2008 Topps Series 1

What I pulled--

Inserts and Parallels:
Gold Parallels (#ed to 2008) - Terry Francona, So Taguchi, Eugenio Velez
Presidential Candidates - Mike Huckabee, Dennis Kucinich, John McCain, Barack Obama
Trading Card History - Jacoby Ellsbury (1969 Topps), Pedro Martinez (1951 Bowman), Grady Sizemore (1948 card), Alfonso
Soriano (1958 card), Ichiro (Japanese card), Chien-Ming Wang (1975 Topps)
50th Anniversary All-Rookie Team - Andre Dawson, Julio Franco, Derek Jeter, Andruw Jones, Albert Pujols, Alfonso Soriano,
Ron Swoboda
Mickey Mantle Story
- 48, 49
Mickey Mantle Home Run History - 517, 518, 519, 526
Own The Game - Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Vladimir Guerrero, Matt Holliday, Mike Lowell, Jake Peavy
Year In Review - Mark Buehrle, Russell Martin, Alex Rodriguez, Ivan Rodriguez, Joe Saunders, Dmitri Young

When I got my box of 2008 Topps, the first thing I did was smell it. Ah, the scents of Spring are

I remember as a child that Spring never really began until the new Topps set was out, and times
have not changed. 2008 Topps has hit the shelves, and this edition is as solid as any in the
company's long, illustrious history.

This year, Topps retunrs to white borders after going the black route in 2007. The design is
straightforward, with the team name the focal point atop the card. The photography is top of the line, and
some of the players that changed teams are pictured in their new uniforms (Edgar Renteria is in a Tigers
uni, for instance). All the regular subsets make their appearance, as well, from league leaders to
post-season highlights. There are tons of cards featuring the Rookie Card logo, as well.

Topps also continues a new tradition by having some fun with Photoshop. This year's subject is Rudy
Giuliani, who is pictured celebrating the World Series title with the Boston Red Sox (rival of Rudy's beloved
Yankees). As usual, this card has stirred controversy among collectors, although I don't think this is
anything more than some harmless fun...unlike Upper Deck's mean spirited Michael Buysner card and
Asterisk autograph card in 2007 Sweet Spot.

This is a box about the base set and set building, but Topps packs some nice value into the product, too. There are the usual
Gold Parallels, and this year, there are gold foil parallels, too (I assume these are in place of last year's Red Backs). Inserts
include the annual Own The Game set, the continuation of the Mickey Mantle Story and Home Run History sets, plus a Year In
Review set. My favorite, however, is the Trading Card History set, which I absolutely love!!!!! Some of the hobbies greatest
designs are highlighted with today's stars on the cards, including a card from my favorite design of all time, the 1975 Topps

Want more? Topps enters the political world with cards of the candidates in the 2008 Presidential election. There are also cut
autographs from some of the candidates that are attracting high prices on the secondary market.

You don't come to Topps base sets looking for autos or relics, and will need to have great luck to get one in a base box (the
odds are much better in a Jumbo pack box, though). What you come here for is the essence of card collecting. Topps, as
usual, understands that and does their usual sparkling job yet again.