Card of the Day: David Carr 2002 Topps Pristine RC #168

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Flashback Product of the Week: 2005 Topps Pristine Baseball

The packaging is what stands out the most with 2005 Topps Pristine Baseball.  Each hobby box contains 5 “Hard Packs” containing 8 cards.  The packs open like giant envelopes and inside each you’ll find an uncirculated relic or autograph.  It provides a nice selection of rookies and veterans.  By this time, I think Topps was doing everything possible to keep this brand alive.  Earlier versions of Pristine would feature packs within packs instead big envelopes.  I only opened one pack back in ’05 and pulled a Posada jersey.  Boxes can be found for around $130.00.

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Flashback Product of the Week: 2002 Topps Pristine Baseball

These packs always reminded me of those antique nesting dolls that you would play with as a child.  This product featured 5 tri-packs per box with 8 cards per pack.  Every tri-pack would contain an uncirculated refractor, relic, and a few base cards.  There would also be at least one autograph per box.  This wasn’t the first year Topps Pristine was introduced to the hobby.  Topps Pristine was first made for 2001-2002 basketball cards.  I can remember opening a pack of 2002 Topps Pristine and pulling a Vinny Castilla uncirculated refractor, Paul Lo Duca jersey, and a Joe Mauer rookie.  The last Topps Pristine product to be made was 2006 Topps Pristine.

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