Thursday, November 22, 2012
When I opened up my packs of Topps Update 2011, I found the face of a very young Nolan Ryan, pitching for my favorite team. I'm not sure this counts as an insert - probably it is a Short Print - and one I am happy to now own. I don't really get why Topps does this, but from what I read on some of the other blogs out there, Topps has enough other problems.
This is a cool card, and if I'm going to pull a short print, it may as well be a Met... AND a heck of a name!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
My apologies for the slightly sloppy scan, but here is my favorite insert set from the 2011 Update Set. On these mini's, I definitely favor the old names - I sorta hate that they put the old-time guys together with the current players. I wish the mini-set just focused on one group, either old-timers or some other niche set. It just seems like such a haphazard collection of different players with little rhyme or reason. That said, I do simply love almost everything about these cards: the close up sketch-picture up top, the slightly hazy action shot below, and even the font of the player's name and italicized team name - it just all WORKS. My only criticism is that the back is nothing more than a checklist - but I can overlook that. I pulled a total of 18 in my two hobby boxes, and here are the rest:
I am probably not going to try to complete this set, but if you have any others that you have nothing to do with, I'd take them!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
I pretty much finished up my 2012 collection - which includes (for the first time in my collecting history) the completed topps update series. That's 990 base cards, my largest single year collection - and several completed insert sets along the way. While I still have some 87 mini's in the update series to track down, I am pretty happy with what I have.
My new plan, since I enjoyed collecting the Update Series, is to now work backwards. I had completed Topps 2011, but ignored update, so a couple of weeks ago I picked up two hobby boxes of 2011 update (rather cheaply, too!). I just finished opening and ordering, so I thought I'd share some of the pulls.
I know this is probably old news to most of you - but hopefully some will enjoy the look back at the recent past.
My hobby box hits were two all-star patches, and they are pretty well-designed. Not players that I truly love - if you have a Mets patch who you'd like to offer, I'll take it! (I need to step up my game with trades - I've been pretty weak, so far!)