While I'll always stick to buying singles over boxes, I love group breaks. Not the 85 Monster Case Break Blowout, complete with dbag acting like Don West from Shop at Home. But a small break like this with some good buddies? Sign me up. For $10, I knew I would be getting the Update team set, a few other commons I needed, a couple low end inserts, and at least a fighting chance at a nice hit.
And fight I did.
And though the scan doesn't show it, the card is insanely thick. Like...I have it in a one of those old 25 card snap cases right now, because I couldn't find anything that was the proper size. I don't know if the card had to be printed that thick for a specific reason, or if they just thought it would look better in a quarter inch thick gold frame. But either way, it's a beautiful card that brings back some warm and fuzzies for me.
On top of that, I was able to just about complete the non-parallel team set from Topps Update. I didn't pull the Josh Harrison Stat back variation, and I'm still missing one of the Polanco FIN inserts, McCutchen Power Players, and all the World Series Heroes. But along with the Clemente I did score the Polanco image variation SP.
While it is a cool photo, and I'm thrilled to not have to actually spend money on this card...could somebody tell Topps this is the exact same photo they put into Stadium Club? You'd think in the day and age of digital photography, where photographers can literally take an unlimited number of photos without any real concern for printing, storing, or running out of film, that Topps could find one additional cool image to use for this SP.
Not bad for $10, right?