Beckett Set Notes (verbatim from Beckett pack page)
“This set consists of 440 standard-size cards. These cards were issued in 12-card foil packs with a suggested retail price of $1.29. The fronts feature full-color photos surrounded by a white background. Information on the backs includes a player photo, season and career stats and text. First series subsets include Star Power (1-6, 8-12), Draft Picks (13-26), AAA Stars (101-104), and Future Stars (210-219). A special Mickey Mantle card was issued as card number 7 (his uniform number) and became the last card to be issued as card number 7 in the Topps brand set. Rookie Cards in this set include Sean Casey, Geoff Jenkins and Daryle Ward.“
$0.88 (part of a group of packs bought off eBay)
This is a nice, shiny foil pack.
Insert / Parallel List (taken from pack)
Mickey Mantle Finest – 1:18 packs
Finest Refractor – 1:144 packs
Profiles – 1:12 cards
289 – Roberto Alomar
314 – Andy Benes
396 – Ricky Bones
316 – Jim Bullinger
245 – Brian Buchanan (front and back)
392 – Norm Charlton (front and back)
418 – Shawn Green
255 – Charlie Hayes
414 – Ken Hill
353 – Bob Wolcott
318 – Greg Maddux (front and back)
233 – Craig Wilson (front and back)
What is wrong with me? I just can’t seem to like most of Topps designs. These cards just don’t do a thing for me. For the most part they’re pretty bland – not great but nothing to really dislike either. The only serious flaw I see is the goofball slanty picture in a blue shaded trapezoid. The gold foil name over the same blue background is also a dud. Unless the card is held at the right angle, the name is hard to read. Features like this are OK in a tricked out parallel or insert, but not a base card.
Here’s what really chafes me about these cards – I’ve lost them. Since scanning them, I can’t put my hands on them. All I can do is say how much they suck, and then it bothers me that I can find them. Stupid.
25 Years of Baseball ripped a pack of 1996 Topps 2 back in 2009. I’m guessing that others have ripped one of these packs, but that’s the only one I could find with a quick Yahoo! search.