Thursday, January 20, 2011

2003 Topps Series 2: Retail Box 2

Cards! I've got 'em. You like to read about 'em, apparently. I mean, that's why you're here, right? This post is about the second box of 2003 Topps Series 2 that I more or less mistakenly purchased. I opted to open it anyway because I can't stand not opening things, and I knew that I would probably still be short 50 to 100 cards from this series anyway. Hopefully this helped the cause a bit.

This is the latest Big Contract Yankees Man. Actually, for once the Yankees really didn't successfully get in on signing much of anyone this offseason, so I think the logical thing to do would be to back off of them and their whole "sign the whole league if we have to" mentality. In my opinion, Soriano has been one of the best relievers in baseball for years and he ends up going to New York to not close. Okay.

Just retire! Or play! The one thing I hate is the whole "not retired, not active" thing that some players have chosen lately. They probably think they could polish off a hefty plate of nachos and jump off the couch at any moment and start dominating fools on the field again at a moment's notice if called upon. Foolish.

Did anyone remember that Eric Karros played for the Cubs at one time? I certainly didn't.

Cardinals cards: Jim Edmonds, Scott Rolen Gold Glove, Mike Crudale, Chuck Finley, Woody Williams, Jim Edmonds Gold Glove, So Taguchi, Miguel Cairo, Scott Rolen All-Stars, Joe Girardi, Fernando Vina Gold Glove, Scott Rolen, Team Card, J.D. Drew, Edgar Renteria All-Stars, Eli Marrero, Edgar Renteria Gold Glove, Brett Tomko

More of the same here, although I remarkably received no single Cardinals card more than once in this box.

Red Backs (Odds - 1:12, 3 per box): 3 (Vladimir Guerrero, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa)

It's disappointing that I received a second Barry Bonds. I don't think anyone collects him. At least I can pawn off Sosa cards on a nostalgic Cubs fan.

Hit Parade (Odds - 1:15, at least 2 per box): 2 (Juan Gonzalez, Andres Galarraga)

Second Galarraga Hit Parade out of 2 boxes.

Record Breakers (Odds - 1:6, 6 per box): 6 (Rickey Henderson, Roberto Alomar, Nomar Garciaparra, Paul Molitor, Jeff Kent, Randy Johnson)

On the other hand, I'm pretty impressed that there were no doubles here across both boxes.

This card has got to be the biggest disappointment of anything I've ever pulled. If I'm reading the odds on the pack wrappers correctly, the odds of pulling something called "Vintage Buy-Backs" is 1 in 1847 packs (roughly 51 boxes.) This is a 1991 Topps Eddie Murray All-Star card. It is in the kind of condition you would expect out of a repack box or a 1 cent box at a flea market. It's somehow imprinted with a Topps "2003 Vintage Card" logo in such a way that you can only really see it if you hold it up to the light. It's barely visible on my scan. If you click on the image, it might look a little better. Does anyone know anything about this vintage insert program? I'm guessing that by the lack of available information online and the extremely long odds that no one reading this will have any clue, but I've been surprised before.

Goldies! (Odds - 1:7, at least 5 per box): 5 (Edgar Renteria All-Stars, Sammy Sosa All-Stars, Octavio Dotel, Scott Williamson, Damion Easley)

I can end it here on a bright note, at least. I do have to say that it was nice to pull a gold Cardinals parallel.

It's time to work on the wantlists.


cubsfan731 said...

I hate Eric Karros, but all I have for him is a Dodgers card. Want to trade it?

BA Benny said...

I like the look of the 2003 set. The Chromes are real sharp too. I am one of the few who still collects Bonds. I don't chase his stuff real hard but if I come accross it I add it to the collection.