Thursday, February 11, 2016

Group Break in Review: Box #4 Highlights (A Negative Parallel plus a Mike Trout Relic)!

We are now ready to take a look at the beginning of the second half of the case!  Here is what box #4 brought us...

Box #4 highlights:

Our buybacks this time included a red stamp (Garber) and a silver stamp (Maddux).

The silver stamps are supposed to be scarce but this is the second such silver stamp that we've pulled in the case.  Either way, having a 1991 Topps card as a buyback still strikes me as silly.

Speaking of silly, here's the Wacky Packages sticker.

I like sushi so this is probably my favorite of the stickers that I've seen so far.  Even so, it's not enough to make me want to buy any Wacky Packages packs...sorry Topps.

Moving on to the rainbow foil parallels...

I think the Freddie Freeman is the best of the bunch, at least in terms of image choice.  Getting Weaver and Victor M. in there helped with the name recognition.

Our gold parallels numbered only three this time around - though one was a Conforto rookie for the Mets.

As usual, all gold parallels are numbered to the year of the set (so in this case all are numbered out of 2016).  We also pulled a serially numbered black parallel for the Orioles.

The black parallels are numbered out of 65 and are seeded 1:17 packs.  That wasn't our rarest parallel this time around though - that honor goes to our first Negative parallel of the case.

That's Joe Ross of the Nationals - and the Negative parallels are seeded 1:22 packs.  I can't imagine any trying to complete a full set of Negative parallel cards!  It should be noted that the Negative parallels are NOT serially numbered despite being seeded at a much tougher rate than either the gold or black parallels.  Weird.

And, finally, the hits.

Our autograph goes to the Phillies.

I admit that I know very little about Aaron Nola - but I'm going out on a limb and saying that this probably isn't the best possible autograph out there.  Even so, I'm happy to see another claimed team get in on the baseball card love so for me this card is a winner!

Speaking of winners, the Cardinals landed their second relic of the break in this box - this time a jersey card of Matt Holliday.

Not bad for St. Louis!

And finally, the manurelic this time around is Mike Trout.

Yeah, that's pretty solid.  Congrats Play at the Plate for another great pull!

That does it for Box #4.  While this box had some nice things, I don't think it quite lived up to most of the other boxes so far.  I know for sure that it doesn't live up to Box #5 - you'll just have to wait and see to find out why!


deal said...

Team Phungo is Happy with that Auto. The Phils aren't well represented in 2016 Topps So it is nice to see Nola here. Makes up for last yr a little when I opted out of the break - I think last there was a Cole Hamels Auto or Low Serial in this break.

madding said...

I'll take it!

Play at the Plate said...

PATP is happy!

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