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2010 Topps Chrome Blaster Break

I was feeling a bit out of sorts last night. Not sure why, but I suspected that opening a blaster of cards might cheer me up a bit. And I knew I wanted to bust some Topps Chrome, especially after learning that the retail version was different than the hobby version (of which I am already in on a group break). So, after some cajoling of my dearly beloved, we went to Target, and I was able to score the next-to-last blaster of Chrome. And what a blaster it turned out to be.

The base cards, of course, are great as always. I’ve been a chrome junkie since I returned to the hobby in ’03, and these may be my favorites in that time. I didn’t care for the 10 base design, but something about it works in Chrome.


Of course I got a Zimmerman.


Of course, the big question for me was the refractors, as I collect them. Thankfully, the published odds on the box seem to be crap, because I got a refractor or some variation of it in every pack. Like this Adam Dunn refractor:

Out of the 8 packs, I got an equal amount of xfractors and refractors. That means xfractors are a lot easier to pull, which is a little disappointing, but it’s still nice to get them, and I dig the early 80s video game vibe to this year’s design:

So that leaves me with two other refractor-type pulls from the box. The first was this gorgeous purple Nick Johnson refractor. It’s numbered, but I can’t remember the numbering. Maybe 299?

The next one’s really cool. It’s a blue Topps 206 Dan Haren refractor. I think the odds on this one were like 1:420 packs. It’s numbered to 199.

But I saved my absolute favorite card of the blaster for last.

That’s right, the first Stephen Strasburg I’ve pulled and it’s an xfractor. SO happy with that one. Overall, I’m ecstatic with the blaster. I’m definitely hoping to pick up a hobby box or hell even a retail box, as they’re just as much fun.And to me, that’s what this is really all about.


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Weekend Pickups

I mentioned in several posts this weekend that I busted some Topps Value Boxes…four, to be exact, as I was looking to get the entire Chrome set that comes exclusively in the set and was lacking only the Ruth at the end of the day. This was the also the first time I’d gotten Topps Million Card giveaway redemptions, so I was giddy about those.

Here’s some of what I scored in the boxes:

Didn’t get to scan the Ruth card yet, but yes, I have the entire set now. And I’m very pleased with it. I’m a complete refractor whore, so I knew these were a must-have, especially with a National involved.

I also got a “hot box”, comparatively. The following all came from one box, the one with the Strasburg:

These copper cards are kind of cool, but the edges chip VERY easily, so they’re going to be incredibly condition sensitive as time goes on. But yeah, that was a pretty great box.

My other copper was a Paul Maholm:

I also got a big handful of Turkey Red, always welcome:

All in all, I give the Value Boxes an A+. I feel like I got more than $15 worth of material in those boxes, and the chrome cards are a nice addition. I’ll eventually cover my Million Card Giveaway stuff, but I’m in the process of trying to convert what I got to Senators, Expos, and Nationals. I have, however, already requested delivery on this card:

1968 Topps

That card began its life as a Jose Vidal 1969, then was transformed into a Denny Lemaster 1967 and ended up here. I’m always happy with a new 68 card! Thanks for these, Topps.

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Box Break: 2002 UD Authentics

I haven’t disguised my love for this set, that’s for sure, and yet I’ve always found the boxes tantalizingly out of reach, either too expensive or difficult to find, so when I found a box going for an obscenely cheap amount on Ebay, I bid and sat on that auction. Yesterday the box finally arrived.

Stated odds, as you can see, are 1 in every 16 packs. The box is obviously meant to echo the 1989 box design, as everything in this set is a loving homage to that original set. Including the setup when you open the box:

As you can see, they’ve used that same paper material that UD used in their 1989 issue:

The whole thing gave me nostalgia goosebumps, down to the authentic (heh) feel of opening the first pack.

Now, as to the actual content of the box. Well, first, I should note that I was supposed to get two reverse-negatives card in this box, but I only got one, this Jason Johnson:

And that’s A-okay by me. The reverse negative gimmick is easily the crappiest, most annoying thing about this set, as I’d have preferred to get the base Johnson, which I still don’t have. Sigh. Oh, I’m also okay with it because I not only beat the odds for relics on this box, I pulverized them. 1 in 16 packs, right? 18 packs in the box, so maybe, tops, I could have gotten two if I was extremely lucky. Yeah, I got four, including a reverse-negative game-used card and a gold reverse-negative game-used card. I didn’t even know the latter existed. My first ever hot box!

