2008 Topps Moments and Milestones

What I pulled--

Inserts and Parallels:
Rookie Cards (#ed to 150) - Brandon Jones, Troy Patton, Felipe Paulino
Black Parallel (#ed to 25) - Erik Bedard, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Tom Glavine, Adrian Gonzalez, Ken Griffey Jr., Matt
Holliday, Greg Maddux, Pedro Martinez, Placido Polanco, Albert Pujols, C.C. Sabathia, Gary Sheffield, Frank Thomas, Jim
Blue Parallel (#ed to 10) - Tom Glavine, Tim Lincecum, Jake Peavy, C.C. Sabathia, Chris Seddon
Autographs - Jonathan Me
loan, Rich Thompson

One of the most unique concepts in card collecting returns for a second year, as Topps Moments and
Milestones hits the shelves. I think, however, that this might be a concept that was a one-hit wonder.

The idea for Moments and MIlestones is a little complicated, but here goes. Each card in the checklist

represents a specific milestone for that player, be it Jake Peavy's wins total or Adrian Gonzalez's doubles
. Each of those cards has a variation counting off each of the homers, strikeouts, etc. This year, some
players are represnted by a career milestone, such as Tom Glavine or Greg Maddux's career win total.
Every base card is numbered to 150, and has a black parallel #ed to 25, a blue parallel #ed to 10 and a
red, 1-of-1 parallel.

Got all that?

So, with the addition of another low numbered parallel, what went wrong from last year? The player
selection leaves a bit to be desired, with guys like the aforementioned Gonzalez and Placido Polanco
making appearances. Many big stars have multiple cards, just like last year, but so do players like Jack
Cust. The value of opening a pack is there, but it seems like that extra blue layer waters down the idea of
low numbered cards. The two autographs are nice. Not thrilling, but nice. But also not numbered, which
seems a little out of place, considereing the theme of the product (in fact, none of the base rookie cards
are numbered).

After making a splash last year, Topps Moments and Milestones really feels a little watered down
compared to a year ago. Maybe it is settling in as a niche product, with player collectors the target
audience. It is not for every collector, though, and it is a rare Topps product that misses in my eyes