Wednesday, March 6, 2013

2013 Turkey Red

After a two year hiatus, Turkey Red is back.

The past few times the brand came out it was as an insert.  This time, it's a stand-alone brand.  Sold exclusively through Topps Online, a single pack of 11 cards would set you back $24.99, but they're sold out.  Topps justified the high price by including an autographed card in each pack.

That sounds like a nice chance to take until you look at the autograph list and the numbers.  Check out the number of autograph cards for some of these guys:

Andrew Carignan - 620
Drew Hutchison - 389
Steve Cishek - 689
Scott Diamond - 689

That's 2,387 autographs from four questionable players.   Estimates are that around 5,000 boxes were sold.  If that's true, then for each $25 box you buy, you have about a 50% chance of getting an autograph of Carignan, Hutchison, Cishek, or Diamond.  That $25 seems pretty high now, doesn't it.  A quick check of ebay shows that the last ten Cishek autographs sold went for about $2.50.

I had no interest in buy a single box of this.  I was happy to cherry pick the two Cubs on the 100 player base checklist.

The two are the only two players Topps seems to be aware play for the Cubs right now.  With 100 cards on the checklist, and 30 teams, the Cubs came up a player short.  That's something I'm getting used to.

For my fellow team collectors, or anyone else if you're curious, here is the base set, arranged by teams.

AngelsJosh Hamilton59
AngelsAlbert Pujols  7
AngelsMike Trout  3
AngelsMark Trumbo47
AngelsJered Weaver80
AngelsC.J. Wilson51
AstrosJose Altuve  4
AstrosBrett Wallace95
AthleticsYoenis Cespedes70
AthleticsJosh Reddick69
Blue JaysJose Bautista36
Blue JaysR.A. Dickey  1
Blue JaysEdwin Encarnacion33
Blue JaysColby Rasmus94
Blue JaysJose Reyes17
BravesFreddie Freeman56
BravesJason Heyward84
BravesTim Hudson55
BravesCraig Kimbrel83
BravesBrian McCann39
BrewersRyan Braun23
BrewersYovani Gallardo19
BrewersJean Segura76
CardinalsCarlos Beltran90
CardinalsMatt Holliday63
CardinalsYadier Molina29
CardinalsAdam Wainwright31
CubsStarlin Castro40
CubsAnthony Rizzo77
Diamondbacks  Ian Kennedy79
DiamondbacksWade Miley46
DiamondbacksTyler Skaggs78
DiamondbacksJustin Upton43
DodgersJosh Beckett91
DodgersAndre Ethier16
DodgersAdrian Gonzalez88
DodgersZack Greinke81
DodgersMatt Kemp18
DodgersClayton Kershaw11
DodgersHanley Ramirez98
GiantsMatt Cain61
GiantsTim Lincecum54
GiantsHunter Pence71
GiantsBuster Posey60
GiantsPablo Sandoval26
IndiansAsdrubal Cabrera53
IndiansCarlos Santana38
MarinersFelix Hernandez  9
MarinersJesus Montero64
MarlinsGiancarlo Stanton87
MetsDavid Wright  5
NationalsGio Gonzalez25
NationalsBryce Harper  8
NationalsStephen Strasburg   100
NationalsRyan Zimmerman28
OriolesAdam Jones10
OriolesManny Machado  6
PadresYonder Alonso27
PadresYasmani Grandal34
PhilliesRoy Halladay13
PhilliesCole Hamels72
PhilliesRyan Howard86
PhilliesCliff Lee89
PhilliesJonathan Papelbon21
PhilliesJimmy Rollins14
PhilliesChase Utley35
PiratesStarling Marte96
PiratesAndrew McCutchen50
RangersAdrian Beltre48
RangersYu Darvish73
RangersIan Kinsler62
RaysEvan Longoria85
RaysDavid Price30
RaysFernando Rodney20
RedsAroldis Chapman42
RedsJohnny Cueto74
RedsMat Latos67
RedsBrandon Phillips41
RedsJoey Votto44
Red SoxJon Lester45
Red SoxDustin Pedroia52
RockiesCarlos Gonzalez65
RockiesTroy Tulowitzki97
RoyalsBilly Butler93
RoyalsEric Hosmer49
RoyalsJames Shields99
TigersMiguel Cabrera75
TigersPrince Fielder32
TigersAustin Jackson66
TigersJustin Verlander92
TwinsJoe Mauer24
TwinsJustin Morneau12
White SoxAdam Dunn68
White SoxPaul Konerko57
White SoxJake Peavy37
White SoxChris Sale82
YankeesRobinson Cano22
YankeesCurtis Granderson15
YankeesDerek Jeter  2
YankeesCC Sabathia58


  1. Rizzo and Castro might be the only two players that even Cubs fans know right now!

  2. Thanks for breaking down the checklist by teams. I'm not too impressed with the look of these this year...

    JT, The Writer's Journey

  3. Thanks for posting the checklist.