Alright, so a couple of things to discuss today. First, I just want to apologize but the TOPPS BOXES HAVE FINALLY SHIPPED! I am apologizing because it has taken me much longer than I wanted to send these out. However, working 60+ hours and going to the post office during the busiest time of the year do not mix well. Regardless, they have shipped and you should have them in your hands quite soon.
The next topic is that I have fallen off of the wagon, per say. I picked up one of those "The Best of 2010 Topps Chrome" boxes from Target today. The damn shininess could not be avoided. Inside were the 2 Million Card Giveaways (got nothin'), 5 Topps Chrome packs, and 5 Bowman Chrome packs (also nothin' in all 10). The 5 exclusive refractors are nice, and I was very pleased to get the Jackie Robinson, which I didn't know was included in that 5 card set. Also was Jason Heyward, Starlin Castro, Mickey Mantle and the new Mantle, Stephen Strasburg. You know, Topps' new go-to guy for making collectors buy more product? I really wish him the best and a long and healthy career, and its not his fault Topps is shoving him down our collective throats. He did, however show up again in the Bowman Platinum pack:
A gold refractor parallel, numbered 301/539. This card is already up on eBay. I checked for hahas and found there has only been one up so far, and it ended at $66. I figured I would try my luck...and to do it while he is still hot and on everyone's collecting list. Well, THOSE collectors maybe. Doesn't seem like many bloggers care for him much, but again, that may just be result of Topps over doing it again. Here is a link in case you want to watch the auction and see how it goes. Stephen is going to get me that second Teddy! (hopefully, or at least close)