Bob is a longtime member of the Florida sports media, having served as a reporter and copy editor for more than 30 years. His true sports passion, however, is the history of the various games, exhibited by his in-depth book reviews and hobby of collecting cards and other sports memorabilia. He blogs for TBO.com on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.
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Collect call: 2013 Topps Sticker Collection
Posted Apr 10, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Apr 10, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Kids love stickers. Peel ’em off and stick ’em in an album. What could be cooler than having a complete page, or — dare we say, a complete booklet —of stickers?
Topps began producing sticker sets in 1981. The 2013 version is much more colorful and has better action shots. Stars, rookies, all-time greats and even mascots are included, along with team logos and what amounts to a full-page puzzle.
The 2013 Topps Sticker Collection contains 315 stickers, mounted on 300 distinct cards. Fifteen of the cards contain team logos (two to a card), while 15 of them comprise a puzzled of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants celebrating after their game-clinching victory.
The album contains 32 pages and also has six free stickers attached within. It’s a good thing, too; it turns out, I needed all six.
A box contains 50 packs, with eight cards to a pack. You would figure that a box would be enough to complete the set. In my case, it wasn’t.
After sorting all the stickers, I still lacked five cards to finish the set. Actually, without the six free cards in the album, I would have finished 11 cards short. But, there are plenty of doubles to trade for missing cards.
The subjects range from current players, to Hall of Famers like Stan Musial, George Brett, Ted Williams, Ernie Banks and Lou Gehrig. Here are the Rays included in the set: James Loney, Fernando Rodney, David Price, Jeff Niemann, Matt Moore, Ben Zobrist, Evan Longoria and Jeremy Hellickson. And of course, Raymond.
The book’s centerfold is where collectors will place stickers of the team logos. It even includes a postseason bracket tracker, where collectors can write in the names of teams in the playoffs.
This is the kind of set kids will love. It’s a perfect way to introduce them to the hobby.