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2005 Topps Turkey Red Baseball Cards

2005 Topps Turkey Red Baseball Cards

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2005 Topps Turkey Red Baseball was released at a time when revisiting vintage card designs was in its prime. Topps had already had successful releases based on T206, T205 and Cracker Jack sets of the past. The highly acclaimed, and still popular Allen & Ginter was still a year away from its inaugural release and a big chunk of collectors were excited to see the hobby taking things in this direction. So imagine collector excitement at the release of a vintage release based on T3 Turkey Red.


2005 Topps Turkey Red Baseball Cards 1The design of the reinvented Turkey Red cards stayed true to the original set with the player photos taking on a more painted or lithographic look. Even the cardboard stock that was used was heavier and lacked any sort of UV coating. This allowed the added texture that was incorporated onto the front of the cards to have a distinct feel while giving them an even more antiquated look.

2005 Topps Turkey Red Baseball Short-Prints, Variations and Parallels

The 2005 Topps Turkey Red Baseball set consists of 330 total cards, even though the cards themselves were only numbered to 315. The reason for this anomaly is that 15 cards in the set have short-printed variations of their regular issue cards. To make completion of the set even more challenging, there are 40 short prints that are inserted 1:4 packs. Of these, there are eight variations that have an even smaller supply.

The photo variations in the set include different backgrounds, players in different colored uniforms, players in different poses and some missing the nameplates on the fronts of the cards. While variations have become a bit maligned in the minds of many collectors today, their inclusion was more a novelty at the time.

Another aspect of 2005 Topps Turkey Red Baseball that helped set the stage for many future baseball card sets was the number of parallels available. In all, there are five different colored border cards, each with increasingly difficult levels of scarcity. White and Red border cards are not serial numbered, Black cards are numbered to 142, Gold borders are limited to 50 numbered copies each and Suede are one-of-ones.


While not an overly impressive collection of rookies, there are a total of 31 in the 2005 Topps Turkey Red Baseball. The most recognizable names include Justin Verlander, Ian Kinsler and Melky Cabrera. Stephen White is the lone rookie card that is a short print.

The last 15 cards in the set (#301-#315) feature retired greats including Cal Ripken Jr, Reggie Jackson, Duke Snider, and Ernie Banks.

One inclusion that stands out is Josh Gibson, a Negro League All-Star who would have undoubtedly helped re-write the MLB record book if it weren’t for segregation. He is an under utilized asset in trading cards. Also included in the base set are five reprints of original Turkey Red subjects:  Hal Chase (#6),  Fred Clarke (#8), Red Dooin #(14), Kid Elberfeld (#15) and Hughie Jennings (#18).

Autographs and Relics

Autographs and relics are quite plentiful in this release. A total of 23 players are on the autograph checklist and an additional 31 players have relics. Each box of 2005 Topps Turkey Red Baseball would yield two autographs or relics, on average. Each of the autograph and relic cards are available in the same parallels as the base set, with varying degrees of scarcity as evidenced by their serial numbering. Relics included a variety of game-used material including bats, jerseys and pants.

An interesting note regarding the autograph checklist is that Barry Bonds signed just one of each color parallel card. Contrast this to Mariano Rivera who has a total of 33 autographs throughout all the parallel sets, which were only available via redemption and have since expired.

As a value-added incentive, Topps included box-toppers in each 2005 Turkey Red Baseball hobby box. These came in the form of Cabinet Cards measuring 5 3/4" x 8". Rare autographed and relic versions do exist and include current players as well as a few original buy-back Turkey Reds from 1911. Also included are the famous B-18 Blankets. The originals were produced in 1914 and made of cloth. These are about the size of a cocktail napkin.

In many ways, 2005 Topps Turkey Red Baseball should be credited with developing the formula for the successful creation of newly inspired tobacco era products in the years that followed. For more information and commentary on 2005 Topps Turkey Red Baseball, catch the replay of the December 4, 2013, episode of the Cardboard Connection Radio Show.

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Set Checklist

2005 Topps Turkey Red Baseball Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

315 cards
SPs - 1:4 packs
PARALLEL CARDS: Red Border, White Border, Black Border #/142, Gold Border #/50, Suede 1/1

