Thursday, December 28, 2017

1992 Topps #921 Doug Glanville Draft Pick

Doug Glanville spent a good deal of time in the Majors, and gained notoriety for his intelligence, and currently writes for the New York Times and ESPN. He made it to the Majors in 1996 with the Chicago Cubs, and played for them until the end of the 1997 season. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1998 to 2002. He split 2003 with the Texas Rangers and Cubs, and finished his career in 2004 with Phillies. 

Doug got his first Topps card in the 1995 set, on an On Deck card that he shared with Darron Cox. He was left off of the 1997 set, but then got into the 1998 through 2005 Topps sets to finish his career Topps run. Doug is just missing a card in the 1997 Topps set to finish his career Topps run. I will probably make it and post it on my other blog to finish his career Topps run. 

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Friday, December 15, 2017

1992 Topps #920 Tom Herr

Tom Herr put up a decent career in the Bigs from 1979-1991. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1979 through the middle of the '88 season, winning a World Series in 1982 with them. He was traded to the Minnesota Twins in the middle of the 1988 season, and finished the season with them. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1989, and split 1990 with the Phillies and New York Mets. He played his last season in the Majors, 1991, with the Mets and the San Francisco Giants.

Tom got a Topps card in every set from 1980 to 1991. He is only missing a card in the 1992 set to finish his career Topps run. This '92 Topps custom I made finishes his career Topps run.

I have finished the 1986 Topps checklist (much thanks to Paul for doing the research), as well as the templates, which finishes the checklist and templates for every Topps set from 1986-2001. I am hard at work at my 2020 Topps Archives Lost Cards checklist, as well as making customs in the '98 Topps set. You can expect some fun cards in 2018. Thanks for checking out my latest post.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

1992 Topps #919 Denny Martinez Season Highlights

Today's card is the 2nd Season Highlights subset card in my custom 1992 Topps set. Denny Martinez pitched a perfect game against the Dodgers in 1991, and only got a regular card and an All-Star card in the 1992 Topps set. Most other card companies, like Donruss, Fleer, Score, and I believe Upper Deck, all gave him a card commemorating the perfecto. This is actually an error card, as I left out an 'm' in the word 'game' in the 2nd sentence. It would've been cool pulling a card like this out of a pack in 1992. Too bad Topps didn't make any.

I have finished the 1997 Topps checklist, and have been working a little on making customs for a few projects. I am currently working on the 1998 set, doing some replacement player Pirates in the 1994 Topps Traded Update set (thanks to Gene Collier from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette for helping me get a complete roster!), and I am back at work trying to create a checklist for a fantasy 2020 Topps Archives: The Lost Cards set, which will feature missing Topps cards from different Topps sets in a set similar to the original Topps Archives ones.  Stay tuned for more on that on my other blog.

Life will be pretty crazy in the coming weeks, and I probably won't do a post before the new year, so have a Merry Christmas (or whatever holiday you do or don't celebrate) and a Happy New Year!  Thanks for checking out my latest post.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

1992 Topps #918 Darrin Chapin

Darrin Chapin appeared in 4 MLB games, 3 in 1991 for the New York Yankees, and 1 in 1992 for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Chapin only got 2 major-issue trading cards, a 1992 Donruss card, and a 1992 Topps Debut card. He is still missing his 1993 Topps card, and surprisingly, I did a quick google search, and the blog The Phillies Room actually has a photo of Darrin in a Phillies uniform, so I'll be able to complete his career Topps run when I work on the 1993 Topps set.

I just finished the NL teams on the 1997 Topps checklist, and did the first 2 in the AL. Hopefully I can get a couple more done on Tuesday when I am off, and give me a nice push to help me finish the rest of the checklist before the end of the year.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

1992 Topps #917 Terry Bross

Terry Bross pitched in the Majors for 2 years, in 1991 with the New York Mets, and 1993 with the San Francisco Giants. He finished his career with a 0-0 record and a 3.00 ERA. He currently works as a sports agent.

