However every now and then, I get the urge to rip open packs. Luckily my local Targets never have any Topps baseball blasters sitting on their shelves.
Well earlier in the month, I went up to Portland and found Stadium Club and Allen & Ginter blasters at my friend's local Target, so I grabbed two of each. Then the following week, I discovered Topps Chrome blasters in Las Vegas. I purchased three of them and when I got back to the Bay Area, I had myself a little blaster box busting session.
I didn't really have any expectations, but was hoping to pull some of the key rookies from this year's crop. And maybe... just maybe... I'd be lucky enough to walk away with an autograph or relic card.
Well folks... I beat the odds and ended up pulling three autographs, a memorabilia card, plus a few decent rookies, and a ton of inserts and parallels.
In an effort to save time, I've decided to narrow things down to my five favorite cards and a pair of honorable mentions from the break...
Honorable Mention #1
2018 Stadium Club #131
This is my obligatory Oakland Athletics card and it's a beauty. I actually don't mind that Topps cropped off Chapman's right arm.
Honorable Mention #2
2018 Allen & Ginter Indigenous Heroes Mini #MIH-21
Kudos to whoever came up with the idea for this set over at Topps. I've seen a few of these inserts on other blogs and have enjoyed every one of them. I kicked off my blaster box bonanza with Ginter and this was in the first pack I opened.
Okay, here's the cream of the crop...
Favorite Pull #5
2018 Allen & Ginter Framed Relic #MFR-BS
I don't make a habit of cheering for the San Francisco Giants, but there are a few guys I enjoy watching play. Buster Posey is one of them. This relic card completes my Sports Card Trifecta of him.
Favorite Pull #4
2018 Allen & Ginter World Talent #WT-26
From the moment I laid eyes on this insert set, I knew that I'd one day need to go out and buy the Ichiro for my collection. Now I don't have to. I totally beat the odds when I pulled this card.
Favorite Pulls #3
2018 Topps Chrome #150
2018 Allen & Ginter #100
Didn't pull a Stadium Club Ohtani, but I managed to pull one out of each of the other products. I can live with that.
Favorite Pull #2
2018 Topps Chrome Refractor #193
I was secretly hoping to pull an Ohtani refractor, but I'm not going to complain about this Acuna. I'm pretty sure this is my first card of him... and it's definitely a keeper.
Favorite Pull #1
2018 Stadium Club Autograph #SCA-GT
August has not been kind to Torres or the Yankees, but there's no way this card isn't #1 on my list. It's hands down the most valuable card I've ever pulled from a blaster. And as much as I'd like to see this card rise in value... I'm totally okay with seeing the New York Yankees struggle a little longer.
By the way, here are the other two hits I pulled:
2018 Topps Chrome Refractor Autograph #RAJD
2018 Topps Chrome Autograph #RABV
Seven boxes. Four hits. Maybe I should go to Portland and Vegas more often.
Anyways... I won't be keeping either of these autographs. The Davis is headed to Christopher (The Raz Card Blog) and the Valera will be going to my buddy Brady (St. Louis Cardinals' Cardboard).
I've also found a home for a lot of the inserts I pulled out of these blasters. I've spent the last week or so putting together care packages for fellow bloggers, which should go out on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Until then...
What's the coolest card you've pulled from a 2018 pack?
Happy Saturday and sayonara!