I don’t know why I haven’t been doing this, but this post will be updated every week with the new Prime 9 card that comes out for that week. Don’t know about the Prime 9?
Every week (for nine straight weeks), Topps will announce a “Prime 9 Player of the Week”. Collectors holding the corresponding Prime 9 Redemption card for that week can bring the card into their participating local HTA store and redeem it for an exclusive limited edition Topps Chrome Refractor. Prime 9 cards can be found in 2012 Topps Series I hobby packs!
Week 1 – Willie Mays
Week 2 – Babe Ruth
Week 3 – Hank Aaron
Week 4 – Reggie Jackson
Week 5 – Mickey Mantle
Week 6 – Alex Rodriguez
Week 7 – Ernie Banks
Week 8 – Frank Robinson
Week 9 – Albert Pujols (Final week!)
So I went to this card shop yesterday with the intent on getting some free hockey cards for National Hockey Card Day and it turned out he had none. I know it wasn’t the “official” day but he wasn’t open on the official day so I showed up an hour after he opened yesterday to find he had none.
Now I’ve never been a fan of his card shop because he never has any product at all and today was no different. However, he did have 5 Jumbo packs left from a box of 2012 Topps Series I baseball and I hadn’t been able to open that product yet, so I grabbed them and some needed supplies. As with other mini-breaks, it’s not a full box so I’m not fully reviewing the product but I will add some thoughts and pictures in.
Overall, I wasn’t a fan of the design when I saw the mock ups but they do look better in person. The insert design is average at best for Topps but it is filled with way too many Yankees…and way too many doubles. Collation was a huge problem in my 5 Jumbo packs and that’s something I hate.
I was able to pull the mandatory 1 Golden Giveaway card per jumbo pack as well as Week #3 and #8 of the Topps Prime 9 promotion. So overall, not bad for the price he gave me per Jumbo ($10).
I still don’t like the shop though.
Here are the highlights…
The final card of the “Prime 9″ Topps hobby shop program has been revealed.
Sandy Koufax is the last card in the 9 card set, only available at hobby shops if you pull any of these redemptions from Topps Series II baseball.
And here is the final list of the 2011 Topps Prime 9 hobby shop program.
The “PRIME 9”
Week 1 (July 19th) Johnny Bench, Catcher (redemption card #1)
Week 2 (July 26th) Albert Pujols, First Base (redemption card #2)
Week 3 (Aug. 5th) Jackie Robinson, Second Base (redemption card #3)
Week 4 (Aug. 12th) Derek Jeter, Shortstop (redemption card #4)
Week 5 (Aug. 19th) Mike Schmidt, Third Base (redemption # 5)
Week 6 (Aug. 26th) Hank Aaron, Left Field (redemption # 6)
Week 7 (Sept. 2nd) Mickey Mantle, Center Field (redemption # 7)
Week 8 (Sept. 9th) Ichiro, Left Field (redemption # 8)
Week 9 (Sept. 16th) Sandy Koufax, Pitcher (redemption # 9)