Last winter's bad ideas become this summer's shiny wonders.
I was harshly critical of this year's Topps flagship set, to the point where I made sure I wouldn't buy a single pack of the stuff. I still don't like it. I have to admit, sadly, that it looks really good in a Chromium suit. I will probably buy more of these, even though this value pack was full of dirty rotten Cubs.
As is usual with these things, I dug straight into the bonus pack first, which gives you three retail-only pink refractors. People made a big deal out of "REFRACTOR" being on the back of the cards again like it used to be with Topps Chrome, but people were wrong. The refractor designation on the back seems to only exist on the plain old refractors and not the myriad color/prism/whatever parallels of parallels that Topps comes up with. Of course, it's really only difficult to tell with a quick glance if something is a plain refractor versus a base card, so Topps must have considered this helpful if not quite keeping with tradition.
Last year, Sepia was the retail color du jour. This year, it's pink.
More Cubs. An injured Cub.
I ended up with back-to-back Goldschmidt cards in the same pack, both his base version and this prism refractor.
Cub or no, I still don't like these inserts at all. In Chrome, it appears that they are refractor-ed by default.
Hey, a Cardinal! Sure, it's a lousy base card... but... hey, a Cardinal!
Refsnyder is a rookie and a (plain) refractor. His was the only card with the designation on the back.
This was my hit. I really have no comment. Any fans of the socio-political pop-country music artist (and son of a former pitcher) out there?