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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 Update Series

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Topps Update Series

Posted on 28 December 2012 by Tim Danielson

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

These cards are basically identical to 2012 Topps Series 1, 2 and Pro Debut. 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. Appropriate cards have the All-Star logo on them The card backs are photo-less and are horizontal in layout. The backs list moderate biographical information, complete career statistics, and career highlights. These cards are numbered with the “US” prefix.

What I pulled:
350 Unique cards
286 base set cards = 286/330 = 87% of the base set
9 Golden Moments
4 Golden Greats
9 Blockbuster
9 Gold Sparkle parallels
22 Gold bordered parallels #/2012
1 relic
1 silk #/50

Base card front and back:

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Inserts: (not all scanned)
Blockbusters: 6, 9, 13, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 28
Golden Moments: 2, 11, 36, 42, 47, 50
Golden Greats: 80, 83, 91
Gold Sparkle: 22, 26, 58, 82, 169, 267, 302
1987 minis: 106, 107, 114, 115, 122, 123, 129, 139

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The Hits:
R.A. Dickey AS relic
Mat Latos Silk #3/50
Josh Beckett Dodger SP

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Keeping with the same design across all of their products this year, 2012 Topps Update 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 tons of inserts and parallels loaded into the update series. Many of these insert set are continuations of the series 1 and 2 inserts sets. There are lots of variations and short prints in 2012 Topps Update. There are players pictured with their new teams, team shots and players in suits and other non-baseball shots. This year Topps is pushing the ‘gold’ theme and is again doing an on-line promotional giveaway and all of the gold themed inserts. 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. Being one over the sated odds on hits and a high dollar short print are always a bonus!

The Bottom Line:
I give 2012 Topps Update Series 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 and Rickey Henderson cards to me!

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)

Topps sent me this box to review for Full Spectrum Baseball. As always I am offering base and insert cards to members here for a SASE.

Thanks to Topps for making this review possible!

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Topps Triple Threads

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Topps Triple Threads

Posted on 24 November 2012 by Tim Danielson

Per box items:

2 mini boxes per master box
7 cards per mini box
1 autographed card per mini box
1 triple relic card per mini box

Topps sell sheet

The standard sized base set cards are thicker than normal and depict a color action shot of the player super-imposed onto a grey and white background. The border-less cards have gray and white graphics on the card bottom that list the player name and team. The set name is in silver foil. The card backs are photo-less and are horizontal in design. The black, grey and white backs detail moderate biographical information, last year and career statistics and moderate career highlights.

What I pulled:
14 unique cards, no duplicates
6 base set cards, 6/100, 6% of the base set
4 serial numbered parallel cards
2 relic cards
2 autograph relic cards

Base card front and back:

The parallels:
Bronze #/625 Jones and Rivera
Green #/250 Howard
Blue #/50 Holliday

The Hits:
Ryan Howard unity relic #36/36
David Freese triple relic #27/36
Kirk Nieuwenhuis auto triple relic #5/50
David Justice auto relic #19/25

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2012 Topps Triple Threads is an always popular release with all types of collectors. Whether you are a player collector, set collector or a prospector you will find something you like in TTT. This year’s version feels like a ‘jack of jack of all trades.’ It is a little good at everything, but not really good at anything. The base cards and serial numbered parallels look great, but completing the set will get expensive even if you trade a lot. There is a good mix of veteran players and retired stars, but this feels a little watered down with high serial numbering of low level rookies and low serial numbering of semi-stars. The hits do look very good though. I also enjoy the creative ‘windows’ that are cut out to spell things with the relics. Obviously, every box will not produce a 1 of 1 white whale card, but for the price point, I would offer the product name. 2012 Topps Tempting (lottery) Ticket.

The Bottom Line:
Even with the cool looking hits, I give 2012 TTT a shop around rating. Not a product for set collectors as you will have an expensive time completing the base set. Buy the singles you want. If you do buy a box, trade your Rickey Henderson cards to me!

