Monday, June 24, 2019

HalfBirthday BoxBreak

Happy Half-Birthday to me!

I'm proud of myself for resisting the urge to rip any 2019 card product yet. I'll probably buy a box of Archives when it comes out, but I'm otherwise trying to spend my money on things that interest me more than today's cards.

But I did recently give in and buy my first retail blaster of the year in the form of a discounted box of 2015 Prizm baseball I found in the card section of my local grocery store. Figured it'd make a nice little half-birthday present to myself, so I held off opening it till today. I don't anticipate it being all that exciting, but who knows, I might pull something neat.

Let's go...

A couple solid PC additions with shiny Kirby and Big Unit here.

A few other dudes I collect. It's now kinda scary seeing David Ortiz among those fireworks! No but seriously, glad he's recovering ok after being shot.

As far as notable non-keepers, these 7 are available for trade. Heavy on San Francisco. The Will Clark Field Pass is the Prizm (refractor) parallel. On man, if only that Jorge Soler was Javier Baez instead.

More cards I don't need. Just let me know if you'd like me to set anything aside for you.

And saving the best for last.. A little retail mojo!...

It ain't Mike Trout, but hey Carlos Martinez is a solid major league pitcher with a pair of All-Star selections on his résumé .. there are worse guys you could pull an auto of. It's a camo parallel numbered out of 199 on the back. It might not quite "pay for the box" but still, always a victory to pull an unexpected hit like this.

So a few PC additions and an auto.. I'm happy with those results.
Thanks for reading.


  1. Nice break. Always fun to do whatever the reason. Happy half-birthday!

  2. This is a great idea I do/did for friends/fam. I give them a gift randomly and say it's like a halfb-day or quarterb-day, so that when their actual b-day arrives and I forget about it I can just point to that gift.

  3. Not bad! I was going to ask whose signature that actually is (because, well, Panini...), but I did a little browsing and it seems that Carlos was pretty all over the place with his signature when signing through the years. That sticker seems to line up with some of the cards he signed during his first couple of seasons in the minors. I'm not sure exactly where #27 came from, but it looks like it might have been the number he wore in A ball.,=carlos+martinez,_AUTO,i100

  4. Congratulation on pulling an autograph!