The box for 2009 Topps series 1 features A-Rod on the front, with Babe Ruth’s mug poking out from every corner of the box. Too bad A-Rod’s respect has gone down a lot since the steroid revelations last week.
The hobby box contains 36 packs with 10 cards per pack. Packs with a relic card contain 8 cards. The box has the typical Topps perforated display backing. There is a new label on the box warning parents not to give the hobby box to kids under 6 years old, or they might eat the cards and choke.
This year there are 4 different pack designs that are randomly inserted into the hobby box. I think this is the first year they are doing this. Nice. Each of the packs feature either Ryan Howard, Alex Rodriguez, Ted Williams, or Babe Ruth on the wrapper.
There are three promotions advertised on the box this year. First, there is a Topps Town code card in every pack. Second, there are Legends of the Game cards inserted randomly. Third, there is one autograph or relic card per box.
CAREER BEST AUTOGRAPHS
Group A: David Ortiz, Albert Pujols, Carlos Delgado, Chipper Jones, Ryan Howard, Aramis Ramirez, Brian Roberts, Chad Billingsley, Carl Crawford, Conor Jackson, Clayton Kershaw, Dustin Pedroia, Dan Uggla, David Wright, Evan Longoria, Felix Hernandez, Hanley Ramirez, Jay Bruce, Josh Hamilton, Jon Lester, Jose Reyes, Max Scherzer, Nick Markakis, Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, Ryan Garko, Russ Martin, Scott Kazmir
Group B: Armando Galarraga, Curtis Granderson, C.J. Wilson, Dallas McPherson, Dustin McGowan, Garrett, Atkins, Greg Smith, Luke Hochevar, Ronny Paulino, Sean Rodriguez, Shane Victorino, Yovani Gallardo, Zack Greinke, Akinori Iwamura, Pat Neshek, Eddie Kunz, Mat Gamel, Steve Pearce, Travis Snider
CAREER BEST RELICS
Group A: Jose Reyes, Jacoby Ellsbury, Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Howard, Justin Morneau, Ryan Garko, Brian McCann, Jermaine Dye, Alex Gordon, Victor Martinez, David Wright, David Ortiz, Albert Pujols, Jeremy Bonderman, Ichiro, Josh Anderson, Cristian Guzman, Jeremy Hermida, Scott Kazmir, Freddy Sanchez, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Johnny Cueto, Prince Fielder, Curtis Granderson, Conor Jackson
Group B: Aramis Ramirez, Cameron Maybin, Ian Kinsler, Hideki Okajima, Jonathan Papelbon, Ryan Braun, Mike Aviles
APPROXIMATE ODDS PER PACK OF FINDING
Subsets in green can be expected in every box
Turkey Red Insert 1:4; Legends of the Game 1:6; Ring of Honor 1:6; *Gold Parallel 1:7; WBC Redemption Card 1:36; Career Best Relics Group A 1:70; *Black Parallel 1:76; Base Card Variation 1:95; Career Best Relics Group B 1:146; *Sketch Cards 1:203; *Framed Silk Collection 1:241; *Legends of the Game Commemorative Patch 1:343; Career Best Autographs Group B 1:416; *Printing Plates 1:925; *Legends of the Game Stamp Collection 1:1,555; *Career Best Jumbo Relics 1:1,800; *Legends of the Game Gold Parallel 1:1,975; *Career Best Autograph Relics 1:2,210; *In the Name Relics 1:2,975; Ring of Honor Autographs 1:4,000; *World Champion Relics 1:5,600; Career Best Autographs Group A 1:6,708; *Legends of the Game Rlics 1:6,750; *Legends of the Game Platinum Parallel 1:8,200; *World Champion Autograph Relics 1:11,400; *Platinum 1:13,500; World Champion Autographs 1:20,000; *1958 Mickey Mantle Relics1:50,000; ’52 Autographs 1:60,000; *Legends of the Game Cut Signatures 1:142,200; *American Legends Cut Signatures 1:142,200