Monday, May 7, 2018

2018 Topps Living Set Ronald Acuna #19

The mail man brought me a fat padded mailer today and I couldn't be happier with what was inside. When Topps launched their Living Set earlier this year, I wasn't sure what to make of it. $7.99 for a single card or $14.99 for the 3 cards released that week...not too bad. After all I've spent $9.99 on single Topps Now cards in the past. Nick Markakis was the first Braves player to be featured in the set...but I passed. I don't care that his card is trading for big dollars on eBay currently, but now that I have a card in hand I realize how beautiful they actually are.

The Braves' rookie phenom, Ronald Acuna, was called up from AAA Gwinett on 04/25/18 and has made an immediate impact. I don't have many RCs of his yet so I decided to jump on this Living Set card. While I wish they had used a different design, I love the card. At first glance it may appear to be just another Heritage type card, however the card stock used is a little thinner than Heritage. The other big difference is the photo isn't a photo, but a drawing of the player. These cards are really beautiful in hand. I'm starting to see why more and more people are jumping on this set and trying to build it now. That's not for me, but I will be cherry picking a few players moving forward.

I'm curious to hear your thoughts on the idea behind this set. Yea or nay? Have you bought any Living Set cards? If so, do you like them? If you haven't bought any, why?


  1. Cool card. This guy is the king of multi-hit games. Looks like collectors stocked up on this card. 46,809 were produced. That's more than twice the amount of Ohtani cards made (20,966).

    I personally wouldn't mind grabbing one of these if I can find it on eBay for $8. It's a nice looking card. But I won't pay much more than that.

    1. I'm starting to see that it's cheaper to go through the eBay seller to grab these limited Topps cards as they get a discount for buying bulk and then sell them for cheaper on eBay. I grabbed two Topps Now cards last week for $4.99 shipped, half of the original price.