This is the weirdest basketball repack I ever came across.
For only $12.99, I got a lot. In this repack, I got a 2011 All Star Game floor piece (with what I guess is the Certificate of Authenticity), a rookie card of Keven Durant, a memorabilia card of Tyson Chandler, a mini jersey of Dwight Howard (only 1 in 4 boxes has one), a pack of Teeny Mates, two packs of 2014-15 Panini Prizm and one pack of Skybox Series II.
I didn’t pull anything that interesting in the packs. Just a Chandler Parsons parallel.
To me the All Star Game floor piece is worth the price alone. Everything else is just gravy.
So I finally got a day off yesterday and Michael Conforto, the Mets’ best hitting prospect was making his major league debut so I made my way to Citi Field. I actually haven’t been to Citi Field in like forever. Here is my little haul from my trip.
First off I got a pretty sweet Jacob deGrom T- shirt via free shirt Fridays.
I also got a game used memorabilia grab bag and I ended up with a…
jar of dirt from the first regular season game at Citi Field 4/13/09. Mmmm… haven’t fared well with game used dirt memorabilia. I got a little coin as a gift awhile back with a bit of dirt from the last season at Shea Stadium and…
I dropped it cracking the case it was in. Although all the dirt is still there, it is broken into a few pieces so you really can’t take it out of the box. So back to this jar of dirt, I must have banged a corner against something on my way back and…
there is a small hole in the jar. I wrapped it so the dirt is all there. All I can do is patch it up with a bit of foil and tape. But given my luck I probably won’t be looking to add more game used dirt anything in my collection.
Anyways, the Mets were destroyed in that game. The lineup is a joke and Michael Conforto just hit three weak grounders. The Mets did make a trade so hopefully Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson plus Conforto will spark some life in the Mets offense. *shrugs*
I was bargain shopping the other day, looking at discount blasters and I picked up these two blasters.
I have opened and blogged about Leaf The Living Legend Pete Rose and 2009 Donruss Americana blaster before so this is going to be all about the hits, inserts and parallels. The Pete Rose blaster is guaranteed his auto and the 2009 Donruss Americana (from my experience) has a good chance of having a memorabilia card.
So I pulled a
Pete Rose autograph of course. Now that I have two, one of them is for trade and I can throw in the Leaf The Living Legend Pete Rose complete base set. In the other blaster, there is…
a Jimmy Stewart memorabilia card 94/250. I always love this design. I also got a insert card of Johnny Weissmuller numbered 8/1000.
That is a pretty sweet haul if I don’t say so myself.
Next week is New York Comic Con!!! I am super excited and have been saving up for this for quite some time (you may have noticed this since I have been blogging less). Every year is just too much to do and just too much to buy and I expect this year to be no different…
So it was either another blaster of American Pie or a blaster of World of Sports. I should have gone with American Pie…
For anyone who opened enough World of Sports packs, you are probably like me. Every box/ blaster/ pack you opened you keep saying to yourself please no lacrosse, please no lacrosse, please no lacrosse. I have been lucky in the past but I guess it was only a matter of time.
The Base Cards:
The only card I really want is the Black Widow Jeanette Lee. John Starks is going with all my Knicks cards and I got a Gauntlett Eldemire base card to go with his autograph.
So for my only non- base card in the blaster, it is a hit and it is of Brodie Merrill…
… a lacrosse player. To be fair, I wikied him and he a good probably one of the greatest lacrosse players ever to play but the fact is there aren’t many lacrosse collectors in the world.
Quick post. Today was the New York Comic Book Marketplace or as I like to called it, Mini- Comic Con. It was headlined by Stan Lee but as expected the line was ridiculously long so I didn’t bother but I still had a lot of fun. I picked up a bunch of comics for real cheap and I also picked up…
a sweet sketch card of Doctor Who by Brian Kong
and an autograph of the Henry Winkler aka The Fonz!
The Fonz auto is a nice piece of Americana and I am a huge fan of Brian Kong’s work so both are great additions to my collection!
