2018 Bowman Platinum Baseball Blaster Box Break

This is just a quick break.  For the last couple of years, the Bowman Platinum brand has been a Walmart exclusive.  My local Walmart store had three blasters on the shelf.  By now they could be all gone.

There are three different formats that you can find this product in – Fat Packs, Blasters, and Collector’s Boxes.  Each comes with it’s own exclusive parallel.  A Collector’s Box is the most expensive at $80, but that does include (2) autographs.  The base set consists of (100) cards and the following parallels: Ice (Blaster), Sky Blue (Fat Pack), Purple #’ed/250, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Orange #’ed/25 (Collector’s Box), Red #’ed/10, and Foilfractor #’ed/1.  Top Prospects have (100) cards too with the same parallels.

Photo variations are quite easy to spot.  The pictures are drastically different compared to a traditional base card.  CMP codes for base are #264, whereas photo variations are #303.

My favorite Walmart exclusive Topps product recently is 2017 Topps Gallery.  But these look cool too.  When talking about the base set, that pure blackness mixed with those psychedelic swirls is totally far out.

Here is what I pulled:

Parallels

  • Estevan Florial Top Prospects Purple #’ed/250
  • Javier Baez Ice
  • Dansby Swanson Ice
  • Hudson Potts Top Prospects Ice
  • Dennis Santana Top Prospects Ice

Inserts

  • Andres Gimenez Prismatic Prodigies
  • Alex Verdugo Rookie Revelations
  • Alex Verdugo Platinum Presence

Rookies

  • Dominic Smith
  • Harrison Bader
  • Chance Sisco
  • Victor Robles

Top Prospects

  • Hunter Greene
  • Jake Burger
  • Dennis Santana
  • Nick Pratto
  • Shane Bieber
  • Greg Deichmann
  • Riley Pint

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2017 Topps WWE Women’s Division Blaster Box Break & Review

It has been a long time since I’ve opened a box of wrestling cards.  One of those TNA Knockouts boxes from TRISTAR is probably the last wrestling box I tackled.  New from my friends at Topps and exclusive only to Walmart is 2017 WWE Women’s Division Wrestling.

Like I said, this product can only be found at Walmart.  It comes in three different formats – Blasters, Hangers, and Fat Packs.  Blasters are most likely going to be the popular choice as each box comes with (1) “hit”.  Along with your “hit” you’ll find (80) other cards.  (40) of them will be from Matches and Moments and the remaining (40) come from the Roster portion of the base set.  Roster cards borrow the 2017 Major League Soccer design, whereas Matches and Moments uses the design from Road to WrestleMania.  Despite not guaranteeing a “hit”, Hangers and Fat Packs are the only places you can find special inserts.  The overall base set consists of (100) cards, so a few boxes should yield a complete set.  Parallels include Silver #’ed/50, Blue #’ed/25, Gold #’ed/10, and Red #’ed/1.  Unlike the Roster parallels, the Matches and Moments parallels are serial numbered on the back.  I highly recommend checking those backs as you could easily miss them while shuffling through that card brick.

The checklist is solid.  Especially when it comes to the autographs.  Topps included a wide variety of past and present wrestlers.  Blasters cost about $30.  In today’s hobby its a breath of fresh air to see an entirely female-based set.  Wrestling fans should enjoy, and for the price of a blaster its not much of a risk.

Here is what I pulled:

Relic

  • Charlotte Flair Survivor Series Mat Relic #’ed/199

2010 TRISTAR TNA Xtreme Blaster Box Break & Review

Design: Photobucket

The card stock is thick and the photography is great.  When it comes to the autographs, I like the glitter effect TRISTAR uses throughout the card.

Price: Photobucket

Blasters can be found for about $20.00 depending on which retailer you visit.  Hobby boxes sell for $70.00.

Hit Quality: Photobucket

Blasters only contain (1) autograph.  Hobby boxes contain on average (2) autographs and (1) relic.  I received the following:

  • Velvet Sky autograph

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Overall, I give 2010 TRISTAR TNA Xtreme 3 folding chairs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  If your a wrestling fan, I’m sure you’ll have fun busting a box of this stuff.  The blasters offer a quick thrill for collectors.

Here is another look at the 8-card OBAK set I won in the contest.  Each hobby box comes with (1) OBAK card which is limited to 310 copies.

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2009 TRISTAR Prospects + Blaster Break & Review

TRISTAR sent over an early Thanksgiving present yesterday and supplied me with a blaster of their new 2009 Prospects + product.  You can find these at many retail outlets such as Wal-Mart and Target.  For full hobby boxes be sure to check your local card shop or favorite online dealer.

Design: Photobucket

TRISTAR has really improved the design of this year’s Prospects +.  Last year’s base cards seemed a little over done with the chrome like finish and what looked from a distance like a die cut design.  ’09 Prospects + returns to a simpler design that contains color in the background versus just plain white which has been done before.

Price: Photobucket

You should be able to find these blasters for between $10.00 and $20.00 at places like Wal-Mart and Target.  That seems about right for the average blaster box.

Hit Quality: Photobucket

You can’t expect to get a ton of hits, if any, from a blaster box.  Have blasters been known to yield big hits in the past?  Sure.  Is it possible to pull autographs and relics from blasters?  Absolutely.  But it is much harder than your standard hobby box, especially a decent hit.  Hobby boxes of ’09 Prospects + yield 9 hits on average.  Blasters on the other hand don’t guarantee anything.  You get one pack with 20 cards.  I didn’t pull any autographs or relics but thats what you expect from a blaster.  I like the Stephen Strasburg Crystal Ballers which are retail exclusive and can be found in 5 different color variations.  I pulled the green version from my blaster.  For some reason they remind me of an insert that could have been pulled from the 90’s.  They also have that sketch card look to them.  Be sure to look for Obak update cards within this product too.  Obak was probably my favorite retro product this year.

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Overall, I give this product 3 baseballs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  Prospects + will always be a great contender against other prospect based products like Bowman.  If your looking for guaranteed hits, I would suggest spending the extra money for a hobby box.  These blasters are great for that prospect collector who is looking for that quick fix.

’08 UD Goudey Blaster Break + Mailday

Earlier today I made my way over to our new Target, and I must say that they have a much larger card selection than Wal-Mart.  I decided to try a blaster box of 2008 UD Goudey.  Send me an e-mail if you need any for your set.  Everything is for trade except the Phillies stuff.

Oh yeah!  I also received a new bat tube in the mail today.  This one has a strap attached to it.

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2009 UD Series 2 Baseball Blaster Break

After going for a swim this afternoon I had to head over to Wal-Mart.  The first place I go is the card section, and I saw they had one blaster left of 2009 Upper Deck Series 2 baseball.  I think it was an above average blaster.  If they get anymore in, I’ll try another.  Let me know if your interested in something.  

2009 Topps Heritage Blaster Box Pulls

I went to Wal-Mart today looking to see if they had any ’09 UD Series 2 or ’09 Topps Series 2 but they didn’t, so I decided to try a blaster box of 2009 Topps Heritage.  Everything is for trade except the Phillies stuff.  I tried the gum that comes in each pack, and it was terrible.