I'm not going to bore you with base cards because I'm almost 100% certain that all 330 cards have been scanned and posted across the blogosphere. Only the hit and new inserts from series 2:
Mound Dominance makes its debut in series 2 and I guess these are just OK. Good to see Topps is still making inserts out of relic cards. I guess they are just keeping up with the continuity of series 1. I was happy to get Jim Palmer's card from the set so I have one less card to chase!
Topps has brought back the Diecut cards this year and I'm pretty happy about it. They just add an extra angle (pun intended) and level of interest in the card for me. I chose to show Stan the Man because he was such an awesome player that doesn't seem to get the hype of some of the other players of his era. Why is that?
I like the idea of the insert set but the execution is damn near awful. "Career Day" doesn't even fit on the card bottom and there is tooo much empty space on the right side of the card. Braun looks worried that he is going to be swallowed up by the blue fade.
I did get several damaged cards in my box but I think that is a self inflicted wound. I carried the box in my back pack for about half the day at the National. They may have gotten damaged just by me picking up and putting down my bag all afternoon. Even so, base cards of Joakim Soria, Juan Uribe, Jacob Turner, and a Golden Futures insert of Chris Sale shouldn't be too hard to replace.
So, I'm glad I was able to get this box on the cheap and to fill out a lot of my set. Including the couple of retail packs I bought, I only need a handful of cards to complete it. Flagship is always a fun break so I'm now looking forward to Updates to release in a couple weeks.
Here's my wantlist of cards I need to complete the set:
333, 358, 360, 374, 387, 432, 438, 445, 475, 499, 571, 574, 581, 584, 585, 603, 629, 642, 644, 647
Here's the list of Trade Bait I have available for cards from my extensive wantlists:
Gold Sparkle Parallel: 347 Gentry, 357 Harang, 394 LaHair, 469 Pestano, 494 Barney, 511 E. Santana, 516 Morton, 544 Collmenter, 569 Hafner, 591 Huff,
Target Red Parallel: 434 Motte, 341 E. Encarnacion
Gold Standard: GS-33 Gibson, 37 McCovey, 43 Seaver, 44 A-Rod, 45 Jeter, 49 Clemente
Gold Futures: GF-32 Storen, 34 Beachy, 42 N. Feliz, 43 Strasburg, 46 J. Weeks (2)
Mound Dominance: MD-1 Seaver, 3 Koufax, 8 Ryan, 10 Galaraga
Golden Moments: GM-7 Sandoval, 16 C. Gonzalez, 18 Hamels, 24 Brett, 32 O. Smith, 33 R. Jackson, 45 M. Cabrera, 41 A. Dawson, 50 Griffey Jr.,
Career Day: CD-1 Pujols, 3 Kaline, 6 DiMaggio, 10 Braun, 11 M. Cabrera, 17 Votto, 20 Hamilton, 21 Kemp
A Cut Above: ACA-1 Fielder, 2 Pujols, 8 H. Ramirez, 12 Musial, 15 J. Bautista, 19 Cano, 23 Kemp
1987 Minis: TM-52 M. Cabrera, 54 J. Upton, 62 Lincecum, 65 Teixeira, 73 Gordon, 79 Wilson, 83 Mauer, 87 Musial, 92 Koufax, 96 Mantle, 99 Clemente