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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2013 Topps Opening Day

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2013 Topps Opening Day

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Tim Danielson

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Per Box Items:
36 Packs per box
7 cards per pack

The standard sized 220 card base set cards feature a full color action shot of the player. Bordered in white, the card fronts have the player name and team logo at the bottom. The card fronts are trimmed with the team’s primary color. The card backs are photo-less and are horizontal in design. The card fronts also have teh Opening Day logo. The backs include moderate biographical information, a ‘career chase’ statistic, complete career statistics, and brief career highlights or a player quote. The backs are also trimmed with the team’s primary color. This is the same design as 2013 Topps Series 1 and 2013 Topps Stickers.

What I pulled:
252 total cards
1 duplicate
211/220 base set cards = 96% of the base set
7 serial numbered parallels
33 other inserts

Base card front and back:

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Insets and parallels: (not all scanned)
7 Superstar Celebrations
7 Playhard
7 Ballpark Fun
4 Team Mascots
8 Opening Day Stars (3D card, incl. Strasburg, Darvish, Trout, Miguel Caberea)
7 Sparkle Blue parallels #/2013

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I really like the design of this year’s Topps cards. The very simple clean design is very appealing. I think that the photography from Topps has really improved over the past couple of years. Topps again uses occasional horizontal card fronts when the shot dictates. Topps really appeals to younger collectors with the Play Hard, Mascot, and Ballpark Fun insert sets. There are 10 variations available. Most of these subjects are star players on there new teams at a press conference. There are not many rookie cards, but again this product is made with a younger fan in mind. The Topps Opening Day set set is loaded with inserts and parallel sets. I would have liked to see a few less inserts to get that many more base set cards. That being said though it will not be difficult to complete the base set and some of the inserts look pretty cool!

The Bottom Line:
I give 2013 Topps Series 1 a buy rating. It will be very easy to complete a base set with a box, and some light trading. There are lots of inserts and parallels to chase.

The Final Score:
Final Ratings (Out of 10):
Base set collect-ability: 9/10
Big-hit Hunter: NA
Prospector Hunter: 6/10
Value: 10/10
Overall Quality: 10/10

Overall: 35/40 (88% = B)

Thanks to Topps for making this review possible!

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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 Topps Chrome

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Topps Chrome

Posted on 04 January 2013 by Tim Danielson

BikeSpokes

Per box items:
24 packs per box
4 cards per pack
2 autographs per box

Topps sell sheet

These cards are basically identical to 2012 Topps Series 1, 2 and Pro Debut only in a chrome finish. The standard sized cards feature a full color action shot of the player. Bordered in silver/chrome, the card fronts list the set and player name. A rounded graphic in the lower left corner of the card fronts has the team logo. The graphic is trimmed in a similar color to the team color scheme. The card backs are photo-less and are horizontal in layout. The backs list moderate biographical information, complete career statistics, and career highlights.

What I pulled:
96 unique cards, no duplicates
78 base set cards = 78/220 = 35% of the base set
11 base refractor
2 blue refractor
1 gold refractor
1 red refractor
1 die-cut
2 autos

Base card front and back:

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The inserts: (not all scanned)
Blue refractor #/199 Encarnacion, Marcum
Gold refractor #/50 Bourn
Red refracrtor #/25 Teixeira
Dynamic Die-cut Hamilton

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The Hits:
Eric Surkamp auto
Liam Hendriks black refractor auto #/100

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Keeping with the same design across all of their products this year, 2012 Topps Chrome is pretty much identical to Series 1, 2 and Pro Debut. I absolutely love this year’s base card design though. It is simple and clean. I also really like the horizontal backs and the occasional horizontal fronts. The shot selection is great with some good actions shots and some candid moments. There are 20 base set car variations to chase, although I do not know if they indicated as such on the specific cards. The hits really lacked the wow effect. I think the Dynamic die-cut card looks cool though. 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! I actually would have preferred a few less refractors and a few more base cards in my box, but that will not make completing the base set that much harder.

