Low Price Point = Crap? Checking Out 2016 Topps Bunt

How it pretty much went for me:

Topps is coming out with a physical version of their Bunt app? Yaaaaaawwwwwwwwwnnnnn.

Topps is coming out with a set that sells for $1 a pack, isn’t Opening Day and isn’t hideous? OK, tell me more…


2016 has been an unusual collecting year for me, to say the least.  Here we are in August and my collection contains just 134 cards from 2016 Topps.  That’s unprecedented for me.  The only post-1968 Topps set in my collection which takes up less space is 1997 Topps, which has been purged down to 91 cards (but at one point was something like 200).  I always had it in the back of my mind that I would, at some point, raid a dimebox to fill out my 2016 Topps set, but I haven’t been to a show or card store since 2015, so that kind of screwed up my plans.

Not buying packs of a major flagship set left a big vacuum for me.

So even though I knew that Bunt wouldn’t be THE ANSWER to my 2016 malaise, it at least piqued my interest… especially as it was, as I’d mentioned, a cheap yet non-hideous set.  As someone tired of the lottery mentality of the hobby, it’s nice to be able to pay a buck a pack for something that is MLB-licensed and isn’t Opening Day.

I was in my Friendly Neighborhood Target Store the other day, and they had both loose packs and blasters of Topps Bunt. I was originally going to buy just a pack or two, but I was encouraged after seeing images and seeing some relatively positive reviews on other blogs… So I went crazy and shelled out $10 for 10 packs plus the ever-amusing “bonus pack”.

I opened the fist pack and saw the back of a Met card – David Wright. That’s a good sign (for this Mets fan, anyway).
2016 Topps Bunt David Wright back
As long as I’m showing the back, I will start with my biggest complaint about this set, and work my way up from there. Why on God’s good Earth would anybody have so much available real estate on the back of the card, and yet have such a relatively tiny card number? Bigger fonts are not more expensive, people, give us visually-challenged people a freakin’ break!

OK, that’s my biggest kvetch which applies to this set.  Movin’ on, here’s the first card front I saw…
2016 Topps Bunt Sonny Gray
Not bad. Simple, somewhat appealing design. Less is more. Nobody’s trying to beat us over the head with design elements like (ahem) certain companies we’re all familiar with.

For the most part, the photos aren’t the most exciting you’ll see, but they’re cropped tightly enough that you can see the player’s faces while showing enough of the player to convey a sense of action.
2016 Topps Bunt Byron Buxton
This one is possibly my favorite out of the 5 or 6 packs I opened.

I suppose I should also show the front of the David Wright…
2016 Topps Bunt David Wright
I appreciate the fact that this set is relatively straightforward. I don’t believe that there are any variations, just parallels and inserts. What you see is what you get.

Out of the packs I’ve opened, I pulled a pair of inserts.

This one is a “Program” insert….It’s not bad, but I think “Scorecard” would’ve been a much better name. “Program” has too many meanings and doesn’t convey the idea of a ballpark publication like “Scorecard”.
2016 Topps Bunt Program Sonny Gray

I like the concept of “Unique Unis”, but…
2016 Topps Bunt Unique Unis Ken Griffey
…Can’t we just pretend that these “Turn Ahead The Clock” uniforms never existed?

One thing I’m not wild about is the presence of retired players in a small-ish set like this.
2016 Topps Bunt Hank Aaron
…And this isn’t the best card to illustrate my point;  I don’t mind getting Hank Aaron so much.  What I really don’t want is another Chipper Jones card, and if I’m going to pull Don Mattingly he’d better be in a Marlins cap and have him listed on the card as a manager.  I’d rather get a card of Odubel Herrera or Jonathan Villar (just to pick two guys who aren’t in the set) rather than the usual gang of Topps “legends”. By my count, there are 43 retired players out of the 200 cards in the set.

Good news for Braves fans: There are five Braves in the Bunt base set.
Bad news for Braves fans: Freddie Freeman is the only active Brave in the Bunt base set.

One last base card before I start to wrap up…
2016 Topps Bunt Jacob deGrom

On the whole, I like this set. Maybe it’ll be like 2011 Lineage, which I liked at the time and later looked back and wondered why I liked it, but I frankly just like the idea of a cheap set that isn’t Opening Day.

