Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Group Break: Opening the Flair Showcase Box!

After five packs from the Topps Finest box, it's time to move on to the next box in the break:  2006 Flair Showcase.  This box features 18 packs with 5 cards per pack.  According to the box, we should find an autograph lurking in the box as well as 2 game-used cards.

The pack wrapper doesn't give any information of value - more typical of Upper Deck than Fleer but it is what it is.  At least the photo of Griffey is nice.

2006 Flair Showcase:
Pack 1:
6.  Shawn Green - Diamondbacks

51.  Kelly Shoppach - Indians
54.  Livan Hernandez - Nationals
57.  Garret Anderson - Angels
122.  Jhonny Peralta - Indians (Field Box)

All of the cards (except the Peralta) are labeled "upper deck" on the back of the card.  The Peralta is a "field box" card.  My best guess is that the seating section designates which type of base/parallel you have with (obviously) the upper deck version being the most common.  I can say that the cards are quite shiny - we have our fill of shiny in this group break!  I'm giving the pack win to the Indians, it's a no brainer really (which is perfect for a guy like me).

Pack 2:
3.  Ryan Shealy - Rockies
40.  Jeff Harris - Mariners
86.  Trevor Hoffman - Padres
95.  Chris Duffy - Pirates
114.  B.J. Ryan - Blue Jays (Field Box)

Once again, it was a pack of all "upper deck" cards except for the Field Box parallel.  An easy choice - the Blue Jays get their first card - and pack win of the break!

By my count, every team except the Braves, Orioles, Cubs, Tigers, Royals, Dodgers, Brewers, Athletics, and Giants has at least one card.  That's not too bad considering we've only opened up 7 packs in total.


hiflew said...

I opened a box of this once for a group break. The Upper Deck are the base cards (1-100), the Field Box (101-180) are short prints 1 per pack, and the Suite Level (181-200) are super short prints 1 or 2 per box. There's also a blue and an emerald parallel of every card. I think I am remembering that correctly, but I am not 100% positive on the odds.

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