Being away from the card blogosphere for a bit, most of the "hobby news" I've been getting has been through Twitter. This is actually where I get the overwhelming majority of my news, since we cut the cord a few years ago and I really don't do much online that's not baseball or job-related.
Anyways, when I saw Topps tweeting about #ToppsNOW, I was intrigued, but didn't think much of it. I think at first I thought it was for the Topps Bunt app, which doesn't really interest me. However, once I saw that they were physical cards from a recent game, I was intrigued. While I'm not too high on the design, it's serviceable, and the idea of cards from specific games has always been cool to me.
Well, I figured the Padres wouldn't get on too many of these, so when I saw that Melvin Upton Jr. (of all people) was the first from the Padres to get his own card, I decided to pull the trigger. I wasn't a fan of Melvin's when he first came to the Padres in a trade with the Braves last year. But he's been doing pretty well for San Diego this year (well, at least compared to the rest of the team), and this card proved to be too good to pass up.
I was barely conscious for this walk off home run, but I remember that I was barely awake. Darn west coast games in the central time zone. Oh well, it was a pretty good moment, as good as any the Padres have had this year, at least, which started off historically bad, not scoring in any of the first 30 innings of the season. I'm not sure how I'll remember who the other guys in the background of the card are, but I'll record it here for posterity: R-L Jon Jay, Ryan Buchter (jacket), and Adam Rosales (no hat). Not sure about the other two.
Here's the back. Pretty uninteresting, lot of unused space and a hard to read font. It does mention the Padres 4-8 record (at the time), so I'm glad I'll always remember that bugged of info. These cards seem glossier than normal Topps flagship cards, and just a tad flimsier (though not 70's food odd ball set flimsy.
At $10 per card, it is definitely higher than I'm used to paying for a single card, especially of a Melvin Upton card. It's not serial numbered, but the print run on these is usually pretty limited, though it seems to vary from card to card. The shipping was free, though I'm not sure if it's always going to be free. The turnaround wasn't as quick as I'd like it (ordered it April 17th, got it May 2nd), but wasn't something that would keep me from ordering again.
If I understand correctly, these are sold the day after (or around there) and are available for a small window of time, usually about a day. I hemmed and hawed on this one, but having a clock ticking definitely motivated me to err on the side of buyers remorse than empty handed sadness.
I don't imagine the Padres will be featured on too many of these cards, which I guess in a way is a blessing, money wise. Still, I'm hoping the Padres get some love from Topps and are able to make their season interesting or noteworthy in some way.