Monday, 24 October 2016

2016 Topps Update Jumbo Box Break - Packs 7 and 8

Pack #7:

Remember pack #6, which had 35 of the 45 base cards within being dupes. I can't say anything bad about collation after opening this. This one was entirely dupes. 45 dupes in this pack.
But, when the pack also contains one of these beautiful 'stamp' cards in it as opposed to the standard manufactured relic, it isn't that bad. I really like that this is for an event that took place in 1968 (Hank's 500th home run), and that date also appears on the stamp. A look at ebay shows all the ones there have this Illinois stamp on them, so I commend Topps on their ability to find 375 of this stamp.
And the rest of the inserts. Surprisingly(?), the Clemente does note the sad aftermath of Clemente's 3000th hit.

Pack #8:

In contrast to pack #7, this pack was entirely needed cards. I have no idea how I managed to complete the base set from this box, but I did.
Contenders for the best photo in this pack include this not-quite All-star game photo of Steven Wright.
But, it makes sense, since when you flip the card over, you realize he didn't get to play in the game. So Fenway does seem to be the better setting.
Getting a 'play at the plate' photo as your rookie card? Sweet. Jett Bandy sounds like a name from a create-a-player in a Madden game.
Your winner is this beautiful Brandon Moss card that makes the stadium and its surroundings as much of a star as the player featured. A horizontal variation on the Randal Grichuk Stadium Club card.
Mets content!
Jays content!
And your inserts. So you don't strain your eyes, it is Ian Kennedy on the gold parallel. The Franklin is a really unnecessary subset this time around, but at least I get a card of a post-homer Edwing. Plus, I know at least one blogger who should be interested that Plaza ended up in the First Pitch set.

And there you have it. Final packs up next, and that should land me the autograph in the box.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

2016 Topps Update Jumbo Box Break - Packs 5 and 6

Pushing past the halfway mark.

Pack #5:
And the first card in this pack is card #1 in the set. This is the second card in the set where I feel I must highlight the spectacular ASG socks worn my the player.
Favourite photo here is this Buster Posey. I don't know exactly what he's doing, although I'd bet he's trailing a ball down the line hoping it rolls foul.
Mets content!
And the only pack where Jays content surpassed the Mets content among the base cards.
But I did land a Mets among the inserts. It is quite orange and blue. Mark Trumbo is the gold.

Pack #6:

35 base dupes from Pack #5. That was not a typo.
Here's all the base that didn't fall into that category.
And the inserts. Trevor Cahill is the gold card that you can't read. That has to be the most weather visible on one of those 'First Pitch' cards.

And there you have it.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

2016 Topps Update Jumbo Box Break - Packs 3 and 4

Back to the box for some more pack busting.

Pack #3:
First card is a Tatooine card (TM: GCRL).
These two cards were back to back in the pack. Not quite as interesting as the time I pulled a Mike Carp and Mike Trout back-to-back, but still interesting collation with comparable photos.
Eduardo Nunez takes this pack's "best framing with the smoke design" nod.
Best photo is a no-doubter in this. A beautiful farewell photo.
But this Mark Trumbo is really close.
Since I probably was the only Mets collector who didn't get the Topps Now of Bartolo's home run, at least I can still add a card to my collection in checklist form.
And the Blue Jays content of this pack.
And your inserts/parallels. Tommy Joseph is the barely-legible gold /2016.

Pack #4:
Here, the dupes started to make their appearance. But, in this case it meant I landed a Tyler Clippard for the base set, and one for the 2/14 collection. As best as I can recall, he's the only 2/14 binder member among the base.
While I got dupes of Robles and Niese in this pack, I did add some new Mets as well. Back-to-back packs with Bartolo content as well. Not bad in a pack where maybe 10 cards were new.
And one of the newer Blue Jays.
Here's my first hit in the box of the promised three. I thought this might be the first brown swatch in my collection, but then I recalled having a dual Kiko Alonso/Barkevious Mingo relic sitting in my Bills binder due to the former.
And the rest of the inserts. The Burke Waldron (a 92 year old Navy veteran of WW2) wins this one easily. This is the first pack so far lacking a gold parallel, but that rainbow is pretty nice.

And there's two more packs down. Next up, moving past the halfway mark.

Friday, 21 October 2016

2016 Topps Update Jumbo Box Break - Packs 1 and 2

Time to dig into an end-of-season box. 2 packs at a time.

Pack #1:

My first card of update is...
Byung-Ho Park
All-Star photos can be bland at times, but this one nicely recreates Bartolo Colon's entry from 2013.
But in terms of casual photos, nothing beats AJ Ramos, since the card gives you a chance to see his ASG socks.
As expected, the big winners photographically in this pack are the horizontal entries. Celebratory photos. There are a couple great catches in there, including a beauty with the Wrigley ivy as a co-star, but I love the Trout, as it is beautifully framed and everything seems placed just perfectly to work with the smoke effect.
Blue Jays content, much like their offense in the ALCS, was absent in Pack #1. Fortunately, I did get a trio of Mets. Not sure if Niese really belongs in this, though. He had a Mets card in Series 1, and his only Pirates card seems to have been in Heritage. Jose Reyes' return makes it in, and Hansel Robles makes back-to-back appearances in Update.
And the inserts and parallels. Pink parallels are 1:51 packs, so getting one of those /50 cards is a nice pull. It is of Derek Law, for those that don't want to risk their eyes on the foil. Golds are 1:2 (Adam Duvall), but I ended up with 8 from this 10 pack box. It is interesting that two media types from other sports, both of whom are famed for gaudy attire, have shown up in First Pitch sets dressed in a relatively understated style. The set is 10 cards deep, and each pack has that as the final card. Complete subset in this box! WOO-HOO! Fire makes its move over from football with an insert set that falls 1:2. I can see myself chasing this insert set once prices drop.

