Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Roiding with Aroid

In a previous post, I mentioned that I am going to try to complete my Steroids project, and I am going to be spotlighting the players on that list one by one.  Today it is Alex Rodriguez! 

For those of you who don't know how I am doing this, I will be attempting to get:

-the entire Topps base run (flagship) from each players playing career.
-a relic or autograph of each player
-4 nine pocket sheets of the 'coolest' cards I can find of each player.  Think refractors, die-cuts and colorful stuff.  Rare and serial numbered could make the cut too!

Here is what I need for Aroid:

Topps Base Needs:


Wow, that's a lot of base card needs!  Which is a little strange, because the inserts section for Arod is packed!  Somebody's gotta have some Aroid base laying around, right?

Relic or Auto card - I have 2 already

Sheets of Coolness: Below is what I have so far for Rodriguez.  Can you beat any of these?  Then let's talk trade! 

The Alex insert sheets are pretty good already.  But they can always get better, right?  None on this first page make me feel like I just have to replace them.    They are all decent inserts or kind of cool looking.  My favorites are the topo row.  The Bowman's Best looks nice in person.  The Tomorrow's Legends insert is pretty classy.  And I have to have a promotional sample in there!

Man, this page pops for me!!  All 9 cards are super!  But I didn't notice that I have a dupe from page 1!  That 2nd 'Tomorrows Legends' card is totally available for trade.  Favorites here are hard to pick.  But.... I have always liked thiose Boyz with the Wood cards.  So that's one.  The 2 Diamond Kings inserts in the middle row also make the cut.  And on the bottom row, that shiny Focus Pocus card is the bomb!

A little more sedate here, but still tough cards to kick out.  The Ovation 'Curtain Calls' in the upper left is a classy card in hanb.  I always liked the EX cards with the semi-transparent window.  The others are all decent too.

Last page!  I have three definite favorites here.  The Fleer Tradition 'Franchise Futures', the Diamond Kings 'DK Evolution' and my fave of all of the Aroids, the purple 'Star Gazing' card from Score!  Believe it or not, about half of these cards (all 4 sheets) are dupes for me.  The dupes are in my keeper collection, but I'm happy to have these ones for this project.  Around here, there are always cool Aroids in the dime and quarter boxes where I spend my time.

If you have Arod's (or any of the other Steroids Boys) that I need, feel free to reach out and get a trade started!


  1. A-Rod (or A-Roid) always had cool looking inserts, especially in his Seattle days.

    1. Can't disagree. If he had not roided/been more likeable, I think his cards would be in the Trout range.

  2. Did Seattle have A-Roid, RJ, and Griffey Jr. all at the same time? Dang.

  3. In 2005, I think, Topps made an insert set with all of A-Rod’s missing Topps cards (1994, 1995, 1996, and 1997). You should add those to your Topps run of his. I have a few, and I could send them over. I was thinking about going through some of your lists today and getting a package together. Let me know.

    1. Good to know, and a good idea. Always up for a trade! I will shoot you an email soon.

  4. My goal is to put together a package for you this weekend that should include some A-Rods. Hopefully you can use some... but worst case scenario you can use them for tradebait.

    1. Woah, cool! No need for you to do that, but I will never say no of course.