The status of cards at Walmart has not been good around here. But in the past few months, I've been able to find some blasters once in a while. I've followed the same pattern every time I have: I choose a product and pick up two blasters off the shelf. If I continue to find cards there, I probably won't keep buying two blasters every time I go to the store. I just don't feel comfortable letting the opportunity pass when I'm still not sure when it will come around again, I guess.
A couple of weeks ago, I came across some Topps Update. I opened it right when school let out for Christmas break.
Of course, the main reason for buying Update is to find some top rookies. These were the best I pulled in my two boxes, with my favorite here being my first card of 2021 NL Rookie of the Year, Jonathan India.
The above observations all came from the first box I opened. This scan displays all my keepers from Box #2.
Now let's look at the inserts. Most of these are keepers for me. I like the 1992 design, but I don't understand why it needed to be an insert set. They even got the cardstock wrong; Topps used an older feeling cardstock for this insert set, but 1992 was really the first time the company used a glossy stock. I like the feel of the 1992 inserts, though, so I can't complain about it too much. The 1986 Anniversary set is glossy, however, as is the Cards that Never Were, in my box a solo Nolan Ryan rookie.
Each blaster comes with a manu-relic 70th Anniversary card. I pulled Yogi Berra out of the first box. The second box yielded a Tom Glavine relic, but somehow I forgot to scan it. Oh well, I'm not going back to do it now.
To be honest, I probably wouldn't buy these blasters of Update if I could do it over again. In hindsight, I would have saved the money for something else. My reason has little to do with the product. Rather, it's that opening baseball card packs in 2021 has been a weird feeling for this Cubs fan. Pretty much every Cub card I pull is of somebody who is no longer with the team. I'm happy to have my first Jonathan India and a refractor card of fellow ROY Randy Arozarena from this purchase, but overall, there are probably other products/sets that I would rather have.
I'm posting this on Christmas Eve because these boxes were kind of my Christmas present to myself. So I'll end by wishing all who are reading a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy your holidays!