Brian, I must say thank you (politeness...yes it is a requirement...lol) for doing what I failed to do, which is reading for comprehension. I had decided to start buying blasters for series 2 after not buying any of them while completing Series 1. Had Brian not posted this on Sunday, I probably would have busted a couple of more blasters in the process of completing the series 2 set, all the while likely not being aware that the possibility of a 'hit' was nil.
I took this to mind while traveling last night for work. I decided to hit a Wal-Mart not too far from the hotel I was staying in, and grabbed 3 rack packs of series 2. I'm forever obsessed with my luck changing when I visit different towns, hoping that I'll pull that card of cards that I can never get locally.
Well, let's just say I got kicked in the teeth this time, and I think I've learned my lesson.....
I know that there are a couple of math majors out there that will tell me that this is possible, but it is still damn depressing when you buy 3 rack packs, and in 2 of the packs you see the exact same 2 cards back to back...
Plus, the sequence of the inserts was the same in the packs as well:
1 Golden Giveaway (I now have 7 of these bad boys collecting dust)
1 '87 Topps Mini
1 Gold Parallel
1 Other insert (Mound dominance, A Cut above, Golden Moments, etc.)
I wouldn't say the feeling that I have is fed up, I can't say that I'm that far gone yet.
I think I'm somewhere between disappointed and disgusted. The word that will best describe my feelings will come to me in a couple of days after I've had time to think about it.
What few Topps base sets I've put together over the years, I've enjoyed. Maybe the collation this year is similar to what it was in years past, and I've never noticed until now.
Whatever it is, it may be time for me to let the base set go. 2012 may be the last year that I put together the base set, because I just don't get the thrill from the packs like I used to.
I've got plans for the 2012 set that I build, but I will not reveal them until I finish the set. But after the three ugly rack packs I bought in Duncansville, PA on Monday night, I'm going back to the blasters. I may not have a chance for a relic or auto (not that those are the determining factors for me anyhow...), but at least it was fun pulling a manupatch...hey, I'm weird, leave me be...where else can you pull something off the wall like this?
I actually got more of a kick this week seeing these cards in the mail...
Upon further review, 2012 Topps Series 2 is not a bad set on the whole. However, the gold theme is still overdone, and outside of a couple of new inserts that I liked there is nothing that makes me scream WOW!
That word will come to me yet....
Thanks for reading, Robert