Insert Set Flashback: 2002-03 Topps Tandems


The Set:
2002-03 Topps Tandems

Set Odds:
1 in 5 hobby packs, 1 in 10 retail packs

Key Cards:
Michael Jordan/Richard Hamilton $10.00
Shaquille O’Neal/Kobe Bryant $8.00

Why I Like It:
We’ve got some geometric shapes going on in this set’s background!  While not the most flashy, there’s something about this sharp, clean design that caught my eye going through an old binder.  Maybe it’s the giant text at the top starting with the Double Ts, or the shiny surface of the cards.

Some of my favorite scoring duos from the late 90s-early 2000s are featured here, such as Big Dog and Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker, the Rockets backcourt of Francis and Mobley.  The back of each card lists the top 10 scoring Duo’s from the previous season, serving as a checklist for the remaining cards.  I did notice a minor error on the Marbury/Marion card.  Typically only the players on the front of the card appear in bold on the back.  The Marbury/Marion also has Pierce and Walker in bold.  Minor, but something I easily missed the first time.


Through The Mail Tuesday: Outgoing Requests

Requests that I am sending out tomorrow, July 27th:

Kenny Anderson, 1994 All-Star with Nets, retired in 2005
Peja Stojakovic, 3-time NBA All-Star with Kings, NBA champion with the 2011 Mavericks
Clark Kellogg, former Indiana Pacer, CBS college basketball analyst
Tim Hardaway, 5-time NBA All-Star with Warriors, Heat

These all happen to hit my project of getting an autograph from everyone who has played a regular season game for the Indiana Pacers.  I’m currently sitting at autographs from 67 different current or former Pacer players.  Hopefully I will get these back to add to that number!