Thursday, December 5, 2019

2019 Topps Archives Expos 50th Autograph "Gold Foil" #/50

Card Review: 5.9  I'm sliding this "Gold" foil stamped autograph variant just ahead of the "Green" and slightly behind the "Silver," as far as it's aesthetics go.  The gripes I've previously expressed about those two being inherently the same cards from the same print runs still hold true with this gold one as well.  In short, adding different colored foil stamping to a card doesn't make it a different card.  The individual serial numbering on the back just doesn't move the needle for me either.  In fact I think it's kind of the antithesis of what card collecting is all about.  How can we all share in a common collecting experience if a set is limited to 50, or 100, or 10 copies?  Kids won't be trading duplicates of these outside the little league snack bar next summer.

Ultimately, my point is that the card is nice enough without the autograph, or limited colored foil stamping.  The bells and whistles just distract from what was already a very good thing.

Number of this card in my collection: 2 (only 48 to go)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Sportlots Box

This is the second "Box" shipment from Sportlots that I've had delivered.  Since the first one I had shipped last June, I've been slowly adding to my "box" with various sized purchases from various sellers.  I've taken to only placing orders with sellers who will ship to "the box" for free, or close to it.  I've developed a habit of seeking out set needs from my various projects, and then loading up on any Wallach cards that particular seller may also have listed.  Also mixed in, were a few stray orders from sellers with a large numbers of early 80's Wallach cards available.  All in all there were 273 Wallach cards in this order along with a good number of my set building needs.  Here's a look at what fell out of the box.

I loaded up on '83 Topps Wallach's to the tune of 75 new copies of it.  1983 Topps was the first Wallach card I ever pulled from a pack and remains on my short list as my all-time favorite, and depending on my mood, can often lay claim to the title of my all-time favorite Wallach card.  Here are the updated numbers for the above cards:

1982 Donruss: 217
1982 Fleer x3: 381
1983 Donruss: 141
1983 Fleer x5: 139
1983 Topps x75: 359
1983 Topps Stickers x5: 42
1984 Donruss x3: 161
1984 Fleer x8: 135
1984 O-Pee-Chee: 42
1984 Topps x14: 380

1985 Fleer remains a relatively elusive card, but I was able to add a few more here.  A 1987 Fleer Glossy and '87 OPC are the only real oddities to show up in this group.

1985 Donruss x5: 129
1985 Fleer x7: 120
1985 Leaf: 41
1985 Topps x15: 359
1986 Donruss x2: 159
1986 Fleer x2: 129
1986 Leaf x2: 31
1986 Topps x3: 376
1986 Topps All-Star x2: 666
1987 Donruss x5: 441
1987 Fleer Glossy: 35
1987 O-Pee-Chee: 20
1987 Topps x7: 939

Those '88 and '89 Fleer in the upper left above are of the Glossy variety.  Fleer took mercy on us in '89 and started using a different back from the base set, making it much easier to tell them apart.  I've gotten pretty good at spotting the glossy from the base with '87 and '88, but it was not the easiest skill to develop.  As it is, those are the first new '89 Fleer Glossy cards to cross my path since 2014. 

The two '92 Upper Deck cards are the Gold Hologram variants.  Differentiating them from the regular silver holograms is still a skill I've yet to master, I have to do side by side comparisons to be certain, but I am getting better at it.  Below is a run down of the rest of the Wallach's to arrive in this box.

1988 Fleer Glossy x2: 14
1988 KayBee Toys x2: 36
1988 Revco: 41
1988 Topps x3: 730
1988 Topps Glossy Send-In: 21
1989 Donruss Baseball's Best: 21
1989 Fleer Glossy x2: 6
1989 K-Mart x2: 60
1989 Score x4: 188
1989 Upper Deck x11: 212
1990 Bowman x10: 116
1990 Donruss Baseball's Best x2: 12
1990 Fleer League Leaders: 12
1990 Leaf x2: 125
1991 Bowman x4: 73
1991 Fleer x8: 196
1991 Score: 257
1991 Stadium Club x8: 134
1991 Upper Deck x8: 314
1991 Upper Deck Checklist x6: 248
1992 Bowman x2: 57
1992 Fleer x9: 172
1992 Pinnacle x6: 119
1992 Score x5: 95
1992 Upper Deck Gold Hologram x2: 7
1994 Leaf Limited: 18

I was able to pick up a handful of 1971 Topps needs as well.  In my effort to complete every Topps set from the 70's over the last five or six years, 1971 has probably received the least attention, certainly of the series'd sets from '70-73.  That said, the pages in my 1971 binder really seemed to pop as I was sleeving these new additions.  1972 remains my primary focus, but I may bump '71 ahead of '73 as far as my priorities go.  As it stands, I haven't even updated my "Set Builds Need List" page with '71 needs yet.  At a minimum, that'll change shortly.

