Sunday, June 12, 2011
Duty calls: Topps Series 2
I ended up obtaining more Topps 2011 Series 1 cards than I had intended. I blame those Value boxes. I bought them only for the codes and the Heritage cards. But it's not like I can throw the Series 1 cards in the garbage (who do you think I am, a mojo hunter in a card shop?)
So, I have enough of a Series 1 stack that I really should complete the thing. But I won't. Because that means finding a binder and pages, and there is nothing more joy-sapping than looking through a binder of a set that you don't care for at all.
So, Series 1 is destined to be incomplete. And it will live in a box. And it will like it.
I expect Series 2 to join Series 1. Unless Topps comes up with another ingenious packaging arrangement, I expect to be purchasing less Series 2 than Series 1. I bought my first Series 2 cards the other day and I'm already done with it.
But duty calls, and I must show the contents here, as is tradition.
This was one of those blister packs. Four 12-card packs for $7.99 plus a code card.
#581 - Fernando Rodney, Angels
First card of Series 2. I'm feeling 2010 deja vu with the Angels pull.
#338 - Jason Hammel, Rockies
#481 - Randy Wells, Cubs
#519 - Corey Hart, Brewers
#479 - Justin Duchscherer, Orioles
First card of a player in a new non-photoshopped uniform for 2011.
#346 - Jose Bautista, Blue Jays, series 2 checklist
#560 - Chris Iannetta, Rockies
Melkey Cabrera about to be tagged out.
#378 - Mark Reynolds, Orioles
#DD-3 Diamond Duos, Cliff Lee and Zack Greinke. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
#TT2-23 Matt Holliday, Cardinals, Toppstown
#650 - Josh Hamilton, Rangers
I am disappointed in this card. Too far away. Not a card you give to an MVP.
#570 - Matt Cain, Giants
"Hey, kids! Topps Attax is bigger and better than ever!"
#636 - Chris Tillman, Orioles
#428 - Brett Myers, Astros
#446 - Brandon Beachy, Braves
#391 - Phil Coke, Tigers
#635 - Jason Heyward, Braves
#413 - Derek Holland, Rangers
#648 - Cody Ross, Giants
I do believe this is a photo from the World Series.
#358 - Paul Janish, Reds, gold parallel.
I pull more gold parallels of Reds than any other team. Also, I just found out the other day that Janish's last name is pronounced "Yon-ish," like "Jan Hammer" of Miami Vice theme fame. There is so much I don't know about the Reds.
#T60-97 Jackie Robinson, Dodgers, Topps 60
Well. That takes care of that. Most interesting part of the card is seeing the Dodgers all-time top 10 in OBP. Gary Sheffield is #1.
#402 - Jack Cust, Mariners.
That uni don't look right.
#621 - Omar Beltre, Rangers
#450 - Mark Teixeira, Yankees. Yes, he's making that freakin' fish face. Breath IN once in awhile, moneybags.
#611 - Geovany Soto, Cubs
#598 - Jonny Gomes, Reds
#562 - Gordon Beckham, White Sox
#485 - Delmon Young, Twins
#580 - Chris Young, Mets.
Chris Young is the last human on earth.
#600 - Neftali Feliz, Rangers
#646 - Los Angeles Dodgers, Kemp and Ethier.
Awesome. Great card. Hard to believe that a team with these two guys is flirting with last place.
#589 - Seattle Mariners, Felix Hernandez and Ichiro.
#KC-76 Lou Brock, Cardinals, Kimball mini
#60YOT-101 - Craig Biggio, Astros, 60 years of Topps
I don't think they got the font right for the name on the '93 Topps reprint. How difficult is it to repeat the fonts from your own product?
#557 - Wes Helms, Marlins
#448 - Colby Rasmus, Cardinals
#610 - Josh Beckett, Red Sox
#527 - Kila Ka'aihue, Royals
#480 - Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
#427 - Brad Emaus, Mets
#608 - Casey McGehee, Brewers
Dig the retro uniform. Anybody see the gold jerseys the Brewers were wearing yesterday? The jerseys read "Cerveceros" across the front. Somehow, that makes me more thirsty than "Brewers."
#496 - Gavin Floyd, White Sox
#530 - Felix Hernandez, Mariners, diamond parallel
That's a nice one. Lot better than that Jose Guillen thing I pulled in Series 1.
#DS-24 Ryan Braun, Brewers, Diamond Stars
New insert set for Series 2. Impressive.
#399 - Adam Moore, Mariners
#599 - Travis Ishikawa, Giants
#585 - Dan Johnson, Rays
#425 - Adrian Gonzalez
My scanning ability on this card is in direct relation to Topps' ability to convince me that Gonzalez is actually wearing a Red Sox uniform.
DIAMOND GIVEAWAY CODE CARD
You can't go wrong with a '70s card I don't have, even if it is a collection of irritants.
As you probably noticed, there are fewer inserts per pack in Series 2 than in Series 1. That's cool if you're collecting the set. But, for me, they're destined for the shoebox.
Except the Dodgers, of course.