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A Blank 2012 Topps Heritage Redemption Card?

Posted in WTF!? with tags , , , , on March 26, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

I managed to hit one of my local Target’s on Monday and picked up a couple of packs of 2012 Topps Heritage retail.  I pulled a few SPs and inserts along with a slew of base cards. But in one pack there was something suspicious, and now my mind is running wild about what it was supposed to be.

If you open enough Topps Heritage you’ll notice that there is a pattern as to where the insert, SP, variation or other “special” card is seeded within the pack.  Typically it is the fourth card from the back, so it winds up somewhere in the middle of the nine-card pack.

This is not a pack searching secret someone will try to sell you on eBay.  It’s just the way the cards are inserted into the packs during collation.

So in the particular pack in question, the fourth card from the end of the pack was … blank.

No name. No words. No picture.

Just white nothing. BLANK.

And it’s not one of those annoying security sensors that are placed inside the Topps packs either.  My pack had one of those and it was on the back of the pack as they usually are.

The card is a blank card made from the same card stock as the other Topps Heritage cards.  I’ll repeat: THE SAME CARD STOCK.  It’s not thicker or thinner.  It’s the same.

Given the placement of the card within the pack, my interest is piqued.

Was this supposed to be a redemption card with a sticker placed on it?


This blank card is missing something, and I believe it to be more than just a player’s name, face and stats.  I believe this card is missing a square adhesive label identifying the special card for which it is supposed to be redeemed.

Is something missing here, Topps?  Or am I making something out of nothing?


2012 Topps Heritage Blaster Break

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , on March 17, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

Filmed this two days ago, March 15, 2012, in Colma, Calif.


An idea to recreate buzz for Topps Heritage

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , on March 15, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

For more than a decade, Topps has been creating the Topps Heritage brand under the idea of releasing today’s stars using designs from yesteryear.

1963 Topps Pete Rose rookie card

The set was a hit when it hit shelves in 2001 and continues to be to this day.  People love the designs, the short prints, the notion of authenticity as it pertains to the way the original sets were produced.

But to some degree, the luster of Heritage has waned.  Not by much, but a tad.

But here is an idea that would have created all sorts of buzz for the product:

Make ONE box out of the entire hobby run full of original packs.

Can you imagine the type of hype this product would have if Topps had marketed the product telling collector’s that ONE box HOBBY box out of the entire run is full of 24 original 1963 Topps packs?

This means a shot at original, untouched Pete Rose, Willie Stargell and Tony Oliva rookies, as well as other true cardboard icons.

Now that’d be an amazing hunt.  Even better than cards made of gold.

Thrift Treasures XXV: The Comeback Edition

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , on July 30, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

Finally …. Thrift Treasures HAS come back … to Cardboard Icons.

It’s been a few months since I’ve unearthed some cardboard gems from my local thrift stores. And that’s not to say I haven’t been searching with a fine-toothed comb. The cards are just becoming scant … well, I should say cards that interest me are becoming scant. There has been plenty of early 90s ProSet football and Hoops Basketball showing up.

I digress. My “Honey Hole” for cardboard goodness received some cards earlier this week and was selling them 20 for a $1. I found the best 20 cards that money could buy. Here are the goods:

At first glance, it looked like there was a bunch of 2006 Bowman commons in the tin, and that wouldn’t be such a bad thing if there were more than just a few prospects sprinkled within. But when it came down to make the final tally, I went ahead and bought the only two Bowman Chrome prospects that were in the box, Aaron Hathaway (Mets) and Mike Rozier(Red Sox).

The Rozier card is one that I needed for my on-again, off-again team collection. But it also was one of seven total Red Sox cards that I didn’t own. As much as I want to stop my team collection — I’ll explain later — it’s hard to turn them down when they are sitting in front of my face for a relatively cheap price.

Now that I’ve bored you you to death with Red Sox chatter, I present this semi-interesting 2009 Goodwin card of Chris Johnson, running back for the Titans. I don’t collect football and because of that, I was slightly convinced that this card MIGHT be his rookie. Obviously I was wrong. You can all laugh at me now. Nonetheless, it’s a good-looking card that I’ll add to some pile somewhere that eventually will be sold, traded or given away.

