2008 Topps Updates & Highlights Hobby box break Packs 19 & 20

26 11 2008

Alright, we’re halfway through and so far a pretty normal box. Is there anything left in packs 19-36 to keep it spicy?

Disclaimer: Base cards may be depicted as Gold or Black bordered parallels. I just needed the image.

Pack 19

UH26 Chris Iannetta
UH266 Rob Mackowiak
UH40 Jon Rauch
UH292 Ryan Dempster All Star
UH161 Asdrubal Cabrera Highlight (unassisted triple play)
UH178 Lance Berkman Home Run Derby
UH293 Adam Dunn


Man, Big Donkey looks funny as a D-Back. I had to look at this card several times before I believed it was him.

UH190 Manny Ramirez
UH215 Josh Hamilton All Star
YR145 Tom Shearn, “Veteran Rookie”
Wright filler


Two cards that best sum up the last two Reds seasons in one pack. The Shearn card celebrates the the fact that the Reds needed a 30 year old rookie pitcher who lived in a trailer at a ballpark and a 28 year old rookie catcher to finish out the ’07 season. Neither guy is still with the team.

The ’08 season, of course, is summed up by the Dunn card. It reminds us that Dunn is the first player ever to be leading the league in HRs when he was traded. It didn’t work out too well for the D-backs, though Dunn did what he does while he was there.

No word on where Dunn will sign for 2009, though rumors include the Cubs and the Nationals. If he signs with Washington, the OF could then end up Dunn-Pena-Kearns, or a reunion of the 2004 Reds OF after Griffry got injured.

Pack 20

UH151 Darin Erstad
UH175 Luis Vizcaino
UH187 Rod Barajas


Rod’s head looks small here to me, but it was nice of him to smile big for the camera.

UH213 German Duran
UH273 Chris Perez
UH291 Jonathan Herrera
UH144 Robinson Tejada
UH78 Dallas Braden
UH85 Chad Gaudin
UH236 Chris Snelling Gold Foil

Base: 171 out of 330 – 46%
All Star Stitches AS-JES Joe Saunders
Black Border parallel: 1 – UH300 CC Sabathia 26/57, damaged
Gold Border parallel: 2 – UH31 Marco Scutaro 0015/2008, UH78 Dallas Braden 1415/2008
Gold Foil Parallel:10
First Couples: 2 – FC16 Eliza and Andrew Johnson, FC40 Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton
Mets Ring of Honor: 2 – MRH-DJ Davey Johnson, MRH-GC Gary Carter
Mickey Mantle Story MMS68
Word Baseball Classic Preview: 4 – WBC12 Carlos Zambrano, WBC14 Carlos Beltran, WBC16 Paul Bell, WBC21 Carlos Lee
Year in Review: 3 – YR145, Tom Shearn, YR161 Marlon Byrd, YR169 Matt Holiday
Toppstown: 10, including one gold




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