Friday, December 25, 2009

2009 Topps 206 Two-Fer Pack Break

It's time to make some Christmas dinner so let's make this simple. I went to a store that sells cards, some call them card stores, and I bought some cards that came in a sealed pack. To the best of my knowledge, they hadn't been felt up ahead of time like the girl who sat behind you in Grade 10 math class. Here's the results:

Pack One

Not horrible, not spectacular. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I love a Barry Zito card (it's a Piedmont back, by the way). The horizontal look of the mini is impressive. Not a fan of the Bronze parallel.

Pack 2

Did Miller, Hermida and Ramirez make up half of the Marlins' payroll this year? I'm really digging the pose on the Miller card. And the Ramirez - well, the background reminds me of the perfect Hawaiian shirt ever made so it's cool by default as well. The Ramirez is a no-number variation to boot.

Overall impressions of a sample size too small to create a truly vaild impression:
Had it not been for the three-series 2002 Topps 206 Baseball set, I'd be in love with these. But it's retro that's already been done. And done somewhat recently. That said, the dramatic poses are awesome but most are pretty boring.

If anyone needs anything, let me know.


Dinged Corners said...

Uh oh! Be careful of the Zito slippery slope.

Good point about it being Round 2 for T206. Is this rendition improved or lesser?

Ryan Cracknell said...

I like that this year's is one series versus three. Also, it seems a little simpler as the variants and short prints are there for those who want them but not required for a basic set. The 2002 sets had lots of SPs if I recall correctly and a way more complex set of variants. That said, the 2002 set was "original" at the time. This feels like a bit of a retread now. But both had minis galore and they're my favorite part of the sets.

I see this year's 206 being popular but not as huge as the first 2002 series was. Boxes I think move at more than $100 still today.

My preference: 2003 Topps 205 and its gold borders.