Today, while going through a 5000 count box of cards I ran across some of the first "high end" cards that I ever collected. I remember that my wife bought me a box of them for my birthday and I opened them thinking how impressive the picture quality was. It was basically the same feeling I had when Topps Stadium Club first came out, but these were much cooler. When I gave up on collecting in 2002 I pretty much forgot about these until today. I came across my 2nd favorite player, Mark Grace, while going through this set. Even though I grew up in Kansas, when we first got cable TV (and all 13 channels that came with it!) I spent my summers watching the Cubs on WGN every afternoon.
I also scanned in the Derek Jeter Ballpark Figures insert. Although I am definitely not a Yankee fan I can appreciate what Jeter has meant to the Yankees during the last 16 years. I was not real impressed with this insert set compared to the base set. I guess having ballpark attendance figures on the back of the card was kind of a letdown.
This was also one of my first "box breaks" as I usually just bought a few packs at a time. I was able to put together 73/100 base cards while collecting 3 inserts also. Considering there were 20 packs of 4 cards each, I guess Topps decided to count the 4 checklists I pulledd as "cards" even though they are on regular card stock. Anyway, I have updated my want list to include the remaining 2000 Topps HD cards needed to complete my set. I would love to get this set and my 1980 Topps set finished off in the next couple of months.