Yesterday the base cards, today the parallels. You get 1 “foil” parallel card per pack out of the HTA jumbo box – so I got 10 of those cards. Technically, I believe they are called Emerald Foil. They come 1:6 in regular hobby packs.
Except for the color, these cards are very similar to the Golden Moments parallel from last year. The 2011 Diamond cards were different, but the last two years have the same type of “etching” (for lack of a better word).
I said this last year, but this is a good example of “going to the well” a bit too much. Still, I like these better than the Gold ones, and I like them better than the next parallel, which has really been to the well quite a bit:
Topps Gold, numbered /2,013. These have existed every year since I’ve been back to collecting Topps, and a few more as well. I think the Gold actually takes away from the design – I like the look of the base cards better.
I didn’t pull any of the numbered parallels – camouflage (/99), pink (/50) or black (/63) in my box. Or silk cards, which are kind of parallel, kind of insert. Not sure what that says about the box in general.
The one good thing I’ll say about all these parallels – they do look pretty nice when you put together a rainbow! I think I’m going for one of the Darwin Barney card.