Saturday, November 19, 2016

Case Break: 2016 Strata Baseball

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So this was my big Black November purchase from Blowout. I'd never done a case of anything before, but this seemed like a really good deal so I bit the bullet and took a shot. Here's what I got

Box 1
Rob Refsnyder Auto
Sonny Gray Auto/Jersey

Box 2

Carl Edwards Jr Auto (#3/125)
Kevin Plawecki Auto Patch(#1/75) (Nice patch..horrible player)

Box 3
Billy Wagner Auto Black (#25/50)
Jacob DeGrom Jersey

Box 4
Tyson Ross Auto (#60/99)
Jacob DeGrom Auto Patch (#4/25) (Again awesome patch that has a nice chunk of the Mets logo)

Box 5
Tom Murphy Auto
Greg Bird Auto Jersey (#2/50)

Box 6

Anthony Rizzo Blue Parallel Auto Redemption
Manny Machado Jersey

Box 7
Ken Griffey Jr. Strata Signature Redemption
Madison Bumgarner Jersey (#84/99)

Box 8
Brian Johnson Auto
Steven Matz Auto/Jersey

Box 9
Francisco Lindor Auto
Luis Severino Patch (#16/50)

Box 10

Nolan Arenado Auto (#5/75)
Kevin Plawecki Auto/Jersey (Noooo why him again?!!?)

Box 11
Jorge Soler Auto
David Ortiz Jersey (#37/99)

Box 12

Jacob Degrom Auto/Jersey (45/99)
Luis Gonzalez Strata Signature (#16/25)

Overall Thoughts: Well...what a disaster. I was really looking forward to busting all this wax and to say it was a total bust overall (The Elite, Prizm and this) would be an understatement. So again, this a 2 card per box product so obviously it's hit or miss but man I've been on such a slump since September that it would've been nice to pull something super awesome. Don't get me wrong, I love Griffey, he's my favorite player, and honestly it's probably now my 4th biggest pull of the year, but a)it's a redemption so I have to pray Topps makes it and B)it still doesn't cover the rest of the break which was boring and bla to say the least. A ton of low end autos (Tom Murphy, Refsnyder, Bird, Brian Johnson types) the Shadowbox Signature sucked (Luis Gonzalez) and I got two Kevin Plawecki Auto Jerseys (ugh). The DeGrom Auto Patch is nice, but man it was a Mets overkill box as I got three DeGroms, Two Plawecki, and Steven Matz. There isn't even a card that's close to being anything good outside of the Griffey and DeGrom (I mean the Rizzo is OK, but nothing earth shattering and again it's a redemption). I was hoping for a pick me up as shit has been so awful lately on the personal side, but alas, it wasn't meant to be. Unless I get boxes for my birthday or Christmas, I'm done busting wax this year. (I've said that before, but this's the truth, I can't afford to lose my ass on this stuff break after break). It's just not really worth it period. I thought buying a case would ensure at least one earth shattering card. I get jealous looking at the breaks on Blowout and seeing one guy pull a David Wright Auto Logoman, Kris Bryant Redemption in his case or another getting a Tanaka Logoman, Rickey Henderson Patch Auto Redemption, Kris Bryant Auto Redemption, and Clayton Kershaw Auto Redemption in his case and here comes me with a pretty much bust of a case. Here's pics of the cards I got


Top 5 Pulls of 2016
#1- 2016 Topps Tribute Superfractor Autograph Alex Gordon (#1/1)
#2- 2015-16 Panini Prizms Rookie Signatures Silver Prizms Kristaps Porzingis (#25/25)

#3- 2016 Topps Tribute Milestone Relic Game Used Ball Kris Bryant (#5/10)

#4- 2016 Topps Strata Signatures Ken Griffey Jr. Redemption
#5-2016 Donruss Signature Marks Gold Terry Bradshaw (#1/5)


  1. This was a very rough break. At two cards per pack and twenty-four cards per case, these should be hand packed so case breakers are getting at least decent value. I was actually considering busting a case of this stuff myself (I'm so serious)... because those autographed patch cards are so flipping beautiful. But I backed out... and now I'm so glad I did.

    I picked up a Rickey Henderson patch card back in August for less than the price of these boxes were selling for. I'll definitely grab a few more singles from this set (because they're so flippin' beautiful)... but the results from your break are a great reminder of why I'll stay away from busting a case. Oh heck... maybe I'll go out on a limb and buy a box... just for poops and giggles.

    By the way... at least you've have some pretty awesome pulls this year to fall back on.

  2. That's thing that's always frustrating...I mean I got this case at a very discounted rate..and it still was terrible! I can't imagine buying this when it first came out. I don't understand why Card Companies (Topps and Panini both) can't provide more balance in their products. I'm not asking for 5 $5000 cards or anything like that, but like seriously for example you turn a couple of those "Tom Murphys" and "Tyson Ross" into Jose Canseco and Rod Carew and yeah..I'd still lose my ass, but you know what Carew is a Hall Of Famer and Canseco was one of the most popular players of his era. That's what I mean but value...not dollar value...just a card I know is worth SOMETHING. Yes, you can have your low end common pulls, but they SHOULDN'T encompass the majority of your break and both Topps and Panini are BAD at this. I can see why no one wants to bust boxes and I'm getting there!

    1. Agree 100%! Let's hope Topps and Panini read these posts and the comments.