Monday, October 13, 2014

2014 Panini Hall of Fame 75th Anniversary Baseball - The Crusade Dodger Insert Cards

I've really grown to like this brand from Panini.  Last week they released their 3rd annual Hall of Fame "Cooperstown" Baseball set; which happens to be the 75th Anniversary of the Hall of Fame.  The set focuses solely on members of the Hall of Fame and it features some great vintage photography.  The basic card designs are pleasing, and they did a good job of cropping most of the photos so that you hardly notice the lack of team emblems.  Go here for a complete checklist.

I would typically start a post on a new set by featuring the base cards, but this set is a bit complicated and varied.  There are 100 players in the base set, but each player has three different cards (although they are all card numbered the same).  So, there are in actuality 300 cards in the base set with each player having three cards.  Due to the number of different cards, the large number of Dodger players available, and the scarcity of available pics I've been able to find I will share these pics last.  I've got photos of a vast majority of the base set, but need more time before it is entirely complete.

In the meantime, I'll take a look at some of the inserts that are available.  Below are the Dodger cards in the HOF Crusades set.  As always, there are numerous parallels: Red #/75, Purple #/50, Orange Die-Cut #/25, Gold Die-Cut #/10, Green Die-Cut #/5, Black Die-Cut 1/1. 

HOF Crusades Set

#29 Zack Wheat

#31 Jackie Robinson                         #33 Burleigh Grimes

#36 Roy Campanella                                #52 Duke Snider

#57 Don Drysdale

#60 Pee Wee Reese                                 #75 Leo Durocher

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