The Great Topps Digital Trade And Sale List (Updated 07/25/2017)

This is very much a work in progress, but I am starting to inventory my Topps Digital cards, make them available in ways that are hopefully easier to parse than Trade Feed posts on the apps and the odd listing on an auction site, and also to do a clearer job of explaining what I’m not trading or selling. I’m just working on Bunt at the moment, though I have cards on all 8 Topps apps. If you’re interested in anything here, email me or comment on a post with your Topps Digital fan name, and I’ll get in touch. If you have any corrections to offer on the sets that any of the cards I have belong to (Topps Digital is a confusing place, so I am liable to make errors), feel free to get in touch about that, as well.

This post will be getting a permanent home on my sidebar, under “Stuff For Sale!”, so you don’t lose track of it when it falls off the home page.

As for pricing, either with trades or that filthy green stuff? Everything’s negotiable right now, and fairly reasonable. Inquire about what you’re interested in, and we’ll take things from there. I will do my best not to waste your time or mine, and to come up with something we’re both happy with.

A real quick guideline on what my highest trade priorities are on Bunt at the moment:

Bernie Williams, Mark Buehrle, Vladimir Guerrero, Ichiro Suzuki, Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Jose Altuve, Adam Dunn, Reggie Jackson, Wade Boggs, Eric Davis, Roger Maris, Brooklyn Dodgers, 1970s Yankees (particularly from the 2015 Old-Timers’ Day set), and needs from the 2015 From The Vault, 2015 Universe and 2015 Fire (base, not parallel) sets.

Bunt:

Limited And Insert Cards For Trade Or Sale:

Limited:

2017 Bowman Gold Michael Fulmer (250)
2017 Bowman Kris Bryant (1250)
2017 Bowman Willson Contreras (1249)
2017 Bowman Jacob deGrom (1249)
2017 Bowman Nomar Mazara (1249)

Insert:

