Sunday, February 10, 2008

2008 Topps Jumbos

Well I didn't expect to buy a lot of this product, but after heading down and getting a box of UD and a Jumbo of Topps, I headed down and picked up another Topps Jumbo as I FAR preferred the Topps product, as did my Wife. I will do break downs of both products, but I will start with the Topps. The packs are busted, and the boxes are sorted, but I can still give you a good idea of what to expect out of Topps 2008.

Regular boxes of Topps had no guarantees of any hits, and being an unapologetic relic and autograph lover, I opted for the Jumbos for $30 more then the $55 price tag for the standard box. So you are not quite paying double, but you are supposedly guaranteed of pulling two hits from the box, and about 1 1/2 times as many cards. I have also found that I usually pull better inserts from Jumbos, which I have heard rumors about around hobby shops, so what the heck. True to their word Topps provided at least the guaranteed number of hits from the boxes. In fact there was a bonus auto, so there were in fact 5 hits from the two boxes. More on those later.

For the first time I can remember though, the true stars of these boxes were the insert sets instead of the relics and autos. What a HUGE step up from Generation Now and the horrible mirror sets in the past. Some of the mirrors are still there, but Topps definitely did well with the new sets and designs and with the Hobby picking up steam each year, this could be a banner year for the Topps product. Topps has inspired me this year to go for a master set, so lets take a look at some of the insert sets, and what I still need to complete them.

50th Anniversary Topps All-Star Rookie Team
AR1 - Need
AR2 - Need
AR3 - Need
AR4 - Melky Cabrera

AR-5 - Gary Carter

AR6 - Lou Piniella

AR7 - Need
AR8 - Andre Dawson

AR9 - Need
AR10 - Need
AR11 - Jermaine Dye

AR12 - Dan Johnson

AR13 - Alfonso Soriano

AR14 - Need
AR15 - Need
AR16 - Need
AR17 - Need
AR18 - Need
AR19 - Need
AR20 - Need
AR21 - Need
AR22 - Need
AR23 - Need
AR24 - Need
AR25 - Dan Uggla

AR26 - Ozzie Smith

AR27 - Andruw Jones

AR28 - Need
AR29 - Need
AR30 - Need
AR31 - Need
AR32 - Garrett Atkins

AR33 - Need
AR34 - Chipper Jones

AR35 - Roger McDowell

AR36 - Need
AR37 - Need
AR38 - Ron Swoboda

AR39 - Need
AR40 - Mike Piazza

AR41 - Albert Pujols

AR42 - Need
AR43 - Need
AR44 - Need
AR45 - Need
AR46 - Derek Jeter

AR47 - Shawn Green

AR48 - Need
AR49 - Need
AR50 - Need
AR51 - Need
AR52 - Need
AR53 - Need
AR54 - Joe Mauer

AR55 - Magglio Ordonez

So that is 20 cards with no doubles out of two jumbo boxes. That works out to one in each of the 10 jumbo packs per box. With 35 cards still to go, this will not be the easiest set to complete. Value wise I doubt it would be hard to purchase, but needing to purchase at least 4 jumbos and having some incredibly good luck, you better be a member of a good trade site like The Bench if you want to complete it. Up next we will look at the awesome Trading Card History set, but for now I need a break, lol.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the scans of these cards. I've always been a fan of the "Topps All-Star Rookie" subsets. Maybe I'll get lucky and pull one or two in the few packs I buy this year.

Joey said...

These are what excites me more than anything right now. I can't wait to start pulling them and putting the set together.

Thanks for posting the scans.

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