Very, very cool stuff. I love it. Oh, I also got two inserts: their version of the Baseball Heroes, numbered to 1989

And a 1989 Flashback Mark Grace, numbered to 4225 (though that Cubs picture is more recent than 1989, he didn’t have that facial hair until the 90s).

I also got a mess of base cards that I needed; only two doubles in the whole box, and a small stack of cards that I already had. Look for those cards to wind up in some trades in the near future.

I’m still quite a bit short of the set, so I may pick up another box when I have some money. Overall, I give the box an A for the presentation, the hits, and the collation. Totally worth the money and exceeded my expectations. Oh, and all these cards save the base cards/reverse negative are available.

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It’s Here…

2002 UD Authentics. At last!

And it was a hot one; printed odds of a relic are 1:16 packs. I pulled four relics out of 18 packs. That’s beating the odds! I’ll show the pulls off tomorrow.


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Weekend Breaks

Broke a lot of wax this weekend and scored some cool cards. Apparently, Chipper Jones was my destiny.

All of these except the Hornsby are available for trade if you’re interested.

2009 Topps Patch

2009 Topps Patch

2007 UD Game Materials

2007 UD Game Materials

2007 UD Game Materials

2007 UD Game Materials

2009 Allen & Ginter's

2009 Allen & Ginter's

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A Little Mojo Music

Went to Target last night to pick up a few things for the weekend and couldn’t resist the 09 Allen & Ginter blaster staring me in the face. I also picked up one of those $10 15-pack repack things that never produce anything, right?

Wellll…let’s start there. I actually pulled something aside from Nationals and Expos (which were plentiful for once)! And it came from an Opening Day pack. You have no idea how many of these I’ve slogged through over the years, never believing you could pull a thing from them. Now this isn’t the greatest card but I’m still blown away.

Hudson Auto

And you know…I actually kind of…like this card. How about that?

So now to the A&G. There were some pretty cool cards in there, but I don’t have all evening to catalog them. I got a couple of Nats that will go up on the site soon, but I got some nice parallels, like this black mini Samuel Morse:

Morse Black Mini

And this mini…whoever this guy is:

Ebbeson Denmark

A whole blaster and I only scored one crack the code parallel, Edgar Renteria:

Renteria Parallel

And here’s where the mojo comes in: a Hank Blalock GU bat card. These things are way more gorgeous in real life than on web sites, let me tell you.

Blalock Bat

So, yeah, a stack of Nats, an auto card, and a GU card. I’m pretty happy with this haul. It makes up for some mediocre pulls in the past.


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Mail Call!

Found a nice fat package in the mail from Mike over at, making up for the 1999 Bowman’s Best that didn’t get here. Here’s what he sent:

1 pack 1995 Fleer Update
1 jumbo pack 2004 Fleer Platinum
1 pack 2004 Fleer Platinum
1 Pack 2002 Upper Deck Vintage
2 Packs 1999 SP Minor Leagues

Great stuff! Here are some highlights:

Vintage Johnson Scrapbook

Vintage Brazelton-James


Vintage Mieses-Sanchez

Update Bagwell

Update Maas

Update Mimbs

Update Stahoviak

Platinum A-Rod

Platinum Crawford


Platinum Gall Haren

Platinum Pena

Platinum Young

SP Berkman

SP Burrell

SP Minor

Thanks Mike!

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Break: 1999 Best Baseball America Top 100

