I bought a whole box of these last time I was at the local shop, which was a month or two ago now. I like the Topps Traded sets, but have purchased the few I have as entire sets. Hand collating one seemed like it would be fun. The standard 132 card set size means I won't be at it forever, in fact I should easily complete a set from this box. More importantly, the price was right ($7). I'm very slow at busting wax, a box like this can easily last me months. I open a pack here and there and enjoy it slowly over time. Here's a random pack I opened this morning, 7 cards:
A career Yankee through 1990, Righetti signed with the Giants prior to the 1991 season. His 1991 Topps base card still featured him as a Yankee though, so Topps rectified that in the Traded set...
Don't recognize the name? Neither did I. Don't be too hard on yourself, Ware appeared in just 18 total games in two seasons with Toronto, finishing with a career ERA of 7.47.
All Toronto Blue Jays fans should own this card. Before the 1991 season Fernandez, the Jays' starting shortstop throughout the late-80's, was dealt along with Fred McGriff to the Padres for Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter. Alomar and Carter would become two of the cornerstone players for the 1993 World Series Champion Blue Jays team. Fernandez would be a key contributor for the 1993 Jays team as well though, as he was traded back to Toronto during the 1993 season. He came up huge in the World Series, driving in 9 runs from the shortstop position for the Blue Jays. Cards like this are why I like Topps Traded sets so much.
Probably my favorite card in the pack. I know it's junk wax, but I think the 1991 Topps design has held up pretty well over time.
Belliard spent the first 9 years of his career with the Pirates before signing with Atlanta prior to the 1991 season.
We get a standard posed photo here, rather than a pic of Deer doing what he's know best for, swinging for the fences!
Even this Pete Harnisch card can be interesting if you look hard enough. Pete was an All-Star with Houston in 1991, and during that season he struck out the side on 9 pitches in one outing.
They can't all be winners but I enjoyed that pack, especially given that it cost me about a quarter.
Quick Stop at the ol Card Shoppe - Hopkins is a small town just on the outskirts of the Twin Cities, with a bustling mainsreet. Now it is essentially a suburb of Minneapolis, and the "down...