Topps Dynasties & Rivalries Edition
6 packs - 5 Cards per pack
'One Relic or Autographed Relic Card #ed to 99 or Less in Every Pack!'
I received the following:
15 base cards (#ed 1-75) - no duplicates!!
The cards are highly reflective - mirror finish - and printed on very heavy and stiff stock. The front features a picture of the player and the reverse has his stats. The set consists of many of the players of 'yesteryear' - Mantle, Cobb, Ruth, Walter Johnson, Jim Bunning, Jackie Robinson, Campanella, Berra, to name a few and a good number of the players of today.
T205 Cards #ed 76-90
Again, this group has players from the past and present. These 2 are Seaver and Jeter.
I received Hatfields v. McCoys and the Montagues v. Capulets
Blue Parallels #ed to 399
Moby v. Ahab
Black Parallel #ed to 99
Joe Mauer (T205)
Gold Parallel #ed to 50
Game Used Inserts
Jeter 1 GU jsy #ed to 99
Justin Morneau 3 GU bat #ed to 50
Brock 1 GU bat #ed to 25
Jason Heyward Auto / 2GU jsy #ed to 99
Prince Fielder Auto / 2 GU jsy #ed to 75
Dustin Pedroia Auto / 1 GU bat #ed to 50
Dynasties and Rivalries should be a good issue for those wanting to pick up some cards from the past of some of the greats of the game. Not everyone can afford cards from the late 20's, 30's and 40's and this is a great way to get some cool cards of these players.
I must say that these packs are not inexpensive. I have seen them in Orlando for $55 each - not for the collector on a budget. However, if one pulls the 'right' card or cards.... then maybe they can pay for themselves.
The autos - are stickers and the cards are designed for stickers. The autos are embedded in the card and not just stuck on the outside of the card. IF we have to have stickers, and it looks like the companies cannot get away from them, this is the way to do it.
I keep looking at the Mauer card I received... it is an insert #ed to 99 and it is a black parallel of the T205 regular card. It looks like a black and white refractor card - pretty cool.
The blue parallel set might be a set someone would want to pursue. I have found many of the blue parallels on the 'bay' at really reasonable prices - especially in lots.
Overall grade A- I would have liked a little larger set with some rookies included in the base set.
Go buy several boxes and send the gold and black parallels of Mr. Longoria, of the league leading RAYS, to me!