That being said, I would like to see the following changes:

    • A bigger base set… At least 300 cards.
    • No retired players in the base set.  We get enough of that in Archives and through various inserts and variations.
    • Bigger fonts on the back, especially for the card number.
    • A release date earlier in the year.

I broke the base checklist down by team and there are no surprises here… Red Sox (14 cards), Yankees (12), Mets & Rangers (11), Cubs (10), Dodgers, Giants & Cardinals (9), Reds & Royals (8), Rockies (7), Orioles, Indians, Astros, Twins, Pirates, Mariners, Blue Jays and Nationals (6), Braves, White Sox, Tigers, Marlins and Athletics (5), D-Backs and Padres (4), Brewers and Rays (3), Angels and Phillies (2) and Expos (1).

So to wrap up…

Is it one of the best sets of the year?  Will I be attempting to build a set?  No and no.

Will it’s appeal quickly fade?  Will it show up in repacks in 2017?  Possibly and probably.

Is the base set largely made up of the same active and retired players you’ve seen in every other 2016 Topps set?  Pretty much.

Do I regret buying the blaster?  Nope.

PWE Playhouse: Cereal Box > Shoebox > Mailbox > Me

I recently got a PWE from Shane, sole owner and proprietor of Shoebox Legends, and while there were several cards I was expecting, I got a few surprises that added to the fun.

First off were a pair of Orioles from the 1984 Topps Ralston Purina set. According to my 2008 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards, this set was issued in boxes of Cookie Crisp (before it was a General Mills brand) and Donkey Kong Junior (!!!!) cereals, as well as through a mail-in offer.
1984 Ralston Purina Eddie Murray
Although I was actively collecting in 1984, I didn’t get any of these cards until a couple of years ago when they started appearing in large quantities in the repacks I occasionally got from Target. There’s a nearly-identical set without the Ralston Purina logos, called the “Topps Cereal Series”; I’m not sure what the story behind those is.
1984 Ralston Purina Jim Palmer
These two cards make up the Orioles’ team set, and I hadn’t pulled either of them from the repacks, so I’m done with this set, Oriole-wise.

In a similar “I’ve got some of these but no Orioles” vein, the next card is from the 50-card 2001 Topps “Noteworthy” insert set.
2001 Topps Noteworthy Brooks Robinson
It looks like it might say “…card is similar…” across the bottom, running through Brooks’ waistband.  I can also pick out words like “Topps” and “Subset”.  I wonder if anyone has worked out what all the typed lines say.

It’s funny… J.J. Hardy cards seem to come to me without my even trying, either through packs or PWE’s.
2015 Stadium Club Gold JJ Hardy
…Not that I’m complaining; I wouldn’t exactly describe myself as a J.J. collector, but he is my favorite current Oriole and I enjoy picking up new cards of his, even if I don’t seek him out (nor do I apparently have to).

The last three cards here are ones I was expecting, and came through a small Zistle epiphany (I think “Zistle Epiphany” also played at that same music festival as “Flagship Blaster” and “Translucent Football”).

You see, my main exposure to Zistle has been accessing Shane’s listings to see what cards he needs which I might have (or conversely, cards I have that he might need).

It wasn’t until recently that I noticed the “Tradelist” tab. “Oh, he has a list of cards that are available for trade? How about that!” (I am nothing if not observant).

Within a minute of poking around I found three cards I wanted, and I figured that was enough for one request.

First up is another early 1980’s food issue, a Fred Lynn from the 1980 Burger King Pitch Hit & Run set.
1980 Burger King Pitch Hit & Run Fred Lynn
I’m not looking to collect the whole set, just slowly gather up the ones which could be considered “photo variations” from the 1980 Topps set.

Here’s the regular 1980 Fred Lynn (which is out of my collection and shown here for comparison, it’s not part of the PWE):
1980 Topps Fred Lynn

The other two cards which were by special request were both from the 1974-75 Topps Hockey set.

I’ve never really been a Rangers fan, but my father watched every game so a lot of the Broadway Blueshirts from my youth have an emotional connection, even if I didn’t actively root for them. Steve Vickers most certainly falls into that category.
1974-75 Topps Hockey Steve Vickers
Plus I love hockey cards which show the players in places that are most definitely not on the ice.

For the 1972-73 season, Vickers won the Calder Trophy, awarded to the rookie of the year. I’m not sure I knew that.

