Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Matt Merullo Missing Topps Cards

Matt Merullo played in the Majors from 1989-1995. He spent 1989, and 1991 through 1993 with the Chicago White Sox, 1994 with the Cleveland Indians, before playing his final season in 1995 with the Minnesota Twins. His Grandfather Lennie Merullo, played shortstop for the Chicago Cubs from 1941-1947.

Matt only got into 1 main Topps set, the 1992 one, but did get 1990 Topps Debut, 1991 Topps Stadium Club, 1992 Topps Stadium Club, and 1994 Team Stadium Club cards. Matt needed 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996 Topps cards to complete his career Topps run.  Here are all of Matt's Topps cards to showcase his career Topps run.

1990 Topps custom rookie card

1992 Topps #615 Matt Merullo Front
 1992 Topps card
 1993 Topps custom by Paul
 1994 Topps custom
 1995 Topps custom

1996 Topps custom sunset card


A few years ago, I sent Matt a letter and a 1992 Topps card to sign. I had some extra cards, so I sent them as well asking for him to keep them, and he sent the '92 back signed, as well as a note saying that he would be in Germany soon doing a camp and that he was excited to bring the extra cards I sent with him to hand out to the kids there. Matt looks to be a pretty consistent signer, so if autographs are your thing, I would send Matt a letter, and perhaps send a few extras of his that you can afford to lose so he can have more to hand out at camps and stuff. 

The 1997 Topps checklist is officially done, so that means the 1987-2001 sets are all ready to go, with every checklist done, and every template completed and up on its own page. 

I have kind of started a side project that I have wanted to do for some time now. I have always wished that Topps would just scrap their Archives brand as it is now with current and retired players on old designs, and turn it into a brand of nothing but cards that never were. Since they probably wont, I am. I am currently in the process of coming up with a checklist of 300-500 cards to make a base set out of, as well as a few insert sets. Not sure if I should split the set up into decades, or just make it into a 1-2 series set of 1951-2017 Topps cards. I do want to make maybe 100 cards in the set devoted to Draft Picks, Highlights, Managers, and Coaches. I plan on making a fake 'sell sheet' of the set, showcasing the cards, maybe a parallel set or two, all of the insert sets, and yes, even a relic and autograph insert set. As far as insert sets, I want to do a card with showcasing 2 players with 2 different Topps cards from the same set. Maybe 1/2 with a regular Topps card and a card that never was, and the other with both players' card that never was. Also have an autograph version of that one. The big insert would probably be cards of stadiums in various Topps designs (like the year after the team won or was in a World Series), but including a unique stadium/team-themed relic in it, like a tomahawk for the Braves, a piece of ivy for the Cubs, a Homer Hankie for the Twins, a dollar bill for the Yankees (just kidding!). That would probably be a serial numbered insert (maybe to 25 or 50). The main draw to the set would be a redemption card that would be redeemable for an original copy of every one of the depicted players' Topps cards, including cards that never were. These would probably be 5 per player, and then the holy grail would be one redeemable for every card, and each card would be autographed. So I will probably start working on a page to list the checklist, and then go through my inventory of cards I have already made and add them to the checklist and start working on insert cards. It might take a while, but keep your eyes peeled, and hopefully it won't bee good enough that Topps will want to sue me. 

Thanks for checking out my latest post.
-Jeremy

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Rich Aude missing Topps cards

I am kind of switching the format of this blog to highlight individual players and showcase their missing Topps cards.  Most of these players will be from the '80's through 2000's, since I have created templates and checklists for the 1987-2001 Topps sets, and you can rest assured that I will keep working on customs and try to compete all of those sets and post them here when I do. Here is the first player I've done, Rich Aude.

Rich was a prospect for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and played with them in 1993, 1995, and 1996. He received 1 Topps card, a 1994 Topps Coming Attractions card showing him with Midre Cummings.

Image result for 1994 topps rich aude

He is missing cards from the 1996 and 1997 Topps sets.

In continuation of the Topps checklists for their respective sets, his 1996 Topps card is number 970, and his 1997 Topps card is number 1091.

I hope you enjoy this new format, the cards, and learn things about potentially forgotten players. Thanks for checking out my latest post.
-Jeremy

Sunday, November 26, 2017

1998 Topps #701-750

What a great day it is!  I have a nice burn on my finger from work, but not even that can get me down since the great Auburn Tigers beat the Alabama Criminal Tide last night!  I'm sure Bama will try to pay the committee to put them in the playoffs and I'm expecting it to work, but at least there's a shot that we won't have to hear them brag for the next year. Wish I wouldn't have to wait until the conference championship games are over in a week, but who cares?  Bama lost!!!

Now to the cards!  I'm up to card #811 in the 1998 Topps set (4 teams finished), and I probably won't be anywhere close to being done by the end of the year, but I finished the 10th out of 30 teams on my 1997 Topps checklist, and there is still a small chance that I will have it done by the end of the year. If not, definitely by the start of baseball season, and once that is done, I will be marking cards off of lots of checklists. Most of the guys on the FB Custom Cards page make pre-1980 customs or do customs of current players in old designs, but I also get a number of cards crossed off of my checklists because of them, and I love to see these sets getting closer to being completed. Thanks to all who have helped out making checklists and making customs. Here are the next 50 cards in the 1998 Topps set.  Thanks for checking out my latest post and WAR EAGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-Jeremy