March 11, 2009

First Look: Mayo Baseball Inserts

I had to return something at Target today and as luck would have it they finally got in some 2009 Topps Heritage packs, still no blasters though. I contained myself and only picked 2 packs, those being the 2 packs on the bottom of the box. The box was still full so I figured I had a chance at something since the box wasn't searched. I ended up pulling 1 chrome card of Beltran, which I didn't scan and 2 Mayo inserts.

The Mayo cards are cool looking to me, however I feel like they are a little too dark. They could have lightened the pictures just a tad, especially the A-Rod one. This looks like it would be a fun subset to put together, but I am not going to be trying to do that. My only concern is finding the Pujols one, if there is one in the set (I haven't checked a checklist yet). Topps gets an A from me for a cool subset that doesn't look like everything else we have all seen already.





I scanned the back so if anyone is curious they can see what they look like. The pack states that 'Target Continuity' cards are 1:4 packs so I guess I lucked out going 2/2. I don't plan on trading either of these cards because I like Braun, and well A-Rod is still A-Rod. There were no dark backs in either pack, I figured there wouldn't be because normally that kind of stuff is hobby exclusive.

I am crossing my fingers for blasters to surface soon because I want one so badly. I haven't picked up one blaster in 2009, and believe me or ask Suzy when I say that is a major feat for me. I used to get them almost daily and kept a stockpile in my room for rainy days.

13 comments:

  1. I assume that's a retail only insert. These actually look pretty nice, it's a shame they relegated it to just retail. Topps is doing some strange things with retail this year. I guess they're trying to keep retailers selling their products. The local Walmart completely took down their sports card section. So no more packs or blasters from Walmart for me.

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  2. I like those cards...it seems the vast majority of the "retail specific" cards from the past two years have been quite good - good enough to collect even! I wonder why they put such effort into the retail scene though when it's the hobby shops that (seemingly) need the help?

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  3. Pujols is in another version of the set. Either the WalMart of the jumbo pack inserts. You can see him here.

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  4. Some dude has the Pujols one on eBay, stating "only found in Heritage Jumbo packs". He has it priced at $14.99 because it's rare (yeah, ok). I saw the auction that you got the pic from handcollated, and that is more reasonable at $2.99.

    Flash- the Walmart close to me has never had baseball cards, and the closest Walmart from my house is about 30 minutes.

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  5. Hold the phones on this one, there is a dark pack in the cards I got. So not just a hobby thing.

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  6. Nice job plucking the A-Rod and Hebrew Hammer Mayos. Looks like I will be stopping at Tar-jay today.

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  7. Dark backs? Not sure what you're talking about - I opened two hobby boxes and every card had a standard back (although the short print backs are slightly different).

    I'll probably try to pick up these Mayo cards on eBay - that'll be much more cost effective than dumping more money down the Target or Wal Mart toilet...

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  8. The backs on the short print cards are darker than the base. That's what she is referring to.

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  9. i think the mayo inserts are those exclusive "target continuity card" insets featured 1 in 4 packs ...

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  10. Actaully, the auction I got the pic from was the whole set for 19.99. Not sure if I should have jumped on it or not at this point. Maybe once the "oh it's new and shiny and I want want want" phase of eBay wears off the prices will come back down.

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  11. Last year's Heritage set had "black back" cards in both hobby and retail. Not sure how this year's variations/SPs compare to last since I have yet to see Heritage anywhere around here.

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  12. Those look awesome! I am in the process of tracking down a Hamilton for my PC.

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  13. If I end up coming across a Hamilton, I will let you know. I am itching to go back to Target, but I am sure the one lonely box they had is long gone.

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