So without further ado lets dive in shall we?
First here's the box label I made up for those of you who like to store your sets in boxes.
There's also another contest.
There's also a Chase to the Pennant contest card. But these code cards are have some crazy insertion rate of something like 1:2000 so if you get one good job!
This year there's lots of parallels to chase. We all like colored parallels right? This year we have a few new colors to chase our favorite players in. The sparkly unnumbered emerald parallels are the most common this year, unless you are buying retail from Wal-mart or Target and then you get Blue and Red parallels respectively in abundance.
Here are all the Emeralds I pulled. You get one per Jumbo pack
Sorry I didn't scan all the Blue parallels I got. I'll have a trade post up later this week probably tomorrow with all the inserts and extras I have available.
Camo makes the jump from football to baseball this year. I didn't get a camo my Jumbo but I did manage to pull one from my retail. I can't remember if it was in the blaster or rack pack, but it's a good one.
I did end up getting one black from my Jumbo box.
And lets not forget the golds. Topps isn't going to hold them back for Update series this year.
On to the inserts.
This year Topps is doing the Chase theme. And true to the formula, Topps usually does one big regular size insert set. This year that set is Chasing History.
Here are the ones I've got.
There are parallels of these cards at are one Foil board. I'm not sure if the foil or gold parallels are retail only but I didn't pull any from hobby and the two I got from retail were in the same rack pack.
The next big inserts set is the Chasing the Dream set.
I think these cards would look great chromed out. And if Topps carries this insert to Chrome well see if I'm right. This insert reminds me of Topps Finest of years past, but I'm not a big fan.
I ended up pulling 4 from Jumbo and 1 from retail so these aren't too hard of a pull. My other was Ted Williams. Both Williams and Ruth are up on ebay right now though.
And of course we finally get to this years mini offering. Topps 1972 mini's. I'm not sure why they opted for 72 over say a year that had a mini like 75, but the cards look cool and being a mini and oddball collector I'll have to try and put this set together of course.
Sadly I did get 3 extras out of my hobby and retail so I have an extra Adam Jones, Carlos Gonzalez and Matt Kemp up for trade as well.
Now onto the hits. The retail blaster promises a commemorative patch card and there are two different kinds this year. The one I really like was the rookie patch cards that feature a patch with the players Topps rookie card on it. I'm hoping Robin Yount gets one of these in Series 2 or Update. I ended up pulling a Player Patch Card and I think I did all right.
Chipper!! It won't be the last time we see Chipper either. It seemed everything I opened favored the Rangers or the Braves.
Topps also has numerous manufactured "relics" this year. All pretty much centered around baseballs big awards. Cy Young, MVP, and Silver Slugger awards, as well as, Proven Mettle cards.
I ended up with an MVP card.
But I've saved the best for last and it kinda floored me to pull it.
I had thought about sending this in to Topps, but what are the odds I get a card in better shape? Anyways all my hits are up on ebay right now. Got to try and fund this crazy hobby. All the inserts are up for trade and I should have a trade post up with scans and numbers available. The Ranger and Giants cards have been claimed though.
Over all not bad. Again pretty par for the course. I am probably a little skewed having gotten a case hit in my Jumbo box. There are of course a few stand out inserts and a few inserts that well just seem to be filler. I'm glad Topps got away from those awful duo cards they put in the sets for years.
Per Josh's request if your interest in anything I've got here up on ebay here is the link to my auctions.