As mentioned in a previous post, every blaster box of 2008 Topps Baseball sold exclusively at Wal-Mart has these beautiful cards painted by none other than the legendary Dick Perez. At ten cards per series (so far included with series 1 and 2), these are some of the most colorful cards to be found in the Topps collection.
The 2008 Topps Retail Factory sets include five cards from this wonderfully done set. Now, depending on where you buy the set, you get either a Mickey Mantle relic card (Target), or a Mickey Mantle Gold Refractor card (Wal-Mart) as a bonus. You can't go wrong either way here if you are a big Mantle collector (although the idea of cutting up more of his suits and ties is getting really old really fast). But back to the point.
Because Target was not in on the Dick Perez theme (they got the Topps 205 insert cards), the cards are numbered 1 of 5, 2 of 5, etc. The five subjects were not featured in either previous series. They consist of:
- Chase Utley
- Derek Jeter
- Ken Griffey, Jr.
- Albert Pujols
- Vladimir Guerrero