Merry Christmas, those of you readers who celebrate it!
I get a nice onslaught of gifts this time of year, thanks to my b-day being 12.24. I'm lucky that I have folks and in-laws that have disposable income to play with, and are cool with my Christmas/B-day list requests for high-end baseball card boxes.
This year kicks off with a box of 2016 Legends of Baseball, or whatever it's called (update: Legacies of Baseball) courtesy of my mom. Since I haven't heard of a 2017 edition coming out, I guess this was a one-and-done high-end product. It's got some cool stuff, like real metal cards and plenty of lovely on-card autos. Boxes were reasonably priced (as far as high-end boxes go), so I threw it onto my Christmas list. Just 4 cards per pack, so it's a bit of a gamble and you gotta just hope for the best.
Edgar Martinez! Not a bad start. Looks like Edgar has a good shot at a HOF nod in the current vote, trending at around 82% with early results coming in. I never collected him too much, but like him well enough, and am happy to add a nice auto from him to my collection. The "Loyalty" distinction at the bottom is nice.. with Edgar spending his entire 18-year career with the Mariniers
Here's a base card (or I suppose I should say "non-hit card").. a nice-looking Warren Spahn. He's a guy I collect, so I'm happy to add a low-numbered card of his to the PC.
The 2nd and final auto is Miguel Sano. Not bad, not bad. He's developing into quite the elite slugger. I'll take it!
And finally, here's a Mike Trout original vault metal. This steely "card" came in the plastic sleeve right out of the pack, perhaps to protect the other cards from it. Pretty cool vault metal card of the game's best player.
So there you have it. Not a bad haul. But for a $100+ box, it's a bit ho-hum. Edgar and Sano are great players, but their autos generally aren't all that pricey (~$10). So it's looking like a bit of a dud.
Oh, hey... wait.. before I end this post.. perhaps we should take a look at the back of that Trout....
*abruptly clears throat* Didja catch that??
Shablam!!!! Trout 1/1, baby!!! Nice! One-of-one black parallel? Yeah, ok, turns out this was a good box after all! Thanks, Mom!
So last year I pulled two Trout autos from one box from my mom on my birthday. And now I followed that up with a pack-pulled Topps 1/1 Trout. Can't complain about that. It seems my mom's got a hot hand for Trout hot boxes. At this rate, I'm due for a Trout superfractor from her gift on 12/24/18.
More high-end box breaks coming this week thanks to my generous folks and in-laws! So check back soon. Will I be able to top a Trout 1/1? Probably not, but we'll find out.
Thanks for reading, and again Merry Christmas!