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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Topps Surprises Hockey Fans With Brett Hull Signed Stickers

Topps left the NHL licensed card business in 2004.  In 2017 they jumped back in with their Topps NHL SKATE digital trading card app.  In 2019 Topps took things a step further acquiring a license to produce NHL stickers.

Leading up to the 2020 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis, hockey fans enjoyed the events at the NHL Fan Fair.  One of the biggest moments took place at the Topps booth when St. Louis Blues legend, and 2009 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Brett Hull arrived.  Topps printed stickers which resemble Brett Hull’s 1988-89 Topps #66 rookie card.  Fans were quite eager to snatch the stickers up, and have him sign them.

They might not be “cards”, but these stickers look darn good.  Topps is as close as possible to making NHL licensed cards as they can get.  Upper Deck currently has an exclusive NHL license to make cards.

Don’t Mess With This Santa – Parkside’s 2019 Santa Claus Promo Card

Parkside Collectibles is a new card company.  Right now they specialize in making cards for the Big3 3-on-3 basketball league, Major League Lacrosse, and Santa Claus.

Santa Claus has been appearing on cards for decades.  His appearance on modern day sports cards began with his 1989 Pro Set Football Promo.  Since then, pretty much every card company that ever existed has made cards of Santa Claus.  He has quite the following, and collectors aren’t afraid to spend tons on that rare Santa Claus card they need for their collection.

Between 12/1/19 and 12/25/19 anyone who made a purchase on the Parkside Collectibles website received this special Santa Claus card.  It features an artistic Santa Claus holding a basketball in one hand, a red sack of sports equipment in the other, all while wearing a Big3 Enemies jersey.  According to Parkside Collectibles, (500) cards were printed.  A handful were also given away to some of their social media followers.  Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

I wouldn’t mess with a Santa Claus wearing a jersey that says “Enemies” on it.

Card of the Day: Jammin’ with Will Smith 1991-92 NBA Hoops #325

Card of the Day: Sam Vincent 1990-91 NBA Hoops #223 – With Jordan In #12 Jersey

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: I’m Sticking With Panini

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I hear the NHL and NHLPA have a ton of these just laying around 🙂

Panini has been around since the early 1960’s.  It all started when brothers Benito and Giuseppe Panini purchased a large collection of stickers from a company that was having trouble selling them.  The brothers decided to place the stickers inside of packs and sell them that way.  They ended up selling three million packs and having a lot of success.  The two ended up founding Panini in 1961 and manufacturing their own line of collectible stickers.

Collectors from the U.S. probably didn’t have that much involvement with Panini until 2009 when they acquired an exclusive NBA license.  Panini then went on to purchase Donruss/Playoff and inherited their NFL and NFLPA licenses.  Their American division is known as Panini America and is one of the most dominant trading card manufacturers in the country along side Topps and Upper Deck.

I’m not 100% sure how this pin was distributed, but I think it might have to do with an ITV Telethon which was held in the late 80’s and early 90’s in the United Kingdom.  Ever wonder why Panini uses a knight in their logo?

Topps Comes Through With HK Cut Signature Redemption

Lately Topps hasn’t been receiving the best feedback from collectors when it comes to their redemption cards.  Many are left out in the cold for months (sometimes years) wondering when they’ll get that card they’re due.  Unfortunately for some collectors the wait ends up in a total disaster.  They’ll get that bubble mailer in the mail, rip it open, only to find a replacement card not worth nearly as much as the card they were originally promised.  I don’t know what to say, other than they need a better system with improved communication.  An official Topps blog would be nice.

I rarely redeem redemption cards, let alone buy one.  But I certainly didn’t have a choice when someone posted the Harry Kalas 2013 Topps Series 1 Chasing History Cut Signature redemption for sale back in May.  Normally this is something I would never do, but I thought I’d take a chance on it.  My thinking was this.  Harry Kalas passed away back in 2009, and Topps didn’t have to chase him down for an autograph like they have to with many living players they issue redemptions for.  It was good enough logic for me to pull the trigger on the card.  After seeing that the Babe Ruth cut signature from 2013 Topps Series 1 was shipped, I was hoping the status on my card might change, and that’s exactly what happened a few days ago.

