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All-Star Game Commemorative Custom Cards #1-11

I decided to create some custom All-Star Game Commemorative Cards, or Glossy All-Star Cards for the players that represented the American League and National League last year at Target Field in Minnesota. The cards are modeled after the Topps All-Star Commemorative Cards that were issued in rack packs from 1984 to 1991.

The AL won the game 5-3, and outfielder Mike Trout was voted the games’ Most Valuable Player. Here are the first 11 cards, the American League manager and starters.

1_john_farrell_all_star_glossy_1   1_john_farrell_all_star_glossy_2

2_miguel_cabrera_all_star_glossy_1   2_miguel_cabrera_all_star_glossy_2

3_robinson_cano_all_star_glossy_1   3_robinson_cano_all_star_glossy_2

4_josh_donaldson_all_star_glossy_1   4_josh_donaldson_all_star_glossy_2

5_derek_jeter_all_star_glossy_1   5_derek_jeter_all_star_glossy_2

6_jose_bautista_all_star_glossy_1   6_jose_bautista_all_star_glossy_2

7_mike_trout_topps_all_star_glossy_1   7_mike_trout_topps_all_star_glossy_2

8_adam_jones_all_star_glossy_1   8_adam_jones_all_star_glossy_2

9_nelson_cruz_all_star_glossy_1   9_nelson_cruz_all_star_glossy_2

10_salvador_perez_all_star_glossy_1   10_salvador_perez_all_star_glossy_2

11_felix_hernandez_all_star_glossy_1   11_felix_hernandez_all_star_glossy_2

Do you have a favorite card? Let me know who it is in the comments. Coming tomorrow, the National League.

All-Star Game Commemorative Cards

rack_packBetween the years of 1984 and 1991, Topps placed an All-Star Game commemorative Card in each of their rack packs. I can remember buying rack packs and making a choice between one pack or another pack based off what Glossy All-Star card was showing through the cellophane. The cards commemorated the previous seasons All-Star players. For instance the cards in the 1987 Topps rack packs are for the 1986 All-Stars. Last year they were included as a 30 card insert set in 2014 Topps Archives.

They were and still continue to be a favorite inserts from my early days of collecting. Here are two of my favorites that are currently in my Will Clark collection –

13_will_clark_1   13_will_clark_1

Topps has not produced these cards in 24 years, so why am I posting about them? I thought it would be cool to recreate these favorite cards of mine to honor the 2014 All-Stars. The first card I created is one for the All-Star game MVP, Mike Trout. Here is the draft version, I am still playing with fonts and different pictures.

mike_trout_topps_all_star_glossy_1   mike_trout_topps_all_star_glossy_2

Stay tuned for the final version and the remaining other 21 cards, which I will be releasing very soon!

Jumbo Value Pack #3 – “Mad Bum”, Rookies, and Doubles

227_madison_bumgarner_world_series_highlight_1 The 3rd Jumbo Value Pack had a few themes, first pack with doubles (Michael Wacha, Pittsburgh Pirates Team Card, Cincinnati Reds Team Card, and Felix Hernandez), about three times as many rookies as in previous two packs (Kendall Graveman, Bryce Brentz, Rusney Castillo, Brandon Finnegan, and Bryan Mitchell), and my first World Series Highlight card (Madison Bumgarner – 2014 World Series Game 5).

The front of the Madison Bumgarner card has him walking off the field tipping his hat to the San Francisco Giants fans. The back has the boxscore to the Giants 5-0 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 5 of the World Series and a quick recap of the situation.

“In the bottom of the eighth, Bumgarner moved to the on-deck circle, and the fans at AT&T Park knew they were about to see something special. He went on to finish the first complete-game World Series shutout since 2003. Madison fanned eight and walked none in the four-hitter”

In addition to the World Series Highlight featuring Madison Bumgarner, there was one other Giant, Brandon Hicks (#273).

