You see, the checklist that is on the back of the package has the following fifteen cards in it:
- SEA1 Ichiro
- SEA2 Felix Hernandez
- SEA3 Jose Lopez
- SEA4 Brandon Morrow
- SEA5 Adrian Beltre
- SEA6 Matt Tuiasosopo
- SEA7 Kenji Johjima
- SEA8 Jarrod Washburn
- SEA9 Yuniesky Betancourt
- SEA10 Erik Bedard
- SEA11 Wladimir Balentien
- SEA12 Franklin Gutierrez
- SEA13 Carlos Silva
- SEA14 Jeff Clement
- SEA15 Safeco Field
(Of course he's not going to complain...this guy loves Topps...right?)
Well, yeah, but that's not why. Instead of a Jarrod Washburn card, this is what came in as card #SEA8:
This was a pleasant surprise. In fact, this card was on top as the display card.
I know that the people at the UD company planned on having their first KGJ Mariner card out with A Piece of...Something, I can't think of the name. But I like this card better. Was it even photoshopped or did Topps use an archived picture of Griffey in the 90's?
It just seems right, Junior in a Mariners uniform. There is something natural about him playing for the Mariners again. I can't quite figure out why that is. But for all intents and purposes, if this does not give you greater incentive as a Mariners fan, or as a Ken Griffey, Jr. collector to run out and buy this year's version of the Mariners 14...ahem...15-card team set, then I don't know what's wrong with you.
Unless, of course, you really wanted that Jarrod Washburn card. Nothing wrong with that, of course. And I apologize to the Washburn collectors out there whose favorite player has now been snubbed by the Topps Company.
But come on, it's Junior Griffey in a Mariners uniform. I'm sure you'll survive.