Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Complete Set Breakdown: 2010 Topps Baseball

These days, factory sets seem to come with all types of specialized cover art designs, but the contents within each box are all the same (with the exception of a bonus insert 5-pack).  

The 2010 Topps baseball card factory set contains 661 cards numbered from #1-661. 

Since I purchased the Phillies edition, my 5-pack of bonus insert cards were all Phillies players, which are numbered from #PHI1-PHI5 out of 10 total available.  Only one of the players wasn't actually included in the base set for the Phillies team. The other four inserts were variations for a player that was already included.      

Below, I have included the first few pages from my set binder.  As with all of my baseball card sets, all of the subset cards were pulled out and placed in the front of the binder.  I tend to organize the subset cards numerically at first until I discover a personalized order that suits me better.  The first card in my 2010 set is #7 Mickey Mantle, which Topps has began to manufacture each year again since 2006.  The next 10 cards are actually checklists on the back (5 for each series) with a team theme on the front.  All of the checklist cards depict themes containing current players except for the Ruth-Gehrig card, which seems to complement the Mantle card well.

After the themed-checklist cards, there are 10 League Leaders cards (5 for each League).

After the League Leaders cards come the League Award Winners for MVP (Pujols/Mauer), Cy Young (Lincecum/Greinke), and Rookie of the Year (Coughlan/Bailey).

After the subset cards, the World Series winners lead off the team set, which are organized by players age from oldest to youngest.  For the 2010 set,  every team gets a Franchise History card followed by a Team Action card (with two exceptions).   

Next come the World Series team contender.  The Rangers team was issued with an extra Team Action card to correct an error on the back of the first one.  This must have come at the expense of the Rays, which didn't get a Team Action card.   
After the World Series teams, I organize the League Championship Series contenders in order by regular season win percentage.
Afterwards, comes the Division Series contenders according to regular season team win percentage, then the rest of the teams according to win percentage.

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