As mentioned above, since finishing off the 1970 Topps set, 1972 as been my primary focus, although it's been admittedly less than "laser," as I've been fairly scatter shot, bouncing around the decade filling in needs and completing the single series sets.  I'm not a team set collector, but if I were, and the Cubs were my team, that '72 Cubs Team card would likely take a center stage in my collection.  I'm not telling Cubs collector's how to collect, I'm just suggesting they may be over looking that card if it's still readily available for 18 cents.  There were no high numbers in this bunch, but there were a few 5th series which aren't the easiest cards Topps ever printed to track down.  As it stands, I still have a ways to go on my '72 set build effort.

1972: (1st Ser) 86  (2nd Ser.) 141, 164, 181, 226, 228, 253, 255 (3rd Ser.) 266, 270, 276, 297, 299, 301, 325, 328, 337, 345, 346, 347, 358, 380, 387 (4th Ser.) 401, 405, 508, 510, 411, 413, 423, 424, 426, 428, 434, 435, 437, 439, 440, 443, 448, 454, 455, 456, 462, 465, 476, 484, 489, 490, 494, 502, 503, 506, 512, 513, 516, 520, 522, 523 (5th Ser.) 526, 530, 533, 534, 535, 536, 537, 539, 540, 542, 544, 545, 546, 550, 552, 553, 555, 556, 559, 560, 562, 564, 567, 569, 570, 572, 573, 574, 576, 577, 579, 580, 582, 583, 584, 585, 586, 587, 588, 589, 590, 591, 593, 594, 595, 596, 597, 598, 599, 600, 602, 603, 606, 607, 610, 612, 613, 619, 620, 621, 624, 625, 626, 628, 629, 632, 633, 635, 636, 637, 638, 640, 643, 644, 645, 648, 649, 650, 651, 653, 654, 655, 656 (High #'s) 658 660, 663, 664, 666, 669, 670, 673, 674, 676, 678, 682, 683, 686, 687, 688, 690, 692, 693, 699, 700, 702, 704, 705, 706, 708, 709, 710, 711, 714, 715, 716, 719, 720, 721, 722, 723, 724, 726, 728, 729, 730, 732, 733, 735, 737, 738, 739, 742, 743, 744, 746, 747, 748, 751, 753, 755, 757, 758, 761, 764, 767, 768, 770, 771, 772, 779, 783, 784, 787

These two were in the bunch and my first impression was that it was the same guy and some sort of error I've never heard of.  However, after reviewing the teeth like some sort of crime scene investigator, I've decided it can't be the same person.  Just a couple of similarly terrible photos.

Here the modern set build needs I picked up.  With the two 2008 Topps cards above, I've now narrowed my need list down to 3 cards for that set.  2008 is a significant set for me, in that it was the first year I bought new cards after a 13 hiatus from buying new card products.

2008: 169, 329, 643

With the addition of that Adeiny Hechavarria, 2017 is now down to one card needed, #596, the elusive Ken Giles.  I figure to check that set off shortly.  The 2018 Bryce Harper was the final card needed for that set.  I've sleeved it in the 2018 binder and confirmed it complete.  As any set builder can attest, the "final card" often turns out not to be the "final card," when you go to sleeve it.

Finally, I hammered out a good number of 2019 Topps needs.  That list is now down to four cards, and thanks to some generous readers, it may be less than that, as I've received some recently but have yet to inventory them.  But until I prove to myself otherwise, these are the four that I still consider "missing;"

2019: 60, 85, 150, 213

The final cards in this box were some 1987-88 and 1988-89 Fleer Basketball needs.  I've mentioned this before, but I've been working on the run from 1986-89 for years.  The '86 set is down to "only" the Michael Jordan (not one I intend to buy anytime soon) and Larry Bird (one I'm sure I'll pick up sooner or later), as well as all of the stickers (not a priority at the moment).  The other two sets don't have any $500 plus cards between my needs and completion, so I'm hoping to finish them off shortly. 

Of the four '87 Fleer above, James Worthy is the biggest name, though Terry Cummings (a DePaul product) had a nice career, winning Rookie of the Year and making two all-star teams while averaging over 20 ppg in seven different seasons.  I still have a ways to go for the set, but the end is within shouting distance.

1987-88: 1, 3, 9, 11, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 31, 33, 34, 35, 37, 41, 42, 48, 49, 54, 56, 59, 61, 63, 68, 69, 74, 75, 76, 77, 79, 80, 83, 85, 92, 95, 97, 98, 99, 106, 109, 118, 123 (and all of the stickers)

1988 Fleer is down to the home stretch, with the Jordan and all of the key rookies already in hand.  Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars were the biggest base card stars to arrive in this group, but they weren't what anyone would describe as "high dollar" pick-ups.  The Stickers and All-Star Subset cards have some big names, but again, other than the Jordan those two subsets aren't going to make anyone wince at the price tag.  Here's what I'm still looking for:

1988-89: 9, 16, 21, 25, 43, 57, 64, 85, 115, 123, 124, 125, 129 (and a couple of Stickers TBD)

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Westbury, NY

These six cards were sent by Peter in Wesbury, New York.  Peter moves on somewhat regular basis, so my system for keeping track of these things is a little skewed, but this is probably the 6th or 7th time Peter has sent cards.

