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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2013 Topps Heritage Review

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2013 Topps Heritage Review

Posted on 25 March 2013 by Tim Danielson

Per Box Items:
24 packs per box
9 cards per pack
one autograph or relic per box

The 2013 Topps Heritage set features today’s stars in the 1964 Topps design. The standard sized cards feature a color head or posed shot of the player. Bordered in white, the cards list the team name on the top of the card. The player’s name and position are on the bottom graphic. In most of the pictures and poses, the players are not looking at the camera. The card backs are photo-less and have a two tone orange and cream color to them again in the 1964 design. The backs list moderate biographical information, complete career statistics, brief career highlights, a trivia questions and spot for an autograph.

What I pulled:
215 cards + one box topper
201 base set cards
8 duplicates
11 inserets
2 Heritage Chrome
1 ‘Real One Autograph’

Base card front and back:

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The inserts: (not all scanned)
Memorable Moments: Trout, Miguel Caberera
New Age Performers: Cespedes, Kershaw, Granderson
Flashback: Robinson, Jeopardy!, Yaz, World Fair
Then and Now: Aparicio/Trout, Mathews/Dunn
Heritage Chrome #/999: Scherzer, Jones

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Box Topper:

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The Hit:
Tom Brown autograph

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Personally, I have never been a big fan of throwback style and designed cards. 2013 Topps Heritage really is not that bad though. the first thing I noticed was that in most of the pictures the players are not looking directly at the camera. This is typical for the design however. Manager, league leaders and World Series highlights cards are sprinkled throughout the base set. The inserts are pretty cool and should provide some fun in chasing. The autograph is ‘on-card’ and looks good. the Heritage Chrome cards are real sharp. This is the first Topps product that I have received in a long time that has this many duplicates. Obviously no duplicates and a few less inserts would get us that much closer to a complete set.

The Bottom Line:
I give 2013 Topps Heritage a buy rating. You will need at least two boxes plus some light trading to complete the base set. Shop around for the best price on your boxes!

The Final Score:
Final Ratings (Out of 10):
Base set collect-ability: 4/10
Big-hit Hunter: 8/10
Prospector Hunter: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Overall Quality: 9/10

Overall: 39/50 (78% = C)
the biggest reason being that you will need 2+ boxes to complete the base set

Thanks to Topps for making this review possible!

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Bowman Chrome

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Bowman Chrome

Posted on 11 January 2013 by Tim Danielson

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Per Box Items:
18 packs per box
4 cards per pack
1 autographed card per box

Topps sell sheet

2012 Bowman Chrome is pretty much identical to the regular Bowman from this year, except all in chrome or course! The standard sized cards feature a full color action shot of the named player. The card fronts have a graphic that frames the player shot. The graphic is trimmed in the team’s primary color. The set name, player name and position are centered in the graphic. The team logo is also on the card fronts. The card backs are all horizontal in layout and photo-less. The backs list moderate biographical information, moderate career highlights, last season and career statistics. The card backs are also trimmed in the team’s primary color.

What I pulled:
72 unique cards
61 base set cards = 61/220 = 28% of the base set
5 refractors
5 other inserts and parallels
1 autograph

Base card front and back:

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Inserts: (not all scanned)
Refractors McCutchen, Apelian, Bauer, Weeks, Napoli
Blue refractor Berry #/250
All-Star Futures Game Pena, Rivero
Franchise All-Stars Butler, Myers KC Royals
Legends in the Making Die-cut Yu Darvish

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The Hit:
Ravel Santana autograph

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For over 60 years, Bowman has been the go-to brand for collectors who follow the game’s top Rookies and Prospects. Bowman is the Home of the Rookie Card! The 2012 Bowman Chrome edition features Bryce Harper and Yu Darvish. The shot selection is outstanding and this product is a prospector’s dream! Not overly laden with inserts, 2012 Bowman offers just enough to keep the master set collectors happy while chasing cards. The autograph is on-card and really looks sharp! The chrome cards of course show signs of the ‘chrome curl’, but overall the design and quality of 2012 is top notch!

