The Great Topps Digital Trade And Sale List (Updated 07/25/2017)

This is very much a work in progress, but I am starting to inventory my Topps Digital cards, make them available in ways that are hopefully easier to parse than Trade Feed posts on the apps and the odd listing on an auction site, and also to do a clearer job of explaining what I’m not trading or selling. I’m just working on Bunt at the moment, though I have cards on all 8 Topps apps. If you’re interested in anything here, email me or comment on a post with your Topps Digital fan name, and I’ll get in touch. If you have any corrections to offer on the sets that any of the cards I have belong to (Topps Digital is a confusing place, so I am liable to make errors), feel free to get in touch about that, as well.

This post will be getting a permanent home on my sidebar, under “Stuff For Sale!”, so you don’t lose track of it when it falls off the home page.

As for pricing, either with trades or that filthy green stuff? Everything’s negotiable right now, and fairly reasonable. Inquire about what you’re interested in, and we’ll take things from there. I will do my best not to waste your time or mine, and to come up with something we’re both happy with.

A real quick guideline on what my highest trade priorities are on Bunt at the moment:

Bernie Williams, Mark Buehrle, Vladimir Guerrero, Ichiro Suzuki, Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Jose Altuve, Adam Dunn, Reggie Jackson, Wade Boggs, Eric Davis, Roger Maris, Brooklyn Dodgers, 1970s Yankees (particularly from the 2015 Old-Timers’ Day set), and needs from the 2015 From The Vault, 2015 Universe and 2015 Fire (base, not parallel) sets.

Bunt:

Limited And Insert Cards For Trade Or Sale:

Limited:

2017 Bowman Gold Michael Fulmer (250)
2017 Bowman Kris Bryant (1250)
2017 Bowman Willson Contreras (1249)
2017 Bowman Jacob deGrom (1249)
2017 Bowman Nomar Mazara (1249)

Insert:

