Finally, the mailman rapped on the door, dropping off a box that contained my highly-awaited 2013 Jumbo Box of Topps cards. Yes! I was all over the box like a 5 year old would go after the tree on Christmas morning. Since this is really like Christmas to us card people. Plus, it was some of my Christmas money that I finally spent on this box.
Once I start going through and start sorting and ordering the cards, I'll probably do a Top (X) photos thing like I did for Upper Deck hockey. That's still a few days off, though.
Overall, I was very happy with the inserts that I pulled. Some nice ones for my personal collection came out of the box. Of the rest though, pretty much everything is up for trade. But, if nobody wants anything, I will add them to my various binders with no regrets.
Enough written babbling. Off to the cards! I'm going through these in the order of the packs I opened.
The first big collation issue came with pack #3. Cards 1 through 5 were #230 - David Robertson, #306 - Jerry Hairston, #104 - Jed Lowrie, #273 Dexter Fowler and #195 Chris Heisey. After a Ryan Sweeney, Bobby Parnell and Kevin Millwood, cards 9 through 14 were the Robertson through Heisey bunch again before the horizontal cards appeared. Just ugh on that. Now, off to the inserts, and hit #2, or the first depending on your perspective.
I'm kinda disappointed at the lack of Mets and Jays among the inserts in the first half. Fortunately, that changed in the second half.