Sunday, August 26, 2018
A Blaster of 2018 Topps Archives (FINALLY!)
...I don't know about you, but I liked it better when this product arrived in June. Not in August, which is A&G territory (and everyone knows it). I mean, it's become clear that Topps is keeping this product alive on routine alone, and is putting less and less effort into replication (just look at 1959 Topps), but...it still exists, and as someone who claims to have inspired the set (not really), I find it a necessity to open some of it.
I bought two blasters from Target. One I open today, the other I open tomorrow. It's looking like I might try and chase the set if I yield enough of it on these.
59s! Yes, the font isn't perfect, but the style is pretty much there. Lots of posed Spring Training shots, which is essentially the point of this set. Cain's is nice, for the contrasting colors.
And NL East 81s. The modern M Brewers cap contrasts a bit with the colorful blue and yellow of the cap insignia on the car.
Do Cubs fans call Russell 'Ad-Rock'? It'd be so cool if they did. I know the Beasties are a NY export, but there's got to be one or two Beasties fans in Chicago.
Jones has changed position, and Banda has gotten...some playing time? He's not one of the more heralded rookie arms in Tampa, let's just say.
Also, more notes from the photoshopper here: I would have filtered Mahle's photo a little more so there's less shadow. We want to see him.
In terms of Hechavarria's card...not exactly the color scheme I would have gone with for Tampa. I'd have gone navy- orange, instead of baby blue-yellow. But...whatever.
More legends. Fisk in Chicago rather than Boston. Bobby Doerr, another nice find for this set. And a combo card of Trout and Ohtani. Nice stuff.
L TO R: Hall of Fame Class of 2027; Hall of Fame Class of 2007
A guy who spent the year on the DL, and a guy who spent the year batting under the Mendoza line.
LET'S TALK ABOUT THE JETER FOR A MOMENT. I originally thought that was a flashy, non-static photo choice for Jeets. And then I did some research. TURNS OUT...THAT JETER CARD IS A PHOTO VARIATION.
The odds of pulling one? ONE IN TWO-HUNDRED-THIRTY-NINE. So...that's a nice pull. And it's of one of my favorite players. So that's awesome.
I feel like the Polanco had the field edited in afterwards. Fitting, given his real-life HGH suspension.
I'll post the second box tomorrow.