Just put the finishing touches on the 2008 Topps Padres Team Set. This features all the Padres cards from Topps Series 1, Series 2, and Updates & Highlights. A total of 27 cards in all. I wasn’t a big fan of this year’s design. I think the graphics took too much away from the photos. Thankfully, the 2009 design will be much improved.
The player selection for this year is a little baffling. How do they justify adding Chip Ambres to the Updates & Highlights but neglect Luis Rodriguez, Edgar Gonzalez, or Nick Hundley? All three played more pivotal roles on this year’s club than Ambres. Leaving off Hundley seems odd, since they included him in the Chrome version and in Topps Heritage. Callix Crabbe, last year’s Rule V pickup is in Series 1, meaning there’s a good chance that Rule V draftee Everth Cabrera might see a 2009 Rookie card. I’m hoping that we will see rookie cards next year of Will Venable, Wade Leblanc, and maybe Matt Antonelli. Or maybe not Antonelli, at least not until the 2009 Update & Highlight set. Hopefully, Antonelli gets a little more seasoning in Portland. However, with the things are going in Padreland, he might have to do some on the job training next season.