I actually bought these a few weeks ago but I'm just getting around to them. I purchased 3 28-card rack packs-from Target. This is the second year Panini has published Triple Play. The set is clearly aimed at kids, with cartoon like drawings of the players and lots of sticker cards. My question is, are kids collecting baseball cards these days? When I'm in the big-box store looking at cards I rarely see kids at the card rack. In fact, I hardly ever see anyone. If it weren't for my fellow bloggers I might think I'm the only collector left.
Aimed at kids or not, I kind of like these cards. I suspect that most people are either going to just hate them or feel like I do. Panini gets around not having an MLB license by using drawings, therefore there are no accidental showing of logos. Would these cards be better with MLB logos? Absolutely. Would I like to see Panini get an MLB license? Absolutely. Topps needs some competition.
There's a lot of wackiness going on here as well.
There are 100 cards in the base set featuring three kinds of drawings.
There is the Cold War, socialist workers paradise style:
And then these cards featuring backgrounds evocative of the player's team's hometown.
On the other hand, with only 100 cards in the base set, you'd think this would be a pretty easy set to complete by buying packs. I got 84 cards total in the 3 rack-packs, which resulted in 43 cards from the base set. 29 of the cards were duplicates. That's more than 1 in 3! Way too much. OK, on to the inserts.