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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Case Breaks: 2018 Topps Finest Baseball...IT ALLLL COMES CRASHING DOWN



 
Well..it was bound to happen. Luck doesn't last forever. You hope it does, but it's only matter of time before everything corrects itself. I was hoping it would be slowly..but nope..when it comes crashing it crashes hard. Here's my brutal 2018 Topps Finest Case Break...fair warning..it's UGLY

Box 1
Refractors
Kenley Jansen
Jose Abreu
Andrew Benintendi
Edwin Encarnacion


Purple Refractors

Andrelton Simmons (#123/250)

Orange Refractors
Robbie Ray (#23/25)

Cornerstones
Yadier Molina
Miguel Sano
Paul Goldschmidt
Bryce Harper

Sitting Red
Joey Gallo
Gary Sanchez

Finest Firsts
Alex Verdugo

Finest Autographs Refractor
Ryan McMahon


Finest Firsts Orange Wave Autograph

Alex Verdugo (#16/25)

Box 2
Refractors
Jack Flaherty RC
Austin Hays RC
Albert Pujols
Aaron Judge


Purple Refractors

Yoenis Cespedes (#214/250)

Blue Refractors
Bryce Harper (#11/150)


Cornerstones
Aaron Judge
Josh Bell
Jose Abreu
Andrew Benintendi

Sitting Red
Manny Machado
Joey Votto


Finest Firsts

Rhys Hoskins


Base SP

Michael Conforto


Finest Refractors Autographs

Jack Flaherty

Finest Refractors Autographs Orange Refractor
Austin Hays (#21/25)

Box 3
Ohtani Base RC

Refractors
Manny Machado
Brett Gardner
Dominic Smith
Eric Thames

Purple Refractors
Adam Jones (#91/150)

Green Refractors
Rougned Odor (#26/99)

Cornerstones
Robinson Cano
Justin Bour
Mike Trout
Rhys Hoskins

Sitting Red
Rhys Hoskins
Nelson Cruz

Finest Firsts
Nick Williams

Finest Autographs Refractors
Harrison Bader


Finest Firsts Autographs Refractors

Ozzie Albies

Box 4
Base SP
Jake Lamb

Refractors
Brian Dozier
Dallas Keuchel
Nolan Arenado
Rougned Odor

Blue Refractors
Joey Gallo (#22/150)


Purple Refractors

Craig Kimbrel

Cornerstones
Nomar Mazara
Nolan Arenado
Carlos Correa
Freddie Freeman

Sitting Red
Kris Bryant
Nolan Arenado


Finest Firsts

Ohtani

Finest Autographs Refractors
Greg Allen

Finest Autographs Gold Refractors
Matt Olson (#9/50)

Box 5
Base SP
Joey Votto

Refractors
Nick Williams
Carlos Carrasco
Mookie Betts
George Springer


Purple Refractors

Corey Knebel (#182/250)

Blue Refractors
Justin Turner (#54/150)

Cornerstones
Wil Myers
Miguel Cabrera
Francisco Lindor
Buster Posey

Sitting Red
Edwin Encarnacion
Bryce Harper

Finest Firsts
Victor Robles


Finest Autographs Refractors

Walker Buehler


Finest Autographs Green Wave Refractors

Travis Shaw (#28/99)

Box 6
Refractors
Cody Bellinger
Freddie Freeman
Odubel Herrera
David Robertson


Purple Refractors

Willson Contreras (#98/250)


Blue Refractors

Kevin Pillar (#138/150)


Cornerstones

Manny Machado
Joey Votto
Jose Abreu
Andrew Benintendi


Sitting Red

Aaron Judge
Matt Olson

Finest Firsts
Clint Frazier

Finest Autographs Refractor
Garrett Cooper


Finest Firsts Autographs Refractor

Francisco Mejia

Box 7
Ohtani Base RC

Refractors
Justin Verlander
Alex Verdugo
Billy Hamilton
Francisco Mejia

Purple Refractors
Brandon Woodruff (#139/250)

Gold Refractors
Andrew McCutchen (#06/50)