2016 Gold Label Class 3 Justin Upton (147)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Eric Hosmer (906)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Zack Greinke (923)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Miguel Cabrera (943) x 2
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Aaron Nola (946)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Mark McGwire (947)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Justin Upton (949)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Ryan Braun (952)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Luis Severino (954)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Corey Seager (960)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Josh Donaldson (969)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Matt Kemp (969)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Paul Goldschmidt (982)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Mike Piazza (982)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Noah Syndergaard (985)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Jose Abreu (1004)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Josh Donaldson (2167)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Luis Severino (2174)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Hyun-Soo Kim (2176)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Michael Conforto (2184) x 2
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Byung-Ho Park (2187)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Chris Sale (2187)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Blake Snell (2188) x 2
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Adrian Gonzalez (2194)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Trea Turner (2195)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Albert Pujols (2202)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 George Springer (2216)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 David Ortiz (2218)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Andrew McCutchen (2229)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Noah Syndergaard (2240)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Julio Urias (2241) x 2
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Freddie Freeman (2248)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Giancarlo Stanton (2248) x 2
2016 Gold Label Class 1 David Wright (2260)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Clayton Kershaw (2263) x 3
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Mark McGwire (2265) x 2
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Nolan Ryan (2271)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Madison Bumgarner (2272)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Kris Bryant (2274)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Manny Machado (2283)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 David Price (2289)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Paul Goldschmidt (2292)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Ryan Braun (2297)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Anthony Rizzo (2299)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Jose Abreu (2314)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Robinson Cano (2314)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Troy Tulowitzki (2315)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Aaron Nola (2327)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Bryce Harper (2372)
2016 Sepia Boost Chris Archer (156)
2016 Bunt Physical Gold Addison Russell (393)
2016 Bunt Physical Gold Dallas Keuchel (443)
2017 Bunt Physical Bryce Harper (1107) x 2
2017 Bunt Physical Carlos Santana (1133)
2017 Bunt Physical Masahiro Tanaka (1200)
2017 Bunt Physical Jharel Cotton (1224) x 2
2016 Great Lakes Greats Sammy Solis (419)
2016 Great Lakes Greats Jake Petricka (465)
2016 Great Lakes Greats Joe Mauer (675)
2016 Tribute Purple Albert Pujols (492)
2016 Tribute Purple Johnny Bench (542)
2017 Tribute Babe Ruth (1668)
2016 Tribute Jose Bautista (2571)
2016 Tribute Chris Archer (2609)
2017 Bowman Chrome 1992 Kris Bryant (512)
2017 Perspectives Ralph Kiner (515)
2017 Perspectives Cal Ripken Jr. (528)
2016 Programs James Shields (642)
2017 Programs Jason Kipnis (515)
2017 Programs Miguel Sano (524)
2017 Programs Ryan Schimpf (533)
2017 Programs Josh Donaldson (548)
2017 Infinite Mark Melancon (539)
2017 Infinite Jose Ramirez (552)
2017 Infinite Nolan Arenado (554)
2017 Infinite Troy Tulowitzki (572)
2017 World Baseball Classic Shlomo Lipetz (598)
2017 World Baseball Classic Andrew Miller (613)
2017 World Baseball Classic Yoelkis Cespedes (654)
2017 Vintage Blue Adrian Beltre (623)
2017 Vintage Red David Ortiz (1219)
2017 Vintage Blue Jon Lester (1319)
2016 Unique Unis Marcell Ozuna (640)
2016 Future Of The Franchise Luis Severino (646)
2017 Inception Base Variant Josh Donaldson (704)
2017 Naturals Lou Brock (752)
2016 Canvas Paul Goldschmidt (992)
2016 Heritage Jeremy Hellickson (1061)
2016 Heritage Aaron Harang (1079)
2016 All-Star Futures Game Raimel Tapia (1166)
2016 Opening Day Carlos Correa (1183)
2017 Spring Warmup Trea Turner (1243)
2017 Backdrops Blake Snell (1364)
2016 Canada Day John Axford (1455)
2017 Salute Legends Lou Brock (1528)
2016 Gypsy Queen Kenta Maeda (1586)
2016 Walk Off Wins Evan Longoria (1607)
2016 Walk Off Wins Luis Gonzalez (1617)
2016 Archives Ryan Braun (1729)
2016 Triple Threads Andrew McCutchen (1938)
2016 In The Hunt Carlos Martinez (2502)
2016 In The Hunt Yu Darvish (2505)
2016 In The Hunt Josh Donaldson (2552)
(more to be added as time allows)

Base Cards For Trade Or Sale:

Any 2017 Series 1 Base White, Green and Red Duplicates, or Blue-Up Singles Of The Following Are Available For Trade Or Sale:

A’s (Alonso cards cost extra)
Blue Jays (Donaldson, Bautista, Martin cards cost extra)
Braves (Freeman cards cost extra)
Cardinals (Carpenter, Molina cards cost extra)
Giants (Posey, Belt cards cost extra)
Padres (Myers cards cost extra)
Rangers (Andrus and Darvish cards cost extra)
Rays (Longoria cards cost extra)
Tigers (Cabrera, Fulmer cards cost extra)
Twins (Sano cards cost extra)
Angels (Trout cards cost extra)
Cubs (Bryant, Rizzo, Contreras cards cost extra)
Indians (Lindor, Ramirez, Kluber cards cost extra)

2017 Series 1 Base White, Green and Red Duplicates, or Blue-Up Singles Of The Following Are Available For Trade Or Sale, With Some Exceptions:

Yankees (silver singles and Sanchez singles are off-limits)
Royals (black singles are off-limits; Hosmer, Perez cards cost extra)
Astros (Altuve cards are off-limits; Correa and Springer cards cost extra)
Marlins (Ichiro cards are off-limits; Stanton and Realmuto cards cost extra)
White Sox (Frazier cards are off-limits; Abreu cards cost extra)
Rockies (Blackmon cards are off-limits; Arenado cards cost extra)
Mariners (Hernandez cards are off-limits; Cano, Zunino cards cost extra)
Orioles (Jones cards are off-limits; Machado cards cost extra)
Pirates (Nova cards are off-limits; McCutchen cards cost extra)
Diamondbacks (Greinke cards are off-limits; Goldschmidt cards cost extra)

The Following 2017 Base Cards Are Completely Off-Limits For Now:

