Tuesday, December 6, 2016

2010-Present Inserts from Brady

Finishing up the insert highlights from the package I received from Brady with cards from 2010 to now.

Topps produced a fair amount of Rogers Hornsby inserts in 2010.  The Triple Threads Sepia numbered to 525 is my favorite.  The other 2 cards are of failed catching prospects.  Robert Stock lasted one season as a catcher before becoming a reliever.  He topped out at Low A Peoria.  Cody Stanley got a taste of the majors in 2015, but has been suspended for PEDs since then.

2011 was a good year for Topps brand inserts.  The Diamond Anniversary parallels are very sharp. The throwback uniform pic makes it even better.  Bowman featured the International parallel that was used in the late 1990s.  I have no clue who Phillip Cerreto is or care to look him up.  I doubt he made it past rookie ball since I following the minors pretty close and have not heard of him.  The Topps Heritage Flashbacks inserts reminds me of 1987 Topps with the wood grain border.  The green refractor really stands out.  Wonder who Fernando Salas is giving the eye to.

Brady included lots of 2012 Chrome goodies.  It will be odd not seeing Matt Holliday in a Cardinals uniform in 2017.  At least he signed with the Yankees so he cannot come back to hurt the Cardinals.  David Freese will always be a Cardinal legend thanks to Game 6 of the 2011 World Series.  Lance Berkman also had a key hit in that game. 

Topps decided to give Wal-Mart, Target, and Toy R Us exclusive parallel cards in 2012.  Wal-Mart was blue, Target was red, and Toys R Us was purple.  I believe the Gold Sparkle cards were including in all packs.  Very sharp looking cards.  The Gold Frame Gypsy Queen Musial is not quite as flashy, but still a nice card of the greatest Cardinal ever.  Roger Maris played for the Cardinals in 1967 and 1968 before he retired, winning the Series in 1967.  This Topps Archives is a sticker insert.

2013 Topps Chrome Xfractors do not scan well, although it is a sweet photo of Jon Jay.  I like the Panini Hometown Heroes set.  It had a good mix of current and retired players not always featured in standard sets.  The Marc R. (Scrabble) card is a state parallel.  There is also a zip code version.  I have a soft spot for Matt Adams because he has always been a nice guy in person, but his days as a Cardinal are most likely numbered just like this Topps Update Gold card.  Heritage purple parallel cards are nice, but I think I prefer the green versions.

I am a fan of the Bowman Silver Ice cards.  The colored versions look even bettter.  These 2014 draft cards feature two players who did well in the Arizona Fall League this year..  Austin Gomber was the Cardinals 2015 minor league pitcher of the year.  Carson Kelly is the hopeful answer to who will be the starting catcher after Yadi retires.  Topps Chrome parallels always look sharp.  Not sure why the 2014 Xfractor scans better than the 2013 version.

2014 Toys R Us included a numbered parallel.  Very sharp looking cards.  Topps Red Hot Foil cards are just as nice.  It is still hard to think about how good Oscar Taveras could have been. 

2015 Bowman Silver Ice looks just as nice as 2014.  Edmundo Sosa made it to High A Palm Beach this year.  He looks to be an athletic shortstop with some power.  The Diamond Kings HOF Sluggers cards is a little bland, but any Musial card is a good card.  I do not think I would call Tuivailala a future star at this point.  He has failed to stick in the bullpen the last 2 years.  Chrome went to a Prism refractor instead of the Xfractor.  Look closely and you might see the pattern in the background.

I am severely lacking in 2016 Cardinals, whether it is base or inserts.  The left two are Berger's Best.  I like any insert that has multiple Cardinal legends on it.  Topps seems to pair Musial and Schoendienst together quite a bit.

I have not counted yet, but I would guess I needed just as many of the inserts as I already had. Brady did well for sending a huge lot of cards.  I still have quite a bit more to cover including the many vintage, base, minor league, and handful of game used/autos that were included. 


  1. Couldn't imagine being a catcher behind Yadi, must be like waiting behind Cal Ripkin!

    1. Very true, hope the Cardinals will be better prepared than the Orioles were.