Getting sick of seeing Bricey?
I have no time for this today, which of course is the day they put out 2016 Topps in my distant outpost.
But I always make time for my hobby, which is why you see this 12-card pack before you.
I've been making daily trips to Target and Walmart since the week began in search of the first new cards of the season. Each time there was nothing to be found. Come on, people, you're supposed to add new card stock on my days off! How many times do I need to tell you?
Then, this afternoon, I get to Target as a woman is stocking the card shelves. There's a bunch of merchandise scattered all over the floor. Funkos or something very non-card-like that doesn't belong in the same aisle. A customer was talking to her, an older man with a young girl who may have been his granddaughter. I only caught the end of the conversation, but he said:
"So you don't know what is in those boxes in the back?"
The woman shrugged, trying to get rid of him, and said, "No, no, I don't."
"Bullshit," I thought. "I know what's in those boxes in the back."
And I left, vowing to come back again.
Five hours later, I was back at Target. This is what I saw on the card shelves.
Not only that, but there were also hanger packs of 2016 Topps overflowing off their hangers. And hanger boxes lined up ready to go. And 2016 blasters stacked back-to-back. And fat jumbo packs. Every configuration possible.
That's what was in the back.
I grabbed a small sampling and out I ran -- after paying, of course.
I'll provide a post in excruciating detail tomorrow when I have more time. But for now, here is the 12-card loose pack:
#127 - Zach Lee, Dodgers
A DODGER IS THE FIRST CARD OF THE SEASON!
I don't think this has happened since I pulled an Ellie Rodriguez card out of a rack pack in 1977. You of course realize this means the Dodgers will win the World Series.
#223 - Christian Yelich, Marlins
#291 - Asdrubal Cabrera, Rays
#187 - AL Wins Leaders
This card is so wrong. Astros should be leading the NL in wins.
#80 - Carson Smith, Mariners
Wow. Marlins, Rays and Mariners. I couldn't trade these cards if I wanted to.
#PIS-1 - Mitch Moreland, Pressed Into Service insert set
I like this insert set, which features position players who were asked by their teams to pitch. Would've been nice to get Moreland pitching in the photo.
#106 - Jordan Walden, Cardinals
#218 - Andrew Miller, Yankees
#228 - Matt Garza, Brewers
#54 - Jung Ho Kang, Pirates
#10 - Nelson Cruz, Mariners
#189 - Jake McGee, Mariners
Couldn't read that scoreboard in the background if I tried.
That's the pack. It kind of faded out after the Dodger.
I'll reserve more detailed comment on the cards for tomorrow. I'm sure I have lots to say and I bought a few more cards to say it with.
But if you want a sneak peak on tomorrow, here it is:
I don't like them.