Tuesday, July 5, 2016
2016 TSC Blaster
All right, let's dig into this blaster of 2016 Stadium Club and see how I did!
Pack 1 Recap: My first TSC card of the year is a Phillie. Bleh! But, it's at least a very cool action shot of an airborne Freddy Galvis. The horizontal Vizquel is great, and my first Mets card of the box is recently-demoted catcher Kevin Plawecki. Rounded out by exciting youngsters Springer and Kepler, this was a solid start!
Pack 2 Recap: My first parallel of the blaster is a gold foil Volquez. The golds are 1:4 packs. The Henry Aaron black 'n white card is the star of this pack, though.
Pack 3 Recap: A mostly ho-hum affair, but a Nola rookie and an uber-TSC photo of Hall of Famer Robin Yount are noteworthy. If you're into bubbles, Nelson Cruz has something for you.
Pack 4 Recap: A pair of nice horizontal shots with Carpenter and Dozier take a backseat to Francisco Lindor's sharp-lookin' rookie. Do you remember when getting a Ryan Howard card was an occasion?
Pack 5 Recap: Now we're cookin'! I'm biased, but that Syndergaard is my favorite card of the box. Kung-fu Wilson and a Mazara rookie are certain highlights. And that First Day Issue of Brandon Belt is a good find--those parallels are seeded 1:356 packs.
Pack 6 Recap: My first 'insert' of the box is a Bryce Harper "Contact Sheet," seeded 1:16 packs, so I beat the odds. My third Met is a celebratory Jeurys Familia. I like!
Pack 7 Recap: A most excellent pack here, featuring the exciting Bryant plus my fourth Met and an epic Ozzie Smith landscape -- possibly during All-Star festivities at The Vet?
Pack 8 Recap: A tremendous photo of the now-underwhelming Harvey; Spring Training photo of Cueto; another gold parallel (Liriano); and I don't know what Moose is doing to his jersey.
No real fireworks here, but a very fun and satisfying first taste of '16 Stadium Club. I got five Mets, an insert of the reigning NL MVP, and a rare First Day Issue parallel.
I'm toying with the idea of getting a hobby box. Or maybe even doing one of those online team breaks for the Mets. I guess I'm really into this set!