Over the weekend, I bought five different packs of 2012 Topps products with the intent of opening them one-at-a-time over the course of the week and then share the spoils on the blog. Yesterday, a six pack of Allen & Ginter was opened (thanks to those who pointed out that the bowler card was a SSP card - case hit as somebody mentioned - elevating the pack from dud to success...maybe). Today, we're opening a pack from 2012 Topps Series 2. Heaven help me if a Harper card shows up.
As a continuation to the eponymous Topps set, this year's edition of Series 2 brought us the first "real" cards (not counting the SSP's in series 1) of Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes, and Prince Fielder in the uniforms of their new teams. The first cards depicting the Miami Marlins in the "Miami" jerseys (not counting Reyes SSP) appear here as well. Die-cut cards return in an insert set. And yes, Topps brought back legend SP's.
So what did I get in my pack of Series 2?
- #481 Matt Harrison, Rangers
- #650 Prince Fielder, Tigers
- #355 Mark Buehrle, Marlins
- #423 Colby Rasmus, Blue Jays
- #427 Rafael Dolis, Cubs
- #ACA-24 Mickey Mantle A Cut Above
- #TM-65 Mark Teixeira 1987 Topps Mini Card
- #516 Charlie Morton, Pirtes
- #591 Aubrey Huff, Giants
- #620 Trayvon Robinson, Mariners
- #395 Rod Barajas, Pirates (I think this is the error card...right?)
- #346 Dillon Gee, Mets
The above pack is a hit. Prince shows up, along with All-Stars Harrison and Buehrle. The Mantle card looks nice, especially since the picture actually fits within the die-cut. Aubrey Huff's card looks to have a bit of red missing (two shades of infield dirt???) and the Barajas card shows up here as #395 as an error (he's supposed to be #391 right?)
Well, one more pack to go. On Friday, we're opening the under-rated but very popular Gypsy Queen pack. I'm not looking for anything special here this time around. But it would be interesting to see how Topps' second year effort looks up close.