Topps American Pie is a product I should really like (my previous box break). I love similar products like Panini Americana. It is quirky and random and the set is fun to collect so I thought to give it another chance. This time I’ll try the retail side of things, a blaster to be exact.
Inserts & parallels:
From the breaks I saw, most blasters come with at least one hit, usually a memorabilia card. I thought I was super unlucky until I busted the last pack. I got a Carmen Electra memorabilia card.
It is hard to be too excited. Hmmm… I am no fan of Carmen Electra but it definitely ranks ahead of the Mickey Rooney mem card (again in IMO), the Lewis and Clark dirt card (what a waste of cardboard) and probably ahead of the Humphrey Bogart Manufactured Patch (never a fan of manufactured patches of any kind).
I don’t really want to look it up but the retail odds seems to be about the same as the hobby odds. With the 8 packs in the blaster and the 24 packs in a hobby box I feel like got about the same number of inserts, parallels and hits. Blasters are about $20 and when the hobby box first came out it was selling at about $85 so blaster were clearly the better choice. But it looks like things have evened out with the hobby box selling for about $60 so maybe the hobby box is now the better choice if you shop around.
Anyways, I don’t want to rehash everything I wrote in the previous break but it is hard not to compare American Pie to Panini’s Americana. When it comes the hits, Americana usually comes out ahead. There are some pretty sweet things you can pull in American Pie but there are just way too many random coins, stamps, manufactured patches, authentic Earth cards that dilutes all that. With that being said, it is still something a little different after opening a ton of baseball and basketball packs and can be a fun break. The base set is definitely American Pie’s greatest strength and it is one set I want to build. I hope to sort out the cards I have and post the cards I need.
I love, love Donruss/ Panini Americana and I heard nothing but good things about 2011 Topps American Pie so I thought to pick up a box. It has 24 packs with 8 card per pack and guaranteed 3 memorabilia cards.
and my favorite base card. The Ramones!
I have 150/200 of the set. Nice even number and I think I’ll try to complete the set.
And of course what set doesn’t have parallels these days:
The Survivor card is numbered 53/76.
Finally what I think is a buyback card. It is actually one of the cooler cards I pulled.
And the hits:
Lewis and Clark Trail Card
Mickey Rooney Relic Card
Humphrey Bogart Manufactured Patch 11/25
I think I am going to stick with Panini Americana. The packaging is better. Americana is packaged like CD Box Set and American Pie is your typical card box. Americana is focused on people and American Pie is focused on major events. Americana has some obscured celebrities in its checklist so I have to give that one to American Pie. The inserts are a wash.
What separates the two products the most are the hits. If I am not mistaken, you are guaranteed 4 hits in Americana with one of them being an autograph and it is loaded with relic cards of actors/ actresses of yesteryear. American Pie hits are interesting to say the least and Topps probably thought it was clever. The first thought that went through my mind when I pull the Lewis and Clark Trail Dirt Card was how would Topps know if Lewis or Clark stepped on this particular patch of dirt. If you turn the card over all it says it is “authentic Earth” so Topps could have gotten this patch of dirt from their parking lot. I took a quick look at other pulls on eBay and there seems to be a lot items that are only very, very loosely related to the subject (ie dirt that can be from anywhere, random stamps or a coin whose year just happens to be of some significance to the subject). Also I am not a huge fan of manufactured patches and why do they all have to say Hollywood instead of the person’s name??? In my opinion, the Mikey Rooney card is the only true relic card. But I do admit the hits might be worth something. The dirt card might appeal to some and the Bogart is a 1 in 93 packs pull. They of course are for trade.
You probably can find boxes of Topps American Pie for about $90 in card stores. I got my box for $84 and it is $82 on Dave and Adam’s Card World the last I checked. Either way it is kind of big commitment for a box of cards with probably one true relic and a slight chance to pull an autograph. So all in all, I am not too impressed. I can imagine Topps scrounging the office for random stuff to put on cards.