I had quite the crazy weekend so I unwound the only way I know how… opening high end packs! So today I got a pack of 2015 Topps Tribute Baseball. There is just 3 cards per pack with one guaranteed hit. It is roughly a coin flip of pulling something good. First the base cards.
I got a base card of Evan Longoria and Whitey Ford. So for my hit…
I guess I lost the coin flip this time. I pulled a Albert Pujols jersey relic card numbered to /199. This pack is actually worst than the only other pack of Topps Tribute I opened (wow that was 5 years ago). There is no way I made close to what I paid for the pack.
Oh wells, I guess this is why you don’t buy high end packs…
Today I have something a little different. I have a pack of Star Wars Pocketmodel Trading Card Game (TCG). It seems to be similar to the Pirates Constructible Strategy Game where you can construct ships and battle with them. The Pirates Constructible Strategy Game had a good gimmick and the ships look awesome but the game itself was rather lackluster. Basically the gameplay was quite repetitive. I wonder if the Star Wars game is any better. Here is what came in the pack.
I was going to build the ship and take a picture of it but it looks pretty complicated…
Upper Deck went from one of the big 2 in the hobby world to almost a non factor. I don’t really follow the business aspect of the company but from what I read they made quite a few poor business decisions. Anyways I may be late to the party but I wanted to take a look at Upper Deck with a blaster of 2014- 15 Upper Deck NCAA March Madness Collection Basketball.
The designs are actually what you expect from Upper Deck right down to the glossy cards and foil lettering. Upper Deck does not make it easy collecting this set with numbering like TO-1, MG-3 instead of just 1, 2 and 3. The gimmick of the set UD Bracketology Game is a neat idea though. Basically you get a team (and a seed which you must match) and you can win prize based on their success. Although the sweepstakes is a bit confusing. I couldn’t find where to go on the site to register on the packaging or the back of the card and had to Google it. In the end, I am pretty sure I didn’t win.
Autographs fall about 1 in every 2 blasters and guess what? I won the coin flip.
I pulled an autograph of Kendall Gill!
I am not 100% sure but I think Upper Deck recently lost their Collegiate license too which is not good for them…
If you like shiny basketball cards then Panini Prizm Basketball is your set. I like shiny basketball cards so I picked up a rack pack of 2014-15 Panini Prizm Basketball.
This is actually not a bad pack of Prizm. I got an Andrew Wiggins rookie card, a red, white and blue pulsar Anthony Davis card and some kind of weird parallel of Paul George. Googling it and it is some sort of photo variation parallel. I wonder how rare it is. Finally, I also got Patrick Ewing and Yao Ming base cards for my PC
All in all, you really can’t ask for more from a retail rack pack.
Wrestlemania is right around the corner and it is weird that I am not too excited about it. Anyways, I picked up a repack with 2 packs of 2013 Topps WWE and 3 packs of 2014 Topps WWE at Rite Aid the other day. At a dollar a pack, I just couldn’t resist (as usual). Here are some the cards of note.
I am slowly trying to collect all the NXT cards. That subset started with 2014 and I pulled two NXT cards out of the 3 packs. Not bad. FYI, Xavier Woods was brought up for the New Day stable and unfortunately I don’t see them going anywhere. Corey Graves had to retire because of concussion issues (I believe) and he is currently part of the NXT’s commentary team.
By the way, if you are a wrestling fan and you are not watching NXT, you are missing SOOOO much. It is probably the best wrestling show right now (followed by Lucha Underground).
There aren’t too many products that excite me as of late so I picked up another blaster of 2014 Topps UFC Champions. I opened a ton of UFC Champions packs so at this point, I am probably just looking for Ronda Rousey cards to add to my collection since she is the “in” thing of MMA nowadays.
I just pulled another Ronda Rousey base card. I still have a hard time sorting out the parallels (specially the black parallels) and the inserts from the base cards. They look so much alike.
So for my bonus relic card pack (which is really a manufactured championship belt card) of the blaster I got a
Georges St-Pierre. He is no Ronda Rousey but GSP is still a huge star in MMA despite being retired for like a two years.
Everyone is probably excited about the dragons from the upcoming set, Dragons of Tarkir but I am more excited about the goblins! More specifically I think Dragon Fodder is the missing piece to make a Goblin deck work in Standard.
4 Foundry Street Denizen
4 Frenzied Goblin
4 Dragon Fodder
4 Mardu Scout
4 Goblin Rabblmaster
4 Hordeling Outburst
1 Goblin Heelcutter
4 Lightning Strike
4 Stoke the Flames
3 Obelisk of Urd
2 Hall of Triumph
This is a mono red aggro deck that goes wide. There are three solid Goblin token generators in Standard, Dragon Fodder, Hordeling Outburst and Goblin Rabblemaster. I filled out the curve with Foundry Street Denizens (a no brainer), Frenzied Goblin and 5 dash goblins. I wasn’t too crazy about Mardu Scout and Goblin Heelcutter at first. They were only in the deck because they were goblins but in testing they are exactly what the deck needs. It gives you some insurance against sweepers and gives you a mana sink late game. Finally the anthem effects are so important in this deck so I went from 4 to 5. Cards like Dragon Fodder isn’t too threatening by itself but with an anthem effect or two every card is a must answer.
Another option for this deck is to go bigger. You can cut cards like Frenzied Goblin and the dash goblins and add lands, Purphoros, God of the Forge and Outpost Seige. I am currently using these cards in my sideboard to sort of transform the deck Game 2.
Krenko is my commander in my EDH deck this deck is right in my wheelhouse and so far it has been a ton of fun.