Beckett Set Notes (verbatim from Beckett pack page)
“This 142-card set was released in June, 2005. The set was issued in six-card hobby and retail packs. The hobby packs had an $5 SRP and came 24 packs to a box and eight boxes to a case. The retail packs had an $3 SRP and also came 24 packs to a box and eight boxes to a case. Please note that the retail boxes had no “memorabilia” cards in them. Sid Bream used three different Bible verses during the course of signing his cards.”
$1.17 on eBay (part of a lot of three random packs on eBay)
The list of inserts/parallels on the back of this foil pack doesn’t say anything about memorabilia cards, so this must be a retail pack. I like the batting shot of a shaggy 1980s Mike Schmidt on the front.
Insert / Parallel List (taken from pack)
Sequentially Numbered White Bordered Refractor Parallel – 1:19 packs
Sequentially Numbered Gold Bordered Refractor Parallel – 1:225 packs
Fan Favorites Autograph: Group A – 1:49,536 packs
Fan Favorites Autograph: Group B – 1:1,415 packs
Fan Favorites Autograph: Group C – 1:1,495 packs
Fan Favorites Autograph: Group D – 1:1,415 packs
Fan Favorites Autograph: Group E – 1:1,161 packs
Fan Favorites Autograph: Group F – 1:1,105 packs
Fan Favorites Autograph: Group G – 1:1,083 packs
Fan Favorites Autograph: Group H – 1:84 packs
Fan Favorites Autograph: Group I – 1:147 packs
87 – 1984 Topps Jeffrey Leonard
96 – 1987 Topps Jose Oquendo
72 – 1987 Topps Gary Gaetti
117 – 1968 Topps Reggie Jackson
53 – 1989 Topps Atlee Hammaker
115 – 1982 Topps Bob Dernier
117 – 1968 Topps Reggie Jackson (back) – back includes stats from team shown on front
These are fun cards. As a collector who started in the late 1970s, I liked seeing cards from lots of different sets. The glossy card fronts don’t exactly feel like old cards, but the unfinished backs bring back great memories of how cards used to feel. Topps seems to overuse the foil stamp on the front of the cards, but I’m a sucker for it.
Player selection is questionable. Two cards in the pack were Giants players – Leonard and Hammaker. These are All-Time Fan Favorites of Giants’ fans?!? I know the Giants have had some tough seasons, but surely those poor fans in the Bay Area have seen better, more beloved players than these. This set only has 142 cards. It’s not like it includes the top 10 favorites of a team. These should be elite players. Nothing against Bob Dernier, but I can’t imagine that many Philly fans remember this player would hit .241 over six seasons in Philadelphia.
This set has a number of different levels of inserts, but none is an easy pull. You had better buy a whole box if you really want one of the refractors.