Grand Cards: WANT. (More 2011 Topps Tigers)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

WANT. (More 2011 Topps Tigers)

Ooh boy, the good stuff is flowing now.

I love the SP of Ty Cobb driving a freakin' car.


Mark Fidrych autograph is a great addition, following up on the unofficial RIP George Kell auto from the 2010 set.



Kaline, Obvs.



I'm liking these retail exclusive inserts. Here's a "Red Diamond" from Target of Miguel Cabrera. There's also a Cobb and Walmart has "Blue Diamonds":



Topps introduced silk cards a couple years ago, as some sort of quasi-parallel set with 50 cards. This year they are full fledged inserts (still 50 cards, I think) with different pictures and all!



More and more cards will appear in the days ahead, and I'll put a gallery together once I have images of everything. In the meantime, here's the working checklist

It also appears as though my crazy gold foil/silver foil hypothesis was just a trick of the light. Sorry if I got anybody in a tizzy.

11 comments:

  1. I love the silk cards. That Cobb is pretty sweet too. Check out my blog: http://just-in-justinsworld.blogspot.com

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  2. The Red Diamond looks good. I also like the auto of the Bird, but how long has Topps been sitting on the Fidrych autos?

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  3. Well...at least a year and a half. His death was unexpected though, so it makes sense to use them over time. No reason to do a sticker dump all at once.

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  4. I was just wondering about the "Bird's" auto, man, that must be some vault Topps is sitting on. In a side story, Mark actually installed the inground pool for my cousins in Westborough, MA back around 1985. He owned a pool installation company and they did some bit about him for the All-Star game, my cousin's pool was in that footage.

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  5. I'm pretty sure that car is the Chalmers that Cobb was awarded following the controversial 1910 batting title race with Nap Lajoie. Sports Illustrated had a great story on the race last year and if memory serves that photo was in the print edition.

    Lajoie also got a Chalmers, quote:
    Later he supposedly said with a wink, "I've always understood that the automobile I got ran a lot better than the one they gave to Ty."

    Cobb quote:
    As he told writers at spring training the following year, in the off-season he would sometimes drive by his teammates in Detroit, the Tigers who had prematurely congratulated Lajoie. Cobb wouldn't say a word. "I just honk the horn of my new car at them."

    Full story, highly recommended reading:
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1174416/1/index.htm

    -- Los Gatos (Barry)

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  6. OK, you know my question...where are the Boesch cards?

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  7. Boesch has a fantastic base card, and of course all of the parallels that accompany it. That looks like it for right now though

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  8. tons of cards make this a challenging team set to collect, and now we have this to deal with...
    http://cgi.ebay.com/2011-Topps-MIGUEL-CABRERA-Diamond-Sparkle-SP-Variation-/300522000750?pt=US_Baseball&hash=item45f881d16e#ht_500wt_1156

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  9. Yeah, I know all about that. I've been tracking those all day and was saddened what a Cabrera was unveiled.

    This card sucks, and I don't think I'll be trying to collect it. Just another unnecessary variation like the many that are already out there. Same picture plus a photoshopped diamond? Pass.

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  10. at least the pie in the faces were sorta fun looking. the sparkle is a tad lame.

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  11. Found the Cobb in a car card the other day in a pack I bought at Target. Was happy to see that one!

    Picked up the Boesch card today at my first card show. That's a great looking card. You can see the stitching on the ball right before he, I assume, hits it. Really seems like it's suspended in air - or resting against the ump in the background.

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