Sunday, February 15, 2015

Haul from Nachos Grande's 2015 Topps group break

I try to stay away from group breaks since I'm not really a team collector. But they're fun. And I also appreciate a good deal. As Nachos Grande's 2015 Topps Series I break was about to get underway, I saw Chris was offering the 3 still-unclaimed teams together for one low price, so I got onboard.

Phillies, Marlins, and Rays.

No surprise the Florida teams didn't get grabbed, since they generally don't get a lot of love on the cardosphere, but it's a little surprising Philadelphia went unclaimed.

Honestly, I was mainly looking to get a couple decent Giancarlo Stanton cards out of the deal. I didn't hit any mojo blockbusters, but I ended up doing all right.

Here's how the cards stacked out. Phillies had the most cards, Rays the least. Seems I got about 7 or 8 of each base card, along with a few goodies such as inserts and parallels.

I only got a couple Rainbow Foil parallels, but hey, at least one was my boy Giancarlo.

These parallels are generally a bit underwhelming (especially in scans; nearly indistinguishable from the base), but can look kinda cool when the light catches them just right.

The Rays slot was pretty much a bust, with only a single friggin' non-base card coming out of it. But at least that one card was the only auto I got from the break:

Grant Balfour definitely isn't the best name to pull an auto of, but hey, I'll take it!

So yeah, Chris didn't pull any "sick hits" of Giancarlo, but still got a nice lot of his cards out of the deal:

Good stuff. The Chip(z) was a bonus throw-in pack break.

Some other decent Marlins pulls.
Koehler (gold) is #'d 0162/2015 (162? Yes! The "number of regular season baseball games" eBay 1/1!)
Baker (black) is #'d 29/64. Any Jeff Baker collectors out there?

The randomizer claimed a few non-team cards for me, including CNN (Ted Turner), Top 40 Countdown (Casey Kasem), and 3 of those Call Your Shot game cards which I suppose I should scratch and see if they'll win me anything.

The Phillies slot scored me a bunch of decent cards. Steve Carlton is getting a lot of insert-love in this set. The couple of open-mouthed buybacks are kinda cool.

Finally, here's my best hit from the break:

Cole Hamels framed parallel #'d 17/20. Very nice! I had been wanting to add one of these metal framed cards to my collection for a while now. And you could pull a much worse name than Cole Hamels, 3-time All-Star and 2008 postseason hero. Fellow San Diego boy, too.

Thanks for running the break, Chris! Nice bunch of cards.

And if anybody out there needs any Series I base cards from the Phillies, Marlins, or Rays, for the love of God, please let me know and take them from me.


  1. I've been watching a ton of the Pirates silver framed cards, but the prices are still a little high. Pretty cool that our case yielded a big name. Might be a good one to sell or trade so you can get a Padre!

  2. Glad you liked the cards - and I'm always happy when someone claims some teams just to fill out a break and then that person does well! I really liked the Hamels silver framed card, I'd never seen one of those before (that was probably obvious from the video of me opening the box)!

  3. If you don't have anything in mind for the Montanez buyback, I'm willing to trade for it.

  4. You cleaned up in the break. I didn't do all that well, but I couldn't expect to -- the Brewers are the team with the least overall cards plus hits in Series 1.