I spun by my LCS after taking my grandfather out to lunch today. I took a glance at the lunch menu at his nursing home and the main dish featured eggplant. Needless to say, I think he was pretty happy I rescued him, especially when he sunk his teeth into a nice BLT at a nearby cafe.
Yes, I broke down. I really wanted a pack of Topps Archives, but because of Monday's holiday the shipment had not arrived yet at my local card shop. Shoot. Five months without opening any 2016 product ended when I left the store with three hobby packs of Topps Pro Debut.
I'm sure I'm not the first to mention this, but I am not a fan of Topps flagship design, which means I didn't like Opening Day and I'm not much a fan of Pro Debut. (Why, Topps? Why must you use the same design for all three card sets?) But, I will give Topps credit for giving a full bleed design a shot. At least they are trying something different.
Here's something not different: Yankee Padawans.
And yes, those have been set aside for ZZ.
Here's a couple for BWTP.
Is it bad that I have taken to shortening the names of my favorite trading partners?
Here are a couple of names I recognize.
Speaking of name recognition:
Three packs and I scored three young Cubs. What luck!
Mark Zagunis was second in the Carolina League in on-base percentage in 2015 and he's doing his thing in AA this year.
Gleyber Torres batted 0.306 in May for the Pelicans. He's only nineteen and is a very talented middle infielder.
Ian Happ! I'm excited to finally have a non-Bowman card of the Cubs' 2015 first round draft pick. Happ is also at Myrtle Beach this year with Torres, and it'll be a nice race to see who gets to Wrigley Field first.
Pro Debut is a fun rip. There are parallels, autos, patches, inserts, and variations. I pulled one insert, but nothing to really write home about. I was hoping to hit Homer's, the Peoria Chiefs' mascot, patch card. Or this beauty would have been nice:
|image swiped from cardboardconnection.com
"Game Day shirt from the Director of Smiles, Rhashan." Man, what a fantastic card!
Thanks for stopping by and happy collecting.