Thursday, January 19, 2017

1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Pack #9: In Which I Strike Gold!

Today's pack is the last pack in the upper left stack of the box.  That means after the pack is ripped I will be exactly one quarter of the way through the box.  Even when I try to spread out my pack ripping by writing posts (and scanning lots of cards), it still amazes me how quickly I can go through a box.  At least by doing it one pack at a time I am able to more properly look at, analyze, and enjoy each base card.  With a set like Collector's Choice, if you don't enjoy the base cards there isn't much point in opening the product at all!

Pack 9:
214.  Butch Henry
226.  Chris Jones
307.  Joe Rosselli
311.  Bobby Ayala
322.  Benji Gil

I think the back photograph on the Gil card is even better than the one on the front (though I understand that it's harder to make out Gil in this photo which is probably why Upper Deck didn't use it for the main picture).
325.  Dave Nilsson
359.  Hideo Nomo
You Make the Play:  32.  Kirby Puckett (Groundout)
For our ongoing game, Puckett makes the final out of the first inning.  Still, it was a big inning (four runs) including a two-run homer and two-run double.  
Silver Signature:
319.  Dan Wilson

Gold Signature:
318.  Tino Martinez

If I'm not mistaken, I think the gold signatures are box "hits" so to speak.  At least it's easy to differentiate between silver and gold signatures (in other years, only the foil used for the signature was different..and if you lighting stinks in your card room, good luck telling the difference)!  Been there, tried to do that.


The Lost Collector said...

You know I'm a fan of that gold pull! Please let me know if it's for trade. I know someone who might be interested, as it's not currently in his nearly 800-card Tino PC.

Nachos Grande said...

LC: Email sent to you!

Kin Kinsley said...

I thought of Lost Collector immediately, glad to see this is being worked on!

Nice pull on a gold. With all I bought back then, never pulled a gold.

-kin (

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