Okay, with all the hubbub about Kosuke Fukudome not making it into Topps Series II, (why I never trust checklists posted on Topps.com), and the recent news that he has finally signed with the company, Topps announced that his cards will be coming in all late season products, and would be included in Topps Factory Sets (thank you Chris Olds).
In fact, according to the checklist, even with all the TBD's, Fukudome is slated to be card #UH1 in the upcoming Updates and Highlights set.
So imagine my surprise when I opened my Hobby Factory set (wait...he did WHAT??!) to take a look at the newest part of my collection...
Ladies and gentlemen, please take a look at the number on the top right corner of the back of this card. That's right. Instead of being an un-numbered card, or even card #662 (or should it be #661 just to irritate set collectors everywhere). It's not even a rookie variation card (see next post...another reason why I never trust checklists until the product comes out). It's card #UH1!!!
This would mean that this is supposed to be part of the future Updates and Highlights set. and with the ton of factory sets coming out, every one will have a Fukudome #UH1 card. Let's hope this is a variation. Otherwise the card that will eventually show up in the real U & H set will be really overprinted.
And somewhere in the blogosphere, Stale Gum is seething...