As I suspected, I received 2018 Topps baseball card packs for Valentine's Day. I do so love this time of year.
I happened to receive three packs apiece from both my wife and my daughter. So this presents the perfect opportunity to pair the packs up against each other in a battle to the death ... er, a battle to see who loves me more ... er, a battle to see which packs I like the most.
Yeah, that last one, let's go with the last one.
I think I have the scoring down for this exercise:
+1 - for a card I need
+1 - for a Dodger I already have (but can go toward the set that I'm not building)
+2 - for a notable parallel/insert
+3 - for a card I've wanted since I've seen it shown on the blogs
+7 - for a short-print
+10 - for a Dodger I don't have (this is the only reason I'm opening these after all)
- 1 - for a dupe
- 1 - for any Astros World Series card
- 2 - for those ubiquitous Derek Jeter inserts
OK, them's the rules. Let's go.
THE FIRST VALENTINE'S DAY PACK THROWDOWN
I'll begin with my daughter's packs first:
Cards I need: 7 points
One dumb Jeter card: Minus 2 points
There were four dupes in the pack: Minus 4 points
Total: 1 point
Cards I need: 10 points (1 more to come)
Card I've wanted since I saw it on the blogs: Chris Archer, 3 points
Notable parallel/insert: The Halladay card (*sad face*): 2 points
Another Jeter card: Minus 2 points
Another card I've wanted since I first saw it: 3 points
There was just one dupe: Minus 1 point
Total: 15 points
Total after 2 packs: 16 points
Cards I needed: 2 points
Dodger I had already (Verdugo): 1 point
Card I wanted since seeing it on the blogs (Dansby Swanson): 3 points. (Note how the bat goes in front of the Future Stars logo -- very '88 Topps!)
Three packs, three Jeter inserts: Minus 2 points (I've got to tell people to stop buying my packs at Target).
Dupes: A whole mess of them. Minus 8 points
Total: Minus 7 points (Yuck)
Total for the 3 packs: 9 points
OK, not the greatest pack selection. Let's see how my wife does.
Cards I need: 9 points (two more to come)
Dodger I need: 10 points (Woooooooo!)
Notable parallel/insert: 2 points
This is my first gold parallel from 2018 Topps. I don't agree with those who say these are difficult to spot. I spotted it right away. Also, I have to say that THIS is how you do your gold parallels if you're not going to have borders. It took three years for Topps to figure this out.This is so much better than 2016/17.
Dupes: Minus 3
No Jeter card for the first time.
Total: 18 points
Cards I need: 8 points (2 more to come)
Dodger I need AND notable parallel/insert: 13 points (Woooooo!)
Card I've wanted since I first saw it: 3 points
Jeter insert returns to haunt us all: Minus 2 points
Dupes: Minus 3 points
Total: 19 points
Total after 2 packs: 37 points
This is quickly turning into no contest.
Cards I need: 8 points
Dodger I need (Buehler ... Buehler ... Buehler): 10 points (Woooo!)
Dupes: Minus 4 points
Total: 14 points
Total for the 3 packs: 51 points.
OK, so my wife clearly knows how to select 2018 Topps packs. That was a 51-9 whitewash.
And then she put the hammer down:
Chocolates! That's worth at least 10 points!
(Have you noticed that the inside of Dove chocolate wrappers have slightly girlish inspirational sayings?. I would like to state for the record that guys enjoy chocolate, too).
And then the gift card whammy that will inevitably go toward the first sign of 2018 Heritage.
My wife does not play fair when it comes to Valentine's Day. 💓💓💓💓💓💓💓💓💓💓💓💓💓💓
But thanks to both of my sweeties.
There was a time not so many Valentine's Days ago, that I would receive no cards.