Monday, March 23, 2009

Finally got my hands on Heritage.

I went to Wal Mart this morning because I needed envelopes. I had no intentions of going anywhere near the cards because I was just sure there was nothing new, and if there was something new it was probably from 2007. But I had to park on one side of the store and envelopes are on the other, so I had to pass right by the card section.

At first glance nothing looked new. There was the typical '07-'08 basketball cards, the full tray of '09 Topps cereal boxes, still no '09 Upper Deck. But on the second shelf where the blasters are I saw red with a big white dot on it.

I went closer, and there they were, finally, blasters of Heritage. I grabbed one and checked out.

I'd thought about opening the box one pack a day, but I've waited so long for these damn things that I opened all eight.

I like them. A lot. I'm not sure if I'll be collecting the set or not though. If Wal Mart gets packs, then maybe, but I don't want to have to spend $20 at a time for a blaster. Or I may just wait until the end of the year when they're on closeout or hobby boxes are cheap online. I don't know. I really want to make this set, I really ike these cards.

The gum on the other hand is an atrocity. It made me want to cry. I think the gum in my '89 Bowman box probably tastes better.

I only got one Brave (Kelly Johnson), and one very shiney card. The only thing I don't like is that the cards feel very awkward and upside down to me, especially the vertical cards...

For example. If this is the correct orientation for the backs of the card...


Then when you flip them over to put them into binder pages, this happens...



Since I assume that the news flashback is an insert set, it doesn't really matter, but it irks me a bit.


I really need to clean my scanner...

***UPDATE***


Well, thanks to Nachos Grande's comment, I had a look and it is the manager cards that are upside down, not the inserts. That's infinitely more irritating because now I'm really lost as to how to store these cards if I choose to build a set. I'd prefer to have them in a binder, but don't need the managers pointing the wrong direction. And what happens if I want to read the back of the cards? Maybe I'll mount the binder on a Lazy Susan.

7 comments:

FanOfReds said...

Actually, you'll find it isn't the insert cards that are printed "upside down". It's the manager cards, and also the post season cards that are "upside down"... It's really annoying when if you put your set in a 9-pocket pages like I do...but I assume it follows the idiosynchrices of the original set.

Jeffrey Wolfe said...

Yeah the upside down manager cards are driving me nuts but I LOVE this set. So far I've only been able to find some loose retail packs at Target and got one blaster before they sold out. None at my local Wally World yet. I think I'm gonna to to Target tomorrow after work tomorrow and buy some more.

Ben said...

Ah... You're right. I was looking at the insert based on the manager card. That makes it even worse! I guess no one expected us to put cards into anything but shoeboxes in 1960 so it didn't matter what direction they pointed.

For the record, my second piece of gum isn't nearly as bad, but it doesn't taste like the stuff in base Topps last year... it has a slightly acidic twinge on the back end of the flavor, if that makes any kind of sense.

Ben said...

oh god. NO! I lied. That second piece of gum started out better than the first, but it sure didn't end that way.

Tastes like I've been chewing on old rubber for an hour.

Jeffrey Wolfe said...

Oh yeah the gum is terrible. Topps, is it really necessary to import the gum from China when you are charging three bucks a pack??

Howard Bagby said...

You actually chew the gum? you are a much braver man than I am. If you can find them I have bought some jumbo packs at Wal-Mart. You get 14 cards for $5. (OK. $4.97. I always round up.) I love these cards, but then I have always liked Heritage.

Ben said...

I used to always chew the gum. Even last year the gum was pretty good. Or at least the gum I got out of blasters of Opening Day. The stuff from Series 1 was kinda hard, but still tasted ok.

This shit is just foul. I've got a post coming a little later today about the gum. It should be entertaining... it sure was fun to make.