Thanks Peter, I'll see what sort of Mets I can dig up.

Updated Totals:

1986 Topps: 373
1986 Topps All-Star: 664
1987 Topps: 932
1988 Topps: 727
1989 Fleer: 394
1990 Bowman: 106

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Cincinnati, Ohio

These 19 cards were sent by Jason of Cincinnati, Ohio.  By my count, Jason last sent cards back in 2015, but I could be wrong.  I feel like Jason has a Reds blog but I can't find a link.  So if you're reading this Jason, and you do have a blog, (1) sorry, and (2) leave a link in the comments and I'll update this post and tweet it out for you.

Included in this group was one of those 2017 "Rediscover Topps," cards.  I couldn't remember how I counted those, whether it was a just a '90 Topps or in a separate tally, so I had to look it up.  I keep a separate tally for them.

Thanks for the cards Jason.

Updated Totals:

1986 Topps: 372
1988 Topps Super Stars: 34
1989 Topps: 763
1991 Donruss x2: 296
1991 Donruss x3: 278
1991 Fleer: 188
1991 Topps: 273
1991 Upper Deck x2: 306
1991 Upper Deck x2: 242
1993 Topps x2: 250
1995 Collector's Choice: 37
1996 Pinnacle: 57
2017 Rediscover Topps 1990 Bronze: 2

Monday, November 25, 2019

2019 Topps Archives Expos 50th Autograph "Green Foil" #/99

Card Review: 5.8  I prefer the "basic," or "normal," Silver Foil stamp on this card to the Green One that was added to this card.  I when say "this card," I mean "this card."  This is the same card.  Topps printed them up, then arbitrarily took a few copies and added different colored foil stamping to a few and individual numbering to a few others.  That doesn't change the fundamental fact that it's all the same card.  The 1988 Donruss "variations" have more of a claim to being "different" cards than these goofy different colored foil things do.  They at least required different printing plates and runs.  1969 Topps is a nice enough design without the foil stamping, and it certainly doesn't need the player, even a player as great as Tim Wallach, further tarnishing the card with some sharpie scribbles.

I know I'm complaining a lot here, so I don't want a key point to be lost.  I love this subset.  I was extremely excited to pick up my first copy of the Wallach card, and can't give Topps enough credit for including this subset in Archives this year.  But without question, the cards without the autographs are better looking than the cards with the autographs.  If a collector wants a card signed, they can take one to a show, go to a spring training game, mail it the stadium with an SASE, or any number of other options.  Topps doesn't need to be putting them in packs, unless it's a reproduction included on every card, like in 1982.

Also, this should probably be pointed out, these green ones are individually numbered out of 99.  I guess you could call this the "Geof Rowley" version of this card.  (Any "Vans" sneakers enthusiast may get that reference)

Number of this card in my collection: 1 

Friday, November 22, 2019

Yakima, Washington

Yakima, Washington is a new addition to the map thanks to this pair of cards sent by "Pearson."  My apologies if that name is incorrect, the postage sticker covered the return address and in attempting to peel it off I damaged the underlying information.  Thanks for the cards Pearson.

Updated Totals:

1983 Topps: 284
1989 Upper Deck: 201

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Sterling, VA

These 11 cards were sent by Michael of Sterling, Virginia,...way back in July.  But don't read anything into my delay in posting them, they're still very much appreciated.  They're also the first cards to be sent from Sterling, Virginia.  While the area outside of D.C. and Arlington is pretty well peppered with envelops on the map, these are the first from Sterling.

Thanks for the cards Michael.

Updated Totals:

1988 Donruss: 888
1988 Topps: 726
1988 Topps All-Star: 748
1989 Donruss: 410
1989 Topps: 762
1990 Donruss x2: 458
1990 Topps: 537
1991 Donruss: 294
1991 Score Super Stars: 20
1993 Fleer Ultra: 46

Friday, November 15, 2019

Houston, Texas

These seven cards were sent by Marc of Houston, Texas.  Marc runs the card blog "Remember the Astrodome.".  You can also follow Marc on Twitter @marcbrubaker if you're a tweeter.  The 1991 Panini sticker is the first one I've picked up since I published the initial post for it back in 2012.  In fact, I can say with some degree of certainty that it's the first one I've added since 1991.

In 1991 my brother and I, along with the other kids in the neighborhood, were actively trying to fill the Panini sticker books.  Crazy kids that we were, we were actually peeling the stickers and slapping them in the book with no concern for their future value (what were we thinking!?!?).  They came in those sort of weird paper packs, similar to what a wet wipe at a wings restaurant comes in, only larger, and we could ride our bikes to the nearby grocery store that sold them.

