Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Two for Two! More from Archives
After seeing all the fantastic Archives posts and reviews around blogo-land the past few days, my appetite was whetted for more of this fun product. My initial foray was a blaster box over the weekend, producing a nice yield of base and insert cards, plus a little relic mojo.
My second go-round with Archives was yet another blaster, this time nabbed from Wal-Mart in New Castle, Del. on my way home from the quarry. The results, as you can tell from the image above, were as splendid as the first crack. Two blasters, two hits, one happy dude!
I really love the Fan Favorites autos, and was drooling over some of them on eBay just yesterday (specifically the HoJo and Gregg Jefferies issues). I also ran into this Mickey Tettleton on a few occasions and was instantly fond of it. Mickey is one of my player collections, as he was one of my favorite catchers/sluggers when I was growing up. Naturally, I was giddy when I stumbled upon this on-card auto about halfway through the blaster packs. This card is a real beaut!
The Mickey auto wasn't the only excitement in the box...
I scored this gold rainbow parallel, too! As most other bloggers who also pulled these things have noted, you can't really appreciate how amazing these cards look unless you see 'em in person. Especially in the 1990 Topps format.
I found it interesting that the gold parallel was apparently a tougher pull (1:85) than the Fan Favorites autograph (1:62). I know the gold variant is numbered to /199, but I would've imagined an on-card auto to be much rarer a commodity. But, what do I know? Either way, I guess this was a pretty darn good blaster box considering that it contained a pair of prizes such as these.
As for the rest of the contents, well, feel free to skip this part if you're bored by base cards. But, I figure this is still a fairly new frontier and many of us haven't seen a lot of the base cards yet. So why not share?
I'm biased, of course, so I think this Doc Gooden is the best of the '72s that I've seen thus far. Though, the Pujols is pretty darn attractive, too.
Tom Terrific and The Kid were two of the biggest non-insert highlights of the box. The Morgan is no slouch, either.
I've been let down by the '85s to this point. The lack of action photos really irks me, and I just can't let it go. That being said, that Ted Williams card is hot!
As disappointed as I am in the '85 effort, that's how extremely pleased I am with the '90s. I love the job Topps did on the Nationals and D'backs color schemes. That Eaton card is visual candy! And how about that Pedro Alvarez card with the yellow cap working in symphony with the colored borders. Nice!
My two Fan Favorite short prints...
How come the "Tigers" on Fryman's card isn't trademarked?? Gasp! Anyhow, I've now collected Juan Samuel, Vince Coleman, Dauren Daulton and Travis Fryman from the SP list. The '93 design has never been one of my favorites, but I'm surely a Fryman fan.
Heavy-duty HOF activity on this four-panel sticker. I've got this one ticketed for the best Padre-lovin' card blogger in Texas.
Nothing new to add about these All-Star inserts; they're still great! I actually got two of these AS cards, but the other is already a duplicate for me -- Rickey Henderson. If anyone is interested in it, just lemme know!
And I'll finish up with an insert set that I wasn't too keen on during my initial review, but my second helping has started to sway me in the other direction. In this case, it comes down to player selection and the photo choices.
I'll just let the pictures do the talking here. All I can see is hair, hair which cannot be contained within a simple baseball cap. Give me more old-school jersey tops and era-specific hair styles and I'll be completely sold on this insert set!
And there you have it. Blaster No. 2 in the books, and it was the best one yet! Because nature and/or the universe always seem to balance out our fortunes, the next blaster I purchase will have zero hits and consist exclusively of duplicates, all of which will have either printing errors or dinged corners or both. But, I've been spoiled with these first two boxes, so I have no room to complain in advance of presumed misfortune. Instead, I'll focus on the positive and savor my lucky streak.
Just to be safe, though, maybe I'll switch to rack packs next time.