By Mr. Scott
2009 Topps Updates & Highlights
Boxes: 1 Jumbo & 1 Hobby
Packs: Jumbo: 10, Hobby: 24
Cards: Jumbo: 44 per pack, Hobby: 10 per pack
Price: Jumbo: $82, Hobby: $51 per Box (Includes Shipping)
Box 1 Jumbo Box
Base Set: 327 of 330 99% Complete (101 duplicates)
Gold: 10 (#/2009)
Black: 1 (Ken Takahashi #38/58)
Printing Plate: 1 (Rich Hill # 1/1)
Career Best Auto: 1 (Heath Bell)
Letter Patch: 1 (Walter Johnson #41/50)
Event-Worn: 1 (Chad Billingsley)
Box 2 Hobby Box
Base Set: 260 of 330 78% Complete (No duplicates)
Gold: 12 (#/2009)
Black: 1 (Emilio Bonifacio #3/58)
Silk Collection: 1 (Alfredo Figaro #27/50)
Event-Worn: 1 (David Wright)
Set Break Down:
Base Set: 330 of 330 100% Complete
Overall Review: The pulls were there but the players were not. Had two difficult pulls come out of these boxes, the Silk & Printing Plate which was great but who really wants Hill or Figaro to be your hits? I guess the well runs dry sometimes.
Base cards feature decent photography, only problem I had was that some players were no longer with their teams. Brett Tomko was released by the Yankees on 7/21, he was playing for the A’s on 8/17 but they picture him in a Yankees uniform. Kevin Cash had 26 AB’s for Yankees and hasn’t been with them since the end of May. Brian Bruney who was with the Yankees all season was not included in any Topps product this year.
I think there are to many chiefs at Topps that don’t know much about picking the right players for their products. A Heath Bell autograph? What did they pay him to sign, a penny per auto? Come on, you can do better than that. Us collectors are shelling out major bucks, what are we really going to do with Bell auto? Another disappointment was that 17 of the cards were cut extremely bad (I think they need better quality control check out the Endy Chavez in the scan).
The inserts are pretty decent in this product, I really enjoy the Topps Chrome Refractors, Turkey Red & Propaganda cards. Also the variations are different. I mean, I pulled a Frank Robinson in an Angel’s uniform. If you’re a young collector today you would think he played for the Reds & Orioles his entire career, this spices things up a bit. So far this year I have opened 19 different products and this one falls somewhere in the middle of the pack.