Sunday, June 25, 2017

2017 Topps Archives: Packs 19 - 21

We only have six more packs to go in the group break box - here's half of them.

Pack 19:
41.  Justin Bour - Marlins
91.  Adam Jones - Orioles
94.  Manny Margot - Padres
125.  Jackie Robinson - Dodgers
167.  Dennis Eckersley - Athletics
240.  Rick Porcello - Red Sox
282.  David Robertson - White Sox
Retro Original:  RO-8.  Justin Verlander - Tigers

The Tigers score a nice Verlander card.  I like it.

Pack 20:
78.  Nolan Arenado - Rockies
81.  Tyler Glasnow - Pirates
117.  Dee Gordon - Marlins
133.  Jake Thompson - Phillies
163.  John Smoltz - Braves
202.  Felix Hernandez - Mariners
239.  Kelvin Herrrera - Royals
Jeter Retrospective:  DJ-20.  Derek Jeter - Yankees

This is a 2012 reprint for the Jeter Retrospective set.

Pack 21:
21.  Jose Ramirez - Indians
53.  Freddie Freeman - Braves
77.  Nomar Mazara - Rangers
164.  Larry Doby - Indians
181.  Eddie Murray - Orioles
199.  Carlos Santana - Indians

226.  Hanley Ramirez - Red Sox
263.  Roberto Osuna - Blue Jays

The Indians were the big winners in that pack taking home three of the eight cards!

I'll have the final three packs of the group break posted later today (including the final hit of the break).  See you then.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

2017 Topps Archives: Packs 16 - 18

Earlier today, we found a gray back variation card (seeded 1:110 packs).  What else might we uncover from our box of 2017 Topps Archives?

Pack 16:
15.  Brandon Belt - Giants
54.  Chris Archer - Rays
130.  Robinson Cano - Mariners
183.  Anthony Rendon - Nationals
192.  Ryne Sandberg - Cubs
208.  Todd Frazier - White Sox
285.  Michael Brantley - Indians
Peach parallel:  213.  Paul Konerko - White Sox (#165/199)

The Reds traded Konerko away back in 1998.  In hindsight, that was a dumb, dumb move.  As for the parallel, this is the second peach parallel for the White Sox in the box.

Pack 17:
13.  Jorge Alfaro - Phillies
52.  Bo Jackson - Royals
63.  Ryon Healy - Athletics
144.  Ken Giles - Astros
147.  Jose Bautista - Blue Jays
205.  Trea Turner - Nationals
247.  Matt Harvey - Mets
Retro Original:  RO-19.  Nolan Arenado - Rockies

The Rockies have done surprisingly well in the break - or at least I think so.  This is the third Rockies insert (by my count) to go along with a pair of serially numbered cards.  Not bad at all.

Pack 18:
6.  Ryan Braun - Brewers
93.  Matt Kemp - Braves
111.  Danny Salazar - Indians
120.  Dexter Fowler - Cardinals
145.  Hisashi Iwakuma - Mariners

201.  Roberto Clemente - Pirates
248.  Andre Dawson - Cubs
275.  Alex Bregman - Astros

And with that, we are down to a mere six packs remaining in the break.  I should be able to finish off the box tomorrow if all goes well.

2017 Topps Archives: Packs 13 - 15 (a 1:110 pack Hit!)

There are only twelve packs remaining in the final group break box!  Let's rip into the next three, shall we?

Pack 13:
76.  Curtis Granderson - Mets
86.  Drew Smyy - Mariners
116.  Curt Schilling - Phillies
159.  Pedro Martinez - Red Sox
200.  Kris Bryant - Cubs
224.  Bobby Abreu - Phillies
262.  Eddie MAthews - Braves
Gray back variation:  82.  Mike Piazza - Dodgers

The Gray back variations are seeded 1:110 packs - making this a great hit for B-Man and the Dodgers!  The easiest way to tell that this is a variation is the change in card stock (it is printed on the thinner "1992" stock).  You can also tell by the code on the backside of the card (the variations end in 2799 while the regular base cards end in 2782).

Pack 14:
4.  Goose Gossage - Yankees
37.  Jon Gray - Rockies
99.  Lou Gehrig - Yankees
129.  Yasiel Puig - Dodgers
169.  Starlin Castro - Yankees
267.  Seth Lugo - Mets
279.  Kyle Seager - Mariners
Bazooka:  59B-7.  Aaron Judge - Yankees

Another nice card for the Yankees, lots of Yankees love in 2017 Archives (especially with the full Jeter set).