What I discovered that summer, was that Panini had an offer where you could send them stickers with a SASE and they would send you specific ones you needed in return.  You just couldn't ask for a dozen Mattingly's or Strawberry's,...or Wallach's (as I'm sure they were being flooded with request for), only one copy per sticker per request.  I can say pretty safely that most of my five copies came to me through that offer.  So I guess at some point I had another copy stuck in the book, but that has long since been recycled or tossed.

Thanks for the cards Marc.

Updated Totals:

1987 Fleer: 227
1990 Topps: 536
1991 Panini: 6
1991 Score: 256
1991 Topps: 272
1991 Upper Deck Checklist: 240
1992 Topps: 235

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Ottawa, Ontario

These five cards were sent by Angus from Ottawa.  That's in Canada if you're keeping score.  By my count it's the third time Angus has sent cards going back to his first submission in 2015.  Angus operates a Cleveland Browns centric card blog that you can check out here, "Dawg Day Cards."  The Browns, in addition to having helmets that look a lot like the classic Syracuse Football helmet, were also the NFL home for Syracuse greats Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, and Kevin Johnson.

Included in this mix of cards from Angus were two '86 O-Pee-Chee Stickers.  That was enough to double the total number I had in my collection bumping it up to four.  These are also the first two I have that weren't cut into individual stickers, so it's in no small sense they're really my first complete copies of this "card."

Thanks Angus.

Updated Totals:

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Newark, DE


These ten cards were sent by Mark from Newark, Delaware.  He sent them back in August, but I've been slow to post of late.  I hope to catch up by the end of the year.  Mark, "Kaz," is regularly contributor, and one of the first contributors going way back in this blog's history.  You may remember him from his own card blog, "This Way to The Clubhouse," which is still up, and primed for a come back (maybe?).

Thanks for the cards Mark.

Updated Totals:

1982 Donruss: 216
1982 Topps: 1,225
1985 Donruss: 124
1987 Sportflics Tri-Stars: 14
1988 Donruss: 887
1990 Score: 312
1991 Donruss: 293
1991 Donruss MVP x2: 275
1994 Topps: 126

Friday, November 1, 2019

McKinney, TX

This is my dog Ivy.  She'll turn ten months old next week.  For the most part, she's a pretty good dog.  Sure, we've had to work through some of the normal puppy stuff, house breaking, basic commands, and of course chewing.  With the exception of perhaps shedding fur all over everything in my home, chewing seems to be her greatest skill thus far.  I've lost a wallet and drivers license (always nice to go to MVD), four pairs of shoes, two leather belts, a chair, two cell phone screens (yes, she eats cell phones), a tomato garden, a Doug Marrone autographed game used football from Syracuse's classic win over Akron sometime around 2008, a set of cork coasters, all the throw pillows in my house (didn't really like them anyway), and most regratabley, some baseball cards.

Recently she got hold of an envelope sent by regular contributor and fellow Wallach collector, Nick, of McKinney, Texas.  Nick sent me a nice padded envelope stuffed full with 141 Wallach cards, including the first 1991 Topps Tiffany that has crossed my desk since 2012.  Unfortunately, I rather "carelessly" left the envelope on a shelf four feet above the floor, neatly stored in a plastic milk crate with some other magazines and mail.  Worse yet, I had the audacity to leave the house and go to work.  My dog, upon seeing the "reckless" manner in which I left the envelope took it upon herself to pull the milk crate off of the book shelf and do her best to destroy the contents.  The cards, thankfully, survived with only minor injures.  I can't say the same for the Mad Magazine and New Yorker.  However, I still count Wallach cards whether they're mint, slightly dinged, or even partially eaten, as is the case here. 

 My favorite cards of the assortment, the run from '82 to '85 came out more or less okay, and the two '83 O-Pee-Chee's (a card I love) were both untouched.  Here's a break down of what was sent by Nick.  Thanks for the cards, they're always appreciated.

Updated Totals:

