Yep, I got my first taste of 2013 Topps. I was staying a little later at school that I wanted, looking over a review assessment that my students took today on fractions. Big test coming up on Thursday, trying to make sure everybody's ready to go. Fractions are like monsters to 5th graders.
Anyways, I swung by Walmart on the way home and picked up a hanger box of the new stuff and hurried out to my car to check it out.
Here is my first Padre card of 2013.
It turned out to be the only Friar of the bunch, which was a bummer. Thought about calculating the percentage of cards that were Padres, since I was still in fraction/decimal mode from school, but numbers that small aren't worth calculating. Volquez isn't really a favorite of mine by any means, but he's hard to dislike too much, since he's (sadly) one of the better choices the Padres have in the starting rotation.
Still, there were a few other cards that were worth keeping. I'm not a set-builder, so I'm only holding on to the ones that strike my fancy.
These are all good. I love the retro jerseys on the Michael Young and the Chris Sale cards. The view of U.S. Cellular Field behind A.J. Pierzynski is striking as well. Feldman and Bogusevic are players that I like, Scott from his performance in then 2011 postseason for the Rangers, and Bogusevic for hitting a home run on my birthday when I saw him play for the Round Rock Express a few years back. By the way, I'm stoked to see the Astros rocking their new jersey design this year. Hopefully it'll make it onto the cards that are released later on in the year.
Here are some obligatory pictures of the inserts, cards that will be part of future trade packages. Nothing too impressive to my eyes. I kinda like the "Calling Cards" set, but that Reggie Jackson's "calling card" is his ripped abdominals seems a little strange to me.
I kinda like the emerald parallels here, and the blue ones... look about the same as last year. The Padres cards will most likely look good with the blue. Am I the only one who's not stoked on the '72 style minis? I personally think that the '72 design is pretty hideous, and doesn't hold a candle to '71 or '73. For series 1, the only Padre is Tony Gwynn, so there won't be many of these I'll be on the lookout for.
It wouldn't be a proper "pack report" if I didn't also mention the back of the cards. Nothing too special here. It's interesting that they've included the "Career Chase" below the height/weight/birth information. Just in case you were wondering, Volquez only needs 5,061 strikeouts to match Nolan Ryan's all time record of 5,714. I wonder if it'll happen this year or next year?
It's kinda cool that the write up above his stats references the only Padre game that I went to last year. Much less cool that the bright red in the stats shows that last year he led the National League in walks with 105. I wonder what the "Career Chase" would be to have the all time lead in free passes.
Anyways, there's my first look at 2013 Topps. Just felt like tossing my two cents along with the kajillion other bloggers who will be doing so in the next few days.
The fistful of other cards I have will be up on the trade list soon, along with all of the inserts. Mostly just looking for the Padres in this set. If you haven't seen it yet, the Yonder Alonso card from this set is awesome.