2015 NSCC #6 – Seeing Multiples

My last National post was all about cards I had, but bought again because I’m a dumb piece of dumb that’s dumb in the head.

Today, I want to focus on the positive side of the doubles spectrum.  What follows aren’t exactly duplicates, they’re parallels.  It’s understandable that some dealers would have more than one version of a particular card.  If they bought someone’s player collection and is selling it off, or if they opened many boxes/cases of a product, it’s bound to happen.

I originally thought about expanding this to inserts that I bought for multiple players, but it turns out that I had a ton of same player, same set cards as it was.  Oh, and keep in mind this doesn’t factor in the Moments & Milestones cards I grabbed.  That will probably be a separate post.  By probably, I mean definitely.

So, what did I find all lumped together for my ease of use and purchase?


How about we start with some die cut 1997 SPx?  This is the Bronze version.  I have no idea how the rarity compares to others.

Etched foil and holograms!

What was great about this purchase is that the dealer had these labeled on the penny sleeves.  That helped me quickly identify this as Silver.  Trust me, that came in handy when looking at this next one.

Slick holograms!

This is the Steel version, which looks very similar.  Sadly, there are no markings on the back to tell you what you have.  If I was making the decision, I would reverse the naming.

Dr. Moreau went a little crazy

Pinnacle Inside was actually a product I hoped to find unopened.  I would have loved to crack a few cans of this stuff.  You can kind of see there is a empty space up the middle bottom.  That’s because it was to be paired with another card.

I could have also gone with the Human Centipede angle

You are supposed to slide and interlock the cards to create a 4 player thingy.  I have two separate halves here that don’t match up.

Get ready for this background

These next few may be a little boring, so I’ll run through them quick.  Marvel at the Silver foil of the all-numbered 1998 Topps Stars set.

Kinda looks like a swing and a miss.  That ball is already past the bat, even though it’s not really a ball.

Now “ooh” and “aah” at the magnificent gold

Red = most basic

You be the judge!  Is this a Michael Jackson impression?

Bronze = same numbering as red, but somehow not basic

Or, is it Pee Wee Herman?

Silver = a third card

Or, is it a third thing that I can’t think of on my own?

There has to be a better picture to choose

The 20th Anniversary set was a cross product set that included a lot of sports stuff, but also historical events, etc.  I could look up how many cards are in the total set, but it’s in the 1000s.

I’m actually slightly surprised there weren’t more than 8.

What I can tell you is that Tony Gwynn alone has 20 cards in the set with his highest number at #2300.

First ballot along with Cal

The third one I got is the third I have total for him.  There are also 2 buybacks and 2 memorabilia cards to go after, which means I need 21 more.

I don’t know if they had the license, but an Auburn picture would have been cool

For Frank Thomas, it’ll be a little bit easier.  Only 15 cards and 1 memorabilia and I grabbed 2 at the show.

5 down…way too many to go.

I wonder with the big set, how many of each card were made.  If the print run ends up being fewer than 50 each, then I could ignore them all together.

It’s not as white in person

The 2015 Donruss set paid tribute to the late Tony Gwynn by creating a 5 card insert set (with parallels).

Glad its not a 19 card set

I grabbed 2 at the show and 1 came in the box of 2015 Donruss that I opened for myself.

I do wish there was a little more variety involved

For some reason I thought there were retail and hobby versions, but I was wrong.  There are red versions /99, though.  So…a total of 7 more to go.

Scanners hate these…or me

It’s extremely hard to tell, but this is the Hyperplaid (aka most common) version of the peel & reveal insert.  It’s an acetate card with a refractive pattern.  In all there are three variations for each player.

Scanner is still mad, but begrudgingly complying

And this is the Sparkle (aka middle rarity) version.  Here we can at least see a little something in the background, so you know I didn’t cheat and use the same scan twice.  Not like anyone would care if I did, though.  I’m now missing the Stadium Stars version to complete the set.

Horizontal coating

Sticking with 1999 Finest, we have another round of pointless variations.  Split screen cards came in 3 (or possibly 4 types).  This is the dual refractor where shiny occurs all over the place!

Vertical coating

The one only thinks Glavine is worthy of sheen and shine.  I’m not 100% sure if there is a variant where neither gets refracted. I think I’m only missing the Maddux side version.


Big cat gets the focus and Thomas plays in the shadows

Yay, unpeeled again!

This should have stayed in the bins.  It’s damaged on the back only. There’s a big ole crease straight down the middle that I somehow missed.  I’m almost positive there was another dealer that had a better condition one I could have had instead.

“A” stands for “A lot of empty space”

A lot of card companies took Maddux’ trade back to the Cubs as an excuse to produce multiples of a superstar.  So, we have this higher end Braves card #/949.

“C” stands for “C all that empty space”

This Cubs version is also #/949.  I really don’t know if they were separate series, or if wanted to milk the name.  Regardless, they are in my hands now.

This is your standard issue, highest numbered card

2005 was rich with the Braves & Cubs stuff too. I have to show the back, because the front has Kerry Wood and Mark Prior. I’ll need another copy for the Wood collection.

The back has David Justice and Ryan Klesko for some reason.

Maddux gets front billing on the Braves side, though.  This Green is twice as rare at /750.  Also available are Blue /1000, Red /500, Black /250, Gold /100, and Jersey (varies) for both squads.

Kinda looks like the “P” from Topps Pristine.

Pretty much all the Chrome I saw went into the “need” piles while searching.  Basic chrome and refractor cards are sorely lacking from my collections thus far.  Here’s a small stride.

Still un-enthused.

A slightly bigger stride is this White refractor /660.  I think Topps made the right choice by not using white with this design.  I don’t know if they made the right choice with the design overall, but that’s a separate conversation.

The DH is below

I love picking up high end scraps on the cheap.  Is it odd that I still want to open a box of Triple Threads even though there’s really no realistic incentive behind it?

Just follow the arrow

I mean, when you can get this for 50 cents or a buck, and most of the hits would be numbered out of my collecting range?  I don’t know.  Still something I hope to do if I ever make enough.

Look out for the glass meteor

While I didn’t find much of the old Tek sets, I did manage to find someone that had a couple of the new ones.  First we have the more basic wave pattern that is used for all the color variants, etc.

Phew, it landed in the water

And lastly, we also have the spiral, which I would imagine is 2nd most common.  Most of the patterns aren’t numbered, so scarcity is tough to gauge as an outsider looking into bins, but I do know that there’s still a long road to go for these and the Tek sets from the late ’90s/early ’00s.

Maybe in 2017.

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