Tuesday, May 11, 2021

2021 Topps Series 1 Gravity Feed Box

 

I walked into my LCS a bit ago and found something I had only seen in retail stores. A gravity feed box of baseball cards. There were a few in stock and they were priced at $99 for 36 packs which seemed to be a pretty decent price (a few weeks later the remaining were $139). I had no idea what types of inserts or relics would be in these types of boxes...I was just hoping that from this and the couple of hanger boxes I had purchased earlier that I could complete the set.

So here are some of the highlights:


I pulled two of most cards...thankfully star cards as well as commons.


I think this was the only photo variation. If there was another I didn't notice it.


These aren't pink...they just scanned that way. They are actually shiny silver.





These are the Chrome versions.



Nice to pull a Red Sox player.

Now for the hits...there were two...a relic and an auto.


I like it. It only goes for a few bucks on eBay (not that I was planning on selling it) but at least it wasn't Freddie Freeman.

I did a post a ways back about my disdain for hobby boxes based on the fact that I'm paying a lot for an autograph and the one I pull always sucks.

I mean (almost) always sucks.


Thanks for reading!


(I haven't sorted everything to see if I need any cards to finish the set. I'll put up a want list shortly if I do.)


What I'm listening to while I post this:

Bo Diddley - A Man Amongst Men

Monday, May 10, 2021

Three 2020 Topps Heritage High Number Packs

 I had some good fortune earlier in the year to find some 2020 Heritage High Number packs. They weren't 8 dollars a piece like they were in the hanger boxes I purchased earlier. Consequently they weren't as good either.


Pack 1


There's really not much in this set other than the Luis Robert (oops, I mean LouBob) rookie. That's probably why I can actually find some.

Pack 2


Pack 3

And there it is! So exciting!


Good thing I build sets.


What I'm Listening To While I Post This

Deep Purple - Space Truckin'




Thursday, April 15, 2021

2020 Topps Chrome Update Mega Box (Box 3)

Here it is...the third and final box. Will this complete the trifecta of duds? 

                                   

Pack 1


Already off to a good start. Nico Hoerner rookie...plus no dupes.

Pack 2


Nothing to write home about here.

Pack 3


The second of the two Bryce Harper cards in the set and the Jesus Luzardo rookie.

Pack 4


Mike Schmidt insert.

Pack 5


Trent Grisham rookie.

Pack 6


Gavin Lux insert.

Pack 7


The last pack (believe it or not) is where it finally starts to get good. Just pulling the Bo Bichette rookie would make it a fantastic pack. These are cards 1, 3 and 4...card 2 was quite surprising.


Randy Arozarena rookie. But not the base card...


...it is the gold refractor version...numbered 03/50. I did not see any of these listed on eBay, however Beckett lists it at $400. (I do know that means absolutely nothing.)

So that last pack was better than anything in the box prior, plus the previous 2 boxes. I'll be putting up a want list for this set soon, unfortunately I still need a lot of the bigger dollar cards. 

Thanks for reading!


What I'm listening to while I post this:

Wild Colonials - This Can't Be Life

Friday, April 9, 2021

2020 Topps Chrome Update Mega Box (Part 2)

 Here's my second stab at getting a decent box.


Pack 1


The first pack has two duplicates from the first box. It also has one of the bigger rookies in the set (Kyle Lewis). 

Pack 2


Mike Trout, Mike Piazza and 2 more dupes.

Pack 3


2 duplicates in this pack as well. I wonder if that will be par for the course in this box.

Pack 4


Aristides Aquino rookie, Ozzie Albies insert...and 2 more dupes.

Pack 5


More of the same.

Pack 6


Only 1 dupe in this pack.

Pack 7

Finally, a pack without any dupes.


There are 28 cards per box. 11 of them were duplicates. That's 39%. 

This box had a couple of good cards, so it was better than the first but it still qualifies as a "dud". I have one box left to post and I'll give you a little spoiler...it is better than the first two.

Thanks for reading!


What I'm listening to while I post this:


Bush - Sixteen Stone

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

2020 Topps Update Chrome Mega Box (Box 1)

During the last weeks of 2020 and the first couple of months of 2021 I was quite fortunate to find some boxes of cards at either Target or Walmart. That has since pretty much dried up (although I did see a bunch of 2021 Series 1 hangers at Target today but I don't need anymore), but before that I happened to find a shelf of 2020 Topps Update Chrome Boxes...and they were $19.99! I didn't know who was in the checklist, but I didn't care. I grabbed my boxes (limit of 3) and brought them home.

I'll make this three separate posts...one post for each box.

Pack 1


A decent first pack...the Alonzo being the biggest card of them.

Pack 2


First insert of the box...Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Decades Next.

Pack 3


Pack 4


The second insert of the box...a nice looking Jackie Robinson A Number's Game.

Pack 5


Nothing to see here.

Pack 6


Ken Griffey Jr. has 2 cards in this 100 card set...the All-Star card you see and a Home Run Derby card.

Pack 7


And ending with a relative whimper. Glad I only paid 20 bucks for it. I've got two more shots to counteract this yawner. Wish me luck.



Thanks for reading!



What I'm listening to while I post this:

Triumph - Lay It On The Line