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2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Blaster Case Break

December 2, 2011 Leave a comment

I picked up a 16-box blaster case of 2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects for a good price last week. The retail version is much more appealing this year because of the retail exclusive autographs and futures game jersey cards. The purple refractors are also nice. These blasters deliver a lot of value for the dollar.

Each blaster contains a base chrome refractor, a prospect chrome refractor, a purple base chrome refractor and a purple prospect chrome refractor. There’s also a thick gold parallel set similar to the base gold parallel set in 2011 Bowman. I wish they hadn’t included these because all of the cards have edge or corner damage. The one upside to having them in each pack is to make pack searching tougher, so I applaud Topps for that.

If you’re in the market for a blaster or three or three of these, Target has a $10 of $50 coupon that’s good through tomorrow, December 2nd. Print Coupon

The cards pictured below are all the hits pulled from the case, pretty impressive for a blaster case. The Wimmers gold autograph is /50. The Thornburg futures relic is /25. The Herrera and Fuentes relics are out of /199. All other autographs and relics and unnumbered. In addition to what’s pictured, I pulled some nice base prospect refractors and base purple prospect refractors. Some names included were Trevor Bauer, Blake Swihart and Matt Barnes.


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My take on Topps Diamond Giveaway

March 11, 2011 5 comments

I loved the Topps Million Card Giveaway in 2010. It was a great promotion and I had the added bonus of redeeming a code that returned a 2000 Topps HD Derek Jeter autographed card. When I saw the initial promos for the 2011 Diamond Giveaway I knew that I would be participating. Who wouldn’t want a card with a diamond in it?

Well, to date I’ve entered 75 codes. I purchased 50 code cards on eBay and I got the other 25 by opening a lot of 2011 Topps retail packs from Wal-Mart and Target. I literally have nothing to show for the codes in terms of redeemed cards. I’ve not received one card good enough to make me want to have the cards shipped to me. That being said, Topps added the “extra chance” Diamond Dig game this year. The game is simple, you dig a hole in the dirt on baseball diamond grid and reveal either an instant win or a virtual diamond ring. The rings can be redeemed for prizes as you accumulate more and more rings.

My goal in the Diamond Dig was not the actual diamond ring that you receive once you hit 60 different rings. My goal was to get the 2011 Diamond Anniversary complete set that you get once you have 45 different rings. I’m happy to say that I have completed that goal. Does anyone know if this set is any different from a standard Topps factory set? I can’t seem to find any information on it.

I don’t know whether or not I should keep going to try and get to 60 different rings. I heard that the elusive ring is Mickey Mantle. I don’t know if you’re guaranteed to find the Mantle if you dig every hole on the grid or not. Please leave a comment if you know the answer to that one.

I think I’ll continue to redeem codes simply because you have a chance to unlock a diamond card. I’m insanely jealous every time I see someone post one on the various forums. I wouldn’t even care if I got the diamond checklist card. I just want one!

I broke 2011 Topps Baseball retail all weekend long

I know, why buy retail? Well, I started buying it on Saturday and didn’t stop until today. I didn’t stop because I was determined to get a diamond sparkle card. The following is the list of what I purchased over the last two days and how much I paid.

2 – Blasters – $40
3 – 72-card hangar packs – $30
6 – Rack packs – $30
6 – 4-pack + code card hangar packs – $48

The total damage was $148 before tax. I’m sure I can put together a base set, but haven’t gotten around to putting cards in order. I’ve also got a load of insert cards, including blue sapphire and red ruby Target and Wal-Mart exclusive inserts and two jersey cards. I didn’t pull any autographed cards. I’ve also got a small stack of Wal-Mart black parallels. Oh, and I also finally pulled a Pedro Alvarez base card for my PC.

Did I get a diamond sparkle card? Yes. I got it in the very last pack I opened in all of the stuff listed above. I had pretty much lost hope at that point, so it was pretty exciting to see Joey Votto’s helmet sparkling.

2010 Bowman Platinum Baseball Blaster + Rack break

February 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Sorry for the lack of updates lately. I went out of town one weekend and had a lot going on at work. Anyway, I’m back and ready to update you on what I’ve picked up the last two weeks.

