I had heard a rumor that the retail packs were in Target's in some locations so after hitting the gym I took a spin over to mine and sure enough I could see Albert hanging on the pegboard in the distance. It was glorious, even if it is only Topps Series 1 and even if I swore off packs. Without further delay I give you a sneak preview of the cards. I opened 4 packs, and have 4 more to go but I wanted to get everything scanned so we will start with these.
Mickey Mantle Gold parallel
Oakland A's Franchise History
Tony Gwynn - The Cards Your Mom Threw Out
Manny Ramirez ToppsTown
Million Card Giveaway Code Card
SF Giants Franchise History
Miguel Tejada ToppsTown
NL ERA LeadersWade Davis RC
Cy Young Peak Performance
Dizzy Dean Target Red Back (12 in a Series of 45)
Brian McCann ToppsTown
Jerry Hairston Jr.
Aaron Poreda - When They Were Young
Baseball Invented - History of the Game
St. Louis Cardinals
Luis Durango RC
ALBERT PUJOLS ToppsTown
Jim Palmer - The Cards Your Mom Threw Out
Babe Ruth - Tales of the Game
I must say that for a small sampling of packs there were a great deal of inserts in there, and I like some of them. The photography isn't bad on the cards, I do think the team names are too big, and I don't like the new RC logo, though I am glad it is smaller. 1 gold parallel out of the first 4 packs is a decent number, and the little Dizzy Dean card is delightful.
Even though I swore off the packs, I figured I would have to get a sample of new products for review, and to see with my own eyes. If I don't pick up any packs at all, I won't have anything to trade and that would suck.
Overall opinion from a small sample: B+