2016 Gold Label Class 3 Justin Upton (147)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Eric Hosmer (906)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Zack Greinke (923)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Miguel Cabrera (943) x 2
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Aaron Nola (946)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Mark McGwire (947)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Justin Upton (949)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Ryan Braun (952)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Luis Severino (954)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Corey Seager (960)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Josh Donaldson (969)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Matt Kemp (969)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Paul Goldschmidt (982)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Mike Piazza (982)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Noah Syndergaard (985)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Jose Abreu (1004)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Josh Donaldson (2167)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Luis Severino (2174)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Hyun-Soo Kim (2176)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Michael Conforto (2184) x 2
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Byung-Ho Park (2187)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Chris Sale (2187)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Blake Snell (2188) x 2
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Adrian Gonzalez (2194)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Trea Turner (2195)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Albert Pujols (2202)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 George Springer (2216)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 David Ortiz (2218)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Andrew McCutchen (2229)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Noah Syndergaard (2240)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Julio Urias (2241) x 2
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Freddie Freeman (2248)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Giancarlo Stanton (2248) x 2
2016 Gold Label Class 1 David Wright (2260)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Clayton Kershaw (2263) x 3
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Mark McGwire (2265) x 2
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Nolan Ryan (2271)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Madison Bumgarner (2272)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Kris Bryant (2274)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Manny Machado (2283)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 David Price (2289)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Paul Goldschmidt (2292)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Ryan Braun (2297)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Anthony Rizzo (2299)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Jose Abreu (2314)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Robinson Cano (2314)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Troy Tulowitzki (2315)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Aaron Nola (2327)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Bryce Harper (2372)
2016 Sepia Boost Chris Archer (156)
2016 Bunt Physical Gold Addison Russell (393)
2016 Bunt Physical Gold Dallas Keuchel (443)
2017 Bunt Physical Bryce Harper (1107) x 2
2017 Bunt Physical Carlos Santana (1133)
2017 Bunt Physical Masahiro Tanaka (1200)
2017 Bunt Physical Jharel Cotton (1224) x 2
2016 Great Lakes Greats Sammy Solis (419)
2016 Great Lakes Greats Jake Petricka (465)
2016 Great Lakes Greats Joe Mauer (675)
2016 Tribute Purple Albert Pujols (492)
2016 Tribute Purple Johnny Bench (542)
2017 Tribute Babe Ruth (1668)
2016 Tribute Jose Bautista (2571)
2016 Tribute Chris Archer (2609)
2017 Bowman Chrome 1992 Kris Bryant (512)
2017 Perspectives Ralph Kiner (515)
2017 Perspectives Cal Ripken Jr. (528)
2016 Programs James Shields (642)
2017 Programs Jason Kipnis (515)
2017 Programs Miguel Sano (524)
2017 Programs Ryan Schimpf (533)
2017 Programs Josh Donaldson (548)
2017 Infinite Mark Melancon (539)
2017 Infinite Jose Ramirez (552)
2017 Infinite Nolan Arenado (554)
2017 Infinite Troy Tulowitzki (572)
2017 World Baseball Classic Shlomo Lipetz (598)
2017 World Baseball Classic Andrew Miller (613)
2017 World Baseball Classic Yoelkis Cespedes (654)
2017 Vintage Blue Adrian Beltre (623)
2017 Vintage Red David Ortiz (1219)
2017 Vintage Blue Jon Lester (1319)
2016 Unique Unis Marcell Ozuna (640)
2016 Future Of The Franchise Luis Severino (646)
2017 Inception Base Variant Josh Donaldson (704)
2017 Naturals Lou Brock (752)
2016 Canvas Paul Goldschmidt (992)
2016 Heritage Jeremy Hellickson (1061)
2016 Heritage Aaron Harang (1079)
2016 All-Star Futures Game Raimel Tapia (1166)
2016 Opening Day Carlos Correa (1183)
2017 Spring Warmup Trea Turner (1243)
2017 Backdrops Blake Snell (1364)
2016 Canada Day John Axford (1455)
2017 Salute Legends Lou Brock (1528)
2016 Gypsy Queen Kenta Maeda (1586)
2016 Walk Off Wins Evan Longoria (1607)
2016 Walk Off Wins Luis Gonzalez (1617)
2016 Archives Ryan Braun (1729)
2016 Triple Threads Andrew McCutchen (1938)
2016 In The Hunt Carlos Martinez (2502)
2016 In The Hunt Yu Darvish (2505)
2016 In The Hunt Josh Donaldson (2552)
(more to be added as time allows)

Base Cards For Trade Or Sale:

Any 2017 Series 1 Base White, Green and Red Duplicates, or Blue-Up Singles Of The Following Are Available For Trade Or Sale:

A’s (Alonso cards cost extra)
Blue Jays (Donaldson, Bautista, Martin cards cost extra)
Braves (Freeman cards cost extra)
Cardinals (Carpenter, Molina cards cost extra)
Giants (Posey, Belt cards cost extra)
Padres (Myers cards cost extra)
Rangers (Andrus and Darvish cards cost extra)
Rays (Longoria cards cost extra)
Tigers (Cabrera, Fulmer cards cost extra)
Twins (Sano cards cost extra)
Angels (Trout cards cost extra)
Cubs (Bryant, Rizzo, Contreras cards cost extra)
Indians (Lindor, Ramirez, Kluber cards cost extra)

2017 Series 1 Base White, Green and Red Duplicates, or Blue-Up Singles Of The Following Are Available For Trade Or Sale, With Some Exceptions:

Yankees (silver singles and Sanchez singles are off-limits)
Royals (black singles are off-limits; Hosmer, Perez cards cost extra)
Astros (Altuve cards are off-limits; Correa and Springer cards cost extra)
Marlins (Ichiro cards are off-limits; Stanton and Realmuto cards cost extra)
White Sox (Frazier cards are off-limits; Abreu cards cost extra)
Rockies (Blackmon cards are off-limits; Arenado cards cost extra)
Mariners (Hernandez cards are off-limits; Cano, Zunino cards cost extra)
Orioles (Jones cards are off-limits; Machado cards cost extra)
Pirates (Nova cards are off-limits; McCutchen cards cost extra)
Diamondbacks (Greinke cards are off-limits; Goldschmidt cards cost extra)

