Hope everyone is well. Crazy weather we got in the Midwest. We had a wintery mix this morning, which turned to rain (temps were pushing 50), then fog, now the fog has cleared but the wind is picking up, because the cold front's coming in which will drop temps back in the 30's. Hope the flooding won't be too bad, and I hope the leaks in the garage don't get worse.
Anyway, everyone's talking about the new Topps flagship set, and how awesome / bad it is with it's great / stale photography and it's OK / bad inserts. But we at A Pack To Be Named Later are old school. So old school that we have yet to post a pack of the 2013 Update Series...until now!
It's the standard 330 card set, with the parallels, inserts, 1971 Topps Minis (instead of 1972...don't know why they switched it up), and scanner cutting off borders. Here's what I got:
#US165 - A.J. Pierzynski
#US147 - Charlie Morton
#US225 - Chris Getz
#US321 - Grant Green (RC)
See, this is how the Update Series should be: rookies, players in new uniforms, and players they didn't get to yet.
#US313 - Mariano Rivera
#US320 - Chris Archer (Emerald Foil)
#FF-8 - Nolan Ryan / Yu Darvish (Franchise Forerunners)
I know the Rivera cards in the 2014 flagship are awfully good, but this one is pretty good too. The Emerald parallel is 1 in 6 packs, while the Franchise Forerunners card is 1 in 8 packs.
#US150 - Gerrit Cole (RC)
#US276 - Torii Hunter
Click here to get a full list of the different parallel cards in the Update set. Who got the Prince George parallel?
#US249 - Madison Bumgarner
#US177 - David Ortiz (Checklist)
#US293 - Robinson Cano
Getting the Bumgarner and Ortiz card back to back makes me chuckle. Why's Madison all not impressed with Big Papi? Perhaps he thinks Ortiz's still on the juice*.
Here are some backs:
Anyway, that's the pack. Thanks for reading!
* Begin disclaimer: Let it be known that the writers at A Pack To Be Named Later do not actually know if Madison Bumgarner actually thinks David Ortiz is still taking steroids to enhance his play. The writers at A Pack To Be Named Later also have not contacted Madison Bumgarner, or his representatives, to see if he thinks David Ortiz is still on the juice, nor did they contact him to find out why he's all not impressed with what's going on to his left. Furthermore, the writers at A Pack To Be Named Later do not have any evidence that David Ortiz is currently taking steroids, although it did appear that he did so in the past. This is why the writer of this post found the two cards back to back amusing; perhaps he's the only one who found it amusing. End disclaimer.