Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Enjoying the Darkness on These 2009 Topps Cards

So I did get to go to WalMart today and I did buy a blaster box after hearing the news of these black parallel cards. Sure enough, all 10 packs I opened had these black pictured cards in them, with only the player showing through the darkness.

I actually am beginning to like these cards. This, as some black stuff is starting to ball up and go up my arm like an alien symbiote...

They really don't look that bad. Just akin to 1995 Topps Cyberstats without that foil appearance. And because of the black borders, they are susceptible to chipping (just like 2007 Topps). I really think that these are similar to those unannounced parallels from the past two years (remember the red backs from 2007 and those gold foils in 2008). Which, if packed out properly, wouldn't be all that bad.

So what happened here? Did the vendor assigned to pack out these cards mess up? Did all Wal-Mart blasters for series I come from the same place? Will this be happening with series 2? Will these things show up at Target then? What's going on over there?

On the Stale Gum blog, the person who runs Trading Cards, TCG's and Me, the card blog from the distributor's point of view, left a comment stating that he will be able to "give a complete rundown on this" development. I'm looking forward to what he has to say.

Anyway, I'm going to keep the cards for now. I'm not planning on building a set of these...I just wanted to see what the fuss was about.


JayBee Anama

P.S. In case you're wondering, the bonus relic card that I got was of Nolan Ryan and the patch commemorating the 1969 World Series.

Sorry, someone has already claimed the card for trading. jba


dayf said...

THAT'S What it reminds me of!!!

'95 Cyberstats!!!

That's been bugging me all night!

TDLindgren said...

I'm tempted to buy a blaster as well. I haven't bought any in a couple of years and have just been focusing on the cards I want. Right now I'm after the Gehrig and Robinson SP's. But with the Wal-Mart Black cards development, I'm thinking I might go out and get one and then sell the singles on eBay. So, my question is should I turn to the dark side?