Thursday, June 24, 2010

10 Retail Packs of 2010 Topps Series 2

I needed confirmation that loose retail packs of Series 2 were better than the blaster I posted yesterday. That's how I rationalized buying 10 packs of cards. It's not just for me, it's for all of us.


I'll show my favorite cards from the pack and then give you the details.

I believe Night Owl already commented on this card, but I love that you can see how far Saltalamacchia's name goes down the jersey.

I may be the only one, but I really like these blue back cards. I need to update my list, but I think I'm still one or two short from series one.

The Legendary Lineage may be the worst insert (next to Topps Town or Attax), but I like having a card with two of my favorite players on it.

That's pure, unbridled joy right there. That is what baseball should be about.

Many of the Vintage Legend cards make no sense, but I like this one. Any photo of Ty Cobb going in with spikes up high looks good to me.

Now for the details, the proof that loose retail packs are a better deal than a blaster.

For the same price, about $20, I got 10 packs of cards with 12 cards. Basically, a blaster shorts you 40 cards and gives you one manu-patch card. That's a bad trade-off in my opinion.

Base cards--90, no duplicates
Topps Attax--1:1, ten, no dupes
Blue Back--1:4, two, Mickey Mantle and Warren Spahn
CYMTO--1:3, four, Yount, Marichal, Eckersley and Maris
Vintage Legends--1:4, two, Pee Wee Reese and Ty Cobb
HOTWS--1:6, three, Podres, Mantle, Slaughter
Turkey Red--1:4, two, Seaver and Billingsley
Legendary Lineage--1:4, three, Bench/Mauer, Sandberg/Utley, Bo Jackson/Upton
Peak Performance--1:4, three, Ubaldo Jimenez, Willie McCovey, Juston Upton
Topps 2020--1:6, one, Andrew McCutchen
Two code cards which I'm holding onto for the moment.

So, for the same $20, I got more than double the amount of base cards, none of those pesky black background cards and an extra code card.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that loose packs are a better deal. I might need to buy 10 hobby packs to do a comparison of those.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't bought any loose packs yet, I've only picked up a few rack packs. The ones with 36 cards. Those have been pretty good for me as far as the variety of inserts. I'm not collecting this years set, so I'm only in it for the random inserts. I'm wondering how a rack pack comparison will be?