2017 Topps WWE Road to Wrestlemania Rack Packs

Wrestlemania is right around the corner and I have two rack packs of 2017 Topps WWE Road to Wrestlemania. This set highlights all the major events building up to WWE’s biggest event!

2017 topps wwe road to wrestlemania

The Club and the Godfather cards are some sort of parallel, bronze? It is not a good look in my opinion. I didn’t pull one but with John Cena Tribute cards in the product I guess he replaces Hulk Hogan as the go to wrestler to put in every WWE set.

Honestly Road to Wrestlemania is not my favorite set year after year. I find they make for boring pack breaks and they rarely change up the formula. But if you look back in my blog, I seem to buy at least a pack of this set every year and this year I didn’t pull anything interesting…

So some positives. The Wrestlemania inserts stand out which only proves that simpler is better and it is kind of fun to look back at everything that happen in the WWE in the last few months. But I am probably going to put these cards in my bulk box and probably won’t look at it again.

(Wait… I just look up the set and you can pull a Shinsuke Nakamura autograph is this set???. Ok I may have to roll the dice on a hobby box.)

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Random Pack Break: Funko Despicable Me Mystery Minis

Just FYI, the Barnes & Noble Red Dot sale has reached 75% off! So most items with a red dot are 75% off (except for books at the moment). This is a seasonal sale and you just never know what you may find here. In the past, I have gotten board games, card games, playmats, binders for Magic cards, t-shirts, etc. Here is my haul. All this for $8!

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I remember picking up these Funko Despicable Me Mystery Minis packs for full price and I got two packs today. I would have gotten more since they were only $1.49 but I have too many collectible minis already…

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And I pulled Gru and El Macho! There were no chase figures in this set so if I had to pick two characters these were the two I would want. Nice!

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Awesomely Awesome Comics: Did You Know Jeremy Lin was a Marvel Comics Superhero?

The Totally Awesome Hulk #13 & #14.

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Oh and Brook Lopez makes a cameo appearance too!

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MTG Brewer: Fun Budget Aether Revolt Standard Deck – R/W Artificers

Looking for a fun budget deck for Aether Revolt Standard? Aggro decks have been in the backburner in this format and the ones that do have some success like G/B Aggro, G/W Tokens and Mardu Vehicles all cost a pretty penny. With that in mind, here is R/W Artificers.

4 Inventor’s Apprentice
4 Toolcraft Exemplar
4 Stoneforge Acolyte
4 Weapons Trainer
4 Stone Haven Outfitter
2 Aether Chaser
2 Reckless Bushwacker
2 Pia Nalaar

4 Inventor’s Goggles
2 Captain’s Claws
2 Stoneforge Masterwork

4 Shock
2 Declaration in Stone

4 Inspiring Vantage
2 Needle Spires
8 Plains
6 Mountains

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This deck plays powerful one drops like Inventor’s Apprentice and Toolcraft Exemplar and equipment to enable it instead of vehicles like Heart of Kiran. It also plays 8 powerful 2 drops lords in Weapons Trainer and Stone Haven Outfitter. Inventor’s Goggles and Stoneforge Masterwork tie in the Artificers synergies. Inspiring Vantage is the most expensive card in the deck but it is a necessity to make the mana work. Every other card are commons, uncommons or bulk rares so the deck should cost no more than $30 to make.

All in all, this could be a good deck for someone looking to try something a little different. One thing is for sure none of these cards are in danger of being banned in the next wave of bannings!

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Random Pack Break: Star Wars Destiny

It is no secret that anything Star Wars is sure to be a huge money maker. Star Wars: Destiny is a collectible card and dice game from Fantasy Flight. Awakenings is their first set and it must be selling like hotcakes because it is sold out everywhere. I have been curious about the game and I have been looking for it all over New York City. I couldn’t find a starter set but I did find 3 booster packs which is better than zero.

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star wars destiny pulls

Each pack has 5 cards and 1 premium die. It seems like Boba Fett’s Jetpack is a good pull, worth about $15. I can’t say much about the game play until I get a couple of games in.

I wouldn’t pay the inflated prices you see at Amazon, eBay and the like right now. Fantasy Flight is sure to make another huge print run. I am waiting to pick up a Starter deck that I need to play then.

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The 2016 AEG Black Friday Black Box is Phase!

Unlike previous years, the 2016 AEG Black Box has only one game and it is marketed towards advanced gamers only. Interesting. Well I have my hands on the Black Box now and the game is Phase!

phase whats in the box

It includes 306 cards (6 reference cards, 6 preconstructed decks and loose cards to build and upgrade decks with), a bunch of tokens, 150 sleeves and a rule book.

Phase is a CCG/ TCG (maybe LCG?) years in the making. It was announced way back in 2010 and it wasn’t released until now. I haven’t played the game yet but it has an intriguing mechanic where each card is double sided, one good and one evil. A big emphasis on this game seems to be deck building and finding game breaking combos. For me, deck building is my favorite part of most card games (including Magic: The Gathering) and I also just happen to love finding wonky combos and intricate synergies. In fact, AEG has a prize for those who can find these game breaking combos in Phase. The art on the cards is outstanding and the cards are tarot card size which is unusual. Another interesting thing about this game is instead of buying packs like in a CCG/ TCG to get the cards you want, you can make your own combination of cards (the good side and the evil side) and print it with Drive Thru Cards.

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The game is for 2-5 players. I skimmed through the rulebook and watch this youtube video so I think I get the game. With four different modes on each card, the game could be complicated to keep track of. But the game in a nutshell is just recruiting strong warriors and playing pump spells or removal spells in combat to win influence tokens/ victory points. Combat is like Magic. Warriors have an attack and defense value and they trade blows. One twist is that only good warriors can block evil warriors and vice versa. You pay for most cards by phasing aka flipping between the two sides of cards in your resource pool.

I haven’t been this excited about a board game or card game in a long time so I have high hopes for Phase. I just have to convince some of my MTG friends to try a new card game.

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A Pure Impulse Buy: A Repack with 100 Baseball Cards + 1 Pack

This is a pure impulse buy. It is a repack with 100 baseball cards and 1 pack. I haven’t opened much baseball (or basketball) cards lately and I pretty much got it with just my reward points…

First the pack, a 2012 Panini Triple Play.

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I like the art style and there is a bit of trivia, puzzles and a sticker in the pack. Here is a trivia question from one of the cards: Which pitchers had 200 K’s each year from 2008-11? Panini definitely did a great job hiding the fact they can’t use team logos and I get to add the Ichiro puzzle piece to my collection. I never heard of Triple Play before this but I give it a thumbs up as it is a fun pack of cards to open.

As expected the 100 baseball cards in the repack is mostly bulk. But there is a few cards that peaked my interest.

dan seals card

First off country music star Dan Seals sneaked his way in the repack.

bobby valentine mothers cookies

This a Bobby Valentine card from the Mother’s Cookies set.

triple play astros versus dodgers

This is my favorite card. It is some sort of Astros versus Dodgers scratch off game. I wish Topps and Panini could do more stuff like this.

Here are a bunch of other interesting cards offered without comment.

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It is just me or are there a lot less repacks out there nowadays? I wonder if the supply of bulk cards and bulk packs are finally drying up.

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