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Monday, October 25, 2021

Look Who's Back!

 No, not me.  Ron Santo!  The Hall of Fame 3rd baseman hasn't had a Topps presence in about a decade.  This Bazooka card, which I love, is the last base card I remember seeing.  There was a card in the 2016 Wrigley Field set.  There was also a giveaway or two.  Other than that, it appears that Panini held the exclusive right to produce Ron Santo cards.  I do own a small number of them but I bought them begrudgingly.  
2010 Topps Bazooka #35
 Holy Cow!  Topps Turkey Red Ron Santo in base and Chrome Versions.
2020 Topps Update Turkey Red #TR-30
2020 Topps Update Turkey Red Chrome #TRC-30
Art cards sets are always uneven. I looked at the artist's website and he's done some really nice work.
I don't know about this one.   He was a Mets batboy.   Sorry Mr. G. Everyone's a critic.
2020 Topps Gallery #MA-10
This was not a base card and I had misgivings about the price.  It is a really nice looking card.  
2020 Topps Heritage 1971 Greatest Moments Top Loader #55
This is not a Ron Santo card.  
The cards that make up the puzzle are pretty nice on their own, so, bonus!  (Nobody says that anymore.)
This is OK.  Shea, right?
2021 Topps Heritage Stars Bubble Gum Candy Lid # 18
Nice looking card.  I do prefer the photos of young Ron Santo.
2021 Topps Museum Collection #9
I am definitely not a completest at this point in my collecting life.  I'll gladly settle for this blue bordered variation.  I think there's an amethyst/purple one.  Someone else can have mine. 

2021 Topps Museum Collection #9 Blue Border 021/150

Man, did Topps give me shpilkes on this one.  I knew there was a chance Ronnie would appear in this set but the checklist wasn't released until just before the set came out.  I was very excited when it was confirmed.  This is Santo's first appearance in Allen and Ginter's 16th year.
2021 Topps Allen & Ginter #86
2020 Topps Allen & Ginter Silver Foil #86
I had to have the this one.  Pretty sharp! 
2021 Allen &Ginter X #86
Here are the three mini versions.

There have of course been been some relic and auto cards issued in recent sets.  They're not in my current budget and at any rate I have my share of both.  For the money I'd rather pick up the OPC's I'm missing.  I hope Topps will be releasing a few more base cards in upcoming sets.   Gypsy Queen? 
Thanks for visiting.  


  1. I love that Topps brought back the puzzles for 2021 Heritage. Nice post!

  2. Almost the exact same pose on every card! That Heritage card is really, too bad it's obviously not #41 Tom Seaver in the photo.

    1. I could quibble about Topps' choices of photos. At least the Moments card is from the right era.

  3. These are fantastic. It's great when a player from the past that you collect turns up in new sets. A few Tim Lincecums popped up for me this year. Also - had no idea about "Topp2 2021 Museum Collection" so will need to check those out.

    1. The Freak! I keep searching for "2021 Ron Santo".

  4. I know that the post is about Ron Santo's return, which is cool, but it's also nice to see your return as well :)


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