Henry Boucha isn’t a player I remember from back in the day, but I just like this card for reasons I can’t explain.  Maybe it’s because he’s clearly Native American (Ojibwe) and you don’t see that often in any professional sport.
1974-75 Topps Hockey Henry Boucha
Henry Boucha played for the Silver-winning 1972 U.S. Olympic Hockey team and signed with the Red Wings at 19 years old. Unfortunately, an eye injury in his third season derailed his career, and he would later retire at the age of 24. Boucha is in the U.S. Hockey Hall Of Fame.

2016 TSR: Beltran, Vedder, And Thoughts On Top-Heavy Checklists

This is going to be something of a quickie post today… My custom-making feels like it’s winding down for the season, but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop… Just that I will cut back on the ones I post. Fr’instance, I did a custom for Ichiro’s 3000th hit, but it wasn’t all that visually interesting so I didn’t post it.

As a semi-collector of Carlos Beltran, I was happy that he got traded away from the Bronx. It’s hard to root for anyone when they’re wearing those navy pinstripes.
2016 TSR #330 - Carlos Beltran traded
Texas may not have been my top choice, but beggars can’t be choosers.

Eddie Vedder recently threw out the first pitch at a Cubs game, and while I’m no fan of Pearl Jam, a recent motivational phrase I’ve latched on to is “Dare to pander”.
2016 TSR CFP-12 Eddie Vedder
Truth be told, Eddie Vedder doesn’t make me think of “Even Flow”, “Daughter” or “Better Man”… Eddie Vedder makes me think of the ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic song “My Baby’s In Love With Eddie Vedder”.

…But my girl can’t get enough of his sullen demeanor
Like he’s some big tortured genius and I’m some kind of wiener…

It does appear that Mr. Vedder is wearing a Seattle Raniers t-shirt, so he gets some bonus points for that.

Moving on….

Yesterday’s post from Off Hiatus Baseball got me thinking a little bit… Topps checklists are very much top-heavy and focus overly much on big names, hyped prospects and big cities… but making custom cards has given me a tiny little insight into some of the issues with photo availability.

Now back in the day, Topps would have their own photographers… or at least subcontractors that they hired… and if a photographer were going to a Braves game, they could say “Hey Frank… Get me some photos of Bruce Benedict and Biff Pocoroba!”

Now, however, Topps gets most, if not all, of their photos from services like Getty Images. Maybe Topps can still put in requests to get pictures of guys like Kevin Jepsen or Ramon Cabrera, but if they’re limited to what’s available through Getty, then that brings in a whole slew of issues if they want to get bigger checklists.

Now, guys like Ichiro… You could make a 750-card set out of the available Ichiro images, and I’m not being facetious on that. There must be a big demand for Ichiro pictures, because any time the Marlins play, there’s at least a couple of Ichiro photos taken, even if it’s just Ichiro sitting on the bench or Ichiro swinging a bat before the game or Ichiro trying to remember whether he locked his car when he got to the ballpark.

There also seems to be a significant difference between the number of photos generated from, let’s say, a Nationals/Dodgers game as opposed to an interleague Reds/Rays matchup.

After a while, you start to see that it’s the same 150-200 guys featured in the photos over and over again, and you just don’t see as much of the rest of the players.

And to make things worse, often when you see the players who aren’t in the top 20%, the photos are…

OK, before I get into this any further, I have to apologize in advance to Eric Campbell, Hansel Robles and Josh Edgin, but the following is being done to prove a point.

…For the other 80%, the photos are often taken to fill in the narrative of that day’s game, and not necessarily of those guys in particular.

As a result, you often get photos of guys reacting to striking out…
2016 TSRchives 90T-1 Eric Campbell

…or giving up a home run…
2016 TSRchives 90T-2 Hansel Robles

…Or being just barely visible in the photo.
2016 TSRchives 90T-3 Josh Edgin

So just to play “Topps Advocate” for a moment… Even if they wanted to do a set that represented a large percentage of Major Leaguers, their hands might be tied by the images available to them.

…MIGHT BE… I can’t emphasize enough that this is conjecture, for all I know Topps can do anything they want, but instead insist on inflicting us with countless cards of Clayton Kershaw and Bryce Harper, all while laughing manically and rolling around in big piles of cash.

