For the last few weeks I have been searching my local Hobby shops in hopes of finding a pack or few of the 2009 Topps Heritage Baseball release. I have come to accept that the likelihood of finding a box for sale is pretty slim.
Today was another fruitless effort in that quest. However, being not one to walk away empty handed before a holiday weekend I decided to "scratch the itch" with five packs of
hoping to, at the very least, whittle away at the parallel set I decided to task myself with. So, sit back, grab a beverage and enjoy the results.
#470 - Niclas Havelid (dupe)
#456 - Kristopher Letang (dupe)
#239 - Jean-Sebastien Giguere (need 'em)
#290 - Dominik Hasek (dupe) interestingly linked to......
#547 - Cody McLeod (dupe) Cody scored his first career NHL goal and first career NHL Playoff goal against Hasek
Retro Insert #4 - Frantisek Kaberle (need 'em)
#162 Tomas Kopecky (dupe)
#323 Martin Hanzel (dupe)
#388 Dustin Byfuglien (dupe)
#166 Matt Stajan (dupe)
Gold Insert #160 - Marian Gaborik
Retro Insert #376 - Sergei Gonchar (need 'em)
#34 - Patrice Bergeron (dupe)
#173 - Jaroslav Halak (dupe)
#230 - Brian Rolston (dupe)
#171 - Pavel Kubina (dupe)
#503 - Zach Fitzgerald (dupe)
Retro Insert #247 - Mike Komisarek (need 'em)
#282 - Jordan Staal (dupe)
#317 - Olaf Kolzig (dupe)
#60 - Boyd Gordon (dupe)
#448 - Patrick Kane (need 'em)
#539 - Mark Fistric (dupe)
Retro Insert #63 - John Madden
#287 - Ryan Suter (dupe)
#238 - Jaroslav Spacek (dupe)
#85 - David Legwand (dupe)
#415 - Brian Campbell (need 'em)
Gold Insert #340 - Steve Downie
Retro Insert - #445 - Andrew Cogliano (need 'em)
Pretty fair shake for five packs of cards. I really put myself behind in the parallel set build by purchasing mostly these, chasing the Gretzky Inserts.
The retail blasters had the Retro inserts at a 1:2 ratio whereas the Hobby box has them 1 per pack. If you enjoy set building then the OPC is a builders dream even without chasing the parallel set. I forgot what a chore doing a 600 card set was, not to mention the 200 card update set scheduled for an April 15th release. Building this set has definitely reanimated the collector bug in me and after reading about the pending June 16th Premier OPC Baseball release on both Hand Collated and Wax Heaven I think I have my Summer and Fall collecting tasks already set.