Monday, April 13, 2015
(Home) Opening Day
In honor of the Mets home opener (a 2-0 victory over the Phillies!), here's a pack of 2015 Opening Day that I snagged from Target on my way home Monday afternoon. My first foray into this year's edition, and probably my last, since I'm not super 'into' Opening Day as a set concept. Besides, my resources are best conserved for other pursuits--like Heritage, for instance.
Anyhow, I ripped this pack prior to the matinee contest at Citi Field and it proved to be a good omen for the home team, I suppose, since it contained not one, but two Mets!
Travis d'Arnaud drove in one of the two Mets runs with a sac fly in the 8th, while Grandy drew a pair of walks, giving him a league-high nine through seven games this season.
So, not only was it a Mets "hot pack" but it also turned out to be a Rookie Cup jackpot, as the d'Arnaud was just one of three trophy-adorned cards I received.
Didja see the amazing catch George Springer made to save a walk-off grand slam on Sunday?? An early pick for catch of the year!
Not too bad! The Springer is the same photo featured in the Series 1 flagship set, while I believe the TdA and Wong cards are "previews" of Series 2, so to speak, as I don't think either player is featured in the seminal series. I could be wrong about that.
Anyways, the rest of the pack...
Homer is card No. 1 of the checklist, if that sort of thing interests you.
Gattis is now a member of the Houston Astros. So much for capturing the whole 'Opening Day' vibe.
And, finally, a pretty good looking insert design featuring a pretty goofy photo...
I guess baseball is supposed to be fun, so I can't hate on this card too much. Lincecum is a pretty strange dude, though, huh?
Hey, for one penny shy of a buck, I coulda done a lot worse than these seven cards.