The Following 2017 Base Cards Are Completely Off-Limits For Now:

2017 Series 2 cards
2017 Series 1 Nationals
2017 Series 1 Dodgers
2017 Series 1 Mets
2017 Series 1 Brewers
2017 Series 1 Phillies
2017 Series 1 Reds
2017 Series 1 Red Sox

2012-2016 Base Cards For Trade Or Sale:

2012 Jose Altuve x 2

2014 Kyle Gibson, Matt Harvey, Andrew Heaney, Hisashi Iwakuma, David Ortiz, Yasiel Puig, and Rafael Soriano white base
Any 2015-2016 duplicates (literally thousands of white, green and red cards to choose from, many stars)

2015 Gold Pat Venditte (794)
2015 Gold Blake Swihart (1273)
2015 Gold Daniel Norris (3816)
2015 Gold Rusney Castillo (5573)
2015 Teal Miguel Sano (25,191)

All 2016 gold and silver singles

All 2016 black singles except Strasburg and Hendricks

2016 purple Wade Miley

2016 teal Bird and Ellington

All 2016 orange duplicates and singles except Sandoval, Bogaerts, Strasburg, Price, Greinke, Ichiro and Josh Hamilton

All 2016 blue duplicates and singles except Wang, Porcello Postseason, Scherzer Postseason, Fernandez, Harper, Betts, Altuve, Felix Hernandez, Frazier, Puig, Adam Jones, Josh Hamilton, Gary Sanchez, Bogaerts, Porcello, Ichiro, Colon, and Stroman

All 2016 Postseason red singles except Scherzer, Bogaerts, Harper, Betts, and Colon

All 2016 Postseason white singles except Porcello, Benintendi, Strasburg, Jansen, Puig, Jones, Stroman and Colon

Singles of the following 2012-2016 cards are off-limits:

ANY 2015 or 2016 white, green or red base singles, as well as singles of the following players, especially in 2012-2014 (where they’d live in “Not For Sale”-Land rather than the Inserts or Limited sections):

Bobby Abreu
Jose Altuve
Charlie Blackmon
Xander Bogaerts
Wade Boggs
Jackie Bradley Jr.
Kris Bryant
Mark Buehrle
Yoenis Cespedes
Bruce Chen
Bartolo Colon
Carlos Correa
Carl Crawford
Johnny Damon
Ike Davis
Shelley Duncan
Adam Dunn
Jose Fernandez
Todd Frazier
Anthony Gose
Zack Greinke
Vladimir Guerrero
Roy Halladay
Billy Hamilton
Josh Hamilton
Bryce Harper
Todd Helton
Kyle Hendricks
Felix Hernandez
Brock Holt
Orlando Hudson
Jim “Catfish” Hunter
Reggie Jackson
Kenley Jansen
Derek Jeter
Adam Jones
Clayton Kershaw
Paul Konerko
Tim Lincecum
Hideki Matsui
Orestes “Minnie” Minoso
Kendrys Morales?
Justin Morneau
Ross Ohlendorf
Roy Oswalt
Andy Pettitte
Juan Pierre
A.J. Pierzynski
Placido Polanco
David Price
Yasiel Puig
J.J. Putz
Mariano Rivera
Alex Rodriguez
Pablo Sandoval
Johan Santana
Max Scherzer
Corey Seager
Travis Shaw
Alfonso Soriano
Stephen Strasburg
Marcus Stroman
Jim Thome
Mike Trout
Juan Uribe
Jason Vargas
Chien-Ming Wang
Matt Wieters
Bernie Williams
Mookie Wilson
DeWayne Wise
Kerry Wood

All 2012-2016 singles of players NOT listed here and not from the 2015 or 2016 white, green or red sets are available for trade or sale, so feel free to ask.

