35 Roy Halladay
This is the base card. There are usually two in every hobby pack and 3 to 5 in a retail pack. There are only 50 cards in the non-short printed base set compared to over three hundred short prints. I foresee lots of doubles in my future.
99 Jonathan Albaladejo RC
These are still base design cards but they are only one per pack instead of two. Normally the second card will be a veteran base card, but this pack is special. One thing I just noticed is that the back of the base cards do not have the player's name anywhere. That's not good when you've flipped the card over to type out the card number and need to check to see how to spell Albaladejo.
130 Tyler Clippard 1992 Upper Deck Minors
This isn't a variation card, it's part of the base set short printed to one per pack and given a retro design. The retro cards are the best thing about this set and it's nice that there are about 5 of them per hobby pack.
YSL5133 Don Mattingly Yankee Stadium Tedium
ARGH. The only thing worse than these annoying cards is when it take the place of a short print. It it wasn't Donnie I'd set the damn thing on fire.
61 Chin-Lung Hu Gold Parallel
Base cards have a parallel version with gold ink and foil instead of silver. I think they look better than the silver sersion to be honest. If I get loopy enough to actually try to build a base set (I'm not quite crazy enough to build a complete set yet) I'm pretty sure I'll go colorblind when it comes to gold and silver as far as my set goes.
171 J.R. Towles 1994 All Time Heroes
This is a nifty looking set but pulling the design in a new pack only makes me want to find a box of the original '94 cards. Any set with floating heads is a good set.
200 Micah Hoffpauer 1995 Premier Top Prospects
In the last post I wrote about this stuff, I mocked upper Deck for getting the foil and ink colors wrong. Now I'm thinking I screwed up and the design is supposed to be based on a minor league set unstead of '95 SP. Either way it's ugly and the die cut is unneccesary. This card has roller marks on it too.
279 Ian Kennedy RC 2004 Timeless Teams
This pack should have gone to a Yankee fan... If I could build any of these subsets it would be this one. At 100 cards at one per pack, it would be a bit tricky, but worth it. The design looks great and the back has a photo of the player's home stadium. I love it now, but in 2004 I despised the set and refused to buy any of it. Why? No Braves among the "Timeless Teams".
This is a pretty gimmicky set, but I love the retro (dear Lord is 1992 really retro?). I wish I could get a freaking Brave short print, all I've managed to get so far is a Brent Lillibridge base rookie. There are retail packs of this stuff too but the main difference between retail and hobby is there are a LOT more base cards in the retail set. If just you want to get cards 1-50 and complete the short set, then retail is fine, but this is one of those products where Hobby wax is really the way to go.