The Topps series two release continues on much of the first release of the year. It features base cards 351-700, along with many new and familiar insert sets. It comes at a time when the top rookie from the beginning of the season, Shohei Ohtani, is out with a potentially season ending injury. He’s still heavily featured in this product, and we see his first flagship Topps base rookie card.
As the season has moved on, other top rookies have emerged. This has led to some rookies that may be able to replace Ohtani for hobby prominence. To partially solve this, Topps issued SP variants for a couple of the top guys in Acuna and Torres, rather than include them in the base set. These SPs join alternate photos along with many legends as extensions to the set. This seems like a reasonable compromise to me, to get these players in, without making them part of the set.
This is the normal jumbo box configuration, consisting of 10 packs of 50 cards each, including three hits. On release day, two additional silver packs were included, containing four 1983 Chrome cards each.
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A new Star Wars movie means a new Topps release. This time, it features Han Solo’s origin story. It’s a fun movie, but it’s a little bit of a departure from the recent releases. The card set, however, seems to follow a similar pattern. The base set contains 100 cards, along with many familiar insert sets including Icons, Silhouettes, Stickers, Patch Cards, Sketch Cards, and Autographs.
The base set is a fun design featuring the Millennium Falcon along the edge, and numerous parallels. I question the black parallel, however. It looks much more grey than black. If you have the black and silver together, it is easy to tell which is which, but apart, it may be more difficult.
Maybe it’s just me, but many of the insert designs seem to blend together, as well. I guess they’re easy if you know what you’re looking for, but they don’t seem quite so obvious at first glance. The different insert sets are displayed below, so you can judge for yourself.
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This release snuck up on me. I didn’t know it was coming until just before it was being released. I’m not really tied in to the non-movie related releases, so it’s possible I just didn’t know. I ventured out largely without really knowing what I was getting in to, but thought it could be a fun release.
It’s a pretty bare bones release, with a 140 card base set, and a few insert sets, as well. The black and white is an interesting imagery
gimmick. The parallels end up being a slight tint to the cards. The box’s size really stood out to me. It’s a box of only seven packs of cards, containing eight cards each. That’s going to make it a tough set to make from packs. Each box contains either one autograph or sketch card, as well. The cards feature great photography, and the base cards do not really waste any space on design, other than the Star Wars logo. It makes for a different feeling with the cards, to be sure.
It seems a little pricey for what it is, but we’ll see how it holds up.
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The release of 2018 Topps series 1 heralds the first signs of spring and the coming of spring training. After a long cold off season, it’s the first sign of return of baseball. I’m not a big fan of the recent designs, and this year doesn’t do much to change that opinion. Again, the design, with no borders, doesn’t really feel like a flagship Topps set to me, and I can only see a tongue sticking out by the logo now.
It’s not a bad set by any means, it just doesn’t feel right to me. Perhaps one of the biggest surprises to me, is the lack of buybacks in the product. They have become a staple over the last few years, and almost seem to stick out in their absence.
Once again, there are a large number of SP and SSPs mixed in. The odds for a lot of the numbered inserts seems much tougher than normal, pointing to a large increase in production. That’s been a concern as the hobby begins recovering from Judgemania last year.
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We have a throwback break today, in 1991 Topps. This was the 40th anniversary release for Topps. It was a simpler time for collecting, as there are no hits or inserts to speak of in the box, but there is a very remote chance at a buyback card from any of the previous releases, before they used to stamp each buyback card. Topps inserted one of each card ever produced or a redemption for it, if the card was too valuable or large to fit in the pack. The buybacks were very rare as this is one of the most over produced sets of all times.
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