Wax Wombat and I Don't Know, I am very close to finishing off series 1 of the 2010 Topps set, which is pretty good considering I decided to complete the set less than two weeks ago.
WW and IDK brought my set wants to 16 cards, if you can believe my want list, which I wouldn't recommend.
I think I have enough of the set to do a review of what I believe are the best cards, at least prior to series 2 hitting the streets. I know you all have seen these before. But have you seen them in a tidy, top 10 countdown with sparkling Night Owl commentary? No, you haven't. Context is everything, people. And I'm bringing the context.
To come up with the list, I used a tried-and-true method: lay 10 cards out on a table, and then slide them down when you come across a card that should be on the list. Trust me. It works. It's worked since I was 9. Do not question the card-sliding method. It's better than science.
In the event that one of the missing 16 is so amazing that it deserves to be on this countdown, I will update this countdown. But they'll have to be exceptional cards. As it stands, I knocked off (or slid off) a bunch of cards that I like. Those included Joe Mauer, Carl Crawford, the Rays franchise history card and Jose Valverde, up top, which I thought would be on the list but ended up being card No. 11 (Valverde's too much in the shadows).
OK, for your viewing pleasure:
Plus, this happened after a walk-off home run against the Giants. Hell, I'd hire dancing girls, pyrotechnicians, and Terrell Owens himself to perform my home plate celebration if I hit a walk-off homer against the Giants.
By the way, exactly how much free time do ballplayers have?
I do plan to dig out some worst card candidates when I get some time. I noticed some Topps cards that made me wince. But I think more card sets need to be released before I get a true sense of what kind of crap is really out there. Because even though people thought Topps in a one-MLB license town would mean that Topps would mail it in, it's obvious that it didn't.