I had such a blast busting the Flair box that I went ahead and picked up a box of 2006 Ovation too. But no, I didn't go back to the grocery store for it, instead I actually won one on eBay for $36 shipped. Seems like a pretty good deal, and quenches my curiosity for this other "mystery (to me) set". I don't even know what these cards look like.
Let's break 'er open!
There are a lot of similarities between the packages of 2006 Flair Showcase and 2006 Ovation, with both being black boxes with some red background and Ken Griffey, Jr. swinging. Both are really Upper Deck products, so I guess that explains it somewhat.
First impressions: Wow, these are kinda weird cards! I can't think of the word.. but you know, when parts are raised up? Embossed, I guess. Like, these cards would be great for a blind person because you can "feel" the players and textured background. Kinda like those Action Packed cards from the early 90s. Design-wise, these cards remind me of Bowman, with the obvious unique feature being a huge baseball harvest moon in the background.
|First pack packs a Konk. And Padre legend Reggie Sangers.
|I'm seeing red with the 2nd pack. Griffey, Pujols, and V-Mart.. nice pack.
|The 1st insert of the box, Jose Contreras.
|Another insert, this one a Cuban DH who never played US ball, Yoandy Garlobo.
|A few big fan favorites in this pack.
|Jeter. I wonder what he's up to these days? Anybody hear anything about him lately? lol
|This pack boasts the only serial numbered cards in the box, oddly: Vernon Wells (201/499) and forgotten Padre prospect Ben Johnson (730/999).
|A few big names and an insert.
|Some more popular guys and a Big Papi insert.
|There's a PC hit for me in the Giles.
|Love Derrek Lee. I call him Crime Pup because he reminds me of McGriff in many ways.
|Highlights here are Pedro and Peavy, another PC guy for me.
|Here's a non-numbered V. Wells, plus a couple Teixeiras and a Wright.
|Some decent guys here, with Thome rising to the top.
|I like the Miguel Cabrera card a lot.
|Second-to-last pack. Nothing too exciting.
|Look at the glorious stitch through the width of that piece of fabric! I like it. That takes it from being a $5 card to instead a $9 card, in my estimation. But maybe that's just me.