First off my jumbo box was very Joe Morgan heavy. Two of my big hits featured the Hall of Fame second baseman. I pulled this awesome Gold Label insert out of the box. The card is a duplicate design of the old Gold Label sets from the late 90s, early 2000s. The card has a metal frame and is numbered out of just 99. Really cool pull.
My second Morgan card was a copy of his ring card. I picked up a few of these from Series 1 and was happy to see Topps put them back into Series 2. There are some really good names in this set that I am going to have to add to my collection. The biggest two would have to be Mark McGwire and Ozzie Smith. Although, the Morgan will have to stay considering he was one of the best players in the history of the Durham Bulls.
I was also happy to see Topps continue the 1989 minis set. I pulled a few of these out of my box including an Albert Pujols and Mark McGwire. I have the first set in Series 1 almost put together, so the new group of cards will be a good challenge. Topps also continued over a few other cards from Series 1 with a cool twist:
This Chris Sale card is a Series 1 card that I pulled out of my Series 2 box. The card was inserted into the packs of Series 2 as a variation with the Sabermetrics stats on the back. Like this:
I think this is a pretty good variation and they have been pretty popular amongst collectors. They are pretty affordable too and a little bit easier to spot than the sparkle card variations Topps has been using the last few years. My other two hit cards from the box:
and this one.....
Which leads me to my bonus item. There have been a few cards from the Series 2 set which I have been trying really hard to track down. My biggest challenge has been trying to find some of the jumbo jersey and patch pieces in the set. Really cool looking cards. There are jumbo jersey and patch cards of Mark McGwire, Shelby Miller, and a few other Cardinals. This was my first one I landed.
A few more are going to show up here in the next few weeks.....