Don’t Know What You Got (Turkey’s Gone)

I am ashamed to admit that when I busted my box of 2007 Topps Turkey Red I was disappointed. It probably had more to do with the high price I paid and not the contents of the box but in a short time those cards were put away and sat unappreciated for many months.

Today, looking back at all the products I have busted in the last couple of years, it’s now become one of my all-time favorites. For starters, unlike other Topps brands, they did not go overboard with parallels. There was a base card, a Chrome, Refractor, and Black Refractor version. That was it. No crazy Rainbow colors, ugly printing plates or other unnecessary “1 of 1” cards.

Today I received a package from reader Mike T. who sent the final card I needed for my “Master” Turkey set, a black Refractor #’d to just 99 copies. Thanks to Mike T., I am now up to 116 different Andrew Miller cards and a good chance for a few more this weekend as I might attend a Marlins workout.

Below you will find all four base versions, a worthless “game-used” relic, and two regular base cards Andrew signed for us in 2008. I can’t think of any other product with the exception of Topps ’52 Rookie Cup Edition that has gotten this much use as Turkey Red has and now it’s nothing but an insert set in 2009 Topps. Damn, what a shame.

In my opinion, Turkey Red put Allen & Ginter to shame in 2007.

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9 comments

  1. It might have been a nice idea if Topps had alternated between Turkey Red and Allen & Ginter to keep both products from getting stale.

  2. Congrats on completing your “Master” set Mario! However, I’ve never been a fan of the Turkey Red cards until this year with their insert set. I still have no desire to collect past years issues as there are cards that I can’t even tell who the player is on the card.

  3. I saved up a bunch of cash and made my way out to a card show in November 2007 and got a box of Turkey Red and Allen & Ginter. While I absolutely love the A&G design, I hate getting cards of landmarks and historical figures. It’s even more frustrating when you finally pull something like a Bazooka back numbered to 25 and it’s the freakin’ Eiffel Tower. It’s even worse when you need a short printed card of a non-baseball player and you’re paying cash for a card you wouldn’t ever want to complete the set. I pulled a Dice-K box topper and a Hanley Ramirez bat card, but for something that I purchased with the intent of putting the set together, it’s been more of a pain than anything else.

    Turkey Red has been a lot more fun. There’s no short printed celebrities. I really like the Markakis autograph that I pulled and the cards are nice. It’s been a lot easier building the Turkey Red set. As much as I like the baseball set, I actually like the lone Turkey Red basketball set a lot more. There’s a great mix of current stars and past greats and the cards look amazing.

    Enjoy the card. I’m glad that I could help you add another Miller to your collection.

  4. I was out of collecting for awhile like Mario and I missed the Turkey Red set. I love the ones in Topps this year. Actually I think I’m just going for the Turkey Red set, Legends of the Game set and the Braves set and trading everything else from the ’09 topps.

  5. Paul, that’s not a bad idea about alternating those two sets.
    I bet they would never put A&G away for a year, though.They make too much money off it.
    I do miss Turkey Red, though.
    Atleast it’s a subset in Topps 2009

  6. Glad you like Turkey Red, but I couldn’t disagree more. I bought some and just don’t like them. Definitely sticking with A&G and will keep buying those each year as long as Topps keeps making them. I enjoy the odd cards in the set and the fact that there aren’t any gold borders, black borders, chromes, etc. I’d rather if I didn’t have to chase SPs, but I understand the reason behind them. I like the fact that there’s one mini in each pack…I don’t collect those, but many others do, so it means I always have something they want that I can trade for the regular ones that I need. But keep the love for TR alive…someone has to 🙂

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