B. Waste of paper
F. All of the above
I choose "F. All of the above". (To add to my flummoxed-ness, I recently printed the checklist for Series Two which is even more: 29 pages.) But I'm perhaps old and miserly. Out of touch with the collecting hobby or intimidated by the volume. I know I know...everyone has an opinion. And, I know I know, opinions are like assholes: everyone has them and most of them stink...
When I collected as a kid, we had the rack packs with the glossy All-Star insert and that was fun and cool. There were also glossy All-Star cards you could send in for. Also, fine. Cool. They were for the players playing at the time. I feel like this is an important distinction. Of course there was the Turn Back the Clock subset in the Topps sets from 1977, and then from 1986 through 1990. These sets at this time also included Record Breakers, All-Stars, League and Team Leaders, and others. But the difference is of course that these cards were a part of the base set.
Perhaps I am a hypocrite, though? In the heyday of my collecting, circa 1987, there were a ton of sets produced and I imagine I collected as much and as many as I could of the players I liked best. If you compare sets produced in 1987 linked just above to 1988, it's like an invasive weed spread over the hobby. Perhaps if I maintained collecting rather than abandoning it, I would feel differently? And perhaps if I get more and more into baseball card collecting (sets and players), a bit of the 'bug' might get into me and I'll gain an understanding and appreciation for them. But my initial feeling about the vast quantity of inserts is one of being underwhelmed, overwhelmed and unimpressed. Especially the "First Pitch".
I've added a list of those inserts that I have that are free for the trading and am providing some images below. The Ozzie Smith in the first image below is spoken for.
|Berger's Best and Perspectives|
|Back-to-Back, Wrigley 100 Years, and Amazing Milestones|
|Walk Off Wins and First Pitch|
I've started opening some Topps Series 2 baseball cards, so any inserts I get will be posted probably by Monday or Tuesday.
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