The winner last night was: John Sharp
1998 Topps Finest: I like the set, but there are issues that exist.
1) Many of us card collector's have a touch (or more so for others) of OCD. We have "our" way of doing things especially when it comes to our collection. Whether it is our routine when cards come in, or how we organize them, binder them, count them, heck even what we collect and how we store them. Limitless pretty much. One of the things some of us get touchy about is the condition of cards or at least certain cards. Another thing that really gets my goat..... ah you'll have to wait until page 6 (2nd card) to see and then read more on that subject or two.
Topps released this 275 card set in two series 1-150 and 151-275.
There you can see that Loiselle does not have the protective coating on it. It is the only card in my completed set without the protector. That annoys me, so I have taken to the web to rectify that. Simple enough handles the OCD issue with this set. However it brings me to another talking point that irks me. Why in the hell did Topps make a parallel set without the coating (listed as no protector) and if that wasn't enough there are refractor version of both. Now Back in the day when this set and other sets were released I couldn't stand having the coating on them, and thus I would peel it off. Some of the sets even said to peel it off. Eventually I found that to be a pain in the ass. Here is the kicker, let's say you peel it off, isn't it now the parallel? So why? I am not aware of any difference between the no protector cards and ones that had the protector and was peeled off. Maybe there is, I'm not aware of it and really don't care. I feel better now that I vented that.
I'm not done venting or discussing OCD with this set. The writing on the protective coating is another thing. I consider it a quality control issue. They are not always lined up correctly. Look at Sosa, Javy, and Kent above. See the difference, I notice crap like that, and that is not even close to being how off they are on some cards.
There you have the complete set. I know I griped a lot, but I really do like the set and all of that venting could have been avoided by just not putting the darn coating on the cards to begin with. I would prefer them off, but like I said earlier such a pain in the ass.