Bross didn't appear on any regular Topps issues, but got a decent amount of cards for a guy who only appeared in 10 Big League games. Major issue cards include 1990 Bowman, 1990 Donruss, 1991 Donruss Rated Rookie, 1992 Fleer, 1992 Score Rookie Prospects, 1992 Topps Debut, and a 1992 Upper Deck card. It's kind of surprising that with all the love Donruss gave Bross that he didn't appear in the 1992 set. Many players in the '92 Topps set that I've made have appeared in the 1992 Donruss or 1992 Score set, a few had some in the '92 Fleer set, and probably the least got 1992 Upper Deck cards. Terry is missing cards from the 1992 and 1994 Topps sets, and his career Topps run is now complete with the 1992 Topps card I made and the 1994 Topps card I made for that set.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

1992 Topps #916 Bret Saberhagen Season Highlights

Today's card is the first Season Highlight card in my set. Bret Saberhagen achieved many things during his career, including a World Series win, a Cy Young Award, and winning 20 games in a season. On August 26, 1991, he achieved the one thing he was missing, a no-hitter.

For this card, I kind of combined an All-Star card and a Draft Pick card. The back was basically a Record Breaker card.

There will be a few more Season Highlights cards in my 1992 Topps custom set, including another one coming up in the next few cards.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

1992 Topps #915 Luis Medina

Luis Medina played for the Cleveland Indians in 1988, 1989, and 1991. He hit 28 Home Runs in the Minors in 1988, and hit 6 in 16 games with the Tribe that year. He was supposed to be a slugging first baseman for them, but didn't really get much more of a shot, playing 30 games with them in 1989, spending 1990 in the minors (hitting 18 Home Runs), and got 5 final games with the Indians in '91.

He got in the 1989 Topps set, and that was his only Topps card. Luis is missing cards from only the '90 Topps set, now that I made his 1992 card.

It's been really busy at my household. My son had his first birthday a few days ago and we had his party on Saturday, work is crazy because of the holidays, and I'm going with my wife to her doctors appointment tomorrow. I've have been going a little slower on the custom cards, but I have finished the 2000 Topps checklist, the 1988 Topps checklist, and finished the first team in the 1997 Topps set, which would be the final set that needs a checklist. Hoping with a little luck I can finish it before the end of the year.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

1992 Topps #914 Chris Howard

Chris Howard played 3 seasons in the Majors, in 1991, 1993, and 1994, all for the Seattle Mariners. Not to be confused with Chris Howard the pitcher, this Chris Howard came up around the same time as the pitcher, but I would say probably was remembered more, since he was on a 1994 Topps Prospects card, one that he shared with red-hot Carlos Delgado. The only Topps card the pitcher got was a 1994 Topps Traded card, and a 1995 Topps regular version. Back to the catcher and the guy in this post, Chris the catcher is missing a 1992 and 1995 Topps card to complete his career Topps run. He is only missing his '95 card with his /92 card finished.

Alot has been going on at my other blog. I finished the 1983 Topps regular and Traded set. The 1998 Topps checklist is finished, and the 2000 checklist is only 8 teams away from being finished, and I added checklist pages for all of the ones I have worked on (1983, 1986-2017). Some aren't finished, but I hope it can be a good reference for custom card makers to use that will give them a good idea of who needs cards in sets, as well as give them the templates needed to make most of them.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

1992 Topps #913 Chris George

Chris George played 2 games in the Majors, both in 1992 for the Brewers. He gave up 2 runs in 6 innings for a 3.00 ERA with a 0-0 record.

Chris missed out on a 1992 Topps card, but strangely, appeared in the 1993 Topps set, even though he didn't pitch in the Majors in 1992 or 1993. This 1992 Topps custom completes George's career Topps run.

