Sunday, October 12, 2014

When the numbers become too overwhelming, or how to milk more money out of us.

As we sit here waiting to see if the Birds can even up the NLCS series I have been researching the Topps' Moments and Milestones sets which were hobby only releases in 2006, 2007, and 2008. I haven't been able to locate a checklist for 2006 but if it is anything like the subsequent year's issues it must be about 190 base cards with each numbered to #150 and each with 2-4 parallels numbered to 29, 25, 10, and/or 1of 1.  According to if one were to attempt to complete the base card sets, which means no parallels, your complete base set for 2007 would be a staggering 12,475 unique cards! 2008 was even bigger at 12,579! The concept of the issue was to have a card for each of a player's M&M.
I recently won a lot of 56 Albert Pujols 2006, 2007, 2008 M&M base cards for about 23 cents per. I thought to myself I could put a dent in some want list cards. Alas, I didn't run the numbers. First, the base cards then the numbers.  The 2006 M&M honors all 130 of Albert's RBI and all 194 hits during his 2001 ROY campaign. The only thing that changes is the number of RBI/Hits noted on the front of the card.
The 2007 MOM which isn't very imaginative again honors Albert's 2001 ROY campaign. The 2007 MOM notes every Run Scored and Home Run of his in 2001.

For its finale the 2008 M&M included base cards for all of Albert's 97 Walks, 129 Runs Scored, 195 hits, and 41 Home Runs of his 2005 NL MVP season.  I have included a parallel of his Home Run card. 

So if I were to seek an example of each of Albert's 2006 M&M cards including parallels I would have to locate 1446 cards, for 2007 I would need 1560, and in 2008 I would need to locate 1848! For a grand total for just Albert standing at 4854. Needless to say I will not be attempting to get one of each but I can comfortable picking them up at card shows since the odds are I would not have it.


  1. Topps basically killed the player and team collector with his crap.

  2. Sort of reminds me of Topps Tek from the 90's... except at least those cards were kind of cool looking. Topps Moments & Milestones is one of my least favorite products of all-time.

    1. I remember buying a box of M&M (big mistake). The card shop I helped at was stuck with them in 2008 as folks became bored with them very fast. I ended up having to discount the packs heavily just to get them off of the shelves. Like you, I believe that this is my least favorite Topps issue of all-time.

  3. I am glad Yadi wasn't in this checklist! I now regret the purchase but hey at least they were not too expensive.

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    JayBee Anama

  5. I remember a bunch of Pirates being in that set. Thankfully I didn't really go after any of them. Just too much....not worth the time or the money.