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Monday, June 5, 2017

I Love Archives... Sometimes

So, it's been a long time since I posted here.  I've been writing a lot though, mostly preparing to launch a new Padres website (that actually launches today).  That'll be a fun project, feel free to check it out.

Anyways, even though I haven't been posting, I've still been picking up a few cards here and there, though it's slowed down quite a bit since my more-frequent card-blogging days.  Being out of the loop, I was surprised to find out that this year's Archives set included the '92 Topps design!  While '91 Fleer was the first pack I ever ripped, '92 Topps was the set that got me into collecting - it was the set that my 1st grade teacher, Mr. Seipel, passed out to us.  Totally got me hooked, and I've been a sucker for this design ever since.

I'm planning on collecting all 100 cards in the set with the '92 design (along with the other Padres in the set), and even though it's probably cheaper to just wait a bit and then get them on eBay, I couldn't help but pick up a blaster when I saw them on Saturday at Walmart.

This is my favorite card of 2017 so far, and one that I was really hoping to pull.  I'm usually not a big fan of horizontal cards, but this looks so good (as do the other horizontal cards with this design).  The only thing that would've made it better was if they had Wil Myers in the Padres brown and gold Friday night home uniforms, but oh well.  In the original '92 set, they were wearing blue, so I guess it works well enough here.  I'd like to snag a few parallels of this one if I can find them cheap enough

While the '92 cards made up just under a third of the cards in the blaster, I'm going to dedicate this post to the '92s and the inserts.  The other ones didn't do much for me, and I didn't pull any of the other Padres.  Here are the three former players I pulled with the '92 design.  Love the Roberto Clemente card, and Paul Konerko is one of my all-time favorite players, so it was rad to pull that one as well.

I wasn't blown away by any of the inserts (more on those later), but I really dug these.  The horizontal card is the base card, and the one on the right is the photo variation SP.  As I was writing this, I got an offer for it on eBay, so now the blaster was free.  Nice!  I got to see Alex Bregman when he played for the Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros Double-A affiliate), so it's cool to see him be a part of the best team in baseball.  I really dig those orange uniforms, too.

Speaking of horizontal cards, here's a few more.  Sharp, sharp, sharp.

Here's the rest of the '92s.  I dig seeing the bats fly onto the border in the Turner and Desmond cards.

Ah, the aforementioned inserts.  If anybody is interested in these, let me know.  I really dig the coins, but unfortunately there's no Padres.  

Just for nostalgia, here's a few cards from the '92 Topps Padres team set, including the Sheffield from the Traded set.  The gold cards were the best, very cool to see that they're included in this year's Archives set as well, although they seem super short printed.

And here's a few of my favorite non-Padre cards from the '92 set.  The Ripken especially is an all time piece of cardboard, in my humble opinion.

Anyways, it feels good to do even just a little card-blogging.  I know that there are those who don't like Archives (the cardstock on these '92s is a little disappointing, and there's only a handful of Padres), but when they have a design I like, I can really get into the set.  I started blogging right around the release of the 2013 Archives set and put together the 50 cards with the '71 design, one of my first and most fun collecting mini-projects.

Anyways, happy Monday to my long lost card-blogging friends - I haven't forgot about you completely.  If you're active on Twitter, feel free to follow me at @MarcusSDTX.