2020 is going to go down as the single most depressing card-collecting year in recent memory.
Just going to Target to check for cards depresses me. There's nothing there, everything having been picked clean by supercollectors with mojo tendencies, leaving nothing for collectors who only get to big box stores every so often. Essentially, collecting from Target and Wal-Mart has been made tougher than it needs to be, especially when new products are released.
Which is to say...I just ordered a box of Archives from Dave and Adam's cause I didn't want to haggle for products that I'm not certain will be on shelves.
Like every other year, I'll be collecting the base set this year, and my wants for this product are already on the sidebar, in my wantlists. Again, I need to get better at trading, and disciplining myself towards that kind of stuff past the fear of people not liking what I send. But that's a subject for another post.
24 packs, 8 cards per pack, 2 autos per box, and a box topper, and mine was...
Yeah, the Red Sox one. Of course.
This is still pretty cool though, and if I were a Sox fan I'd probably hang this on my wall.
These are the 2002 Topps ones. Likeness isn't bad, especially foil usage. Cardstock is uniform throughout, I think, as these have rougher backs than 2002T had.
Common base choices.
02s: Glad Topps knew Santander was gonna be big this year. Fingers and Gehrig are welcome.
55s: Standard star cards
74s: Putting an actual 74 star points out how weird this design looks compared to the original. Seaver and Luzardo aren't exactly kindred...yet.
02s: RYAN HOWARD IN MODERN TOPPS. NOT BAD. Not bad at all. Fisk and Larkin are standard HOF inclusions
55s: Flaherty and Civale. I don't have a ton to say about the 55s, cause it's just sorta there.
74s: Snell's Rays one looks fine. Why go with the Padres colors for the Nats? I know you're trying to remind us of the "Washington" chase hits from 74T, but the Nats can have their own colors if the Rays do. Jeez.
These are 1:83, so less rare than the foilboards? Interesting.
02s: Vlad fits in this design, because of course he does.
55s: Should Mallex Smith be in this set?? He's just been optioned.
74s: The new Padres uniforms look good here. Bucs cards have red lettering, which is bad.
02s: Bench, Reggie, Yadi. Yadi's a future HOFer, so this is a good grouping.
55s: Two mega-hitters. They look good here.
74s: D-Backs design here is...fine, but looks slightly weird. Good I pulled the Tatis rather than having to overpay for it.
02s: Cueto's looks like a 2002 card of someone with a new team.
55s: YAY FOR LEFTY. Lux ain't bad either.
74s: Not much to say about these two.
02s: I think it's genuinely cool that David Wright has a card in this set. Also, nice to have the Yelich
55s: Yeah, these two are fine
74s: Gibson's actually works in this design because the photo likeness is good. Gwynn...is a Gwynn card. So I like it.
I wish this had been my box-topper. THE MIGHTY THOR. AMAZING.
02s: Jansen, Keller, Thor making a victory lap
55s: I see Topps also got the bad info that Jake Fraley would be starting in the majors.
02s: ANDY PETTITTE AS AN ASTRO? WOW.
55s: Greinke's feels very 04 Heritage. Maybe cause he was around back then. Arenado and Trout are great pulls.
74s: Rookie unknowns.
02s: I love the Mays. LOVE the Mays.
55s: Cease's rookie is nice. I don't think Tim Lincecum needs to be in this set, but Al Kaline sure does.
74s: I, like everyone else, am not a fan of the cityless Angels in the 74 design. Looks...odd. I-Rod as a Tiger is a good touch though.
And my last 55 Bowman is of, you guessed it, Dylan Cease.
02s: Not much to say about these two, except I'm sad the Mets had to postpone their sweeping for a bit.
55s: Two HOFers and a future Cy Young winner. Not bad.
74s: Two shortstops.
We get to the first hit, and...
First of all, I like this as a Phillies fan who watched Polanco play, and watched him excel for us on two separate occasions. I also like this because it's clear Polanco is in 2010-era Phils colors, so this is from his second tenure, with a bit more postseason success. And, really...it's an on-card auto of a Phillie I've seen play. So I'm down with Placido Polanco here.
02s: Ramirez back again. Closest thing in this box to a dupe.
55s: This is a murderer's row right here. Votto, Soto, Betts. Pitchers wouldn't dare. Also, Betts looks great in actual LA colors.
74s: Solak and LOU BROCK. Well then.
And...we also get our second and last hit here:
With both hits out of the way, that leaves more base, inserts and SPs for the second half, and that'll be up within the next few days.