Sunday, June 14, 2015

A Blaster From The Past

Ok, it's not actually from the past but the card designs are.

I have not been actively collecting lately but 2015 Topps Archives includes the 1976 Topps design so I had to get blaster and see what is what. Cards 1 - 100 are in the 1957 design, 101 - 200 in the 1976 design and 201 - 300 in the 1983 design.

Pack 1

37 Jhonny Peralta - The "h" right after the "J" always confuses me.
47 Henderson Alvarez
50 Ken Griffey Jr.
105 Joe DiMaggio
139 Michael Wacha
149 Hunter Pence
169 Jon Lester
275 Ted Williams
299 Mark Trumbo
300 Willie Mays

The cards did not come out of the pack in numerical order.  By mistake I sorted them before posting.  This is great mix of all-timers in this pack.  The 1957, 1976, and 1983 are three of my favorite designs so I'm hyped so far.

Pack 2

220 Jay Bruce
18 Homer Bailey
171 Ian Desmond
PGGWB George W Bush Presidential Chronicles - not a fan
19 Hisashi Iwakuma
148 Hyun-Jin Ryu
281 Hanley Ramirez
123 Anibal Sanchez
206 Alex Gordon
62 Robin Roberts

Not a great pack for me.

Pack 3

259 J.D. Martinez
94 Dellin Betances
114 Doug Fister
104 Kolten Wong
20 Josh Hamilton - the Angels blew it by letting him go
223 Justin Upton - stupid Braves!
91 Kevin Kiermaier
181 Harmon Killebrew
284 Jim Palmer
97 Juan Gonzalez

Another "meh" pack

Pack 4

246 Dustin Pedroia
7 Michael Pineda
138 Paul Goldschmidt
108 Matt Carpenter
219 Kurt Suzuki
56 Sonny Gray
168 Mark McGwire
252 Luis Aparicio
11 Bo Jackson
115 Barry Larkin

Another nice assortment of greats

Pack 5

241 Mike Napoli
48 Victor Martinez
185 Zack Greinke
177 Rickey Henderson Gold Parallel 17/50
161 Xander Bogaerts
231 Taijuan Walker
51 Yan Gomes
225 Bryce Harper
32 Robin Yount
134 Duke Snider

Gold Parallels are 1:47 packs

Pack 6

204 Wily Peralta
53 Roberto Alomar
125 Babe Ruth
WF2 Will Ferrell Mariners
135 Michael Taylor
250 Mike Trout
6 Alexei Ramirez
213 Brooks Robinson
35 Eddie Murray
197 Bob Lemon

Not sure how I feel about the Will Ferrell cards but I least this one is in the 1957 design.

Pack 7

202 Johnny Bench
88 Lenny Dykstra
189 Roberto Clemente
245 Garrett Richards Silver Parallel 071/199
130 Aramis Ramirez
278 Alex Cobb
52 Dilson Herrera
214 Orlando Cepeda
43 Alcides Escobar
195 Adrian Beltre

Lenny Dykstra?!?

Pack 8

273 Orlando Hernandez
85 Maikel Franco
182 Christian Walker
32 Anthony Rizzo 1968 Topps Game Insert
106 Brandon Finnegan
253 Whitey Ford
78 Gary Carter
272 Adrian Gonzalez
89 C.J. Wilson
116 Carlos Carrasco

1968 Topps Game is one of my favorite sets so I love the inclusion here.

In summary:
No current Braves...... (I'm not sure if I'm sad about this)
Lenny Dykstra?!?!?
I like the 3 designs they used
No shortprints but 2 parallels
They don't include all if the years of stats for the greats (14 - 16 years depending on design) = annoying
I didn't get the George Brett card (#75)

I must have more!

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