Pack #2:
Starting this pack off with what will likely be Jose Fernandez in his final Topps base card.
Much like with the Trout in pack 1, there's a card here that works perfectly with the smoke effect.
Finally, a Blue Jays card.
And here's a Met card to keep it company.
Ji-Man Choi is the gold among these. Jeff Bauman, who did get a first pitch card of his own, is shown alongside Jake Gyllenhall on his card. The Padres are yet another team that I totally blanked on Rickey Henderson spending time with.

2 packs down! 8 more to go!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Just One Card - A Must Have

How could I not add an autograph of a guy known as Pumpsie to my Mets collection? The awesomeness thereof speaks for itself.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The Air(s) From There

Back to the Too Many Manninghams mailer, and the the 2/14 content within.
This is actually a dupe. Sorta. I have the 'B' portion of this manufactured nameplate, so this puts me 40 percent of the way towards completing the nameplate.  Which I swear I won't go for. I promise.

Which means I can totally see myself going for it.
Mickey Wright's status as a legend in golf is not an exaggeration. Check out the back of this card:
And that's another HOFer in my 2/14 collection, alongside Boom Boom Geoffrion and Jim Kelly.
Football was the big winner in this one. Staring off with one of the better names in the collection with Tank Tyler in 1/1 plate format. Sure his real name is DeMarcus, but he has enough cards as Tank, and all his autographs are Tank, so that's enough to proclaim Tank as one of the better, if not the best names in the collection.
Pennant Alshon. How did I not already have this card?
Patrick Ramsey in shiny X-Factor form.

And the big winner in terms of volume, with 5 new numbered cards is the late, great Steve McNair.
Going clockwise, these are numbered /2500, /1250, /5000, /2179 and /1650. Wow. Those numbers got peculiar on the bottom portion.

Now I just have some Mets stuff to get to. Thanks for these, Dennis, with more thanks to come if I ever get to that aforementioned Mets content.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Perfect Aim

And now, the box with the most packs gets busted as I show off the hobby box of 2016-17 Hoops.

And my first basketball card of 2016-17 is...
Serge Ibaka! And it is a traded card as well. I really like that the borders are done in the team colours, but the white frame seems to be overkill. At least they're not photoshopped into a new jersey, making this an improvement on the Topps treatment.
Players who didn't get the honour of posing with their new team just get the O-Pee-Chee-esque 'Now with' treatment.
Not much change for the rookies, with the logo moving to the upper left and RC being added to the lower right. If you pull a card of a guy named Diamond Stone, you pretty much have to highlight his card.
My first Raptors card of 2016 is Norman Powell!
But this is my favourite Raptors card of the box. I wonder if Ujiri does TTM?
There are quite a few photos taken from the backboard cam angle in this. In this box, Tyus flying past the wide-eyed Steven Adams wins this battle, mainly because of the expression on the face of his opponent as he is unable to stop the scoring play.
Alternate uniforms also show up. While I must show off the Raptors and their Drake-inspired alternates, the classic baby blue Kings uniforms also needed a spotlight.
Here are the card backs. Pretty standard for Hoops releases. And you can also see a larger version of the new Kings logo that was hiding in the corner of the Rudy Gay.

Inserts! Parallels!
A pair of green parallels. Good names to get as well.
And a pair of silver parallels. I guess someone wanted me to chase the Kawhi Leonard rainbow. Wait...97/99. Kawhi wears #2. 97+2=99! That's an ebay 1/1!
I also picked up a /25 Artist's Proof parallel. Perfectly, it is of a Raptor!
Here's one of a number of the Road to the Finals series. They decrease in print run the further you get into the playoffs. I hit 6 of the first round cards, and 1 from the second. Of course, I will highlight the one with the Raptors on it, commemorating the vanquishing of the Pacers.
A sampling of some of the other inserts. Birds-Eye View and Dreams are my favourites here.

And finally, the autographs.
It is Kerry from Cards on Cards that will be the big winner in this box break fest. Yesterday, it was the Marcus auto. Today, it is Festus. If you don't land a pull for your PC, it is always nice to land something for someone else.

But I did land something for my PC in the other autograph.

My first reaction when I saw the back of the card in the pack was "No way.".
It might not be a Raptor, but it is amazing that this was in a box that ended up in Kitchener, Ontario. That is the hometown of Jamal Murray. Ever since he started in the NCAA, I was waiting for him to debut in the NBA so I could chase one of his cards. Just 4 packs into the 2016-17 release year, I had already landed my chase card. Not only did I land an auto of his, it was the Red Hot parallel numbered to /25.

To the person that picked this specific box to send my way, your aim couldn't have been better if it was intentional. What a keeper!

And now, I can take a break from the boxes. Only a short one, though. I'll be digging into a jumbo box of 2016 Update shortly.