First, the retail packs:
Harmon Killebrew Deckle Edge
Carlos Ruiz- this card reminds me how much I hate the Phillies. It seems that every time I check the box scores, Ruiz has a multiple-hit game. And he seems to feast on Braves pitching. Case in point: May 2nd he went 3-5 w/ 2 doubles, a homer, and 7 RBI against Atlanta. Someone please get him out of the N.L. East!
Keystone Connection: Sandberg/Castro
Willie McCovey reprint
Drew Storen-Gold Foil Rainbow
Vida Blue-SP One word: Awesome card!
George Brett-hated him as a kid, but have grown to appreciate how good he was!
Carlos Santana- would like to see some kind of dual signature card featuring him and Carlos Santana the musician.Oye Como Va!
Tom Seaver-ugly background color for the card
Josh Hamilton-cloth card
And of course, I wouldn't want to discriminate...
Jumbo Pack 1
Carl Crawford-where's Carl? No, he's not on the field-he's right here.
Jumbo Pack 2
Andy Van Slyke-SP
What I like about this issue:
Player selection- Home Run.
I really like the fact that Topps used a good selection of current players, past superstars, as well as some former semi-stars such as Van Slyke.
Would have been a home run, except I would have preferred something other than the 1954 design-perhaps either 1974 or 1976. My favorite year included in this set is the '80, followed by '71, '84, and then the '54.
Inserts- Home Run
Of the many inserts available in this product, my favorites are the 1977 Cloth cards, Topps Stickers, and the In Action cards- which, unfortunately I did not pull.
Like most other collectors, I would like to have seen this product on a little bit thicker stock. However, that being said, this product pleasantly surprised me. I have read and heard many concerns others had that this release would be a disappointment, similar to last year's Lineage. I have in recent months decided against putting any more sets together, focusing instead on my Braves collection. However, after opening this product I am seriously considering putting the set together-sans the SPs.