Card of the Day: Alex Rodriguez 2002 Topps Auto

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Card of the Day: Chi-Chi Rodriguez 2014 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Signed Jumbo Swatch

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Card of the Day: Alex Rodriguez 1994 Upper Deck SP Holoview Red #33

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Card of the Day: Alex Rodriguez 1995 Score #312

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Card of the Day: Alex Rodriguez 1994 Score Rookie/Traded Highest Call Up #HC1

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Card of the Day: Ivan Rodriguez 1998 Donruss Signature Series Millennium Marks Auto

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Card of the Day: Ivan Rodriguez 1991 Fleer Update RC #62

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2009 Topps Tribute Box Break & Review

It has been 5 years since I’ve opened a pack of Topps Tribute, and after watching a lot of breaks I decided to try a box of the new ’09 stuff.  It was a very fun 6 packs to open.  Check out what I got.  I think there may be someone over at A Cardboard Problem that might be interested one of my pulls 🙂

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The design of these cards is just amazing!  Each and every card in the set has a refractor like finish.  They don’t have any funky borders that make the card look too busy.  They just have a clean cut look to them.  I think out of all the different versions of Topps Tribute, this design is my personal favorite.  Having such a shiny surface does make every card in this set extremely condition sensitive.  They remind me of the cards from ’07 Bowman’s Best.  When holding the base cards on the side, it looks as if there are two cards stuck together when in fact its only one card.  Be careful not to pull the base cards apart thinking there is another card underneath.

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When I purchased my box from Blowout Cards on Friday it cost $226.99 with free shipping.  As of today the price has risen to $284.99 for a single box.  Its one of the most expensive products on the market, but having a small checklist of stars really helps increase the chance of pulling some great stuff.

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’09 Topps Tribute has a terrific combination of hits for collectors to pull.  Collectors can really take advantage of the small checklist which is packed with stars.  I like that your’re promised 3 autographed relics in addition to 3 stand alone relics.  Here is a list of the hits I pulled:

  • Nolan Ryan Blue Refractor #’ed/219
  • Derrek Lee Blue Refractor #’ed/219
  • Chase Utley Blue Refractor #’ed/219
  • Ryan Braun Black Refractor #’ed/99
  • Gary Carter Black Refractor #’ed/99
  • Stan Musial Gold Refractor #’ed/50
  • Albert Pujols Blue Triple Jersey Auto #’ed/75
  • Carl Crawford Gold Bat Auto #’ed/25
  • David Wright Black Jersey Auto #’ed/50
  • Evan Longoria Bat #’ed/99
  • Reggie Jackson Gold Dual Jersey #’ed/25
  • Alex Rodriguez Black Dual Bat Jersey #’ed/50

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Overall I give my box a solid 4 baseballs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  This box was so fun to open and I received some great hits.  As far as my box goes, I got what I paid for plus maybe a little more which doesn’t happen a lot in today’s hobby.  If you have the money I would highly suggest trying a box before the price goes up any further.

Topps Attax = MLB Showdown?

In my opinion, trading card games dealing with sports never really impressed me.  I’ll admitt that when MLB Showdown came out in 2000 I gave it a shot, but I lost interest in it pretty quick.  The only MLB Showdown cards I have now are the few Phillies I was lucky to pull.  With the newly released Topps Attax Card Game, I have a feeling that it too will suffer the same fate as MLB Showdown.  Maybe its just me, but I don’t see kids sitting and playing card games in today’s society.  

As for dollar value concerning sports related trading card games, there really isn’t much.  I have only found two MLB Showdown cards actually worth something.  One would be the 2001 MLB Showdown Albert Pujols Pennant Run #168 RC valued at $40.00 to $50.00.  The other would be an Alex Rodriguez MLB Showdown promotional card that was inserted into Beckett Baseball and can be found for about $15.00.  

I think the absence of rookie cards within Topps Attax will hurt.  At least with MLB Showdown they included a few rookies which helped it become more of a collectible versus a game.

Let me know your thoughts.

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