1982 Donurss: 215
1982 Fleer: 378
1982 Topps x5: 1,224
1983 Donruss: 140
1983 Fleer: 134
1983 O-Pee-Chee x2: 41
1983 Topps x2: 283
1984 Donruss: 156
1984 Fleer x2: 127
1984 Topps x2: 366
1985 Donruss: 123
1985 O-Pee-Chee: 26
1985 Topps x10: 344
1986 Donruss x2: 157
1986 Fleer: 127
1986 Leaf: 29
1986 Topps x3: 371
1986 Topps All-Star x2: 663
1987 Donruss: 436
1987 Fleer: 226
1987 O-Pee-Chee: 19
1987 Topps x2: 931
1988 Donruss x4: 886
1988 Fleer x6: 300
1988 Fleer MVP: 18
1988 Kay Bee: 34
1988 O-Pee-Chee: 17
1988 Revco: 40
1988 Score: 277
1988 Topps x4: 725
1988 Topps All-Star x2: 747
1988 Topps Big: 64
1988 Topps Glossy Send-In: 20
1988 Topps Mini Leader: 36
1988 Topps Super Star: 33
1989 Bowman x2: 159
1989 Donruss x3: 409
1989 Fleer x2: 393
1989 Score: 184
1989 Topps x3: 761
1989 Upper Deck: 200
1990 Bowman: 105
1990 Donruss x10: 456
1990 Fleer x14: 453
1990 Fleer League Leaders: 11
1990 Score: 311
1990 Topps x5: 535
1990 Upper Deck x4: 317
1991 Bowman: 69
1991 Donurss x3: 292
1991 Donruss MVP x2: 273
1991 Fleer: 187
1991 Leaf x2: 173
1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier x6: 79
1991 Score x3: 254
1991 Score The Franchise x4: 215
1991 Topps Tiffany: 3

One more photo of the card chewer.............

Thursday, October 24, 2019

2019 Topps Archives Expos 50th Autograph

Card Review: 6.0  I'll cut to the chase.  I don't like autographs on cards.  I grew up during a period when it was considered sacrilege to write on a card.  "Don't let Mattingly sign an '84 Donurss, or Pete Rose sign a '63 Topps," were basic, bedrock principles of collecting that every kid on the playground trading cards knew by heart.  Beyond not liking the idea of some dude (even the dude on the card) scribbling his name on my card, I have never understood the appeal of an autograph that wasn't obtained in person.  Isn't that the whole point of an autograph?  It's proof of, or a way to commemorate, the experience of meeting someone?  These just feel like false, manufactured memories to me.  So, that said, this card has received the lowest rating of any of the four variations I've posted so far.

I'm also not quite sure what the design team was thinking when they opted to send Wallach the sharpies they did to sign this card.  It's really hard to see the ink.  If you're going to mess up a card with a signature, at least send the signers the right color/size sharpie to use.

I don't mean to complain too much.  Topps issuing new Wallach cards will always be a good thing, and I hope he continues to show up in these sets.  I'm not trying to look a gift horse in the mouth.  One thing this card has going for it, is unlike the foil variations, this is at least a "different" card.  The back of this card, while perhaps not the most exciting back I've ever seen, is at least unique.  This card is the result of it's own print run.  Not only is the back different on this card than the non-auto cards in this set, it's orientation in relation to the front of the card is also reversed.  Now, I can't the say the same thing about the various foil colored logos of this card that exists, but at least it's different from the non-auto copies.

Number of this card in my collection: 4

Monday, October 21, 2019

2019 Topps Archives Expos 50th "Red Variation" #/10

Card Review: 7.5  This Red "Variation" is my favorite of the color foil options Topps trotted out.  The "Blue" logo actually pops a little bit nicer, but given Topps went with a photo of Wallach wearing a blue batting practice jersey, the red works better.  I've said it before (Click the tags for blue or red b.p. jersey in the tabs to confirm), but I'll say it again, the Expos red and blue b.p. jerseys were awesome looking, particularly the red.  But I've never complained about the blue.  I would love to own those jersey's but I've never seen one for sale.  MLB did release a red Raines jersey a few years ago, and I did find a red one with no name on eBay once (unfortunately its too small to wear), but have never seen a #29 jersey.  The search does still continue.

I'm probably beating a dead horse here, but I am very reluctant to count these foil color variations as "different" cards.  These red ones are numbered to ten, but it's the same card as the silver, or blue, or green, or gold or black (I'm not sure there is a non-signed black version, or gold either for that matter).  Topps ran a print run of this card.  Then they took ten of them, it didn't matter which ten because they were all the same card, and added a red foil stamp to the front and a number to the back.  That doesn't mean any post production alteration can't be cool.  It just doesn't make it a new card.  Can you imagine the demand if Topps had asked Andy Warhol to doodle on cards in the 60's and randomly inserted them into packs?  That would have been amazing.  However I wouldn't feel as though not having a Warhol copy of a '66 Pete Rose meant that I didn't have a '66 Pete Rose.  I feel like who does the post production changes is irrelevant.  Be it Andy Warhol, Topps, or me as a five year old adding "C" to all my '84 Topps to differentiate them from my brother's cards. 

In any event, I feel as though I lack the authority to over rule the hobby standard and count these as all the same card, so I will count them as "different" too, albeit, reluctantly.

Number of this card in my collection: 1

Monday, September 30, 2019

2019 Topps Archives Expos 50th "Blue Variation" #/150

Card Review: 7.0  The "Blue" variation of the foil Expos Stamp looks better than the standard "Silver" variation (is it a variation if it's the "standard," or are all inserts inherently "variations?").  Obviously blue works better with the Expos logo and as a result these blue variations just look a little nicer, albeit, not as nice as the "red," which I'll get to posting in a few days. 

