vintage design and colors of the box to the look and style of the packs themselves – it all screams ‘FUN’.  I think that the only upgrade that could be made is if Topps went back to their original wax paper packaging but I don’t see that occurring anytime soon…

That’s enough chit-chat, right?!?!

You want to see the cards, right?!?!?!

OK, let’s do this!!!

Box 1, Pack A – what a start: Lincecum, Stras, Machado!!


Box 1, Pack B – I like the 4-in-1, but the image selection for Coleman is a bit odd…


Box 1, Pack C – Gwynn All-Star!!!


Box 1, Pack D – Another Gwynn, plus a Ripken and a Jeter ‘Tall Boy’


Box 1, Pack E  – Gio, Phillips, Bryce Harper and a Mickey Rivers SP!!!


Box 1, Pack F – Reggie and Palmer: 2 of my favorites!!!


Box 1, Pack G – Jeez, call this the All-Star pack!!


Box 1, Pack H – Rod Carew & Eddie Murray = NICE!!


That was fun!  Let’s do another one!!!

Box 2, Pack A – Ted Williams, Ken Griffey Jr, and a Kent Hrbek SP!!!


Box 2, Pack B – Wow, that Musial card is B-A-D!!!


Box 2, Pack C – Morgan!!!  And my first double – Ryne Sandberg All-Star…


Box 2, Pack D – Cannot complain about pulling Cabrera!  And I like the Ortiz card too.


Box 2, Pack E – Struck GOLD with Phillips and also nabbed a Shelby Miller rookie!  And a Prince as well!  And a Charlie Hough 87 Topps SP!!!


Box 2, Pack F – Profar rookie, Mike Trout, Gary Carter, and an Anthony Rizzo ‘Tall Boy’


Box 2, Pack G – Loving the legends – Jackie, Yogi, ‘Pops’ and another double – the Gwynn All-Star.


Box 2, Pack H – That Giants 4-in-1 is AWESOME!!!


Man, that was a lot of fun.

I always enjoy pulling cards out of packs that reminds me of how much fun it was when I was a lot younger. Seeing cards surface that feature Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken, and Paul Molitor takes me right back to when I was tearing through tons of Topps, Fleer, and Donruss cards in the late 1980’s!!

I think I did fairly well with my boxes.  Of course, I would have liked to have pulled an autograph or relic card, but I know that the odds are against me with the ‘Retail Blaster’ format.

I did not pull a single Marlins card (need to check the checklist to see how many there are) and I also did not nab the Dawson All-Star card.  I’ll seek those out, and more, through trades and on the web as more and more become available.

If anyone is building the set or team sets let me know as I may be able to help you.  And if you’re a player collector and see something you like, let me know as I am sure that we can work something out!!!

I’m going to look through the cards again now.  I’ll probably have some more posts about them in the coming days…

Thanks for reading!

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: 


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!!!