Hope everyone is doing well. There's an inauguration happening today. I hope and pray no one tries any shenanigans.
After I posted the Topps Update pack I realized Series 2 has yet to be shown here. The full onslaught of the pandemic lockdowns and the rise of the card flippers happened around the June release of Series 2, so I checked the piles of cards in the makeshift card room (in actuality the guest room) so see how much of Series 2 I was able to get.
I have 3 hanger boxes, one rack pack (foreshadowing), and one regular pack. And as you can tell by this post, the regular pack doesn't really count...I had to go to the LCS for it. The relationship between LCS's and flippers must be like garlic to vampires.
But you pay a price for the sanctuary of the LCS. In this case, six bucks for 14 cards:
350 cards in the set...here's what I got:
#523 - Corey Kluber
#388 - Dustin Pedroia
Dustin didn't play in 2020 due to persistent knee issues. He has played 9 games since 2018. Unless Topps pre-emptively made this his final card, I think they could have given his spot to a more deserving player.
#691 - Brock Burke (RC)
#613 - Isiah Kiner-Falefa
Rangers fans, rejoice! 19 Rangers are in Series 2...well worth the wait for that special Globe Life Park Inaugural Season logo...not.
#608 - Sam Gaviglio
#622 - Brett Phillips
Here's the checklist for those who are interested.
#628 - Julio Urias
#683 - Jakob Junis
#399 - Adrian Houser
BTN-1 - Juan Soto (Best of Topps Now)
If I read the back of the pack right, the Best of Topps Now is a 1 in 18 pull. When I uploaded the picture I noticed I got part of the flash on the bottom of the Soto card. I considered taking the picture again but didn't...because it would be for a 1 in 18 card advertisement.
#672 - Chris Sale (Gold #870 / 2020)
#85TB-11 Sonny Gray (1985 35th Anniversary)
The Gold parallels are 1 in 9 packs and the 1985 tributes are 1 in 8.
#563 - Danny Jansen
#445 - Spencer Turnbull
We end the pack with a nice Detroit Negro League throwback.
Here are some card backs because peaceful transition of power:
Anyway, that's the pack. Yep, it was a blah pack so it was a waste of 6 bucks for me. The things I do for the site. Enjoy the rest of the week, and thanks for reading!
In my opionion, your mixed review pretty much hit the nail on the head. I love Topps flagship but 2020 Topps could have been so much better. Nice post!
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