I have to admit that when I first saw the product pics of Topps’ Lineage I was less than impressed. Understand this though; Allen&Ginter was released almost a month ago, but Bowman Platinum was just released prior to this. I was pretty involved with both of those products, so to me, this was just another boring set.
I have to be careful to not get burned out during the year because of what could be called ‘over-exposure’. There are so many products now for different tastes that- if I don’t watch things- the ‘pack-addiction’ could go bananas..
I bought two-packs when they released because I didn’t have any of this product for sale, so I didn’t get a box for myself. I pulled a Jason Motte ’52 autograph card which I thought was nice looking. There are a handful of different inserts to be on the watch for. Here’s the quick version:
1975 Topps mini inserts, platinum inserts, sparkle inserts, Modern rookie team cards, Venezuelan short-prints, ’52 autograph cards, reprint autos, cloth stickers, 3D cards, and batter-up pop up cards.
I saw that @Yanxchick from ‘A cardboard Problem’ tweeted finding blasters available, so I decided to stop by the store on my way home and pick up a blaster. Each box contains 7 packs and you get one mini-relic card. My relic was the David Price card posted below.
On this second passing I definitely appreciated the idea of Topps Lineage more. It’s a fun set. It’s a set that remind us of why we’re in this manic hobby to begin with. It’s not to break open 30 cases and try to make a small fortune. It’s to open and smile and the different inserts, and pictures and remember some of the old, familiar faces that we grew up with.
There are many opportuniites to pull multiple cards of your favorite player, ahem…
If you’re looking for a break in the insanity that sometimes follows some of the more highly-anticipated releases, then Lineage will be for you. You don’t need to go crazy with it to get the satisfaction that is collecting baseball cards.