Friday, February 28, 2014

Food-Issue Friday: 1992 Ben's Super Hitter's Disc Terry Pendleton

It's been a number of years since Ben's Bakery ( a small, eastern Canadian bakery) inserted small, 2 3/4" diameter discs into packages of its hot dog and hamburger buns. The set, released in 1992, was produced by (who else?) MSA and is considered two seperate sets: the Super Hitters and the Super Pitchers.

This Terry Pendleton disc is the only Brave out of 20 batsmen featured in the hitters set, while the Super Pitchers contained the Braves Big Three: #4 Greg Maddux, #6 Tom Glavine and #8 John Smoltz. The backs of the discs are pretty simple: black font on white background, player's name and info and stats. 

Totally unrelated to baseball cards: One of the things I enjoy about food-issues is looking up info on the companies that distributed such oddities. I discovered that the bakery actually began in Nova Scotia in 1790 and was later passed down through the family to Ben Moir, who, in 1907 started his own bakery known as Ben's. Despite two catastrophic events, the company has perservered through all these decades- and is still the leading brand in Atlantic Canada. (courtesy of their website)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

New Product Checklist: 2014 Atlanta Braves

Like many collectors, I usually rush out (well, online) to buy new products as soon as they're available. This often includes team sets that are being pre-sold on eBay. Every year, I say I'm not going to order it right off the bat; that I'll wait awhile until the prices drop. And every year, I wait until the checklist comes out and then decide I'd better order one. At a higher price than if I were to wait a few weeks.

So here we are, with Topps releasing the checklist yesterday and me having just placed an order for the base team set. No League Leader cards, no duo-rookies card, no SPs. I've got plenty to chase after with the upcoming release and with the rest of the year looking like a dud (sans Series 2 and A & G), I should have plenty of time to do so. 

What looks exciting: Bazooka, Clubhouse Collection got a makeover, and Box loaders- although they will probably be another high priced item.

2014 Topps Heritage Atlanta Braves

2 Freddie Freeman/Chris Johnson/Michael Cuddyer
6 Freddie Freeman/Jay Bruce/Paul Goldschmidt
82 Christian Bethancourt/David Hale RC
148 Freddie Freeman  *, **, ***
154 Kris Medlen
170 Justin Upton *, **, ***
200 Jason Heyward *, ***
227 Jonny Venters
231 Chris Johnson
252 Dan Uggla
275 Julio Teheran ***
279 Evan Gattis
335 Tyler Patornicky
346 Fredi Gonzalez
383 Ryan Doumit
411 Mike Minor
423 Alex Wood
435 Andrelton Simmons SP
480 Craig Kimbrel SP ***
484 B.J. Upton SP
  *=Throwback Uniform Variations
 **= Action Image Variations
***= Mini Base Variation

1965 Bazooka
65B-JU  Justin Upton

1965 Giant Baseball Players Box Loader
EG  Evan Gattis
TG  Tom Glavine

Real One Autographs
ROA-CJ  Chipper Jones
ROA-EG  Evan Gattis
ROA-FBO Frank Bolling
ROA-FL  Frank Lary
ROA-HA  Hank Aaron

Real One Dual Autographs
RODA-MF  Fred McGriff/Freddie Freeman
RODA-MG  Evan Gattis/Brian McCann

Clubhouse Collection Dual Autograph Relics
CCDAR-JU  Chipper Jones/Justin Upton

1965 Baseball Cut Signatures
HCS-GO  Gene Oliver

Clubhouse Collection Relics
CCR-BU  B.J. Upton
CCR-JT  Julio Teheran

Clubhouse Collection Dual Relics
CCDR-GM  Evan Gattis/Brian McCann

Clubhouse Collection Triple Relics
CCTR-SMG  John Smoltz/Greg Maddux/Tom Glavine

Patch Book Cards
PBC-CJ  Chipper Jones
PBC-DS  Deion Sanders
PBC-JU  Justin Upton

1965 Giant Baseball Players Box Loader Relics
EG-R  Evan Gattis
TG-R  Tom Glavine

1965 Mint
65M-HA  Hank Aaron
65M-JU  Justin Upton