Cornerstones
Noah Syndergaard
Matt Olson
Josh Donaldson
Salvador Perez

Cornerstones Gold Refractors
Yadier Molina (#36/50)

Sitting Red
Yoenis Cespedes
Paul Goldschmidt


Finest Firsts

Rafael Devers


Finest Careers Die Cut

Cal Ripken Jr (#FC-CR3)

Finest Autographs Refractors
Dustin Fowler

Finest Autographs Blue Refractor
Sandy Alcantara (#89/150)

Finest Hour Autograph Refractor
Andy Pettitte

Box 8
Ohtani Base RC

Base SP
Clint Frazier

Refractors
Mike Trout
Alex Wood
Willson Contreras
Salvador Perez


Green Refractors

Avisail Garcia (#97/99)

Cornerstones
Kris Bryant
Ryan Braun
Cody Bellinger
Chris Archer


Sitting Red

Cody Bellinger
Giancarlo Stanton


Finest Firsts

Amed Rosario

Finest Careers Die Cut
Cal Ripken Jr (#FC-CR9)

Finest Autographs Refractors
Brandon Woodruff
Chris Taylor

Overall Thoughts: From the highest of highs..to the LOWEST OF LOWS..this was a super depressing case break and is hands down the worst case of anything I've ever opened. Even my piss poor Optic Case Break had a Donovan Mitchell on card auto redemption in it. This has NOTHING to redeem itself. This was bad..very very bad. There's maybe two cards worth $50 or more (maybe) in this break and maybe 3 others worth 20 bucks or more. The non auto color was pathetic. Only one of note really was Bryce Harper. Just complete crap. The irony? I pulled some of these autos in my Topps Tier break and they were considered just gravy on top of what I had already pulled (Buehler, Albies, Pettitte). Here? Those are 3 of my top 5 pulls. Unbelievably bad. Outside of Pettitte not one good vet auto. Yep..after being on cloud 9 for a good month, I came crashing back down to reality. I'm not bitter, them's the breaks. I know what I got into breaking this, but it does suck to have a harsh reminder that when it's bad...IT'S VERY BAD. Here's some pics but after this..let us never speak of Finest AGAIN lol.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Yup..that's it. 

Top 5 Pulls of 2018



#1 2017-18 National Treasures FOTL RPA Exclusive Lonzo Ball (#13/15)

#2 2017-18 National Treasures FOTL RPA Exclusive De'Aaron Fox (#3/15)

#3 2018 Topps Tier One Triple Patch Autographs Ichiro (#1/1)

#4 2018 Bowman Chrome Prospects Red Refractor Autograph Jeren Kendall (#2/5)

#5 2018 Topps Tier One Tier One Signatures Derek Jeter (#7/15)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

May Maildays

Thanks to some unbelievable luck with my breaking, I was able to turn that profit into some pretty solid cards last month! Here's all the goods I got!


2018 Topps Tribute Tandems Dual Auto Book Dave Winfield/Miguel Sano (#5/25)

 
This was a redemption I pulled from my terrible Tribute two box break. It was the top card I pulled and I was very pleased at the quick turnaround. This card has also grown on me big time! I really love the look of it! I'm basically keeping it in the PC bc of Winfield (1st auto of him)

2017-18 Optic Jayson Tatum Purple Holo Auto RC
 
This was a must have for me. I LOVE Optic on card autos and this being the retail exclusive purple parallel made me make sure I got it. Great looking card of a star in the making!

2017-18 Select Donovan Mitchell Rookie Signatures Neon Green Auto (#10/65)
 
Mitchell and Tatum were definitely targets of mine and this card is GORGEOUS. I'm still waiting on my Optic Redemption of Mitchell, so this "will do" for now lol. I pulled a Kuzma from this set (later sold) and I really love the slick design of it. Great card to own!


2017-18 Panini Prizm Red Pulsar Prizm RC Donovan Mitchell BGS 9 (#4/25)
 
Another high end Mitchell to add to the collection. Numbered to only 25, these retail only parallels are stunning. Everything Prizm is always popular and it's a safe bet that keep it's value, and even rise, if Mitchell continues on the path he's on to stardom.