These are numbered to 150 on the back in tiny gold stamping.  Some people think that matters, I'm just not one of them.  Hear me out.  Topps printed up god knows how many copies of this card.  Once they did that, it was a "card."  That's it, that's the card.  Then they took 150 copies of that card, it didn't matter which ones because they were all the same card, added a blue stamp on the front, and numbering on the back.  It's still the same card, with some post production graffiti.  If I did it with a sharpie, the card is deemed ruined.  If Topps does it with a press, it's more collectible?  I've seen this movie before (remember those ridiculous Leaf Memories monstrosities?).  If Topps is going to do "variations," than they should actually do "variations."  The 2017 Archives Wallach had actual "variations," as the card itself was a different color.  They weren't all born of the same print run.  I still wasn't wild about that gimmick, but at least you could call them "different" cards and only sound like half an idiot.  Same for the chrome and refractor variations they've done before.  They may be goofy, and kind of stupid, but at least they're not literally the same card the way these foil stamp variations are.

Number of this card in my collection: 1

Thursday, September 26, 2019

2019 Topps Archives "Montreal Expos 50th" #MTL-TW

Card Review: 6.5  The last thing I'm going to do is complain when Topps issues a new Wallach card in a current set.  I'm a firm believer in not looking a gift horse in the mouth.  That said, I'm still going to nit-pick a little, with the understanding it's coming from a good place.  And this is by no means a "bad" looking card, either, which is more than I can say for a few of the other Expos I've seen in this subset.  

The "Subset" nature of this card is a bit annoying.  The reason being, is about half the people who collect cards think they can charge a premium for an "insert," while I fall in the other half, the half who gets annoyed as they toss the two crap cards in a pack that don't help complete the set into a junk pile.  So these Wallach's are showing up online with prices well in excess of the 18¢ or so (probably less) that they warrant, and as a result, despite an abundance of them being available, I'm not inclined to buy them until I've exhausted the supply of say, I don't know, the 200,000+ 1987 Topps Wallach cards that can be bought for pennies.

Additionally, I'm just not a huge fan of the '69 design.  It's not horrible by any means, it's just sort of forgettable.  I'm about half-way done putting together the original '69 set, and have decided my favorite part of the design is the pink card backs.  These Expos tributes do a pretty poor job of matching the original color.  And while I'm on the backs, I would have liked some more numbers.  The write-up isn't terrible, but the fact that Wallach also had more hits, RBI's and a half dozen other records in addition to games played for the franchise maybe could have been mentioned.  And beyond that, how about some sort of career stat line as an Expo on all of these cards?  

The front is actually a pretty good photo, and stands out from the ones Topps used during Wallach's playing career.  This one features a "Silver" foil Expos stamp.  This is, presumably, the "normal" one.  To appease the scratch-off lottery ticket element of the card collecting world, this card of course comes in a dozen or so unnecessary variations, that for reasons that will forever elude me, some people are willing to pay obscene amounts of money for a couple of tiny foil stamped "1's" on a card.

The Silver foil stamping, also available in Green, Blue, Red, Gold, and Black
I did briefly consider trying to complete this subset, but ultimately decided against it.  The checklist just isn't that exciting.  Topps was clearly more concerned about who they could round up to sign autographs (another unnecessary variation of this card) than they were with the actual history of the Montreal Expos (Seriously, no Gary Carter?)  So, I'll just be rounding up the Wallach's.

Number of this card in my collection: 3

Reminder, I have a new address:

J. Corey Stackhouse
100 W Apache ST
Farmington, NM 87401

Wednesday, September 25, 2019


J. Corey Stackhouse
100 W Apache ST
Farmington, NM 87401

I have a new mailing address as my office has moved.  It changed on September 1, 2019, so if you've mailed anything recently, it may come back.  I apologize for the delay.  Email me if I owe you any postage.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Collection Audit 1994 - Present

In the interest of saving time, I'm not listing each card for for these last few years.  I'm just correcting the actual listing and will summarize the results.  Starting in 1994 the cardboard cancer that is inserts had spread beyond the point of no return and the hobby as we knew it was terminal.  I'm not sure when the actual time of death was, but I think anywhere between 1994 and 1997 is a reasonable estimate.  I don't know who decided we needed multiple variations of the same card, but having now dealt with the gimmick for two decades plus, it's safe to say, we don't.  Insert chasers will always have scratch off lottery tickets to feed their itch if the inserts went away.  Us set builders don't have much else to fall back on.  And for purposes of this "audit" I don't feel like mentioning every single variation is worth the effort.

For the cards issued in 1994, I came up with an additional 46 cards.  Stadium Club had the largest difference, with my count coming up with an additional 9 cards.  Pinnacle was next with 5, and Donruss, Fleer, and Score Select each had 4 more cards than I thought I did.

