Since I've avoided retail stores for many months now (and I hear they're bereft of cards anyway), I've relied on the internet to provide some enjoyment when I get the itch to rip a pack while dealing with COVID. Tonight's post features a pack of cards that I actually purchased long before the Stadium Club blaster that I just wrapped up posting on.
I get Topps' daily (sometimes more frequent, lay off a bit Topps!) email updates, where they peddle the latest Project 2020 cards and other wares. Generally I ignore them outright, but all the way back in April or May I believe it was, I saw a product that looked appealing to me. Topps was reviving the classic T206 mini set with a brand new 2020 release, sold online in a few different waves of 50 cards each.
You get 10 mini cards in a pack for $14.99. I picked up two packs, and after applying a coupon my total was around $27. Fast forward to last week, and this arrived in the mail:
Within each pack, from what I've seen anyway, you typically get at least seven standard base minis, and at least two Piedmont back minis. There are back variations that pay tribute to the many different back types that exist in the original T206 set. I haven't researched the rarity of any particular back type other than a general awareness that the Piedmont ones are most prevalent of the variations at a couple per pack.
Anyway, I'll open the first of two packs in this post, and save the second one for a rainy day in the coming weeks.
As far as what I'd most like to pull? Xander Bogaerts is in this series, of course I'd love to see one of those in here for my player collection. Other than that, I'm probably more excited to pull minis of retired HOFers than current rookies, but I expect a mix of both.
Here we go...
So, there's my first look at Topps' 2020 206 set. Was it worth the $13 and change that the pack set me back? Absolutely not, but is it ever, and is that even the point? As for how I feel about the set, I like it enough that I don't regret picking up the two packs that I did, but it doesn't do enough for me that I'll plan on purchasing any more from future "waves" of the product. I'll most likely keep my eyes peeled for cheap Red Sox and retired stars on COMC whenever these make it there in the future, but that's about the extent of what I envision for these in my collection.
At some point I'll bust the other pack open and do one more post like this, but for now thanks for joining me on my journey through this first one! Have a great weekend everyone!
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