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

Card of the Day: Ryan Klesko 2003 Fleer Platinum #76

2018 Topps Premier League Platinum Soccer Box Break & Review

How about another soccer box?  This time around its a box of 2018 Topps Premier League Platinum.  Between my box of ’18 Topps MLS and ’17/’18 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League, I’ve seen some decent pulls.  Will the luck continue?  Lets take a look.

A master box is made up of two mini boxes.  Guaranteed inside each mini box is one autograph.  That means there are two autographs per master box.  Also, one of those mini boxes will have a relic card.

The base set consists of (100) cards.  Parallels include Green #’ed/100, Purple #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/10, and Holographic Foil #’ed 1/1.  Beyond the base set, the card numbers continue with a good number of short prints – Global Star (#101-#140), New Signing (#141-#160), and Icon (#161-#180).  Each of these have Purple parallels #’ed/50, and a FoilFractor #’ed 1/1.

Topps did a wonderful job of designing these cards.  They look really nice.  You don’t see Topps using a lot of foilboard.  Very clean looking too.  I like the plastic feel.  It would be very neat to see a baseball set designed like this.  Even the font used for the serial numbering isn’t what you’d traditionally see.  I think that has a lot to do with these cards being printed in the UK.

Boxes cost about $80.  Considering you receive (96) cards per box, it wouldn’t take that much to complete the base set.  Eric Cantona of Manchester United is a top autograph to pull.  Base autographs sell for $200.  It’s parallels are worth even more.

Even if you’re not that into soccer, products like this are fun to open if you want something different.  I’ve had a lot of luck with them recently.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Grzegorz Krychowiak
  • Alvaro Morata

Relics

  • Christian Atsu
  • Adam Federici

Parallels

  • Jordan Henderson Purple #’ed/50
  • Heung-Min Son Purple #’ed/50
  • Leighton Baines Green #’ed/100

Icon

  • Matt Ritchie

Global Star

  • Morgan Schneiderlin
  • Chris Lowe
  • Gabriel Jesus
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson

New Signing

  • Mohamed Salah
  • Harry Maguire
  • Wesley Hoedt

Card of the Day: Sean Manaea 2016 Bowman Platinum #91

Card of the Day: Mo Vaughn 1997 Pinnacle Totally Certified Platinum Blue #2

Card of the Day: Stefon Diggs 2015 Topps Platinum #141

Card of the Day: Cody Bellinger 2017 Bowman Platinum #76

Card of the Day: Ben Davis 2002 Fleer Platinum #167

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Card of the Day: Terrell Owens 1996 Pacific Invincible Platinum Blue #I-132

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Card of the Day: Tim Tebow 2010 Topps Platinum RC Superfractor #79

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