Before I read a lot of the fan reaction to this product online I grabbed one lone hobby pack of the new Goodwin Champions from my LCS the other day. To be honest I was kind of excited. Then I read the comments online...and well, I'm not sure where I stand. Let's take at look at the the packs' contents.
#011 Greg Maddux
Alright! Off to a great start. Nice looking card of the former Braves ace.
#058 Mia Hamm
I'll never look at this card the same way after reading Cardboard Junkie's recent Goodwin post!
#019 Lou Brock
Not a bad looking card of a HOF.
#122 Brodie Merrill
Well I guess all of the cards in the pack can't be interesting.
#11 Greg Maddux - Lady Luck Mini
Until I turned the pack over and saw the insert odds I thought the minis were one per pack. Nope, 1:2 packs this year. At least the mini I got was one that's a keeper.
So there you have it. 5 cards for $4.00. I can see why some people find this set boring or a poor man's version of Allen & Ginter. I don't dislike it, but I don't love it either. I did find 2009's Goodwin effort more appealing and I still wouldn't mind completing the set (stupid SPs), but I don't see myself going after much of 2011 GC. That said I do want the Orville & Wilbur Wright card I saw...