Finally getting around to posting about the breaks I had on Thursday, it's been a hectic past few days. I bought 6 boxes from my local shop, Sports Cards Plus in San Antonio, Tx. 2011 Topps Linage baseball, 2 boxes of 2010 Topps Chrome baseball, 2011 Topps Tier One baseball and a box of 2011 Panini Plates & Patches football.
I opened the Lineage first. The box topper was a Lincecum and the 2 hits which were pretty good in my opinion were a Joe Garagiola auto and a Bobby Shantz Canary Gold auto #1/10. Even though both of these guys were way before my time, I was really happy with these hits. The relic was a 1975 mini jersey of Ricky Nolasco.
The product itself was nice. I like the design of the base cards and as far as inserts go, they were pretty solid with the diamond anniversary, '75 minis, rookie inserts, cloth stickers, Venezuelan parallels and 3D's. For the price I paid plus the hits I got, I'm very happy with Lineage.
Next was the 2 2010 Topps Chrome boxes. The incitement of a Strasburg or Heyward rc auto was too much for me to pass up. Box 1 was fairly uneventful. The two autos were a Kila Ka'Aihue and a Drew Butera. Both were refractors and I was happy with the Butera auto since I'm a big Twins fan. The second box was better. Although there were no refractor autos, I got a redemption for Luke Hughes, again a plus for a Twins fan, and the second auto Mike Stanton.
As far as the actual set goes, I'm always a sucker for Topps Chrome. The only complaint that I've got is the centering is always inconstant and the cards are usually a little bent. But that's not going to stop me from buying them every year.
Next was the best box of the day. I cracked open the Topps Tier One and I was kind of unsure from the start. Only reason I bought it was because the owner of my shop, who I've known since I was like 5 years old, told me he personally loves it and it was a good price. Obviously it's one pack consisting of 2 autos, 1 relic and 4 base cards. I opened the pack and saw the blank back of the redemption for one of the autos. I was a bit disappointed but I'll get to that in a second. The regular base were of Cabrera, Bench and Zimmerman and there was a Blue parallel of Joe Morgan. The relic was a Top Shelf relic of Aramis Ramirez (white jersey with a nice blue pinstripe). The auto I got was an on card On the Rise autograph of Brad Hand. The redemption is the best by leaps and bounds. A Top Tier auto of Nolan Ryan! Needless to say I was more than happy with this box.
For the product itself, I liked it. All the autos seem to be on-card. The relic I pulled was nice and I even the base cards are very nice in my opinion. I'll definitely be buying more once my shop gets a new case in.
Last box of the day was Plates & Patches. This didn't go as well as the other boxes (this was the only box I hand picked, shop owner Charlie picked all the other ones). This box yielded a nice Jordan Todman auto patch (3 color) /499, Justin Houston rc auto /100 and JJ Watt rc auto /150. The Todman was on card but the other two were stickers. I also got a Darren McFadden jersey as well.
Compared to the other boxes, this was not anything to write about (ironic since I'm actually writing about it) but that's alright. I'm not going to let that deter me as I'll be buying more Plates & Patches in the future. The design of the base cards are extremely nice and although I'm not a huge fan of the sticker autos, the beautiful on card auto patches more than make up for it.
Well, all things considered, I'd say my first break for my new blog was a great one! Below I'll post some pics of the hits and I plan on doing breaks at least once a week. If anyone wants to see anything specific please let me know on here or on twitter (@BlogSCGuy). Also to see scans of all my stuff, you can find me on photobucket under the user name "sawyercards".