One Man's Thoughts on Sports Card Collecting

Friday, February 6, 2015

Gold Label Goodness

I added a small handful of new Griffeys in the past few weeks.  Today we focus on a GORGEOUS pair from 1998 Topps Gold Label.  This is one of those sets where in my opinion, if you have a player you collect in the base set, then picking up a copy is an absolute MUST. They are THAT nice.  The card stock is very sturdy and super glossy, the background is done in a "refractor" style, and the script lettering for the player names is beautiful.

Each player has 3 cards in the set.  "Class 1" cards have the name in gold foil and have a background shot of the player fielding, like so:

 "Class 2" cards have the name in a sparkly silver foil and show the player running:

And "Class 3" cards (the most rare) have the name in sparkly gold foil, with the background photo being a hitting or pitching shot.  I didn't add the "Class 3" Griffey yet, so no pic of that one.

Here is the player checklist.  Like I said, well worth tracking one down for your favorite players!

1 Kevin Brown
2 Greg Maddux
3 Albert Belle
4 Andres Galarraga
5 Craig Biggio
6 Matt Williams
7 Derek Jeter
8 Randy Johnson
9 Jay Bell
10 Jim Thome
11 Roberto Alomar
12 Tom Glavine
13 Reggie Sanders
14 Tony Gwynn
15 Mark McGwire
16 Jeromy Burnitz
17 Andruw Jones
18 Jay Buhner
19 Robin Ventura
20 Jeff Bagwell
21 Roger Clemens
22 Masato Yoshii RC
23 Travis Fryman
24 Rafael Palmeiro
25 Alex Rodriguez
26 Sandy Alomar, Jr.
27 Chipper Jones
28 Rusty Greer
29 Cal Ripken, Jr.
30 Tony Clark
31 Derek Bell
32 Fred McGriff
33 Paul O'Neill
34 Moises Alou
35 Henry Rodriguez
36 Steve Finley
37 Marquis Grissom
38 Jason Giambi
39 Javy Lopez
40 Damion Easley
41 Mariano Rivera
42 Mo Vaughn
43 Mike Mussina
44 Jason Kendall
45 Pedro Martinez
46 Frank Thomas
47 Jim Edmonds
48 Hideki Irabu
49 Eric Karros
50 Juan Gonzalez
51 Ellis Burks
52 Dean Palmer
53 Scott Rolen
54 Raul Mondesi
55 Quinton McCracken
56 John Olerud
57 Ken Caminiti
58 Brian Jordan
59 Wade Boggs
60 Mike Piazza
61 Darin Erstad
62 Curt Schilling
63 Dave Justice
64 Kenny Lofton
65 Barry Bonds
66 Ray Lankford
67 Brian Hunter
68 Chuck Knoblauch
69 Vinny Castilla
70 Vladimir Guerrero
71 Tim Salmon
72 Larry Walker
73 Paul Molitor
74 Barry Larkin
75 Edgar Martinez
76 Bernie Williams
77 Dante Bichette
78 Nomar Garciaparra
79 Ben Grieve
80 Ivan Rodriguez
81 Todd Helton
82 Ryan Klesko
83 Sammy Sosa
84 Travis Lee
85 Jose Cruz, Jr.
86 Mark Kotsay
87 Richard Hidalgo
88 Rondell White
89 Greg Vaughn
90 Gary Sheffield
91 Paul Konerko
92 Mark Grace
93 Kevin Millwood RC
94 Manny Ramirez
95 Tino Martinez
96 Brad Fullmer
97 Todd Walker
98 Carlos Delgado
99 Kerry Wood
100 Ken Griffey, Jr.




Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Trade With Lifetime Topps Project

I recently completed another trade with chuckneo over at the Lifetime Topps Project.  His blog is one of my favorites, and he has quite the ambitious project - collecting every Topps set since 1980.  My recent digging through my old cards led me to a handful he was looking for, so I was glad to do my part to bring him a tiny bit closer to his goal!

He was kind enough to send me a nice envelope of cards in return, including some Platinum Diamonds:



A few Topps inserts on my want list:


And best of all, a pair of Griffeys!:


That Golden Moments card is actually a mini - I didn't even know they made minis of those cards that year!  And I really like that Goudey style card from last year's Goodwin set.  Something about that painting-esque picture and the card design really clicks for me.

Thanks again for the trade chuckneo!