I'm not a nerd about baseball cards at all, but I do buy a Cubs team pack at Wrigley every year.
Usually my first or second trip there.
That photo on top is what last year's pack looked like.
You'll note that I didn't open it because probably the 2011 Cubs Team Pack will turn out to be worth ten grand in about 10 years, but ONLY if it's unopened.
You'll also note the exciting caption up top - FREE COLLECTOR'S CASE!
(These Topps guys are marketing gods!)
Anyway, I figure with all the changes Theo Epstein and the Cubs are making and will continue to make, whoever the President of Topps Baseball Card Co is will be pretty flustered trying to guess who to put in that FREE COLLECTOR CASE.
Look at the players from last year:
The only name from this list I'm positive will be in the 2012 pack is Wrigley Field.
Even Kerry Wood might go somewhere else!
Read this from Bruce Levine. (This news make me hurl, btw.)
I guess if you're in charge of baseball cards, you've got a full staff of photoshop experts who can digitally switch out hats and uniforms of players just before next season's deadline.
So collectors - pay close attention.
There's a much greater chance of some kind of mistake and POOF! A hot, collectible card.
Goofy times we live in, Cub Fans.
Convention is coming soon.
I'm sure it'll be both enlightening and confusing as hell.
And the longest lines for autographs will be for minor leaguers.