 1 Barry Bonds
 2 Michael Young
 3 Jim Edmonds
 4 Cliff Floyd
 5 Roger Clemens SP
 6 Hal Chase
 7 Shannon Stewart
 8 Fred Clarke
 9 Travis Hafner
 10 Sammy Sosa SP
 11 Jermaine Dye
 12 Lyle Overbay
 13 Oliver Perez
 14 Red Dooin
 15 Kid Elberfeld
 16 Mike Piazza SP
 17 Bret Boone
 18 Hughie Jennings
 19 Jeff Francis
 20 Manny Ramirez SP
 21 Russ Ortiz
 22 Carlos Zambrano
 23 Luis Castillo
 24 David DeJesus
 25 Carlos Beltran SP
 26 Doug Davis
 27 Bobby Abreu
 28 Rich Harden SP
 29 Brian Giles
 30 Richie Sexson SP
 31 Nick Johnson
 32 Roy Halladay
 33 Andy Pettitte
 34 Miguel Cabrera
 35 Jeff Kent
 36 Chone Figgins
 37 Carlos Lee
 38 Greg Maddux
 39 Preston Wilson
 40 Chipper Jones
 41 Coco Crisp
 42 Adam Dunn
 43 Out At Second Miguel Tejada CL
 44 Gary Sheffield At Bat CL
 45 Play At the Plate Javier Lopez CL
 46 Scott Rolen Diggin' In CL
 47 Todd Helton With the Slap Tag CL
 48 Roger Clemens Bringing Heat CL
 49 A Close Play Jimmy Rollins CL
 50 Ichiro Suzuki At Bat CL
 51 Cliff Floyd CL
 52 Pulling String Johan Santana CL
 53 Mark Teixeira
 54 Chris Carpenter
 55 Roy Oswalt SP
 56 Casey Kotchman
 57 Torii Hunter
 58 Jose Reyes
 59 Wily Mo Pena SP
 60 Magglio Ordonez SP
 61 Aaron Miles
 62 Dallas McPherson
 63 Javy Lopez
 64 Luis Gonzalez
 65 David Ortiz
 66 Jorge Posada
 67 Xavier Nady
 68 Larry Walker
 69 Mark Loretta
 70 Jim Thome SP
 71 Livan Hernandez
 72 Garrett Atkins
 73 Milton Bradley
 74 B.J. Upton
 75 Ichiro Suzuki SP
 76 Aramis Ramirez
 77 Eric Milton
 78 Troy Glaus SP
 79 David Newhan
 80 Delmon Young
 81 Justin Morneau
 82 Ramon Ortiz
 83 Eric Chavez
 84 Sean Burroughs
 85 Scott Rolen SP
 86 Rocco Baldelli
 87 Joe Mauer SP
 88 Tony Womack
 89 Ken Griffey Jr.
 90 Alfonso Soriano SP
 91 Paul Konerko
 92 Guillermo Mota
 93 Lance Berkman
 94 Mark Buehrle
 95 Matt Clement
 96 Melvin Mora
 97 Khalil Greene
 98 David Wright
 99 Jack Wilson
 100 Alex Rodriguez SP
 101 Joe Nathan
 102 Adrian Beltre
 103 Mike Sweeney
 104 Brad Lidge
 105 Shawn Green
 106 Miguel Tejada SP
 107 Derrek Lee
 108 Eric Hinske
 109 Eric Byrnes
 110 Hideki Matsui SP
 111 Tom Glavine
 112 Jimmy Rollins
 113 Ryan Drese
 114 Josh Beckett
 115 Curt Schilling SP
 116 Jeremy Bonderman
 117 Kazuo Matsui
 118 Chase Utley
 119 Troy Percival
 120 Vladimir Guerrero SP
 121 Gary Sheffield
 122 Jeromy Burnitz
 123 Javier Vazquez
 124 Kevin Millar
 125 Randy Johnson
 126 Pat Burrell
 127 Jason Schmidt
 128 Jose Vidro
 129 Kip Wells
 130 Ivan Rodriguez
 131 CC Sabathia
 132 Carlos Delgado SP
 133 Bartolo Colon
 134 Andruw Jones
 135 Kerry Wood
 136 Sidney Ponson
 137 Eric Gagne
 138 Rickie Weeks
 139 Mariano Rivera
 140 Bobby Crosby
 141 Jamie Moyer
 142 Corey Koskie
 143 John Smoltz
 144 Frank Thomas
 145 Cristian Guzman
 146 Paul Lo Duca
 147 Geoff Jenkins
 148 Nick Swisher
 149 Jason Bay SP
 150 Albert Pujols SP
 151 Edwin Jackson
 152 Carl Crawford
 153 Mark Mulder
 154 Rafael Palmeiro
 155 Pedro Martinez SP
 156 Jake Westbrook
 157 Sean Casey
 158 Aaron Rowand
 159 J.D. Drew
