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2003 Topps 205 Series 1 Baseball Review

ast year Topps proved with Topps 206 that they don't have to rely on their own past to create a popular nostalgia-based set. All three series of Topps 206 were wildly successful in updating the old tobacco concept thought of some 80 years previous. As a follow-up, Topps now introduces the "Gold Border" 205 set, a set that in many ways is better than its 2002 counterpart.

It's a matter of personal taste but I love the elegant look of these cards. Although not a traditional fan of gold rings, gold jewelry and the like, the gold look really adds a little flair to these cards.

I don't know enough about the original 205 set to comment on whether or not Topps' take stays true to the mix, but it sure does look retro-new to me.

The chase is sure to come with the mini parallels. Inserted one per pack, there's several different types of backs - each with their own level of rarity.

Autograph, game-used and buy backs are inserted at two "hits" per box.

Topps has followed suit with many of their current releases and included lots of variations of base cards making a set that much harder to complete.

Overall, the look is a big turn on for me, as is the lack of shortprints in the base set. Quite frankly, the "hits" are somewhat irrelevant to me, although the framed design is nice.

Box Breakdown:

Packs per box: 20
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in tobacco mini box topper: 20
Total cards: 187

Cards in set: 165
Singles: 120
Doubles: 7
Triples+: 0

Inserts: 60

Mini Tobacco Parallels: 40


2003 TOPPS 205 - ERIC CHAVEZ RELIC #TR-EC
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2003 TOPPS 205 - GARRET ANDERSON RELIC #TR-GA
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2003 TOPPS 205 - SHANNON STEWART GAME-USED BAT #TR-SST
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2003 TOPPS 205 #TR-LG LUIS GONZALEZ GU JERSEY + LEAF CERTIFIED GU JERSEY
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2003 TOPPS 205 - BARRY ZITO RELIC #TR-BZ
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HANLEY RAMIREZ 2003 Topps 205 Brooklyn Mini RC #131 Red Sox Rookie Boston '03
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2003 Topps 205 Albert Pujols Game Used Jersey Framed Relic CARDINALS
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2003 Topps 205 AL LEITER Game Used NY Mets Centered Pinstripe Jersey #TR-AL
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2003 Topps 205 Autograph Brooklyn Booklet RICH HARDEN TFA-RH Very Rare Oakland A
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2003 Topps 205 Relics Houston Astros Baseball Card #LB Lance Berkman Bat C1
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2003 Topps 205 Relics Houston Astros Baseball Card #JK Jeff Kent Bat C1
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NOMAR GARCIAPARRA 2003 TOPPS 205 SOVEREIGN MINI #110
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