OK, so that wasn’t as quickie as I thought, but I never know how much I have to say until I’ve said it.

Have a good Sunday, everybody! Get in your Olympics while you can…

An Olympic Playlist (And Unrelated Baseball Cards)

Given that the 2016 Rio Summer Games, Olympiad, etc. is drawing to a close, and given that I don’t have the brain power to write a proper post, I decided to think of as many songs as I could which relate to these Summer Olympics in as many ways as possible, no matter how tenuous the connection.

Sprinkled into the playlist are images of baseball cards which have nothing to do with anything.

I’m breaking this down into three sections… The host country, the events and the medals.

HOST COUNTRY
“You And Me In A Rowboat To Rio” – Eddie From Ohio
“The Girl From Ipanema” – Astrud Giberto And Stan Getz
Anything by Sergio Mendes And Brasil ’66
1972 Topps Ken Henderson IA

EVENTS
“Nightswimming” – R.E.M.
“Channel Swimmer” – 10cc
“Fox On The Run” – Sweet
“Man On The Run” – Cowboy Mouth
“Band On The Run” – Wings
“Run Through The Jungle” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Bicycle Race” – Queen
“Shoot Your Shot” – J. Geils Band
“Carry That Weight” – The Beatles
“The Weight” – The Band
“One More Arrow” – Elton John
1981 Kelloggs Ken Singleton
“Jump” – Van Halen
“Jumpin’ Jack Flash” – Rolling Stones
“Handball” – Billy Joel (unreleased live track from the mid 1970’s)
“Boxing” – Ben Folds Five
“The Boxer” – Simon And Garfunkel
“I’ll Sail This Ship Alone” – The Beautiful South
“Sail Away, Sweet Sister” – Queen
“Come Sail Away” – Styx
“Kayaking” – Domestic Science Club
“England 2, Colombia 0” – Kirsty MacColl
2012 Topps Finest Ryan Zimmerman

MEDALS
“Gold On The Ceiling” – The Black Keys
“Golden Rings” – Godley & Creme
“Gold” – John Stewart
“Love Over Gold” – Dire Straits
“Woman Of Gold” – The Health And Happiness Show
“Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” – The Beatles
“Silver Rainbow” – Genesis
“My Silver Lining” – First Aid Kit

2008 Upper Deck Goudey Tom Seaver

I’m positive that there are all kinds of songs I left out… You know the drill.  Leave any songs in the comments, preceded by “Yo, dummy!  You forgot…”

1 Card Post: 1994 Studio Heritage Collection Mike Mussina

*sigh*

I don’t know how the weeks keep getting away from me like this, but here I am with no posts ready and little time.

Fortunately, I have a card that I can write about quickly… This fantastic 1994 Studio Heritage Collection card featuring Mike Mussina in an Orioles uniform that the team wore briefly in 1968 and 1969.
1994 Donruss Studio Heritage Collection Mike Mussina
Moose is pictured “outside” of Memorial Stadium wearing a rarely-worn Orioles sleeveless uniform.

Unlike the regular Studio cards from 1994, this insert set was on a canvas-y card stock with bronze foil on the front.  The back has another photo of Mussina, plus a brief writeup on the uniform and Mussina.
1994 Donruss Studio Heritage Collection Mike Mussina back
As you can see from the card number, this was one of 8 cards in the insert set.

The Orioles wore these vests so-o-o-o-o-o-o-o rarely…

HOW RARELY DID THEY WEAR THEM????

…They wore them so rarely that The Fleer Sticker Project recently came out of hibernation just to share newly-found images of these vests from the 1960’s. You can see that post here and an all-vest-encompassing post here.

I’m not usually a fan of vest jerseys… especially the Rockies’ dumb-ass black vest over black sleeves look… But I have to admit that these aren’t bad.  Not quite as sharp as the Reds’ 1956-1966 look, but better than other examples I’ve seen (especially the aforementioned dumbass Rockies look).

I WONDER Where I Got These Football Cards…

As football is gearing up for another season, I thought I’d share a batch of 1974 Wonder Bread All-Stars.  I’ve had these cards since the mid-1970’s, and can only guess that I got them from a friend, or maybe a garage sale. While I remember having them, I don’t remember getting them… and my mom didn’t buy Wonder Bread.

