Box #5 highlights:
In the video that I recorded of me opening up the case, I know I complained quite a bit about the various buyback cards. I still don't get them...but I have to admit that my opinion is slightly more in favor of them now that I realize that Topps put the buybacks in different tiers (based on the color of stamp used).
Yeah, you may have seen it in the above scan before I could even say it. That Dave Concepcion card is a 1/1 buyback. Sure, that's still a pretty stupid concept, but it's my first 1/1 Reds card that I've pulled since I got an Aroldis Chapman printing plate out of Ginter years ago! Pretty cool, and the other buyback is a blue stamp which is considered rare as well. I told you box #5 was a beast!
Next, our Wacky Packages sticker card - this time it's St. Louis Cardinal eggs.
Sounds gross, but hopefully madding enjoys the bird humor.
Moving on to the parallels, our rainbow foil parallels included Jacob deGrom and a Darnell Sweeney rookie card.
Not a bad mix if you ask me. We've actually done fairly well in terms of spreading out the rainbow foil love across a variety of teams - as a group break host that also makes me happy. I like when everyone gets something good (though obviously that won't always be the case - it is the nature of the group break after all).
The gold parallels were heavy on Mets - two of the four in fact were Metropolitans.
Of the four, I'm obviously happy to get a Reds' parallel (but Hoover of all people, meh). However, the NL WHIP Leaders card is probably the best of the batch. The Dodgers will have a 66% chance of landing that card when I do all the randomizations at the end of the group break. As always, all gold cards are numbered out of 2016.
We had two more parallels in this box (again, such a loaded box)! The first was another Negative parallel, this time it's Adam Lind of the Brewers.
|Thankfully, the Negative parallels look better in person.|
The Brewers don't get a lot of love on the blogs these days so I was happy to see the Brew Crew get something out of the break.
Our final parallel from the box was another one of the Vintage Stock parallels (seeded 1:54 jumbo packs).
That means we lucked out big time by landing TWO Vintage Stock parallels in our case - and while getting a Rays card isn't normally a big deal this time around the Rays were actually claimed (JUsting G.). I'm sure this card helps make Justin happier with his choice!
All of those goodies and we still have more to go. Three more cards, in fact. The first of our three hits was Matt Harvey with a blue pinstripe.
And here's the kicker - that was the worst of the three hits in this box - and frankly it's a great looking card of a pretty good player!
Next up, our second relic - a Coin/Stamp combo relic of Paul Molitor of the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Dime cards are seeded 1;188 jumbo packs making this another monster pull from the box! I had placed the Blue Jays in a rather low pricing tier but no one ended up claiming them so this bad boy is all mine (it'll probably end up on eBay with the hopes of me trading it for a similar Barry Larkin card). Even so, it was a fun card to pull out of the box...and yet, this too wasn't even the best that Box #5 had for us. I should note that this is numbered 10/50 for those that like to keep track of such things.
Nope, the honor of best pull in this box goes to our final card (even though it is a redemption):
That's Luis Severino of the Yankees (I had to look that up). It's an autographed leather card - or at least it will be once the redemption code has been entered (which I leave up to Anthony to do when he gets the card). The autographed leather cards are seeded at a super rare 1:598 jumbo packs! Wow!!
So to summarize, this one box gave us:
- a 1/1 buyback
- a rare buyback
- a Negative parallel
- a Vintage Stock (almost case hit) parallel
- a stamp/coin relic
- a leather autograph
Frankly, that's probably better than most of us were hoping for the case in its entirety!!
I defy anyone to find and open a better box of that in 2016 Topps Series 1. Wowsers! I'm just glad we got this box as part of the group break...so much fun!
However, the fun isn't quite over yet - we still have one more jumbo box to sort through (plus some bonus packs coming your way). Stay tuned, more goodies will be coming soon!