A lot of you consider Topps Update to be SSDW – “Same Stuff, Different Wrapper”. For others it means updated base cards, different subsets and a couple of different inserts.
…And for bloggers, it means a day of not having to think about what to write… and that made the impromptu, hasty trip to Target completely worthwhile.
Topps likes to load the Update set with rookie cards, like promising Orioles rookie Henry Urrutia.
I’ve seen Urrutia play in AA, I’ve seen him play in the majors, and I’m still not sure how to pronounce his last name. Oo-roo-TEE-ah? Oo-ROO-tee-ah? I certainly can’t count on the Orioles announcers, who never met a Latino whose name they didn’t mangle. I tried going to LasMayores.com, the official Spanish-language MLB site, but my meager Spanish knowledge – thanks to a former co-worker I know more “bad words” than anything – prevented me from navigating the site to find out if there should be accent marks over any part of his last name.
Along with rookie cards, we also have rookie debut cards, which allows Topps to get more Rookie Card logos in there… even though I wouldn’t think that anybody considers these to be rookie cards.
The “Rookie Debut” text looks black in this scan, but it’s silver foil.
There’s also the usual cluttery subsets of All-Stars and Home Run Derby participants. This card confused me briefly because I didn’t see the All-Star logo on the card, but it gets lost in Darvish’s jersey.
I generally don’t care for minis, but last year’s 1987 minis were OK. This year’s 1972 were “meh”, and when I saw this card I declared it “stupid”.
…Out loud, but it’s OK because I was sitting in my car in the Target parking lot.
Something about these minis just diminishes the 1971 design, one of my favorite designs of the 1970’s… and when 1971 Topps are diminished, aren’t we all diminished a little bit?
Yeah, I don’t like minis.
Remember when the set was called the “Traded” set? Yeah, that was awesome…
So, yeah, that pretty much covers what I found. I also got a couple of parallels, a “Chasing History” insert and a “Making Their Mark” insert, none of which I deemed worthy of scanning.
I’ll be buying more of this, but as is always the case with Topps Update, I’m really just looking for the base cards that do what the wrapper says they do – update the base set. I want rookies I don’t already have, I want players in new uniforms. I can do without the clutter, except when its for a player I collect.