With the street date of Topps Series 2 finally arriving, I bought my obligatory jumbo box. It was pretty sweet.
Right off the bat, I noticed a photo variation:
Not a bad player, either! Carlos Gonzalez looking all suave in his shades...
Next, I noticed a pack that was thicker than all others. What was inside?
The framed parallel of Hector Rondon. This guy is numbered to 20. It gave me a slight heart attack when I saw the Cubs logo...dreams of the fat stack of cash I could make if it was a Bryant! But it wasn't meant to be.
Next, I pulled this Braun relic. This is getting silly. I pulled a Braun relic in Series 1, which I happily sent to Tony. I suppose I will do the same with this one.
The auto was next....
An Archie Bradley auto! Not a bad pull, but nothing that fits in my collection.
But the box had one more massive surprise in store for me...
The Ted Williams birth year stamp and penny! I know there are 50 copies each for the penny, nickel and dime, along with even fewer of the quarter, but I was shocked that I pulled something like this.
Such an awesome card.
Buuuuuuuut Topps then decided to suck again. I pulled more than twenty horizontally cut cards that looked very similar to this:
Do you see it?
They are horribly mis-cut. How the hell does this happen?
I decided to give them a pass for the time being, and I bought a hobby box. What did it have in store, you ask?
In the first pack, I got a buyback of a player I've actually heard of.
I pulled another photo variation, this time of Albert Pujols. Not a bad pull.
Then I pulled a Scherzer relic. Hooray for plain white swatches!!!
The parallel offered up in this box was a Drew Storen snow camo card. Okay, that isn't terrible.
But, once again, Topps shat the bed.
Over inking on about 20 cards. These three show just how bad it was.
I don't know if you can see it in this scan, but another 20 cards looked like they had been thrown on the floor and walked on for a couple weeks.
I understand that Topps has an exclusive license with MLB. It's my decision not to collect cards that don't have a logo. So that's on me. But it just seems like Topps doesn't give two shits about quality control (and thus, their customers) this year. This is ridiculous!
Eff you, Topps. Eff you with a thorny stick.