I cannot tell you what possessed me to do this but for the first time in 16 years I bought a pack of baseball cards. 3 actually. This morning I needed to make a quick stop at Wal-Mart and was waiting on line to check out at register 21. Register 21 is where they keep all of the baseball cards and other sports cards. This time I reacted without hesitation and grabbed a pack. Then another. And then another.
I chose the 2008 Topps Updates and Highlights issue. I have seen many blogs criticizing the design of these cards, but I find them to be quite appealing. I have no idea what kind of goodies lie inside of this issue’s packs but I proceeded without caution to rip open all 3 of them. Here are the results.
Pack 1 – UH44 Ryan Sweeney, UH128 LaTroy Hawkins, UH74 Corey Patterson, UH152 Steve Trachsel, UH127 Combos – Michael Young & Derek Jeter, UH202 Josh Hamilton, UH118 Justin Morneau & David Ortiz, UH274 Albert Pujols, UH239 Milton Bradley, UH77 Ervin Santana, UH323 Jorge Velandia, WMDP23 Matt Holliday
Pack 2 – UH91 Billy Buckner, UH247 Scott Podsednik, UH265 Tony Abreu, UH133 Tadahito Iguchi, UH232 Geovany Soto, UH167 Justin Morneua, UH18 Andy Phillips, UH244 Brandon Webb, UH191 Ian Kinsler, UH83 George Sherrill, UH197 Michael Young, UH197 Jason Varitek
Pack 3 – UH175 Luis Vizcaino, UH187 Rod Barajas, UH67 Jamey Carroll, UH232 Edinson Volquez, UH196 Dan Uggla, UH106 Josh Hamilton & Carlos Quentin, UH54 Grady Sizemore, UH35 Hanley Ramirez, Uh52 Derek Jeter, UH311 Oscar Salazar, UH233 Grady Sizemore, WBC25 Kosuke Fukudome
It was fun to rip open a few packs of cards. But, the thrill of pulling out something I could add to my player collections obviously was not there. Of all of the players I got, each one is new to my collection. I may keep the Jeters and the Pujols card for my sons, but the rest are up for grabs. If you see anything you need for your set, or team collection, or player collections just let me know and I certain that we will be able to work something out.
Who knows, I may buy more packs in the future. But I am definitely a player collector!!!