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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. 


Wedding anniversary trip leads to unlikely card shop, big prospect score

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , on June 27, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

Can you honestly say that you’ve ever been on a trip and counted more card shops than you did Targets or Wal-Marts?

Well, it happened. And the score is 1-0 so far.

My wife and I are celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary this weekend and during the trip we found ourselves in Solvang, Calif., which is a small Danish town in the central coast of California. 

The town is essentially made up of store fronts and businesses replicating the look of the architecture of Denmark. 

So, imagine my surprise when I stopped at a building that had a display including faded sports cards. 

I stared at the cards wondering why they were there in this small tourist town.  And then I saw the business card.  

  I thought to myself: “There was once a card shop here?!”

Then I looked up:


There at the end of Copenhagen Drive on the second floor is a real card shop! And it still exists!

My wife and I, and our two kids, went inside for a few and I chatted with the owner, whom I guess is “Tom” based on the business card.

“Tom” said he had been in business for more than 40 years.  I asked how business was and he stopped, looked and me and said “what business?” He went on to explain how slow things had been and how he doesn’t deal on the a internet. I could tell I was touching a nerve so I decided to stop the chit-chat and find something to buy. 

I always try to find some sports card during a trip my wife and I take to add to my collection.

The first card I found was a 1986 Fleer Update Robby Thompson rookie car.  This former Giants second baseman and I share a birthday, and I’m almost positive I don’t own this particular rookie yet. 

Second card is another rookie card I don’t own, the 1985 O-Pee-Chee Dwight Gooden. I was happy with the card at this price.

I have a soft spot for certain cards from the early 1990s, anytime I find copies of them I have to buy them. This 1991 Score flag card is one of them.


I was pretty happy with those three cards and happily would have pulled out $3 for those cards and moved on.  But I felt compelled to keep digging. So I did.

I located this Blake Swihart 2010 Bowman Chrome USA card in another box. The price, as it turned out was higher than I could have paid on COMC, but that’s OK. I opened a bunch of 2010 Bowman products and somehow never pulled this one.

And grabbed the next stack of cards and started thumbing trough. Then IT happened… 

Yes, this was THE Carlos Correa. Yes, this was Chrome. Yes, this is 2013, his first year. Yes, this is a black refractor. Yes, the card is numbered 99/99. And yes, this cost $1.

At this point I started digging g through stacks faster, looking for other gems.  I dug for another five minutes and feared the shop owner would wonder why I was trying to hide a huge smile so I started to wrap it up.   

I opened my wallet and realized I had no cash, only my debit card. And the owner told me it was a $10 minimum for debit/credit cards so I grabbed two overpriced 2015 Topps Series 2 packs at $2.95 each and checked out.

Once I paid and exited the store, I let out a celebratory smile. The Correa was a big find for $1.  It’ll go right into my rookie/prospect PC.

In case you’re wondering, the packs were decent too.

Pack One:

Pack Two: