Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A crack at 2016 Topps

Boy I am so smart with puns...

Anyway, Julie is one of my favorite people in the world in general and even more so in the card world. She proved why once again by immediately sending me the complete Blue Jays team set from 2016 Topps as soon as she'd opened her jumbo box (then again, she was quite disappointed with it, probably hasting her even more to just get rid of these extras). Of course, I can't just go to my local Wallmart or Target to get a blaster or some packs of this year's flagship (and I don't feel like paying $100 for a box to be shipped to me), so this is actually my first taste of this year's effort. Of course, I'm extremely late to the party (the chips and beer are stale and everybody's passed out on the couch), so there's really no point in adding to what's already been said, but ah well, it's my blog, I'll rant if I want to !

Those I really like. A couple of PC (let's hope Yadier recovers from surgery) and some nice full bleed photos that help make me forget the cheesy font.

The return of the first pitch insert (yay, women on cardboard!) and a cool Wrigley field one.

Ok. Whoever's responsible for this, please step up and admit it. There's absolutely nothing right, there. They aren't even back to back on the card, which was the whole purpose of this very badly made mashup. Back to arm is more like it. Half-ugly, half-very ugly.

 On your left, the rainbow foil parallel. They should stick to Gold, Clear and silver framed, if you ask me.

On your left, the photo variation SP. Or maybe it's the one on the right. It's still basically the same photo, so come on, what's the point ?

 The iconic batflip, perfectly captured. I would've preferred to see it in Stadium club, but hey, it deserves to be in flagship for eternity. It's just that full bleed would've been better than blurry smoke effects...man what a game...

 And a Bautista cameo ! great idea to include it in the package, I love that kind of outside of the box thinking from Julie. Always makes me smile.

And finally, more Blue Jays, complete with 2015 stats on the back. Way too many close up shots at the plate for my taste, but ah well...

Thanks Julie for taking the time to send me all these so I could hold some 2016 cards in my hands !


  1. you guys make me blush. ;) Kevin, I hate that you miss out on the new release experience. I'll be busting Panini soon...oh I KNOW you want some of that! ;)

  2. I couldn't agree more about the parallels. I'm even ok with the black parallels, but the gold, silver frame, and clear acetates are by far the best.

    Great stuff from Julie. The Joey Bats card is so cool. I'm sure that Rangers pitcher loves it the most.

  3. It doesn't have a ballplayer in it but I love that Wrigley Field card.

  4. Julie is great. You should have a package arriving this week