Earlier today, I showed off the first part of my retail "haul." I grabbed a blaster and a pair of rack packs and I opened the rack packs up first. Now, it's time for the blaster!
I won't be going through the blaster pack-by-pack, but rather, I'll show off the coolest stuff from within, beginning with this retail only full-sized insert of the Tiger from the Mascots in the Wild set.
As someone who generally buys hobby boxes only, I kind of hate retail only inserts...especially in Ginter. Unfortunately, I can understand the economics of why Topps does that and I highly doubt it'll ever change...and so, I'll probably be relying on trades for the rest of this set!
As for the base cards, I ended up with a bunch including 4 short prints. The rest of the inserts weren't anything special - but I did get a pair of A&G back mini cards (1;5 packs).
I also got black bordered mini (1:10 packs)...
...and the best card of the box?
A Brooklyn mini of Bryce Harper - numbered 13/25.
The Brooklyn minis are tough pulls in all the various ways that you can buy Ginter. In retail blaster boxes, they are seeded 1:194 packs!
No hits, no mini inserts, but with the Harper #/25, I can't really complain, now can I?
So which is the best way to go when buying Ginter?
I still think hobby boxes are your best bet. Yes, you can find some cool stuff in retail (like the Harper) - and yes, retail is cheaper...but hobby boxes are less of a gamble (you know you'll get three hits) - and they can't be searched like retail packs can (one of my rack pack cards had a bit of damage on the side from presumably a pack searcher).