As I mentioned in my goals for 2015, I wanted to buy only 1 jumbo box of each of the flagship releases (S1, S2 and Update). Well, I failed, kind of. I bought a jumbo box and two more jumbo packs.
Unlike everyone else, I don't really care for the new design. The full bleed/fade really aggravates my OCD makes the cards look "busy" before you even get to the image.
Also, other than standard foil parallels and the gold parallels, I didn't have a single numbered parallel out of the bunch. No pinks, blacks, snow camos, etc. Well, except for one. More on that in a moment. Whereas my 2014 Update produced an image variation and a sparkle variation, my 2015 jumbo provided only the sparkle.
I also had a ton of duplicates, yet I did not receive a copy of every base card. Hence the reason I bought two additional packs. Anyway, enough complaining. Here's what I got.
I mentioned that I pulled a "parallel." Well, have a look:
It's the framed parallel of Dillon Gee, numbered 2 of 20. I can't even begin to explain how much it bothers me that this is now considered a parallel.
The first relic was of the manufactured variety:
The Jose Abreu player silhouette relic. Topps keeps pushing the boundaries of what is classified as a "relic."
The second relic is one that I would never want, so I am pretty sure Tony will take it:
The Ryan Braun Career High relic. Generic white swatch. Tony, if you don't want it, let me know and I'll open it up for trade.
The auto was a bit better than the "relics":
The Career High auto of David Cone. Better than most of the autographs, but still not someone I go crazy for. Keith, you get first shot at it (and the Gee, if you want it).
Lastly, the "best" "hit" (I use both of those terms relatively here) came in the form of a sparkle variation:
Mr. World Series MVP himself. Normally, I would trade this card away, but people are paying a nice chunk of change for this card, so it will soon be on eBay. Just a few days ago, Brian, the brains behind PATP, pulled a Kershaw sparkle from a repack. I bet he sold it, too.
As I mentioned, I did not get every base card in my jumbo box, which is ridiculous. So I decided to buy a couple more jumbo packs to try to get the remaining cards I needed (I didn't). From those, I pulled a relic and a photo variation.
Here's the relic:
Another Career High relic, this time of Julio Teheran. At least it isn't a white swatch this time.
And the photo variation:
Mr. Paul Konerko. I like this card. Konerko never got the attention he deserved, so it was nice of Topps to include this photo on a card.
So there it is, nothing terribly exciting for my box. I will have my needs list and trade list up soon (hopefully this week, though no promises). All of the cards are for trade, though a few are being held for people (listed above) that I feel deserve the first shot. Hit me up on the others!