Well, 2012 Topps baseball cards are old news to most of the card blogging world at this point. But I’m going to show you a few of the cards out of my first (and maybe only) pack of the year anyway.
My first 2012 baseball card… is a Yankee (though at least he was still a Seattle Mariner when the cards went to the printer.) Not an auspicious start.
Now that’s better. My first Mets baseball card of the year shows Ike Davis and his teammates celebrating a win while wearing blue caps & pinstripes. It doesn’t get any better than that.
My “pack” (one of those 72-card boxes Target is selling for $9.99) included two other Mets: Justin Turner and Chris Schwinden. Turner looks like he’s getting mugged during another celebration, but it’s a neat photo. Schwinden’s rookie card is a red parallel version that’s exclusive to Target.
Speaking of interesting photos, Casey McGehee’s card is begging to be used in some kind of “caption this” contest, don’t you think?
I was disappointed in my one Miami Marlins card. If Topps wasn’t going to digitally alter the uniforms on the Series One Marlins, I would have liked to see some old-school cap-less closeup portrait shots. (Or the could have just saved all the Marlins for Series Two.)
This was my favorite non-Mets card… I love the nifty throwback uniform that Jason Vargas is wearing.
I did get a Skip Schumaker card, but not the one everybody got excited about this week.
The only inserts that I liked were the 1987-style minis. They’re fun, but I’m not going to chase after the set. There was an actual set of Topps mini cards produced in 1987, but it looked a little different than the minis from 2012.
For a few years in the late 1980s, Topps put out a set of mini League Leaders cards. If I remember correctly, there were between 60-70 cards in the set and you could buy packs for a quarter. I’d always try to collect the whole thing, and I usually pulled it off.
I do like the 2012 baseball cards better after holding them in my hands than I did after just seeing scans on blogs and sports card media sites. But I know I’m not going to try to build this set, so I should probably save my money and skip buying any more packs.