Topps Community Break Box #5: 2000 Topps Tek

Just a quick note before we start this box.  I probably won’t be shipping any of these cards out until next week.  I’m sorting and counting as I write these up, so I need them around a tad longer.  I’m shooting for next Monday for my ship date.  Besides, you wouldn’t want to get them in hand before you see the videos and scans, would you?  That would ruin the surprise!

Okay, it wouldn’t actually ruin the surprise. It would make for a surprise.  You know what I mean, anyway. Work with me, people!

Moving on.  Next we have a box designed after ID4.  The future is now!  It’s TOPPS TEK!

Packs of Plastic Player Patterned Parallels

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What a wacky product this stuff is.  It’s basically the precursor to Moments & Milestones, which I featured in my pack lottery contest.  People must have been buying it for a while, because it lasted a few years.  As evidenced by 2011 Topps, people love their parallels.  Or at least Topps thinks they do.

Man, I wish the focus was better.  Next time I’ll try to use a different camera, or get an extra light to help things out.  This looks terrible.

You know what doesn’t look terrible?  The scans of these cards.

Not shown, 2 additional Ruben Salazars. Yay, unclaimed Twins!

I noticed a pattern in this box (no pun intended).  Most of the variations were for the same groupings of numbers.  That’s why you see so many Topps Tek up there and so many DOBs (not to be confused with SOBs) in the second half of the scan.  This theme spreads throughout.

I completely missed the fact that Beltran in the first pack was our other color pattern. Oops.

Why, yes.  The Braves DID get another insert card.  I know you were worried the streak would end.  Luckily, this box provided a lot of inserts so the wealth finally gets spread around a little bit. #OccupyGroupBreak?

Since every single card in this box is technically an insert or parallel, I’m bending the rules for the breakdown once again.  All the numbered rookies will be counted as inserts.  All the inserts are inserts (I would hope!).  All 2 of the colored variations you see above are also in that count.  All the base are the rest of the box.  Yes, I meant to type it that way and no, the reference doesn’t work at all.

Team breakdown so far:
Anaheim Angels – Base:  26 –Inserts/Parallels: 1  –Hits: 0
Arizona Diamondbacks – Alec- Base:  11 –Inserts/Parallels:  0 –Hits:  0
Atlanta Braves – Colbey- Base:  36 –Inserts/Parallels:  5 –Hits:  0
Baltimore Orioles - Hobb’s Knights- Base:  17 –Inserts/Parallels:  2 –Hits:  0
Boston Red Sox – Summa Cum Lousy- Base:  13 –Inserts/Parallels:  3 –Hits:  0
Chicago Cubs – Base:  17 –Inserts/Parallels:  3 –Hits:  0
Chicago White Sox – Base:  16 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  0
Cincinnati Reds – Jason C- Base:  13 –Inserts/Parallels:  0 –Hits:  0
Cleveland Indians – Baseball Dad- Base:  27 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  0
Colorado Rockies – Cards From the Quarry- Base:  16 –Inserts/Parallels:  0 –Hits:  0
Detroit Tigers – Grand Cards- Base:  15 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  0
Florida Marlins – Base:  16 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  0
Houston Astros – Base:  13 –Inserts/Parallels:  0 –Hits:  0
Kansas City Royals – Base:  9 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  0
Los Angeles Dodgers – Stealing Home- Base:  15 –Inserts/Parallels:  0 –Hits:  0
Milwaukee Brewers – Base:  4 –Inserts/Parallels:  0 –Hits:  0
Minnesota Twins – Base:  9 –Inserts/Parallels:  3 –Hits:  0
Montreal Expos – Base:  17 –Inserts/Parallels:  3 –Hits:  0
New York Mets – The Sandlot- Base:  16 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  0
New York Yankees – Baseball Card Hall of Fame-Base:  34 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  0
Oakland Athletics – Base:  12 –Inserts/Parallels:  2 –Hits:  0
Philadelphia Phillies – Daddyoho- Base:  24 –Inserts/Parallels:  3 –Hits:  0
Pittsburgh Pirates – Base:  9 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  0
San Diego Padres – Base:  16 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  0
San Francisco Giants – Cheap Card Collecting- Base:  10 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  0
Seattle Mariners – Baseball Card Hall of Fame- Base:  13 –Inserts/Parallels:  2 –Hits:  0
St. Louis Cardinals – Cards on Cards- Base:  23 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  0
Tampa Bay Devil Rays – Base:  11 –Inserts/Parallels:  1 –Hits:  0
Texas Rangers – Play at the Plate- Base: 16  –Inserts/Parallels:  0 –Hits:  0
Toronto Blue Jays – Dave- Base:  15 –Inserts/Parallels:  2 –Hits:  0

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