Friday, April 29, 2011

2005 Turkey Red Complete...For the Most Part

One of the 2011 goals I set for myself was to finish my 2005 Turkey Red complete set. I started the set about two years ago and got most of it. Unfortunately, I took care of the easy part. What I had left were a bunch of the SPs.

I didn't do anything at all with the set in 2010 and that kind of gnawed at me. I wasn't going to let the set go unfinished in 2011. So I went to work. In January I used a combination of Ebay, Becketts, COMC, and Sportlots to knock almost all of the cards off of my needs list and it only took a couple weeks.

There were four SP cards left, and I was stuck. The odd thing is that none of the players I still needed were big names. Still missing were #28
Rich Harden, #78 Troy Glaus, #59 Wily Mo Pena, and #223 Brandon Backe. That's not exactly a Cooperstown type list of players. I wondered why I couldn't find their cards at any of my four usual sources. Actually, the Glaus card was at Beckett, but it was priced higher than what I wanted to pay. I just figured that I would have to wait a little while and they would all pop up somewhere at a reasonable price.

That was three months ago, and not a single one of the four has shown up anywhere! I just don't get it! What makes those four so hard to find?? Well, I finally gave up.

There were plenty of white and red variations of each of the cards on Sportlots. I decided that a colored variation in the binder looks better than an empty pocket. So I spent the 75¢ each for the cards and filled my binder.

Here are my colored versions. If anyone has any of the real things and wants to make a deal, let me know.


  1. I'm trying to complete the 2005 and 2006 sets as well and am stuck on the SP's now as well. Do you have any SP dupes? I'll check to see if we have the four you need.

  2. Sorry, I've got no dupes of any of the SPs.