Here at My 2008 Topps Set Blog we enjoy
all things 2008 Topps. Even though I find it a little odd that Topps
has already started reprinting cards from just a few years ago, I'm glad
to have "new" 2008 Topps cards to add to our collection. Plus I like Johnny Cueto so this card is definitely a keeper.
We don't have Johnny's base card signed yet. If we ever get that, maybe this one will be next in line.
Okay this card's awesome. I've wanted it for awhile and we finally grabbed one for a buck shipped off eBay.
This Luis Aparicio card is from the 2006 Fller Greats of the Game Nickname Greats insert set. Everything about this card is great. Great picture, great design. I especially like how "Little Louie" is largely displayed in the lower right corner.
I noticed a lot of our recent posts have been on cards for our Diamondbacks Collection so I figured it was time for an 2008 Topps related post... of a current Diamondback!
I got this Aaron Hill 2008 Topps Chrome Printing Plate off eBay a few weeks ago. It's our first Chrome Printing Plate. I got it for a pretty good deal and ended up using only eBay bucks to pay for it. That made it even better.
Aaron's having a pretty good year this year. He's already hit for the cycle twice. That Kelly Johnson trade from last year looks like it's turning out well for us.
I'm finally jumping aboard the Allen & Ginter train. Here are two Justin Upton relic cards we picked up for our Diamondbacks collection. He has a bat card and a jersey card in the 2012 set. I like the black border on these. They look pretty slick.
Dennis from one of our favorite blogs, Too Many Verlanders, sent over a HUGE stack of Diamondbacks cards. There was so much great stuff in there, I had a hard time picking a few random ones to scan.
I went with some older stuff. Most of these early 2000's D-Backs cards are new to me. Back then I was just getting back into baseball cards and I spent most of my time searching dime boxes for stuff to get autographed during Spring Training. Most of the local dealers always pulled out the Diamondbacks to sell for a little bit more. Because of that I missed out on a lot of nice cards of guys like Curt Schilling, Travis Lee, and Tony Womack.
After I sort through everything Dennis sent, I'll probably do a few more player-specific posts for my favorite retired D-Backs.
Growing up, I was a Chicago Cubs fan. I remember watching games on WGN every summer with my dad. There was nothing better than falling asleep on the couch while listening to Harry Carey and Steve Stone.
While I was in high school, Arizona was awarded the Diamondbacks franchise. I still like the Cubbies, they're just not my number one team any longer.
One of my favorite Cubs from the late 80s and early 90s was Andre Dawson. I was picking up a bunch of Dawson's certified autographs for awhile about ten years ago. I guess you could say I had a player collection going.
Since I have family in Chicago, I've been fortunate to go to a few games at Wrigley Field. When I bought the 2008 Topps Chicago Cubs 55 card team set, I was excited to get the stadium card. It's got a nice shot of the coolest baseball stadium I've ever been to.
I procrastinated on sending this one off to Andre Dawson for awhile. I finally threw it in the mail with a donation to his foundation. A few days later it came back signed in beautiful, blue Sharpie. Thanks, Andre! This one's awesome!
Good news! We added another 1986 Mets certified autograph to our 2008 Topps collection. These were inserted into the Mets 55 card team gift sets. You may remember that we already have Dwight Gooden and Keith Hernandez. Now we've added Darryl Strawberry to go along with them. I'm still on the lookout for the Gary Carter.
Time for our fourth annual All-Star Game post. This year we have signed 2008 Topps cards from twenty players on the All-Star game rosters. This is down one from the 2011 All-Star Game. Pretty amazing considering there's a lot of players who didn't even have a card in the 2008 Topps set.
I'm still collecting the All-Star jersey cards from the 2011 Topps Update set. It's just been awhile since we've picked up a new one.
I was a pretty big fan of C.J. Wilson's during his time with the Texas Rangers. I was happy to see him make his first All-Star appearance in 2011. I wasn't as happy to watch him go to the Angels during the off-season.
Here's another HUGE score for our Daniel Hudson player collection. There's nothing not to like about this card from the 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen set. It has an on-card autograph. It has a piece of one of Dan's jerseys and it's numbered to only 25. This is probably my favorite card in our DHuddy collection.
Topps brought back the ring design in Series Two. This time instead of retired players, they focused on current stars. That's good because it brought us this awesome Justin Upton card. I really like these. It's a concept that might get old fast if they keep making them but for now I'm still a fan. I did notice that unlike the one's from Series One, these aren't numbered.
Another great addition to our Diamondbacks collection.
We've got a good one today. Check out this signed card of Robinson Cano. It's a great additon to our set.
Robinson is getting ready to play in his fourth All-Star game. I'll never forget watching him win the Home Run Derby last year. I was rooting for Adrian Gonzalez but whatever it was still cool.
There's a guy who posts on one of the autograph websites I visit who goes down to the Dominican Republic to get autographs. I picked this one up from him. I probably won't see Cano any time soon, so I'm glad I did.
We hunted this one for awhile and we now own a Luis Aparicio certified autograph from the 2012 Topps Tribute set. I've got a few cards from this set now and I'd like them better if they weren't encased. Despite that, this card has a lot of good factors. It has a nice color photo of Lil Luis, it has a refractor effect, and it's an on-card signature. Those three things combined with the fact it's numbered to 99 make for another great card for our collection.
A friend on SportsGraphing.com sent us this signed 2008 Topps card of Billy Butler for our set. It was announced yesterday that Billy has been chosen to be an All-Star for the first time. What's even more exciting is that he'll get to represent his home club since the game will be in Kansas City this year. Congrats, Billy! Hope you do well.
I'm sure you've heard by now that 2012 Topps Tier One is out. I liked last year's set but I think I like this year's even more. The silver and white parallel autographs are pretty cool. While I haven't tracked one of those down yet, I have added this nice Daniel Hudson to our player collection.
Unfortunately, Daniel got some bad news this past week and it looks like he'll be having Tommy John surgery soon. He'll miss the rest of this season and most if not all of 2013.
While it's more exciting to be collecting a player who is playing well, we're in this Daniel Hudson thing for the long haul. Our player collection won't stop. Hopefully, he's able to come back strong and continue to put up big numbers like he did last year.