I picked up a box of this for cheap on eBay last week, and broke it yesterday. I just thought it would be fun – I actually picked up a couple of cool autos in the process!
Box topper – Scott Krause /150
Pack 1
Mike Glavine
Todd Dunn
Jose Santos
Mike Zywicka
Tim Drew
Dan McKinley
Pack 2
Chad Durham
Corey Lee
Ben Petrick
Chris Truby
Brett Tatt
Aubrey Huff
Pack 3
Junior Herndon
Efrain Alamo
Matt Drews
Kenny Kelly
Jerry Hairston Jr
Jin Ho Cho
Pack 4
Tomas De la Rosa
Joe Fontenot
Michael Cuddyer
Toby Hall
Pat Burrell
Bronson Arroyo
Pack 5
Nick Bierbrodt
John Patterson
Rob Bell
Randy Wolf
Brad Penny
Jackson Melian 
Pack 6
Tim DeCinces
Ben Davis
Matt White
Cliff Wilson
Juan Pena
Dan McKinley
Pack 7
Lance Berkman
Ron Belliard
Vernon Wells auto
Wells Auto
Sean Burroughs
Tim Drew
Chris Enochs
Pack 8
Paul Rigdon
Fernando Seguignol
Jason LaRue
Ryan Minor
Jason Middlebrook
Tony Armas, Jr.
Pack 9
Mike Huelsmann
Ben Davis
Todd Sears
Fletcher Bates
Joe Crede
Grant Roberts
Pack 10
 Ruben Mateo
Chin-Feng Chin
Carlos Lee
Alex Hernandez
Cesar Crespo
Kelly Dransfeldt
Pack 11
Arquimedez Pozo
Vladimir Nunez
Calvin Pickering/Ryan Anderson
Ryan Rupe
Juan Pena
Milton Bradley
Pack 12
Ryan Anderson
Mike Drumright
Paul Ah Yat
Kevin Barker
Francis Collins
Darnell McDonald
Pack 13
Giuseppe Chiaramonte
Eric Gillespie
Frankie Figueroa
Mike Bacsik
Kyle Peterson
Chad Harville
Russ Branyan
Pack 14
Josh Paul
Chip Alley
Pablo Ozuna
Brent Butler
Brett Tatt
Cordell Farley 
Pack 15
Willie Martinez
Todd Williams
Adam Kennedy Auto
Kennedy Auto
Damian Rolls
Carlos Pena
Jason Grote
Pack 16
Alex Eckelman
Peter Bergeron
Bubba Crosby
Scott Krause
Joe Crede
Octavio Dotel
Pack 17
Rick Ankiel
Corey Patterson
Brad Penny
Jayson Werth
Nate Rolison
Chad Hutchinson
Pack 18
Cody McKay
Bruce Chen
Kelly wunsch
Fletcher Bates
Nate Rolison
Angel Pena

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Box Break: 2009 Bowman Hobby Pt. 2


Pack 16

Kosuke Fukudome

James Shields
Ehire Adrianza
Jack Cawley
Hanley Ramirez gold
Michael Pineda chrome
Jeremy Farrell chrome
Mat Gamel
Jason Bay
Scott Kazmir

Pack 17

Ted Lilly
Josh Johnson
Collin Balester blue
Tyler Yockey
Julio Teheran
Justin Erasmus WBC gold
Nino Leyja chrome
Andrew Rundle chrome

Rundle Matt Holliday
Carlos Delgado

Pack 18

Adam LaRoche
Daisuke Matsuzaka
Chris Ianetta
Justin Erasmus WBC
Juan Carlos Sulbaran WBC
Johnny Damon gold
Yefri Carvajal chrome
Patrick Ryan chrome
Ryan Dempster
Shairon Martis

Pack 19

Carlos Gomez
Greg Golson
Brett Myers
Oscar Tejeda
Jason McEachern
Matt Antonelli gold

Antonelli Miguel Fermin chrome
Angel Morales chrome
Adam Dunn
Armando Galarraga

Pack 20

Travis Snider
Mark Buehrle
Justin Greene
Joshua Collmenter
Ehire Adrianza gold
Sean Conner chrome
Alexander Smit WBC chrome
Howie Kendrick
Jamie Moyer
Kila Ka’aihue

Pack 21

David Price

Price Johan Santana
Jose Ceda
Michael Cisco
Jeff Baisley gold
Phillipe Aumont chrome

Aumont Dominic De La Osa chrome
Victor Martinez
Matt Antonelli
Jorge Cantu

Pack 22

Aubrey Huff
Joe Mauer
Rene Garcia
Curt Smith
Fu-Te Ni WBC gold

Ni Zach Moore chrome
Stolmy Pimentel chrome
Chase Utley
Aramis Ramirez
Zack Greinke

Pack 23

Justin Upton
Adam Wainwright
Neil Ramirez
Saywer Carroll
Jack Cawley gold
Kelvin de la Cruz chrome

De La Cruz Matthew Moore chrome
Phil Coke
Adam Jones
Nate McLouth

Pack 24

Felix Hernandez
Torii Hunter
Andrew Rundle
Phillipe Aumont
Joshua Collmenter gold
Abraham Almonte chrome
Pat McAnaney chrome
Alex Rodriguez

Rodriguez Edinson Volquez
Yadier Molina

All in all, I’m really pleased with the box, especially for the discount price I got. Tons of Nationals, and some cool ones, at that. Thanks to my girlfriend’s family for so generously giving me the gift certificate to pick this up!

