2020 Topps Baseball’s Finest Flashbacks Hits A Home Run With Collectors

As a member of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club I was able to purchase (3) boxes of the new online-exclusive 2020 Topps Baseball’s Finest Flashbacks for $55/box.  The design pays tribute to 1993 Topps Finest which introduced collectors to the Refractor.

Not only is the design a nod to the original set, this new version also consists of (199) cards and contains (1) refractor per box.  With that being said, most people ripping find at least (2) refractors on average.  Parallels include Base Refractors, Gold Refractors #’ed/50, Black Refractors #’ed/25, Red Refractors #’ed/5, and Superfractors #’ed 1/1.  Even though the Base Refractors aren’t serial numbered, its speculated that no more than (50) copies exist for each card.

Opening a single box doesn’t guarantee an autograph.  Autographs fall about 1:6 boxes.  Base Autograph parallels include Base Refractor #’ed/20, Gold Refractors #’ed/15, Orange Refractors #’ed/10, Red Refractors #’ed/5, and Superfractors #’ed 1/1.  Base All-Stars Autographs are #’ed/20, and have parallels which include Gold Refractors #’ed/15, Orange Refractors #’ed/10, Red Refractors #’ed/5, and Superfractors #’ed 1/1.

Andre Dawson, Ivan Rodriguez, John Smoltz, Mark McGwire, and Roberto Alomar each have original Autograph Buybacks #’ed/20 or less.

Inserts come in the form of All-Stars Jumbo Box Toppers.

(18) packs come in a single box.

Pack Odds

Base Parallels:

  • Refractor (1:18)
  • Gold Refractor #’ed/50 (1:18)
  • Black Refractor #’ed/25 (1:36)
  • Red Refractor #’ed/5 (1:176)
  • Superfractor #’ed 1/1 (1:880)

Autograph Parallels:

  • Refractor #’ed/20 (1:296)
  • Gold Refractor #’ed/15 (1:381)
  • Orange Refractor #’ed/10 (1:573)
  • Red Refractor #’ed/5 (1:1,138)
  • Superfractor #’ed 1/1 (1:5,765)

The odds of finding an Autograph Buyback is (1:2,260).

Given that the odds of pulling a non-autographed Superfractor are (1:880) packs should tell you how limited this product actually is.  Normally that number is in the thousands.

This was a no-brainer buy for me.  Where else are you guaranteed (2) cards #’ed/50 or less for the price of $55/box?  The answer is nowhere.

Nostalgic design.  Colorful, low-numbered parallels.  On-card autographs.  It doesn’t surprise me that these boxes are selling for hundreds on the secondary market.  Nobody knows what the ceiling will be for these boxes.

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Card of the Day: Mike Piazza 1997 Pinnacle Home/Away #5

Card of the Day: Mark McGwire 1998 Topps Gold Label Home Run Race #HR2

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Bring Home Jamie Cooper’s Yankees Dream Scene Today

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Ok Yankees fans.  I’ve got some great news for you.  Jamie Cooper’s Yankees Dream Scene can now be yours to own.  Starting on Monday, November 17, 2014 Jamie Cooper will have Yankees Dream Scene lithographs for sale.  Each lithograph is printed on 300 gsm quality art stock, measures 26″ x 28″, and comes with a certificate explaining all the hidden details within the scene.  Jamie Cooper will also sign each lithograph too.  The cost is $125.00 plus $25.00 S&H for a single lithograph.  If you’re interested in purchasing one of these Yankees Dream Scene lithographs, please contact Jamie Cooper at: jamie@jcap.com.au 

This would make an excellent gift for that ultimate Yankees fan!!!

Legendary Auctions sold the original Yankees Dream Scene in August, 2013 for over $20,000.00 during the National Sports Collectors Convention.  Jamie Cooper’s work is incredibly well done, and you can spend hours analyzing all the little details he puts into his work.  He really does his research.  Phillies fans know his work from the Phillies Dream Scene that is now hanging in the “Diamond Club” at Citizens Bank Park.  Lithographs for the Phillies Dream Scene are also available.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Honus Wagner 1924 Mrs. Sherlock’s Home Made Bread Pin

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There was some big Honus Wagner news (although not very surprising) this week.  Bill Mastro admitted that he trimmed the infamous T206 Honus Wagner tobacco card he purchased for $25,000 in 1985.  Its no surprise to most collectors.  Everyone that has owned that card has made money on it, except for Ken Kendrick who is the card’s current owner and owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Mr. Kendrick might have a difficult time making a profit after Mastro’s little announcement.  That’s if he ever decides to sell the card which he purchased for $2.8 million back in 2007.

If you don’t have the cash for a 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner, you could always settle for one of his many other collectibles ,like this pin.  The 1924 Mrs. Sherlock’s Home Made Bread set consists of 10 pins – Grover Alexander, Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Walter Johnson, Rabbit Maranville, Paddy Moran, Babe Ruth, George Sisler, Tris Speaker, and Honus Wagner.  These were offered as a premium for people that purchased Mrs. Sherlock’s Home Made Bread.  Pins from this era are highly collectible.  The Wagner can sell for $100.00 to over a $1,000 depending on its condition.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Welcome Home, Joe Pa Pin

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This is an interesting image of Bear Bryant welcoming Joe Paterno into what looks like heaven.  I think its a cool picture.  This image emerged online after Joe Paterno passed away and its found its way onto items such as pins.  They can be found for $2.00.  R.I.P. Joe Pa.

Flashback Product of the Week: 1941 Gum, Inc. Uncle Sam/Home Defense

Gum Inc.’s 1941 Uncle Sam/Home Defense set consists of 144 cards.  #1-96 contain images of the main branches throughout the military, and #97-144 illustrate what it might have been like if WWII action had taken place within the United States.

These cards can be found relatively cheap.  They depict some great artwork.  I thought this would be appropriate for Memorial Day.

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#66 – Machine Gun Practice

Twelve Years Ago Tonight………………….

Twelve years ago tonight Mark McGwire passed Roger Maris as the single season home run king.  Bonds now holds that record, but 1998 was a great season for baseball.  Too bad that it all had to get ruined by steroids.

Back in ’98 the card below was on fire!  This thing went through the roof, and today it can be found for a few bucks.  Even though both McGwire’s and Sosa’s rookies are barely worth anything, their autographs are in high demand.

Ok lets here it.  How many of you purchased one of these during that season?

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