2011 Topps Update Mike Trout RC BGS 9.5
 
Another target of mine was to pickup this Mike Trout rookie card. It's crazy how expensive this low end Topps rookie has become, but it's definitely THE Trout rookie to own outside of the super expensive ones. Just a classic design that you can't go wrong with. The best player in the game today hands down. (Spoiler alert..it's not the only Trout rookie I added)

2017-18 Panini Prizm Jayson Tatum Cracked Ice Prizm RC (#96/99)
 
I've been wanting one of these cards for a LONG TIME and even though there's more copies than the Red Pulsar I got of Mitchell, this parallel is to me, the best looking one out of the entire set. Pics don't do it justice. This card is absolutely amazing. I have a Westbrook like this as well, but this is a bit of an "upgrade" if I don't say so myself. My favorite Tatum in my collection.

2017 Topps Inception Gold Signings Aaron Judge (#11/25)
 
Man O man did I get some good stuff! Look at the nice bold gold signature of Judge. This card is unbelievably awesome and the black background definitely works. It's in contention for best Judge auto in my collection looks wise at least.

2016 Bowman's Best Best of 16 Autographs Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
 
Yep...I bought into the Vlad hype and picked up an auto of him. It's not his Bowman Chrome rookie (which is insanely nuts) but it's a "affordable" (as affordable as a Topps Auto of him can be) alternative. It's also the only Topps auto I've seen where he has added his jersey number to the signature.


2017 Bowman Chrome Prospects Green Refractor Autograph Gleyber Torres BGS 9.5 (51/99)
 
Another guy I wanted to get a nice card of. It's not considered his first prospect card, but I believe it's his first Bowman Chrome Yankee Auto card. I pulled two Torres autos last year out of Platinum but those were stickers. This is on card and it being a green refractor numbered to 99 makes it all that much better. The Yankees are STACKED with offensive talent and this guy will be a cornerstone of that for years to come.

2017 Finest Refractors Autographs Aaron Judge BGS 9.5
 
Yet ANOTHER Auto Judge rookie to add to the collection! You can't go wrong with an on card Finest Refractor! ALL RISE!!

2012-13 Immaculate Collection Jumbo Patch Autographs Red Klay Thompson RC (#16/25)
 
I am NOT fan of this version of the Golden State Warriors with Kevin Durant because I think he pulled one of the weakest moves an elite superstar has ever pulled. I refuse to even buy cards of his because of the lack of respect I have for him. Klay is the one guy I actually like on the team. He quietly does his job (and on occasions bails them out in big situations) and though I wouldn't say he doesn't get any credit, it's still smaller that what Curry and Durant got. Felt like this would be an awesome high end rookie card to add to my collection.

2017-18 Optic The Rookies Lime Green Parallel Jayson Tatum (#174/175)
 
It's not too rare, but damn do Green parallels of Tatum really stand out. I love the way they work with the Celtics green. A sweet looking parallel!

And now the best for last. I wanted to make one HUGE purchase. A purchase that would be the cornerstone (at least for now) of my collection. I decided to go with this

2011 Finest Rookie Autographs Refractors Mike Trout BGS 9.5 (#324/499)
 
Yep...this MONSTER. Such a beautiful beautiful card. I absolutely love it. On card greatness. Hands down without a shadow of a doubt the best card in my collection now. Sky's the limit with Trout and this could be a reallllllly good card to hold on to down the road.


And that'll do it for my May Pickups!!


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Case Breaks: 2018 Topps Tier Baseball..ABSOLUTELY CRUSHED IT..THE LUCK CONTINUES

 
Now you know I couldn't NOT buy any wax with the Profits I made off my last two purchases. I decided (against my better judgement lol) to go with Topps Tier One. There are soooo many sweet looking cards in Topps Tier but after I locked in at about $94 a box (they are now up to $130 a box) and saw some of the case breaks..I had a sinking feeling in my stomach. Why the HELL did I buy a case of this stuff?! Breaks were BRUTAL..but hey you never know, all it takes is one monster card to make it all worthwhile and plus, it didn't cost me anything out of pocket since I paid with profit from selling. So...was it a terrible mistake? Here's my break


