Archive for Topps 206

Another 2009 Topps 206 error spotted: Honus Wagner

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on December 10, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

Just spotted this one, it’s probably an uncorrected error though: Check out the spelling on Pittsburgh on the Short Print version (left).

2009 Topps 206 Blasters are out: Buyer Beware, ridiculous odds!

Posted in Box / Pack Break, Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on December 9, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

Been waiting all week to see the 2009 Topps 206 Blasters to hit retail store shelves, and when I found them Wednesday I was thrilled. Problem: The odds for any for the hits are off the charts. Autographs are EASIER to get in Blasters than relics. The easiest signature can be attained 1 in every 162 packs while the easiest relic falls 1 in every 672 packs. Autographs are almost five times easier to get than relics! There are two ways to interpret this: 1) Topps is giving Blaster Buyers a better shot at signatures; 2) Topps is milking Blaster Buyers for every penny.

These odds won’t make a difference to set collectors; Blasters offer an extra pack and cost a dollar less than buying seven random retail packs. But for basic collectors, Blasters may not be worth the money — the hits are at least three times harder to get. Is this fair?

The main problem with retail products is pack searchers are everywhere. Within 10 minutes of a retail box being placed on the shelf, someone has rifled through it and yanked the hits. So what are retail shoppers left to do? Buy blasters, which contain packs that are not searched. The problem here though is that Topps is making the collector work even harder for their hit.

There’s always the option to buy a hobby box, and given the stats that Cardboard Problem presented on Wednesday, that is looking like the best option for basic collectors.

Top packs is from a Blaster; bottom is basic retail. Check out the odds.

Forget 2009 Topps 206, let’s see the real thing!

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

I’ve been on a binge lately with 2009 Topps 206. The reason I love these cards so much is because they remind me of the real deal for 100 years ago.

Fortunately, I own two copies of the original cards, two of the biggest stars of the period, Christy Mathewson and Nap LaJoie. I received these cards back from Beckett Grading on Tuesday and they are even nicer than they were two weeks ago when I cracked them from their less-superior PSA and SGC cases. The Mathewson is a Sweet Caporal back while the LaJoie features the more common Piedmont back, a design Topps used for the common backs for its 2009 minis. I do have a question for Topps though: Is the company looking to produce this set again in 2010? The original T-206s were distributed in 1909 AND 1911.

I just hit for the Cycle with 2009 Topps 206

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on December 8, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

I can’t stay away from 2009 Topps 206 retail packs. Searched or not, I find myself drawn to those blue wrappers like a piece of metal to a magnet. It’s almost masochistic at this point because I know there is almost a 99 percent chance that I will not pull a relic. What I keep telling myself is that those blue and black framed beauties are not my reason for buying these cards. And to an extent I am being truthful. The reason I am drawn to these cards is because of the minis — they resemble cards that are a century old, and for the most part they look pretty good. But what sucks is that the  and relics are minis, too, only set inside colored frames which are easy for searchers to spot. Bastards.

I digress. Knowing all this, I still bought a few packs the other day and managed to do well with the minis. So well, in fact, that I hit for the cycle: got four different mini backs in just a few packs. The Piedmont backs may be the most common, but I think they may be my favorite. I really like the Polar Bear (1:10 packs) , the Old Mill (1:20) are so-so and the Cycle backs (/99) are serial numbered. But the Piedmont backs are a thing of art — they look exactly like the cards from a century ago

Which one is your favorite?

Ken Griffey Jr.’s 2009 Topps 206 card is U-G-L-Y

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

Purchased a few more 2009 Topps 206  retail packs on Monday and pulled a mini of Ken Griffey Jr.  Is this really the best that Topps could have done for this veteran; a card of him looking like a huge blob? Seriously, given that this set is sort of  art-based, I think there were some real opportunities. Maybe Topps could have given us another Griffey card featuring that pretty swing, or give us a throw back of him climbing the wall like Spiderman. But to put out a card that looks like this is almost a slap in the face. I don’t care if he was an Upper Deck autograph exclusive his entire career, Griffey deserves better than this heaping pile of garbage.

The rest of the five packs break was so-so. No shortprint minis, no short print base cards, but I did wind up with a relic: Chipper Jones Old Mill (1:254 packs) border jersey card. It also should be noted that I pulled another Trevor Cahill mini (Piedmont) and it appears that Topps just screwed up all of the Cahill minis as this one also features the back intended for Josh Whitesell.