Man, that took some work.

So, this is the award card you get when you’ve completed 8 different Series 1 Yankee team sets in 2017 Bunt. It’s nothing terribly fancy, but it is Bernie, so, of course, I had to.

There was a certain degree of quiet urgency to getting these sets done this weekend, because Series 2 is formally coming out on Monday, and if Topps does what they did with NHL Skate this year, that’ll be it for melding cards to climb through the Series 1 ladder for this year (and for a free player, it is virtually impossible to complete these runs without melding cards at this point, a thing they neglected to tell first-year users of Skate, or I’d have a much better Islanders collection there since I’m blowing off most of the other cards). Now, at present, when you go to the page in the app where you meld a Series 1 card, they’re saying that melding will continue until March 28th of next year (which means the production number for these awards will be about 4 times as big eventually), but Topps has been known to change their mind on the drop of a dime, because they’re sorta making it up as they go along with all this digital stuff, so I wasn’t going to leave it to chance, and it seems like a lot of the other regular and semi-regular users are of the same mind. For now, I don’t care, I got Bernie, and I actually did it without busting up my Gary Sanchez rainbow, to boot (which made it a lot harder).

Where this is a drag is that they’ve managed to make this whole thing feel like a really bad version of level grinding in an MMORPG. Which, when you’ve done this, oh…

…three times in the space of a week now…

…it gets a little old.

(Technically, I’ve done it 5 times, as I got the Pettitte and Posada award cards before I got to the Bernie, but I wasn’t actually after those, so we won’t be featuring them here.)

I guess I have to figure out how many more times I’ll drive myself nuts over it. If we do have another 8 months, it won’t be that hard to get more. There are a bunch of good award cards (Reggie’s next on the Yankee ladder, then Jeter, and I’ll have to decide if I’m gonna use my leftovers to try and get those; after that, there’s a bunch of other award cards you can earn for building the top 5 hardest team sets of each team…there’s Mookie Wilson, Ben Oglivie, Cecil Cooper, Dick Allen, and yes, Night Owl, there’s a Ron Cey award card, only the 3rd time he’s shown up in Bunt to date…), but it’s crazy-making to do it, and it’s also a bad habit for someone with serious obsessive tendencies to get themselves into.

I did get the 3 cards out of 150 that I wanted the most, though, so there is that…

An Impromptu Package From Stubby: Gypsy Queen Greens And MOAR!

…starts with these.

Oh, and this…

 

See, apparently, Stubby is building this set (the green border retail parallel of 2017 Gypsy Queen), and in doing so, he’s ended up with a bunch of doubles, which I now have. The ones pictured above are the ones I’m keeping. (Especially that Koufax.) The rest? Hell, I’m never building this…I haven’t even grabbed any base Gypsy Queen yet (even though it is a nice set this year). So, with Stubby’s blessing, I’m offering ’em up for trade.

Here’s the list of what I have right now:

