The blasters with 2 variation packs in 'em look like this:
You've all seen plenty of the regular white bordered cards by now, so cracking open the two black packs I got:
353. Derek Jeter
376. Rajai Davis
499. Edwin Moreno
505. Scott Olsen
527. Jason Isringhausen
600. Jake Peavy
LG-TGL. Tom Glavine "Legends of the Game"
TTT50. Chase Utley "Topps Town"
David Wright says "Work Hard, Get Cards" filler card
415. Josh Beckett
497. Clint Hurdle
585. Alexei Ramirez
593. Kenshin Kawakami
623. Aaron Hill
629. Lyle Overbay
TR59. Mel Ott "Turkey Red"
TTT49. Daisuke Matsuzaka "Topps Town"
Obviously, with only 6 actual black variation cards per pack this set is basically impossible except for those with money burning holes through their pockets...perhaps there are "full" black blasters elsewhere - otherwise I don't see me having any chance of completing this.
7/17/09: 3:44 PM EST:
Taking a cue from Grand Cards, I emailed Topps the following letter asking about the variation cards and the distribution plans for them. I will update again if/when Topps answers my question.
To Whom It May Concern:
I don't know if the information has been made
available to the public, but will there be an opportunity to buy retail blasters
of the 2009 MLB Series 2 Topps cards with ONLY the variation cards in it
(Wal*Mart black and/or Target retro)? I know that there are currently
retail blasters with only 2 packs of the variation cards out for sale - but
that's certainly not a feasible option to complete the variation sets for most
collectors. Any information you can give me will be appreciated and posted
to my blog in response to this letter.
7/17/09: 3:47 PM EST:
Automated reply from Topps saying:
Thank you for contacting Topps Customer Service. Your question has been
received and you should expect a response from us within 2 business days.
7/20/09: 2:00 PM EST:
Topps responded - see the full post here.