March 14, 2019

2018 Topps Stranger Things Season One Needs List

The Topps Stranger Things set for Season 1 really filled the void for me this year waiting for the 2019 products to finally arrive. At first I was a little concerned about never even seeing the product in the wild because if you are able to land an autograph from the set you can receive a huge return on investment but I've been lucky in finding some blasters at Walmart.

I'm mainly looking for the inserts stickers, character and scene cards. I'm also going for the patch replica cards that came one-per-blaster.

2018 Topps Stranger Things Season 1 Checklist

Last Updated: 3-13-19

Base set




3, 26, 34, 40, 43, 48, 53, 54, 61, 67, 71, 82, 84, 86, 91, 92, 97, 98

Character stickers



2, 4, 7, 9, 13

Character cards




1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13. 16, 17, 18, 19. 20

Scene stickers



1, 3, 4, 8, 9.10

Commemorative Patch Set Checklist




Barbara Holland - Hawkins High School
Benny Hammond - Benny's Burgers
Connie Frazier - Benny's Burgers
Connie Frazier - Hawkins National Laboratory
Dustin Henderson - Hawkins Middle School
Eleven - Benny's Burgers
Eleven - Hawkins National Laboratory
Florence - Hawkins Police Station
Jim Hopper - Benny's Burgers
Jim Hopper - Hawkins Police Station
Jonathan Byers - Hawkins High School
Lucas Sinclair - Hawkins Middle School
Martin Brenner - Hawkins National Laboratory
Mike Wheeler - Hawkins Middle School
Nancy Wheeler - Hawkins High School
Officer Callahan - Hawkins Police Station
Officer Powell - Benny's Burgers
Officer Powell - Hawkins Police Station
Scott Clarke - Hawkins Middle School
Shepard - Hawkins National Laboratory
Steve Harrington - Hawkins High School
Terry Ives - Hawkins National Laboratory
Tommy H. - Hawkins High School
Will Byers - Hawkins Middle School

January 28, 2019

Topps Was Way Ahead on the 10-Year Challenge

Flipping through some Twins today and I was reminded that Topps was ahead of the game on the 10-Year Challenge. 



But then Topps has been in the flashback game since 1972 Topps with its "Boyhood Photos of the Stars"subset that included Tom Seaver, Joe Torre, Sal Bando and Willie Stargell. The cards were first included in Series 3 and then again in Series 4 but weren't found in Series 5 and 6.


These cards were never my particular favorites but they might have been had they evened out the photo sizes like they did in the Mauer card. 

November 29, 2018

1962 Topps Green Tint Needs List

Although single error cards might be a little more famous, there is nothing that  reaches the magnitude of the green-tint error cards that were issued in the 1962 Topps set.

The story goes that kids across America were scooping up the first series of '62 Topps quickly so everyone's favorite card maker commissioned a second printer to run off some more second series cards.

That printer screwed up and the cards ended up being printed without magenta coloring and so the cards have a green tint to them which someone escaped quality control.

I'm working on building sets of the corrected and green tint cards. Unless when noted the green and non-tinted cards use the same photo with just small design modifications between the versions. But there are nine cards that featured different photos in the second run and I've noted the differences between the two printings.

For example, here are the two versions of Lee Walls' card No. 129. As you can see they have different photos with the green version being on the right.

Here's the complete list of the photo variations:

  • No. 129 Lee Walls
  • No. 132 Los Angeles Angels Team
  • No. 134 Billy Hoeft
  • No. 139 Hal Reniff
  • No. 139 Babe Ruth 
  • No. 147 Bill Kunkel
  • No. 174 Carl Willey
  • No. 176 Eddie Yost
  • No. 190 Wally Moon

Another oddball part of this series is that one card in the second series escaped the green tint error. Card No. 159 Hal Reniff doesn't have a green version because in the first printing Reniff's card was numbered as 139 (making two No. 139s in the second series).