The Final Score:
Final Ratings (Out of 10):
Base set collect-ability: 1/10
Big-hit Hunter: 7/10
Prospector Hunter: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Overall Quality: 9/10

Overall: 31/50 (62% = D)
The biggest drawback being that set collectors will need lots of help or money to complete a base set.

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.

The Official card collecting site of Full Spectrum Baseball

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Topps Heritage Minor League

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Topps Heritage Minor League

Posted on 21 November 2012 by Tim Danielson

Per Box Items:
24 packs per box
9 cards per pack
2 autographs per box
1 relic per box

Topps sell sheet

2012 Topps Heritage Minor League depicts minor league players on the 1963 card design. The standard sized base set cards feature a color action shot of the player over a black and white background. Bordered in white, a colored graphic is at the card bottom with the player’s name, team name and color logo. The card backs are photo-less and horizontal in design. The card backs list moderate biographical information, last year and career statistics and moderate career highlights. Every card also has the mono-tone generic comic like the original 1963 card design.

What I pulled:
215 unique cards, no duplicates
202 base = 202/225 = 90% of the base set
(1-200 regular, 201-255 SP)
6 Prospect Performers
3 black border #/96
2 autographs
1 relic
1 printing plate

Base card front and back:

The inserts:
Prospect Performers:
Olt, Cole, Hamilton, Bradley, Arenado, Sanchez
Black border #/96 Jones, Jungmann, Sanchez

The Hits:
Sean Nolin auto
Luke Jackson auto
Gerrit Cole/ Jameson Taillon dual relic #/25
Archie Bradley Yellow Printing Plate 1/1

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2012 Topps Heritage Minor League is a great entry level product! Set collectors will have no problem putting the base set together with a box and some trading. I can not complain about the lack of a flashy design because this is rendered in the 1963 design. The low numbered relic was a nice treat and pulling a printing plate is always exciting! Prospectors will love this set. unless you really follow minor league baseball, you may not recognize many of the names in this product.

The Bottom Line:
I give 2012 Topps Heritage Minor League a buy rating. Collecting the base set will be easy. Prospectors will be very happy. Buy a box and trade your Tigers players to me!

The Final Score:
Final Ratings (Out of 10):
Base set collect-ability: 9/10
Big-hit Hunter: 8/10
Prospector Hunter: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Overall Quality: 9/10

Overall: 43/50 (86% = B)

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 grading service of Full Spectrum Baseball

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Topps Pro Debut

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Topps Pro Debut

Posted on 27 August 2012 by Tim Danielson

Per Box Items:
24 Packs per box
8 cards per pack
2 autograph cards per box
2 relic cards per box

Topps sell sheet

These cards are basically identical to 2012 Topps with only the addition of the Pro Debut logo in the upper 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 career highlights.

What I pulled:
188 unique cards – no duplicates
174 base set cards = 174/220 = 79% of the base set
8 All Star cards
2 gold parallel cards
2 relic cards
2 autograph cards

Base card front and back:

Parallels and inserts: (not all scanned)
Gold #/50 Smith, Baez
8 All-Star cards

The Hits:
Junior lake relic
Gary Brown GOLD relic #/50
Didi Gregorius auto
Side by Side Dual auto Kevin Matthews/Zach Cone #/50

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I absolutely love 2012 Topps Pro Debut base card design. It is pretty much the same as 2012 Topps. I really like that Topps is keeping the same design and continuity across all of their sets this year. 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. I really like the patriotic design of the All-Star cards. Baseball is America’s past-time and I will always give high marks anytime a card company can combine the two. The autographs are sticker autos but fit the card well.

The Bottom Line:
I give 2012 Topps Pro Debut a buy rating. It will be very easy to complete a base set with a box, a few extra packs or some light trading. A prospector’s dream with great looking inserts! 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: 3/5
Prospector Hunter:5/5
Overall Design: 5/5
Fun: 5/5
Value: 5/5
Re-buy: 5/5
Overall Quality: 4/5

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 grading service of Full Spectrum Baseball

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