After breaking the box, however, I am going to think long and hard about purchasing anymore boxes of the base Topps in the future. I still love the cards, and want the sets, but when each pack contains only 10 cards, one of which is a Topps Attax or Toppstown-type of garbage card I say enough is enough. The update set itself is 330 cards (bringing the total set to 990 cards), many of which aren't necessary. But being the baseball junkie I am, I really don't mind a big set like that, so I don't mind the All-Star cards or the "Rookie Debuts". My problem with Topps is that out of a 330 card set, I am still 76 cards short of a set-and that's taking into account that I only had seven doubles. Now, if the Topps Attax were not in each pack (or if they were an eleventh card), I would only be short perhaps 42 cards-which is much more realistic. As it is, I am now stuck with either buying another box (which isn't going to happen), trade for others I need (and remember, I only have 7 doubles), buy the 76 singles (which will still be spendy), buy a hand collated set (most likely scenario), or just give up on it. Anyone else feel the frustration that I'm experiencing?
Here's the breakdown:
Cyan Printing Plate #1/1 Bill Hall
(9) Million Card Giveaways (which I then redeemed for the following cards: '89 Topps All Star Kirby Pucket, 1980 Bob Forsch, 1987 Steve Carlton, 2001 Pedro Martinez, 1982 Charlie Lea, 2004 Toby Hall, 1972 Willie Davis (flipped for a '72 Ralph Garr), 1964 Pete Ward (flipped for a '64 Denis Menke), and a 1982 Dave Frost.
(6) Gold Cards- including Braves Kyle Farnsworth
(6) More Tales of the Game- including Warren Spahn
(9) Turkey Reds
(5) Peak Performance- including an autographed Andrew Cashner
(1) SP Variation of Reggie Jackson
(4) Legendary Lineage
(9) Vintage Legends- my favorite of the Topps inserts this year.
and the Rookie Chrome Refractor- Rookie pitcher for the Washington Senators....Yes-