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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2013 Topps Stickers

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2013 Topps Stickers

Posted on 16 April 2013 by Tim Danielson

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Per Box Items:
50 packs per box
8 stickers per pack

Topps sell sheet

What I pulled:
406 cards (6 came with the book)
107 duplicates
313/315 cards of the set
15 stickers make a SF Giants puzzle
The 30 team logo stickers come 2 to a sticker card.

The 2013 Topps sticker cards have a color action shot of the named player, Bordered in white the sticker cards have a simple graphic at the bottom with the players name and team logo. The graphic is trimmed in the teams primary colors. The card design is similar the 2013 Topps base set card design. The sticker card backs are photo-less and void of any statistics and player information. The plain white backs just have the sticker number and copyright information.

Sticker card samples:

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O. My. Gosh! I love Topps stickers books! It has been years since I completed one. I eagerly busted the packs as memories of my childhood came flooding back to me. This is the perfect product to get your kids into this great hobby. My sons and I had a couple of hours of fun while we sorted and placed the stickers. Nine players per team makes them really easy to sort. Most of the teams have either a mascot and or a veteran player sticker card. The team logo pages in the book also have a post season tracker bracket. I absolutely love the mix of retired stars and current players.  My oldest son got excited when he recognized a name he saw.  I had the same twinkle in my eye when I saw a player that I recognized from when I was his age.  No rookie cards or hits, but overflowing with value and awesome fun!. The only negative thing I have to say is that with over 100 duplicates I was still 2 cards short of completing the book. Really Topps? I know this is an entry level product, but you can do better than that!

The Bottom Line:
I give 2013 Topps Stickers a strong buy rating. You should be more than able to complete a base set with one box with lots of doubles to spare. Buy a box a trade me #34 Ben Zobrist and #172 Bryce Harper because I need them for my book and your extra Rickey Henderson and Tigers stickers!

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

Overall: 29/30 (97% = A)

Thanks to Topps for making this review possible!

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Topps Archive

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Topps Archive

Posted on 23 August 2012 by Tim Danielson

Per Box Items:
24 packs
8 cards per pack
2 autographs per box

Topps sell sheet

The standard sized base set cards are a mix to Topps classic card designs from 1960′s through the 1990′s. Iconic card designs from the 60′s to the unforgettable designs from 1984, 1987, and 1989 are all represented. Ranging for bordered to border-less and autographs on front and no autographs. The card backs match the appropriate card front design. The backs include photos, pictures, comics, limited stats to full career statistics, all depending of that year’s card set design.

What I pulled:
192 unique cards – no duplicates
170 base set cards = 170/240 = 71% of the base set
6 reprints
2 gold
3 1968 3D
4 1977 choth
2 1969 Deckle Edge
3 1967 stickers
2 autographs

Base card designs:

The inserts: (not all scanned)
1967 sticker Maris: Kershaw, M. Caberea
1969 Deckle Edge: Yaz, Ichiro
1968 3D: Kaline, Clemente, Mantle
1977 Cloth: Hamilton, Carew, Morgan, Granderson
Gold: Johnson, Kotchman
Reprint: Brett, Jackson, Palmer, Doby, Marichal, Ford

The Hits:
Fan Favorites autographs:
Mickey Lolich, Wally Backman

 

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From today’s stars on classic Topps designs to iconic reprints and recreations of memorable insert sets, Topps Archives has it all! I LOVE the mix of current player and retired stars! I really enjoyed seeing all the old Topps design of my youth. This box was one of the funnest I have ripped in a while! I am not a fan of “throwback” sets, but I will make an exception here. The reprint cards have a gold foil Topps Archive logo on them. I do not mind the number of inserts in this box as it they are are all cool and fit. The lack of star power on the hits is off-set by how really cool and fun this whole box was!

The Bottom Line:
I give 2012 Topps Archive a STRONG BUY rating. It will be very easy to complete the base set with two boxes. The score below does not give it an “A” but this box was so fun! LOTS of inserts to chase. Set builders, and Topps fans in general will love this set. Buy a box and trade your Tigers and Rickey Henderson cards to me!

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

Overall: 34/40 (85% = B)

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

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