Monday, August 16, 2010

I love discount blasters...especially loaded ones

As hard as it is to believe, I found myself on the card aisle at Wal-Mart on Friday. I'd been sick most of the week and found myself in need of a pack to open. Unfortunately, there was only 2010 A&G and Topps. I've told myself no more of those (we'll see how long that lasts). I was about to walk away disappointed when I turned around and was shocked! Three shelves (or maybe four) stocked with nothing but discount blasters. I wish I had made a list just to show how many there were, but I'm guessing there were around a hundred blasters of at least 12 different types and they were all $11.98. I pondered a bit...and finally decided on a blaster of something I don't think I've ever opened.

2007 Bowman Heritage.

Don't get all jealous and start hating on me because I found this little gem and you didn't. They had about 10 or 12 of them so you had your chance. Unless you live somewhere else I guess. This blaster had 8 packs. Or 7 PACKS PLUS 1 EXTRA PACK! if you believe in that bonus box hype.

I'm not going to bore you by showing every card I got. Mostly because I didn't want to scan every card. Honestly, I didn't even have the time or energy to scan one card from every pack. I will list the cards by pack. Just in case I got something one of you Super Duper Collectors can't live without.

Did I mention I got what you might call 3 hits in this little old blaster? No?

Well, I did.

Pack 1
Ivan Rodriguez
Felipe Lopez


Carl Crawford Signs of Greatness Auto—on card! These Group B autos fall 1:53 packs.
John Otness Prospect
Charles Lofgren Prospect
Checklist 3
Daisuke Matsuzaka
Paul Konerko
Ervin Santana

Pack 2
Jered Weaver
Jason Jennings
Brandon Morrow—Some type of shiny, thick Rookie
Daniel Mayora Prospect
Chance M. Douglass Prospect
Sean Henn
Michael Barrett
Andy Pettitte

Pack 3
James Shields
Jake Peavy


Paul Konerko Pieces of Greatness Jersey—These Group B relics fall 1:46 packs.
Mark Reynolds shiny thick Rookie, henceforth known as STRs for this break.
Isaiah Kala Ka’aihue Prospect
Andrew Fie Prospect
Mike Mussina
Hank Blalock

Pack 4
Jason Bay
Ryan Braun
Yunel Escobar STR
Brian Bocock Prospect
Ryan Adams Prospect
Andy LaRoche
Rick Vanden Hurk
Ramon Hernandez

Pack 5
Jermaine Dye
Jeremy Sowers
Andy Sonnanstine STR
Victor Buttler Prospect
Nels Brannan Prospect
Checklist 2
Brandon Morrow—Ok, this is the regular so the STR thing must be a parallel. Man, I am smart.
Jeremy Bonderman
Roy Halladay

Pack 6
David Eckstein
Dan Uggla




Hideki Okajima Black Parallel #1/52—The base black parallels fall 1:97 packs.




Here’s the back so you can see the fancy schmancy numbering.
Kory Casto STR
Thomas Fairchild Prospect
Michael Saunders Prospect
Billy Butler
Johnny Damon

Pack 7
Derek Jeter
David Wright
Joba Chamberlain
Matt Chico STR
Patrick Reilly Prospect
Juan Miranda Prospect
Paul Lo Duca
Gary Sheffield

That pack had 8 cards and 3 of them were Yankees and 2 were Mets. Not Good.

Pack 8
Eric Chavez
Troy Tulowitzki
Kevin Slowey STR—and a 7 inning no hitter yesterday.
Shane Benson Prospect
Matthew Sweeney Prospect
Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Ryan Braun
Jason Giambi

So that’s it. I may have to buy one more blaster of this and maybe even collect the set. Do I really need to collect another set? No. We’ll see. Three “hits” for a blaster isn’t too shabby though.







7 comments:

  1. Wow - now that's a value loaded blaster! Crawford's actual signature sure is pitiful though eh?

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  2. Nice grab on a loaded blaster. Pack 7 looked prety good to me though. I did a few of these boxes when they came out and scored a printing plate out of one.

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  3. OMGZ 1/52 = 1/1. Sell it on Ebay for ten trillion dollars!

    Seriously though, excellent pulls dude, that's unreal. Almost makes me want to go to Walmart sometime haha.

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  4. DANG. My Wally world only has Timelines, Topps Series 2 and O-Pee-Chee. I got that Crawford out of my hobby box though.

    Maybe I need to steal the credit card and sneak out of the house to night to... um... get gas, yeah that's right, I need to fill up the gas tank.

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  6. That's crazy! I am working on that set, but I never see blasters. I've pulled an auto from it before, but of course it was someone no one has ever heard of. I don't think my Wal-Mart really has cards (it hasn't had much of anything to speak of in the past year or so) and I try to avoid that pit of despair as much as possible.

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  7. I need to hit the other Wal-Marts ner my house because the closest one has the same thing, though it is mostly O-Pee-Chee and A Piece of History. I've had some success with discount blasters, but not as much as you had with that one.

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