I get excited when a new product is about to be released. It represents a new start, a blank slate, more Red Sox to get. It also means that no cards in the first few packs are likely to be doubles. So I have been strongly anticipating Topps Series 2. Especially because a bunch of the team's new acquisitions were slated to be in the set as well as young players like Jose Iglesias, Ryan Lavarnway, and the rookie card of Jackie Bradley Jr.
So I picked up my first blaster of the year yesterday. And it was pretty good to me:
1. 2013 Topps Target Red Clay Buchholz. Buchholz is hurt right now but will hopefully be back in the rotation next week.
2. 2013 Topps Making Their Marks Will Middlebrooks. Yet another Middlebrooks. Again, hopefully he gets his bat going soon.
3. 2013 Topps Target Red Jose Iglesias. Iglesias is on a tear right now. No, it's probably not sustainable, and no he is not this good, but man has it been fun to watch.
4. 2013 Topps Gold Ryan Lavarnway. You can't go wrong with a serial-numbered card out of a pack.
5. 2013 Topps David Ortiz. My only Red Sox base card from the blaster. I just wish it had been the photo variation.
My tradebait will be at the bottom of this post.
I also got this package in the mail. It was a forum trade. I sent a bunch of duplicates I had of Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield and got these:
6. 2004 Fleer Inscribed Black Curt Schilling. I feel like Schilling is not as big in my collection as he should be. This is due to my focus on Jason Varitek at the time he was in Boston. So I always like adding more cards of him.
7. 2006 Topps Co-Signers Changing Faces Blue Curt Schilling/Matt Clement. It is too bad Clement took that line drive to the face. He was never the same pitcher after that and he looked pretty good in the first half of 2005, even making the All Star game.
8. 2007 Topps Chrome White Refractor Josh Beckett. I never really warmed up all that much to Josh Beckett. I liked him quite a bit in the 2007 season, but that was it. He was pretty inconsistent in Boston, having a great season and then a bad one. Still though, there are some good memories associated with Beckett.
9. 2006 Upper Deck Gold Josh Beckett.
10. 2006 Upper Deck Epic Josh Beckett.
11. 2006 SP Authentic Josh Beckett. As you can see, I added a lot of Beckett cards.
12. 2006 SP Authentic Manny Ramirez.
13. 2006 Topps Co-Signers Changing Faces Gold David Ortiz/Curt Schilling. I love these cards. I need to add more from all years of this set.
14. 2006 Topps Turkey Red Chrome Manny Ramirez.
And now for the trade bait. Feel free to comment or email if you want anything.