Well, you win some, you lose some. Not thrilled with this break overall, but a few participants should be happy.
Ken Griffey, Sr. AUTO
John Shelby AUTO (A legend? Seriously?)
Jon Lester AUTO
Kila Ka'a'i'h'u'e (okay... Ka'aihue) AUTO Manu-Patch (Almost an exercise in scribing the Lord's Prayer on the head of a pin. Not a great signing space.)
Redemptions. (Very disappointed with the expiration dates on the Rasmus (#5, Cardinals) and Reimold (#8, Orioles). Expiration dates on redemptions need to go. Topps is just blowing a huge hole through, ironically, the TIMELESS nature of baseball cards. We are no longer in the 1970s, people. Card products from previous years can and will be found, and they must remain viable options. Sure, Topps can't make any money from old boxes, but the hobby cannot continue to produce a product with a fixed date of obsolescence, not when they are already selling a product that is already on life support. Topps, you cram your history down our throats, yet you choose to erase the history that is most recent.)
Blue Refractors (These were also disappointing. Where are the other refractor colors? Green, anyone? A gold?)
I'm staying away from Finest in these breaks from now on. Online retailers need to put pressure on Topps to end redemption programs that use expiration dates. They need to let Topps know that such practices cut into their bottom lines, sometimes forcing them to sell products at a loss.
Better breaks ahead, right?