 Most of the 1995 tallies were pretty close or only one or two off.  I came up with an additional 48 cards.  Topps was by far the largest change, with the count yielding 13 more cards than I had listed.  Fleer Ultra was next with an additional 5 cards.

1996 was pretty much on point with only an additional 8 cards showing up.  Pinnacle with four more cards than I thought was the biggest difference.  I'm sure it had something to do with the fact that I just don't have very many copies of these cards.

As for the modern cards below, I came up with three additional cards.  I guess the individual numbering is good way to make sure I keep my numbers straight.

All in all, over the course of this "audit," I came up with an additional 927 cards.  I figured going in that I'd come up with more than I had listed, but I didn't think it would be anywhere near that high.  My best guess is that sometime around 2014 I wasn't adding new purchases as they came in and just waiting to update when I was mailed one, believing I would reconcile the numbers then.  I guess I didn't.  Don't look for this exercise to become an annual thing.  It was miserable, and I won't be doing it again any time soon.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Collection Audit 1992 & 1993

1992 Bowman - Listed: 54   Actual: 55   Difference: +1

1992 Bowman USA - Listed: 65   Actual: 71   Difference: +6

1992 Classic - Listed: 3   Actual: 4   Difference: +1

1992 Denver All-Time Records - Listed: 10   Actual: 10   Difference: zero

1992 Diet Pepsi - Listed: 9   Actual: 9   Difference: zero

1992 Donruss - Listed: 213   Actual: 226   Difference: +13

1992 Donruss Durivage - Listed: 3   Actual: 3   Difference: zero

1992 Fleer - Listed: 142   Actual: 163   Difference: +21

1992 Fleer Ultra - Listed: 141   Actual: 144   Difference: +3

1992 Leaf - Listed: 111   Actual: 108   Difference: -3

1992 Leaf Black Gold - Listed: 14   Actual: 14   Difference: zero

1992 O-Pee-Chee - Listed: 19   Actual: 22   Difference: +3

1992 Panini - Listed: 16   Actual: 16    Difference: zero

1992 Panini French - Listed: 1   Actual: 1   Difference: zero

1992 Pinnacle - Listed: 107   Actual: 113   Difference: +6

1992 Red Book - Listed: 6   Actual: 14   Difference: +8

1992 Post - Listed: 5   Actual: 5   Difference: zero

1992 Score - Listed: 85   Actual: 90   Difference: +5

1992 Super Star - Listed: 7   Actual: 7   Difference: zero

1992 Stadium Club - Listed: 68   Actual: 72   Difference: +4

1992 Studio - Listed: 73   Actual: 77   Difference: +4

1992 Topps - Listed: 215   Actual: 234   Difference: +19

1992 Topps Gold - Listed: 6   Actual: 7   Difference: +1

1992 Topps Gold Winner - Listed: 24   Actual: 24   Difference: zero

1992 Topps Kids - Listed: 42   Actual: 43   Difference: +1

1992 Topps Micro - Listed: 8   Actual: 6   Difference: -2

1992 Triple Play - Listed: 99   Actual: 104   Difference: +5

1992 Upper Deck - Listed: 281   Actual: 288   Difference: +7

1992 Upper Deck Gold - Listed: 3   Actual: 5   Difference: +2

1993 Bowman - Listed: 24   Actual: 24   Difference: zero

1993 Cardtoons - Listed: 3   Actual: 3   Difference: zero

1993 Donruss - Listed: 106   Actual: 110   Difference: +4

1993 Donruss McDonalds Expos - Listed: 10   Actual: 10   Difference: zero

1993 Flair - Listed: 38   Actual: 38   Difference: zero

1993 Fleer - Listed: 68   Actual: 78   Difference: +10

1993 Fleer Final Edition - Listed: 12   Actual: 16   Difference: +4

1993 Fleer Ultra - Listed: 42   Actual: 45   Difference: +3

1993 Humpty Dumpty - Listed: 7   Actual: 7   Difference: zero

1993 LAPD D.A.R.E. - Listed: 4   Actual: 4   Difference: zero

1993 Leaf - Listed: 86   Actual: 96   Difference: +10

1993 Memphis Chicks - Listed: 3   Actual: 3   Difference: zero

1993 Mother's Cookies - Listed: 2   Actual: 2   Difference: zero

1993 O-Pee-Chee - Listed: 8   Actual: 8   Difference: zero

1993 O-Pee-Chee Premier - Listed: 27   Actual: 29   Difference: +2

1993 Pacific - Listed: 2   Actual: 3   Difference: +1

1993 Panini - Listed: 10   Actual: 10   Difference: zero

1993 Pinnacle - Listed: 42   Actual: 43   Difference: +1

1993 Score - Listed: 29   Actual: 35   Difference: +6

1993 Score Select - Listed: 52   Actual: 63   Difference: +11

1993 Score Select Update - Listed: 10   Actual: 10   Difference: zero

