April 21, 2016

My Best Blaster of 2016(So Far)

For quite some time, I've been reading about folks finding discounted boasters of 2015 Stadium Club. I thought they were a myth because despite my best efforts, I hadn't seen one in person. Well, that all changed a few days ago. I happened to be in one of the local Toys R Us stores and even though the card prices are way more expensive there, I can't help but to check out what's sitting on the shelves. On this particular trip, I literally did a double take when I saw this staring back at me:

I searched behind every blaster hoping there would be one more, but alas there was only one. I got a little bit excited and started to rip the plastic open before taking this photo. Going into this break, I hoped to put a dent into my remaining set needs. Let's go pack by pack and see how I did.

Best card of pack one goes to the Ortiz, hands down.

Ummm...pack two blew me away! Greinke at the bat probably would have won the pack if it wasn't for that Javy Baez auto(more on that a little later).

Just a few days after Jackie Robinson Day, pack three provided a belated celebratory JR hot pack!

Cal interacting with all of those fans is definitely the best of the pack four bunch. The A-Rod is the first gold parallel of the blaster and will take up permanent residency in my collection as well.

The Abreu Triumvirate takes the cake in pack five. It'll be sent out to JediJeff soon, assuming he needs it.

As far as photography goes, pack six was pretty weak. That Xander is the black parallel and because of that, it easily is the winner of the pack.

Pack seven was the weakest of the blaster. Even hitting the Longoria insert didn't help it. There is not much about that insert set that I like. So, winner here goes to the DeGrom...by default.

A gold Elvis sighting wins the eighth and final pack. Here is the blaster break down:
- 8 packs, 5 cards each = 40 total cards
- 7 total inserts; 2 gold foil, 1 black foil, 1 Contact Sheet, 1 Legends, 1 Triumvirate, and 1 auto
- 13 of the 33 base cards were needed for my set build

The Baez auto was a huge surprise pull, let's take a closer look.

When I first flipped through the pack, I didn't realize it was the gold foil auto. Only 25 copies!!! I hope Baez can get himself healthy and figure out a way to cut down on his strikeout rate. All in all, I wish I pulled a higher percentage of base cards that I needed for the set build, but I certainly can't complain. Maybe I'll get lucky and find another discounted blaster or two to help me complete my set. Thanks for reading.


  1. The moment I saw the gold in the shot, I knew that Baez was limited. I thought 50, but 25 is twice as good. Nice blaster pull. My blaster autos tend to be nobodies.

    And if you offering that Abreu, I would love it, as I do not have a copy of it. Thanks in advance!

    1. It'll be in the next package I send your way!

  2. That's a beautiful Javy, congrats! Looks like the wait for a disount blaster was worth it

  3. Man I just love the base cards. Wished more were done like this.