Okay, now on to the packs. Each pack has 50 cards, and each pack contains either a Diamond Duos or ToppsTown, one gold Update card, one Diamond Anniversary Update card, one Kimball Champions, one Topps 60, one Diamond Anniversary code card, one cognac Update card, and two Series 1/2 cognac cards. Yes, nine inserts. Plus there's the chance for black, blue sparkle, variations, manuleather patches, autographs, relics, etc. Sketch cards come about 1:750 packs.
We've seen the base card design, and at least one third of the cards in each pack are All-Star cards. Oi vey.
First pack inserts:
Other than the new parallels, there isn't anything new to be found in the packs. I'll need every one of these cards for the type collection except for the Cuddyer and Padilla (though that's not set in stone - just ask!). I haven't redeemed the code yet - I'll put that in another post.
Base card highlights (no scans, sorry): Prince Fielder's tattoos, Brandon Crawford's RC, Heath Bell sliding into the pitcher's mound, Mark Kotsay's back on Jeff Keppiner's card, Adrian Gonzalez and Robinson Cano back to back with almost identical poses, and Andre Ethier's hitting streak (back: checklist 2 of 5). Oh, and four base cards with dinged bottom-left corners.
Okay, time for the second pack. Base card highlights: Mitchell Boggs (pitcher, Cardinals) very happy about a victory or play in the rain, Lyle Overbay looking constipated, and Yorvit Torrealba being happy about something.
Now for the inserts:
Well, it was nice to get the Diamond Duos and ToppsTown cards out of the way. Like I won't be pulling a bunch of them from rack packs when I try to put together the set. The cognac parallels look more like a bronze parallel. I thought they might have more red tint. I'll be keeping the Reyes for sure, and Burrell or Smoak.
But wait, there's more!
In my intoxicated state, opening the packs in the card shop, I couldn't help but laugh as this came out of the pack:
Without doing any kind of checklist verification, I'm guessing this could be the best autograph out of the Next 60 autograph set. Although he was pushed through a little too soon. It's a keeper!
But wait, there's more!
While still chuckling over the Belt, two or three cards later I saw this:
It's 50/50: an eBay 1/1! And of a Ranger, so he could be headed to the World Series. Wait, that's wrong, he was traded to the Cardinals. Still, he could be headed to the World Series.
Anyway, it was a great pack - and the first one I pulled out of the box. Maybe I should have stuck with just the one pack! I guess I'm about a quarter to a third of the way done with the set, so you'll be seeing some rack pack or hanging pack breaks in the coming month.