Want to talk about randomness? Look at these next three cards:

2008 Triple Threads Grady Sizemore, a common card from a high-end product
2008 Donruss Threads Baseball Diamond Kings insert of some prospect named Trystan Magnuson
2003 Leaf Certified Materials Mirror Red game-used jersey card of Josh Phelps, serial numbered to 250

I tend to dislike Goudey a lot. But this card caught my eye because it’s a green mini version of a Sports Royalty card. Funny note, I received the blue jersey of this same mini card earlier this week in the mail. Anyone interested in them?

Love ’em or hate ’em, I can’t pass on a small lot of Upper Deck Anniversary cards at a nickel each. I know a VOTC is working on this set. Hope he can use them.

And finally a pair of 2009 Topps Heritage Update Chrome parallels.

Can’t say that was the BEST trip to the thrift shop, but it’s mightly tough to beat that haul for just a buck.

To see the other parts of this on-going series, click HERE.

TTM Success: Gordon Beckham … and Koji Uehara

Posted in TTM Success with tags , , , , , on April 18, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

Received a very nice surprise yesterday in my mail box, a 2010 Topps Heritage cards signed by Gordon Beckham. I’d kind of gone through a TTM Success drought over the last month, which was to be expected. Unless you send your requests early (as in before players arrive to sprint training) you’re likely to have to wait several months to receive anything back. I sent to Beckham (and many others) after he had already arrived at Spring Training. I am fortunate to have this one so quickly (about 6 weeks). I saw on Twitter than one of my followers also received his request back on Saturday, so there’s hope for all of you who sent to Beckham this spring.

Also, two weeks ago I received this Koji Uehara 2010 Topps Heritage. I forgot to write about it.

Anyway, check out my overall success this 2010 season HERE.

2010 Topps Heritage Blasters are LIVE

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

After much searching, it appears that the 2010 Topps Heritage Blasters have started to arrive in retail stores. I found two at a Wal-Mart in the San Francisco Bay Area (southeast Fremont). Out of the two blasters I managed to pull two relics (Cristian Guzman Clubhouse Collection jersey and Brooks Robinson Flashbacks stadium seat) and 8 SPs including a super short print Zack Greinke.

On a side note, don’t forget to enter the contest for an original 1958 Topps Hank Aaron / Mickey Mantle card.

Dear Topps: Your bubblegum still sucks (2010 Topps Heritage)

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on February 25, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

For a company whose reputation was initially built on the success of its bubblegum, Topps really has failed to build on its empire in recent years, especially as it pertains to its candy inserted in Topps Heritage products.

I’ve already written my review of the Topps Heritage baseball card set (LINK), but I did not mention anything about the gum, which to me is an important piece (no pun intended) to the line’s success.

Don’t get me wrong, I did not pay $4 for a pack of cards to get the gum; that is old school thinking. But for a company known for its iconic Bazooka Gum, Topps has managed to make the worst-tasting gum ever.

This year’s gum is a slight improvement on last years, which for the record was the absolute worst thing I have tasted since someone slipped me a piece of ginger candy 20 years ago.

As a kid I ripped open plenty of Topps baseball and Garbage Pale Kids packs and chewed my way through hundreds of sticks. The gum was quality. It was sweet and the flavor was awesome; you could chew it for hours.

The taste of the gum released in recent years doesn’t even come close to the original stuff. In 2009, I described the gum as tasting like squid ink … that is if I actually knew what that tasted like. This year, the gum is almost the same, with a slightly less harsh effect — which is an improvement. It’s almost like Topps added an ingredient to take the edge off. I’ve never chewed Nicorette, but I’m guessing this is what that stuff tastes like. Blah!

To make matters worse, the quality of the actual gum is poor. The sticks are brittle in the packs (see image above) and there is no softness when chewing. In fact, the gum almost seems to dissolve in your mouth — which some may call authentic because if you’ve ever eaten a piece of 10- to 20-year old gum from the original packs, this is exactly what happens.

So please, Topps, when you sit down to make your 2011 Topps Heritage set, I implore you to bring back the original gum recipe. For some people, ripping open a pack of cards and chewing the gum while thumbing through the cardboard icons is part of the experience. As it is now, the gum is damn near deadly … it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth.