Archive for Jose Abreu

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.

  

Pack-Pulled vs Industry Standard

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , on October 19, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

As a rookie card (and prospect) collector, it is a goal of mine to acquire early cards if every guy who has played in the Majors. It’s a daunting task that at times I struggle to adhere. With players from pre 2002, it was fairly simple to decide which card(s) I wanted to target.

In the last decade or so the lines between first, early, rookie card, prospect card, etc. have become blurred and there are any number of cards a collector could target.

As most of us know, Bowman Chrome autographs in any form are pretty much the industry standard.  But we also know, obviously, that many other brands exist. Which creates an interesting scenario when a collector who owns multiple cards of a single player.

Example: Jose Abreu.

  
Shortly after Abreu broke into the majors in 2014 I picked up this shown Bowman Chrome Prospects autograph on the secondary market. For all intents and purposes I was done with Abreu. And then Lo and Behold I bought a blaster of Bowman Platinum and pull the shown blue refractor Abreu auto.

Conventional wisdom would have this one of two ways: Keep both, or unload one and go add something else. The latter is where my head is considering I could turn one of these into another sogned rookie or prospect of a buy whom I do not have.

And so here is the true dilemma: Keep the Bowman Chrome autograph because it’s the industry standard, or the Bowman Platinum because It’s technically rarer (it is serial numbered to 199) and I personally pulled it?

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

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

Box 2

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Box 3:

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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:

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

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