Sunday, August 22, 2010

Topps Value Pack Strasburg

I saw these yesterday when I was picking up that blaster of Series 2 Topps (see below) and was wondering what the hell are these things, what are they doing here, and why do they exist. Well, I guess it's one of the few products where you can find a Stephen Strasburg without paying an absurd amount of money. I just have one question for you Topps, just like with the black-bordered cards and those manufactured All-Star Game patch cards:


Is it really neccessary to make a three card (that's right, 3 cards) insert for this product? And, it's not like they're difficult to find, they're one per box. What is the point of that exactly? At least make the insert checklist 25-30 cards, not 3. Or make them one in every couple of boxes. Basically, I can buy 3 of them, and hopefully by then I'll have my Strasburg-JO fix.


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Blaster Break - 2010 Topps Series 2

I loves me some college!

I'm sorry, but there is: a. No purpose for the 2 packs of black-bordered cards, and b. No purpose for the stupid one-per-blaster manufactured patch card. NOTE TO TOPPS: I'd rather have 2 more packs of base cards than two packs of black-bordered bullshit.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Well Finally! - 2010 Heritage Video Pack Break

Wow, it took long enough to do. Now, to figure out how to embed this damn thing. I'm still figuring out the lay of the video stuff.

And, it worked. Yee-hah!

The pulls:
Buncha Base Cards
2 Short Prints
1 Dice Game Variation (Grady Sizemore; I didn't notice it until after the video when I was sorting the cards, so I apologize for the obliviousness.)
3 Chrome Parallels #'d to 1961 (Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, Neftali Feliz)
2 Ruth Chase Inserts (1 and 5)
1 Baseball Flashback (Luis Aparicio)
1 News Flashback (Berlin Wall)

More worth it than a box of last years Bowman? Maybe. I did pull 3 chrome cards (1 in 5 packs, for those who don't know) and a dice-game variation (1 in 3 box hit). But was it like ripping a wax box? No. Was it worth it, in general? I'd say so.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

Late Pack Break: 1984 Topps

I did a video pack break a while ago of me ripping 4 packs of 1984 Topps. It looked like it went well, but it went over 10 minutes. So, the bastards at Youtube won't show it. But, it was a successful pack break. Now, to just remind myself I need to go faster when ripping these things.

The results: The packs yielded basically 112 cards (that's 28 cards per pack if you can't do math) and four sticks of gum that have turned into bricks. Out of those 112 cards, I pulled 4 hall of famers: Ryne Sandberg, Phil Niekro, Steve Carlton, and Tom Seaver. I also pulled 2 All Star cards of George Brett and Ozzie Smith (another 2 hall of famers). And, I got a Dwight Evans.


In my opinion: successful. 16 bucks for 112 cards is still a better value than today's Topps products. Maybe that just means they're not worth a lick anymore. But, do I

Sunday, August 1, 2010

And The Sox Get at the Deadline:


Yay. Just a couple of years ago, the Sox tried to trade for this guys, but the Rangers wanted everything and the kitchen sink for this guy. Now, we get him for a bag of baseballs and a couple of never to pan out prospects. Oh yeah, he's batting .200, a solid 1 for 5 this year and has a throwing problem.