Saturday, August 18, 2018

Topps Big League Hits One Out of the Park!

I started this blog about a year ago this month, shortly after having gotten back into the hobby after many years away. The one thing I wish I had more of is time to enjoy my collection. Summer is a much busier part of the year for me. A full time job, a one year old son and two dogs leaves very little free time during the day to do much for myself. What little time I do have, I tend to watch the Brewers. As much as I enjoy collecting cards, I enjoy watching baseball more. I'm realizing I did more collecting during the winter last year when baseball wasn't on. I think cards for me is a way to stay connected to the game during the off season and I'm sure I'll pick things up again come November.

That said, I do still buy an occasional pack or two whenever I go to Target. I've picked up a little bit of everything retail this year - Topps Base, Gypsy Queen, Allen & Ginter, Stadium Club,  Bowman and Donruss. Some of it has been fine, some of it has been terrible, but nothing has really exciting to me. Today I picked up a pack each of Stadium Club and a new set this year, Topps Big League. Stadium Club photography is great as always, but I'm not really a fan of the card stock. Several of the cards were stuck together straight out of the pack and the foil on the logo has already started to peel off some of them. This set isn't the easiest to photograph, but if you look at the word "Club" in the logo, you can see what I'm talking about.

The other pack I picked up was Topps Big League. This set may be targeted for kids, but I love it! The card stock is exactly what I want these days. I don't want gloss on everything. If you chase autographs through the mail like I do occasionally, this is the perfect set to use. Sharpies will not smudge on these cards. The photography is crisp. The design is attractive. I've always preferred borders on cards, which is why the Topps Base set has been so infuriating to me the past three years. Without a doubt, Big League is my favorite set to come out this season. I only pulled one Brewer in the pack I bought and according to the Trading Card DB, there are 14 more Brewers to collect. If you have any and want to trade, hit me up on Twitter @Brewers792.