Well- we were able to make it through three-quarters of the evening. We never made it to the movie. A call from a sobbing girl saw to it that that wouldn't happen. But that's fine- she needed mom; and it's probably a good thing-as it turns out she has the flu. Anyway, all was not lost...we had a fabulous time at dinner, were able to pick up a couple of surprises for said daughter, and I was able to pick up a 2013 Topps Update blaster. For the sake of time, I will only list the highlights from the box, which I think turned out to be a pretty good one.
I decided to open the special one-card pack first; you know, the one with the manufactured patch card. Well, it might be the one player whom I am absolutely sick of- but hey, he's a hot commodity, right?
Target Red parallels US1 Matt Harvey
#US138 Danny Salazar Gold (1080/2013)
Mini '71 #TM9 Robinson Cano
US265 Gerrit Cole
First Brave...US298 Luis Avilan
US220 Zack Wheeler (Red)
Franchise Forerunners #FF2 Dodgers (Puig/Kemp)
Chasing History #CH147 Bob Feller
US20 Carlos Gomez AS (Red)~ I wanted to show it, but Brian McCann blocked me from doing so.
Making Their Mark #MM28 Nick Franklin
US176 Matt Lindstrom (Emerald Foil)
US224 Brad Miller (Red)
US87 Evan Gattis (Red)!!
US280 John Lannan (Gold 0102/2013)
Chasing History #CH130 Jackie Robinson
US255 Alex Wood RC!!
US259 Nolan Arenado RC
US260 Wil Myers
US180 Bryce Harper (Red)
US73 Buster Posey (Red)
Making Their Mark #MM34 Nolan Arenado
Postseason Heroes #PH3 George Brett
US237 Mariano Rivera CL (Red)
71 Mini #TM47 Don Mattingly
Other Reds: US52, US153, US18, US11, US210, US143, US23,
US93,US144, US75, US240
My Two Cents
As I've mentioned before, this used to be my favorite set each year- until 2010 when it my box yielding nowhere even close to a set. After that fiasco, I've given up on putting together this set- or any other one, for that matter. That being said, I did enjoy busting this blaster. It was purely just for the 'enjoyment factor'- and here's to hoping that I can use some of the cards as trade bait. All cards except the Puig Patch, the Choate Camo, and lined-out cards are available- just let me know what you need. While I enjoyed pulling two red cards per pack (why, I don't know; I just recently poo-poohed the parallel's in another post), as a set collector I would have hated it- that would have been two fewer cards per pack to go towards the base set. It is what it is, though.