Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Settling Up On 2012...

It's that time of year...time to clear the plate of the previous year's unfinished sets. 
Some, I'm close on. Others, I think "Wow, didn't get much done there, did I?" and wonder whether I should bother putting in the effort or not.
Here's what I'm looking at in the "I'm close" column:
2012 Topps (Have 325/331): 418, 458, 605, 614, 660-661
This is, I think, the last time I'm bothering trying to hand-build the base set. It's a fool's errand, especially when they're just going to keep putting card #661 in the factory set to annoy us all. So, if I get '13 Topps stuff, it'll be "a small sampling plus my players I collect" and then maybe the factory. Might just start asking folks to get me factory sets for Christmas again, like they used to in the days of yore. Or, I might skip 'em. Depends on how much more Topps does to invoke my wrath.

2012 Topps Update (Have 297/330): 3-4, 9-10, 48, 64, 77, 91, 101, 107, 110, 116, 123, 150, 156-157, 166, 183, 186, 189, 236, 256, 259, 265, 268, 276, 296, 303, 311, 320, 322, 325, 327

Update, I always end up falling for (it's a "lingering '80s Topps Traded addiction" thing), but Topps could very well end up weaning me off of this set too if they pull another Yankee Ichiro stunt where they make the good card of a guy like that the short print. Hopefully, Ichiro will never play for another team, so this won't come up again, but that bit was a drag. I don't want no squirrels or pie faces or players wearing bad modern leisure suit cards (though, if they do a series of guys in '70s leisure suits, all bets are off). I just want the right kinda Ichiro card, damn it, not The Worst Picture Of A Player On A Card Ever as the base and the good one as an SP.

2012 Topps Finest (Have 89/100): 19-20, 24, 26, 33, 35, 40, 73, 77-78, 85

This was a weird, pleasant surprise, as one of my local's regulars went nuts opening this product, so I ended up with a ton of base cards. I usually like Finest (didn't like '11, too smudgy, but '12 was nice), usually end up with a smattering of cards, but not like this. Again, not something I'd EVER rip wax of, but if I'm close, I'll go for it, and I'll almost always grab cheap base cards of these.

2012 Topps Mars Attacks Heritage: 2, 15

2012 Topps Mars Attacks Heritage 3-D: 1, 4

Love the Mars Attacks Heritage set. Will probably never need to buy a printing of the original Mars Attacks cards again once this is done.

Honorable Mention: 2012 Topps Heritage: 160, 436

Heritage, I didn't put much effort into this year, and probably won't unless a big stack of them fall into my lap. They really weren't much to look at, but I want to at least get the rest of "my guys" (who consist of Mark Buehrle and no-good stinkin' short-printed Ike Davis, for the purposes of this discussion).
I was looking on eBay this morning at the Heritage High Number stuff, and man, I know it's an old subject now, but that shit STILL really grinds my gears. People charging ridiculous money for the non-auto key cards (Harper, Darvish, and even Yankee Ichiro). Ugh.

Some stuff I'm nowhere near finishing that I've been pecking away at:

2012 Topps Allen & Ginter (Have 107/350): 1-6, 8, 10-13, 15-18, 20, 22-24, 27-33, 36-38, 40-43, 45-46, 49-54, 56, 58-60, 62-65, 67, 69-72, 74, 76-77, 80-83, 85-86, 88-90, 92, 94-100, 102, 104-108, 110-112, 116-117, 122-123, 126-127, 129-131, 134-135, 139-141, 144-151, 154, 156-157, 159, 162, 164, 166-169, 171-172, 174-176, 178-185, 187, 189-190, 193, 198, 200-203, 205-200, 222-228, 230-231, 233-235, 237, 239-240, 242-244, 246-248, 250-253, 255, 257-258, 261-262, 264-268, 270-272, 274-282, 284, 289-293, 295-296, 298, 302-303, 305-325, 327-329, 331-333, 335-336, 338, 340, 342-345, 349-350

Just didn't end up buying much Ginter this year. It came out at a time when I really didn't have the money to throw around. Also weren't as many "fun" cards in it like Revolving Door, etc., as we've all discussed. Still, it's Ginter, and this, I'd be up for continuing to build steadily.

2012 Topps Archives: 4, 7-11, 13, 16-22, 24-25, 28-31, 33-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-51, 53, 56-58, 65-71, 74, 76, 78-81, 83-87, 89-90, 92-96, 99-100, 116-117, 139, 142, 152, 154, 156-157, 161-162, 165, 167-174, 176-180, 183, 186-189, 192-193, 195, 197-199, 201-213, 215-233, 235-250

I wasn't going to build Archives, when I saw the crappy card stock (see also: Heritage Minors, which was a disgrace this time out), but damn it, the designs grew on me. I might not go full-on with the short-prints, and they screwed me on the Harper (like they did in pretty much every Topps set released this year; I didn't get a 2012 Harper until a week or so ago, and that was a Christmas present from Stubby), but I still fall for the "new guys on old designs" thing just like all of us old farts do.

2012 Topps Opening Day Stars: 1-6, 9-15, 17-20
I'm always a sucker for 3D cards. I do not, however, end up opening much in the way of Opening Day. If you did, hook me up.
2012 Topps Prime 9: 2, 4, 6-9

Sure, why not? I may end up getting these through grab bags at my local. That's how I got the first 3 that I have.

So, yeah, these are what I'm still gunning for from '12. If you have 'em, let me know, especially if you have unfinished trade business with me as a few of you do.


  1. Pulled Mars Attacks #15 and 3D #4 for you. I probably have a few more 2012 cards for you as well but I honestly don't have a clue as to where anything is right now

  2. Cool, thanks.

    No worries on the '12 stuff, it'll turn up.

  3. Hey Scott, I've got US77 from 2012 update along with about 140 random wants of yours (if you still need them). Not sure if you have any of these cards from this August post left, but since I'm downsizing a little bit, I'd be interested in some things off of it. Let me know - it's been awhile since our last trade. Thanks!


  4. Drop me an email, Steve, and we'll figure stuff out. Some of that stuff from the August post is still here, other stuff isn't, but other stuff's shown up, too.


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