Thursday, September 10, 2009

Why I Love Topps Annual Factory Set

I know many purists and set collectors will adamantly disagree but I LOVE Topps Factory Sets. Why? Simply because as a set collector, I can't keep up. What?!?! Let me explain. I am attempting to assemble every Topps base set from my birth year of 1970 to the present. Chasing singles from 2009 takes time and money away that I could be using to focus on completing my main priorities at the moment, 1970 and 1973. For me, the annual factory set is a God send.

This year's Holiday Edition Set product configuration is as follows:

Veterans - 525 players from Series 1 and 2
Rookies - 70 rising stars from Series 1 and 2
Subsets - 65 players from Series 1 and 2
• 30 Manager Cards
• 10 League Leaders
• 2 League MVPs
• 2 Rookies of the Year
• 2 Cy Young Award Winners
• 10 Classic Combo Cards
• 8 Post Season Highlights
• Mickey Mantle

In addition, collectors will find the 2nd of 10 RC variations. (The first 10 were in the regular factory set and is quite a gimmick I know.) Thise rookies are:

#11 Colby Rasmus
#12 Kenshin Kawakami
#13 Michael Bowden
#14 Edwin Moreno
#15 Ricky Romero
#16 Kila Kaaihue
#17 Ramiro Pena
#18 Freddy Sandoval
#19 Josh Whitesell
#20 George Kottaras

The complete Master Checklist can be found here.


Matt Runyon said...

I feel the same way you do about the factory sets. Buying factory sets of the newer stuff allows me to focus on the older sets. I would eventually like to have a set from each year since my birth year (1966).

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