2008 Topps Series 2 – The first Topps product this year I will not purchase

May 30, 2008 at 11:58 pm | Posted in My opinions | 7 Comments

 So far this year, I have purchased at least 1 box, if not several, of every Topps product that has been released.  As always, I got a call today from my local hobby shop to let me know that they received their case of Series 2 Jumbo boxes.  I was all set to leave work and head over there, when I saw this all over eBay.

     From what I have been able to gather so far, this is the only Kosuke Fukudome card in Topps Series 2.  Despite the fact that the Topps Company official website has for months, and still to this very minute, lists card # 645 as being Fukudome, along with Gold, Black, and Platinum parallels, and Printing Plates.

     Yet, what do we get??  A short printed, no number gimmick card of Kosuke in his WBC team Japan uniform.  Oh, and by the way, one of them can be yours on eBay for anywhere from $300 to $900.  Also, Sox fans, you’re in the same predicament if you want an Alexei Ramirez rookie card.  He shows up in another no number gimmick in his Cuba uni. 

     So, what does all this bitching add up to??  Me not purchasing Topps Series 2, and many other base set collectors most likely doing exactly the same.  It’s your frigging base product.  Why can you not just make the base cards you say you’re going to make, and then put in your fruity gimmick short-printed inserts.

     I can’t wait for someone to buy one of these things for $200-$300 only to find out a few weeks later that there are thousands of them out there after people open more wax.  Giuliani anyone??  How much are 2007 Poley Walnuts or Jeter Mantle Bush cards selling for?? The last time I checked, $10 and $3 respectively.

     Maybe one of these days, they’ll figure it out.  Until then, I know where I can get an ACTUAL Cubs Fukudome rookie card.


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  1. There is actually a third card. There is an Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Campaign insert set that has sold for around $60.

  2. Check that, there are two others. Yasuhiko Yabuta also has a base set SP.

  3. Just further reason for me not to take part in the gimmick hunt 🙂

  4. I will buy a box of series 2, but that will probably be the last of the new cards I purchase for a while. I’m much more interested in 1970-85 cards than the 2008s.

  5. I assume you have seen the Japanese variation of the UD Kosuke?

  6. I have, but at least they included the regular base card that they said they were going to. I think that’s my fovorite part about it. If you go to Topps.com, their checklist still shows Fukudome as card # 645. Hilarious!

  7. Something to think about:If men had no sex drive, they’d have no interest in porn.But they’d also have no interest in YOU (speaking to the women) above and beyond an inctelletual interest as a friend. And my experience in life has been that I’ve had few real female friends based on their intellectual interests (but I’ve had them).In other words: Buy your own lunch. Buy your own house. Get a friggin’ job.

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