Monday, June 22, 2015

2015 Topps Archives Group Break: Box #10 (The Final Box - and it holds a one-of-one!)

We've finally reached the end of the fourth group break of 2015 here at Nachos Grande.  I'm already beginning to think about the fifth break of the year - I had thought about Series 2 but that's out already and I think people are probably sick of it...so maybe we wait until Ginter?  Any other suggestions?

While I wait for suggestions, let's finish off break #4 with our tenth and final box out of the 2015 Topps Archives case.  We had an AWESOME case - and we finish on a high note with a one-of-one card.  I'll get to that shortly, but first let's look at the other cards in the box!

We begin with the buyback card - it ended up being another Ranger.

That Len Randle in all of his 1976 Topps glory.  Out of the ten buyback cards in the case, we pulled two Rangers plus a Washington Senators card - the precursor to the Rangers!  That's 30% Rangers' buyback cards in the case - a great haul for BMan who had the Rangers but not a great selection for everyone else involved in the break.  All that said, I think most people should be happy with how their team(s) did - at least, I certainly hope that that is the case!

Our tenth and final Will Ferrell card is the one depicting him as an Angel.

I was pleased to see that our case did indeed provide one of each of the ten different versions of Will Ferrell.  This is a set that I aim to collect - so if you have any that I need, let me know!

The final box of the case provided us with three parallels - two base card parallels and one auto parallel.  A nice way to end things if you ask me.

Our base card parallels were both of the silver variety.  First, this gorgeous Miguel Cabrera card for the Tigers.

A big congrats to Julie for that one - she gets a Cabrera numbered 129/199.

Our second silver parallel is Carlos Santana of the Indians.

I ended up "stuck" with the Indians - so if anyone is a big collector of cards numbered 116/199, hit me up.

That leaves us with three more scan-worthy cards.  First, our basic autograph.

That's Andruw Jones of the Braves - though how you get "Andruw Jones" out of that scribble is beyond me.  Seriously, can you make out any part of his name in that auto?  I know I can't.

Our other autograph was this gold parallel of Jose Vidro of the Expos (Nationals slot).

Jaybarkerfan had the Nats/Expos in the break so he is the lucky recipient of this card numbered 45/50.  I like that Vidro included his uniform number with his auto - pretty cool looking signature!  We actually pulled Vidro's regular autograph in this case as well - so maybe Jaybarkerfan will become a Vidro supercollector!

Finally, we get to the one-of-one that we pulled.  It's a printing plate of Matt Kemp of the Padres.

I was happy to pull this plate for a couple of reasons.  First, printing plates are seeded 1:865 packs (or about 1 per 3.6 cases) so it's always fun to pull a rare, unexpected card.  Second, I was happy to see that our one-of-one was a Padres' card since The Underdog Card Collector claimed the Padres a long time ago (back when Topps talked about a Tony Gwynn tribute in this year's edition of Archives).  The so-called tribute ended up being that Topps used the 1983 Topps design...big whoop.  At least this way TUCC (for short) still ended up with a cool prize from the group break!

The final reason I was happy to get this particular printing plate is that it is the magenta plate and not the yellow printing plate.  Everyone knows the yellow printing plates are the worst.

A big thank you to everyone who joined in the break - and for all of you who have followed along throughout the adventure.  We ended up with a great case - and I think pretty much every slot in the break got something pretty cool.  At this point, all I need to do is to pack stuff up - so expect your cards soon.  In fact, I fully intend to have the cards in the mail by the time you actually get to read this post!

*** Editor's Note ***
I am pleased to report that YES, I do have all the cards packaged up - with the final four flat rate mailers heading out in the mail today thanks to my wife making a trip to the Post Office for me (I have an 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM work day today so there's no way for me to make it to the Post Office).  The remaining flat rate mailers all went out this past Saturday - so it's possible that some of you will receive your cards today!  Enjoy - and thanks for participating everyone.

2 comments:

Matt Stupienski said...

If you want to trade that Jones away I've got plenty of Ginter inserts for you. Some new rare ones too as of today. :D

Nachos Grande said...

Matt, shoot me an email with whatcha got for me. I'll keep the Jones set aside for you.

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