Thursday, December 3, 2009

2009 Topps Unique

Everyone seems to be focusing on the inserts of Topps Unique, which are not unique in the least. That's what most of the collectors will be focusing on with this release.

I choose to ignore the inserts in Topps Unique. I'm certainly not going to balk if any should come my way, but I won't be fighting off people for them either. Instead, I'm focusing my interest on the base set.

Most people tend to forget about the base set in releases like this. Everybody is paying all their attention to the uniform pieces and the autographs and such, that the base set gets left behind.

I've finally seen the checklist and a smattering of base cards. Let me tell you, the base set is pretty sharp looking. There seems to be some real care going into the throwaway cards of the set. These will most likely be tossed aside, like advertising inserts, while collectors frantically search for their pot of gold. That's a real shame.

From looking over the checklist and scoping out some cards on eBay, there appears to be seven White Sox cards in the base set.

9 - Jermaine Dye
49 - Carlos Quentin
99 - Paul Konerko
120 - Jake Peavy
122 - Mark Buehrle
133 - Alexei Ramirez
187 - Gordon Beckham

The one thing that you'll notice is the lack of Jim Thome. Thome is still in the set, but I am proud to announce that he is in Dodger blue in this set. While it's a minus for White Sox fans, it's a huge plus for Dodger fans.

Overall, I'm pleased with the design of 2009 Topps Unique's base set. I'm not a huge fan of the inserts that I've seen from the release, but the base set is sharp. I will be looking forward to completing this White Sox team set.


night owl said...

Thome in Dodger blue????????? Oh, no, now I actually have to care about Topps Unique!

GCA said...

Yeah, I think I had to go through to the third or fourth page of the sell sheets to see the base design. Another set where they won't even show up on most dealer's listings (for the ones who show examples).

gcrl said...

yay! a thome dodger card!

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