The big news of the week is Los Angeles’ signing of Albert Pujols to the tune of $250 million for ten years. While most fans are left scratching their heads by the signing of a 31-year old Dominican who is likely older than he states and not as great as he once was, you knew that his first Angels card would be announced in the coming days.
Sadly, Topps has not released anything as of yet but thanks to Panini America, we have Albert’s first “Los Angeles” card. Sorry if I am not jumping for excitement at the possibility of owning one of these two cards but they are just not doing it for me. Judging by the discussions at the popular card forums, many collectors feel the same way.
I don’t expect Topps Company to stay silent for too long. Remember, it took just minutes after stealing Ken Griffey Jr. from Upper Deck for Topps to release mock-ups of their first cards of “The Kid”. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Pujols’ first Angels card before the week ends. As for now, all we have is Chris Olds’ masterpiece to keep us content.