I finally got around to purchasing a hobby box of the brand-new Heritage at my local hobby shop on Thursday. It was a
So now it's time to tell you how I did. Just the 'hits' and inserts. I will spare you the base cards. At least not this time around.
One very cool card I got was the above color variation of Matt Kemp's short-print No. 450. Per the odds listed on the wrapper, these are seeded one per every 155 packs. Essentially, that means there is one every six or seven boxes. I guess that's impressive. Personally, I would've liked to gotten one of the action photo variations, which are more attainable at 1:26 packs. But, I'm certainly happy to land the Kemp. By the way, how about the snarl on his face? Yikes!
This is a chrome refractor, numbered 174/564. These are found one every 42 packs. So, again, I beat the odds, I suppose. Nice card of one of the game's best all-around players.
This is one of the regular chrome parallels. One every 24 packs, or one per hobby box. I like how the Carolina blue color scheme looks on the White Sox cards. Not exactly doing backflips for Chris Sale, though.
Now, onto something a little more my speed: Short prints!
The Blue Birds were well represented. A couple of good players to get right there.
These three round out the SP crop for this box. Alas, no David Wright, Mike Trout, Mike Stanton etc. I have a feeling I'll be pulling my hair out trying to get all of these dang things. Have I stated this before? Well, I just stated it again.
Speaking of Verlander...
Another Tiger sighting, courtesy of Then and Now. I'm a fan of the Jim Bunning photo because it was taken at Shea Stadium.
Ah, Shea Stadium. The former home of the Mets opened for business in 1964. Great card! I'm pretty sure I've taken in a game at ol' Shea from perspective.
Anyhow, those are the highlights. Are you underwhelmed? May I be honest with you? I can't say I would make this purchase again if I had to do it over. Don't get me wrong, I definitely like the oodles of base cards and various inserts -- some of which are hobby-only -- you get in these boxes. And it's always fun to rip lotsa packs, naturally. But unless you get a crazy hit like, say, a Harper auto or a Trout variation card, you really don't get your dollar's worth.
But, Mark, can't you say the same about every baseball card purchase nowadays, especially so with Heritage?
Ummm, no comment. Trying to remain positive, damn it!
Wow, what a bummer of a way to end this post, huh? Sorry about that, folks. I'll do my best to be a tad more chipper (or shall we say Larry?) in the future. In the meantime, I'll probably be tapping the brakes with Heritage -- or any -- purchases for a little while.