Lets take a look at the base design.
Here are a few more base fronts with some cool photos.
Now on to the inserts. I don't know if I'm going to just be rehashing what everybody else is already saying or be able to come up with any new insights but here we go.
Seems like Topps in the last few years has to have one big insert that runs through all three series. This year that insert is Golden Moments.
But that being said I don't hate this design.
The last couple years Topps has also seemed compelled to add a duos card to each set. This started off with
2010 Legendary Lineage cards and then 2011 Diamond Duos. This year we have Timeless Talents.
I also like this design. Much better over the last two years.
First, I have an oddball obsession, so the 87 mini's suck me right in. Also take in the fact that the 87 set was the first one I tried to put together as a kid and I'm hooked. The last 3 years Topps has included a retro insert set. 2009 and 2010 it was Turkey Red inserts, last year Kimball Champions, and it just seems odd to jump from turn of the century tobacco cards to 87 Topps. But I'll tell you what, I like it. They look great and are printed on that old cardboard stock I use to love so much.
OK you suffered through my obligitory review. Lets see the good stuff. I lucked out and ended up pulling two of the hits from my 4 other packs I had to buy to be able to do the wrapper redemption.
Neil Walker auto. Another guy I know absolutely nothing about, and I'm too lazy to google him.
Hey I know of this guy!! Nice squiggle there Chris.
It's sad to say, but my best two hits were the manufactured relics.
I was hoping to pull a pin card too, I've heard they're pretty sweet as well, but I ended up with two Retired Rings.
These cards are pretty awesome in person. I didn't know what to think the first time I saw a couple in box breaks, but pulling one of these is sweet. They're super think. Thicker than even the Sweetspot toploaders I had. I'm not sure if they make a top loader or case thick enough for these yet. And they're heavy. There is a noticeable weight to these cards. Whether or not they're as heavy as the 6 or 7 cards they displace, I don't know. So it's possible that pack searchers might have a field day with these. I'm not sure what the rings are made out of. Some type of metal. Probably tin or aluminum given a bronze or golden finish. And while the cards are numbered to 736, at least this year they are numbered.
Over all not a bad break. But is this set game changing? No. Pretty much par for the course for Topps.
There is no real innovation. Most of the inserts are rehashes from previous years inserts. Some of the inserts seem to be blatant rip offs of other companies designs. The ring and pin cards are nice and are the bright spot in the set for me. Even if they are manufactured "hits", they're still pretty cool. There are sketch cards again this year. Nice, but already done, nothing new there. The gold infused cards seem cool, but this too has been done. I haven't actually seen one. And searching on ebay is like a needle in a haystack when every inserts has gold or golden in the name, plus it's quite possible that the gold infused cards are redemption only.
With all that it's still the flagship set. A set builders staple. And while Topps adds SP's to the set they aren't necessary to complete a base set like in Heritage or Allen and Ginter. I don't think there's anything to be overly estatic about, but also I don't see any reason to hate it either. This is flagship Topps here. I'll be interested to see what comes out of the wrapper redemption packs and who's in the Prime 9. I kinda think those redemptions are kind of a joke. I redeemed my 2 from last year and then the dealers just started giving away full sets when you bought a box. They are a nice set, but I was all worried about making sure I hit my LCS during the time marked on the card. It wasn't necessary at all and we'll have to see if it is this year. Oh and I did pick up two Prime 9 cards as well.
I didn't see an damaged cards. I got all my hits from my Jumbo plus two bonus from my 4 extra packs. I also got 14 code cards. I'm not sure if I'm going to redeem or sell or trade. From what I've read it seems like it's going to be like the football codes and that really doesn't interest me, but who knows. I'm not sure when the website will be up. But I'll have decided by then.
The only inserts I'm planning on keeping are the 87 Mini's, the Gold Standards and the ring cards. The autos, relic and inserts are up for trade. If you'd like to trade for them let me know. There are 9 Brewers relic cards I'm trying to get. I already have a McGehee coming, so anyone else is welcome. And I need some gold parallels. You can check out my set needs on my Help me Complete a set and my Brewers Team set needs pages. I should have a 87 Mini need list up sometime this week and any base card needs. I haven't collated yet, but I'm hoping to find sometime this week to put the set together and see if I need anything. Plus I'm sure I'm going to have lots of extras.
Edit:Oh I forgot to add the one insert that's missing that I'm thrilled is missing. ToppsTown in no where to be seen this year. Hooray!!!!!!
Whew. Alright CB out.