Box 1

Tier 1 Autographs

Derek Jeter (#7/15)


Tier 1 Talent Bronze

Sean Newcomb (#17/25)


Prime Performers Autographs

Juan Gonzalez (#32/250)

Tier 1 Relics
Adam Jones (#144/335)

Box 2
Tier One Talent Autographs
Drew Pomeranz (#129/275)
Javier Baez (#182/245)

Tier One Relics
Andrew Miller (#240/335)

Box 3
Prime Performers Autographs silver
Ian Happ (#3/10)

Break Out Autographs
Felix Jorge (#43/275)

Tier 1 Relics
Drew Pomeranz (#147/335)

Box 4
Break Out Autographs
Dominic Smith (#89/275)
Brandon Woodruff (#81/275)

Tier 1 Relics
Starlin Castro (#314/335)

Box 5
Tier 1 Dual Autographs
Ozzie Smith/Paul DeJong (#4/25)

Tier One Talent Autographs
Lucas Giolito (#183/245)

Tier 1 Relics
Willson Contreras (#146/335)

Box 6
Tier 1 Autographs
Mark McGwire (#9/50)


Prime Performers Autographs

Carlos Carrasco (#36/285)

Tier 1 Relics
Luis Severino (#4/400)

Box 7
Tier One Talent Autographs
Paul DeJong (#44/295)


Prime Performers Bronze Autographs

Andres Galarraga (#5/25)


Tier One Relics

Josh Harrison (#135/335)


Prodigious Patches Platinum

Giancarlo Stanton (#1/1) 

Box 8

Breakout Autographs
Ozzie Albies (#5/225)
Daniel Robertson (#26/276)

Tier 1 Relics
Reggie Jackson (#83/175)
Salvador Perez (#163/335)

Box 9
Prime Performers Autographs
Andy Pettitte (#8/80)

Break Out Autographs
Walker Buehler (#83/275)

Tier One Relics
Craig Kimbrel (#232/335)

Box 10
Break Out Autographs
Luke Weaver (#248/275)
Jacob Faria (#61/275)

Tier One Relics
Chris Sale (#130/400)

Box 11
Prime Performers Autographs
Jose Barrios (#38/285)

Break Out Autographs
Max Kepler (#4/275)

Tier One Relics
Chris Archer (#39/335)

Box 12
Break Out Autographs
Keon Broxton (#262/275)


Tier One Relics

Nolan Arenado Bat (#148/400)

Tier One Autograph Triple Relics
ICHIRO (#1/1)

Overall Thoughts: OH...MY...GOD. MY LUCK HAS REACHED UNBELIEVABLE HEIGHTS. I literally just saw a case of this opened where the McGwire I pulled was literally the best card in the case. This case started out right off the bat, card #1 box #1 with a Jeter auto numbered to 15 and it just kept producing BIG TIME. Two 1/1's of STANTON AND ICHIRO! A Dual auto with Ozzie Smith and a Big Mac Auto! Just WOW. Even some of the other smaller hits were nice (Happ auto to 10, autos of Juan Gone, Galarraga, Pettitte, Rookie autos of Ozzie Albies and Walker Buehler). To say I destroyed this case is a HUGE understatement. That's two more cards going to the top 5 and now..I can't see how any card this point forward makes the top 5 with the powerhouse cards that are on there now! I'm just still at a loss for words. Absolutely cannot believe what kind of huge hot streak I've been on. I'm just enjoying the ride! I have a case of 2018 Finest coming in next week so we'll see if that continues the streak. Here's pics!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
and now the big hits

 
 
 
 
 

Unreal!!!!

Top 5 Pulls of 2018

#1 2017-18 National Treasures FOTL RPA Exclusive Lonzo Ball (#13/15)
#2 2017-18 National Treasures FOTL RPA Exclusive De'Aaron Fox (#3/15)
#3 2018 Topps Tier One Triple Patch Autographs Ichiro (#1/1)
#4 2018 Bowman Chrome Prospects Red Refractor Autograph Jeren Kendall (#2/5)
#5 2018 Topps Tier One Tier One Signatures Derek Jeter (#7/15)