Monday, March 14, 2011

I Caved: The Relics

So I went ahead and picked up all of the Topps 60 relic cards for the Cubs. There were eight total Cubs, but I didn't have to pay more than $3-4 for each card.

It has been pointed out elsewhere, but the really dumb thing about these cards is the statistical category listed at the top and on the back of the card. Topps makes us think that they are recognizing the player for some sort of accomplishment, but in truth, they just had to find a category for the players that they had jerseys to use. You'll know what I mean when you see some of these categories and where the player finished.

First up are the three cards that have a gray road uniform.

Marlon Byrd, 2010 National League Singles Leaders (really, singles!), Byrd finished tied for 8th

Starlin Castro, 2010 MLB Rookie Average Leaders, Castro finished second

Tyler Colvin, 2010 MLB Rookie Home Run Leaders, Colvin finished second

Three more cards have plain white home jerseys:

Kosuke Fukudome, 2010 MLB Average Leaders from the Second Spot (wow, how hard did Topps have to dig around to come up with this category!), Fukudome finished first!

Carlos Marmol, Highest Single Season Strikeouts Per Nine Innings, Marmol is now the all time leader. This is a stat that seems card-worthy.

Aramis Ramirez, Most RBIs, NL Central History, Ramirez is fifth...Sammy Sosa is first until Albert Pujols knocks in 61 more runs.

And finally, two cards with a home pinstripe

Geovany Soto, Most Home Runs as a Catcher, 2008-2010, Soto is second

Carlos Zambrano, Best 2010 NL ERA After All Star Break, Zambrano was first (1.58, pretty decent, considering how awful and psychotic he was in the early part of the season)


  1. I am flabbergasted that there are that many Cubs relics. There is 1 Tigers relic--not that I mind, but it's just a huge disparity.

  2. I have no shot with getting all the Yanks...because of Gehrig, Ruth, etc. Congrats on completing the Cubs set!

    Agree, some of the stats are mind-blowing. It's also weird how they have relics of players who don't appear in the regular Topps 60 insert set.

  3. Grand--You're right, eight cards is way too many for one team, but poor Lost Collector! Being a Yankee collector can get to be pretty expensive. At least the Cubs players were not big name stars with big name stars prices