10 Miguel Cabrera

11 Jordan Zimmermann

16 Trea Turner

17 Dexter Fowler

23 Blake Snell

25 Michael Fulmer

32 Johnny Cueto

41 A.J. Ramos

51 Kevin Kiermaier

52 Jose Bautista

55 Corey Dickerson

57 Jean Segura

58 Jung Ho Kang

68 Alcides Escobar

85 Raimel Tapia

86 Chris Archer

90 Justin Turner

98 Adam Wainwright

99 Brandon Crawford

117 Jonathan Villar

122 Dee Gordon

124 Buster Posey

126 Justin Verlander

149 Matt Holliday

152 Wilson Ramos

159 Matt Kemp

160 Josh Donaldson

163 Renato Nunez

165 J.A. Happ

178 Dallas Keuchel

183 George Springer

190 Miguel Sano

191 Marcel Ozuna

192 Christian Yelich

202 Welington Castillo

207 Jeremy Hellickson

212 Masahiro Tanaka

213 Elvis Andrus

217 Josh Harrison

237 Jon Lester

238 Tyler Naquin

241 Josh Bell

249 Luke Weaver

253 C.J. Cron

254 Danny Salazar

255 Matt Wisler

265 Eugenio Suarez

268 Joe Panik

271 Colby Rasmus

278 Alex Colome

285 Kirby Yates

287 Tony Watson

291 Didi Gregorius

296 Jose Abreu

If you’re interested, give me a buzz. They probably won’t be around forever! If you’ve got some green border doubles you can send me to send to Stubby, those are welcome, too! Here’s his want list:

2017 Gypsy Queen Green Border Retail Parallels:

13-15, 21, 26, 33, 34, 37, 39, 43, 46, 64-66, 69, 74 (Correa), 88, 91 (Swanson), 94, 97 (Cecchini), 105, 119, 121 (deGrom), 125, 127 (Cespedes), 129, 138, 164, , 174, 181 203, 211, 218, 223, 225, 229, 230, 234, 239 (A. Cabrera), 247, 260, 261, 267, 275, 279, 280, 293, 302 (Sandberg), 303 (Jeter), 306 (Griffey Jr.), 311 (Ozzie Smith), 312 (McGuire), 316 (Pudge Rodriguez), 318 (Brett)

Stubby put some other fun stuff in the box, too, so let’s have a look at a few of the highlights…

This card was in a carefully obscured card holder, with no idea as to its identity. A mystery! I loves a mystery.

!

Like hell it has no value! I needed it for my ’72-’73 set that I’ll never finish. (I do like their fries, though.)

Going back to the GQ stuff, here’s a pair of Ichiro inserts. These are keepers, because that Ichiro feller’s on ’em.

Stubby threw a handful of old wax in the box, too. (Yeah, I opened it all.) I came up basically empty on the ’90 Topps Hockey I opened (no Islanders or names I recognized), there are apparently Hall of Famers visible on 3 of the ’81 Fleer Teams In Action Football cards, but I haven’t tried to dissect who they are yet, and while there was a Dwight Evans and a Paul Molitor card in the ’91 OPC Premier pack I opened, I’d have to check to see if I have either and the cards are on a different floor of the house than I am right now. However, in my ’13 Topps Series 2 pack, there was a fun little number.

Needed it for my set! I don’t end up adding to this set enough.

This was the best of the bunch of packs he through in, though…

Someone was just talking about that Fleer collectors’ hat on Twitter the other day. I would really love to see proof that it exists. Anyway, I opened a bunch of ’86 Fleer, whatever I could get my hands on at Cumberland Farms (because it was damn tough to get elsewhere), and I eventually bought a complete set in a lot of other cards, but I never did get one of these from any of the packs I opened, until now…

Coulda used you in ’86, guys!

Thanks for the stuff, Stubby!

Roger

So, I got this in the mail today from The Dimwit.

Now, I realize that some folks have their issues with products what don’t have team logos on ’em.

I also realize that there are some that are skeptical of the provenance of relics of any kind.

Me, I’m still pretty damn happy with this card.

Short of a miracle dropping a Roger Maris autograph in my lap somehow, relics are as close as I’m gonna get with him. There’s one other relic that I’m specifically hunting of his, as part of a set I’m rather quixotically building (2002 Legendary Cuts Legendary Bat), but this was a great one to pick up, too.

Thanks, Sam!

So, Non-Sports Cards…

I spent a little bit of time sorting through my non-sports stuff over the past couple weeks, because I picked up a few cool pieces at opening day of the flea market. Basically, I wanted to get a better idea of how much I had of each set I’ve got some cards of, so I can decide what stuff I’m going to collect moving forward, what stuff I’m going to hang onto because it’s cool, but not build upon, and what stuff I’m a crazy fool for hanging onto. I didn’t come up with concrete answers in most cases, so I’m gonna try to figure it all out here, “out loud”, as I go.