1962 Topps Green Tint Needs List

Last updated: 2-23-19

110.1 Bill Skowron (green)
110.2 Bill Skowron

111.1 Dallas Green (green
111.2 Dallas Green

112.1 Hank Foiles (green)
112.2 Hank Foiles

113.1 White Sox Team (green)
113.2 White Sox Team

114.1 Howie Koplitz (green)
114.2 Howie Koplitz

115.1 Bob Skinner (green)
115.2 Bob Skinner

116.1 Herb Score (green)
116.2 Herb Score

117.1 Gary Geiger (green)
117.2 Gary Geiger

118.1 Julian Javier (green)
118.1 Julian Javier

119.1 Danny Murphy (green)
119.2 Danny Murphy

120.1 Bob Purkey (green)
120.2 Bob Purkey

121.1 Billy Hitchcock (green)
121.2 Billy Hitchcock

122.1 Norman Bass (green)
122.2 Norman Bass

123.1 Mike de la Hoz (green)
123.2 Mike de la Hoz

124.1 Bill Pleis (green)
124.2 Bill Pleis

125.1 Gene Woodling (green)
125.2 Gene Woodling

126.1 Al Cicotte (green)
126.2 Al Cicotte

127.1 Pride of the A's (green)
127.2 Pride of the A's

128.1 Art Fowler (green)
128.2 Art Fowler

129.1 Lee Walls (green) with photo looking to the right
129.2 Lee Walls with photo looking to the left

130.1 Frank Bolling (green)
130.2 Frank Bolling

131.1 Pete Richert (green)
131.2 Pete Richert

132.1 Los Angeles Angels Team (green) has two floating photos
132.2 Los Angeles Angels Team with no floating photos

133.1 Felipe Alou (green)
133.2 Felipe Alou

134.1 Billy Hoeft (green) photo facing straight
134.2 Billy Hoeft with photo slightly left

135.1 Babe As A Boy (green)
135.2 Babe As A Boy

136.1 Babe Joins Yanks (green)
136.2 Babe Joins Yanks

137.1 Babe and Mgr. Huggins (green)
137.2 Babe and Mgr. Huggins

138.1 The Famous Slugger (green)
138.1 The Famous Slugger

139.1 Babe Hits 60 (green) with pole, no dirt
139.2 Babe Hits 60 with no pole, dirt

139.1 Hal Reniff (green) with pitching photo
139.2 Hal Reniff with portrait photo

140.1 Gehrig and Ruth (green)
140.2 Gehrig and Ruth

141.1 Twilight Years (green)
141.2 Twilight Years

142.1 Coaching for the Dodgers (green)
142.2 Coaching for the Dodgers

143.1 Greatest Sports Hero (green)
143.2 Greatest Sports Hero

144.1 Farewell Speech (green)
144.2 Farewell Speech

145.1 Barry Latman (green)
145.2 Barry Latman

146.1 Don Demeter (green)
146.2 Don Demeter

147.1 Bill Kunkel (green) pitching photo
147.2 Bill Kunkel with portrait photo

148.1 Wally Post (green)
148.2 Wally Post

149.1 Bob Duliba (green)
149.2 Bob Duliba

150.1 Al Kaline (green)
150.2 Al Kaline

151.1 Johnny Klippstein (green)
151.2 Johnny Klippstein

152.1 Mickey Vernon (green)
152.2 Mickey Vernon

153.1 Pumpsie Green (green)
153.2 Pumpsie Green

154.1 Lee Thomas (green)
154.2 Lee Thomas

155.1 Stu Miller (green)
155.2 Stu Miller

156.1 Merritt Ranew (green)
156.2 Merritt Ranew

157.1 Wes Covington (green)
157.2 Wes Covington

158.1 Milwaukee Braves Team (green)
158.2 Milwaukee Braves Team

159.1 Hal Reniff -- there is no green version for 159 because it was numbered as 139 in the original green printing

160.1 Dick Stuart (green)
160.2 Dick Stuart

161.1 Frank Baumann (green)
161.2 Frank Baumann

162.1 Sammy Drake (green)
162.2 Sammy Drake

163.1 Hot Corner Guardians - Billy Gardner / Clete Boyer (green)
163.2 Hot Corner Guardians - Billy Gardner / Clete Boyer

