Anyway it took a while but I finally got my hands on Luis Torrens' rookie cards in 2017 Topps Update.
I've kept up with posts all throughout our corner of the blogopshere in hopes of seeing someone else pull his cards and blog about him, only to find that he managed to evade pretty much everybody's packs.
Anyway by now you all should be aware of what Topps Update is. It's a jumbled mess where you appear to be able to pull more shortprints than parallels. This does not suit me as I've managed to track down some of the parallels (including some big ones) but all the while others have yet to surface. Given how the print run appears to be huge for the product is a whole (or in the Toys R Us parallel's case, nonexistent), I might have to pounce on the first parallels I see in some cases. How wonderful.
The base card above came courtesy of a case break that P-Town Tom signed me up for. Big thanks to Tom.
I received 22 base cards that were pulled between two cases. I'll take every copy I can get. In the event that I see Torrens again one day these will be offered to him.
Now here are the rest of my recent pickups.
This vintage stock parallel is honestly one of my favorite parallels ever. If I were to ever get a card signed, these vintage stocks are the way to go. The less gloss on the surface the nicer the signature often turns out to be.
I used to love the vintage stocks' previous incarnation as a retail only parallel, now it's limited to 99 copies. Pity. Sometimes I wish these were the default card stock of modern day Topps flagship.
Next up is the Mother's Day Hot Pink parallel. This should explain to you the downfalls of a card design not having borders. This looks a mess to me with a pink triangle trying to stab Torrens' hand.
My copy is numbered 06/50. For the record, Torrens got his first MLB hit off of D-Backs pitcher Tom Wilhemsen.
The last of my pickups (so far) has been this Father's Day Powder Blue parallel. It's so undistinguishable from the base card that if it weren't for the UPDATE SERIES box on the lower right hand corner I'd just assume this was the base.
My copy is numbered 07/50. Getting three double digit parallels out of the way is a good start.
Now begins the hard part of waiting for others to emerge (or to fall to a reasonable price range).
In the meantime, these four cards bring me to a total of 99 different Luis Torrens cards (assuming parallels can be considered "different").
I am now one card away from reaching the 100 card plateau. The best part is that I have two incredibly important cards on my way as I type so that goal is within reach.
As for the Update rainbow, I'm at four out of 16 (I miscounted earlier) parallels. Wish me luck with the rest.
As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).