Pack 15:
2.  Buster Posey - Giants
8.  DJ LeMahieu - Rockies
49.  Brian Dozier - Twins
139.  Phil Rizzuto - Yankees
191.  Sparky Anderson - Reds
238.  Gregory Polanco - Pirates
245.  Johnny Cueto - Giants

270. Mark Melancon - Giants

That does it for those three packs.  The big hit for this post was obviously the grey back variation.  We still have one more autograph yet to be uncovered from our box - so stay tuned for that (and more)!


2017 Topps Archives: Packs 10 - 12

Last night, we discovered our first hit of the final box of the group break.  There's no hit in this post, but there are other goodies to be discovered.

Pack 10:
60.  Catfish Hunter - Athletics
74.  Corey Kluber - Indians
143.  Willson Contreras - Cubs
I don't think I knew Willson had two "l's" in his name.
172.  Rich Hill - Dodgers
207.  Juan Marichal - Giants
213.  Paul Konerko - White Sox
269.  Reynaldo Lopez - White Sox
Rookie Stars:  RS-4.  Dansby Swanson - Braves

The Braves have done pretty well in the group break - this is simply the icing on Atlanta's cake at this point in time.

Pack 11:
10.  Rio Ruiz - Braves
23.  Honus Wagner - Pirates
48.  Jim Palmer - Orioles
101.  Dansby Swanson - Braves
148.  Harman Killebrew - Senators
174.  Jonathan Villar - Brewers

242.  Matt Olson - Athletics
243.  David Ortiz - Red Sox

Pack 12:
68.  Lorenzo Cain - Royals
90.  Kenley Jansen - Dodgers
118.  Drew Pomeranz - Red Sox
155.  Cole Hamels - Rangers
260.  Bob Feller - Indians
273.  Ted Williams - Red Sox
299.  Luis Gonzalez - Astros
Derek Jeter Retrospective:  DJ-16.  Derek Jeter - Yankees

That's the first Jeter Retrospective from the box - we should find one more before all is said and done.

More group break packs to come...only half the box remains!

Friday, June 23, 2017

2017 Topps Archives: Seeing Double (a Hit!)

Happy Friday night everyone!  In celebration of the upcoming weekend, here are the next three packs out of the 2017 Topps Archives box...complete with our first hit of the box.

Pack 7:
27.  Jonathan Schoop - Orioles
79.  Brandon Crawford - Giants
121.  Marcus Stroman - Blue Jays
150.  Jose Quintana - White Sox
246.  Wil Myers - Padres
256.  Ian Desmond - Rockies
293.  Jose Altuve - Astros
Bazooka:  59B-18.  Yoan Moncada - White Sox

This is apparently a Moncada hot box - first a peach parallel, now a Bazooka insert.

Pack 8:
12.  Andres Galarraga - Expos
83.  Joe Morgan - Reds
136.  Rob Mandfred
173.  Carlos Martinez - Cardinals
186.  Monte Irvin - Giants
206.  John Lackey - Cubs
236.  Braden Shipley - Diamondbacks
Fan Favorite Autograph:  FFA-TWA.  Tim Wallach - Expos (Nationals)

You'd be forgiven if you thought we pulled this card already...we didn't, at least not exactly.  In the first box of Topps Archives we found a Tim Wallach peach parallel autograph.  This time around, we get the "regular" version of his signature card.  I won't lie, I was disappointed when we pulled this simply because it kind of stinks to get two autographs of the same (not great) player in a group break.  I would have liked to see the hits spread around a bit more.  Even so, I'm sure daddyohoho is happy with his Nationals team slot - Wallach does have a nice signature!

Pack 9:
22.  Raimel Tapia - Rockies
71.  German Marquez - Rockies
89.  Adam Duvall - Reds
103.  Alex Reyes - Cardinals
115.  Andy Pettitte - Astros
153.  Frank Thomas - Athletics

252.  Evan Gattis - Astros
290.  Kevin Gausman - Orioles

Have a great weekend everyone - and be sure to keep checking in here at Nachos Grande for the conclusion of the group break.  We are rapidly approaching the end of the box!