Thursday, October 26, 2017

Wrapping up the Heritage break! (one pretty good hit)

Sorry I'm slow at posting. You know how it goes. Or you don't, dozens of people might read this post and we are all different in our own ways. Either way here is the last box of heritage I was lucky enough to open.

Big fan of these as the box topper. It was cool to get an original card even if the stamp is encroaching on Sam McDowell's face.

Pulled auto #3 of the break (Paul Goldschmidt and Manny Machado the other 2). Jose De Leon hot case, hit the blue auto, the trade error variation and the action variation! Hall of fame career here we go!

This is the Eric Thames action variation. Man he was amazing in April/May and then he really slumped hard through the summer. If I remember correctly he started to hit a bit at the end of the year. If he can keep that power and hit for some average he could be a nice piece of that young Brewers team.

A few shiny cards!

Here's the big one! David Peralta throwback uniform variation! 1 in 1648 packs! One of the rarer cards I've ever personally pulled. Pretty fun card to hit. Still have it as of now but may sell later.

Overall, I really enjoyed opening these boxes. I have at least 6 base sets though so yea if anyone wants to trade or buy one I'm listening. I completed all the insert sets except the combination one. I have only one SP set though but a ton of doubles/triples etc if anyone needs those I can check it out for you. Collation wasn't bad though just opened a lot! The boxes were consistent with certain packs. You knew the Nolan Ryan insert was at the end.

Very pleased with the break considering if I sold 2 cards (Peralta and Machado) I'd make my money back basically.

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

What's in a half Case Box 5 and 6!

I decided to combine 2 boxes into this post. I got busy this week and didn't have time to post or I spent every night watching Rick and Morty instead who really knows. (My wife knows but don't ask her it would spoil the truth). Let's get right to it!

Box 5:

This was the box topper. Which is so much better then the ad panels you usually get. Pretty cool to get an authentic card even though its stamped. When I saw the rookie part I dreamed of Bench or Ryan but that's ok to get 2 guys who weren't quite as good. 

Real happy to hit a Goldy auto. I believe I will redeem this one. He was a monster on my fantasy team this past year and I'm a fan of how he plays. Rarely takes days off and is always giving his all. This is the standard blue version.

Only pulled on Chrome, the Shin Soo Choo. He gets paid a lot of money, good for him. The Greg Holland is a yellow back short print. Don't know if that made it 'harder' to pull but I doubt it.

Oh yea! This was a purple hot box! Every pack had a purple refractor which was fun. I just scanned some of the better ones, no Bellinger unfortunately. Happy to get Alfaro though for the PC.

Box 6:

 A decent rookie chrome card. He has a lot of potential.
 The mini's are numbered out of 100. This was the only one in the 7 boxes. (I now have 2!) Edwin had a tough start to the year but once he adjusted to Cleveland he had a pretty strong 2nd half.

The Koda Glover is the action variation rookie. He has potential as a closer if he can stay healthy. The Nationals window might be closing soon though with the roster changes they're going to have to make. Doesn't terribly upset me as a Phillies fan.

One more box to go! Already showed the Machado and Goldy which were the 2 big autos of the break.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

What's in a half Case (Box 4) (nice hit alert!)

Onwards and upwards! I recently did my first Spartan race. I recommend training for it. Next time I'll actually be prepared. I survived though, hence I can still type up some posts! Hopefully this box provides some fireworks!

A couple of shiny cards. Not sure if I like or dislike having shiny in these sets. It's not an homage to 1968 it's more of an homage to 90s inserts. Which I like 1993 Finest Refractors as much as the next guy but they do that sort of thing in other sets. 

This Benoit is the yellow back variation. There is a 25 print run for each of these. They are hard to tell on stand alone but if you have the cards in a stack the color difference really sticks out. At least its a Phillies player so it goes straight into the PC!

Jose De Leon action variation. I don't know a ton about him just know he was traded from the Dodgers. Hopefully he turns into a nice rotation guy.

Boooooooom! Manny Machado auto numbered out of 68! This was a more then welcome surprise to  hit a Red auto and then hit one of a really good player. Not sure what I'm doing with it yet. It goes for a good amount of money or if I will redeem and wait. I don't love redemption cards in general since I've had both good and bad experiences.

Thanks for reading! More to come!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

What's in a Half Case (Box 3!)

Now back to our semi regular scheduled program. We took a break for Gint A Cuffs.I had opened that box about a month ago but was none too thrilled with the results so I literally got my score up on the deadline day! Go Procrastination!

Let's see what was pulled in box 3..

A decent Byron Buxton relic. I watched a bunch of Twins games this year because I drafted Ervin Santana on my fantasy team (20th round great pick) and Buxton really looked lost at the plate at the beginning of the year, but man at the end he sure did look good. Hopefully he truely turned a corner on major league pitching and continues it next year. With his speed he is a fun guy to watch.

Two shiny cards. Reddick is currently in the ALDS against the Red Sox and Kyle Freeland's team fell to the Dbacks. Freeland had an up and down rookie year. He has some decent stuff so I think he can stick around the majors for a while if he continues working hard.

These blue borders are a weird subset in my opinion. Apparently there are 50 of each of them but they are not serial numbered. I believe I pulled 2 total and at first I thought they were just one of those 1 per box type deals and then I didn't see another one. He's the highest paid closer in baseball if you didn't know. He did not perform like the highest paid closer in baseball this year though.

Thanks for reading! Still some big hits to come!