164.1 Hal Naragon (green)
164.2 Hal Naragon

165.1 Jackie Brandt (green)
165.2 Jackie Brandt

166.1 Don Lee (green)
166.2 Don Lee

167.1 Tim McCarver (green)
167.2 Tim McCarver

168.1 Leo Posada (green)
168.2 Leo Posada

169.1 Bob Cerv (green)
169.2 Bob Cerv

170.1 Ron Santo (green)
170.2 Ron Santo

171.1 Dave Sisler (green)
171.2 Dave Sisler

172.1 Fred Hutchinson (green)
172.2 Fred Hutchinson

173.1 Chico Fernandez (green)
173.2 Chico Fernandez

174.1 Carl Willey (green) photo with cap
174.2 Carl Willey with no cap portrait

175.1 Frank Howard (green)
175.2 Frank Howard

176.1 Eddie Yost (green) photo with bat
176.2 Eddie Yost with portrait photo

177.1 Bobby Shantz (green)
177.2 Bobby Shantz

178.1 Camilo Carreon (green)
178.2 Camilo Carreon

179.1 Yom Sturdivant (green)
179.2 Tom Sturdivant

180.1 Bob Allison (green)
180.2 Bob Allison

181.1 Paul Brown (green)
181.2 Paul Brown

182.1 Bob Nieman (green)
182.2 Bob Nieman

183.1 Roger Craig (green)
183.2 Roger Craig

184.1 Haywood Sullivan (green)
184.2 Haywood Sullivan

185.1 Roland Sheldon (green)
185.2 Roland Sheldon

186.1 Mack Jones (green)
186.2 Mack Jones

187.1 Gene Conley (green)
187.2 Gene Conley

188.1 Chuck Hiller (green)
188.2 Chuck Hiller

189.1 Dick Hall (green)
189.2 Dick Hall

190.1 Wally Moon (green) photo with bat
190.2 Wally Moon with no cap photo

191.1 Jim Brewer (green)
191.2 Jim Brewer

192.1 Checklist 177-264 (green) with comma on No. 192 listing
192.2 Checklist 177-264 with no comma on No. 192

193.1 Eddie Kasko (green)
193.2 Eddie Kasko

194.1 Dean Chance (green)
194.2 Dean Chance

195.1 Joe Cunningham (green)
195.2 Joe Cunningham

196.1 Terry Fox (green)
196.2 Terry Fox

November 19, 2018

UPDATE: Vintage Franken-set Needs List


UPDATE: The last time I updated my Franken-set needs list was 2015 so it was certainly time to dust off my stacked up vintage cards and see where we are sitting. For my personal variation of the Franken-set I'm doing cards before 1980 in any card brand.

I keep my cards organized by player and so for this project I'm using commons and semi-stars to fill pages and build a perfect set with the best possible card. If I have duplicates, it doesn't necessarily mean the older card will replace a newer card in the set but I will admit that is typically what happens.
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ORIGINAL POST: I've been working on this Franken-set for a few years now and I'm finally getting around to making an official  needs list rather than just having dumb luck in finding cards I need.  The only rule to the set is that the cards need to be at least 30 years old to be included...so nothing newer than 1982.  I'm only working on cards 1-726.

Last updated: 1-22-19

Bold = awaiting arrival/pending trade

2, 7, 8, 10, 21, 28, 58, 66, 70, 80, 90, 95, 98

100, 101, 108, 111, 114, 115, 131, 134, 136, 139, 148, 152, 160, 170, 179, 185, 192, 193, 197, 198

200, 202, 205, 215, 217, 218, 220, 234, 244, 250, 253, 256, 260, 265, 267, 270, 272, 277, 279, 280, 285, 290, 292, 298, 299

303, 307, 309, 317, 322, 324, 325, 333, 338, 340, 342, 345, 347, 350, 351, 357, 360, 372, 376, 377, 380, 382, 383, 385, 388, 389, 390, 399

400, 404, 406, 407, 408, 412, 413, 417, 419, 420, 423, 428, 429, 430, 432, 435, 437, 439, 440, 444, 446, 448, 450, 452, 453, 455, 459, 463, 465, 467, 468, 470, 475, 477, 479, 482, 484, 485, 487, 488, 490, 491, 494, 497

500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 509, 510, 517, 518, 523, 524, 526, 527, 529, 530, 531, 534, 536, 545, 549, 551, 553, 554, 556, 557, 559, 561, 562, 563, 565, 571, 572, 575, 579, 580, 581, 585, 586, 590, 592, 594, 597, 598