I have finished the 1983 Topps regular set since my last post, and along with the 1992 Topps set and 1994 Topps set, it marks the 3rd Topps set I have completed. I am also finishing the 1983 Topps Traded set to go along with it for use in the upcoming ARAIG Baseball League in February that will play out the 1983 season. Once the Traded set is complete, it will basically complete the 1984 Topps set, since anyone who played in 1983 will have a card picturing them with their correct team. After that, I'll probably work on some checklists (1998, 2000, 1997, 1988 and 1986), and then probably try to complete the 1998 Topps set. I hope sometime this next year to have every checklist finished (along with the templates), and then to start knocking customs off of my lists.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

1992 Topps #912 John Russell

It's been awhile, but here is the next card in my custom 1992 Topps set, #912, John Russell. John came up to the Majors in 1984 with the Philadelphia Phillies, and stayed with them until the 1989 season. In 1989, he played with the Atlanta Braves, then finished out his career with the Texas Rangers from 1990-1993.  After his career, John coached with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2003-2005, was their manager from 2008-2010, and has been a coach for the Baltimore Orioles from 2011 to now.

John got his first Topps card in the 1986 set. He got into the 1987 and 1988 set, and was left off of the 1989 and 1990 regular set. He appeared in the 1990 Traded set as a Brave, and got his final Topps card in the 1991 set. He is missing cards from the 1985 set, the 1989 and 1990 set, and 1992-1994 sets as a player. He is missing coach or manager cards from the 2004-2006, 2009-2018 sets (unless Topps somehow surprises me and adds coach cards to the '18 set. This 1992 Topps custom takes one card off of the list. Recently, I completed the 1994 Topps set, and that means John also has his sunset card done. Here is his final Topps card as a player.
I've been working on the 1983 Topps set lately at my other blog, and have finished the checklist and am a little over 1/3 of the way done with the set. I also am working on finishing the '97, '98, and '00 checklists, and once that is done, I am going to try to make ones for the '86-'88 sets. I also have been posting on the Facebook custom cards page, which has really turned out to be something great.
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Sunday, July 9, 2017

1992 Topps #911 Alan Mills

Alan Mills pitched in the Majors from 1990-2001. He played for the New York Yankees from 1990-1991. From 1992-1998, he pitched for the Baltimore Orioles. He was with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1999 through the middle of 2000. He was traded back to the Orioles, and pitched with them from the rest of 2000, through 2001 when he retired. This year, Alan became the pitching coach for the Orioles.

Alan first appeared on a Topps card in the 1990 Topps Traded set. He got into the 1991 Topps set, and was left off of the 1992 set. He had cards in the 1993 and 1994 Topps sets, and was left off of Topps sets from 1995 through what would've been his final Topps card in 2002. Alan will also probably need a 2018 Topps card since Topps hasn't made manager/coach cards in years.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

1992 Topps #910 Dave Rohde

Dave Rohde played for 3 years in the Majors. He came up in 1990 with the Houston Astros, played with them in 1991, and spent one final year in the Bigs with the Cleveland Indians in 1992. 

Dave only had 1 Topps card, a 1991 Topps rookie. All he needs is a 1993 Topps sunset card to complete his career Topps run.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

1992 Topps #909 Mickey Weston

It has been a long time since I posted a new card, but here is the latest card in my custom 1992 Topps set, #909 Mickey Weston. I originally had him listed as a Baltimore Oriole in my checklist, so the first front I made for the card looked like this.
Glad I caught the mix up.

Mickey played in the Majors from 1989-1993. He came up in 1989 with the Baltimore Orioles, played with them in 1990, before going over to the Toronto Blue Jays for 1991. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1992, and the New York Mets in 1993 for his final season.

Mickey only got 1 Topps card, in the 1990 set. He only appeared on 4 major issues in his career besides the Topps card, a 1990 O-Pee-Chee card, a 1990 Score, a 1990 Topps Debut card, and a 1990 Upper Deck card. Upper Deck actually listed him as "Jamie Weston" before issuing a corrected version of the card. You would think he would've got into the 1990 Bowman set, but I guess we'll never know why he didn't. Mickey is missing cards from the 1991, 1993, and 1994 Topps cards to complete his career Topps run. I am currently working on the 1994 Topps set, and here is the Mickey Weston card I made for it.
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

1992 Topps #908 Mario Diaz

It has been forever since I've posted a new card, so here's the latest 1992 Topps custom I've made. Mario Diaz played in the Majors from 1987-1995.  He played for the Seattle Mariners from 1987-1989, the New York Mets in 1990, the Texas Rangers from 1991-1993, and the Florida Marlins in 1994 and 1995.