Included were two All-Stars from 2014, Adrian Beltre (#175) of the Texas Rangers and Tony Watson (#146) of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

This pack contained 27 base cards and four inserts that I needed for my 2015 Topps Series 1 collection. It also contained my first Babe Ruth Call Your Shot scratch-off card.

Base Set

14 Kendall Graveman – Toronto Blue Jays RC
26 Bryce Brentz – Boston Red Sox RC
41 Chris Colabello – Minnesota Twins
76 Ian Kennedy – San Diego Padres
98 League Leaders / American League Runs Batted In (Trout, Cabrera & Cruz)
104 Bud Norris – Baltimore Orioles
119 Anibal Sanchez – Detroit Tigers
135 Matt Dominguez – Houston Astros
144 Rusney Castillo – Boston Red Sox RC
146 Tony Watson – Pittsburgh Pirates
154 Brandon Finnegan – Kansas City Royals RC
161 Howie Kendrick – Los Angeles Angels
170 Tommy Medica – San Diego Padres
175 Adrian Beltre – Texas Rangers
185 Ricky Nolasco – Minnesota Twins
199 Eric Young Jr – New York Mets
202 Mike Minor – Atlanta Braves
213 Jered Weaver – Los Angeles Angels
224 Bryan Mitchell – New York Yankees RC
227 Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants WSH
230 Jean Segura – Milwaukee Brewers
235 Jeremy Guthrie – Kansas City Royals
254 Steve Cishek – Miami Marlins
273 Brandon Hicks – San Francisco Giants
324 Chris Archer – Tampa Bay Rays
326 C.J. Wilson – Los Angeles Angels
330 Brian Duensing – Minnesota Twins
337 Jedd Gyorko – San Diego Padres

Kendall Graveman  Bryce Brentz  Chris Colabello

Ian Kennedy

Trout, Cabrera & Cruz American League RBI Leaders

Bud Norris  Anibal Sanchez  Matt Dominguez

Rusney Castillo  Tony Watson  Brandon Finnegan

Howie Kendrick  Tommy Medica  Adrian Beltre

Ricky Nolasco  Eric Young Jr.  Mark Minor

Jered Weaver  Bryan Mitchell

Mdison Bumgarner World Series Highlight

Jean Segura  Jeremy Guthrie  Steve Cishek

Brandon Hicks  Chris Archer  C.J. Wilson

Brian Duensing  Jedd Gyorko

Inserts

FHR-10 Chipper Jones – Atlanta Braves (First Home Run Silver Stripe)
F40-12 Carlton Fisk – Chicago White Sox (Free Agent 40 / 1:8)
H-14 Brooks Robinson – Baltimore Orioles (Highlight of the Year / 1:4)
R7 Ran Ludwick – Cincinnati Reds (Robbed)

Chipper  Jones  Carlton Fisk

Brooks Robinson

Ryan Ludwick

nno2_call_your_shot_scratch_offThe 36th card in the pack was a Call Your Shot Scrath-Off game card. You choose one of the three scratch-offs,; Autograph, Autograph Relic, or Entry. You then log-on to the Topps website (www.topps.com/promotions) and enter the code to see if you won. I have not heard many good things about the chances, with some people scratching off 20+ cards and no winners. Others who have won say the shipping costs you have to pay or more than the card they won was worth. I will give it a shot soon!

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Jumbo Value Pack #2 – Buster Posey!

Buster Posey

I have some catching up to do so here is my second jumbo value pack, I bought this pack over a month ago! After breaking open the pack I was pleased to find no doubles, I needed all 31 base set cards, two parallels, and three inserts.

The highlight for me was C Buster Posey (#275), all decked out in his catchers gear with the appearance he is looking a runner back to a base? In addition to Posey, San Francisco Giants teammates’ P Tim Lincecum (#138) and C Andrew Susac (#232) were also in the pack.

