First, the stats....
- 127 Non-sports
- 546 NBA
- 138 NASCAR
- 2 college basketball
- 813 total new cards, which is the 7th most I've ever gotten in a single day! (That I have records for anyway, although I believe only my birthday 1997 would possibly make the top 10 that I have no records for)
First off, let me say that I love the concept of the Topps 75th Anniversary set. It looks back at the history of Topps' non-sports cards, reprinting the front of one from 100 different sets, and tells about them on the back. For some reason though it stops at 1995, while Topps has greatly reduced the number of non-sports sets produced in that time, there are still some that I think were worthy of being included. Also, it would have been helpful if Topps had mentioned which card number was being reproduced on the front of the 75th Anniversary card. Also, it's worth noting that Topps has not been producing cards for 75 years. The first cards were released in 1948. The company was founded in 1938, however, and that is why they were celebrating their 75th anniversary in 2013.
This set covered a wide variety of subjects, quite a few of them I would not add to my collection otherwise. But as I consider myself a historian of trading cards (of a sort) I am glad to have them represented, even as a token example, in this set.
Each pack includes a parallel, usually holofoil but one in the box is the sparkle. I really love the look of the sparkle cards. They are serially numbered to 75 and each one sells for over 10 dollars. As I noted, one of my goals for the year is to add one to my collection per month. Their relatively high cost is why I am not planning on chasing the entire set- I'd like to though.
I was quite pleased to complete the set from my box, with a stash of duplicates left over as well.
Here is an example of the holofoil card.
Here is the base version. Note the slight differences in the depth and the word Connaught.
Here are the autographs:
First was Julia Nickson. I've never heard of her before, but I'm not much of a movie person. It seems like she might have been the basis for the McBabe character on Simpsons, although that's a pretty obscure character. I believe she is only the second woman to appear in my autograph collection. The other is from the Star Wars Chrome Perspectives set I reviewed earlier in 2015. Interestingly as well, the Rambo set was not one of the 100 selected for the base set.
This was the Sparkle card I received. Robocop is not one of the card sets I would normally add to my collection, but I did get all three versions from the box- base, holofoil and sparkle. I am only the original card away from the rainbow. It looks cool in the scan, but it looks even nicer in hand. Being serially numbered to 75 and one per box means these parallels are going to be nearly impossible to complete.
Here are all 4 of them.
Here is what the back of one of the cards looks like. It shouldn't be a surprise which one I chose to show :)
|Interestingly, I just got this original card in November 2015 when I added about 30 of the Man on the Moon cards to my collection.|
|This is the last one I needed to complete the set.|
You can see the complete set, both front and back scans, here