November 30, 2009

2009 Topps T206 Packs

I don't really know why I needed these, then again who knows why I buy half the things I do but I picked up some packs. Target doesn't have any blasters yet, so I ended up at the local hobby type shop that I normally hate. However, I think perhaps me and the manager/owner have turned a new leaf over the course of the last 2 or 3 trips.

I went to pick up some of these cards and the packs were inside the case, and there were only 6 left. I looked at him and said, "how many hits per box, and how many packs per box?" Once it was determined that the hits were 1/7 roughly, I decided my luck wouldn't help me here and to buy 2 packs. Then.... he offered to open a new box so I can take whichever packs I wanted. Happy day! Day turned to night, night turned to day, and 2 packs turned into 6 packs.

The excitement was better when the cards were still in the packs. While the cards are cool simply because they are retro, and I like retro, I think I am going to stick with buying the cards I need for a buck on eBay or trading for them. I opened 6 packs from a fresh sealed box and essentially got air. There was only 1 card that made me happy, and it was a Francisco Cervelli RC.

The design of the cards is what you would expect of a vintage design, bland and boring with the player picture. The oddest looking card I got was Ian Kinsler, and why they chose this pose for a card I will never know but you will see it when you scroll down.

The Medlen card was a Polar Bear back, the rest Piedmont.



There are 7 checklists, I got #1, and #5

Well, now I can't blame the store for my crappy pack picking luck. I picked the bottom 3 packs from each side of the box and got owned. Next time I will try my luck in the middle, although I am not buying anymore of these... or so I said....

Anyone break any boxes of T206?

11 comments:

  1. The more I look at these cards, the more I dislike them ... they remind me of what Topps produced just four years ago -- the same exact set. Gah!

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  2. I'm just not crazy about these. I want to like them. I really do.

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  3. The Kinsler card appears to be a re-staging of the 1965 Topps Carl Yastrzemski card. Why they did this I don't know. Is Kinsler a Yaz fan?

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  4. at least Kinsler caught the ball....

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  5. They used the same pose for Johjima on the 2006 Bowman Heritage release.

    Hopefully, the general consensus of this set will be bad and I can pick up the White Sox cards on the cheap.

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  6. I think you'll be fine for white sox cards in the 2009 t206 version as I was able to get a complete t206 set in the early 2000's reasonably a few weeks after release.

    I see a few listings already for team sets, including white sox.

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  7. You determine the odds are 1 in 7 and you buy 6 packs? Huh? I can only imagine what was in that seventh pack (cough, Albert).

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  8. I normally like vintage sets, but these are leaving me cold. I'm not really sure why.

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  9. Chris, they were 5 bucks a pack and I knew already that I would pick whatever packs that had nothing. It's my specialty. If Sooz was with me, I'd have made her pick 8.

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  10. Oh, and I only buy things in even numbers.

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  11. Hoping to beat your "air" packs, I decided to take my own advice and buy 7 packs today from a freshly opened box. My luck was slightly better than yours as I pulled a NNO SP (1:4), a Polar Bear mini (1:10) and an Old Mill mini (1:20).

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