Call Me Crazy, But Never Call Me Shirley

Back in March, Topps Living Set was introduced with the idea of starting with card #1 but not having an ending card. 3 cards are released per week at $15 for all 3, or $8 per card if bought separately, all based on the 1953 Topps baseball design.

Mathematically, this is a huge investment if a collector wanted to attempt this: $15 x 52 weeks equals $780/year for just 156 cards, and that’s assuming the collector bought the 3-card bundle instead of each one individually.

That’s simply crazy. I mean, what kind of idi…oh.

Actually, I dig this set because it gives me a chance to build a set with my kids that could possibly continue when they’re adults and have kids of their own. Plus, the set is based on the 1953 Topps baseball design which I think is one of the better designs from that decade.

My only gripe so far with this set is that the cards aren’t serial-numbered. Other than that, the cardboard stock along with amazing images really help the cards “pop”. No flashy gimmicks here, just the way the 1953 set was intended.

You can follow my progress and check out the scans of each card (once I finish scanning, that is), including a “living” checklist here:

I See Tumbleweeds

Wow, I didn’t realize I haven’t posted anything since January…of 2017. Shit. A lot has happened since then and hopefully I can restart this blog and post somewhat regularly.

My middle son recently turned 7 and has caught the collecting bug, which is pretty awesome, and I will definitely be sharing his collection and his enthusiasm on this site.

I have a few posts in the queue so once I edit them and scan in any images needed, I’ll share them. As of right now, I don’t see it taking another 16 months between posts.


2013 Panini Prizm Blue Prizm Monday Night Heroes Cam Newton

2013 Panini Prizm Monday Night Heroes Blue Prizm Cam NewtonTopps Finest. Topps Chrome. Bowman’s Best. Bowman Chrome. And now…Panini Prizm? Oy.

My collecting years range from second grade in 1989 through my senior year of high school in 1999, and my collection consisted of only baseball cards. I’ve seen a lot of stuff through those years, from the introduction of Upper Deck to the demise of Donruss/Pinnacle Brands.

It’s really hard to say what my favorite gimmick was from all of the different products released, but if I really had to choose, I’d narrow it down to either refractors from Topps or dufex from Pinnacle. I love refractors due to how the chrome cards seem to pop more, but I also love dufex because, well, it’s one of those things that you have to see in person to understand.

A couple of weeks ago, I wanted to start putting up a serious collection of Cam Newton cards. I bought a few here and there when I thought about it, but at the time they were affordable rookie cards and nothing more.

That’s when I saw this insert from Panini, a 2013 Prizm Monday Night Heroes Blue Prizm. Whew. A lot of words to describe the card. Confused? I was. Prizm is the set name, and Prizm is also the term used to describe the refractor look to it. And blue? Well clearly the blue border is the culprit behind that.

I don’t know what it is but to me, chrome cards with colored backgrounds seem to pop much better than those without, which is why I love the 1994 Finest Baseball Refractors. But that’s a story for another time.

This may not be a high dollar card but it will definitely be displayed proudly in my collection, and I will attempt to complete the rainbow. Isn’t that what player collectors do?

The Collection


Given that the site isn’t that old, I already added a new section called Collection. Instead of creating a new site for my card collection, I decided it would be easier (and cheaper) to just have it all centrally located.

My goal is to document and scan any and all sets that I am trying to complete and sets I have already completed. Each set page will have scans of each card front (and backs if the cards are serial numbered), along with an inline checklist to accompany the scans.

Right now I just have a few sets that I’ve added with the intention of getting scans as quickly as I can. Some sets, such as 1994 Topps Finest Refractors, are ambitious as there’s 440 cards to collect, along with the fact that singles aren’t exactly cheap. But, knowing all that, I’m not in a big hurry to complete the set, or any other set I may add.

With that said, checkout the Collection section if you’d like to keep track of my progress.


1992 Topps Gold Auto Brien Taylor

1992 Topps Gold Autograph Brien Taylor

In my last post, I made a brief mention to 1992 and Brien Taylor. In fact, I even wrote a guest post for Radicards. I guess you can say that I’m a little fascinated with him, and for good reason.

I lived in eastern North Carolina at the time of the announcement that Beaufort-natve Brien Taylor was drafted by the Yankees. You see, I lived just off of a military base in Havelock, which is roughly 30 minutes apart from his hometown. So it was pretty exciting in that area, and even more so as a Yankees fan.

Since I was only 11, I can look back and be thankful that a pack of 1992 Topps baseball cards was only 50ยข, because I spent so much of my lawn-mowing money on packs hoping to get his rookie card. Don’t get me started on the Topps Gold and Topps Gold Winner parallels. I had enough trouble trying to obtain this white whale, if you will.

This was when Topps still released their product as a one-series set with 792 cards. Let’s not forget that finding duplicates in a box, or even a pack, was pretty much a given. I did live near a few local card shops but they never seemed to have the card available.

After what seemed like months of buying packs, I finally hit the one card I wanted. You know that feeling you get when you finally find something, only to find out there’s more? Yeah, about that. I pulled his rookie out of a pack and the dealer at the shop told me it would be paired great with his Topps Gold Autograph card.


I already knew about the Topps Gold and Topps Gold Winner parallels, and the way my luck was with pulling his regular base card, I knew (at the time) there was no way in hell I would be able to complete the rainbow, so-to-speak.

But his autograph! Now that would be something worth trying for…if it was inserted into packs. No, Topps had to go out of their way to create a special factory set with all 792 cards in gold foil, with the additional card #793 of Brien Taylor. Limited to just 12,000 sets and complete with a certificate of authenticity, this would be something I’d never afford.

Not only that, the card was a brand-new one, with a headshot of Brien Taylor holding a baseball and his glove, and his signature to the left of his face. Can you imagine signing 12,000 cards? I’m just glad that Topps was able to get them on-card, and not use stickers that we’re used to seeing nowadays.

I did manage to track down a copy about 10 years ago on eBay for roughly $25, seen above, and promptly stored it safely. This was my first and only attempt at prospecting, even if I didn’t know it at the time. I did manage to complete the rainbow: base, Topps Gold, Topps Gold Winner, and his Topps Gold autograph.

11-year-old me can now sleep soundly at night. I just hope he never learns of Taylor ending his career over a bar fight or that he was arrested for cocaine many years later…

Bonus reading material: Beckett Media recently covered Brien Taylor in their 10 Big Sports Card Busts.