I know everybody is sick of hearing reviews of the not-quite as new as it was last week 2012 Topps series 1. I'm going to spare you a review but I do have a couple observations.
One thing I didn't touch on though is the black stripe behind all of the last names on the base cards. It really makes the cards scan like crap.
I don't feel like I'm swimming in insert cards like I was last year. There's a good little stack there but there wasn't 4 or 5 in a pack. The most I ever got was 2 in 1 pack.
No reprint sets. WOOHOO!
No ToppsTown set. Double WOOHOO!
Moving right along, I didn't get any crazy mojo hits from my box, which I'm OK with... It's Topps Flagship, not Tribute or Triple Threads. I was fortunate to get this "Celebration" Shortprint of Ryan Braun. I feel like an idiot. Since Braun was the first base card everybody saw in the promos for series 1 way back in 1997, you would have thought this card would have made me look twice at it. I didn't. I skimmed right on past it and onto the next pack. I didn't think anymore about it. Then I was searching Baseballcardpedia.com the next day and looked over the variation list and this one was on it.
So here's the rest of the inserts that I got if you are inclined to trade for them:
Gold Parallel: 29 Active NL Wins Leaders, 53 Cardinals WS GM 7, 90 Chambers, 91 Active AL HR leaders, 128 Duda, 170 Ellsbury, 231 Fowler, 292 Revere, 308 Leake
1987 Minis: TM-15 Cano, 42 Hamilton, 46 Price, 49 Weaver
Classic Walk-Offs: CW-12 Alex Gonzalez, 13 Podsednik, 14 David Ortiz(2), 15 Jeter
Gold Futures: GF-4 Freeman, 5 Hosmer, 9 Hellickson, 13 Rizzo, 21 Vizcaino, 22 Lavarnway, 24 Goldschmidt
Golden Greats: GG-2 Gehrig, 3 Gehrig, 8 Ryan, 15 Mays, 32 Mantle, 48 Koufax, 61 J. Robinson, 67 Pujols
Golden Moments: GM-3 Jeter, 8 Dawson, 10 Fielder, 15 Braun, 29 Pujols, 32 Maris, 42 Kaline, 46 Pedroia, 48 Aparicio, 49 Shields
Gold Standard: GS-3 Molitor, 8 Banks, 12 Kaline, 10 R. Jackson, 15 Cobb, 20 Jeter, 23 Seaver
Timeless Talents: TT-2 Utley/Ackley, 12 Pettitte/Lee, 16 Dawson/Upton, 19 Musial/Berkman, 23 E. Martinez/D. Ortiz, 24 Maris/Granderson