The Bottom Line:
I give 2012 Bowman a shop around rating. You will need a few boxes to complete the base set. Buy the singles you want or shop for the best price on boxes. Prospectors will get the most from this product. Buy a box and trade your Tigers cards to me!

The Final Score:
Final Ratings (Out of 10):
Base set collect-ability: 3/10
Big-hit Hunter: 5/10
Prospector Hunter: 10
Value: 9/10
Overall Quality: 9/10

Overall: 36/50 (72% = C)

Thanks to Topps for making this review possible!

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Topps Finest

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Topps Finest

Posted on 28 November 2012 by Tim Danielson

Per Master Box items:
2 mini boxes
6 packs per mini box
5 cards per pack
1 autograph per master box
1 autograph/jumbo relic per master box.

Topps sell sheet

The standard sized base set cards feature a full color action shot of the player. Bordered on the top and bottom with silver and white graphics, several of the action shots almost seem to break out of the “frame.” The card fronts also show the set name, team name and position of the player. The fronts are also trimmed with team colors. The card backs are photo-less. The white backgrounds are also trimmed with team colors. The backs list moderate biographical information, moderate career highlights and career statistics.

What I pulled:
60 unique cards
46 base set cards = 46/100 = 46% of the base set
4 inserts
8 refractor parallels
1 autograph
1 autograph/relic

Base card front and back:

Inserts and parallels: (not all scanned)
Refractors: Romine, Rosario, Bruce
X-factor:Moore, Pacheco
Gold Refractor #/50 Hosmer
Green Refractor #/199 Hendirks
Finest Moments Die-cut: Kennedy, Moore
Game Changers Gonzalez
Faces of the Franchise Die-Cut Verlander

The Hits:
Jordan Pacheco Autograph X-factor #/299
Matt Moore Autograph/relic X-factor #/299

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I love Finest products, I really do. Regardless of sport, the design, photography, the refractors, all make Finest the one brand that I will buy over and over. A mid-range product that combines value, innovation, and quality in a very popular product. Some of the action shots really make you feel like you are part of the game. The serial numbered refractor parallels look awesome. My scanner hardly does them justice. Some of the base refractors were hard to identify and I actually had to look at the back of every card to locate them all. This product does have my biggest pet peeve and the bane of many a collector, redemption cards! The auto is a sticker auto, and after what, like 19 years, you would think someone would have figured out how to make these cards without ‘chrome curl.’ The curl was very evident as many of the sealed packs were warping! However, for all of your quirks Finest, I love you, I really do.

The Bottom Line:
I give 2012 Topps Finest a buy rating. It should easy to complete the base set with a couple of master boxes and some trading. It will be a little more of a challenge to chase the parallel sets. The hits are look great! Buy a box and trade your Tigers to me!

The Final Score:
Final Ratings (Out of 5):
Base set collect-ability: 2/5
Big-hit Hunter: 3/5
Prospector Hunter: 3/5
Overall Design: 5/5
Fun: 5/5
Value: 5/5
Re-buy: 5/5
Overall Quality: 4/5

Overall: 32/40 (80% = B)

Until next week, keep collecting, collect for the joy of the hobby and collect for the fan in all of us.

The official card grading service of Full Spectrum Baseball

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Bowman

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Bowman

Posted on 30 August 2012 by Tim Danielson

Per Box Items:
24 packs per box
10 cards per pack
1 Autographed Bowman Chrome card per box

Topps sell sheet

The standard sized cards feature a full color action shot of the named player. Bordered in white, the card fronts have a graphic that frames the player shot. The graphic is trimmed in the team’s primary color. The set name, player name and position are all in silver foil. The team logo is also on the card fronts. The card backs are all horizontal in layout and photo-less. The backs list moderate biographical information, moderate career highlights, last season and career statistics. The card backs are also trimmed in the team’s primary color. Each Bowman pack contains 5 Bowman Baseball cards, 2 Prospect cards, 2 Chrome Prospect cards and 1 Gold Parallel card.

