Monday, December 17, 2018

2018 Topps Transcendent Collection Baseball Cards Checklist and Card Tracker

Topps Transcendent Collection Baseball Cards returns for a third straight year and remains THE  most premiere, high end case of Baseball cards available. If purchasing this $30K case is not within your reach, group breaks have just begun that could net you an individual item that could far exceed your spot price.

This year we will once again be tracking as many breaks, individual postings, aftermarket sales of 2018 Transcendent to see what has been pulled and what might still be in unopened cases. We will also, again, be contacting private collectors in hopes that they will share what they have found in their private cases.

Here is the complete checklist for 2018 Transcendent Baseball with links to eBay incase you want to try to pick up an item on the secondary market. Next to the item, we will keep updating when a 1/1 item gets pulled and track what we feel are the number of cases broken to date.

Of the original 83 cases made, we know of 53 cases that have been opened. As soon as we learn about any private cases or additional breaks, we will update this post.


Each player has a Vertical and Horizontal version of their autograph cards, except for Andy Pettitte (Vertical only) and Derek Jeter (Horizontal Only), but their cards are marked with the same checklist lettering/numbers for both orientations. This follows the same pattern as last year's Transcendent that had the same checklist lettering/numbers for both regular and photo variations of each player's auto cards. For clarity in IDing which 1/1s have been pulled, we have added vertical and horizontal to the description of the cards, but this is not an official part of the original checklist, so they will be in parentheses.

This same checklist applies for all auto parallels:

Base #/25, 
Emerald #/15, 
Purple #/10 
as well as the 1/1s we will be tracking.

Each player has two 1/1s for each card orientation:
Platinum 1/1
Red 1/1

Here are the cards that have been pulled to date.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Adventures in Micro Collecting The 1998 New York Yankees

Today the New York Yankees gave fans attending their home game a Replica of their 1998 World Series Ring to celebrate winning it all 20 years ago. In 1998 the Yankees finished with a record of 114  wins, 48 loses for a winning PCT of .704. They almost shut out the Texas Rangers in the ALDS, allowing only 1 run in the 3 games, defeated the Cleveland Indians in 6 games in the ALCS and swept the World Series against the San Diego Padres. 

As nearly perfect as this team was, it makes for a perfect opportunity for a Micro Collection.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Adventures in Micro Collecting Baseball Hall Of Fame Edition

This past weekend the Baseball Hall of Fame inducted the Class of 2018, Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Jack Morris, Jim Thome and Alan Trammell.  The National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland is this weekend. Seems like the right time to talk about another one of my Micro Collections, Baseball Hall of Fame members certified On-Card Autographs.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

More Adventures In Micro Collecting 2017 Topps Transcendent Collection Picture Selection

If you frequent our website, you know we did rather extensive coverage of 2017 Topps Transcendent Collection, but the most viewed page was our Transcendent Card Tracker. To gather information for the Tracker I got in contact with some of the collectors who were buying cases, heard their stories about collecting and their appreciation for the release. As I became more familiar with these collectors and this set, I started to understand the attraction. I also grew to appreciate these high end collectors who were so generous with their time and their willingness to share information.

Granted, Transcendent is a release that, per case, is out of range for the vast majority of collectors. But there were plenty of opportunities for most collectors to pick up some of these cards within their price range, either through the 50+ group breaks or buying individual cards on the secondary market. Here are the cards I have obtained from the set.

Each one of these were autographs I needed for other Micro Collecting projects I’ll share with you soon. For now I want to point out something I noticed about the photo selections for these cards.

Let’s start with Cal Ripken Jr.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Topps and MLB Extend Their Exclusive Contract Through 2025

When you think baseball cards, you think Topps. For more than 65 years, Topps has been the only rock, steady producer of those 2.5 by 3.5 pieces of cardboard collectors seek, obtain and have shared over generations. It was announced today that the tradition will continue as Major League Baseball and The Topps Company today have extended their exclusive global partnership for MLB-licensed trading cards through 2025.

Since 1952, the long-standing partnership between Major League Baseball and Topps has allowed Topps to create iconic trading cards that have become engrained in baseball culture, from 1952 with Mickey Mantle to 2017 with Aaron Judge.

From humble origins of just cardboard to creating cards out of plastic, wood and leather, to including pieces of players’ game-used jerseys, bats, helmets and other items to autographed cards by the MLB’s top stars and rookies, Topps has changed with the times while still holding on to the essence of what got kids interested in collecting in the first place.

“Topps has always strived to be at the forefront of innovation,” said David Leiner, Topps Global General Manager of Sports & Entertainment. “We constantly look for new ways to bring joy and excitement to baseball fans whether they have been collecting for decades or just starting out. Our exclusive MLB license gives us the opportunity to continue as the category leader.”

With the exclusive global license, Topps has expanded it’s range with direct purchase items on it’s website,, with innovations like TOPPS NOW, the first on-demand trading card that captures the best baseball moments on a nightly basis, The Living Set which is the first cross-generational set featuring lifelike artwork and leveraging Topps iconic 1953 design.

Topps has also provided amazing opportunities for fans that are tied into their products, including the Topps\ Make Your Pro Debut contest, where a lucky fan becomes a Minor League baseball player for a day, trips to the T-Mobile Home Run Derby and All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, and private dinners with some of baseball’s greatest players and legends, such as Cubs superstar Kris Bryant and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, through its Transcendent Collection experience.

“Collecting baseball cards is such a personal experience for so many and we look for ways to enhance those moments, whether it’s through opening a pack of cards with your friends or winning a contest to throw out a first pitch,” Leiner said. “MLB and Topps aim to be a part of baseball fans’ lives from their childhood and this partnership will allow that to continue for years to come.”

Thursday, June 14, 2018

David Ortiz Comes Out Of Retirement To Join A New Team… The Topps Team

Topps announced this morning that “Big Papi” David Ortiz will assume duties in a new role with the company as a spokesperson and TOPPS NOW lead scout. In this role, Ortiz will work with the Topps team in picking the best moments of the Major League Baseball season and support Topps’ initiatives throughout the year, including National Baseball Card Day, which is held on the second Saturday in August.
“The TOPPS NOW program is fun to work on with all the top moments captured on a card every day,” Ortiz said. “Baseball cards have been a part of my and my family’s life for a long time. I’m excited to work with Topps.”

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Joy of Micro Collecting Update with Complete New York Rangers Retired Numbers Autographs

When I wrote my original article on The Joy Of Micro Collecting I was looking for creative solutions to keep me collecting but that wouldn't consume large amounts of time.  Coming up with small collecting tasks that I could complete easily and quickly was a revelation for me and greatly satisfied my completionist tendencies.

Choosing to collect on-card autograph cards of all the players that have numbers retired by the New York Rangers was the perfect start to my micro collecting back in 2015.
There were only 8 players with retired numbers and I already had 3 of them. (Side note, I don't include Gretzky in this group because his number was retired by the league, not by the Rangers.)

It didn't take long to complete this collection. Considering six years had past since the last number to be retired, I considered this Micro Collection to be complete, so I moved on to other projects.

Then, out of the blue, the Rangers announced in August of 2017 they would retire Jean Ratelle's number 19 in 2018.

Now my collection was incomplete.