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Monday, February 20, 2017

You're Under Arrest!

No, I'm not a cop. One of my recent trips to Akihabara got me a full non-sport trading card set.

You're Under Arrest (逮捕しちゃうぞ) was originally published as a manga (Japanese comic) from 1986-1992 in the magazine Monthly Afternoon. Some of the chapters have been published in English by Dark Horse Comics. A four-episode anime show aired from September 1994 to November 1995, followed by an anime series of 47 additional episodes from November 1996 to September 1997. This was followed by a 21-episode anime series aired almost daily in March and April 1999, and feature-length movie also released in 1999. Add to that a game and 26-episode anime in 2001, an episode-length video in 2002, a 9-episode live-action show that same year, and another series starting in late 2007 of 24 more episodes.

As you might have guessed, it's a story about police officers, with some typical comedy-drama police themes and a buddy-cop dynamic. It revolves around two female officers in Tokyo, their friendship, and their personal and professional lives.
 The binder's cover can be seen above. Based on the copyright on the cards, I'm assuming the set is based on the 1996-1997 series of 47 episodes. Given the expiration dates on the prize cards seen at the end of this post, it's likely they were issued in late 1997, possibly after the anime completed its run.

The entire set appears to be there, and I've scanned it page by page, front and back, for those who are interested. Keep in mind that I didn't flip the cards in their pages when scanning, so the top-left card in the left-hand scan is card one, and the top-right card in the right-hand scan is card one. The inserts come first, followed by the large base set; the last page has promos and offer cards.






















If you're interested, the video above is one of the episodes from the anime, dubbed in English. (Granted, it may not stay up for long.)

Once I finally get caught up on all the other anime I have to watch, this series might be next on the list!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

1999 Topps Super Chrome Jumbos

I'm not a big fan of Topps Chrome. Refractors look awesome, but regular Chrome cards don't appeal to me. The metallic backgrounds just come out muted. The cards feel different: plastic, fake, and artificial. And they're just a copy of the base cards. Topps Finest is more appealing to me thanks to the different design so long as that design is appealing.

But I guess if you blow the cards up to more than double size, it's a whole new story.

I came across a couple cheap lots of Super Chrome cards on YJA over the past month or so, both from the same seller. It turns out that combining the two lots netted me a nearly complete 1999 set and a good start on the 1998s.

Super Chromes were issued only those two years. Both sets came three cards to a pack, 12 packs per box. A full set is 36 cards, but there is a refractor parallel, found one per box, meaning that you definitely didn't get one set in an entire box. 

The cards measure 4x6, which is a little larger than two cards side by side. They have a bit of curl now, but it's manageable. Here is my complete set:
 Cards 1-7.
1999 Topps Super Chrome Jumbos - [Base] #8 - Juan Gonzalez - Courtesy of COMC.com
Card 8. This scan comes from COMC, since I was missing this one card for a full set. I got more than 36 cards, so I have some duplicates. But there was no Juan Gonzalez in the lot. A quick purchase later and my set was complete.
Cards 9-16
Cards 17-24
Cards 25-32. Cards 31-32 are season highlights.
Cards 33-36. All of these are season highlights too, of sorts. Cards 34 and 35 commemorate McGwire and Sosa breaking Roger Maris's home run record. The backs have head shots of both the player on the front and Maris. The final card is about the 1998 World Series.

While you can go after the refractor set, there isn't much to this issue - no rookies or inserts - so it's kind of boring. Other than having giant cards. That said, now that I have the 1999 set, I'll be adding the 1998 set to my want list. As I said, I have a good start thanks to the mixed lot. Singles on COMC are expensive thanks to their oversize handling charges but there are other means to finding these cards.

What are your thoughts on this set, and Chrome in general?