2017 Series 2 cards
2017 Series 1 Nationals
2017 Series 1 Dodgers
2017 Series 1 Mets
2017 Series 1 Brewers
2017 Series 1 Phillies
2017 Series 1 Reds
2017 Series 1 Red Sox

2012-2016 Base Cards For Trade Or Sale:

2012 Jose Altuve x 2

2014 Kyle Gibson, Matt Harvey, Andrew Heaney, Hisashi Iwakuma, David Ortiz, Yasiel Puig, and Rafael Soriano white base
Any 2015-2016 duplicates (literally thousands of white, green and red cards to choose from, many stars)

2015 Gold Pat Venditte (794)
2015 Gold Blake Swihart (1273)
2015 Gold Daniel Norris (3816)
2015 Gold Rusney Castillo (5573)
2015 Teal Miguel Sano (25,191)

All 2016 gold and silver singles

All 2016 black singles except Strasburg and Hendricks

2016 purple Wade Miley

2016 teal Bird and Ellington

All 2016 orange duplicates and singles except Sandoval, Bogaerts, Strasburg, Price, Greinke, Ichiro and Josh Hamilton

All 2016 blue duplicates and singles except Wang, Porcello Postseason, Scherzer Postseason, Fernandez, Harper, Betts, Altuve, Felix Hernandez, Frazier, Puig, Adam Jones, Josh Hamilton, Gary Sanchez, Bogaerts, Porcello, Ichiro, Colon, and Stroman

All 2016 Postseason red singles except Scherzer, Bogaerts, Harper, Betts, and Colon

All 2016 Postseason white singles except Porcello, Benintendi, Strasburg, Jansen, Puig, Jones, Stroman and Colon

Singles of the following 2012-2016 cards are off-limits:

ANY 2015 or 2016 white, green or red base singles, as well as singles of the following players, especially in 2012-2014 (where they’d live in “Not For Sale”-Land rather than the Inserts or Limited sections):

Bobby Abreu
Jose Altuve
Charlie Blackmon
Xander Bogaerts
Wade Boggs
Jackie Bradley Jr.
Kris Bryant
Mark Buehrle
Yoenis Cespedes
Bruce Chen
Bartolo Colon
Carlos Correa
Carl Crawford
Johnny Damon
Ike Davis
Shelley Duncan
Adam Dunn
Jose Fernandez
Todd Frazier
Anthony Gose
Zack Greinke
Vladimir Guerrero
Roy Halladay
Billy Hamilton
Josh Hamilton
Bryce Harper
Todd Helton
Kyle Hendricks
Felix Hernandez
Brock Holt
Orlando Hudson
Jim “Catfish” Hunter
Reggie Jackson
Kenley Jansen
Derek Jeter
Adam Jones
Clayton Kershaw
Paul Konerko
Tim Lincecum
Hideki Matsui
Orestes “Minnie” Minoso
Kendrys Morales?
Justin Morneau
Ross Ohlendorf
Roy Oswalt
Andy Pettitte
Juan Pierre
A.J. Pierzynski
Placido Polanco
David Price
Yasiel Puig
J.J. Putz
Mariano Rivera
Alex Rodriguez
Pablo Sandoval
Johan Santana
Max Scherzer
Corey Seager
Travis Shaw
Alfonso Soriano
Stephen Strasburg
Marcus Stroman
Jim Thome
Mike Trout
Juan Uribe
Jason Vargas
Chien-Ming Wang
Matt Wieters
Bernie Williams
Mookie Wilson
DeWayne Wise
Kerry Wood

All 2012-2016 singles of players NOT listed here and not from the 2015 or 2016 white, green or red sets are available for trade or sale, so feel free to ask.

The 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge…In One Day!

I’m a little behind the rest of you, so I’m just gonna knock this out in one go. I did decide that I was going to go entirely with cards that I own, but I may use old scans or other folks’ scans of these, in some cases, just so I don’t have to chase cards all over my house. I will probably eventually chase down my originals to do proper scans of everything, but I wanted to focus on writing and posting, rather than scanning, so hopefully you’ll bear with me in the meantime. Some of these will also look like Greatest Hits Of My Old Site, because it’s well-worn territory, but I feel like these are the cards I wanna highlight, so we’re just gonna go with that.

