I had the good fortune of getting to a Target on Wednesday just minutes after the vendor stocked the shelves with new items, including 2011 Bowman Chrome baseball. I tell you, it’s a wonderful feeling to walk through the doors and see from about 100 feet away the sight of new packs.
So I dove in.
I bought a blaster and a few of the Value Pack Rack Packs.
The basics: The blaster offers eight packs for $19.99 while each Value Pack offers three basic retail packs (same odds as loosies and in blasters) and a single pack of three green xfractors for $8.99.
What’s great about all of these packs is they offer a shot at the same cards that are in hobby packs, save for the superfractors. This means the basic chrome prospect autos are available in retail packs. Someone is going to pull a Harper Chrome Auto out of a pack at Target, or WalMart, or Kroger, or whatever. Awesome, right?
One problem: Autographs fall one in 77 packs. They are one per box (18 packs) in hobby.
Anyway, the price points are obviously a lot more palatable than that of the hobby prices, which I imagine are eclipsing the $5 per pack point in some places.
Anyway, here are the better cards I pulled in my packs. And yes, I actually hit an auto.
Did you know Bryce Harper is in this product?!
Calm down, I said that facetiously.
I got Bryce from the Past:
(And yes, it is dead center on both sides)
Bryce from the Present:
And Bryce from the Future:
Always nice at this point to see Bryce Harper in my packs. Too bad none of them were covered in ink. That said, I did manage to pull this auto:
I know I showed off my Bryce Harper 2001 Bowman Chrome throwback above, but I also puled these two:
The Ichiro is the Japanese version.
But perhaps the nicest card of all came from one of my retail exclusive packs:
Dead center. No print lines. No scratches. Just beautiful.