What I pulled:
240 unique cards163 base set cards = 163/220 = 74% of the base set
43 Bowman Chrome parallels
24 Gold Parallels

Base card front and back:

Inserts and Parallels: (not all scanned)
For purposes of this review I consider the base Bowman and Bowman Draft Picks to be all base set cards. The Gold cards are parallels of the Bowman base set. The Chrome cards are parallels of the Bowman Draft Picks cards.
Bowman’s Best Braun, Betances, Peacock, Kemp
Blue Jimenez #/500
Ice Parallel Lawrie
International parallel Revere, Pill, Bowman

The Hit:
Bowman Chrome Brandon Jacob autograph

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For over 60 years, Bowman has been the go-to brand for collectors who follow the game’s top Rookies and Prospects. Bowman is the Home of the Rookie Card! The 2012 Bowman edition features #1 Draft Picks Bryce Harper and Gerrit Cole. The shot selection is outstanding and this product is a prospector’s dream! Not overly laden with inserts, 2012 Bowman offers just enough to keep the master set collectors happy while chasing cards. The autograph is on-card and really looks sharp! The chrome cards of course show signs of the ‘chrome curl’, but overall the design and quality of 2012 is top notch!

The Bottom Line:
I give 2012 Bowman a buy rating. It will be very easy to complete a base set with a box, a few extra packs and some light trading. Prospectors will get the most from out of the really fun product. Buy a box and trade your Tigers cards to me!

The Final Score:
Final Ratings (Out of 5):
Base set collect-ability: 4/5
Big-hit Hunter: 2/5
Prospector Hunter:5/5
Overall Design: 5/5
Fun: 5/5
Value: 5/5
Re-buy: 5/5
Overall Quality: 5/5

Overall: 36/40 (90% = A)

Thanks to Topps for making this review possible!

Until next time, keep collecting, collect for the joy of the hobby and collect for the fan in all of us.

The official card collecting site of Full Spectrum Baseball

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Topps Tribute Product Review

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Topps Tribute Product Review

Posted on 04 May 2012 by Tim Danielson

2012 Topps Tribute

Per box items:
6 packs per box
5 cards per pack
1 autographed or relic card #/99 or less in every pack

Topps sell sheet

The base set cards are thicker than standard size. The card fronts feature a full color action shot of the player superimposed over a silver metallic background. The border-less cards fade to white at the bottom and have a ‘refractor’ finish to them. The set logo, player name, team name and player position are all centered at the card bottom. The backs consist of a smaller cropped head-shot of the picture on the front, team logo and major career highlights. There are no statistics listed.

What I pulled:
30 unique cards, no duplicates
18 base set cards = 18/100 = 18% of the base set
5 serially numbered parallels
6 encased autographed or relic cards #/99 or less
1 One-of-One printing plate

Base card front and back:

The Parallels:
Cruz and Fisk Blue #/199
Griffey and Green #/75
Cobb and Cruz #/50

The Hits:
Wilhelm World Series relic #/99
Ogando autograph #/99
Smith Blue World Series relic #/50
Hudson gold autograph #15/15
Jones relic #/99
Ryne Sandberg auto #/99
Willie Mays black printing plate 1/1



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Wow, just wow. 2012 Topps Tribute is a loaded product! The base cards are top notch, very simple yet awesome design. I love the mix of current players and retired stars. Simple to understand parallel tiers and just a solid lay out and quality control make for a superb product! Then there are the hits! Every hit being serially numbered? – great. Every hit being encased? – even better. Pulling your first ever printing plate? mind numbing! I have pulled a couple of 1/1′s before, but never a printing plate and never a player the caliber of Willie Mays!. The only real drawback I have about 2012 Topps Tribute is that the refractor finish on front and high gloss backs take fingerprints and smudges VERY easily, handle with care.

The Bottom Line:
I give 2012 Topps Tribute a buy rating. Not one for prospectors, but the thrill of the lottery ticket and pulling a big hit are almost too much to pass up! Flipping cards to make your money back or complete the base set should be pretty easy. Buy a box and trade Rickey Henderson cards to me!

The Final Score:
Final Ratings (Out of 5):
Base set collect-ability: 2/5
Big-hit Hunter: 5/5
Prospector Hunter:NA
Overall Design: 5/5
Fun: 5/5
Value: 4/5
Re-buy: 5/5
Overall Quality: 5/5

Overall: 31/35 (88.57% = B)

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