Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Roiding with Rafael

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 Rafael Palmeiro! 

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 Rafael:

Topps Base Needs:


Quite a few.  I don't really actively grab Raffy cards, and it shows!

Relic or Auto card - I have 2 so far, but one or two more never hurts, I guess.

Sheets of Coolness: Below is what I have so far for Raffy.  Can you beat any of these?  Then let's talk trade!  Also, notice that I only have 3 pages so far, but I want 4.

I like cards 2,3,4,5,7 and 8.  They will very likely make it all the way to the final book  The others on this page aren't bad, just not tops in my book.  #'s 3, 5 and 7 are serial numbered.  The Flair (#5) has a depth to it, looks really nice.  My least favorite here is probably the 'Big Show' Dan Patrick insert.  Those have never really grabbed me.

I like most of these pretty well.  #'s 6 and 9 are my favorites.  Can't beat a 90's refractor of a 'star'.  #2 and 8, mostly due to the excessive text on the front of the cards, are probably my least favorite here.

And most of these are pretty sweet too!  I love #1, nice Orioles color.  Topps Gold is always a favorite as well as those Fleer Brilliants.  And the Elite, serial numbered, is just classy. Bottom of the list for me on this page is the Topps Total.

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


  1. I have some roid cards. I'll probably get them out to you eventually.

  2. That 1999 Bowman Chrome refractor is sweet! Like you said... it's hard to beat a 90's refractor of a star. I'll check my insert box and see what I have of him.

  3. That refractor is definitely tops among these pages!