30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Just Joking

Topps pledges to bring you closer to the game from the past, present, and future.  Just joking.

2012 Topps Tribute Championship Material #CM-CJ

The relics contained on this card are not from any specific game, event or season, nor were they necessarily used during a World Series game.

Back in September, I purchased a ninety-eight card collection off of my buddy Ben for $200.  This card was part of that purchase and when I first saw it, I was excited to find this hidden gem.

If you look closely, you can see that Topps printed the words Championship Material right next to the two blue swatches of uniform.  And the trophy printed in gold foil is clearly the Commissioner's Trophy awarded to the team who wins the World Series.  This information led me to believe that this was a piece of Chipper's jersey, pants, undershirt, stirrups, or something he wore from the 1995 World Series when him and his teammates took down the Cleveland Indians.

However upon turning the card over, I noticed in small print:

Considering the price I paid, it's still a cool card.  But when you consider that this was the guaranteed hit pulled from a pack that originally retailed for $50, this joke isn't that funny.

Happy Thursday and sayonara!


  1. I like the "not necessarily used during a World Series game" part. Like, it could be...there's a chance. It's apparently possible they had a World Series jersey lying around that they may have randomly cut up and included.

  2. maybe not even Chipper's clothing...perhaps something purchased in the team shop? that's quite sad. it would've ticked me off. for the price you paid? worth it!

  3. I want to know when all these non-specific games, events, and seasons are taking place.

  4. Topps: "Sorry, not sorry."

    Regardless, still a really cool card.

  5. Topps: (Shrugs shoulders) I don't see the problem here.

  6. Less than $2.00 and low numbered (sort of), I think it's a great card.

  7. That's a bummer but a great looking Chipper card regardless. The disclaimer is one reason why I never bought a Red Sox relic from this set. Topps did the same thing with their World Series Champion relic sets, which are #d/100 and "not from any specific game, event, or season" :/

  8. It's still a nice looking card, even if the fabric is suspect.

  9. I'm hearing that guy from the old TV commercials who would read the disclaimer at the end in super-fast speed.

  10. They still do this kind of thing today with "World Series relics." They highlight the World Series champions with autograph relics in Series 1, yet the memorabilia isn't from the postseason

  11. I think this "joking" on the part of the card manufacturers is the main reason why relic cards are not as popular as they used to be. We just don't really know if a major-leaguer really wore/used that jersey/bat/etc.

  12. I find it funny that they word it that way every time. Also drives me nuts. How do we know if the player featured actually wore it then

  13. section 36 - possible, but not likely

    acrackedbat - exactly. it's easy for me to joke around when it's only set me back a couple of bucks

    brett alan - me too. heck, i'd venture to say anyone who has ever purchased a memorabilia card like this would like to know

    base card hero - you called it. they don't care about anything except covering their butts

    the snorting bull - lol. yup.

    johnnys trading spot - yeah, i can't complain about the price. i probably would have paid $3, maybe even $4 for it

    sumomenkoman - that's how they play the game

    chris - heck, it wouldn't surprise me to see a mariner on the checklist

    pk steinberg - yup. and they'll continue this practice because there are suckers like myself who continue to buy them

    matt - yeah, i've always enjoyed the shiny tribute relics

    gregory - lol. or the commercials for those prescription drugs that cause birth defects, lower sex drive, and reduce your life by ten years.

    henry blanchette - i'm gonna guess they actually do it more these days than back in 2012

    bbcardz - no doubt. it's a shame, because they have an exclusive contract with mlb. how hard would it be for them to get exclusive rights to game used jerseys, bats, etc.?

    sport card collectors - that exactly why they word it that way. it's to cover their butts.