The night before last I went to the local "big box" retail store to pick up a huge bag of food for some of my cat friends, so of course I stopped by the card aisle to snag up some of the recently released Topps Series 1 baseball cards. I'm not a set builder, and I don't collect any current non-players, so I usually make a fairly minimal purchase when new sets come out. Even though well over 90% of the cards I pull don't go into my personal collection, I still like checking out the new stuff, plus getting a brand new Padres card is exponentially more exciting when you pull it fresh from a pack instead of picking it out and waiting for it to show up in your mail box. With that in mind, I opted for a 72-card hanger-box for two cents under ten bucks. I figured 72 cards was bound to net me at least one Padres player.
Here are the cards I got, in the exact order they were packaged. I've included snapshots of some particularly noteworthy or neat cards; if I pictured all of them we'd both be spending way more time on this than either of us would care to.
Old friend alert! This is a great shot of Camzilla at Wrigley Field. I'm glad he stayed healthy last season, and I hope he does the same and excels this season in his return to Detroit.
Melky Cabrera, White Sox
Braves team card
That's a great celebration shot, but nowhere close to the best one in this pack. Give it a second...
, Blue Jays
...There it is. That's an instant classic.
Barry Larkin,- "Berger's Best" insert
This is a reprint of Larkin's 1995 Topps card with a different back. In honor of the late Sy Berger, longtime Topps employee and father of the baseball card as we know it, this set contains one reprint from each of the last 65 years. Dave Winfield, Ozzie Smith, and Tony Gwynn are the Padres included.
Kyle Schwarber, Cubs - "Wrigley Field Turns 100" insert
This set commemorates 25 moments from Wrigley Field's century of use.
Ichiro, Marlins - "Pressed Into Service" insert
This set includes ten position players who have pitched, and you'd better believe I'm livid that Alexi Amarista was not included.
David Ortiz,- "Perspectives" insert
Fernando Valenzuela,- "MLB Debut" insert
Nolan Ryan,- "The Greatest Streaks" insert
I have several of Sampson's Bowman cards from when he was a Padres prospect. I wish he had panned out for the Friars, but either way I'm glad he finally made it to the bigs.
Brandon McCarthy, Dodgers
John Lamb, Reds
Todd Frazier, Reds
Sonny Gray, Athletics
That stings a little bit. I hope Wil Myers has a monster 2016 to alleviate the pain of seeing that.
Kendall Graveman, Athletics
Homer Bailey, Reds
Zach Lee, Dodgers
Christian Yelich, Marlins
Asdrubal Cabrera, Rays
Travis d'Arnaud, Mets
Steven Sousa, Jr, Rays
Billy Burns, Athletics
Scott Feldman, Astros
White Sox team card
Astros team card
, Nationals; , ; , Rockies - NL HR Leaders
Ubaldo Jimenez, Orioles
, White Sox
I still haven't pulled a card of a player pictured as a Padre, but I finally got someone from the current roster.
Rougned Odor, Rangers
Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers
Rob Refsnyder, Yankees
Doug Fister, Nationals
Curtis Granderson, Mets
Kyle Schwarber, Cubs
Jedd Gyorko, Padres
Finally, a Friar. Kind of. This one is even more bittersweet than the Trea Turner card. As much as I despise the Cardinals, I hope Jedd excels for them, hitting a ton of solo home runs in blowout losses, and getting stranded on second after a double about forty times.
, Red Sox
Starling Marte, Pirates
...and that's a wrap on it. I imagine I'll eventually just buy the rest of the Padres cards in the set dirt-cheap online.