Card of the Day: Josh Donaldson 2015 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Series 1 Auto

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2015 Topps Series 2 Baseball Box Break & Review

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Like any good movie, the sequel shouldn’t be made with the thought of trying to outdo the original film.  Instead it should be a continuation of the original with some new elements added in.  This is exactly what came to my mind while opening this box of 2015 Topps Series 2 Baseball.

I’m not much of a base card guy.  Some collectors are, but I’m not one of them.  I enjoy getting straight to business and seeing the “hits”.  2015 Topps Series 2 Baseball adds an additional (350) cards to the set.  That brings the total number to (700) so far for the year.  Hobby boxes should come with (1) autograph or relic, while jumbo boxes should have (1) autograph and (2) relics.

Parallels!!!  Parallels!!! Parallels!!!  What would any product today be without it’s share of parallels.  The two easiest parallels to pull are the Gold #/2015 and Rainbow Foil.  After that there is quite a gap as far as rarity goes.  Then comes Snow Camo #’ed/99, Black #’ed/64, Pink #’ed/50, Silver Frame #’ed/20, Clear #’ed/10, Printing Plates and Platinum #’ed/1.  Let’s not forget about the Photo Variations and pesky Sparkle Variations.  Those tiny sparkles can be difficult to spot, and you could easily miss out on a nice pull if you’re not paying attention.

Ever since Topps first started making commemorative pin cards in 2012, I’ve been a big fan.  2015 Topps Series 2 Baseball has Commemorative Patch Pin cards that you can look for.  These pins look just like the commemorative patches many teams have worn on their uniforms in the past.  One day I would like to see Topps make pin cards containing pins from special events.  What I’m trying to say is that it would be cool to pull a pin card that has a pin in it from an actual event.  Like a media pin from the World Series or All-Star Game.  Not just something made specifically for the product.

Other cards I enjoy from this product include the Baseball Royalty and Strata autographs.  It wouldn’t surprise me if Baseball Royalty becomes it’s own product someday.  That black card stock with gold paint pen looks nice.

Boxes of this stuff aren’t that expensive.  The going rate for a hobby box is $63.00.  This is the first time I’ve pulled a metal framed card.  That pack seemed very heavy and only contained (2) cards.

Here is what I pulled:

Relics

  • Yu Darvish Career High Jersey

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Parallels

  • Jeremy Hellickson Silver Frame #’ed/20
  • Jose Fernandez Future Stars Snow Camo #’ed/99
  • Jose Altuve Gold #’ed/2015
  • Cameron Maybin Gold #’ed/2015
  • Justin Masterson Gold #’ed/2015
  • Justin Verlander Gold #’ed/2015
  • Jeff Locke Gold #’ed/2015
  • Drew Stubbs Gold #’ed/2015
  • Rougned Odor Gold #’ed/2015
  • Michael Morse Gold #’ed/2015
  • Marco Scutaro Gold #’ed/2015
  • Stephen Strasburg Gold #’ed/2015
  • Leury Garcia Rainbow Foil
  • Steven Souza Jr. Rainbow Foil
  • Andrelton Simmons Rainbow Foil
  • Los Angeles Dodgers Rainbow Foil

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SP Photo Variations

  • Chris Sale #376

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Inserts

  • Al Downing 1967 Topps Original Buyback #308
  • Tom Dettore 1976 Topps Original Buyback #126
  • Joe Mauer ‘Til It’s Over #TIO-6
  • Ivan Rodriguez ‘Til It’s Over #TIO-11
  • Omar Vizquel ‘Til It’s Over #TIO-5
  • David Freese ‘Til It’s Over #TIO-14
  • Nomar Garciaparra/Jim Rice Eclipsing History #EH-8
  • Mike Trout/Rod Carew Eclipsing History #EH-7
  • Hank Aaron/Stan Musial Eclipsing History #EH-2
  • Nolan Ryan/Sandy Koufax Eclipsing History #EH-3
  • Cal Ripken Jr. Highlight of the Year #H-56
  • Ty Cobb Highlight of the Year #H-31
  • Mariano Rivera Highlight of the Year #H-59
  • Joe DiMaggio Highlight of the Year #H-41
  • Jackie Robinson Highlight of the Year #H-40
  • Ted Williams Highlight of the Year #H-38
  • Andre Dawson Highlight of the Year #H-50
  • Jim Palmer Highlight of the Year #H-47
  • Babe Ruth Highlight of the Year #H-33
  • Hank Aaron Highlight of the Year #H-45
  • Albert Pujols Stepping Up #SU-12
  • Mookie Wilson Stepping #SU-16
  • Joe Panik Stepping Up #SU-19
  • Corey Kluber Stepping Up #SU-18
  • Duke Snider Stepping Up #SU-2
  • Miguel Cabrera Stepping Up #SU-7
  • Kelsey Grammer First Pitch #FP-16
  • Gabriel Iglesias First Pitch #FP-25
  • Kevin Hart First Pitch #FP-23
  • Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart First Pitch #FP-24
  • Jon Hamm First Pitch #FP-18
  • Yasiel Puig Heart of the Order #HOR-6
  • Matt Adams Heart of the Order #HOR-15
  • Ryan Howard Heart of the Order #HOR-14
  • Adam Jones Heart of the Order #HOR-20
  • Tony Gwynn Heart of the Order #HOR-11
  • Reggie Jackson Baseball Royalty #BR-15

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Notables Rookies

  • Kris Bryant #616

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Panini’s 2015 National VIP Set

Last year I didn’t do much of anything at the Panini booth.  Other than stop by to pick up my VIP set.  None of their required products for the wrapper redemption programs did anything for me.  Most of those required products weren’t too popular anyway.  Most likely they were required to help dealers move them off their shelves.  That’s one of the other reasons why they need to put on events like this every year.

VIPs attending the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago will find a coupon in their welcome package.  Simply take that coupon to the Panini booth and in return you’ll get a 6-card set featuring Kris Bryant, Joc Pederson, Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Jahlil Okafor.

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Card of the Day: Elijah Dukes 2007 Topps Finest RC #2

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Card of the Day: Charlie Sanders 1997 Upper Deck Legends Auto

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Panthers ’15 Bowman Chrome Auto Contest!

This contest is for a Cameron Artis-Payne 2015 Bowman Chrome RC Refractor Auto.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, July 10, 2015 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

May ’15 Topps Finest Auto Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to Kent Parsons on being the lucky winner of the Trevor May 2015 Topps Finest RC Refractor Auto.  Once Kent Parsons sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

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