Sunday, December 6, 2009

Topps T206 Pack Break!

I am happy to report that there is a new alternative for hobby shops in my area. I have been forced to deal with Cranky's mysterious pack pulls and surly attitude for quite some time. Basically the dude is a pissed of Republican who always has Fox News going every time I am in the store, and yells at the screen while I peruse my options. I am also not a big fan of how hot and heavy he is on ebay trading..which means that he is doing a lot of rippin in the back room, which makes me question what is out on the shelf.

ANYWAYS, a new shop opened up a few weeks ago that offers a lot of options, including sealed boxes and lots of singles and autos in the glass cases. The beauty of the new place is that, if I see a product that I would like to buy a few packs, they are willing to open the box, price it out and sell me some single packs.

That is how I came upon Topps 206, or T206 or whatever this retro set goes by. I have been curious to take a peek at a set that I have heard so much build up about. I have no interest in completing this set, and from what I hear, it is virtually impossible to do so anyways with all of the hidden variations. I am just happy to find a product that I can get a few packs of occasionally to rip some wax.

And this set is ODD. Not necessarily in a bad way. It is crazy fun to open each pack because you really have no idea what you will find inside. I will scatter my packs over the next few posts because there is a lot of ground to cover. So lets start out with a variation that falls one per pack, some gold bordered, thicker cardboard parallels...

Here is a classic Mickey Mantle and Thurman Munson..aka "the rubber-man"
Always nice to pull a tickle-me Ichiro card. The mariners were a nice feel-good story this season.

A couple O's (Nice to get my hands on a Reimold...I hear he is the bees-knees back east). Finished up the gold parallels with a Cristian Guzman.

These next cards threw me for a bit of a loop. Here we have super rookie Andrew McCutchen and Super-human Albert Pujols....the dude in the middle is named Perry...I don't really know who he is and the back of the card does not help either because...

AHA! Some snazzy little variation card. I feel pretty good about the Pujols and McCutchen, but still have no idea who this Perry fellow is.

I'll finish up tonight with a nice bubble-gum variation Tommy Hanson Rookie...

Stay tuned tomorrow. I will be highlighting the mini's as well as fortuitous box hit.


  1. Perry is Ryan Perry--a fireballing rookie reliever out of the University of Arizona who was drafted by the Tigers in 2008. The card companies all fell in love with him this year because spent only a year in the minors, throws 100 mph and his last name starts with "P" the same as uber-rookie Rick Porcello. Bottom line on Perry--right now he is a late inning reliever who will probably be the set-up man in 2010 and will compete to be the Tigers closer for the foreseeable future. The more you know...

    Oh, you also happen to have the No Number SP variation of his rookie card, for what it's worth.

  2. I am interested in this set but I am certain that the parallels and variations would piss me off more than anything!

  3. Very nice cards. Also it appears there aren't non-baseball cards? That's good news if so.

    And as for a new baseball card store opening, that is rare these days. I take it as a good sign!

  4. JD, can I trade you something for the Pujols? I need that one!!! I have a bunch of parallels and NNO to swap.