On my way home from work I decided to pick up some of the newly released Topps Lineage. I had fully intended to pick up a blaster box of this product but saw the rack packs hanging there. I will say that I am no pack searcher but I was able to see that Cal Ripken was on the front of the first pack and Markakis was on the front of the next one! How could I resist my 2 favorite players basically put on a silver platter for me? Why does Topps make these wrappers sooo easy to see through?
Anyways, I did get other cards out of the pack including this Zach Britton Rookies insert and his regular base card! I did have some major Orioles-jo in these packs (at least in my opinion!).
I got 2 mini '75s which are pretty cool. These 2 sluggers surprisingly haven't battered Orioles pitchers as the rest of the league has this year.
I got 2 Platinum Diamond parallels that I don't have much to say about either player:
And I was able to pull a Mini 1975 relic card:
Carlos Lee! My lucky Astros mojo pack breaking streak continues! It's not like these relics are too hard to pull since they are 1:10 rack packs. I'm happy with it though.
I did enjoy this break and I could see a blaster in my near future. The design of the cards might be a rejected Topps flagship design or leftover from Topps Total but the player selection is pretty solid. It was refreshing to see Albert Belle on a card again and to see a new pose of George Sisler. The card backs are a little disappointing but I don't think it would be appropriate to see just lines of stats on the back since it looks so close to regular Topps cards. Overall, I like the set for what it is: a smaller Topps set with some new ideas and NO SHORTPRINTS! I might build this one but we'll see.