First taste of the Topps Monopoly.

I don't normally do pack breaks but I felt the 2010 Topps fever from other sites like
It's like having my own cardshop and Night Owl Cards and I had to get a pack or two.

Last night I put together a shopping list for Target for an excuse to see if my local store had the 2010 packs. They did. I picked up two instead of my normal one pack for the occasion of it. I was not disappointed, I think I will attempt to complete this set but don't hold me to that. I didn't LOVE the design but I did really enjoy the packs, if that makes sense.

The First Pack

Joe Nathan - 93

Cody Ross - 148

Pat Neshek - 273

This card made this pack for me. Since attempting TTM requests I have picked up some new favorite players, or at least players that I like. Mr. Neshek is one of those players. I am going to send this card (with some others) this week for a second TTM attempt with him. I normally don't do two attempts with the same player, just my opinion but I think it is a little tacky. But from what I read on his website, he doesn't have a problem with it as long as it is not the same card.

Fernando Martinez - 218

Lance Berkman - 245

Brandon Phillips - 165

Placido Polanco - 263

Photo Day Fun - 27 (Lance Berkman & Mike Hampton)

I had to laugh when I saw this card. It is not the best photo Lance Berkman could hope for. I know they are goofing off, but it does looks a little awkward.

Juan Francicsco - 305 # 1666/2010

I am a little disappointed on the numbering. Last year they had nice gold foil numbers, this year the gold cards are numbered with bubbly black ink. Personally I think it looks cheaper.

Legendary Lineage - LL17 (Cal Ripken & Derek Jeter)

I love the design for this set. I am not a Yankee hater, so I got to say I love the card as a whole. Jeter is not too shabby, and I love Ripken.

Turkey Red Insert - Manny Ramirez - TR12

I am, though, a Dodger hater (No offense to Night Owl and others). Well only since 2000, and it is more of a rivalry thing. I also never really like Manny in Boston. So this card was lost on me.

Topps Town - Josh Hamilton - TTT7

I like the look of these cards this year. They still look like something out of MLB Showdown, but I do like the "platinum" clean look.

The Second Pack

Jon Niese - 249

Bobby Jenks - 242

Andrew Bailey - 236

Adrian Beltre - 189

Josh Butler - 163

Mat Gamel - 151

Yunel Escobar - 146

Zach Duke - 26

Yankees - 269 (checklist)

Topps Town - Ryan Howard - TTT13

Peak Performance - Babe Ruth - PP5

These final two cards really pushed this "experience" over the top. Nothing like pulling vintage players from a retail pack, but the "Babe"? "The sultan of swat"? "The colossus of clout"? "The colossus of clout"? "THE GREAT BAMBINO"?

OK I must apologize for my horrible nod to The Sandlot.

Target Red Back - Jackie Robinson - 4 of 45

This card is by far my favorite from the two packs. I know previously I mentioned hating the Dodgers, but I did say pre-2000 was fine. Plus its Jackie. He is the first ball player that new by name. I remember as a kid having a story book on him, I had the hardest time figuring out why the other players we mean to him. As a kid I couldn't understand why color of skin made people so angry. Not that I understand it now, but I do know more about people and how we can just be stupid as a whole. And I have found that I don't like people much, but individually I can classify some as "Not people". If you are "Not a People" in my book, you're doing good.

As an adult I love and admire the man's character. His meekness and humility. He took a lot more than a normal person could and didn't say a word. He just went to work. I am by no means an expert on the man, but I am an admirer.

As a collector I love getting his cards, but I don't collect him. Mostly because that could get expensive real fast.


  1. How did you get that "collection goals" checklist over there?

  2. I wrote it in HTML/CSS. You are welcome to the code, if you can't get it by viewing the source shoot me an e-mail and I will give it to you.