I got the itch yesterday, yes the itch to rip a couple of packs open. I grabbed a couple of rack packs of Topps update from this year, just to see what was going on. I came across these two cards, and was not impressed:
|Wine colored parallels|
Now really, do collectors need this? Don't get me wrong, I love a good parallel set, the diamond parallels I liked, but a second parallel set? When I think of cognac, I think of this, not cards. Mind you my distaste may have been tempered if there was a good whiskey parallel. (Crown Royal anyone?)
Actually, now that I think about it, this really is the 4th parallel set, because there are also black and gold serial numbered parallels. Is Topps really running out of ideas in order to sell product? I've defended the mother company all along while others bashed them, and then watched as others rejoiced when Panini got their MLBPA license. I'm torn as to whether I should join them or not.
Eighteen (18) percent of the cards I pulled out of these packs yesterday were inserts/parallels/minis/redemption cards. I sat and pondered this for a minute. Did this seem quite excessive? Would I truly have to buy 18% more packs of cards in order to complete a set? While thinking about this, I looked at one of the many piles of cards on my desk and saw the black bordered parallels from 2009 OPC baseball that I have for the Night Owl. Those black bordered parallels come one a pack, and in a pack of 6 cards, that's 16.67% right there, before counting the inserts and retrospective cards that came with those packs, you're now probably closer to 20%. OK then, so Topps isn't the only one to bombard us with inserts/parallels.
So why am I upset all of a sudden at Topps? I really don't know, I think a lot of it is the disappointment in seeing another colored parallel. I honestly don't think that collectors needed this. I would love to know if anyone out there is going after the cognac parallel set, because I would like to know 2 things:
- What really attracted them to this parallel?
- Do they know that the entire set of 990 cards is encompassed here?
Only time will tell.....
Thanks for reading, Robert