First Topps Card of the 2010:
#295 Kevin Youklis...or a card featuring a bunch of Red Sox fans.
#22 Anthony Swarzak
#175 Josh Hamilton-Only three cards to get my first Ranger. A good pack to start with if you ask me.
#233 A.L. RBI Leaders
#159 Vernon Wells
#171 A.L. Wins Leaders
#TR26 Dexter Fowler
Red Back 14 Cal Ripken Jr.-These are really nice.
ToppsTown 9 Roy Halladay
#104 Mets Franchise History-I'm not opposed to these cards, but they fall way too frequently. A certain blogger I know is going to love the adds in the background behind Tom Seaver.
#214 Matt Kemp-After one pack, this gets my vote for card of the year. Maybe I should see a few more before I award it that title, but it is a great action shot. I wonder if he held on to the ball. You can see it in the very tip of his glove.
#238 Ian Stewart-Can someone tell me why the the other cards say "Rangers", "Jays", "Mets" or "Twins" and this one says "Colorado Rockies"? I know there aren't a ton of Rockies fans, but don't we all know they are from Colorado?
That was my first 12 card pack. I have 29 more that I opened and the collation results are coming up. The total cost for these 30 packs was about $10 more than a pre-sell Hobby box from Blowout and dacardworld. The hobby box contains 36 1o card packs. I'll be ordering a hobby box to test it out as well. Incidentally, I went to the local card shop and he said his hobby boxes were going to run $69.99 and jumbo boxes $130. I like to support local business, but that is so far above what you can get those for on the net, it's ridiculous. Here is what I got from the retail packs.
Total cards received: 360, so I did get the right number of cards.
SP: 1--#90b Rogers Hornsby
48 Base Dupes-13.3%
1951 Redbacks, retail exclusive--The pack says to "collect all 15" but they "2 in a series of 45". I got 7 total. Hornsby, Spahn, Young, Pujols, Foxx, Ripken Jr., Wright.
Million Card giveaway codes: 5--if they're not giving away actual cards then these are a waste.
Legendary Lineage--1:4--8 total
Peak Performers--1:4--8 total
Topps Town--30, 8 dupes.
Topps Gold--1, Yovani Gallardo--This is where I got shafted. These fall 9 per hobby box.
The Cards Your Mother Threw Out--1:3--9 total, I assume there is one of these representing every year Topps has been around. I got #1 which is the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle.
Turkey Red 1:4--7 total
Tales of the Game 1:6--4 total, including the Jeter Flip play at the plate.
When They Were Young 1:8--6 total, I beat the odds pulling 6 of these, but YAWN...who cares.
History of the Game 1:6--6 total
There you have it, the results of 30 retail packs. It was a fun rip and I like some of the inserts. I should be able to finish the set with a hobby box. I should, that doesn't mean I will.