The largest player draft in Blowout Cards history is complete. We broke 5 cases of 2010 Bowman Draft and 5 cases of 2011 Bowman Draft.
Most of the autographed player slots were successful, but a few were shutout. Unfortunately two of the shutout players were the top 2 picks – Bubba Starling (pick #1) and Manny Machado (pick #2). Unlike a 10 case break, the smaller 5 case breaks usually have a few players with no autos.
The 2010 break was remarkable in that we had 7 gold autos in 5 cases – an amazing number. We had more gold autos than blue! Once again I did fail to pull a superfractor or red base 1/1 in 2010 Bowman Draft. That is over 10 cases now.
The 2011 break was remarkable in that 9 of the 34 autograph players had no autos – and where the 2010 cases had 7 gold autos, the 2011 cases had none.
Here is the breakdown from 5 cases of 2010 Bowman Draft baseball:
Here is the breakdown from 5 cases of 2011 Bowman Draft baseball:
As a participant (and I participate a lot), I enjoy the chance at a huge hit for a small price. Even when I get a bad slot in the random or shut out on a hit, I still enjoy the theater of it – the thrill of the break.
As a host (and I host a shit-ton), I love all the same things as a participant – plus I also get to pull the big hits. My highlights in the last few months have been the Manny Banuelos Superfractor auto, the Dylan Bundy Superfractor auto, and the Yu Darvish Tribute auto. That is fun! I especially enjoy pulling big cards for my friends – I got to pull the Eric Hosmer Orange refractor auto for The700Level – who always joins my breaks.
I love opening some Topps Heritage every year. Sometimes most of my Heritage packs come from Topps Value Boxes, but still I enjoy the set. The best part about Topps Heritage are the SSP variations.
Normally I just check the Topps code in the bottom right corner on the back of each card to spot the variations. However, this year the codes appear to be the same based on the images that are available online and on eBay. Figures. Now I have to back through all my 2012 Topps Heritage cards again. haha
Here is a detailed checklist of not just this year’s variations and their corrected versions, but also the original cards from the 1963 Topps set.
As many of you know, I am opening 20 cases of 2011 Bowman Draft. Yes, 20 cases!
2011 Bowman Draft Bryce Harper
So, for the many people in my breaks – and for myself – I am creating this small prospecting tool. Hopefully it will be of some use for anyone that is planning to open any of these products.
Bryce Harper autographed cards
There are actually 3 different Bryce Harper autos in 2011 BDPP. There is the green parallel of the original Bowman card #BD1 that you see on the right – this is inserted in both retail and hobby packs. There is an autographed Futures relic card #BHAR1 that is separate from the main futures subset – this is hobby only. The third and final Harper auto card is retail only (and listed separately in that section).
So I just busted the master case of 2011 Topps Marquee tonight. Had 2 MONSTER hits and a bunch of very, very good hits. I will not be buying anymore of this – I know to quit when I am ahead – but man this was a fun break!
As many of you know by now, I really like the idea of parody baseball cards or even just well done custom cards.
The 2011 Topps Monopoly set has received about 5000 hits or so on my YouTube page. That set was created by Beardy of mojobeardy.wordpress.com.
This new set that I am showing you now was created by a member of BlowoutCards forums, Metsfan1121. To date he has created about 32 versions – each and every one is better than anything that Topps has produced.
Perhaps some day Topps will take the hint and start producing “hit” cards that collectors actually want. How many Carlos Marmol relics do we really need anyway? In 25 boxes of Lineage recently, my club pulled 5 Ty Wigginton sticker autographs. That’s 1:5 – a 20% chance in any given box at a Wigginton sticker auto. Read the rest of this entry
The 1964 Topps Giants set was a test issue by Topps of the first postcard sized set. There were 60 different cards and a handful of them were short printed. Two of these short prints were Willie Mays and Sandy Koufax.
Although many of the names on the 1964 Topps Giants set will not be players you would necessarily recognize today, there were several future Hall of Famers included. You have probably seen pictures of the Mickey Mantle or the Roberto Clemente, but there were also cards featuring Whitey Ford, Al Kaline, Nellie Fox, Joe Torre, Frank Robinson, Warren Spahn, Brooks Robinson, Carl Yastrzemski, Hank Aaron, Harmon Killebrew, Billy Williams, and Orlando Cepada – among others. Read the rest of this entry