Friday, October 20, 2017

1991 Topps Football

Time warp to a pack from 26 years ago. That year Topps pack contains 15 base cards and 1 1000 yard club insert. Surprise this haven't been ripped on here yet. Let's rip
307 - Louis Lipps - same design as their baseball counterpart as well same color back with a football field design
644 - New England Patriots - Patriots hit the low point in 1990 with 1-15 record. Team card featured running back John Stephens getting stopped. Quite fitting.
542 - Kevin Greene - one of best linebackers to play with a 15 year career and few matches in WCW.
148 - Jonathan Hayes
537 - Doug Smith - another multi-time Pro Bowler
334 - Jessie Hester
228 - Al Smith
397 - Herman Moore - was Lions top WR in the mid-90s
 191 - Darrell Green - the ageless wonder who played his entire 20 year career with the Redskins.
18 (1000YC) - James Brooks - 1000 Yard Club insert featuring stats on how many yards he ran from each game of the season. He barely made the list.
610 - John Stephens - photo featured the game against Eagles which Randall Cunningham outran the Pats D nearly untouched for a TD. Oh yeah there was this Pats RB on the card.....
134 - Neil Smith - become a Pro Bowler after this breakout season. He would earn Super Bowl rings with AFC West rival Broncos
387 - Mike Merriweather
63 - Pierce Holt
138 - Rich Baldinger
550 - Bobby Humphrey - his career started out hot only to flame out quickly when he decide to hold out. By the time he ended it Broncos found his replacement.

Not a bad pack. Good to remember Patriots did suck during that time.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

2017 Topps Fire Baseball Gold Mint Base Parallel Blaster Bonus pack!

Man that title is a mouth full.  Anyways one more day of Topps Fire.  Here is the bonus pack you get in the blasters that contain 4 base Gold Mint parallel cards.  Prepare to be underwhelmed.  Here are the 4 cards.  The backs are identical to the base cards, but I've included a scan of one for you.

The Gold Mint parallels look pretty nice. They remind me of the old Score Gold Rush parallels from the 90's.  If I was a younger man I might have even considered trying to put this set together.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

2017 Topps Fire Baseball Blaster Pack

Kin beat me to the Fire post, but I've already scanned the cards so you get a weekend of Topps Fire.  I've been making stops at my local Target just to see if they've gotten any Fire in and finally, finally I stopped by this afternoon and they were loaded up.  Looks like they might have just put it out as there were the full boxes, blasters and rack packs.  I opted for the blaster and the bonus Gold Mint parallel pack, I'll post later.

I will say I like this set better than the football offering from a couple years ago.  I don't remember seeing any mention of this product coming and Topps kind of sprung it on us.  I wasn't happy that it was a Target Exclusive, this product would have enjoyed some success in the hobby shops.  Would be nice to get another low-mid product to choose from there.  Ahem.

I've picked the best pack from the box, and by best I mean the one with my only serial numbered card in it.  But I've also decided to share all the inserts and parallels from the blaster.  From what I can see from people posting breaks of this the blaster boxes are the only place to get the Gold Mint parallels, the rack packs are the only place to get the Blue Chip parallels and the full boxes look to be the only place to find the base inserts.  I could be wrong about that, but all my inserts were Gold Mint parallels so unless I just hit an abnormal box I think that's the way the inserts will fall.

The blasters come with 7 packs plus one Gold Mint pack with 4 base parallels in it.  Each blaster pack has 6 cards, unless you hit something.  I did not.  A full blaster will net you 46 cards about 35 base cards minus the parallels and inserts.

Here are the base cards from the pack.  There are a couple different background designs.

This product seems loaded with Cubs, probably because it is.  I ended up getting 5 out of the blaster, two in this pack alone, which was the most of any team and I know that's not even all of the teams base cards.  Here was my "hit" in the blaster.

This is an orange parallel card #/299.

The blaster also held 2 of the unnumbered flame parallels, or at least I think that's what they are.  They are very shiny.

I also pulled 3 inserts, and like I said before, all three were Gold Mint parallels.

Overall I think the cards look nice. I'm not overly thrilled with the different parallel insertions over different product types, but that's just me.  I doubt I'll buy much more, I might by a rack pack or two, but I won't be springing for a full box of this.

Friday, October 13, 2017

2017 Topps Fire Fat Pack

I stopped at Target on my way home this evening and after grabbing what I went for, I stopped by the card display.  I saw some packs of the new 2017 Topps Fire and thought "eh, why not?"  I'll throw them into my traders on Trading Card Database and I'm sure I will be able to trade most of them off. 


LINK:  2017 Topps Fire Baseball Checklist, Team Set Lists, Release Date

I picked up two of the fat packs.  Each one contained three inserts or parallels.  I will post the result of the second pack later on my personal blog, I Feel Like a Collector Again

The card design makes me think of former NFL Head Coach Dennis Green.  "They are what we thought they were" is an accurate statement.

2017 Topps Fire #200 Babe Ruth

2017 Topps Fire #200 Babe Ruth (back)

2017 Topps Fire #129 Ivan Rodriguez

2017 Topps Fire #130 JaCoby Jones

2017 Topps Fire Blue Chip #72 Roberto Clemente

2017 Topps Fire Blue Chip #72 Roberto Clemente (back)

2017 Topps Fire Golden Grabs #GG-2 Manny Machado

2017 Topps Fire Golden Grabs #GG-2 Manny Machado (back)

2017 Topps Fire Monikers #M-34 Mike Trout

2017 Topps Fire Monikers #M-34 Mike Trout (back)

2017 Topps Fire #136 Max Scherzer

2017 Topps Fire #56 Nelson Cruz

2017 Topps Fire #96 Ian Happ

2017 Topps Fire #121 Cody Bellinger

2017 Topps Fire #193 Jake Arrieta

2017 Topps Fire #147 Yasmani Grandal

What do you think of the set?  Is it something you'll buy?  Let us know what you think in the comments below. 

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