Mario's first Topps card came in the 1989 set. He got in the 1990 set, and that was it as far as Topps cards. He is missing cards from the 1988, 1991, and 1993-1996 Topps sets to complete his career Topps run. I have been trying to work on New York Mets customs for a project lately, and I have actually made Mario's 1991 Topps card. 
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Monday, April 24, 2017

1992 Topps #907 Julio Valera

Julio Valera pitched for 5 years in the Majors. He played for the New York Mets in 1990 and 1991, the California Angels in 1992 and 1993, and the Kansas City Royals in 1996.
Julio appeared in a few Topps sets during his time in the Bigs. He got his first Topps card in the 1991 set, he was in the 1992 Topps Traded set (pictured as an Angel), and got his final Topps card in the 1993 set. He is missing cards from the 1994 and 1997 Topps sets to complete his career Topps run. I decided to give Julio a regular 1992 Topps card since he didn't get a card picturing him with his 1991 team in the 1992 Topps/Traded sets.

I got a bunch of 1994 Topps cards done today, mainly consisting of highlight/random subset cards. I also found a Wrigley Field giveaway version of a 2001 Topps Hee Seop Choi card that was intriguing to me. He was featured in the regular 2001 Topps set on a 3-player prospects card, but for the Wrigley version, it has the basic prospects design on it, but only features Choi on the card. It looks really sweet, so I made a template of it, and added it to the 2001 Topps page, as well as adding some more names to the checklist to use the prospects template with. I'll try to work on the 1999 checklist a little later tonight as well. I should have some time tomorrow night to work on customs, so hopefully I'll knock out some more cards and checklists.  Thanks for taking the time to check out my latest '92 custom.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

1992 Topps #906 Matt Sinatro

Matt Sinatro played in the Majors from 1981-1992. He spent the 1981-1984 seasons with the Atlanta Braves, was with the Oakland Athletics in 1987 and 1988, the Detroit Tigers in 1989, before playing his final 3 seasons with the Seattle Mariners in 1990-1992. After his playing career, Matt started coaching, and made it back to the Bigs in 1995 with the Mariners. He stayed with them through the 2002 season, then followed manager Lou Piniella to the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays from 2003-2005. In 2007, he followed Piniella again, this time to the Chicago Cubs, where he stayed through the 2010 season. 

Matt missed out on getting a bunch of Topps cards throughout the years. His first Topps card came in the 1990 Traded set, and his only other one came the next year in the 1991 set. Matt is missing cards from the 1982-1985 sets, the 1989-1990 regular sets, and the 1993 sets as a player, and the 1996-2006, and 2008-2011 sets. I actually have done another custom besides this 1992 Topps one of Matt, his 1990 Topps card picturing him as a Detroit Tiger. 
I haven't had any time to do anything lately it seems like. I was hoping to mow the grass one last time before our fence gets installed on Thursday, but the mower would just shut off a few seconds after I would start it, so an hour or two messing with that/weeing some flower beds was already shot today after I got off work, and between feeding baby and taking care of dogs and doing normal everyday housework, I barely had a chance to throw this post together. Tomorrow I probably have band practice, so that kills that night, but I'm hoping I can work on some customs on Thursday night, and I am off Friday, so I hope to do a little around the house, and then a whole lot of nothing. Work has just been getting to me lately, and I don't know if I'm getting older, having a kid is tiring me, if my diabetes is just tiring me or what, but I've just felt tired the last month or so. I'm seriously thinking about changing professions. While baking has a few perks, I just don't know if I can go through another holiday of getting worked like a pack mule, and my wife has suggested that coding might be something good to look at that I could possibly be intrigued by and good at. Might give me more time at home and who knows, maybe I can somehow use it to help with customs. Now I'm just ranting, but it's nice to rant on here since nobody is home and I'm sure some of you can relate to just having a period in your life where you are worn out. It kind of makes the baseball cards ok to have since you can just organize them, look at them, or whatever you do with them that just helps you detox and relax. Thanks for checking out my latest custom.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

