Wednesday, November 12, 2008
1st Impressions: 2009 Topps
Yes, I know. Beckett posted the first prototypes last week. As an editorial decision, I've reserved judgment until somebody posted a sell sheet.
But now, the sell sheets are out. Here's what you'll find in 2009 Topps!
Base Set: 330 cards
Looks like another 660-card phone-it-in special from Topps. :-(
Legends of the Game: 17 variations (1:6 Hobby, one-per HTA pack)
Here's how this gimmick works. Card #1 in the base set is A-Rod, but the variation of #1 is Babe Ruth.
Gold: Numbered to 2009 (1:9 Hobby, 1:2 HTA)
Black: Numbered to 58
Silk: 100 card partial parallel, numbered to 50
With the exception of the every-other-pack Gold Foil, the parallels are unchanged.
Legends of the Game: 25 cards (1:6 Hobby, one-per HTA pack)
Turkey Red: 55 cards (1:4 Hobby, one-per HTA pack)
Ring of Honor: 25 cards (1:6 Hobby, one-per HTA pack)
World Baseball Classic Redemption: Ten cards (1:36 Hobby, 1:10 HTA)
Four separate ten-card retail-exclusive inserts.
I don't see a Mickey Mantle hero worship set anywhere on the sell sheet (Thank God).
Turkey Red is this year's "Continuity Insert."
Odd numbered cards #1-50 in the Ring of Honor insert will be given away at HTA stores. Even numbered cards will be inserted into packs.
Each Hobby box will contain a hit, and each HTA box will have three. Then again, if you're buying this JUST for the "Hits," well.....