In yesterday's post I mentioned that I am no longer interested in Topps Chrome. The removal of borders essentially ruined the brand for me (it hasn't helped much with flagship either). But that doesn't mean I can't buy a pack.
I had not been to a card aisle in Target or Walmart in nearly a month. I hadn't even been in any other part of either store. It felt good. There weren't any cravings. I knew what was on the shelves. It didn't interest me. Even the urge to rip wasn't there.
Ah, but addiction has its ways. While running around trying to find food that two 19-year-old girls would eat for dinner, this suddenly popped in my brain: "Hey, I haven't bought any cards at the store in awhile."
It sounded very logical. Rational even. I've been a good boy. It's been many weeks. Surely a few cards after a month wouldn't be an issue. You could even buy 15 cards for $9.98. Who would care?
I was back under the spell.
Walmart was a disaster. Apparently in the month that I had been away, the store had decided to return to its 2009 state and impress me with football and wrestling packs. On to Target I went.
At Target I noticed the repacks (I bought one) and I saw 2017 Chrome for the first time. On one of those 3-pack hangers was a sticker that said "get one free pack of Topps Series 2."
Well, all right. I don't give a snivel about Topps Series 2, but free is free. Sign me up.
I opened the Series 2 pack ready to be disappointed. Sensing this, the Series 2 pack responded with a pack spilling over with Tampa Bay Rays.
One card in the entire pack interested me.
I appreciate any card that reminds people of the greatness of 1970s baseball.
So, then I turned my attention to the Chrome packs. These, in all honesty, were not exciting. And that's a terrible indictment of Chrome, considering the many panting odes I've made to opening packs of Chrome in the past.
#80 Jharel Cotton, A's (former Dodger)
#81 - Cole Hamels, Rangers, negative refractor
I do not understand these at all. This looks like an unfinished baseball card. I want a completed card, not a ghostly representation of a card.
#176 - Brandon Belt, Giants, refractor
#158 - Josh Bell, Pirates
Well, that was riveting.
#157 - Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees
#110 - Steven Matz, Mets
#87T-13 - Luke Weaver, Cardinals, 1987 Tribute For the Thousandth Time
Topps sure likes this guy this year. Not as much as it likes 1987 Topps, but I still haven't figured out who he is.
#14 - Kenta Maeda, Dodgers
The Dodgers suddenly have starting pitching problems.
But I did get a Dodger!
#2 - JaCoby Jones, Tigers
#190 - Brian Dozier, Twins
#FF-7 - Jorge Alfaro, Phillies, Freshman Flash insert
Anyone else see the Creature From the Black Lagoon lurking in the background?
#105 - Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers
Hey, two Dodgers! This was smart spending after all.
Every one of these comes with three pink parallels. Parallels these days mean giant pink streaks covering the background that makes the card look like an unfinished paint project. I would prefer that the entire background was pink, but I'm sure I'm being too logical.
#12 - Carson Fulmer, White Sox
#126 - Francisco Lindor, Indians
#107 - Yu Darvish, Rangers
Outside of Fulmer, who is another player that Topps forces on us despite his 40.50 ERA this year and virtually nothing else of major league consequence, those were pretty good pinkies.
I can pretty much guarantee that will be my last 2017 Chrome purchase of the year. The spell may not be fully broken. But I know when the spark is gone.
And it's gone.