1992 Topps #905 Rick Mahler

Rick Mahler played for 13 years in the Majors, recording a Major League record 3 shutouts on Opening Day. He came up to the Big Leagues in 1979 with the Atlanta Braves, and stayed with them through 1988. He spent 1989 and 1990 with the Cincinnati Reds, winning the World Series in 1990 with them. His final Big League season was spent with the Montreal Expos and Atlanta Braves in 1991. His brother Mickey Mahler also pitched in the Majors from 1977-1986.  After his pitching career, Rick became a coach, and I actually got to meet him in 2004 when he was a coach with the St. Lucie Mets. They came to Lakeland, Florida to play the Lakeland Tigers, and after the game, I went by the bus and Rick signed a stack of cards for me, and was really nice. Sadly, in 2005, Rick passed away in 2005 from a heart attack.

Rick didn't get his first Topps card until the 1982 set. He also appeared on a Braves Team Leaders subset card that year. He got into the 1983 set, but was left out of the 1984 set. He appeared in the 1985-1991 sets, and didn't get his sunset card in the 1992 set. He also got a Topps Traded card in 1989. Rick is missing cards from the 1980, 1981, and 1984 sets.

I've been doing a lot of work on customs for the 1994 set. Right now, I'm working in numerical order, and am in a big clump of coaches. I also did a little work on the 1999 set, adding some card that I found on a website of what looks like some kind of online baseball game. The teams in the game are different years, but the cards are the same year as the year of the team (example: if someone had the 2004 Red Sox team roster, they are pictured on a 2004 Topps card). I chose to make my customs the same way the Topps sets are, where the stats are from the year before the cards are issued, so some of the cards won't get in the main set, but will help out with Traded sets. There are a few other teams on that site ('99 Astros), and I believe there are multiple seasons, so I think once I have the '97-'00 checklists done that I will research every page I can find and add cards to my lists. Thanks for checking out my latest card.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

1992 Topps #904 Nick Capra

Nick Capra played in the Majors for 5 seasons. He played for the Texas Rangers in 1982, 1983, and 1985. He was with the Kansas City Royals in 1988, and finished his career with the Rangers in 1991. He came back to the Majors as a coach in 2017 with the Chicago White Sox.

Nick only got 1 card in a major set, which was his 1989 Fleer card. He needs Topps cards in the 1983, 1984, 1986, and 1989 Topps sets to complete his career Topps run as a playher, and needs, a 2017 Topps card to get him up to date as a coach.

I've been working on finishing checklists on my other blog. The 1989-1994 sets are done, as well as the 1996 set. I'll finish 1995 and 2001 next (they just need draft picks, team cards, and stadiums), then I have the big ones of 1999, 1998, 1997, and 2000 to do that need all of the players done. Looking forward to finally finishing some checklists and getting to making customs.  Thanks for checking out the latest card in my set.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

1992 Topps #903 Shawn Hare

Shawn Hare played for 4 seasons in the Majors. He debuted in 1991 with the Detroit Tigers, and played with them in 1992. He spent 1993 in the minors, and played 1994 with the Mets. His sunset season came in 1995 with the Rangers.

Shawn got his first and only Topps card in 1993. He appeared in the 1992 Stadium Club set, and got a 1992 Topps Debut card as well. Shawn is missing cards from the 1995 and 1996 Topps sets.

