Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A quick ending

Not a lot of time today, but want to share the final pack from this blaster...



Got through all the base without a dupe which is nice.



Another insert, and of course no luck getting any Blue Jays insert - not that there are as many as say, New York Yankee inserts.



Or Giants - though love the photo, very nice, but thrown off a bit having the old photo with a not very old design.



At least we end happy with another Jays card which makes three from the box. Not great, but not bad - about par for the course.

9 Packs, 90 cards, 279 points.

2019 Boxes/Blasters:
1) 2016 Topps WWE Then Now Forever Blaster 2 8.0000
2) 2015-16 Upper Deck Champs Box 7.7130
3) 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter Blaster 5.1220
4) 2015-16 Upper Deck Portfolio Box 3.6067
5) 2016 Topps WWE Road To Wrestlemania Blaster 1 3.2222
6) 2017 Topps WWE Blaster 1 3.1905
7) 2015 Topps WWE Heritage Blaster 1 3.1296
8) 2017 Topps Update Baseball Blaster 3.1000
9) 2016 Topps WWE Blaster 1 3.0952
10) 2016 Topps WWE Then Now Forever Blaster 1 3.0317
11\) 2016 Topps Series 2 Baseball Blaster 2.9700
12) 2016 Topps WWE Road To Wrestlemania Blaster 2 2.8194

Not too bad for what it is for the box. Something different, though not sure what quite yet, for tomorrow and then another blaster box for sharing.

One last share for today - another quick ending as I had a quick PWE trade with a new trade partner at TCDB in sportsfanatic244281...



Stroman here isn't your ordinary version, but actually from the Toronto Blue Jays team set. As for the 2019 Jays, a couple more new to me Jays to more along that team set too.

The other part of the trade comes from...



1990 Classic WWF wrestling cards. These come from my favourite part of the set as well, the poster-esque bio pics and write ups which start the set.

A great little trade that is quite enjoyable.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Judge number three

A quick pack today, as nothing too much to highlight here.



I guess I was wrong the other day in saying there were three cards of Judge in the base set since he makes a cameo in the dynasty card here dead centre.



Very recent MVP Award Winner, and in dominating fashion too.



We end with the green and yellow of the 1972 A's World Series 7 game win.

A decent pack, and one to go.

8 Packs, 80 cards, 247 points.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Dab it up

I had completely forgotten that this card was in the set...



Back when the set was new, I think I saw the card a couple times and thought is was a nice "different" card - though would be horribly dated. Well, about 2 years later and both players are no longer with Toronto and the whole dabbing thing has come and gone...is The Floss still a thing people care about?

Still - happy to get the card, and like the red alternate uniforms.

The rest of the base...



Altuve is a nice pull with his All Star Game card.

Lastly...



A nice All Rookie Cup card - Topps recreating the front of the rookie card, and putting a different back on it (including the word REPRINT to ensure no one gets fooled without being a fool I guess.

7 Packs, 70 cards, 225 points.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Another Judge



Another base card Judge. Not really a surprise that they got three different Aaron Judge cards into the Update set because he was such a breakout star of course. I'd go back to the last few packs, but no surprise they seem to be Yankee heavy in general - at least feels that way at this point.



Third MVP Award Winner insert from the box. Chipper is one of those guys that seems to get the love for Atlanta - not undeserved - I just know I have had a few inserts of his in the last while...maybe it is just me - kinda like Sergei Samsonov in hockey - just seem to see his inserts every now and then.



This confused me. As first I wondered why a series 1 card showed up in the Update set, but then I read and apparently it wasn't enough to have some variations within series 1, Topps thought it a good idea to put some more out there as inserts in Update.

Well - it's something different, I will give them that.

6 Packs, 60 cards, 196 points.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

A Toronto card finally

It only took 50 cards through 5 packs to finally get a Blue Jay out of this box, but at least it was kinda worth the wait.



The rainbow foil of the base card. A nice action shot of superman flying through the air. Not really a fan of the description of the moment on the front. That's about the only complaint I have.



The other insert for this pack, one of the best pitchers of the 90s. Being a Toronto fan, I could never admit at the time that he was any good (carry over of not liking Atlanta from the early 90s World Series - what can I say...). It is still hard not to love the "Chicks dig the long ball" commercial from 1999.

Today - let's end with the base cards...



Happily all needs again.

5 Packs, 50 cards, 174 points.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Catching Gold

First, like the other packs, let's first look at the base cards in today's pack.



Okay base, but something in this pack I seem to come across more often than not...



Getting a parallel and the same card in base form, within the same pack. I don't know if there is anything to it and how the collation works, but I have come across this a few times in the packs I've opened in the last year or two. Maybe just dumb luck, I'm not sure, but is interesting to see when it happens, especially like this, when the cards are literally side by side.



Next insert is the second MVP Award Winner card, this one of Trout - nice names for the insert set, which isn't a surprise since it looks at MVPs. At first glance, I found it hard to tell whether this was the normal or Red version, silly team colour being red and all.



We end with a new to me insert - postseason celebrations. Again, interesting topic and card and I like the thought of documenting here a first World Series win. Design is a bit blah, but can't win them all I guess.

4 Packs, 40 cards, 130 points.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Judge Arrives

From the title, pretty obvious which card highlights the base ones that are aain, all new to me.



The Aaron Judge rookie card, though not the short print or variation one, still a nice base card to get as far as interest goes. I'd rather get an Auston Matthews rookie card - not even the Young Gun one, but for this set, that's as good as it's going to get for rookies.

Some of the pictures have impressed me with this set, such as the Ervin Santana. Not sure if past Update sets have as much nicer photography. It's not something I have much experience with (I don't have much Update from the last 5 years), so I can't say for sure.



Insert today includes the 1987 wood classic retro look for Mejia, and the 1948 Cleveland Indians storied World Series documented as well. I didn't realize 80,000 fans attended a game in Cleveland during that World Series - that's a massive number even for now.

3 Packs, 30 cards, 102 points.

Just to check in on one of my goals for this year, I wanted to trade away 5,000 cards again this year, like I did last year. I am definitely off to a slower pace this year, which is fine, but currently just over 1,300 traded away. Not bad, but unless I pick things up, not going to hit 5,000 this year, which is fine as I thought it was a stretch goal given everything else going on this year, but we shall see.