2012 Topps Golden Moments Die Cuts, Just Before The Deadline

I unlocked three cards through the Topps “Golden Giveaway”, and even after trading 2 of them for players I collect, I debated for quite a while whether or not to even redeem these cards…  All of the selling points of these cards are just “meh” to me.

Shiny?  Meh.

Die-cut?  Meh.

A design rather than the photo’s original background?  Meh.

I let it go until pretty much the last minute, and finally decided that it would be better to buy them and see if they’re more exciting in person, rather than to skip them and risk buyer’s – or  non-buyer’s – remorse.

So here are the cards. They’re much thicker than I expected, about the thickness of four normal Topps cards.

Please forgive the wavy white lines in the scans… Because I haven’t committed 100% to keeping these cards, I didn’t remove the protective film from the front.

2012 Topps Golden Moments Die Cut Jose Reyes

2012 Topps Golden Moments Die Cut Ryan Zimmerman

2012 Topps Golden Moments Die Cuts Tom Seaver

I hope some of you will say something along the lines of “Whoa, awesome cards!”

…Because I’m still saying “meh.”

A Variation Coming To A Pack Near You…?

I was watching a baseball highlight show this morning, and got to wondering how long it’ll be before we have clubhouse celebration variation cards.  We’ve already got the “shaving cream pie in the face” variation, why not “goggles and champagne” variations?  Or have there already been such cards?  I can’t remember any.  Maybe they don’t want to promote alcohol use among minors (as if kids don’t see these celebrations on TV).

So with that in mind, here’s a Ryan Zimmerman regular card and the ultra shortest-of-the-short-print variation (seeded 1:10,000,000,000,000 hobby packs) from the 6th Series of 2012 TSR:

I can’t help but think that retired players from ‘back in the day’ see the players wearing goggles and think something along the line of “Wusses”.

Pack Animal! – A brief side trip into 2012 Opening Day territory…

If Topps had any interest in getting online buzz about Opening Day, they wouldn’t release it almost simultaneously with Heritage.  Most of the Opening Day posts I’ve seen were prefaced with “I couldn’t find Heritage…”

If Topps had any interest in getting me to buy more than a pack or two of Opening Day, they’d use different photos from the main set.  If nothing else, I like having an option for those “I need a cheap fix” days.  Last year, that ended up being Attax and Stickers.  I hope Attax is back this year.  Maybe I’ll even try playing the game.

Anyway, I bought 2 wax packs of Opening Day and the non-insert cards were largely uninteresting.  No Mets, no Orioles, nobody photoshopped into a new uniform.  Fortunately, I did just fine with inserts…

Wow, that foil on the left just does not scan…  It says “Run Down”.  Ryan Zimmerman is a player I collect, so this was a welcome insert, a nice-looking card and a good action shot.  Hmmm, Nats vs. Mariners, I’ll bet they packed Nationals Park for that Interleague blockbuster…

This looks like a nice insert set, but this particular photo is right out of 1973 Topps… If it weren’t for the fact that you can see “JONES” on the back of Adam’s jersey, you’d be hard-pressed to pick him out of the crowd.  I thought this might be from the last day of the season, when the Orioles got a walk-off win against the Red Sox which helped knock the Sox out of the playoffs – probably the highlight of the whole Orioles season.  The celebration on this card was on 5/24/11, when Adam Jones hit a walk-off homer to beat the Royals and break a 21-game losing streak.  I would’ve preferred the Sept. 28th game, but I guess Robert Andino doesn’t count as a “superstar”.

Although on September 28th, 2011, Orioles fans, Rays fans and Red Sox haters considered Robert Andino to be a superstar.

Pack Animal! 2006 Topps Rack with 3 Vintage Cards

I got this rack at Target for $1.59 a few days before the 2012 hit the fan.  It’s from 2006 Series 2 and promises 18 cards plus 3 vintage cards.  I knew I needed just under 100 cards for 2006, but I didn’t realize that most of those were from Series 1.  Had I realized that I only needed 8 cards from series 2, I wouldn’t have bought this.  But on the plus side I can see a Ryan Zimmerman rookie on the back, and I do need that card.  Maybe I’ll get lucky with the other cards and the promised 3 vintage cards (I’ll bet on 1988, 1989 and 1982).

Rip rip rip rip rip…

OK, well I could’ve done a lot worse (and did do a lot worse with that Fairfield repack I bought a week and a half ago).  I got the aforementioned Zimmerman rookie…

I got a Big Papi card which I also needed…

I got a gold parallel…

And here are the junk wax vintage cards, none of which I needed:

On the whole, it wasn’t too bad.  On the same trip I also bought a $2 pack of 2011 Update and got bupkis.

Actually, the worst part of the rack pack was this thing:

I only just got rid of all my accumulated Mantle Home Run History cards, and then this comes back to haunt me.  I would have to think that even Mantle fans are sick of these things.  I wish I had a bicycle so I could stick this sucker in the spokes.