First, the good news. We think the 2009 Topps base set is what it should be. Well-designed, pleasing to the eye, incorporating good use of color and strong photography. The little home plate icon looks especially handsome with a Mets logo on it. How much better is this than Topps 2008 or Topps 2007?
We have yet to see a blaster at Target or anywhere, so we just bought two little ol' packs of Topps 2009. Keep in mind, we're not in a particularly good mood about the issue of collation right now.
Our camera just went on the blink so we can't even show you that we also got a double of Chris Young (Padres).
Out of two packs, six cards were doubles. Is that a bit much, coming from the same retail box?
Are we being over-sensitive? Or are the cardboard gods in fact telling us to stop collecting current baseball cards unless we enjoy this sort of thing?
There was this gold parallel, numbered 40/2009, of Guillermo Frowny Face Quiroz:
And these are nice, although is the cardstock thinner?:
Out of the two packs, we were pleased to find a Mr. Santana and a Mr. Ichiro in addition to the Johan Santana, so all is not lost: