Thursday, January 10, 2019
A Hobby Box of 2018 Topps Gold Label
Little more high-end than you'd expect from me, eh?
I went into a D&A run knowing I needed to get Chronicles, but I had a little extra paycheck to cover this. So I saw that Gold Label was on sale, realized that I kinda enjoyed the older Gold Label sets Topps put out in the 2000s, and...went with it. Like, what's the worst that could happen? I get some base cards and a shit hit?
That was...inevitably what happened, but...I still don't think I did badly here.
7 packs per box, 5 cards per pack. Three types of base cards, and one guaranteed framed autograph per box. Here we go:
Wil Myers' card is a black parallel, which aren't numbered, but are seeded 1:2 packs. The black stripe isn't shiny or anything, but it's subtle enough to not undermine the card.
We reach the hit early...and....
Look, if Luis Castillo had some better numbers (other than strikeouts) I'd feel a little bit better about this. But...he's a third-starter for a team that's had notorious rotation issues. He's had a lot of potential, but has yet to have a winning season. His best year, 2018, was a 10-12 season with a 4.30 ERA and 165 strikeouts. He's...a very meh hit. And thankfully I do have a trusted place to send this to.
New York heroes in Class 1s. Sevvy does look cool in a set like this. And I dig the Conforto alt-uni.
Verlander's, which does at least have an alt-uni, is a black parallel. Which...in Class 3 is apparently pretty rare. Not bad.
I don't really see why Mark McGwire needs to be in modern Topps sets, but fine. The Stanton makes up for him.
Again, I prefer Verlander's C3 one, but it's nice to get three of the best pitchers in baseball in the same pack.
Buxton has the best main photo of the three, yet has the least amount of reason to be in this set. Still, solid enough base.
This is an odd set. Not a complete hit for me, especially considering how it blandifies the original versions. But there are good moments, they're just...fleeting. Topps could have done a bit better here, though the rip could have been a ton worse.