Tuesday, December 26, 2017

2 boxes 4 me: 5 Star and Tier 1

Today we've got more from my holiday haul.

A hobby box of 2016 Topps Five Star Baseball. Only 2 cards per pack, both autos.

A pretty nice Jim Rice auto. The only auto I previously had of him is a logoless stickergraph, so this is definitely an upgrade.

The other card in the pack is Omar Vizquel. Another good-looking card. It's my first auto of his. I'm a little surprised at the lack of HOF support he's been getting so far on this, his first year on the ballot, but he'll probably get in eventually.

So that box was decent, with a couple HOF-caliber guys, though I'm a little bummed both were unnumbered base autos.

Let's keep on crackin'...

2017 Topps Tier One. Three cards in this one.

Sweet. Carlos Correa is a guy I collect.

Steven Matz is a solid young pitcher for the Mets who had some injury issues this past season. Kinda cool, though it's a sticker and plain grey swatch.

Finally, here's a Javier Baez auto #'d 3/10. Not bad! A few days ago I showed off a similar one of these, a Christmas Card of Tyler Austin. Love the silver ink.

That's it for today. Thanks for reading.


  1. Nice Rice, haha. The Baez is pretty sweet, too. I agree about Vizquel, in my book he should pull in about 45-50% of the HOF vote this year, then work his way in somewhere around 2021. I'm not sure that's how it will play out though.

  2. I just thought of this randomly today - do you have any Darren McGavin Christmas Story memorabilia? That would seem to hit two of your collections.

  3. Those 5 Star cards are nice looking! I love the Jim Rice card!

  4. A grey swatch and a stickergraph in a HIGH end product like Tier 1? Ugh.
    Thanks for showing the results of your gift breaking! The silver auto of Baez is definitely the bee's knees.

  5. The sticker auto on high end product is annoying, but the cards look extremely well done otherwise.

  6. Great cards. I love the Jim Rice card. Nice post. Thanks.

  7. I love 5 Star and their on-card autographs! Both Rice and Vizquel are solid players. If I was still in shopping spree mode, I'd probably go out and track both of them down.

  8. Not terrible. I think I like the Rice the most... but I think that's also mostly because I'm sick of seeing Cubbies.

  9. i like the five star design. Omar is among my PCs but not for his accomplishments. I once heard him refer to himself as "that handsome shortstop" which hooked me. I'm not sure how vain he truly is but the humor was enough. I've liked him since.