Tag Archive | "Career Statistics"

Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2013 Topps Opening Day

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2013 Topps Opening Day

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Tim Danielson

BikeSpokes

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:

scan0007

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

scan0008

***********************************************************************************************************************

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!

Comments (0)

Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2013 Topps Heritage Review

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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:

scan0027

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

scan0031

Box Topper:

scan0030

The Hit:
Tom Brown autograph

scan0035

****************************************************************************************************************

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!

Comments (1)

Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2013 Topps Series 1 Review

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2013 Topps Series 1 Review

Posted on 26 February 2013 by Tim Danielson

BikeSpokes

Per box items:
36 packs per box
10 cards per pack
1 autograph or relic per box

The standard sized 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 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.

What I Pulled:
338 unique cards, no duplicates. Packs with thicker cards had fewer total cards in them.
287 base set cards, 287/330, 87% of the base set
50 inserts, parallels including 3 die cut cards and 4 gold cards #/2013
1 relic card

Base card front and back:

scan0028

Inserts and parallels: (not all scanned)
The Greats: Henderson, Pujols
Gold #/2013: Clipparo, Holt, Encarnacion
Green Sparkle: Capuano, Rasmus, Downs,, Zito, Hill, Venters
Calling Card: Chapman, Youkilis, Pujouls, Sabathia, Ortiz
Chasing History: 5, 6, 20, 22, 25, 28, 29, 33, 47
Chasing the Dream: 2, 3, 7, 12, 13, 21
Cut to the Chase Die Cut: Jeter, Hamilton, Lawrie
Minis: 7, 8, 13, 20, 26, 27, 42, 45, 47
6 Million Dollar Chase cards
1 Spring Fever redemption card

scan0029

The Hit:
Proven Mettle Roberto Clemente copper #2/99

scan0005****************************************************************************************************************************************************

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. We also see checklist and league leader cards. Topps has issued several short prints cards of players. These alternate variations show the player making a play at or over an outfield wall. The Topps base set is again 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, a few extra packs 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: 8/10
Big-hit Hunter: 8/10
Prospector Hunter: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Overall Quality: 10/10

Overall: 44/50 (88% = B)

Thanks to Topps for making this review possible!

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

Comments (0)

Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Bowman Chrome

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Bowman Chrome

Posted on 11 January 2013 by Tim Danielson

BikeSpokes

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:

scan0004

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

scan0005

The Hit:
Ravel Santana autograph

scan0006

************************************************** *****************************

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!

Comments (0)

Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Topps Chrome

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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:

scan0006

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

scan0007

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

scan0008

************************************************** ********************************

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!

Comments (0)

Advertise Here
Advertise Here