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Discounted 2014 Bowman Platinum blaster pays off with Correa ink

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , on November 12, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

I made a quick stop today at a Target to see if they had any WWE Topps Archives (they didn’t have any) and ended up finding a stray discounted 2014 Bowman Platinum blaster hidden on the bottom shelf. It’s a fun product at $12.99 a box for eight packs because it has autographs of most of the young prospects and rookies.

I snatched up the blaster and hit the checkout line hoping that I would pull an autograph of either Kris Bryant — whose auto I still don’t own — or Carlos Correa, whose likely to be named American League Rookie of the Year.

You won’t believe me when I say I had a feeling I might pull a Correa autograph. The reason I say this is because I bought a Correa autograph (2013 Bowman Inception) earlier in the day. 

Well, guess what was hiding in the sixth pack …  I’ve had incredible luck with this product.  The same week it came out I opened a blaster and pulled a blue refractor Jose Abreu auto. That pull came the same week I bought Abreu’s 2014 Bowman Chrome Prospects auto.

Now I have a dilemma: Do I keep both autos or move one? I love that I personally pulled a Correa auto but I really like the Bowman Inception one that was produced a year earlier and has a full signature instead of the shortened one on this Platinum.

On a side note: Carlos Correa’s shortened signature looks very much like Clint Frazier’s auto.


5 solid 2015 Topps Update packs: Originals, Parallels and Correa

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , on October 23, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

I had checked five different Targets this week for the newly released 2015 Topps Update but had been unable to locate any. Yesterday I took my kids mini golfing and nearby there was one of my local card shops.  After going all Tiger Woods on course I hit the shop to just a few packs of Topps Update, five to be exact.

It’s not that this product is hot or anything. My desire to open a small amount of this was to chase the base Carlos Correa rookie card. Here’s a run down of the packs. Spoiler: I pulled the Correa I was seeking.

Pack 1: When I opened this pack I could see real cardboard in the middle of the pack, which excited me because I forgot about the re-released Topps Originals. The original was a 1976 Wilbur Wood, which wasn’t in too bad condition. A nice added bonus to a pack that featured an Addison Russell rookie card and Ichiro as a Marlin.   

Pack 2: When I opened this pack I saw real cardboard in the middle again and wondered if Originals were one per pack. I immediately went to the midde of the pack and found a horribly creased 1970 Tom Tischinski. I like seeing old cards released in new packs but condition has to be taken into consoderation for commons. C’mon, Topps. Now if you insert an original Willie Mays or Hank Aaron that looked like this there wouldn’t be any complaints from me.   

In the moment I was so disgusted with the condition of this card that I overlooked the Carlos Correa rookie that was in this pack. That’s a fail on my part.

Pack 3: There was no brown cardboard in this pack, so I knew I had gotten lucky in the first two packs. This was a fairly bland pack with a gold parallel of rookie Matt Andriese.

Pack 4: You don’t see that very often– two serial numbered parallels in the same pack. Not only did I get a gold Jace Peterson, but also a Pink Edinson Volquez #’d 50. And I got four more rookies for my collection.

Pack 5: Nothing real flashy here other than three rookies and a pair of inserts including one that highlights Justin Verlanders routine of having a 1,630 calorie Taco Bell meal before each start. 


A 20-year-old NFL retail break 

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

A few months ago a co-worker brought me a gift, a four-pack blister of 1995 Upper Deck football that had a commemorative Joe Montana Super Bowl card.  

This co-worker is a big San Francisco 49ers fan and at one point he bought this for his man cave. He’s not really a card guy, but more of a game-used 49ers jersey collector.  So he decided to gift this blister to me.

I opened a good amount of this product in 1995, as we as the SP brand, which was high-end at the time and was one of the first sets I completed.

I digress.  Yesterday during my lunch break I stopped by my locker and noticed that I still had this thing sitting on my top shelf.  With the NFL kicking off this week I decided to open it for fun.  There really are no hits in here, just base cards, parallels and the occasional insert. 

So, the Montana C-card was cool.  It shows Montana and the 49ers against the Miami Dolphins jn Super Bowl XIX, which is the last Super Bowl to be held in the San Francisco Bay Area. that Super Bowl was held at Stanford University in Palo Alro. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl and will again be in the Bay Area.

And now for the packs.

The first pack had a card that literally made me laugh out loud.  I mean check out this seductive rookie card of former Jets draft pick Kyle Brady.

Pack two wasn’t quite as awesome, but it had a card if one of the newest Hall of Famers, Charles Haley, and a good-looking rookie card of Michael Westbrook. Oh, and it had TWO silver parallels. Money!  

Pack three  features a rookie card of a very good linebacker from the late 1990s and early 2000s, one Derrick Brooks.

And the final pack featured a dud rookie QB card, but the last card in the pack was none other than hall of fame 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice. Heck, my co-worker might even have this Rice jersey shown on this card.  

 Al, if you’re reading this, the Niner cards are all yours if you want them back. That Kyle Brady card is mine though. It’s priceless.

4x 2015 Topps Toys R Us blister packs with purples

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , on March 4, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

If you follow me on Twitter, you might know that I have fallen in love with the 2015 Topps Toys R Us purple parallels. They are foil and are gorgeous. I personally think they are the best looking parallel of the base set so far. And for $2.99 a pack you get three purples and a basic retail pack.

I you’ve been breaking any Topps packs this year you may have gotten some of those coupons from packs, which give you anywhere from 50 cents to $10 off a purchase. The amount is specified on the card.

Well, I had pulled six of them and placed a few into my wallet for future purchase. Well, guess what? You can use them at Toys R Us. I had four with me on Tuesday so I decided to go buy a few “purple packs.” With the coupon that brings the purchase down to $2.50 per, which is a no-brainer since I love the purples so much.

Here is the loot. As my luck had it I snagged a relic in the packs, one of Javier Baez. I also got a gold parallel, which is you haven’t noticed are tougher this year. And my purples weren’t half-bad either.


2014 Topps Mini three-box bundle results

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , on January 31, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

A few weeks ago Topps had a sale on their 2014 Topps Mini boxes. They sold three-box bundles for $49.99. Essentially it was a buy one get two free sale. Needless to say I snagged a bundle. Here are the color and hit recaps from each box. Black parallels are /5, pink are /25 and gold are /63.


Box 1

The Martin Perez Black 2/5 came
In the very first pack. This was officially my first pack of 2015.

Box 2


Box 3:


All in all this was a fun break, especially for the price. I need to sort the singles and figure out what I need for my set. I’m sure I have plenty of duplicates. I already had two boxes of base cards that were gifted to me at The National.

Just when I vowed to stop buying blasters …

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , on August 8, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

So, upon returning from The National this week I basically told myself to stop buying blasters. Many of them could be found discounted at crazy levels at the show in Cleveland. Besides the odds are way longer than what they are in hobby.

Well, as I was out buying necessities for the house I found a card aisle with fresh blasters. The fiend in me told me to buy one of the Bowman Platinum, the stuff that case breakers were opening on the case break pavilion.

If you follow me on Twitter you already know how I did. If you don’t, take a look at this:


And there was another Abreu in the box, the die cut version. Incredible blaster.


2014 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Box Break (Bat Barrel pulled)

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , on March 29, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

Decided to go high-end today and bust a box of 2014 Topps Museum Collection. Pulled a sweet 1/1 Joey Votto Bat Name Plate card. Here’s the pack-by-pack breakdown. Four packs, 5 cards in each.

Pack 1


Pack 2


Pack 3


Pack 4


Here are the overall odds:




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