It’s been well documented that our pal Tony at Off Hiatus has been spreading some 2018 Topps around the ol’ blogosphere. I, too got a lovely little message last week asking if I needed some new cardboard, and of course I said yes.
There are five Astros cards in the Awards subset. They’re all Altuve and Springer, and I find it kind of funny that these two cards are the endcaps for the 50 card insert set. Also, there are too many inserts. But I’m happy to have these knocked out!
Tony sent some bonus cards my way as well, because he’s a great guy like that. He even found a new Bagwell for me, which given that I’m well on my way to catching up to his 1100 and some odd Younts is a pretty big feat.
There was some lovely food-related cardboard in the package as well! I had a Cedeno, but this one is a nice upgrade, and I’ll put the other toward a Hostess set build that I may tackle some 20 years down the road. I think Mike makes two of three Astros in the Kraft Home Plate Heroes set – I’ve got a Glenn Davis and if I recall right there’s a Nolan Ryan in the set as well.
Speaking of sets I don’t or barely knew about, this Mike Scott comes from 2005 Topps Pristine The Legendary Years – a special encased afterword of sorts to the regular set. I had no knowledge of this release, and had only discovered the Pristine sets when a Morgan Ensberg card showed up in my package from ARPSmith. I found another at the card show this past weekend as well.
Thanks for the new ‘Stros and the surprises, Tony! I’m putting a little something together for you as well.