Skip to main content

Mini week begins

This week on the blog is going to feature several posts with mini cards.

I've received a bunch of card packages lately -- I am farther behind than I've been in at least a year -- and many of them contained cards that are mini in stature. That's not a coincidence as I've mentioned, oh, a couple of times, that I love mini cards.

But not all mini cards, and fortunately my fellow traders know this.

My favorite minis are 1975 Topps minis. After that are the Lineage minis that pay tribute to the '75 minis (on the card front anyway). After that are Allen & Ginter minis. I collect these even though I know right from the start that there is no chance that I will ever complete a set of them. Then there are a few other random mini sets that I like that I can't recall right now.

Minis that don't do anything for me fall smack in the era of overproduction. Those Topps minis from the late '80s with the "dream sequence" look are just OK. The wood-bordered minis from '87 are sort of cute, but definitely meh. The Fleer minis? Nice try, but you can't do what Topps did in '75. And those micro minis from the early '90s are just destined to get lost.

But the first minis of the week that I am showing are from Captain Canuck at Waxaholic, and they are minis that I didn't even know existed.

These are from 2009 Upper Deck. These are the cards that got UD in trouble because they resemble 1975 Topps, even though UD says they're OPC cards.

I remember the regular-sized cards that were inserts in '09 Upper Deck. But I had no idea there were mini versions, too. The minis are the exact same size as '75 Topps minis. Given their similarities to '75 Topps, I'm already hooked.

Once I get the massive '75 Topps and '75 Lineage mini completion quests out of the way, maybe I'll start on this one.

Look, the Captain wants me to collect it, too. He sent a random Cub from the set also. ... Oh, this is very dangerous.

Let's back away slowly and move on to some other non-mini cards he sent.

Perfect. Triple Threads. I have no intention of ever collecting anything related to Triple Threads. But I do appreciate a Pee Wee Reese card. This card isn't too bad. It doesn't have the horrid design patterns that I see on most Triple Threads cards.

There's the horrid design pattern now. But Clayton overwhelms any frame that surrounds him with his greatness. This is the "sepia" parallel. But between you and me it's actually "brown."

The most unfortunate part of this card is that it mentions on the back that Kershaw's uniform number choice is related to Will Clark. But that's OK. Clayton is forgiven.

Sparkly Kemp! Sparkly Kemp! Sparkly Kemp!

Did you all just do your Sparkly Kemp dance around the living room like I just did?

You should have. Try it when the Super Bowl gets boring later. It'll be the most interesting thing that happens tonight.

I was so excited to see this card. It's probably the most notable Dodger diamond parallel from last year that I still needed.

There are still others out there that I need though: Blake, Barrajas, Broxton, DeJesus, Thames and the Ethier/Kemp card.

OK, that's it for the first post of Mini Week.

Not all the posts will be about mini cards. I have to mix it up to keep things interesting.

Although I can't possibly see how mini cards would not be interesting.


Captain Canuck said…
you're more than welcome bud... who knew I could inspire another man to dance????
Spiegel83 said…
I'm happy Topps used a photo of Pee Wee that I haven't seen a million times.
I said it on the original post, I'll say it again. Kershaw is my favorite Dodger BECAUSE he liked Will Clark. Ha ha ha (maniacal laugh!)

Popular posts from this blog

That was easy

   My approach on 2021 Topps, after seeing the cards, empty shelves and the tales of inflated prices, was that I could last the entire year without buying any.   The effort wasn't worth it. I'll just take my Dodgers and go home.   I went to Target once after the release date a couple weeks ago, I don't really remember what day I went, and saw empty shelves and shrugged.   So, move forward two weeks and it's birthday season. Those who have read this blog for awhile know I have a lot of birthdays in my family in March and it's the primary shopping time of the year, besides Christmas. I went to Target yesterday for a few items and I made sure to check the card aisle, just in case. I didn't expect to find anything, but I think you know me by now, I have to buy my first packs of the season if I have the opportunity. It's worth a look. The shelves seemed fairly empty as I approached. But they weren't. When I got there, I saw maybe six or seven 2021 Topps baseb

Reliving my childhood isn't easy

  My favorite part of collecting cards doesn't have to do with collecting current players, rookie cards or prospecting.   Although I pay attention to and buy modern cards and also seek out cards from before I was collecting or even before I was born, none of those cards are why I'm doing this.   The best part of collecting for me -- where the warm fuzzies reside, what I'd save for myself after chucking the rest of my collection -- is any card that was released when I was a child or young teen. I don't think I'm special in that way. A lot of collectors probably feel that way. But, unlike, say, the adult who grew up during the junk wax era, who can open pack after pack of 1990 Donruss and get that nostalgic rush without fear of packs ever disappearing, it's a little more difficult for me. I can go to a discount store a couple of miles away in town and grab some 1988 Donruss packs (I think I can still do that, who knows with the hobby weirdness lately). But there&#

G.O.A.T, the '80s: 20-11

  Big news at the night owl nest today. I subscribed to MLB.TV. Finally, I can watch any game I want this season. I no longer have to suffer with seeing the Mets play the Marlins for the 197th time or grit my teeth through Michael Kay because there's no baseball to watch anywhere else. I can ignore the Yankees for 162 games if I want! And that's what I plan to do. The Phillies-Orioles spring training game is on right now and then I'll search out something even more obscure later. I know, I know, I'm late to the party. That's the way it's been when it comes to entertainment viewing for most of my life. Taking years to land an MLB subscription was more of a cash-flow issue, but when I was younger, I'd miss out on the popular movies all the time because of a relatively sheltered existence. While high school classmates were quoting lines from Caddyshack and Stripes in the lunch room and on the school bus, I knew mostly Star Wars movies and E.T. HBO was the big t