We’ll start off the festivities with HOFer and 8-time Pro-Bowler Paul Warfield.
1974 Wonder Bread All Star Paul Warfield

The fronts are very similar, but not identical, to 1971 Topps Football.  1971 Topps was color-coded by team and had the little cartoony football player on the bottom, while 1974 Wonder bread was color-coded by offense and defense, and had no cartoons.
1971 Topps Preston Pearson

The Wonder Bread backs are completely different and printed on white card stock.
1974 Wonder Bread All Star Paul Warfield back
The backs included football tips complete with photos of football players.  Although the players in these photos had logoless helmets, the uniforms on many of the cards looks like Jets uniforms… I have no idea if they’re Jets players, or just guys in Jets-like uniforms.  I would guess the latter.

The photo used on this Bob Griese card was also used on his 1975 Topps and 1975 Wonder Bread cards. As a kid I happened to own all three, and they were the only Bob Griese cards I owned.  I think it would’ve blown my mind to get a card with a different photo on it.
1974 Wonder Bread All Stars Bob Griese
Like his teammate, Griese is a HOFer and an 8-time Pro-Bowler.

Alan Page is looking menacing, and showing us that Wonder Bread cards were not immune to helmets with the logos airbrushed-out.
1974 Wonder Bread All-Stars Alan Page
Alan Page says “Listen up… I’m a HOFer and a NINE-time Pro-Bowler!”

I didn’t realize it until I was writing this post, but there are three Dolphins in this set, and I have all three. Pity I’m not a Dolphins fan.
1974 Wonder Bread All-Stars Larry Csonka
On March 31st, 1974, Csonka and Warfield, along with RB Jim Kiick, announced that in 1975 they would jump from the NFL to the World Football League, a rival league that folded halfway through its second season.

Oh, and Larry Csonka is a HOFer.

Willie Lanier is a (ho-hum) HOFer and 8-time Pro Bowler.
1974 Wonder Bread All-Stars Willie Lanier

The 1974 Wonder Bread All-Star set is complete at 30 cards, and I don’t get the impression that any of them are particularly rare. It’s also not as loaded with HOFers as this post makes it seem; there are more than a few in the set who fell just a little short of the Hall-Of-Fame.

Interestingly enough, there are no Cowboys in the set, even though the previous year’s team was 10-4 and won a playoff game.  Along with HOFers Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly and Mel Renfro, the 1973 Cowboys also had Pro-Bowlers Calvin Hill and Lee Roy Jordan… so clearly there were factors other than ability involved in player selection.

Other teams which are missing (and generally less surprisingly so) were the Bears (3-11-0 in 1973), Bills (9-5-0 and had O.J. Simpson), Chargers (2-11-1), Colts (4-10-0 but had Ted Hendricks), Falcons (9-5-0 but no “star power”), Oilers (1-13-0) and Saints (5-9-0 and I can’t imagine there were many children outside of Louisiana who said “Aw shucks, there aren’t any Saints!”)

2016 TSR: Alex Rodriguez In Carbonite

OK, so the first custom takes a little bit of explaining.

This past Friday, I was looking at a blogroll when I saw a post from The Lost Collector titled “Goodbye, Alex”, but my brain interpreted the accompanying thumbnail as a picture of Han Solo frozen in Carbonite (from The Empire Strikes Back, for those non-Star Wars people out there).

What on earth does A-Rod have to do with Han Solo in Carbonite?

As it turns out, the post was a very nice tribute to A-Rod, and the thumbnail was of a 2015 Topps “Etched In History” insert, a medallion-y card that has nothing to do with Han Solo or being frozen in Carbonite.  You can read the post and see the card here.

I was going to leave a comment on the post about my misconception, but I wasn’t sure it fit the tone of the post… So I figured I’d say something here.

Then I got wondering if there has ever been a Star Wars card set with a “Carbonite” insert.  Seems like a natural to me.

Then my brain just went the rest of the way and I said “I should just do an Alex Rodriguez In Carbonite insert for the heck of it”.

So I did.
2016 TSR Carbonite #1 - Alex Rodriguez
The backstory I invented for this insert is that A-Rod’s agent had him frozen just in case the Marlins or some other team comes calling.

