Sunday, August 30, 2009
#93 Mercedes Lewis
#1 Kurt Warner
#89 Dallas Clark
#178 Chris Long
#106 Adrian Peterson
Here is what the backs look like:
#28 Jonathan Stewart
I am usually a sucker for the retro set [Topps Mayo to be specific] but the new color photography with old design doesn't do it for me. I'm passing on this set.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
At first when I opened it and flipped the cards over I noticed the lettering on my Calvin Johnson was gold. After opening UD Baseball packs I thought this was going to be a numbered insert. To my dismay this was simply the base design of the card. Don't get me wrong I like the gold lettering; it just would have been nice to have a Calvin Johnson insert. I thought it was odd that an insert would be the first card.
In the Upperdeck packs you get:
- 18 cards
- At least 2 rookies
- No Starquest ?
That's right the beloved foil "insert" (it's basically a subset) was nowhere to be found in my retail pack. It's a little disappointing, because I always liked helping people collect the whole starquest set. Plus, I loved the super rare versions that came every once in a while. Anyway, one of my Rookies was of Phil Loadholt of the Vikings and the other was of Brian Robiskie Cleveland Browns WR. I like the Robiskie; although I generally don't like non-action photography this card is pretty cool and Upperdeck usually pulls this off pretty well.
So far I've mentioned my two rookies and a Calvin Johnson, but there were fifteen more base set cards: Brady Quinn, Jerricho Cotchery, Maurice Jones-Drew (one of my favorite non Ravens),
Frank Gore, Michael Jenkins, Visanthe Shiancoe, Jamal Lewis, Antonio Pittman, Bradie James, Terell Owens (Wish they could have gotten him in a Bills practice jersey or something, but I guess that is hard; he rarely goes to practice) Lance Moore, Albert Haynesworth, Cortland Finnegan, TJ "Who's your Mama?" Housmandzadeh and Marques Colston. Here is what the back looks like:
- Cheaper versions of Topps Base set cards
- 2 rookies per pack
- Some inserts
- Slim Odds of pulling anything worth more than $10
Honestly, these packs aren't that bad for a collector. No you're not going to find a Mark Sanchez autographed rookie card, and you're not going to find some amazing dual game used card, which is why they are only $0.97. Really the only highly coveted insert you can get is a printing plate (1:1, 1,992) What you do get is worth the value at least for curiosity. I got a pretty sweet Santonio Holmes, which features a nice photo of him in the Super Bowl and I like that a lot. My next card was a Stars of The Game insert of DeAngelo Williams. This card probably makes up for the buck that I spent on the pack.
Next I got a Reggie Wayne base set card followed by a Brian Westbrook base set card. These cards feature nice photography. They are obviously cheap cards, but still nice photos. The lettering on them is just white as opposed to the Topps base set, which uses foil lettering, but I don't feel bad about taking my chances on a pack that cost less than a pack of Juicy Fruit.
Above is one of my rookie cards (Josh Freeman), who is one of the better rookies I could have pulled. My other rookie was of Ramses Barden a WR for the New York Giants. My expectations for this pack were not very high, but what I received shattered them. A cool insert of DeAngelo Williams and two offensive rookie cards. A pretty nice pick up for a buck. I wouldn't recommend buying these packs too often. I can definitely see how one could be a total waste of money, but if you're at the store and you're looking to spend that last dollar why not pick one up? You never know.
40 - Greg Maddux All-Star (I'm not sure if this was some sort of Topps-like subset for all-stars or if Maddux got a special label slapped on his regular card.)
40 - Greg Maddux All-Star (I'm not sure if this... wait a sec! I expect better QC for my half of a dollar.)
355 - Paul Molitor Tribute (It seems like this "tribute" would be reserved for the end of his career but he went on to play for a few more seasons.)
47 - Mark Wohlers (Agh, so many Braves. And I have really bad feelings about the Braves in 1996. Really bad.)
56 - Ben McDonald (Maybe Ben McDonald was unjustly labeled a bust. Through the 1995 season, as shown on the back of this card, he had a career 3.89 ERA with a 2:1 K:BB ratio and more wins than losses for a pretty lousy franchise. That's not saying that he was amazing by any stretch, but a pitcher like that can be pretty useful to most teams.)
26 - Paul Molitor You Make the Play (These are one-per-pack inserted attempts to get you interested in some sort of playing card game.)
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
332 - Pedro Martinez (Eventually, the Ex-Expos player is going to become extinct. I'm sure that it's in no danger of happening anytime soon, but we know that Pedro's career can't carry on a whole lot longer despite his recent signing with the Phillies.)
297 - Kenny Rogers (Cheater!)
290 - Erik Hanson (I like to show the backs of the cards if they look halfway decent, and these do. I was never fond of the weird Pinnacle stripe thing at the bottom of the cards on their products back then. I think it was supposed to be their anti-counterfeiting version of Upper Deck's hologram logo, but I don't really understand it. Also, counterfeiting cards from this era seems pretty hilarious in retrospect.)
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
These are my first two Chrome packs of the year and come from Al's Sports Cards in Topeka.
If I could do a little industrial espionage I would love to see what the price points are for Topps to make Chrome cards...specifically the X-Fractor versions. Does it really cost nearly double to make a chorme card versus a standard card?
#177 James McDonald Rookie Card
#W38 Cheng-Ming Peng
Outfielder for Chinese Taipei
#38 Tim Hudson
#31 Kevin Youkilis
I think I'm voting for this to be my favorite card of 2009. I think I might try to put together a master set of this card...watch out Youk fans...
#161 Rick Ankiel
#84 Alex Rios Refractor
#213 Andrew McCutchen Rookie Card
#163 Robinson Cano
Alas, no X-Fractor.