The Bottom Line:
Loaded with RCs, I give 2012 Topps Chrome a shop around rating. It will should be easy to complete a base set with three boxes and some light trading. The refractors and serial numbered parallels will be fun to chase. 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: 4/10
Prospector Hunter: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Overall Quality: 8/10

Overall: 32/50 (64% = D)
The biggest drawback being that set collectors will need 3+ boxes for a complete set.

Thanks to Topps for making this review possible!

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Topps Chrome

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Topps Chrome

Posted on 28 September 2012 by Tim Danielson

Per box items:
24 packs per box
4 cards per pack
2 autographs per box

Topps sell sheet

These cards are basically identical to 2012 Topps Series 1, 2 and Pro Debut only in a chrome finish. The standard sized cards feature a full color action shot of the player. Bordered in silver/chrome, the card fronts list the set and player name. A rounded graphic in the lower left corner of the card fronts has the team logo. The graphic is trimmed in a similar color to the team color scheme. The card backs are photo-less and are horizontal in layout. The backs list moderate biographical information, complete career statistics, and career highlights.

What I pulled:
96 unique cards, no duplicates
78 base set cards = 78/220 = 35% of the base set
11 base refractor
2 blue refractor
1 gold refractor
1 red refractor
1 die-cut
2 autos

Base card front and back:

The inserts: (not all scanned)
Blue refractor #/199 Encarnacion, Marcum
Gold refractor #/50 Bourn
Red refracrtor #/25 Teixeira
Dynamic Die-cut Hamilton

The Hits:
Eric Surkamp auto
Liam Hendriks black refractor auto #/100

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Keeping with the same design across all of their products this year, 2012 Topps Chrome is pretty much identical to Series 1, 2 and Pro Debut. I absolutely love this year’s base card design though. It is simple and clean. I also really like the horizontal backs and the occasional horizontal fronts. The shot selection is great with some good actions shots and some candid moments. There are 20 base set car variations to chase, although I do not know if they indicated as such on the specific cards. The hits really lacked the wow effect. I think the Dynamic die-cut card looks cool though. 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! I actually would have preferred a few less refractors and a few more base cards in my box, but that will not make completing the base set that much harder.

The Bottom Line:
Loaded with RCs, I give 2012 Topps Chrome a shop around rating. It will should be easy to complete a base set with three boxes and some light trading. The refractors and serial numbered parallels will be fun to chase. 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: 4/10
Prospector Hunter: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Overall Quality: 8/10

Overall: 32/50 (64% = D)
The biggest drawback being that set collectors will need 3+ boxes for a complete set.

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.

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Topps Opening Day

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Topps Opening Day

Posted on 12 June 2012 by Tim Danielson

Per box items:
36 packs per box
7 cards per pack

Topps Sell Sheet

These cards are basically identical to 2012 Topps series one with only that addition of the Opening Day logo in the bottom corner. The standard sized cards feature a full color action shot of the player. Bordered in white, the card fronts have the set and player name in silver foil. A rounded graphic in the lower left corner of the card fronts has the team logo. The graphic is trimmed in a similar color to the team color scheme. The card backs are photo-less and are horizontal in layout. The backs list moderate biographical information and complete career statistics.

What I pulled:
252 unique cards
206 base set cards – 206/220 = 93.64% of the base set
40 inserts
6 serial numbered parallels

Card fronts:

The inserts: (not all scanned)
9 Fantasy Squad
9 Elite Skills
9 Superstar Celebrations
5 Opening Day Stars (3D cards)
8 mascot cards
6 blue parallels cards #/2012

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I absolutely love 2012 Topps Opening Day base card design. It is pretty much the same as 2012 Topps Series one. The design is simple and clean. I also really like the horizontal backs and the occasional horizontal fronts. The shot selection is great with some good actions shots and some candid moments. There are tons of inserts and parallels loaded into Opening Day. I actually would have preferred a few less inserts and a few more base cards in my box, but that will not make completing the base set that much harder.

The Bottom Line:
I give 2012 Topps Opening Day a buy rating. It will be very easy to complete a base set with a box, a few extra packs and some light trading. There are lots of inserts and parallels to chase. 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: 1/5
Prospector Hunter:4/5
Overall Design: 5/5
Fun: 5/5
Value: 5/5
Re-buy: 5/5
Overall Quality: 5/5

Overall: 34/40 (85% = 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.

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