I had intended to do a whole Retail v Hobby comparison of 2011 Topps, but sort of lost my momentum on that one as I (and many others) seemed to be suffering from new release fatigue.
I picked up three packs each of Topps Retail and Topps Hobby this month plus 1 rack pack. Out of those seven packs I was pretty happy to come up with this pull:
2011 Topps Legends Variation #198 Johnny Bench
Amazingly enough this came out of a Target gravity feeder.
Apparently the Legends Variations are pretty rare, with a 1:80 seed ratio for HTA boxes according to BaseballCardPedia.
The #198 Bench Variation shares #198 with the San Francisco Giants fine young catcher Buster Posey.
My question to you is if you only bought 3 packs at a retail outlet and got a hit, would you:
A) return to the same store and pick up another set of packs
B)go to another retail outlet knowing that the first store was tapped out of hits
C)quit while you were ahead?
2011 Topps Phillies
Six packs plus a rack pack and I come up with 1 stinkin Phillies card. But we have a Catchers theme posts going so The Ruiz card is appropriate
Junk of the Month
The team cards all have season highlights on the back, unfortunately one of the BoSox Highlights happens to be a Phils low-light when Joe Blanton through a clunker of a game which included giving up a Grand Slam Home Run to Daniel Nava in Nava's first career AB on the first pitch the rookie saw at the major league level.
2010 Pull of the Year
I also wanted to take the time to note the 2010 Pull of the Year. And we have another great pick featuring one more catcher - but he is a very special catcher.
Thanks all for helping me pick out the 2010 Pull of the Year via a series of Poles - And also Junk of the Year.
2010 was the year of the mini for me - so it is very appropriate that the Pull of the Year was a mini and a 2009 Goodwin, which is one of my favorite sets that I discovered in 2010.
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