I did a lot of work on the checklists to a few sets, and think I have finally got every card into the 1989-1993 Topps sets. I did a bunch of research trying to find team photos for those sets, and added cards for the stadiums in those sets. I will probably add those cards to the '94-'01 sets as well. It will take a while, but hopefully in the next year or 2, every Topps set from '89-'01 will have a list of cards needed to complete it, and I will continue to update them when anyone makes a card from the set. Thanks for checking out my latest post.

Monday, March 27, 2017

1992 Topps #902 Ron Witmeyer

Ron Witmeyer played season in the Majors, in 1991, for the Oakland Athletics. He got 1 hit, a single, in 19 At-Bats. He currently is Owner/Director of Instruction at Frozen Ropes, a baseball instruction academy in San Diego, California. I emailed Ron a link to this post, so maybe he will see it.

Ron appeared in just 2 major sets, a 1992 Stadium Club card, and a 1992 Topps debut card, along with a dozen minor league issues. I also have Witmeyer listed as a replacement player for the 1995 Oakland A's, so I will be making a 1994 Topps Traded Update card to finish out his career Topps run.

I haven't had time to post much or do many customs, but I think I might find a little time this week. I am doing a little work on the 1999 Topps checklist, and I kind of want to see how it compares to the rest of them. I remember watching a ton of baseball in 1998, and even thought I don't have very much at all of the 1999 Topps set, I have a feeling that I will recognize player names in the 1998 set the most. I'm also hoping to make a few more customs of the Netherlands for the WBC set that we have going on at the Facebook Custom Card Group. You should join if you are into making customs or just enjoy viewing them. Thanks for checking out my latest post.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

1992 Topps #901 Calvin Jones

Calvin Jones only pitched 2 years in the Majors, 1991 and 1992, both for the Mariners. He was the Mariners first round pick in the 1984 MLB Draft, and he picked up 5 Wins during his career.

Calvin only got 1 Topps card, a 1993 Topps card picturing him with the Colorado Rockies. He was selected by them in the 1992 Expansion Draft, but never got called up to Colorado. He is missing only a 1993 Topps card picturing him with the Mariners to complete his career Topps run now that this 1992 Topps custom rookie is complete.

I worked on a few WBC customs today, covering every game that the Netherlands team has played so far. I would love to see a Netherlands/USA final, and would probably actually pull slightly for the Netherlands since both sets of grandparents were born there.  There are a few of us on the Facebook Custom Card Group who are making WBC customs, so feel free to check them out.  I'll probably work a little more on the 1996 Topps set later tonight (customs and checklist), and perhaps some more WBC cards.  Thanks for checking out my latest post.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

1992 Topps #900 Cory Snyder

Today's card is the 3rd superstar number card in my set, following #800 Dave Parker (another Blue Jay), and #850 Mike Scott.  Cory Snyder played in the Majors from 1986-1994. He played for the Cleveland Indians from 1986-1990. He split 1991 with the Chicago White Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays. 1992 was spent with the San Francisco Giants, and he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers in his final 2 MLB seasons, 1993 and 1994.

Cory was part of the 1985 Topps USA baseball team subset, which was his rookie card. He appeared in the 1987-1991 Topps regular sets. He was in the 1991 Traded and 1992 Traded sets, then got a card in the 1993 and 1994 regular editions. Cory was left out of the 1992 regular and 1995 regular Topps sets. His career Topps run is complete now that I made this 1992 Topps custom, as well as his 1995 Topps sunset card that I will post on my other blog once it comes up.

I've done a little work on checklists today, even though it probably won't be noticed. Michael from the custom card group on Facebook has been doing some World Series highlight cards, so I thought I would make sure I have World Series highlight cards for every game, as well as some season highlight cards in every set that I have done so far. I've completed every set through 1996, and updated the checklist cards for every set that I have completed checklists for (1989-1993). I would like to add stadium cards and team photo cards for every set, but besides having to find a ton of team photos that probably don't exist, I really don't want to fix checklist cards for 5 sets. I might add them for the 1995-2000 sets. Tomorrow, I will try to work on completing the 1996 checklist. Thanks for checking out my latest card.