This break is from when I was out of town in Phoenix, AZ. I always make sure I stop at a Target or Wal-Mart anytime I’m out of town and pick up a blaster or something. I picked up a blaster of Bowman Platinum and two rack packs of Bowman Platinum. I really like this product and I’ve had tremendous luck pulling autographs from it. This was only the second blaster that I didn’t pull an autograph out of. The hit ended up coming from one of the rack packs. Even though this one isn’t as valuable as the Jonathan Singleton blue refractor autograph that I pulled a few weeks ago, I think it’s way cooler. The hit was a David Wright, Josh Vitters and Mike Moustakas triple autograph numbered out of 89. I’ve never pulled a multi-player autograph before.

The only thing that turns me off about this card is that the Moustakas sticker is a different color from the Wright and Vitters stickers. It kind of makes the card look bad, in my opinion. Topps probably had a lot of stickers of Moustakas left over from 2009 Bowman Draft and 2010 Topps Pro Debut.

The other thing that I picked up while I was out of town was a bunch of the Topps Team USA base sets at Target for $9.95. I cannot find them in the Washington DC area so I figured I shouldn’t pass them up. The base set includes Anthony Rendon’s only card to-date. He’s most likely going to be picked #1 overall in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

2010 Topps Magic Football Blaster Break

January 16, 2011 Leave a comment

My last retail break of the weekend was a blaster of 2010 Topps Magic Football from Target for $19.99. I was motivated to buy this after I’d seen some really great blaster breaks on the Blowout Cards Forums over the last couple weeks.

I really like the design of these cards this year. I’m not much for painted photos on cards, but I can look past that because of the great simple design of these. Each blaster comes with 8 6-card packs, with one of the cards in each pack being a mini.

I didn’t fare so well with this blaster. I’m not sure what the short-prints are in the product yet, but I suspect all of the retired players are. If that’s the case, I ended up with a Roger Staubach, Marcus Allen and a John Elway mini. The best of the 8 rookies that I got was a Tim Tebow. I also ended up with a mini black rookie of Zac Robinson. I’m a fan of these cards even though my break left a lot to be desired.

EDIT: I found the short-print checklist on Beckett Blog. Turns out, Staubach and Allen are not short-print cards. I got short-prints of Brandon Marshall, Clinton Portis and a Wes Welker mini.

2010 Bowman Draft Blaster Break

January 16, 2011 Leave a comment

My next weekend retail break is a blaster of 2010 Bowman Draft Baseball. I got this at Target and it was $19.99, as expected.

This product is exactly what you’d expect, mostly base Bowman and Bowman prospect cards with two chrome cards per pack. I ended up with a base refractor, two purple refractors and a blue refractor. Sadly, no autographed cards came out of this blaster.

Even though I didn’t get any autographs, I did end up with some nice cards from this blaster. The best card was a blue refractor /199 of Christian Colon. He’s actually one of the players I collect so I was really happy to see this card. I got Jason Heyward Bowman base and chrome rookies. I also got a base Bowman rookie of Buster Posey. Overall, not a bad blaster.

2010 Bowman Platinum Rack Pack Break

January 16, 2011 Leave a comment

My next weekend break is a couple rack packs of 2010 Bowman Platinum Baseball. These are $8.99 each at Target and come with three retail 4-card packs and a pack of three purple refractors.

The last time I bought cards at retail was over a month ago and they were a Bowman Platinum blaster. I ended up with an autograph so I figured I’d try my luck again with the same product. Luck was not on my side this time.

The purple refractors yielded three Team USA cards, including a George Springer. I also got a Jeremy Hellickson purple refractor. Out side of that, not much else came from the packs. The best two cards from the six packs were a Gerrit Cole Team USA and a Shelby Miller.

Bowman Platinum is a nice product. Topps definitely gets bonus points for having on-card autographs in the product. I’m not sure if they all are, but the ones that I’ve seen have all been on-card. The chrome cards that come one per pack have a nice design and have the look and feel of a premium product. The three non-chrome base cards that come per pack look and feel cheap. I can’t figure out why Topps would put non-chrome cards in this premium product.