Here it is.  The Harry Kalas 2013 Topps Series 1 One-Of-One Chasing History Cut Signature.  He doesn’t have many cards, and this is one of the rarest for the former Phillies broadcaster/announcer.  Kalas rarely has cards appear in products, and that makes it even a bigger deal for me when I hear he is going to be included within something.  I have all of my Harry Kalas cards uploaded to Sports Card Album.  One of these days I’d like to get much more uploaded, as I have boxes full of relics and autographs I wouldn’t mind trying to sell.  Plus some other stuff I’d just like to show off.  At least this redemption card story has a happy ending.

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I’m still looking for the following HK cards:

  • Harry Kalas 1984 Tastykake Phillies Broadcasters #7
  • Harry Kalas/Gary Maddox/Richie Ashburn 1988 Phillies Tastykake Phillies Announcers #39
  • Harry Kalas/Chris Wheeler/Andy Musser 1990 Phillies Tastykake Phillies Announcers #35
  • 2004 Fleer Greats of the Game Mike Schmidt/Harry Kalas Announcing Greats Dual Auto #’ed/25
  • Harry Kalas 2004 UD Sweet Spot Classic Signatures Auto Black #’ed/100
  • Harry Kalas 2005 UD Sweet Spot Classic Signatures Auto Black Stitch #’ed/1
  • Harry Kalas 2005 UD Sweet Spot Classic Signatures Auto Red-Blue Stitch #’ed/40
  • Harry Kalas Sportkings Premium Back Redemption Sketches #’ed/1
  • Harry Kalas Sportkings Series E Top 50 Broadcasters Cut Signature #’ed/1

ITG Celebrates Chi-Town With Their 2013 National VIP Set

ITG has unveiled their 9-card set that will be made available to VIPs that attend this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention.  As you can see, this set celebrates Chi-Town.  Players in this set include: Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull, Glenn Hall, Stan Mikita, Roy Conacher, Charlie Gardiner, Bill Mosienko, Max Bentley and Pierre Pilote.  I think these are nicer than those puzzles ITG has made for past VIP packages.

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1986 Cheap Toys with Crummy Candy Series 1

One of my favorite things to do when it comes to the Flashback Product of the Week posts is to go off the regular path and explore some really obscure products.  This is going to be one of those times.

When I think of pop-culture from the 80’s, a few things come to mind.  One thing that sticks out the most would have to be Garbage Pail Kids.  Garbage Pail Kids are basically Cabbage Patch Kids from hell.  They aren’t cute and cuddly.  Instead these little guys/girls are horrific, ugly, and down right insulting in some circumstances.  That’s what makes them so awesome.

Garbage Pail Kids aren’t limited to their 2-D cards and stickers.  They have a strong collector following when it comes to their toys.  In 1986, Topps decided to release Cheap Toys with Crummy Candy, which has to be the most straight forward product title in history.  I could see today’s card manufacturers putting names to their products that actually reflect whats inside, i.e. 2012 Lots Of Base Cards & One Plain Colored Relic Worth Little To What The Box Cost.  Boxes contained little green bags that had a candy wafer, (1) figure, and a checklist inside.  Series 1 has a ten characters – Leaky Lindsay, Double Heather, Brett Sweat, Muggin’ Megan, Alice Island, Adam Bomb, Crater Chris, Graffiti Petey, Thin Lynn, and Brainy Janey.  You would think a product such as this wouldn’t be too complicated.  They’re just cheap little figures.  How far in detail could they possible go?  That’s the wrong question to ask.

While doing research for this post, I came to the conclusion that this figure set is almost as complicated and diverse as the Old Judge tobacco cards.  What started with ten figures who each have four colors – blue, red, peach, and green, has exploded into hundreds of figures with different variations.  These variations include material the figures are made of, colors, copyright dates, and different distribution types.  The list goes on and on.  Its far from an easy set to complete.  Figures of the four basic colors are worth about $10.00 a piece, but than you come across a rare neon yellow version like the one pictured below and you can look to spend around $80.00.

Of the two Series that Topps released, I believe Series 1 is in higher demand.  Sealed boxes of Series 1 continue to sell for hundreds of dollars.

If you have any questions about Cheap Toys with Crummy Candy or Garbage Pail Kids in general, I highly recommend checking out geepeekay.com.

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