2008 Topps Updates & Highlights Hobby box break Packs 35 & 36

7 12 2008

Every one but me is asleep at the house, so I may have time to squeeze out the last two packs of this one. Here we go…

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

Pack 35

UH6 Yamid Haad
UH310 Kyle Lohse

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I’m not sure why pitchers pitch better for the Cardinals, but Lohse was certainly a disappointment for the Reds. If Matt Maloney works out, though, it will have all been worth it.

UH61 Randy Wolf
UH240 Clayton Kershaw
UH21 Darrell Rasner
UH117 Jed Lowrie

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Another caged Red Sox prior┬áto his release…

UH28 Miguel Tejada All Star
UH227 Carlos Quentin All Star
UH275 Rich Harden
YR132 Magglio Ordonez (HRs twice in one inning)
David Wright filler

Pack 36

UH140 Dana Eveland
UH170 Greg Smith

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It looks like Greg was invited fishing by the Topps photographer and told to come dressed in his uniform and glove.

UH182 Sidney Ponson
UH298 Dan Haren All Star
UH322 Edison Volquez All Star

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One of the bright spots for the Reds this year. I can’t see how Volquez does as well in 2009 as he did in ’08, but as long as he doesn’t fall off a cliff he should be alright.

UH196 Dan Uggla Home Run Derby
UH65 Alex Rodriguez All Star
UH299 Jolbert Cabrera
UH209 Carlos Guillen All Star
UH102 Matt Murton Gold Foil
Boring ol’ Toppstown

A nice pack to end on for a Reds fan, and seven cards I needed bringing the ending number to a nice even twenty. I’ll have more on this box and the wantlist added soon.

The end:

Base: 309 out of 330 – 93%

All Star Stitches: AS-JES Joe Saunders

Topps Silk Collection: 1 – Mark Derosa 21/50

Black Border parallel: 1 – UH300 CC Sabathia 26/57, damaged

Gold Border parallel: 7 – UH31 Marco Scutaro 0015/2008, UH78 Dallas Braden 1415/2008, UH132 Jorge De la Rosa 1353/2008, UH159 Mike Aviles 1795/2008, UH165 Burke Badenhop 0682/2008, UH167 Justin Morneau Home Run Derby 409/2008, UH223 Jeff Ridgway 0265/2008

Gold Foil Parallel:17

First Couples: 6 – FC16 Eliza and Andrew Johnson, FC17 Ulysses and Julia Grant, FC18 Rutherford B. And Lucy Hayes, FC38 Ronald and Nancy Reagan, FC39 George and Babs Bush, FC40 Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton

Ring of Honor: 2 RH-DJ David Justice, RH-BS Bruce Sutter

Mets Ring of Honor: 2 – MRH-DJ Davey Johnson, MRH-GC Gary Carter

Mickey Mantle Story: MMS68, MMS72

2009 World Baseball Classic Preview: 4 – WBC12 Carlos Zambrano, WBC14 Carlos Beltran, WBC16 Paul Bell, WBC21 Carlos Lee

Year in Review: 6 – YR131 – Mike Mussina, YR132 Magglio Ordonez, YR145, Tom Shearn, YR158 Alex Rodriguez, YR161 Marlon Byrd, YR169 Matt Holiday

Toppstown: 16, including two gold

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