1993 Stadium Club - Listed: 71   Actual: 72   Difference: zero

1993 Stadium Club 1st Day Production - Listed: 1   Actual: 1   Difference: zero

1993 Stadium Club Member's Only - Listed: 2   Actual: 2   Difference: zero

1993 Stadium Club Dodgers - Listed: 7   Actual: 7   Difference: zero

1993 Studio - Listed: 51   Actual: 55   Difference: +4

1993 Topps - Listed: 214   Actual: 248   Difference: +34

1993 Topps Gold - Listed: 34   Actual: 34   Difference: zero

1993 Topps Marlins Inaugural - Listed: 5   Actual: 6   Difference: +1

1993 Topps Rockies Inaugural - Listed: 3   Actual: 3   Difference: zero

1993 Topps Micro - Listed: 2   Actual: 2   Difference: zero

1993 Topps Traded - Listed: 29   Actual: 36   Difference: +7

1993 Topps Finest - Listed: 6   Actual: 6   Difference: zero

1993 Finest Refractor - Listed: 1   Actual: 1   Difference: zero

1993 Triple Play - Listed: 38   Actual: 42   Difference: +4

1993 Upper Deck - Listed: 146   Actual: 156   Difference: +10

1993 Upper Deck Gold Hologram - Listed: 1   Actual: 1   Difference: zero

There were some pretty big discrepancies over these two years between what I had posted and how many I counted in hand.  Most of them went in my favor, but I'm still at a loss as to how I'm so far off.  I've been running this blog for nearly a decade now, and I feel like there was a period in time where I was just filing cards I bought (not one that were sent), and assuming I would count them and correct the numbers when someone sent me more of them.  Beyond that, I have no idea.  In total I came up with 217 more cards than I thought I had for these two years.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Collection Audit 1991

After a delay due to nothing more than my own procrastination, I've finally gotten around to finishing up this audit.  Hopefully it'll be done this week, as I have a pretty awesome new item to post, and there new 2019 Wallach cards to get to as well.  Here's how 1991 shook out:

1991 Baseball Price Guide Monthly - Listed: 3  Actual: 3  Difference: zero

1991 Baseball Card Magazines - Listed: 3  Actual: 3  Difference: zero

1991 Bowman - Listed: 64  Actual: 68  Difference: +4

1991 Classic - Listed: 5  Actual: 5  Difference: zero

1991 Denny's - Listed: 18  Actual: 18  Difference: zero

1991 Donruss - Listed: 280  Actual: 289  Difference: +9

1991 Donruss MVP - Listed: 260  Actual: 271  Difference: +11

1991 Fleer - Listed: 194  Actual: 186  Difference: -8

1991 Fleer Ultra - Listed: 84  Actual: 91  Difference: +7

1991 Holsum Disc - Listed: 1  Actual: 1  Difference: zero

1991 Home Run Kings - Listed: 1  Actual: 1  Difference: zero

1991 Jumbo Seeds - Listed: 9  Actual: 9  Difference: zero

1991 Leaf - Listed: 160  Actual: 171  Difference: +11

1991 Leaf Preview - Listed: 13  Actual: 13  Difference: zero

1991 O-Pee-Chee - Listed: 3  Actual: 3  Difference: zero

1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier - Listed: 73  Actual: 73  Difference: zero

1991 Panini - Listed: 5  Actual: 5  Difference: zero

1991 Panini Canadian Top 15 - Listed: 23  Actual: 23  Difference: zero

1991 Panini French - Listed: 1  Actual: 1  Difference: zero

1991 Petro Stand-up - Listed: 3  Actual: 3  Difference: zero

1991 Post - Listed: 14  Actual: 14  Difference: zero

1991 Red Book - Listed: 6  Actual: 6  Difference: zero

1991 Score - Listed: 238  Actual: 251  Difference: +13

1991 Score The Franchise - Listed: 199  Actual: 211  Difference: +12

1991 Score Superstars - Listed: 16  Actual: 19  Difference: +3

1991 Stadium Club - Listed: 125  Actual: 126  Difference: +1

1991 Studio - Listed: 82  Actual: 82  Difference: zero

1991 Topps - Listed: 262  Actual: 271  Difference: +9

1991 Topps Desert Shield - Listed: 2   Actual: 2   Difference: zero

1991 Topps Cracker Jack - Listed: 11  Actual: 11  Difference: zero

1991 Topps Micro - Listed: 5  Actual: 6  Difference: +1

1991 Topps Tiffany - Listed: 2  Actual: 2  Difference: zero

1991 Upper Deck - Listed: 295  Actual: 303  Difference: +8

1991 Upper Deck Checklist - Listed: 227  Actual: 239  Difference: +12

A review of 1991 yielded an additional 93 cards.  And while I came out with more than I thought I had, I'm more than a little annoyed to have come up with 8 fewer 1991 Fleers than I thought I had.  I'm going to have to make a point to add a few of those to my next Sportlots purchase.