I have a new way to gauge exactly when everyone is sick of a baseball card product. Here it is: when the product first hits the shelves in my backwater town, that's when those cards are officially the pet rock of the industry.
Hell, National Chicle was two baseball card releases ago!!! I counted the number of blogs that I follow that have already featured these cards. I could have missed a couple but I counted 24.
Woo-hoo! We're No. 25!!!!!!
But a quarter is worth more than a penny, you know. That's my spin and I'm sticking to it.
So, yeah, Chicle finally hit extreme northern New York on Friday. Given a choice between loose packs and one of two available blasters, I chose the blaster. I'm not going to collect this set, but I like it enough that I want to see what it's all about in person. And a blaster will help me do that.
The only problem is I am unable to say anything new about these cards. Everyone has said it all. Some people like them, some people hate them, some could go either way. That's basically the reaction that you get from people every time they enter an art gallery. So, I believe Chicle has done its job.
My reaction is this: If A&G didn't exist, I might consider completing this set. It's unique enough that it keeps my interest. But it's too inconsistent for me to invest everything I have into it. I don't know if I could stare at a binder full of the set when some of the paintings disturb me.
So, we'll file this under the title where most sets fall: "Give me all your Dodgers and forget the rest." I know that's rather a mean thing to say. It's kind of like saying you'll see a girl only if she wears one certain outfit all the time. But that's us collectors. We're a weird bunch.
Anyway, even though I have nothing new to say, I feel obligated to show the contents.
So let us proceed.
Eight packs. Six cards in a pack:
#156 - Luke Scott, Orioles
#139 - Yadier Molina, Cardinals
#114 - Felix Hernandez, Mariners
Pack 1 Notes: Luke Scott was the first card I pulled in both 2010 Topps Series 1 and Chicle. Under my "Rules of my 10-Year-Old Self" that would require me to adopt Scott as a favorite player. But as an adult I have no time to learn about middling Orioles. ...The Hanson card is a National Chicle back, 1:4 packs. I refuse to show it. I am officially pissed at variation backs. They are DEAD TO ME. ... Meanwhile, the Molina card is awesome. Might be my favorite one of the blaster.
#86 - Adam Jones, Orioles#41 - Carlos Pena, Rays
#29 - Hunter Pence, Astros
#105 - Mark Reynolds, Diamondbacks
#153 - Alex Gordon, Royals
#61 - Gordon Beckham, White Sox
#100 - Adam Dunn, Nationals
#155 - Vernon Wells, Blue Jays
#273 - Juan Francisco, Reds
#48 - Jason Kubel, Twins
#171 - Mike Cameron, Red Sox
#270 - Adam Moore, Mariners
#81 - Hideki Matsui, Angels
#263 - Eric Young Jr., Rockies