Thursday, March 2, 2017

A box for March

It's a new month, so I grabbed another box to bust out of my Black Friday stash. I gotta say I'm happy with how this idea has gone for me so far, always having a box to look forward to, and it keeps me from getting too tempted to spend money on boxes elsewhere. Sure, it prevents me from ripping the latest stuff (no 2017 Heritage here), but that doesn't bother me too much.


Scheduled for March is another box of 2014 Panini Prizm Draft, one of the several I grabbed at a sweet sub-blaster price. Still hoping to land an auto of Trea Turner and/or Kyle Schwarber. Let's crack 'er open!


The refractors were heavy on Yankee pitchers.


Nobody too interesting in the colored refractors. Those "electric blue mojo prizm" (or whatever) look kinda cool and this was the lowest-numbered parallel of the box (/75), but Matt Railey is an outfielder who hit .165 in A-ball last year, so...


And the autos. Ugh. All pitchers.. Always a bummer for me when all the promised hits are pitchers. Nothing low-numbered here. Kodi Medeiros has a minor league career ERA of 5.34 going into 2017. Nick Howard is nearly the same, at 5.38. Luis Ortiz is a top prospect for the Brewers, so I'd say this "Press Proof" /199 is the best card of the box, but I already pulled an auto of his from a previous box, so not too exciting for me. Chris Ellis reached AAA (and sucked) in the Braves org last year.


So yeah, the box was pretty much a dud. At least there was one base card I was happy to pull: a Michael Conforto "Draft Class" insert that I didn't yet have in my modest MC PC. Sounds like he's off to a hot start in Spring Training this year, so hopefully that carries into the regular season.

Besides the Conforto, all the cards in this post are available for trade, though I might be reluctant to part with the Luis Ortiz auto unless for something decent.

That's it for today. Thanks for reading.

11 comments:

  1. Ugh...Matt Railey. I bought a Superfractor of Railey a couple years ago. That was a disaster. The Suchy is a neat looking card though, and the autos are sharp even though they're some pedestrian pitching prospects. Hopefully Ortiz pans out so you get some value out of the box.

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    1. Ouch! Sorry to hear about your Railey superfractor debacle.

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  2. It's probably a good thing you didn't pull a Conforto auto... because it's a redemption. I pulled his purple prizm signature out of my box and I'm pretty sure he's never signed them. Who knows what I'll get as a replacement.

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    1. Ha, I also pulled his purple prizm signature redemption out of a box back when this product was relatively new. Then I got rid of it on Listia. Soon thereafter, he got hot and I was kicking myself. But now that it looks like he never signed those cards, I'm not kicking myself quite so hard. :)

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    1. Yep. Not pictured are all the terrible, drab base cards. The shiny ones are nice, though.

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  4. Couple things:

    1) That Jordan Montgomery is the future of MLB uniforms, in the mark of the beast on the chest for Under Armour. 2020, folks.

    2) Why in the hell do you have medical stickers on your boxes and what does "plain gut" refer to?

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    1. 1) ugh. That's where it starts, then it's not long till ballplayers look like NASCAR drivers with all the advertising over their uniforms. Hopefully I'm dead before it comes to that.

      2) My previous job was at a company that made veterinary suture. When they moved out of state, I brought home a bunch of crap from them they were tossing, including a big roll of labels that I sometimes kinda use for sticky-note type things. Plain Gut is a type of collagen suture. Yeah, it's a weird name. There's also Chromic Gut.

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  5. Sorry about the box. That set usually produces a bigger name prospect per box. The good thing though is you never know. You may look back in a year and all these guys are top prospects.

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    1. Yeah, and for less that the cost of a blaster, it's still a fun rip and it doesn't sting too much if the box is a dud.

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  6. I've come to realize that Prizm Draft is very much a "you get what you pay for" product. You buy boxes for prices on par with retail blasters only to realize it's not all that different, except with four guaranteed hits.

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