Sunday, February 7, 2010
2010 rack pack challenge, part 2
Consider this your alternative Super Bowl Sunday entertainment. All of you can't possibly be interested in a bloated spectacle can you?
When I last left off, Topps and Upper Deck were locked in a death grip after the first 18 cards of the rack pack challenge. I'm surprised that it's all tied at 9, considering how agonizingly dull I find Upper Deck's contribution. But Topps kind of dropped the ball by handing me doubles in the first group of cards.
Let's see if Topps can step up its game (it's Super Bowl Sunday. I need to be in peak cliche form).
Once again, Topps is doing an excellent job of hiding logos -- a much better job than UD, which is supposed to be hiding logos. But aside from that, I don't know who Brandon Allen is.
Topps 10, Upper Deck 9
That is a super colorful card in Martinez. And Garko is, well, a Giant.
Topps 11, Upper Deck 9
I have to go with the retro pitcher, despite yet another profile. I'm digging the red cap, too. Was it Canada Day?
Topps 11, Upper Deck 10
The Battle Royale goes to Tejeda, just because the super-close shot is something different.
Topps 11, Upper Deck 11
Ugh, more leaders cards with Spoiled Baby Face dead center. Upper Deck wins easily.
Topps 11, Upper Deck 12
Topps, you're killing yourself here. More Teixeira. I NEVER want to see that guy.
Topps 11, Upper Deck 13
Hoo-boy. I like the Lowell card better. This is getting scary.
Topps 11, Upper Deck 14
That's more like it. The Valverde card is one of my favorites of the year already. Kouzmanoff should keep his cap on.
Topps 12, Upper Deck 14
This one is tough, but I'm going with the Hamilton card, just because receiving a reprint of a 1998 card is stupid.
Topps 12, Upper Deck 15
All right, the Lincecum card is the more rare original back. But since the card is a reprint of a two-year-old card, I can tell you the difference between the 2008 Lincecum card and the 2010 Lincecum reprint is practically unnoticable.
The fronts of the cards are identical. Here are the backs:
Topps 12, Upper Deck 16
The Turkey Red cards look nice again this year, even though it's about time Topps retired them. Meanwhile, Swarzak has the honor of being the first guy that I have pulled out of both Topps and Upper Deck. And last week I had no idea that he existed.
Topps 13, Upper Deck 16
I have an issue with the Lineage cards. If the players aren't from the same team, then where is the lineage? Sure, Smith and Reyes are both shortstops noted for the fielding. But they played for different teams. Smith didn't hand anything down to Reyes as far as I know.
However, it's still better than a card of a Diamondback.
Topps 14, Upper Deck 16
The early contender for most useless insert set of 2010.
Topps 14, Upper Deck 17
I'm tempted to give this matchup to Upper Deck, because it appears to be a night card. But the Duke card is cool. A nicely framed card.
Topps 15, Upper Deck 17
Everyone appreciates a good double-play turn don't they?
Topps 16, Upper Deck 17
I'll change my vote if my giveaway code yields a 1956 Jackie Robinson. Otherwise, UD gets the vote.
Topps 16, Upper Deck 18
Toss-up. I'll go with Gamel. At least he's actually moving.
Topps 17, Upper Deck 18
Wow, that's one boring-looking stadium shot. Ordonez has a much more interesting card.
Topps 18, Upper Deck 18
Well, that means the Rack Pack Challenge ends in a tie. How ... unsatisfying.
I think I got a bum Topps pack. And I didn't pull a single Dodger out of 72 total cards.
But at least I got that Million Dollar Giveway card. Topps could win this yet.