Category Archives: 2015 Topps

Card Spotlight: 2015 Topps Minis 1975 Style

The last cards I bought fresh out of a pack are considered vintage today. Back then, parallels meant 1975 minis.

We didn’t have serial numbered cards. Rainbows were in the sky not a parallel card set. It was a simpler time.

I miss it, but I also can’t help myself when it comes to 1975-look-alikes. So when I saw the 2015 Mini set was about to go on sale with a 1975 throwback style subset, that sucked me in.

The concept isn’t new. Topps put current and former players on a 1975 design before (one of the better renditions was 2011 Lineage):

2011 154 Fergie Jenkins

This 2015 subset would be just as good if it had some vintage ’75 players. It was only available through Topps (it’s now sold out). This is what they look like:

2015 1975 Arrieta 2015 1975 Bryant

2015 1975 Correa

2015 1975 Harper 2015 1975 Kershaw

2015 1975 Lindor 2015 1975 Russell

2015 1975 Syndergaard 2015 1975 Trout

This 2015 rendition has posed shots, but they’re solid photographs. The backs limit the overall appeal: every card has the same text and cartoon (lifted off Sal Bando’s 1975 Topps #380 card). Even with boring backs, they’re still nice cards and you get a rookie Kris Bryant variation.

2015 1975 Bryant-b

2015 Topps Mini Parallel Set Celebrates 40th Anniversary of 1975 Minis

2015 Topps Mini with 1975

I’ve been wondering how Topps was going to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1975 mini release. This past week we got the answer: a complete mini set of the 2015 Series 1 & 2 cards. But the icing on the cake is 11 parallels and 10 cards with a 1975 design.

I’m a 1975 collector. I’ll get into modern cards if they have players from the 1975 set on a 1975 style card. But the anniversary of the minis and my getting back into collecting this last year means this set’s my Christmas gift.

I don’t know how the parallel split will work out. Based on the description, Topps will put a total of 700 gold, 3500 red, and 7000 black parallels in the packs (11,200 cards). There are “Less than 1,000 boxes available” so I don’t know if there are really 700 boxes and everyone gets a gold or if there’s a random split where one person gets all reds and another gets multiple golds. I’d rather get a guaranteed gold, but I guess that’s part of the gamble.

This is one of Topps’ online exclusives at $100 for the box. At first I thought they might sell out quickly, but noticed that the Topps Legacy parallel (also $100) was still around so figured it could take a while. And almost a week later this mini set is still available today.

I got curious about the dynamics of how these sets show up on the resale market because I thought about selling the base cards as team sets (though I’m still undecided). I’m most interested in the 1975 cards and didn’t want to get into bidding wars or pay a lot for 10 cards. Plus I’ve never opened a pack with parallels, so that’s a bonus experience and they may be interesting to keep.

But a truth I’ve discovered with card collecting is that if you have an idea, it’s almost certain a bunch of other people do too. The box breakers are already out in full force.

The angles to reselling these are: full base set without the subset or parallels, team sets, individual inserts, and select base rookies. No surprisingly, there’s a lot more eBay resale action with the minis than Legacy, which doesn’t have the parallels or subset. So maybe the minis will sell out faster on the Topps site.

I’m not one of those people obsessed about card values. And that’ll make it interesting to see the process of the cards finding their value without having any angst about it. I haven’t paid attention to this before.

On that note, what do the eBay tea leaves tell us today?

  • A base set without the inserts have sold for $49
  • Team sets sold from $3 (for the Reds) to $25 (for the Dodgers)
  • Mike Trout and Kris Bryant 1975 subset cards are the most popular (Trout has a wide range from $6 to one that’s bidding for $20, which is part of it finding its value)
  • The blacks (x/10) and reds (x/5) have sold in the teens to the $20’s and the golds for $30+
  • The 1975 subset of 10 cards have sold for $30 to $50
  • If you’re buying the set to get a Kris Bryant Gold, it’s gone (with an attempt to sell it for $999)

I can’t wait to see what parallels I get…

2015 Topps Highlight of the Year: 1975

I’m always looking for cards that commemorate 1975. So when I saw a card from this year’s Topps Highlight of the Year subset, I immediately checked and found a 1975 highlight on COMC.

There are 30 cards in the subset. The odds are 1:4 packs, so they’re not rare, which is fine since it translates into a card that’s less than a buck.

The 1975 card celebrates Willie McCovey’s third Career Pinch Grand Slam. McCovey is still tied for that record with four other players (two in each league). Plus he’s still the National League Grand Slam holder (and tied for 5 overall).

2015 H-18 2015 H-18b

I like the card. It’s got a gritty feel to it. And does the photo look familiar? Topps lifted it from the 1975 Topps Set. I like the tribute and tie-in to my favorite set:

1975 450

By the way, COMC is the best source I’ve found for modern cards because you’ll usually find the best prices and you can combine shipping from many sellers. And equally important is the fantastic support they provide. With eBay sellers, I’ve had mostly positive experiences, but some were lemons. But with COMC, every person has been friendly and every order has been great.

Currently their standard shipments include the scratch-off card below (until they run out). So if you’re about to have cards shipped to you, this is what you’ll get:

Misc COMC