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2005 Topps Series I

What I pulled--

Inserts and Parallels:
Gold Parallel (#ed to 2005) - Dusty Baker, Al Leiter, Chaz Lytle, Carlos Zambrano
Dem Bums 1955 Reprints - Duke Snider, Don Zimmer
Grudge Match - Posada/Martinez, Edmonds/Zambrano/Miller/Sosa
Hobby Masters - Roger Clemens, Ken Griffey Jr.
Own The Game - Vinny Castilla, Todd Helton, Miguel Tejada

Relic Cards:
None

Review:
Hey, it's the Topps base set. It isn't about relics or inserts or any bells or whistles. It's about the cards, plain and simple. And this set
is a winner.

The 2005 set is one of Topps' best designs in years. The player's last name is the first thing you notice on the card, in big gold foil
block letters at the top of the card. The player pictures are great and take up most of the card. The team logos are at the bottom. That
is the card. It is bright, balanced and understated. I love them.

The inserts are nice, too. Besides the annual gold parallel, the formula remains the same for Topps. And since it ain't broken, why
fix it. Hobby Masters and Own the Game have returned, and Own the Game is, as always, one of the best looking inserts out there
with its hologram design. Those two sets are joined this year by Grudge Match (in which the name says it all) and a series of 1955
Brooklyn Dodger reprints. Again, no complaints. The odds of getting a relic are roughly one in every two boxes or so (maybe a little
higher), so if you are buying this for relics, this isn't for you. As for autographs, this set has some, but they are rare. It also has cut
autographs of legendary figures in world history (such luminaries as Princess Diana, Napoleon and Yeltsin), but the odds of pulling
one of those is astronomical, so don't get your hopes up.

How can anyone rip this product. You know what you are getting when you buy a box - 36 packs, 10 cards per pack and 54 years of
baseball card tradition.......................

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