It’s been barely one week and already Topps’ Ticket To Stardom is getting bashed by collectors. Mr. Scott of The Wax Report busted two Hobby boxes to show readers of Wax Heaven just what to expect.
2009 Topps Ticket to Stardom
Cards: 12 per pack
Price: $84 per Box (Includes Shipping)
Blue Variation: 2 (#/99)
Gold Variation: 2 (#/50)
High # SP: 1 (Kenshin Kawakami #062/199)
Relic / Auto: 1 (Michael Bowden #054/489)
Jersey / Stub: 1 (Alfonso Soriano #23/79)
Dual Jersey Stub: 1 (David Wright #006/239)
Ticket to Stardom Gold: 1 (Joey Votto #03/50)
Blue Variation: 3 (#/99)
Relic / Auto: 1 (Johnny Cueto #076/489)
Bat / Stub: 1 (Yulieski Gourriel #070/110)
Dual Bat Stub: 1 (Chin-Ling Hu #31/77)
Set Break Down:
Base Set: 200 of 200 100% (198 Dupes 2 short of 2nd full set )
Great idea, extremely bad execution. In Topps 52′ 2006 (Ticket to Stardom) & 2007 (Diamond Debut) inserts created something I was longing for, a ticket inserted in to cards. These inserts were great and best of all the card matched the ticket. In this release the tickets are extremely small & don’t match the description on the back. The Yulieski Gourriel ticket is from March 16th but on the back they discuss a March 12th game. The ticket they attached to Soriano is a game in which he struck out 3 times.
Topps should be ashamed of themselves. The tickets should have been from a game the player accomplished something. On the back of the Cueto card its states the relic is game worn. I don’t know how anyone wears a bat. Also to keep ranting, a few of the inserts had foil missing. The die-cuts and the color variation are not drastic enough (see the 3 Verlander in pic left to right Die Cut, Gold, Base). Over $80 for this product is bull crap, this is a $25 product, it reminds me of Topps Opening Day brand from 2006 with its base & variation. Only good thing is you can almost complete a set with 1 box.
Thanks but no thanks Topps I just wasted $168.