Wednesday, November 02, 2016

2016 Topps Series 2 Retail


Hope everyone is doing well.  Yesterday in Chicagoland (the day after Halloween), it was in the 70's and the Cubs were still playing baseball.  It takes a moment for that all to sink in....not to mention that within a span of 48 hours, the Blackhawks, Bears, Bulls, and Cubs all played and won a game.

Tonight is Game 7 of the World Series, and the championship drought for one of these two teams will end.  To mark the occasion, I was going to put up a pack of Update, but then saw Series 2 has yet to be posted.  I don't know if it's because the APTBNL writers had other packs of interest to post, lost interest in Flagship, or thought someone else was going to do it.  Anyway, it's a pack of 2016 Topps Series 2!

The 350-card set was released back in June.  Everyone knows what to expect, so here's what I got:
#610 - Adam Morgan
#446 - Tom Murphy (RC)
#514 - Michael Taylor
#392 - Jon Singleton

A couple of Panini-like shots with Morgan and Murphy.  And is it me, or is every Michael Taylor card a fielding shot?

#412 - Mark Lowe
#617 - Justin Smoak
#533 - Jonathan Villar

3 more Panini-like shots!  Topps is doing a better job at being Panini than Panini!

#3000-1 - Ichiro (Chasing 3K)
#CTG-1 - Mike Trout (Changing Of The Guard)

Both the Chasing 3K and Changing Of The Gard inserts come 1 in 4 packs.

#592 - Adrian Beltre
#569 - Los Angeles Dodgers Team Card
#700 - Ichiro

That's a great Ichiro card.

Here's some backs for you because Game 7:

Bonus:  While filing my cards away, I came across this one, my nominee for oddest card of the year (if there is such a category):

#520 - Anthony Rendon

First off, you have the cloud borders, so that bleaches out the corners.  Then you have the faded green of the outfield wall, and the cloud borders look like it has spilled over into the shot.  Finally, you have the striping on Rendon's pants that makes it look like he's been cut and pasted into the shot.  Essentially, you have a player on an all-white card.

Anyway, that's the pack.  All hands on deck for Game 7:  Francona has Kluber and his rested bullpen.  Maddon has the possible Cy Young winner and basically all his starters with an (overused?) Chapman.  Should be fun.

Thanks for reading!


Billy Kingsley said...

Rendon looks like he's jumping out of a fog bank

Justin McLeod said...

I could use Jon Singleton here, too.