601, 604, 605, 606, 607, 611, 614, 616, 620, 624, 627, 628, 629, 630, 632, 633, 634, 637, 638, 639, 640, 641, 643, 644, 651, 652, 655, 658, 660, 661, 663, 664, 665, 666, 668, 670, 673, 674, 675, 676, 677, 679, 681, 683, 686, 688, 689, 692, 693, 694, 695, 696, 697

700, 703, 704, 706, 708, 710, 711, 712, 714, 715, 718, 719, 720, 722, 723, 725, 726




August 26, 2018

Vic Power Needs List

Vic Power is an all-time favorite for me for several reasons. First "Vic Power" is the best name in baseball history. You can stick your Pete LaCocks and Rusty Kuntzs in a sack.


He was also a Twin for parts of three seasons when they were really good in the early 1960s. His career also coincided with the best baseball sets ever made so his bright yellow rookie card in 1954 Topps is a work of art and one of my favorite cards of all-time. His other key appearances in the 50s are each remarkable.
Power was also a trailblazer in integrating baseball as he was the second Puerto Rican of African descent to play in either league.

And did I mention that he was great at the sport, particularly defense? Power was a four-time All-Star and won seven consecutive Gold Gloves from 1958-1964.

Like my Andy Pafko collection, I'm always looking for more Power cards even if I have them already.

Vic Power Needs List
Last updated: 08-25-18

1954 Topps #52 Vic Power RC
1955 Topps #30 Vic Power
1956 Topps #67 Vic Power
1956 Topps #67A Vic Power [Gray Back]
1957 Topps #167 Vic Power
1958 APBA Baseball 1957 Season #VIPO Vic Power
1958 Topps #406 Vic Power
1959 Topps #229 Vic Power
1959 Topps #229A Vic Power [Gray Back]
1960 Leaf #65 Vic Power
1960 Topps #75 Vic Power
1960 Topps Venezuelan #75 Vic Power
1961 Post #63A Vic Power [Box Cut]
1961 Post #63B Vic Power [Perforated Version]
1961 Topps #255 Vic Power
1962 Post #37 Vic Power
1962 Post Canadian #37
1962 Salada Tea/Junket Desserts All Star Coins #44 Vic Power
1962 Topps #445 Vic Power
1962 Topps Baseball Bucks $5 Bill Vic Power
1962 Topps Stamps #39 Vic Power
1963 Fleer #23 Vic Power
1963 Post #1 Vic Power
1963 Topps #40 Vic Power
1964 APBA Baseball 1963 Season #VIPO Vic Power
1964 Topps #355 Vic Power
1965 Topps #442 Vic Power
1966 Topps #192 Vic Power
1966 APBA Baseball 1965 Season #VIPO Vic Power
1976 JDM/JMC 1955 Rodeo Meats Kansas City Athletics Reprints #18 Vic Power
1978 TCMA 60'S I #196 Vic Power
1979 TCMA 50'S #147 Vic Power
1981 San Diego Sports Collectors Association Discount Cards #5 Vic Power
1984-89 O'Connell and Son Ink #114 Vic Power
1990 The Official Hall of Fame Sticker Book of Records Stickers #56 Vic Power
1994 Topps Archives 1954 #52 Vic Power
1994 Topps Archives 1954 Gold #52 Vic Power
2012 Leaf History of Baseball Cut Signatures #952 Vic Power/40*

August 23, 2018

1997 Upper Deck Green Bay Packers Season to Remember Needs List




I was recently reunited with a dozen packs of an Upper Deck set from 1997 honoring the Super Bowl winning Green Bay Packers team. These were probably purchased in 1998 and have been sitting at my parents' house ever since. The bright orange price tag is the calling card of the Midwest institution known as Shopko and each pack was marked down to a dime.

I enjoy the set as there is a ton of gold foiling on each card which fits in nicely with the green and gold team colors. The cards were also surprisingly not bricked and although a couple of packs had been dropped on their corners, they were overall in pretty good condition. After opening the packs I'm 14 cards short of the entire 90-card set and here's my needs list.

1997 Upper Deck Green Bay Packers Season to Remember Needs List 

Last updated: 8-22-18

5, 12, 28, 42, 45, 46, 58, 61, 64, 65, 73, 81, 85, 87