This year, I received my first bottle of wine along with the standard stack of gift cards to Starbucks, Jamba Juice, and probably the most desired place among collectors and teachers alike... Target. This year I only received one, but it was for $50.
On my way home, I drove to two different locations in search of 2017 Archives, but didn't find any. Not wanting to leave empty-handed, I picked up these two Fairfield boxes:
I was already holding onto these two 2017 Topps Bunt blasters from a week or two ago:
In all... there were 52 unopened baseball card packs to be ripped into:
As expected... I didn't come close to getting my money's worth, but at least it was entertaining and gave me some care package material. Being the blogger who has a terrible relationship with his scanner, tonight I'll show off my five favorite pulls:
#1: 2017 Topps Bunt Magenta Printing Plate #132 Carlos Gonzalez
I know that pulling a printing plate doesn't receive the same reaction it once did... but considering that I've pulled less than 10 in my lifetime, I was pretty stoked to see this.
#2: 2016 Topps MLB Debut #MLBD2-5 Tony Gwynn
It's always nice to pull a card of your favorite player from a pack. There's a good chance it won't be happening again this year for me, since there aren't any 2017 Topps Gwynn cards.
#3: 2016 Topps Opening Day Mascots #M-22
Out of six packs of Opening Day, I only pulled one mascot. The Cardboard Gods were looking out for me, because they sent me Stomper.
#4: 2017 Topps Bunt Purple #45 Joey Votto
Votto is having another stellar season... but I just can't keep this card. Gavin... consider it yours.
#5: 2014 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks Auto #82 Gilbert Lara
I beat the odds and pulled a redemption card for an autograph. Too bad it's expired. I've heard that Panini is pretty good about honoring expired redemption cards, but it doesn't look like Mr. Lara returned his cards. This card will sit next to my Michael Conforto redemption card from the same set. Who do you think signs first?
The last single I have for you is the guaranteed relic card that came out of the Fairfield 20 pack box:
2004 Fleer Ultra Hitting Machines #HM-AD
Adam Dunn isn't exactly Ken Griffey Jr., but he's not exactly a scrub either. I'll gladly take this swatch of jersey worn by a 400 Home Run Club member... even if he struck out more times than anyone in MLB history not named Reggie Jackson or Jim Thome.
If you're really bored and curious... here's a peek at the other cards I pulled:
Outside of a few inserts and parallels for my binders, most of these cards will be thrown into care packages that I owe.
Well that's it for today. Stay tuned for another 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge post coming this Monday.
Happy Saturday and sayonara!