I helped out some of my fellow bloggers over at Dinged Corners with a Barry Zito base card they needed for their collection. To fill out the package a little bit more, I added in some other cards I figured they might appareciate. One of those was a double of one of my favorite cards – a 2000 Topps Tek Josh Hamilton. Its one of those shiny, happy cards.
After reading some of the comments about the admittedly weird nature of Topps Tek, I decided to pull out my stack of Tek and do a post about it. Tek is one of those sets that player collectors hate. Unless they somehow manage to get all the cards for their player in the set – then they love it. 1999 Topps Tek had an obscene number of parallels – here’s a link showing 60 variations of the Mark Grace cards. Its insane. But, its also a fun little project for the craziest of player collectors.
I got off relatively easy with Hamilton in 2000 Topps Tek. There were only 15 variations of his base card. Tek also had Gold parallels (I’m guessing there are 15 different versions of these /10), and a Color parallel (I have never seen these, one of the drawbacks of starting a player collection 8 years after your guy debuts). What I can show everybody is the breakdown of Hamilton’s base cards in the set. Basically, it is three different poses, with different floating text on the background of each.
- 38-1: Portrait Shot with MLB logo background
- 38-2: Portrait Shot with MLB Player’s Choice logo background
- 38-3: Portrait Shot with American League banner background
- 38-4: Portrait Shot with Devil Rays logo background
- 38-5: Portrait Shot with Devil Rays alternate logo background
- 38-6: Fielding Action Shot with Devil Rays third logo background
- 38-7: Fielding Action Shot with Raleigh text background
- 38-8: Fielding Action Shot with autograph background
- 38-9: Fielding Action Shot with ML Slugging Percentage background
- 38-10: Fielding Action Shot with position background
- 38-11: Batting Pose with Batting Average background
- 38-12: Batting Pose with LEFT background
- 38-13: Batting Pose with DOB background
- 38-14: Batting Pose with Prospect background
- 38-15: Batting Pose with Topps Home Team Advantage background
I’m guessing most players have a similar breakdown. Obviously, not everyone can have a ‘Prospect’ background. In my search for Hamilton cards, I have picked up one of the gold parallels. They are very nicely done, with gold replacing the white / rainbow print on the base versions, and rounded corners. They are serial numbered /10.
If anyone can enlighten me as to what I should be looking for with the Color parallels, please let me know. I’d like to pick up a few more parallels. I’m crazy like that.