I started off with the box of 2009 Topps 206 and was pretty impressed with what I pulled. Each box guarantees two autographs and/or relics per box, 20 minis, and 20 bronze parallels.
It was definitely a New York Yankees hot box, because I also pulled short prints of Jeter, A-Rod, and The Mick:
And if that wasn't enough... I beat the odds and pulled a Yankee printing plate of Mark Melancon:
It's a shame it wasn't Jeter... it would have helped pay for this little shopping spree... because the autograph I pulled definitely won't:
Thankfully the other hit in the box will make a nice addition to my Ichiro collection...
I'm a huge fan of Ichiro. And I love framed relics. Combine the two and I'm pretty content with the contents of this box.
Next up... my 2011 Topps Lineage box:
I saved this box for last, because it's the one I was most excited about. For some reason, I thought the base design was like Topps Archives and based on past designs.
So you can imagine my disappointment when I saw this:
Actually... I can live with the front of the cards... but I'm not a fan of these card backs:
My favorites are the stand-ups, cloth stickers, and 3D inserts. The 75 minis are pretty cool too.
And the hits? Well you get two autographs and one relic per box. After twelve boxes, this was my last chance to hit a home run and pull something epic for my collection. Let's see how I fared:
A home run... this was not. But I didn't necessarily strike out either.
Tim Lincecum is a fan favorite in the Bay Area and I've already found a nice home for him. The Rodney isn't anything special... but damn did he have an amazing season two years ago.
And finally... I was fortunate enough to pull an on-card autograph of an old-timer. Based on what I've read, Yost was a solid leadoff hitter known for drawing a lot of walks. Unfortunately, he passed away just over a year ago at the age of 86. I haven't finalized what I'm going to keep or trade away... but his autograph was the highlight of this box and is definitely a keeper.
Happy Monday and sayonara!