Saturday, February 9, 2019

2010 Topps Phillies Factory Bonus Insert Set #PHI1-5

It seemed like every time I purchased a factory set of 2010 Topps, it was a Phillies edition.  Werth was always my favorite of the bunch, remembering him as a Washington Nationals player.

Friday, February 8, 2019

2010 Topps Factory Set Limited Edition Retail Bonus Set #RS1-RS5

Just one of many factory bonus sets in the 2010 Topps set.  

Thursday, February 7, 2019

2010 Topps Update Set #1-330

The perfect topping to a great set, the 2010 Topps Update set featured 330 cards + #661D Strasburg RC.  #661D can be distinguished from #661A because the throwing hand is separated from the armpit in #661A as well as an additional phrase on the back of #661A.  Variation #661B is easy to tell apart and was found in Factory Base sets. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

1948 Bowman Set Progress

I recently replaced 3 reprints with originals to bring my 1948 Bowman set up to 30 cards out of 48 total.  I guess you can say that I'm on a Bowman binge right now.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

2010 Topps Set #1-660 plus #661B

2010 Topps was one of my favorite set of the decade, and maybe for the century.  #661B was actually a bonus insert card only found in factory sets.  It'll be sad to see this one go, but there's just no room.    

1952 Bowman Reprint Set #1-252

I finally gave in and purchased the 1952 Bowman reprint set (1987 CCC).  What you see below are the cards that were pulled out from the set because I already had the originals--except #170 Joe Astroth.  The 252-card set fits snugly into 28 pages with one exception.  In 1982, TCMA produced a 15-card extension set from #253-267, which adds 2 additional pages with 3 blank spaces for a total of 30 pages.  I only have 5 of those 15 extension cards right now.    

This acquisition completes a long run of vintage Bowman for my collection.  I had already completed the original/reprint run from 1948-1951/1953.  To my knowledge, reprint sets were never released for 1954-1955, which explains my recent interest in building those sets.  

As for the 1952 set, it's probably my favorite of the 1948-1955 Bowman run.  Often overshadowed by the more popular '51B set for it's Mantle/Mays rookies or the '52T set for large size, the '52B just looks even better in my opinion.  The photo paintings of the 1950-1952 Bowman sets are all top of the line.  The difference is that '50B is a much smaller card, and '51B has typed names on the front instead of signatures like '52B.  In regard to the '52T set, the photo paintings are just not up to the caliber of Bowman from 1950-1952.  1953 Topps was even worse.

So here's to the start of my '52B set.