 160 Johan Santana SP
 161 Gavin Floyd
 162 Vernon Wells
 163 Aubrey Huff
 164 Jeff Bagwell
 165 David Wells
 166 Brad Penny
 167 Austin Kearns
 168 Mike Mussina
 169 Randy Wolf
 170 Tim Hudson SP
 171 Casey Blake
 172 Edgar Renteria
 173 Ben Sheets
 174 Kevin Brown
 175 Nomar Garciaparra SP
 176 Armando Benitez
 177 Jody Gerut
 178 Craig Biggio
 179 Omar Vizquel
 180 Jake Peavy
 181 Gustavo Chacin SP
 182 Johnny Damon
 183 Mike Lieberthal
 184 Felix Hernandez SP
 185 Zach Day SP
 186 Matt Cain
 187 Erubiel Durazo
 188 Zack Greinke
 189 Matt Morris
 190 Billy Wagner
 191 Al Leiter
 192 Miguel Olivo
 193 Jose Capellan SP
 194 Adam Eaton
 195 Steven White RC SP
 196 Joe Randa
 197 Richard Hidalgo
 198 Orlando Cabrera
 199 Joel Guzman SP
 200 Gar Anderson
 201 Endy Chavez
 202 Andy Marte
 203 Jose Guillen
 204 Victor Martinez
 205 Johnny Estrada
 206 Damian Miller
 207 Ken Harvey
 208 Ronnie Belliard
 209 Chan Ho Park
 210 Laynce Nix
 211 Lew Ford
 212 Moises Alou
 213 Kris Benson
 214 Mike Gonzalez SP
 215 Chris Burke
 216 Juan Pierre
 217 Phil Nevin
 218 Jerry Hairston Jr.
 219 Jeremy Reed
 220 Scott Kazmir SP
 221 Mike Maroth
 222 Alex Rios
 223 Esteban Loaiza
 224 Terrmel Sledge
 225 Mark Prior SP
 226 Hank Blalock
 227 Craig Wilson
 228 Cesar Izturis
 229 Dmitri Young
 230 Derek Jeter SP
 231 Mark Kotsay
 232 Darin Erstad
 233 Brandon Backe SP
 234 Mike Lowell
 235 Scott Podsednik
 236 Michael Bart
 237 Chad Tracy
 238 David Dellucci
 239 Brady Clark
 240 Jorge Cantu
 241 Wilfredo Ledezma
 242 Morgan Ensberg
 243 Omar Infante
 244 Corey Patterson
 245 Matt Holliday
 246 Vinny Castilla
 247 Jason Bartlett
 248 Noah Lowry
 249 Huston Street
 250 Russell Branyan
 251 Juan Uribe
 252 Larry Bigbie
 253 Grady Sizemore
 254 Pedro Feliz
 255 Brad Wilkerson
 256 Brandon Inge
 257 Dewon Brazelton
 258 Rodrigo Lopez
 259 Jacque Jones
 260 Jason Giambi
 261 Clint Barmes
 262 Willy Taveras
 263 Marcus Giles
 264 Joe Blanton
 265 John Thomson
 266 Steve Finley SP
 267 Kevin Millwood
 268 David Eckstein
 269 Barry Zito
 270 Todd Helton SP
 271 Landon Powell RC
 272 Justin Verlander RC
 273 Wes Swackhamer RC
 274 Wladimir Balentien RC
 275 Philip Humber RC
 276 Kevin Melillo RC
 277 Billy Butler RC
 278 Michael Rogers RC
 279 Bobby Livingston RC
 280 Glen Perkins RC
 281 Michael Bourn RC
 282 Tyler Pelland RC
 283 Jeremy West RC
 284 Brandon McCarthy RC
 285 Ian Kinsler RC
 286 Chris Roberson RC
 287 Melky Cabrera RC
 288 Ryan Sweeney RC
 289 Chip Cannon RC
 290 Andy LaRoche RC
 291 Chuck Tiffany RC
 292 Ian Bladergroen RC
 293 Bear Bay RC
 294 Hernan Iribarren RC
 295 Stuart Pomeranz RC
 296 Luke Scott RC
 297 Chuck James RC
 298 Kennard Bibbs RC
 299 Steven Bondurant RC
 300 Thomas Oldham RC
 301 Nolan Ryan
 302 Reggie Jackson
 303 Tom Seaver
 304 Al Kaline
 305 Cal Ripken Jr.
 306 Josh Gibson
 307 Frank Robinson
 308 Duke Snider
 309 Wade Boggs
 310 Tony Gwynn
 311 Carl Yastrzemski
 312 Ryne Sandberg
 313 Gary Carter
 314 Brooks Robinson
 315 Ernie Banks

