2018 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Series 2 Oh, The Horror-ible! Hobby Box Break & Review

Now this is a change of pace.  I’ll admit, I have never opened a box of Garbage Pail Kids stickers before.  Why not give it a try?

Garbage Pail Kids have been a pop-culture sensation since they debuted back in 1985.  They’re a parody of those Cabbage Patch Kids dolls that had crazy parents fighting with each other in the malls.  Since then, these parodies have gone on to parody other people, places, and things in pop-culture.  Nothing is off the table when it comes to these little guys and gals poking fun at someone or something.  The artwork is incredibly entertaining to look at, and I love the whole idea about taking something so innocent and making it vile and disgusting.  That’s it’s selling point.  They’re the anti-Cabbage Patch Kids.

Just in time for Halloween, we have 2018 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Series 2 – Oh, The Horror-ible!  If there is any genre that Garbage Pail Kids connect to the strongest, its horror.  These dudes are cute and horrifying all at the same time.

The main set consists of (200) sticker cards.  (100) characters each having an a and b version.  The categories covered include ’80s Horror, ’80s Sci-Fi, Modern Horror, Modern Sci-Fi, Classic Film Monsters, Retro Horror, Retro Sci-Fi, and Folklore Monsters.

Outside of hobby boxes, you have retail options and Collector’s Boxes.  A Collector’s Box is the only place you’re guaranteed a hit.  Hits can be Printing Plates, Manufactured Patches, Artist Autographs, and Sketch Cards.

Parallels:

  • Bruised (1 per Collector’s Box pack)
  • Jelly (1 per Fat Pack)
  • Phlegm (retail)
  • Puke (1 per retail/hobby pack)
  • Spit #’ed/99 (Collector’s Box)
  • Bloody Nose #’ed/75 (Collector’s Box)
  • Fool’s Gold #’ed/50
  • Printing Plates #’ed 1/1

With Halloween right around the corner this made for a fun break.  Very refreshing from what I’m use to opening.  Sketch Cards and Printing Plates seem to be the biggest hits.  Even parallels where the subject matter is a parody of a popular movie or television franchise like Friday The 13th or Halloween get quite the attention.

Here is what I pulled:

Parallels

  • Elimi Nate Fool’s Gold #’ed/50
  • Jaded Joel Puke
  • Hairy Mary Puke
  • Mucky Michael Puke
  • Prince Prints Puke
  • Lepre Shaun Puke
  • Askew Lou Puke
  • Jawin’ Jimmy Puke
  • Sicko Sissy Puke
  • Amy T. Ville Puke
  • Morphing Murphy Puke
  • Vaporized Vincent Puke
  • Hollow Dean Puke
  • King Ghid-Dora Puke
  • Dale From The Crypt Puke
  • Twilight Tone Puke
  • Predatory Penny Puke
  • Joyless Jason Puke
  • Pickin’ Peter Puke
  • Inva-Shawn Puke
  • Alien Alan Puke
  • Moth Manuel Puke
  • Living Ed Puke
  • Gianna Squid Puke

Other Favorites

  • Full Moon Boone
  • Gassy Gaston
  • Boogey Manny
  • Bathroom Boris
  • Kris Krampus
  • Handed-Over Hannibal
  • Insomni Zach
  • Robin’s Egg
  • Dexter Terrestial
  • Wrapped Ron
  • Brain Freeze Brian
  • Splittin’ Sigourney

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Brewers ’18 Bowman High Tek Auto Contest!

This contest is for a Tristen Lutz 2018 Bowman High Tek Prospects Auto.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 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!!!

Guess The Set – October 12, 2018

Can you Guess The Set?  This evening I’ll post the correct answer in the comment section and on Twitter.  Good luck!

Hint – Laurence Tureaud

2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Holy smokes!  What a box!  This is by far the best Heritage High Number Baseball box that I’ve opened!!!

The original 1969 Topps Baseball set brings two cards to my mind.  The first is Reggie Jackson’s rookie card #260.  Coming in second would be Mickey Mantle’s final card as an active player #500.  Given that its a vintage set, non-rookies of popular players in mint condition can fetch quite the price.  Its definitely worth a look if you’re wanting to put together a vintage set.

Between HeritageHeritage High Number, and Heritage Minor League Baseball, collectors have gotten their fill of the 1969 Topps Baseball design this year.  In 2019, the 1970 design will be used.  Its going to be interesting how they handle 1971 with all of those black borders.

2018 Topps Heritage High Number picks up right where the regular Heritage set left off.  It consists of (225) cards (#501-#725).  The last (25) cards (#701-#725) are short prints and fall 1:3 packs.  The main set has four parallels – Black Border (50 copies, hobby), 100th Anniversary (25 copies), Magenta Backs (10 copies), Flip Stock (5 copies, hobby).  Of those four, the Flip Stock would be the one that could easily be skipped over.  I pulled one of these in the past and almost missed it.  When it comes to these, the fronts are rough with the backs being smooth.

(50) players have Chrome cards.  Parallels include Hot Box Refractors, Refractors #’ed/569, Black Refractors #’ed/69, Gold Refractors #’ed/5, and Superfractors #’ed 1/1.  (50) players also have mini parallels #’ed/100.

You wouldn’t be wrong to make the observation that many products today feature photo variations.  The ones found in the Heritage lines seem to garner the most attention.  CMP codes can help.