Everybody ready?

Day  1. A card from the current year with a photo you like

The design’s not much to look at, but it’s a good, solid photo of Jose.

Day 2. A card with more than one player on it

How could I not? We need to look at this one in its awesome beaten-to-crapness every so often.

Day 3. A card from the first set you tried to complete

 

From the first pack I ever opened. I don’t know that I “tried to complete” the set for at least a few years, but I knew I wanted all of ’em.

Day  4. A rookie card of one of your favorite players

Just posted this one recently, but let’s have another look!

Day  5. A certified autograph of one of your favorite players

Twitter’s seen this, but those of you who just read the site have not. Got this about a week ago. Isn’t this a gorgeous card?

Day  6. A card you spent more than $10 to get

I forget what I paid for it. Definitely under 100, not sure if I cleared $50. Went nuts that winter, and got this, the ’56 Jackie and a ’61 Mantle.

Day  7. A card you bought in person and the story behind it

Do stickers count? I’m gonna say they count. So, in ’81, way more interesting to me than the cards that year were the Topps stickers. Man, I loved these things. I had like 3 or 4 albums going at once, and of course, I stuck all the stickers in the albums. Thing was, while there were something like 4 or 5 Mike Norris stickers in the checklist, #6, for the life of me, I could not find. I opened an absolute ton of these things, and it just wasn’t happening. Early the next year, I went to my local card shop, and asked if, by chance, they still had singles of the ’81 stickers, which they didn’t, but they did still have some packs. I bought a handful of them, and sure enough, the first pack I opened, there he was, Mike Norris. This was the first set of any kind I ever managed to complete. Unfortunately, I think that sticker album is lost to the ages (I have a few ’81 albums here, but I think the full one’s gone), but I’ve gone back and bought a complete sticker set since then, and this one hasn’t gone in an album. I may eventually put them all in mini pages. I think I’d like that.

Day  8. A card that reminds you of a family member

So, I don’t talk about her enough on any of the things I write, but my mom was and is still pretty awesome to me. She’s put up with a lot of my crap, and done a lot for me over the years. Still does. I mention this because back in the summer of 1986, when I was first getting serious about the grown-up investment hobby of card collecting, she took me to my first fairly big card show, at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ. Hank Aaron was the guest of honor that day, and sure enough, she dutifully waited in line with me to get the beaten up ’69 Aaron I’d pulled from the nickel box at my local signed by the all-time home run king, for a grand total of $6.00. She also waited around while I ran all over Convention Hall buying cards and reselling them. I had a hot streak buying ’84 Topps cards, and probably pulled and flipped about a dozen Mattingly and Strawberry rookies that day, using them to buy all kinds of stuff; my first big batch of Cramer Baseball Legends came from that, and back then, one would’ve thought me insane to sell those rookies to buy Cramer stuff, but nowadays, I find Strawberry rookies in dime boxes on the regular (Mattinglys, less so, but it’s pretty easily a sub-$5 card if you shop for it), and see Cramer sets getting more and more expensive. She sat through a lot of this sort of thing when I was younger, and will still occasionally get stuck with me at the card counter when we’re out running errands during one of my visits, so, thanks, mom!

Day  9. One of your favorite cards from the 1950s

I’m not gonna claim it’s the best example of the card you’ll ever see, but I still can’t believe I own it.

Day 10. One of your favorite cards from the 1960s

The first playing era Maris I ever got my grubby little hands on. Didn’t matter that it was him as a member of the cards, with him still in a Yankee uniform. Also didn’t matter that he looks like the weight of the world’s on his shoulders. In fact, that’s kinda his thing.

Day 11. One of your favorite cards from the 1970s

Gravitas, late 1970s style.

Day 12. One of your favorite cards from the 1980s

My first Oriole Reggie. Most peoples’ first Oriole Reggie, in fact.

Day 13. One of your favorite cards from the 1990s

Went with the “Artist’s Proof” for this. Either’s good, though.

Day 14. One of your favorite cards from the 2000s

My favorite card from the set that made me fall in love with cards again.