This one, I’m gonna go for it, and I’ve already added it to my want list. I’m 40 cards from the end. I don’t have any stickers. Were there stickers? I don’t see any on Trading Card Database. I actually have some unopened wax of this somewhere, I think.

This one’s been on my want list for a while, and it’s staying there until I finish it. 19 cards and 12 stickers to go. I can probably pick off the whole set relatively cheaply on eBay, but that seems wasteful somehow. We’ll see.

I got a bunch of these in a big lot I got a while back, 1992 Cornerstone Avengers (Steed & Peel, not Wasp, Ant-Man, Hulk, Iron Man and Thor). This is the only card I’m missing from Series 1, card #67, “Mrs. Peel, You’re Needed!”. I have a ton of doubles on these still, too, if I’m not mistaken. I’ve barely watched the show ever, but it’d be nice to finish the set, given that I’m so close.

Next up are Star Wars cards. I’ve got some Empire Strikes Back from a few different series, a small handful of Return Of The Jedi, and a Burger King ESB card, too. I’m pretty sure I’m not collecting them, because the checklists are huge, there’s a big market for them which means they’re getting pricey, and, frankly, I’ve spent enough money on Star Wars stuff for a few lifetimes. I’d probably make an exception for the C-3PO boner card, but really, I don’t think I’m gonna chase any Star Wars sets otherwise. I’ll keep them around, though, because I’ve had almost all of them since I was a kid, because they don’t take up much space, and because it’d be nice to perhaps someday get Mark Hamill to sign for me, I’ll keep this one handy…

I figure he probably has fun with this one.

This would take some serious work to finish, as it’s the only Planet Of The Apes movie card I have, but I’m up for it, if the opportunity arises.

The TV show, I’ve got a more respectable 21/66 on. I think I’ll probably go for it, though I haven’t checklisted it yet.

Only have 10/88 of these, but I may have to. I mean, they’re Hulk cards.

Picked up the reprint set a few years ago, but I’ve got a few originals. I won’t turn more down if they come my way, but, like Mars Attacks, I think I’ll just hang onto what I have and enjoy the reprints if I want to look at the whole set.

Fast-forwarding a few decades, here’s MOAR DIFFERENT BATMAN CARD. Used to have way more of these than I do now. I’m kind of OK with that. The print quality’s really…not so good, even by usual Topps non-sport standards. Pass. I’ll keep what’s my only Jack Nicholson card, though!

I swear, I think I’m the only person on Earth who doesn’t like this movie and never has. Come and get these, I have 21 of them.

Have a bunch of these, too, but I’m not quite ready to either collect ’em further (I don’t even have them checklisted yet, so I’ve no idea which series they are) or unload ’em. They’re kind of in card and sticker limbo. I got a few of them signed by Jay Lynch before he passed, but other than that, they’ve just kinda been hanging around for a couple decades. If anyone can give me a compelling reason to do more with them, I’m all ears!

Who was the genius at Topps who thought “Ya know what them kids love today, is that Rat Patrol!”? Cool, border/caption/logo-less pictures, but I don’t get the line existing. I wasn’t around for Rat Patrol in first run. Maybe kids did love it. I only saw it in the middle of the night on Channel 5 in New York, pre-Fox. This was not a kids’ timeslot, or, really, a kids’ show. These are weird enough to hang onto, unless you’re willing trade me something cool for ’em, but I still have to ask…why?

On the other end of the spectrum, does anyone need a card of Iggy Pop with his crotch on fire? I have extras! Once upon a time, I had cases of The Crow: City Of Angels wax. Diamond had a blowout, and I loaded up, because they were so cheap that it made sense to buy cases of it. (I think they were like $5 a case.) I didn’t crack enough to make a set or find anything “cool”, because ultimately, Iggy or no, this was a terrible movie, but I opened a little bit of it, and this card is probably the best thing that came out of the movie.

