I guess I’ll check around this weekend to see if the card shop (or any of the big box retailers) have any for me to buy.
Somebody else can worry about the upside-down cards, prom queen politicians and the like. I’m only concerned with one thing: how many Mets made it into the set?
#UH012 Trot Nixon
#UH024 Tony Armas Jr.
#UH051 Fernando Tatis
#UH057 Ramon Castro *
#UH066 Robinson Cancel
#UH148 David Wright
#UH224 Angel Pagan *
#UH281 Chris Aguila
#UH328 Billy Wagner
#UH330 Johan Santana *
Ten Mets… not bad at all. I really didn’t need another David Wright or Billy Wagner, but NL Comeback Player of the Year Fernando Tatis makes up for it. I doubt anybody will be very excited to pull Chris Aguila or Robinson Cancel, but I’m happy they’re each getting a Mets card.
In addition to the base cards, there are also a variety of parallels (gold #’d to 2008,black #’d to 57 – hobby & HTA boxes only, platinum 1/1, printing plates 1/1 – hobby boxes only.) One hundred cards, including at least three of the Mets, have mini silk versions #’d to 50 that are only found in hobby and HTA boxes
The silk cards look pretty slick, but I don’t really see the point of the other parallels.
Continue on after the break for a look at the Mets on the insert checklists…
Topps also included All-Star Game memorabilia cards. I’m not really that big a fan of the “game-used” cards, but I like these. Maybe I’ll be able to track down the regular versions of the two Mets?
All-Star Stitches (with gold parallel #’d to 50 and platinum parallel 1/1)
#ASS-DW David Wright
#ASS-WW Billy Wagner
All-Star Stitches Triple Relics (#’d to 25, hobby and HTA boxes only)
#ASST-WLW Kerry Wood/Brad Lidge/Billy Wagner
#ASST-RWJ Alex Rodriguez/David Wright/Chipper Jones
All-Star Jumbo Patches (#’d to 6, hobby & HTA boxes only)
#ASJP-DW David Wright
#ASJP-WW Billy Wagner
Topps is including a Ring of Honor set (which is also apparently affected by an error/gimmick). I’m not sure I see the point, really, but they’re trying to appeal to me by including a special New York Mets Ring of Honor insert set focusing on the 1986 World Series winners. Maybe I’ll collect these if they turn out to be common enough.
For some reason, Ray Knight made it into both the regular set and the Mets one.
Ring of Honor (autographed version also available)
#RH-RK Ray Knight
New York Mets Ring of Honor (gold parallel #’d to 25, and autographed versions available)
#MRH-DG Dwight Gooden
#MRH-DJ Davey Johnson
#MRH-DS Darryl Strawberry
#MRH-GC Gary Carter
#MRH-HJ Howard Johnson
#MRH-JO Jesse Orosco
#MRH-KH Keith Hernandez
#MRH-KM Kevin Mitchell
#MRH-RD Ron Darling
#MRH-RK Ray Knight
Sketch Cards (1/1, one per hobby case)
#SKC16 Carlos Beltran
#SKC32 David Wright
#SKC57 Johan Santana
#SKC61 Jose Reyes
#SKC82 Pedro Martinez
For some reason, there are more 2007 Year in Review cards in the 2008 Topps Updates & Highlights set. I’m not a happy camper at the thought of encountering more Tom Glavine cards…
Year in Review
#YR126 Tom Glavine
#YR128 Billy Wagner
#YR152 Tom Glavine
#YR153 Pedro Martinez
#YR176 Moises Alou
There’s another David Wright autograph (one of a very few stars in the Year in Review autograph set):
2008 Year in Review Autographs
#HA-DW David Wright
And next year we get to watch the World Baseball Classis again, because Bud Selig tells us it’s fun. So Topps is getting an early start with some preview cards.
2009 World Baseball Classic Preview
#WBC6 Jose Reyes
#WBC14 Carlos Beltran
#WBC20 Johan Santana