Saturday, January 19, 2008

Dear Guinness World Records:

Hello, my name is Chris Harris, and I am the writer of the baseball card blog Stale Gum. It has come to my attention that The Upper Deck Company, a manufacturer of baseball cards and sports collectibles, is planning to release in various stages throughout 2008, a baseball card insert set called "Yankee Stadium Legacy." According to an Upper Deck press release, after all 6500 cards have been issued, Guinness World Records "is ready to recognize the effort as the 'largest baseball trading card set ever produced'.”

Before Guinness bestows this honor on 2008 Upper Deck Yankee Stadium Legacy, I would like to inform your Official Record Adjudicators of a long-forgotten baseball card set, that is (and will remain) the largest set ever made.

In 1998 Topps released an experimental, and now largely forgotten, baseball trading card set called Topps TEK. TEK was unique in that only 90 players were represented. However, each player had 90 different cards issued. This would make a 1998 Topps TEK baseball card set complete at a whopping 8100 cards (90 players multiplied by 90 variations) -- 1600 more than Upper Deck's Yankee Stadium Legacy set -- and the true Guinness World Record holder for the "largest baseball trading card set ever produced."

If you have any questions about either 1998 Topps TEK, or the 2008 Upper Deck Yankee Stadium Legacy baseball card sets, (or any other questions about baseball cards and sports memorabilia) I feel as though I am fully qualified to answer them for you.

Always Be Collecting
Chris Harris


The Baseball Card Snob said...

I'm working on that set. I only need 8099 more cards. Any help? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Keep us posted if they respond to you. It would be funny if Guiness does certify it and they have to eat crow.

Nice catch Chris.