This will be quick and painless for all you baseball card snobs (I say that because I'm one too.)
My mother-in-law plopped another blaster down in front of me yesterday. My hopes were immediately dashed when I saw it was 8 pack of Panini's 2011 Americana. I covered my disappointment pretty well and thought to myself, I'll just return it for something else. I've got nothing against a little Hollywood card love, but it's not normally my thing. I've busted a few of these in the past, but would rather have baseball cards. My generous MIL dashed my grand switcheroo by saying she wanted to open the packs with me.
Needless to say, I was a little surprised. I asked why and she said she wanted to see a James Dean card. He's the cover boy and one of her childhood idols. That was enough motivation for me and the least I could do after all the cards she's bought for me.
Here are the results of our 8 pack (5 cards per pack) blaster of Americana.
The first pack had this Prime Time Stars Emmanuelle Chriqui insert. I've never heard of her, but the back says she was on Entourage. Never seen it.
The 5th pack revealed this silver parallel of Leslie Nielsen, #13/100. Apparently there are a number of different parallels in Americana. I have heard of Nielsen and thought he was a pretty funny guy.
The "hit" of the blaster was this Road to Zanzibar Movie Poster Bing Crosby relic, #47/99. It looks and feels like a piece of an old tweed jacket. Most of the other Movie Poster relics are /499 so I guess this was a good pull.
We didn't pull a James Dean, but she was pretty happy about the Bing Crosby card so I put it in a toploader for her and she took it home.
I have a feeling she may be buying us another one of these to open. She really wants that James Dean.