Sunday, July 21, 2013

Box Break: 2013 Topps Series 2 Hobby

My other big purchase from the CSA show was a hobby box of 2013 Topps Series 2.  I'm not going to show the base cards because everyone's seen enough of them already.  Just the inserts:

When I first busted the pack containing the Seaver, I thought I got my 1 per box relic card.  It was just this unnecessarily thick "The Elite" insert.  These suckers are thicker than my promised relic card that I pulled.  Why do they need to be this beefy?
Alright, here's one quick look at the base design.  It's of Grizzly Adams.  It's a Shortprint.  Nobody really collects A's cards.  This will stay in my collection forever, unfortuneately ....
Chase it down is a pretty cool idea for an insert set.  I'm pretty thrilled to add this Mike Trout to my PC of him.
The Chasing History insert set has some weird records that are being chased but I think the design is pretty solid.  I love pulling new to me Ripkens from a box of cards.
Here's my obligatory relic from the box.  I could have done a lot worse than Buster Posey.  If you look close enough, you can see some stiching towards the bottom of the swatch.

Here's a complete list of the inserts I have available from all of my Series 2 purchases:

Chasing History Gold Relic: CHR-JZ Jordan Zimmerman #d 42/99
Chasing History Relic: CHR-BP Buster Posey
Red Target Parallel: 335 Hermann, 384 McGee, 521 Scribner, 540 Bourn, 602 Sanchez, 610 Beachy, 614 Upton, 630 Dirks, 635 Gyorko
Gold Border Parallel: 349 Frieri, 452 Ibanez, 519 Greinke, 525 Arencibia
Chase It Down: CD-2 Sandoval, 6 Moustakas, 10 Jay, 11 Gordon, 14 Maybin
World Baseball Classic: WBC-1 Reyes, 3 Votto, 8 Morneau, 9 Beltran, 10 Cabrera
Making Their Mark: MM-5 Hellickson, 9 Skaggs, 11 Bauer, 13 Moore, 15 S. Perez, 22 Darvish, 25 Strasburg
1972 Minis: TM-52 Freese, 53 G. Gonzalez, 62 O'Neill,  63 Berra, 76 Altuve, 80 Bench, 86 Brett, 87 Profar, 89 Middlebrooks, 94 Ortiz, 99 Smith
Chasing History (Silver Foil): CH-55 Griffey Jr., 58 Henderson, 65 Carter, 69 Koufax, 73 Cano, 76 Gwynn, 77 Clemente, 83 Mays, 90 Fielder, 92 Schmidt
Chasing History (Silver Foil/Holofoil): 56 Holliday, 59 Lynn, 95 Cain, 98 Crawford
Chasing History (Gold Foil/Holofoil): CH-53 Weaver, 62 McCovey, 76 Gwynn, 82 Hernandez, 94 Cobb, 95 Cain
Cut to the Chase: CTC-34 Banks, 36 Morgan, 39 Cespedes

If you see something you need, please let me know!


  1. Well, I want the Reddick card for the beard, and I wouldn't mind getting my hands on that Zimmerman relic. Let me know if you're willing to part with either of them and I'll see what I can put together.

  2. Braun will not be quite so "Elite" without his juice.

  3. I have some O's for those Tigers above (Dirks, Fielder, Cobb...)

  4. Wouldn't mind grabbing a few of those inserts from you in a small trade. I should have some comparable Orange Birds.