2008 Tristar Prospects Plus Blaster Review

On Thursday I received my first package from Tristar.  Inside was a blaster box of 2008 Tristar Prospects Plus.  There are 5 packs per box with 6 cards per pack.  Lets review it!

Key:
1 Baseball = Poor
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5 Baseballs = Perfect
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Design: Photobucket

The borders have a chrome or foil finish which makes them visually appealing.  The border design looks as if every card is die-cut, but when you move in closer you’ll find thats not the case.  There are a variety of die-cut parallels in this product, but I don’t think the base cards should have a design that resembles the parallels.  I do like how each team’s color is worked into the borders.

Price: Photobucket

A blaster box of 2008 Tristar Prospects Plus can be picked up for $19.99.  If you’re looking to make your money back its not likely going to happen.  You could get lucky and pull an autograph of Tim Beckham or Buster Posey, but there will be a bunch of lesser known players collectors are going to pull.  The hit I pulled has an eBay value of about $1.00.

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Every blaster box guarantees 1 autograph.  I got the stated average and pulled an autograph of Edwin Quirarte who is a RHP for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.  Last year he went 3-3 with a 2.12 ERA.  The autograph is on a sticker, but I am glad to see that Tristar used a white background which really makes the signature standout.  The Farm Hands set seems to be popular with collectors.

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I give my blaster box 2.5 baseballs out of 5.  I got the stated average, but there wasn’t a big hit.  If you pick up a box at Wal-Mart or Target, you’ll probably get the same results.  If you enjoy collecting prospects, you should have a blast opening one of these boxes.

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On Wednesday Tristar sent me an e-mail saying that they will be sending a box of 2009 Tristar PROjections Series 1 for me to review.  For more Sports Card Info videos click here.

2008 Topps Updates & Highlights Blaster Box Break

This box wasn’t too bad.  I did get a few things for my collection.  I probably wouldn’t go out and purchase a full box.  What I am excited for is 2009 Topps baseball.  Lets hope I can track down one of those Phillies 2008 World Series relic cards.

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Football Blaster Box Break

I went to Wal-Mart this morning and picked up a few blaster boxes to open.  Here are the results of my 2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces football blaster.  Since I’m a Dolphins fan, I think it was a great box.  I hope you don’t mind that I’m just a little slow getting some of the cards to the camera.  Enjoy!

 

2008 UD Timeline Blaster Box Break

Memorabilia:

Tevor Hoffman Jersey

Inserts & Rookies:

Alfonso Soriano The Upper Deck Co.

Brian Bocock Rookie

Juston Morneau 2008

Matt Joyce Rookie

Derek Jeter 2008

Nick Blackburn Rookie Die-Cut

Joey Votto Rookie

Jeff Clement Rookie

Joe McCarthy Yankee Stadium Legacy

Ichiro The Upper Deck Co.

Justin Masterson Rookie

Chien-Ming Wang Gold

Nick Markakis 2008

Travis Hafner Die-Cut

Max Scherzer Rookie

Clay Timpner Rookie

Ian Kennedy The Upper Deck Co.

Kosuke Fukudome Rookie

Kyle McClellan Rookie

Jeremy Hermida 2008

Jay Bruce Rookie Die-Cut

Fred Lewis early Upper Deck insert design

Rico Washington Rookie

Derek Jeter The Upper Deck Co.

Matt Tolbert Rookie Gold

Chase Utley The Upper Deck Co.

Ken Griffey, Jr 2008

Overall, it was an ok break.  I wasn’t expecting to get anything really huge.  I also pulled three Phillies for my collection, and two Ken Griffey, Jr cards picturing him in his White Sox uniform.  Those are the first cards I have seen of him in that uniform.

2008 Bowman Football Blaster Box Break

I picked up a blaster box of 2008 Bowman football this morning at Wal-Mart and here is what I received:

Memorabilia:

Harry Douglas Fabric of the Future Jersey

Chrome Rookies:

Robert James

Graig Steltz

Marcus Smith

Tom Zbikowski

Quentin Groves

Derek Fine

Bryan Smith

Other Inserts:

Jermichael Finley RC Orange Border #’ed/250

Jamaal Charles Blue Border RC #’ed/500

Steve Slaton Gold Border RC

Matt Forte Gold Border RC – It wouldn’t be a good break without him 🙂

Overall I think the break was ok.  I didn’t know that the memorabilia card was separated from the packs inside the box.