I did something last month I hadn't done in a long while, I took part in a group break. The recent maestro of such activities, Nachos Grande, had one that was all product I didn't plan to buy by the box, so I saw a good opportunity to score some Mets cards and maybe luck out and nab an Amazin' hit. $35 was my entry fee into this little lottery, so let's see how I made out.
The first thing busted open was Opening Day.
There seemed to be a copious amount of Mets because if I didn't get the whole team, I came damn close. So far so good. I also scored a couple of the shiny blue parallels.
The next box was Gypsy Queen. I have never enjoyed busting packs of this stuff, but I kind of liked this years dark borders and not-so-overfancy design, so having the Mets cards was optimal. Once again, the card gods shined a little light on me, and while they didn't see fit to grant me any of the major hits, I did get most of the team set and a couple inserts, including a mini Tom Seaver.
Okay guys, gimme the leg-up pitcher pose!
After years of pedantic sameness, Bowman has an eye catching design this year, with half bleed pictures and a nifty way to tell prospect cards from regular cards (simply reverse the design). I didn't get much in the way of unknown rookie players (I got the same guy twice) but at least I got my first Steven Matz and Kevin Plawecki cards.
Alas at this point, the card gods stopped smiling on me and scowled tremendously for the last three components of the break. I got one card only from Topps Museum Collection, though it was Jacob deGrom, and just a single base card from the Diamond King box, but at least it was the right player - Gary Carter. There was a bonus blaster involved as well and I did score a single Tom Seaver card from it. Something is better than nothing, I suppose, but my dreams of a low number white whale hit were dashed with extreme prejudice. Oh well, such is the nature of the beast.
Nacho took a little pity on me and was nice enough to include some bonus Mets cards.
I didn't have one of those Dwight Gooden rookie all star cards for his player collection, so that was a very nice bonus indeed.
And while I am sure I have multiple copies of all these cards, I never get tired of 1987 Topps cards. I am in a very small minority in that feeling, I know.
Nacho also packaged this cards impeccably and included a nice note. I always appreciate such courtesies.
Oh, and there was one last little surprise, a pack of 2012 Triple Play. I really enjoyed that initial Triple Play offering from Panini, so I tore into that pack with gusto.
Those cartoon caricatures are great and I scored a David Wright sticker. Sweet.
I'd like to thank Nacho for doing this break and since you do so many, I am sure it won't be my last. You should go check out his page and keep an eye out for one you'll like. He obviously likes to make sure everyone gets an autographed card, so he included his own:
"This is not a Topps product" the back gloriously trumpets and you're right, it's a whole lot better. I now own four or five personalized cards of bloggers as well as a few custom cards. These never cease to tickle me, hell, I should make a page of them.