Sunday, February 26, 2017 has become my friend

Anybody else out there use 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 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.


  1. I use Baseball Card Pedia from time to time, it's a great way to find checklists from way back. Nice LCS find there, especially love the Clementes and the Etch-a-Sketch Maddux!

  2. I use quite a bit, especially for checklist info for sets just like this -- mid-1990s to mid-2000s, basically when I didn't collect.

  3. Yep, is in my favorites within my internet browser. As the others said above: it's a nice resource for checklists.

  4. I haven't checked out BCP yet but will do! Thanks for the info. I have a few of those Clementes too. Love the Cooperstown stamp!

  5. I love I usually end up reading up on something completely irrelevant from what I was trying to look find in the first place.

  6. I use BCP from time to time -- whenever Trading Card Database and Beckett are unclear on the number of cards issued for a particular parallel and especially for that late 1990s period.

  7. I use it sometimes. For me it seems to be lacking something I just can't put my finger on.

  8. I refer to baseballcardpedia quite a lot. Whenever I look up information on products, I turn to them and/or Beckett.

    P.S. Nice pickup! Those Clementes are sweet!