Check Our Their Cards I did, I actually went a little crazy. I made one order for 66 cards then 3 hours later had to go back and order up another 39 cards. Everything I bought was on my need list and virtually every card I bought was at a price lower than I had seen before.
My purchases centered around set collecting and Giants collecting so I decided to split this up into two posts. First up are the sets.
Back in 2010 I was impressed with the Topps 206 release and decided to put the set together. Unfortunately Topps decided to hit us with the dreaded 50 SPs at the end of the set approach to this one and over the last couple years I have been whittling down the want list. Going into Black Friday I had 10 cards on the want list and after my buying binge the set is finally complete. Here are the last 10 SPs to finish off this set:
Next up is another 2010 release. As you may recall Topps went reprint happy and produced a set called Cards Your Mom Threw Out. In each of the 3 series, Topps reprinted one card from each year's set starting back in 1952. I was okay with the concept and as I have done every year for the past few decided to complete all the insert sets. In a moment of idiocy I also decided to go for the parallel set that displayed original card backs. I have regretted that decision many times but being the set builder I am, I cannot abandon the chase. Going into my COMC binge, I needed 17 cards for this set and I knocked off 6. So I now only need 11 of the 174 original back cards. Here are the fronts and backs of the 6 I picked up:
Next up is 2012 Opening Day. This purchase focused on inserts as I have been done with the base set since my 2 box purchase right when this came out. I finished off the Mascot and Fantasy Squad sets and got within 1 on the Elite Skills (card is incoming in a trade) and 2 on the Opening Day Stars. Probably time to hit Sportlots and finish this one off. Here are the cards I picked up:
Now here is where I went really crazy. Going into Black Friday I needed 22 2012 Topps Heritage SPs and I ended up buying ALL of them! Every card was under $2 and most were around $0.75 to $1.20, this was just better pricing that I could find anywhere including the "Pick 10 cards you need" auctions on eBay so I couldn't pass them up. Here are all the cards in their glory:
I am very happy to put one 2010 set to rest and make some progress on another. My want list now has only 2 sets on it from 2010, the rest of those dreaded Original Backs and about 33 inserts short of the 2010 Opening Day (probably not going to happen any time soon). I was really hoping to finish off all my 2012 sets prior to 2013 Topps coming out and was worried this couldn't be accomplished. This set buying binge really made that a possibility. Here is a quick breakdown of where I am at, the details on specific cards can be found on my Set Want List tab.
Ginter - Need 32 inserts
Archives - Need 4 SP base cards and 16 inserts (would like to get the In Action and Combo cards but not going to actively seek them out)
Opening Day - Need 2 inserts
Topps Stickers - Need 6 stickers
Panini Triple Play - Need 30 base cards and 13 inserts
Topps Update - Need 51 inserts
It may be tough but securing these cards on my Crazy COMC buying binge certainly did help. I will share my Giants purchases on a future post.