I kind of wish I would have invested in something else.
But no crying here. Let's take a look at what I pulled.
First, the parallels. On top, the "negative" parallel for Francisco Cervelli, not numbered. Below, a framed parallel of Russell Martin, numbered 3 of 16. The negatives are...well, I don't know how I feel about them, honestly. Still not a big fan of the framed parallels. but I do like that the numbering is lower this year. Not pictured: I only pulled one gold parallel in my entire jumbo box. That ind of pisses me off.
Next up: the relics.
Once again, Topps laughs as it shoves one up the south end of the collectors. When something is manufactured, it is not a relic. At no time has the player interacted with the manufactured "relic." Whatever. This is the Giancarlo Stanton team pin.
Oof. Nelson Cruz Scouting Report relic. I wish Cruz still played for the Rangers. We could use his bat.
My guaranteed auto came from
This year, the boxes also offered buybacks. Unlike previous years, the buybacks were tiered. The tiers were identified by the color of the stamp. My first buy back had a black stamp (the most common form). I can't even really remember who it was. However, the second buyback had a Silver Stamp, meaning it is scarce (the only version more limited are the gold stamped 1/1). Here it is:
I know the stamp looks black in the scan, but trust me - it's silver. This is definitely the best buyback I have ever pulled - by far. Granted, it's from the '82 flagship, but it's still Mr. October.
Well, that's it. Nothing exciting, just a cardboard box full of regret.