Found 2016 Topps, bought blaster, ripped several packs in my car.
My first card:
For the most part, I had been withholding my opinion on the design until I held cardboard in my hands. Now that I’ve seen the cards, I can tell you that I don’t really have an opinion.
…Which is to say that I don’t love this design and I don’t hate this design. There’s really nothing wrong with it, I’m just completely without passion (positive or negative) regarding it… It simply *is* (in the same sense that Mount Everest *is*… or that Alma Cogan *isn’t*) (Been a while since I dropped a fairly obscure Monty Python reference).
And, truth be told, I’m fine with that. Going into 2016, I wasn’t sure what course of action I was going to take regarding the new sets. One could make the argument that it would do me well to stop buying cards for a while and just make a major push to organize what I have. The only thing is, I really enjoy busting wax of current players. It’s not even the lottery aspect of it… You can take away the inserts and variations and I’d still enjoy it. The fun of looking at new pictures of current major leagues is what got me into this hobby, I’m not stopping now.
But it certainly wouldn’t hurt to scale back on my buying… and here’s an opportunity served up on a golden platter.
Don’t get me wrong… I will buy more of these. I will buy some Series Two, I’ll probably buy Update.
…But I will not buy a factory set of this, nor will I even entertain the thought of completing this set. Team sets? Absolutely. Tracking down certain players? You betcha. Raiding dime boxes? Sure, why not.
…But I’m hereby declaring “Topps Update Rules” to be in effect. I buy packs of Update, but I disregard most, if not all, of the subsets (unless the players on the cards fall into a team or player collection).
To be honest, having Update Rules in effect is kind of liberating. In the absence of any pretense of collecting the set, I can completely ignore 28 of the 30 team cards.
I can also disregard league leader cards…
…well, OK, not THIS one because it has an Oriole on it… but otherwise, I can disregard them.
The inserts I pulled were largely uninteresting, but I did have comments on two of them…
This MLB Wacky Packages promo is just odd. I don’t know what else to say.
My blaster came with “one commemorative MLB Debut medallion card”. I generally have little interest in medallion cards or manu-patches, so before I even opened my little one-card pack, I was hoping to pull something that might sell on COMC, or which I could trade to someone.
And then I got screwed up because I happened to pull Cal Ripken…
…And I collect Cal… And Mrs. Shlabotnik (who’s been a fan of Cal since he looked like he does on this card) likes this card, so it looks like this one is going in the Cal binder.
Oh, before I forget… My blaster (which came from Target) included a booklet of coupons for future Topps purchases, and one of the packs included a topps.com promo card that also has a coupon on the back for 50 cents off “Select 2016 Topps Products”… so you might not want to automatically pitch those cards.
So, that’s about all I have to say.
And so, in conclusion, I leave you with a question…
When does Heritage come out?