I used to have a problem with my local Target where they'd never have products on the day of their release, and just casually slide them in a week later, unsuspectingly. They'd been fine recently...but today, I go over to snag some 2017 Archives, and they have nothing.
They did, however, have a ton of Topps Bunt. I was skeptical, as while bloggers everywhere have been championing this set as a success, I did have a bad history with the Bunt app, and the fact that these cards were glorified, glossier versions of the stuff on the app scared me a bit. But at a cheap price, I couldn't refuse.
11 Packs, 7 cards per. Here we go:
These are your base cards. They're semi-color coordinated, the photos are zoomed in, and the players are lifted in shadow off from the background. It's shockingly simple, almost insultingly so. Yes, I know you guys like this, but it's a bit too accessible for my tastes, even if it, yes, IS meant to be marketed towards 'the children'.
Things that piss me off- Cardinals, Decent Pitchers that get injured, Blue Jays.
Top to bottom- East standouts, Central players that didn't get a ton of playing time last year, NL West pitchers.
Two guys having fantastic 2017 seasons already. Hope they both keep it up.
A trio of middle-of-the-road players, though Segura's having a nice season, and Martinez certainly knows how to stoke someone out...or walk them, honestly.
Highlights- A Programs insert of Goose Gossage in a Yankee uniform, and a base card of Bryce 'Aimless Helmet Throw' Harper.
Four favorites of mine, none of which are having particularly great seasons. Machado's probably doing the best of them all, and Joseph's doing more with his sophomore season. Still can't pass up a Cutch though.
I get the Programs insert, AND the base card, both my first for Colon as a Brave. Man, it's a good thing I've grown an appreciation for this guy, or else I'd just be giving Topps a weird look.
However...there was still one card left in the pack...and oh my gosh was it a nice one..
So...I got an incredibly low numbered card of one of the best pitchers in baseball.
Even if I wasn't exactly won over with Bunt, at least nowhere near as much as everyone else, I still couldn't stay mad at a box that had yielded a really nice numbered parallel of Stephen Strasburg, which is as nice of a pull as it was in 2010.
Didn't love the set, but enjoyed the rip.