After everyone had left, my wife asked, "hey, want to go to Target?".
My sandals were on in about 5 seconds flat. Of course I want to go to Target. They have Merona t-shirts that I like. Kidding. I go for the card aisle.
She hits the clothes section and I veer off to the aisle next to all the registers. I always take a slow long look starting from the end (closest to the main aisle). I don't care what new Hannah Montana cards or WWF cards they have, and they have a shit load of em. I start there because there is some dude that 'hides' blasters of sports cards down there. One day I found two boxes of Bowman Chrome behind a few boxes of Magic cards. I removed them, and put them over by the auto racing cards. No one would ever look at racing cards, would they?
On tonight's perusing I found no hidden gems. What I did find was major league disappointing. Not one blaster of Ginter. The mongo gravity feeder of Ginter was empty. Not one pack. The Heritage feeder was full. As was the 2010 Topps Series 2. There was a small retail box of Chicle baseball with a few packs in it. The rack pack selection was brutal. There was some BS thing with 100 CARDS! A Heritage row, and a 2010 Topps Series 2 row. There was also a huge assortment of pre-packaged shit. 10 packs for 5 bucks or something like that. All I could see was one of the packs...a 2007 Fleer pack with Griffey on it. Pass.
I guess my point with all this is what a lame summer it has been without Upper Deck baseball. I really miss all the variety. I think Topps has become complacent now that they are the Official Licensee of MLB cards. This era blows! Ready yourself for 'old man sewingmachineguy' here. Back when I was a kid, we had 3 brands to choose from. Our drug store had Topps and Donruss. The hardware store had Fleer. Then in the 90's, we had all kinds of cool brands to choose from. Now, we have one brand and we have to take what they give us. You know what Topps...I didn't take squat tonight.
If you could see my eBay window, it would show my recent viewings. They are 1989 Upper Deck baseball, 1982 Kellogg's 3D and other Kellogg's sets, and Goudey auto's.
MLB Properties, Topps, and whoever else was in on this baseball card monopoly can go shove a bat knob sideways.