But back to Red Cardboard's contest, the Junior Junkie got first place, and chose the enticing vintage lot.. but my 2nd choice was the mysterious "big box". I think I also won 4th place (out of 8), so I also got some sweet parallels as well.
The big box was specifically a 660-count box, full of various cards, mostly from the past few years but stretching back a bit to the 80s (but not much junk-era), with a heavy weight on Reds players (about a third of the cards), which is cool with me since I like the Red alright. It arrived yesterday and it's been a lot of fun going through it and checking out all the cards. A lot of it will make its way into my for-trade box, but also many, many cards will be new additions welcomed lovingly to my collection.
Let's take a look at a few highlights.
|I'm a sucker for sparkly cards shimmering all about.|
|Between this box, and some past misc Padres lots I've gotten, I have found myself with a mess of Mat Latos cards.|
|Lots of Reds greats included. Love 'em.|
|Some cool non-Reds cards too.|
|Now, I like Gavin Floyd as much as anybody, but I think Matt overpaid for this one.|
|I've heard of cracked ice parallels.. but melted ice?! LOL|
Back to Chavez Ravining, the grand prize was getting to pick a free team in his upcoming 2014 Topps Chrome break. It's often tough for me to pick a team in a group break. Sure, "my team" is the Padres, but you gotta be a fool to grab San Diego in a break of anything these days unless it's heavily discounted. So then the question is do I load up on trade fodder of a team? I can always use more Red Sox to send off to Mark Hoyle, for example. But I decided to pin my hopes on a hot player. If the White Sox were still available, I probably would have went with them hoping for a nice Jose Abreu card. But instead I ended up asking for the Angles, trying my luck for some Mike Trout goodness. Fingers crossed.
There are still a lot of good teams available in Alex's break, so check it out and consider signing up for one of the remaining spots. Here's the link.