Day 15. One of your favorite cards from the 2010s

This one made a lot of year-end lists. It’s an all-timer, I think.

Day 16. A card of a player whom you appreciate but don’t like

I know you Barves fans aren’t gonna be happy with me for this, but look on the bright side: it means you get all my Chipper cards. I have a LOT of Chipper cards right now, too, so hit me up. To be truthful, I didn’t “appreciate” him as a player, either. He was called The Accursed One around my house. Respect? Sure. Helluva ballplayer, but no, no “appreciating” Chipper Jones.

Day 17. A card from the first set you put together hand collated

Using artistic license for this one, since I said “stickers count” above, which would mean I’d have to use ’81 stickers for this day, but this specifically asked for “a card”, so I’ve gotta use a card here. Why B.J. Surhoff? Maybe it’s the color combo on the card, maybe it’s the fact that, while I’ve never really collected his cards, and he never played for a team I rooted for, I always enjoyed watching him play, but this card puts me in my Zen place, man. You’d think that’d be hard to do with 1987 Topps, given that I had tens of thousands of the things at one point, but nah, it’s doable still.

Day 18. A card of a player who became manager of your favorite team

This is another technical. I don’t have a “favorite team” these days. The Yankees beat that out of me with their bullshit over the years, and no one’s stepped up to become the favorite team since. However, when I last had a favorite team, Joe had risen from the ranks of player to eventually manage it, and he was pretty good at it, too.

Day 19. A favorite card from a country other than the United States

Yep, here’s a Luis Aparicio oddball card given out with gloves by a sporting goods store in Venezuela! We found this in a box of commons at my local one day, and I eventually managed to buy it.

Day 20. Your favorite parallel card based on the parallel, not the player

This card is loud as hell, and I love it. Don’t collect Jeff’s stuff, don’t collect ’14 Topps particularly emphatically, but I knows what I likes, and this is what I likes.

Day 21. A card of a rookie you thought you were “investing” in

Yup. This is the one that got me.

Day 22. A card of a common player that always seemed to elude you

I bought almost as much ’86 as I did ’87.

I did not finish the ’86 set until 1994.

Why?

This fuckin’ guy…

Day 23. A favorite oddball card from the 1950s

This card smells so awesome.

Day 24. A favorite oddball card from the 1960s

I’ve posted this here recently, but as it took me a couple years of constant looking and some overpaying to even get it, hey, let’s get some more use out of it. ’60s Kahn’s cards are damn tough to get. Worth it for Tony Horton, though. May he be enjoying life, wherever he may be today.

Day 25. A favorite oddball card from the 1970s

SSPC? Check. Promo set for SSPC? Also check. Mantle chillin’ on Old-Timer’s Day, probably half lit? Eeeeeeeeeeyup. I should probably be ashamed of myself for not using a Burger King Yankee, but we’ll pretend the Munson I posted above is a Burger King and call it even.

Day 26. A favorite oddball card from the 1980s

For about a week in 1986, these were the hottest cards in the hobby, where I lived. I still love this set. And I had to work Doc in somewhere.

Day 27. A favorite oddball card from 1990 or later

I paid almost as much as I would’ve to go to the National to get this! Nah, I’m just kidding. It wasn’t cheap, though. 424/999. I’m still in the believer camp where Strasburg is concerned.

Day 28. A favorite relic/manufactured relic card

I really need to rescan this someday. After all, we’re talking about Roy Campanella’s pants here.

Day 29. A favorite card from before 1950, whether you own it or not

I own it.

Lordy.

Cookie Lavagetto and Pete Reiser on the same card (this is actually considered Pete’s XRC). I’ve got his RC, too (’48 Bowman). And I’ve got Cookie’s ’39 Play Ball, which is his RC (but not his ’34-’36 Batter Up, which is Cookie’s XRC). I may not have accomplished much in this lifetime, but damn it, I’ve got Pete Reiser’s and Cookie Lavagetto’s rookie cards.

Day 30. Your favorite card in your collection

(Another one I really need to get a rescan of.)

