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Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Note - no images for this stuff. Maybe later when case rips start happening, but I don't have the time or the energy to mess with mockups right now, sorry.

I've never actually pulled a Rip Card from any set (other than '98 Zenith at least) so I don't know the joys of ripping open a $150 dollar card only to get a mini exclusive card of Alex Rios. There's a first time for everything though, so may as well go over the ones on the pre-sell checklist.

There are no less than a hundred different Rip Cards you can pull, and I think they several different numbered versions of each. I'm not sure how these will be numbered though so you'll have to do your own research on this.

Now as for the checklist. There are several Braves in there, which are the only ones I care about. They are:
  • Tim Hudson
  • Yunel Escobar
  • John Smoltz
  • Derek Lowe
No Chipper or McCann which sucks. Pat Neshek gets a Rip Card though, probably because Topps wants him to buy a few dozen more cases. Now inside the Rip Card is one of four types of mini cards: Mini exclusives, 1/1 Wood exclusives, Dick Perez sketches and autographed cards.

Exclusive cards:

There are 50 mini exclusives numberd 351-400. In years past they have had a slightly darker card stock than the normal minis. It's a pretty nice player selection including Chipper Jones, Brian McCann and Nate McLouth cards I will never own. There is also a Wood parallel of these cards that are all 1/1s. I've never even seen one of these in person but they are supposed to look incredible. I'll have to pester Night Owl to let me have a close look one of these days.

Mini autographs:

These are the cards autographed in Red ink, I believe they are numbered out of 10. Thge checklist appears to be the same as the normal framed autograph list, meaning you can rip open that card and pull a Billy the Marlin signature. That's when I reach for my revolver...

Dick Perez Original Sketches

What you see is what you get with these... each mini card has an original sketch from Hall of Fame artist Dick Perez. The checklist does not match the Baseball Highlights sketch cards so I don't know if you can see any of these sketches anywhere else. That's a shame, since I like Perez's artwork and there's a Yunel Escobar and Nate McLouth sketch I'll likely never see now.

Rip cards in the past have usually run at least a Franklin apiece but if you're diligent and don't mind a lesser player you can find good deals on ripped cards on the Bay. Besides, there's a chance you could pull one, right? It happened to Thorzul, it can happen to YOU.


beardy said...

Just woke up to find an email from DA. My box has SHIPPED!

Offy said...

I've yet to pull a baseball rip card, but I've gotten one in the Topps basketball base set from jumbos the past two years. One time I pulled a dud card even though it was a red auto (I would rather have Billy the Marlin) and the other time I pulled a great card, but the ride in the rip card seemed to do it in.

WAHJS123 said...

I pulled two RIP cards out of one hobby box how awesome is that. I don't know what to do now, to RIP or not to RIP I pulled:

Shane Victorino 86/99

Ryan Dempster 6/50

What do I do now!