Sunday, October 15, 2017

2017 Topps Fire Baseball Gold Mint Base Parallel Blaster Bonus pack!

Man that title is a mouth full.  Anyways one more day of Topps Fire.  Here is the bonus pack you get in the blasters that contain 4 base Gold Mint parallel cards.  Prepare to be underwhelmed.  Here are the 4 cards.  The backs are identical to the base cards, but I've included a scan of one for you.

The Gold Mint parallels look pretty nice. They remind me of the old Score Gold Rush parallels from the 90's.  If I was a younger man I might have even considered trying to put this set together.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

2017 Topps Fire Baseball Blaster Pack

Kin beat me to the Fire post, but I've already scanned the cards so you get a weekend of Topps Fire.  I've been making stops at my local Target just to see if they've gotten any Fire in and finally, finally I stopped by this afternoon and they were loaded up.  Looks like they might have just put it out as there were the full boxes, blasters and rack packs.  I opted for the blaster and the bonus Gold Mint parallel pack, I'll post later.

I will say I like this set better than the football offering from a couple years ago.  I don't remember seeing any mention of this product coming and Topps kind of sprung it on us.  I wasn't happy that it was a Target Exclusive, this product would have enjoyed some success in the hobby shops.  Would be nice to get another low-mid product to choose from there.  Ahem.

I've picked the best pack from the box, and by best I mean the one with my only serial numbered card in it.  But I've also decided to share all the inserts and parallels from the blaster.  From what I can see from people posting breaks of this the blaster boxes are the only place to get the Gold Mint parallels, the rack packs are the only place to get the Blue Chip parallels and the full boxes look to be the only place to find the base inserts.  I could be wrong about that, but all my inserts were Gold Mint parallels so unless I just hit an abnormal box I think that's the way the inserts will fall.

The blasters come with 7 packs plus one Gold Mint pack with 4 base parallels in it.  Each blaster pack has 6 cards, unless you hit something.  I did not.  A full blaster will net you 46 cards about 35 base cards minus the parallels and inserts.

Here are the base cards from the pack.  There are a couple different background designs.

This product seems loaded with Cubs, probably because it is.  I ended up getting 5 out of the blaster, two in this pack alone, which was the most of any team and I know that's not even all of the teams base cards.  Here was my "hit" in the blaster.

This is an orange parallel card #/299.

The blaster also held 2 of the unnumbered flame parallels, or at least I think that's what they are.  They are very shiny.

I also pulled 3 inserts, and like I said before, all three were Gold Mint parallels.

Overall I think the cards look nice. I'm not overly thrilled with the different parallel insertions over different product types, but that's just me.  I doubt I'll buy much more, I might by a rack pack or two, but I won't be springing for a full box of this.

Friday, October 13, 2017

2017 Topps Fire Fat Pack

I stopped at Target on my way home this evening and after grabbing what I went for, I stopped by the card display.  I saw some packs of the new 2017 Topps Fire and thought "eh, why not?"  I'll throw them into my traders on Trading Card Database and I'm sure I will be able to trade most of them off. 


LINK:  2017 Topps Fire Baseball Checklist, Team Set Lists, Release Date

I picked up two of the fat packs.  Each one contained three inserts or parallels.  I will post the result of the second pack later on my personal blog, I Feel Like a Collector Again

The card design makes me think of former NFL Head Coach Dennis Green.  "They are what we thought they were" is an accurate statement.

2017 Topps Fire #200 Babe Ruth

2017 Topps Fire #200 Babe Ruth (back)

2017 Topps Fire #129 Ivan Rodriguez

2017 Topps Fire #130 JaCoby Jones

2017 Topps Fire Blue Chip #72 Roberto Clemente

2017 Topps Fire Blue Chip #72 Roberto Clemente (back)

2017 Topps Fire Golden Grabs #GG-2 Manny Machado

2017 Topps Fire Golden Grabs #GG-2 Manny Machado (back)

2017 Topps Fire Monikers #M-34 Mike Trout

2017 Topps Fire Monikers #M-34 Mike Trout (back)

2017 Topps Fire #136 Max Scherzer

2017 Topps Fire #56 Nelson Cruz

2017 Topps Fire #96 Ian Happ

2017 Topps Fire #121 Cody Bellinger

2017 Topps Fire #193 Jake Arrieta

2017 Topps Fire #147 Yasmani Grandal

What do you think of the set?  Is it something you'll buy?  Let us know what you think in the comments below. 

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2017 General Mills Pokemon TCG Sun & Moon Promo Pack


Hope everyone is doing well.  Yesterday marks my 6th year contributing posts to APTBNL; I would have posted it on time, but there was a certain Game 5 that diverted my attention.  Late anniversary posts have happened before, and I'm sure it'll happen again.

I usually do a non-sports pack for the anniversary post.  However, my usual scan folder is inaccessible at this time, so I had no choice to snap some pics of the newest cards my youngest picked's a promo pack of Pokemon TCG Sun & Moon!

Came home last week to see a box of Lucky Charms on the table.  I thought it was odd because if The Wifey buys cereal for the boys, she usually buys more than one box.  When I went to the other side of the table and saw the back, I put two and two together:

Back of the Lucky Charms box.  
So, there's a 3 card pack in select General Mills cereal boxes consisting of 1 foil and 2 regular cards.
There's 12 cards in the set, 4 of which are just foil cards.  Here's the checklist:

The foil cards are on the left; the 4 cards along the top are the foil ones.  I didn't scan the back since they were just ads for their online stuff.

Here's what he got:

#SM01 - Rowlet (foil)
#72/149 - Crabrawler
#106/149 - Pikipek

Based on the numbering, it looks like The Pokemon Company just got a bunch of cards from the Pokemon Sun & Moon set and created special packs for General Mills.  My youngest was happy to get the Rowlet.

Anyway, that's the pack.  Here's to many more years of packs and blogging...have a great weekend, and for 6 years...thanks for reading!

Monday, October 09, 2017

2017 Topps Star Wars 40th Anniversary Hobby

Here today another pack of Star Wars 40th Anniversary, a Hobby Pack. I broke a whole box. I'll share the "hits" from the box at the bottom.

I guess the idea is to highlight important moments in Star Wars history.

Here are some important moments, I suppose.

The subsets are really cool. Some of them are concept art and posters.

This is the Italian poster in card form.
Not from this pack, here are the box hits I got:

On the left is a buyback from 1977 of Han Solo. On the right is an auto from Jeremy Bulloch who portrayed Boba Fett.

And here is a 1 of 1 film cel relic. This is the scene where Obi Wan shuts down the tractor beam.