This pack was loaded with some nice cards. Included were eight more All-Stars from 2014, 1B Brandon Moss (#35) of the Oakland Athletics, SS Alexei Ramirez (#65) of the Chicago White Sox, P Adam Wainwright (#80) of the St. Louis Cardinals, OF Giancarlo Stanton (#150) of the Miami Marlins, 2B Chase Utley (#163) of the Philadelphia Phillies, 1B Jose Abreu (#176) of the Chicago White Sox, C Devin Mesoraco (#182) of the Cincinnati Reds, and 3B Matt Carpenter (#336) of the St. Louis Cardinals.

I have always been a fan of the Topps All-Star Rookie subset and my first one is a nice one, 1B Jose Abreu (#176). He also is part of the “Future Stars” subset.

Rookie cards were almost non-existent in this pack, with only 2B Dilson Herrera (#241) of the New York Mets.

The parallels included a Rainbow Foil (1:10) and a Gold Border (#/2015 / 1:6). The Rainbow Foil was veteran 1B Ryan Howard (#51) of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Gold Border parallel was OF Khris Davis (#115) (0779/2015) of the Milwaukee Brewers.

The three inserts were pretty good also! I think anytime you can pull a Nolan Ryan (Free Agent 40) or Babe Ruth (Highlight of the Year) card today it is a good day, add to that young superstar in Yasiel Puig (First Home Run – Silver Stripe).

Base Set

10 Cole Hamels – Philadelphia Phillies
18 Cody Allen – Cleveland Indians
35 Brandon Moss – Oakland Athletics
44 Gio Gonzalez – Washington Nationals
65 Alexei Ramirez – Chicago White Sox
80 Adam Wainwright – St. Louis Cardinals
83 David Wright – New York Mets
94 Tommy Kahnle – Colorado Rockies
112 Daniel Nava – Boston Red Sox
138 Tim Lincecum – San Francisco Giants
145 Jesse Hahn – San Diego Padres
150 Giancarlo Stanton – Miami Marlins
163 Chase Utley – Philadelphia Phillies 
176 Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox “Future Stars” “Topps All-Star Rookie”
179 Jason Vargas – Kansas City Royals
182 Devin Mescoraco – Cincinnati Reds
183 Craig Gentry – Oakland Athletics
225 Jacoby Ellsbury – New York Yankees
232 Andrew Susac – San Francisco Giants
241 Dilson Herrera – New York Mets RC
248 Addison Reed – Arizona Diamondbacks
265 Arizona Diamondbacks
269 Jordy Mercer – Pittsburgh Pirates
272 Matt Kemp – Los Angeles Dodgers
275 Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
285 American League Home Run Leaders (Cruz, Carter & Trout)
287 Everth Cabrera – San Diego Padres
291 Mark Reynolds – Milwaukee Brewers
320 Shin-Soo Choo – Texas Rangers
336 Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals 
348 Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians

Cole Hamels

Cody Allen  Brandon Moss  Gio Gonzalez

Alexei Ramirez  Adam Wainright  David Wright

Tommy Kahnle  Daniel Nava  Tim Lincecum

Jesse Hahn  Giancarlo Stanton

 Chase Utley

Jose Abreu  Jason Vargas  Devin Mesoraco

Craig Gentry  Jacoby Ellsbury  232_andrew_susac_1

Dilson Herrera  Addison Reed

 Arizona Diamondbacks

Jody Mercer

Matt Kemp  Buster Posey

Cruz, Carter & Trout

Everth Cabrera  Mark Reynolds

Shin-Soo Choo

Matt Carpenter  Carlos Santana

Parallels

51 Ryan Howard – Philadelphia Phillies (Rainbow Foil / 1:10)
115 Khris Davis – Milwaukee Brewers (Gold Border / SN 0779/2015 / 1:6)

Ryan Howard  Khris Davis

Inserts

FHR-14Yasiel Puig – First Home Run – Silver Stripe
F40-4 Nolan Ryan – Houston Astros (Free Agent 40 / 1:8)
H-2 Babe Ruth – New York Yankees (Highlight of the Year / 1:4)

fhr14_yasiel_puig_1_silver  Nolan Ryan

Babe Ruth

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