Keeping this around so I have one to scratch off right before the bomb hits.

Only have one of these. Got it recently. Wouldn’t mind more!

Strangely, I keep getting these in lots. Up to 9/66. I love the soundtrack, but I’ve still never seen this movie. I should try to get on that. It’ll help me make a decision as to whether or not I wanna build this one.

I’m sure Farrah just loved this card, if she ever saw it.

I’ve got about a dozen cards from various series of this set, which is another kinda big one like the Star Wars sets are. I’ll probably just keep accumulating them until I’m forced to finish ’em.

ELVIS NEEDS BOATS!

ELVIS NEEDS BOATS!

ELVIS ELVIS ELVIS ELVIS ELVIS ELVIS ELVIS NEEDS BOATS!

Hard pass on finishing this one, though. Awful quality, and the people I find who have them for sale are almost always what I’d describe as “typical Elvis fans”, in that they’ve probably voted against my right to exist at least once in the past decade or so.

Ditto here. Man, I miss the days when Kiss were super-heroes, instead of the trainwrecky senior citizens they’ve become.

“Draw me like one of your French girls…”

Was this shot from “Phantom Of The Park”? Been a while. To me, it looks like Gene’s hiding out in a shooting gallery. “Shoot him in the codpiece, and his wings flap!”

Now, Queen, on the other hand, they seem to get cooler by the year. Wish Freddie was around to enjoy it and get credit for it, of course. This picture’s missing Brian, though…

But holy crap, this one isn’t. Man, what a badass.

I may have to track down more of at least the Queen part of the set. The Queen and Kiss cards are from 1979 Donruss Rock Stars, if you’re unfamiliar, which featured Queen, Kiss, The Village People and The Babys (John Waite’s old band). I don’t know that I’m hardcore enough of a John Waite fan to be chasin’ down cards of the dude. I did see a Village People card at the flea market last weekend, but it was in awful shape, alas.

Speaking of badass…it’s The Mod Squad! Some might say “OK, how was Rat Patrol not OK, when The Mod Squad were?”, and to this, I say “Just go with it. They were.” Topps just recycled these card borders for an online-only baseball set that I can’t afford, didn’t they? I’ll be happy to see Peggy Lipton again when Twin Peaks returns in a couple weeks.

And yes, E.T., there’ll be time for a snack.

THE YEAR OF DICKS, PART 1220

Yep, that is indeed Dick Martin, from the Laugh-In set. Stubby sent me this card a few years ago now. Again, weird subject for a card set. Did kids watch and get Laugh-In when it was on the air? Did grown-ups collect non-sports cards? Weird licensing choices…

These were at least educational! (Also: some would argue that I shoulda saved this for The Year Of Dicks.) This is my only card from the Who Am I? Set. Nice painting, really.

Another educational card, albeit one that’s been through hell. Until I got it in a house cleanout lot a few years ago, I’d never seen a Supersisters card, and until I read the Wikipedia entry I just linked to, I’d never known the whole story behind them. They’re an imperfect set, but from what I can tell (I haven’t read the card backs on the entire set), it was a noble attempt, given the times they were made in (and I’m kinda relieved that, since they pointedly left Angela Davis out of the set, they also declined to invite Phyllis Schlafly and Anita Bryant, as well). Plus, I’ll say it: I can’t hate a card set with Buffy Sainte-Marie in it…

I don’t own this one. (Yet.) I found it, along with the rest of the set, at the University Of Iowa Digital Libraries (though I think they got a different printing than I did, as the borders and logo are very different).

ALL HAIL THE GILLMAN

This is from the 1973 You’ll Die Laughing set, which, with black and white photos, is not as cool as the 1959 set, which are fully painted and gorgeous, but it’s still pretty fun. Too big of a set for me to build from 2 cards, though, I reckon.

And, finally…

Nope, none for me, thanks. Anyone want ’em?

Long story short: I end up with some weird shit. Hope you’ve had fun looking through some of it!