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2009 Topps T-206 In-Depth Preview

Posted by houstoncollector on November 21, 2009

With the release of 2009 Topps T-206 coming out on the 25th, it’s time to take an in-depth look at the product, especially how it concerns me, as a Houston Collector. First, we’re looking at a 300 card base set, in the visual style of the T-206 cards which originally came out in 1909-1911. The most famous card from this series is unarguably Honus Wagner. The set will also have 50 short-printed variations which will be in the original T-206 size and design. There will be five different parallels (Carolina Brights which will be 1/1, Cycle which will be /99, Piedmont, Old Mill and Polar Bear), as well as two parallels of the short-print cards (Gold Chrome which are /50, and Silk which are also /50). In addition, there are 8 printing plates, 4 regular and 4 mini. ‘Hits’ will consist of T-206 autograph cards, 80% of which will be on-card and placed in a Piedmont frame. There will then be T-206 Cut Signature Book Cards, which are 1/1 and hobby exclusive. There will also be regular autograph cards of current veterans. There will also be game-used uniform and bat cards in a Piedmont frame, with parallels for Polar Bear and Old Mill. Finally, the set will include T-206 buybacks. You’ll get 20 packs per box, and 9 cards per box, with 2 of those being parallels, and two autograph or relic cards.  Blowout Cards has these for $80 with free shipping on all orders over $100.

So now that we know what the set’s about, let’s dig into the checklist and see what we have.  Hunter Pence is card 38, Michael Bourn is 115, Roy Oswalt is 179, Lance Berkman is 226 and Michael Bourn also has a short-print variation.  There’s a Tejada card, but I won’t want that.  Bud Norris wouldn’t have been bad, but what can you do?  There are 25 T-206 autograph cards, none of which interest me, and they haven’t announced the cut signature book cards yet.  The checklist only shows 10 normal autographs, but there are some definite names in them.  The T-206 include Elvis Andrus, Koji Uehara, Ryan Braun, and a number of others, while the standard autos include David Wright, Evan Longoria, Ryan Braun (again), Joba Chamberlain, and Jay Bruce.  There are then 25 T-206 relics, again with some fairly big names including Ty Cobb, Jimmie Foxx, Jackie Robinson and Babe Ruth.  Unfortunately, the only Astro is going to be Miguel Tejada which is disappointing.

So, we’re looking at 300 base cards with a total of 300 variations and 1500 mini-variations, 2800 printing plates, 25 relics with 50 parallels, 35 autograph cards, and then the cut signature books and buybacks.  This honestly feels like 2002-2005 Donruss with the sheer number of parallels, especially given that you’re going to only get 2 per pack, with one of them being the Bronze variant.  The minis will undoubtedly sell well on eBay, at least for the first month or two, maybe a bit longer, as will the larger name relics and autographs.  You guys know how I feel about slews of parallels and everything though.  Given the release so close to Christmas, and no real draw for me in the autos or relics, I’m going to be passing on this.  I’ll probably find a team set of the base somewhere, and look for some of the mini parallels and the short print of Bourn, but that’s really it here for me.

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