Yup, still my favorite. I mean, not surprising. I still have the New York Daily News sports page from October 2nd, 1961 framed above my desk. (I found it in a card shop 50 years to the day from Maris’ 61st HR, in fact.) Maris is still a pretty big deal in my world, and he’d have a good chance of being my favorite all-time player, had I gotten to see him play in my lifetime. (Gil Hodges and Jackie Robinson are strong contenders there, too, though in Jackie’s case, what he means really kinda transcends baseball and sports.) And yeah, this is still my favorite card, over 30 years from my first having seen it on that Turn Back The Clock card in ’86, and over 6 years since I got it. And, I mean, as you see above, I’ve got some pretty cool cards. I didn’t post it, but I’ve even got that Billy Ripken card from ’89 Fleer with the dirty words on it. I believe this is a better card than that one. There’s just something about it…

Whew! 30 days in one post! I’d like to thank Tony Lehman from Off Hiatus Baseball Cards for coming up with this thing, even if I fudged a rule or two of his. It’s been fun reading everyones’ posts, since Tony created the Challenge.

2017 Donruss!

Finally had a chance to pick up a blaster of this stuff, which I’d been waiting for fairly eagerly since I saw the sell sheets. How’d I do?

Not too bad, I suppose.

If you’re seeing this year’s set for the first time: yeah, they riffed on 1990 Donruss baseball, which was…not many peoples’ favorite card design, but they managed to make it look solid just by making it not look red.

Just for a quick comparison, here’s Bernie Williams’ rookie from that set (sorry for the low-res pic, I just screenshotted it from Trading Card Database because all of my ’90s are upstairs). Now, by itself, it’s a fine looking card. Bernie being on it helps. But if you have to look at 716 of these, you’re probably not gonna be thrilled.

Anyway, Donruss changed their logo, added those diagonal stripes on the border, and rounded the corners of the pictures, but it’s a clear homage.

If this is the first time you’re seeing modern Donruss cards, you may be noticing that they don’t have logos or team names on them. They’re licensed by MLBPA, but not MLB. I will say that this seemed to limit their photography, or just the overall look of the base cards, a bunch this year, if only that it made the cards look kinda monochromatic.

It’s not as much of a problem in their 1983 Donruss homage inserts. The border colors help here. I wish the player name font had been a little more accurate…

(Also from TCDB, for quick comparison. Name lettering doesn’t look as…tense.)

…but otherwise, I’m more inclined to chase the 1983 inserts than I am the base set, after grabbing a blaster.

Some of that has to do with these cards, which are part of the base checklist, being seeded about 1 every 4 packs. There’s a reason why this set is selling for about $160 on eBay, and it’s because it’s very, very difficult to complete. By comparison, the 1983s, which are not part of the main checklist, come in at 2 per pack. After 7 packs, I’m over a quarter way through that set, and I’ve got 2 out of 45 from this part of the base set. It’s an old complaint with modern Donruss, they’ve been doing this every year since the brand relaunched in ’14, but this is the first time I’ve really looked at the numbers.

Then you throw in stuff like base variations (here, they’ve replaced Corey Seager’s name with “ROY” because he won Rookie of the Year), and it just gets to be a headache.

(This one’s already been traded to Night Owl.)

I did get some cool inserts, though. I mean, on a set like this, you can’t complain about these 3 names on numbered cards. Keeping the Altuve, the Trout’s definitely up for grabs (or going to COMC if it doesn’t go before I send out my next shipment), and I’m still deciding on the Machado (I don’t collect him, but it’s a nice looking parallel and it’s low-numbered).

They’re also seeding “hits” in every blaster this year (dunno if this is a new practice or not), and this is what I got. This is available for trade for the time being, too.

So, I’d say it wasn’t a waste of a blaster (or the money), but I wasn’t overwhelmed by it, either. I do like the Altuve card, and the base cards look good, but the short-prints at the front of the set checklist (unlike something like Topps Heritage, where they put them at the back where you can deny they exist) are a psychological deterrent to collecting this stuff seriously. It kinda does the opposite of what Panini wants it to do, I think. People want a run of 1-whatever, not 46-whatever, and they’re generally not willing to drop $3 a card to get there, especially without team logos.