This next custom insert was not planned in advanced, but seems too good to pass up. It seems that William Shatner is in Boston this weekend for that city’s Comic Con, and while there he threw out the first pitch.
2016 TSR CFP-11 William Shatner
I would like to point out that Shatner is 85 years old, but threw the ball over the plate. Yes, he was standing in front of the mound, but… 85 years old!

I hope I still have a pulse at 85.

Among the other celebrity guests at Boston Comic Con (which ends today, so you’ve likely already missed them) are/were John Barrowman, Gillian Anderson, Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan and Elizabeth Henstridge.

Jumping back to Mr. Rodriguez, his departure contributed to a new wave of rookies in the Yankees lineup.  In yesterday’s game, Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge both hit homers in their first MLB at-bats;  this is the first time this has happened in MLB history, and the homers came back-to-back, no less.
2016 TSR #267 - Aaron Judge
Judge is a big boy… 6’7″, 275 lbs. He’s also wearing #99, which I love. Hey if all the good numbers are retired, why settle for a number in the 40’s or 50’s? Go for the gusto and grab that #99!

I like Mark Melancon, so it saddens me to see him in a Nationals uniform.
2016 TSR #329 - Mark Melancon traded
The Nats don’t have the best track record with closers, at least not lately.  Last year they jettisoned Drew Storen for Jonathan Papelbon… but you could at least blame that on Matt Williams’ questionable handling of relievers.  This year, the Nats dumped Papelbon for Mark Melancon.  Who will Melancon get dumped for in 2017?

As I mentioned earlier this week, Jay Bruce came to the Mets at the expense of Shlabotnik-favorite prospect Dilson Herrera.  After two weeks, Jay Bruce has done very little to make me feel better about this trade.
2016 TSR #327 - Jay Bruce Traded
In 11 games with the Mets, Bruce…

G’day, Bruce!

…Bruce has batted .159 with 2 homers, 3 runs and 5 RBI, with no doubles or triples.  In  his defense, I can’t help but wonder if this team has brought him down rather than the intended objective of his bringing the team up.

Last week I’d mentioned that the Astros threw back to 1986, but I didn’t have time to make a custom. I couldn’t let those rainbow throwbacks go to waste, so…
2016 TSRchives 86T-8 Alex Bregman
Bregman wins bonus points for the stirrups.

The Rangers also wore mid-1980’s road uniforms… but honestly, those uniforms are so uninteresting that I couldn’t bring myself to make a custom of those.

As long as we’re talking about achievements in Major League debuts, I have a last-minute addition…
2016 TSR #268 - Gabriel Ynoa
Mets pitcher Gabriel Ynoa earned the win in his Major League debut last night by pitching a perfect 11th inning with two K’s before the Mets won in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the 11th.

Ynoa was the first Mets pitcher to get a win in his MLB debut since Kenny Greer in 1993.

…And this Mets fan of 40+ years said “Who?”

I felt better after I looked up Mr. Greer.  His debut came on September 29th, two weeks after being acquired from the Yankees, and it was his only regular season appearance for the Mets.  Greer pitched a perfect 17th inning with two K’s – sound familiar? – as the Mets beat the Cardinals 1-0.

I found only one card of Mr. Greer in my collection.
1994 Fleer ProCards Kenny Greer
As far as I can tell, he never made it into any nationally-issued sets.  He’d pitch 8 games of relief for the Giants in 1995, and that was the end of his MLB career.

For Mets fans in 1993, there was good news and bad news about that game.

Good news:  That 1-0 win was the second game of a 6-game winning streak to end the season.

Bad news:  The Mets had already lost 103 games.

At any rate, I managed to find it in me to forgive myself for not remembering a pitcher who’s only Mets appearance came in the 17th inning of a late September game during a season where the Mets lost 103 games.


ShlabotNotes:

We’ve got a new Topps Now card with the biggest print run; Ichiro’s 3000th hit card sold 11,550 copies. While it’s a great accomplishment to have a card of, if it had been a a flagship insert which had a press run of 11,550 cards, how much would you pay for that? Naturally, you don’t know the print run before you buy a Topps Now card, but it just seems to underline that Topps has gotten themselves into something good.

There’s also a lowest print run on the books since the last time I checked (and it’s apparently been a while since I checked): Card 257, “Chase d’Arnaud breaks 0-0 tie with two out, walk-off single”. This highlight happened on 7/17 and the print run was just 180. Chase d’Arnaud fans are getting their money’s worth out of that one!