  • Base – #575
  • Short Prints – #585
  • Nickname – #601
  • Team Color Swap – #600
  • Action – #599
  • Throwback – #598
  • Error – #597
  • Trade – #477

The folks at Topps made it even easier to spot these variations without having to look at the CMP codes.  Beneath the card number it will state what type of variation it is.  That helps a bunch.

Every hobby box comes with (1) relic or autograph.  For the most part, you’re going to pull a Clubhouse Collection Relic.  At least that’s what I’m use to pulling.  I’ve always appreciated the high-end autographs and patches that come out of this product.  I think it has a lot to do with the retro designs and on-card signatures.  Gotta love that Wendy’s Founder Dave Thomas has a cut signature in here.  Wendy’s was founded in 1969.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto

  • Shohei Ohtani Real One RC Auto

Parallel

  • Daniel Palka RC Black Border

Photo Variation

  • Matt Kemp Action

Short Prints

  • Jake Arrieta
  • Lewis Brinson
  • Yonder Alonso
  • Alex Cobb
  • Randal Grichuk
  • Arodys Vizcaino
  • Eric Hosmer
  • Stephen Piscotty

Inserts

  • Shohei Ohtani/Mike Trout Combo Cards
  • Nolan Ryan Miracle Of ’69
  • Reggie Jackson Highlights 1967
  • Shohei Ohtani 1969 Deckle Edge
  • Christian Yelich 1969 Deckle Edge
  • Joey Lucchesi Rookie Performers
  • Amed Rosario Rookie Performers
  • Shohei Ohtani Rookie Performers
  • Bryce Harper Now & Then
  • Didi Gregorius Now & Then
  • James Paxton Now & Then
  • George Springer Award Winners
  • Aaron Judge Award Winners
  • Jose Altuve Award Winners
  • Shohei Ohtani 1969 Bazooka Baseball Extra Ad Panel Box Topper #7

Notable Rookies

  • Shohei Ohtani
  • Juan Soto
  • Gleyber Torres
  • Ronald Acuña Jr.

2018 Bowman Chrome Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

The regular season has officially come to an end.  No more Phillies games this year.  My Phillies ended with a record of 80-82.  Much better when compared to 2017 where they finished 66-96.  Although they improved quite a bit, its disappointing to know that at the All-Star break they jumped into first only to lose it a month later.  They completely fell apart.  At one time they were (15) games above .500 and 2.5 games ahead of the Braves.  It’ll be interesting to see what moves they make in the off season.  Their first regular game of the 2019 season takes place on March 28 at 3:05 p.m. at home against Atlanta.

Just because your team didn’t make it to the playoffs doesn’t mean the box ripping has to stop.  In fact, with the release of 2018 Bowman Chrome you might pickup some new prospects that one day could help your team win the Fall Classic.

Bowman Chrome is the second wave of big prospect-based products released by Topps.  The first is Bowman and the third is Bowman Draft.  There are two ways you can enjoy Bowman Chrome this year.  A hobby box comes with (2) mini-boxes.  Packed inside each mini-box are (6) packs and (1) autograph.  For those looking for a quick-thrill and willing to spend a little more, there is the HTA option.  An HTA box contains (1) pack with (3) encased autographs.  I like the HTA option as it gets straight to the hits, and you don’t have the leftover base cards.  But if you’re someone who wants a lot of base, hobby boxes are there too.

(100) veterans and rookies make up the base set.  An additional (100) prospects can be found as well.  The inclusion of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is cool.  He was drafted by the Rockies in 2010, and even has cards in Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects and Topps Pro Debut.  Despite his main job playing professional football, he’s played in some minor league/spring training games.  He was last seen in a Yankees uniform back in March pinch-hitting for Aaron Judge.

(15) players have photo variations.  These are easy to spot as the CMP codes differ.  The base card CMP code ends in #370, whereas photo variations end in #393.  (13) photo variations have autograph counterparts #’ed/25.  Superfractor autograph photo variations are in there too.

Among all of the autographs, relics, and parallels there are (4) types of inserts.  These are 2017 AFL Fall Stars2017 AFL Fall Stars MVP2018 Bowman Sterling Continuity, and Peaks Of Potential.  I like the 2018 Bowman Sterling Continuity cards.  They make me wish that brand still existed as a standalone product.  I use to buy a lot of that.

While opening my box, I did come across something a little odd.  The Purple Shimmer Refractors are #’ed/655.  Usually basic refractors are the highest serial numbered parallels you’ll pull.  This time around they’re #’ed/499.  Its unusual to see something like a Purple Shimmer Refractor numbered higher.  You’ed think it would be the other way around.

Bowman Chrome is a prospector’s paradise.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • James Nelson
  • Jorge Guzman

Parallels

  • Luiz Gohara RC Blue Refractor #’ed/150
  • Darwinzon Hernandez Refractor #’ed/499
  • Taylor Trammell Purple Shimmer Refractor #’ed/655

Inserts

  • Estevan Florial 2018 Bowman Sterling Continuity
  • Sandy Alcantara 2017 AFL Fall Stars
  • Adbert Alzolay 2017 AFL Fall Stars
  • Aramis Ademan Peaks Of Potential
  • Keibert Ruiz Peaks Of Potential
  • Andres Gimenez Peaks Of Potential
  • Luis Robert Peaks Of Potential

Pirates ’18 Bowman High Tek Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Shane Baz 2018 Bowman High Tek Prospects Auto.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, October 12, 2018 @ 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!!!

Guess The Set – October 5, 2018

Can you Guess The Set?  This evening I’ll post the correct answer in the comment section and on Twitter.  Good luck!

Hint – Baseball rookie of a football legend.