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Two Pack Challenge - 2017 Topps Heritage High Numbers

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Before today's planned photo tour around east Denver, I made a "waiting for sunrise" stop at a local WalMarts. I forgot why I went there, as in what I was going to buy... Once there, I remembered one of the things I needed...


A couple of weeks ago, I decided to add the 2017 baseball cards that I'd planned on keeping onto the album shelves. This amounted to roughly 500 cards from the various 2017 releases.

A number way down from other years on my album shelves, with notable gaps like Archives and Bowman Platinum (which I never found at the retail level) and nowhere near as much Stadium Club as I would have liked...

While I still had a full pack of open 9-pocket pages to house my keepers, I did not have any available card albums to house those pages...

So I needed this little guy to finish the project...

After a careful mid-sorting debate, I chose to temporarily displace my 1991 Stadium Club set until I could make it right.


Say what you will about 1991 Stadium Club -an…

Dinner Break!!! McDonald's - Littleton, CO

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A few months ago, I wrote about an abandoned gas station that was close to the house in Littleton I moved to in 2005. That place was never open during the year I lived at the house.


A few blocks to the northwest of that house was a McDonald's. They were very much open and a quick convenient food option while living is a house with a bunch of other people, and choosing not to cook.

Their role in my Littleton Life was to provide sustenance that those 40 cent Safeway bean and cheese burritos and Safeway Berry Crackles did not...


Featuring Crackles, the strung-out Safeway Berry-flavored cereal mascot...

Safeway (and their awesome label-scar) was a few blocks from the house, and was a frequent 6am stop on my way home from work.

I moved back to Englewood in 2006, and Safeway closed in May, 2015.
The large vacant former grocery building was demolished almost exactly two years later, in 2017. 
That story will be told a different day.

This McDonald's was mere blocks from Columbine High…

2017 Topps Gallery - Two Pack Challenge!

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I was mildly surprised to see some new baseball cards at the WalMarts, during some post-work necessity shopping. They were cheap enough, so why not give them my 2 pack challenge?

I'm going into these prejudiced. I read Night Owl's review of his packs last week. Looking at the cards he scanned, I thought: "Yay!!! Another boring-ass 2017 Topps release!" 

While he was a little more kind to the product than I was, he wasn't impressed either.

A throwback to the mildly well regarded Topps Gallery sets of the early oughts, I'm really not sure the market needed another "painted art" set.

After Allen & Ginter, Gypsy Queen and even Heritage to some degree, is there anyone who thinks we need MORE cards with players looking like bad high school art class sketches?

Let's see what we got here...

Pack 1
Blake Snell - Rays Tim Anderson - White Sox Francisco Lindor - Indians - Expressionists Joey Votto - Reds - Masterpiece Ozzie Smith - Cardinals - Hall Of Fa…