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Box Break: 2009 Bowman Hobby Pt. 1

Ahh…I said I wouldn’t bother with Bowman this year, but the guy at the card shop made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.

Pack 1

George Sherrill
Adam Lind
Will Venable
Michael Pineda
Jeremy Farrell
Pat Neshek Gold
Will Smith chrome
Aroldis Chapman WBC chrome

Chapman Clayton Kershaw
Derrek Lee

Pack 2

Yovani Gallardo
Francisco Liriano
Michael Swinson
Yu Darvish WBC
Scott Kazmir gold
Erik Komatsu chrome
Ehire Adrianza refractor

Adrianza Justin Morneau
John Maine
Paul Konerko

Pack 3

John Lannan
Glen Perkins
Yunel Escobar
Brett Oberholtzer
Fu-Te Ni WBC
Juan Carlos Sularan WBC gold

Gulbaran Jesse Darcy chrome
Dylan Lindsay WBC chrome
Johnny Damon
Hanley Ramirez

Pack 4

Aaron Rowand
Brian Roberts
Jack Cawley orange

Cawley Wilber Bucardo
Michael Almanzar
Matt Cain gold
Yu Darvish WBC chrome

Jericho Jones chrome
Nick Swisher
Carlos Zambrano

Pack 5

Cole Hamels
A.J. Burnett
Yefri Carvajal
Patrick Ryan
Adam Reifer gold
Greg Veloz chrome
Ruben Tejada chrome
Jacoby Ellsbury
Juan Miranda

Mirana Matt Garza

Pack 6

Dioner Navarro
Roy Oswalt
Pat Burrell
Neftali Feliz

Feliz Miguel Fermin
Mat Gamel gold
Miguel Flores chrome
Edilio Colina chrome
Robinson Cano
Scott Olsen

Pack 7

Jay Bruce
Adrian Gonzalez
Kazuo Matsui
Dominic De La Osa
Evan Bigley
Kila Ka’aihue gold

Kaaihue Marc Azepczynski chrome
Jeremy Hamilton chrome
Xavier Nady
Carlos Lee

Pack 8

Lou Marson
Joba Chamberlain
Pat Neshek
Adam Reifer
Kyle Farrell
Ryan Dempster gold
Edgar Osuna chrome

Osuna Steven Upchurch chrome
Jermaine Dye
Fernando Perez

Pack 9

Bobby Crosby
Jimmy Rollins
Collin Balester
Wilson Ramos
Michel Enriquez WBC
Jorge Cantu gold
Cheng-Min Peng WBC chrome

Peng Michael Swinson chrome
Nick Markakis
Nelson Cruz

Pack 10

Ryan Howard
Daniel Murphy
Alexi Casilla
Jericho Jones
Nino Leyja
Jamie Moyer gold
Kyeong Kang chrome

Kang Nick Buss chrome
Geovany Soto
Brian McCann

Pack 11

A.J. Pierzynski
Jonathan Niese
Adam Wainwright blue

Wainwright Stolmy Pimentel
Cheng-Min Peng
Justin Greene gold
Concepcion Rodriguez WBC chrome
Adam Moore Auto

Moore Andrew Carpenter

Pack 12

Vladimir Guerrero
Mike Lowell
Adam Mills
Ben Lasater
Shairon Martis gold
Luis Jimenez chrome
Jonathan Waltenburg chrome
Ian Kinsler
Chone Figgins
CC Sabathia


Pack 13

Russ Martin
Chipper Jones
Jake Peavy
Derrick Phillips
Samuel Freeman
Chris Ianetta gold
Evan Bigley chrome
Michael Swinson blue refractor

Swinson Matt Cain
Jeff Baisley

Pack 14

Dustin Pedroia
Barry Zito
Jesse Darcy
Dylan Lindsay WBC
Jermaine Dye gold
Nicholas Weglarz WBC chrome

Weglarz Tommy Johnson chrome
Kevin Youkilis
Tim Hudson
Derek Jeter

Pack 15

Brad Hawpe
James Loney
Angel Morales
Zach Moore
Jason Bay gold
Alex Buccholz chrome

Mitch Dening WBC chrome
Jayson Werth
Greg Smith
J.D. Drew

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