Anybody else out there use baseballcardpedia.com? Anyone contribute to the site?
I've been using it quite a bit recently in trying to research different sets and cards recently. It's been helpful. I know anyone can update it, so I try to take the information with a grain of salt, but for the most part it's the best I can find.
The one thing I wish the site had was more pictures. From what I've seen there is typically just a picture of one of the boxes. I wish there were pictures of the actual cards. I know that would be a lot of work and take up a bunch of space, but a guy can dream, right?
On set I've learned a little more about using baseballcardpedia is the 1998 Topps parallel sets. There are three different parallels.
There was a factory set issued with a Diamondbacks stamp and another factory set issued with the Devil Rays stamp that were only sold in those local markets.
To be honest I don't remember these from back in 1998, but I've become familiar with them over the years since.However; I didn't know before reading it on baseballcardpedia.com that each factory set was limited to 5000.
The third parallel set is a Minted in Cooperstown parallel set. The site says that these cards were "printed at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY through the use of a portable printing press." That's pretty cool. I wish there was some indication as to how many of each card was printed there.
A week ago I came across a binder at my LCS. I could see that the $10 price tag said it was "'98 set D-Backs Inag." and that peaked my interest.
I asked to look at it and was surprised to see that it was in fact a 1998 Topps Diamondbacks Inaugural issue set, or so I thought. I was actually missing 3 different D-Backs stamped cards (#5 - Vladmir Guerrero, #42 - Brad Ausmus, and #104 - Willie Green), but had the regular version of each of these cards. This makes me wonder if they just didn't get stamped.
But then there was another twist. There are 504 cards in the set. Behind 306 of the cards there was a second D-Backs stamped card. There were 6 additional regular base cards, and the 4 Minted in Cooperstown cards that you see above.
In addition, there were these 8 random inserts from the factory set. I know this because the previous owner had cut up the factory set box and taped it to the inside cover of the binder.
5 of the 8 cards feature Roberto Clemente, and I couldn't be happier.