Base Variations Set Checklist

15 cards
Each variation includes a Turkey Red advertisement on the back.

1 Barry Bonds - Road Uniform
5 Roger Clemens - Orange/Yellow Sky
10 Sammy Sosa - No Name
 16 Mike Piazza - Blue Jersey
 75 Ichiro Suzuki - No Name
 83 Eric Chavez - Purple/Night Sky
 100 Alex Rodriguez - Glove
 102 Adrian Beltre - White Uniform
 120 Vladimir Guerrero - Swinging
125 Randy Johnson - Night Sky
 130 Ivan Rodriguez - Batting Helmet
 160 Johan Santana - Throwing
 225 Mark Prior - Blue Sky
 230 Derek Jeter - Night/Purple Sky
 270 Todd Helton - Night/Purple Sky

Autographs Set Checklist

23 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Red Border #/300 or #/15, White Border #/200 or #/10, Black Border #/99 or #/5, Gold Border #/25 or #/2, Suede 1/1
All Barry Bonds parallels limited to 1/1.

TRA-AR Alex Rodriguez #/42
TRA-AS Alfonso Soriano #/142
TRA-BB Barry Bonds
TRA-BJ Blake Johnson
TRA-BM Brett Myers #/67
TRA-CC Carl Crawford #/17
TRA-CN Chris Nelson
TRA-DO David Ortiz
TRA-DP Dustin Pedroia
TRA-EG Eric Gagne #/142
TRA-GS Gary Sheffield
TRA-JPH J.P. Howell
TRA-JJ Jason Jaramillo
TRA-JS Jeremy Sowers
TRA-JG Jody Gerut
TRA-JF Josh Fields
TRA-MR Mariano Rivera
TRA-MK Mark Kotsay #/17
TRA-MB Matt Bush #/17
TRA-MRO Mike Rodriguez
TRA-SE Scott Elbert
TRA-ZJ Zach Jackson
TRA-ZP Zach Parker

Cut Signatures Set Checklist

DE Dwight D. Eisenhower
FR Franklin D. Roosevel
TR Theodore Roosevelt
WT William Howard Taft

Relics Set Checklist

32 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Red Border #/99, White Border #/75, Black Border #/50, Gold Border #/25, Suede 1/1

TRR-AB Adrian Beltre
TRR-AP Albert Pujols
TRR-AR Alex Rodriguez
TRR-AR2 Alex Rodriguez
TRR-AS Alfonso Soriano
TRR-BB Barry Bonds
TRR-CB Carlos Beltran
TRR-CJ Chipper Jones
TRR-CS Curt Schilling
TRR-DO David Ortiz
TRR-GS Gary Sheffield
TRR-HB Hank Blalock
TRR-JB Jeff Bagwell
TRR-JT Jim Thome
TRR-JD Johnny Damon
TRR-JD2 Johnny Damon
TRR-LW Larry Walker
TRR-MO Magglio Ordonez
TRR-MR Manny Ramirez
TRR-MM Mark Mulder
TRR-MPR Mark Prior
TRR-MTE Mark Teixeira
TRR-MC Miguel Cabrera
TRR-MT Miguel Tejada
TRR-ML Mike Lowell
TRR-MP Mike Piazza
TRR-RP Rafael Palmeiro
TRR-RC Roger Clemens
TRR-RC2 Roger Clemens
TRR-SS Sammy Sosa
TRR-TH Todd Helton
TRR-VG Vladimir Guerrero

Cabinet Box Loader Set Checklist

14 cards

TR-AP Albert Pujols
TR-AR1 Alex Rodriguez
TR-AR2 Alex Rodriguez SP
TR-BB1 Barry Bonds
TR-BB2 Barry Bonds SP
TR-GB George W. Bush
TR-GW George Washington
TR-JT Jim Thome
TR-JS Johan Santana
TR-MR Manny Ramirez
TR-MT Miguel Tejada
TR-MP Mike Piazza
TR-RJ Randy Johnson
TR-SS Sammy Sosa
TR-SR Scott Rolen
TR-WT William Howard Taft

Cabinet Autographed Relic Box Loader Set Checklist

10 cards

TRAR-AR Alex Rodriguez #/25
TRAR-AS Alfonso Soriano EXCH
TRAR-BB Barry Bonds #/5
TRAR-BM Brett Myers #/150
TRAR-CC Carl Crawford #/450
TRAR-DO David Ortiz #/75
TRAR-EG Eric Gagne #/75
TRAR-GS Gary Sheffield #/25
TRAR-JG Jody Gerut #/450
TRAR-MK Mark Kotsay #/450
TRAR-MB Matt Bush #/450
TRAR-MR Mariano Rivera EXCH

B-18 Blankets Box Loader Set Checklist

17 cards

 AR1 Alex Rodriguez Blue SP
 AR2 Alex Rodriguez Green
 AS1 Alfonso Soriano Red SP
 AS2 Alfonso Soriano Whit
 BB1 Barry Bonds Red SP
 BB2 Barry Bonds White
 CS1 Curt Schilling Red SP
 CS2 Curt Schilling White
 DJ1 Derek Jeter Blue SP
 DJ2 Derek Jeter Green
 IS1 Ichiro Suzuki Green SP
 IS2 Ichiro Suzuki White
 RC1 Roger Clemens Purple SP
 RC2 Roger Clemens White
 TH1 Todd Helton Green SP
 TH2 Todd Helton White
 NNO Repurchased B-18 Blankets

Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

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