Friday 13 June 2014

Just One Pack: Topps Series 2 Jumbo that had a GREAT AUTO

I've done pretty well with this "just one, two or so" packs thing this year, especially with baseball. I've picked up autos of Graig Nettles and Jorge Posada and a short print of Tanaka. Which would be great if I was a Yankees fan. Which I'm not. But they were all nice pulls, especially the Posada.

So, I went to the LCS and grabbed a jumbo pack of Topps S2. Since they're just out and whatnot. I'd limit myself to this, since I went whole hog with Heritage, and will limit myself to a factory set of '14 flagship.  The luck continued, as I pulled a hit. It was an auto. Despite being a stickergraph, it was a pretty good one. And the best thing is that I can finally highlight a great baseball pull that wasn't a Yankee!

But, I'll go through this in order.

Michael Pineda - And I start with a Yankee. That's never good.
Eury De La Rosa
Carl Crawford
Salvador Perez
Jorge De La Rosa

Brandon Phillips - Here's the first keeper photograph. With a bonus appearance of Mr. Redlegs.
AJ Pierzynski
AJ Pollock - Interesting collation with the AJs together. But that still doesn't top my Mike Carp/Mike Trout back-to-back last year.
Alex Avila
Lucas Duda - A Met!
Matt Den Dekker - And another Met!
Brian Matusz
Carlos Martinez
Joe Nathan
Yan Gomes
Gordon Beckham - Wow. An in-game photo that isn't insanely close-cropped. I bet someone got fired over this.
Martin Prado
Brian Duensing
Mike Trout
Asdrubal Cabrera
John Lackey
Jeremy Affeldt
Brett Cecil - The first Blue Jay of this pack.
Bryce Harper
Wilson Ramos
Lorenzo Cain - Red Sparkle - This card looks even better in this form with the catch highlighted.
Justin Verlander gold 1938/2014 - Off to Too Many Verlanders when I send out another package.
Michael Wacha - The Future is Now
Josh Reddick - SP Sabermetrics parallel - Well, it is something different.
Robinson Cano - Saberstars
Manny Machado - Trajectory Auto. Well, this was an entirely unexpected auto from a lower end product. Orioles fans, I can be had. I'm guessing this one is pretty SPd, as I see a grand total of zero of these up on ebay.  There's actually a pretty decent checklist for this for retired playes (Tim Raines, Dale Murphy, Ozzie Smith) that I can see, but it looks like the best possible autos among current guys are Shelby Miller, Jason Heyward and Machado.
Logan Morrison
Ryan Zimmerman
Jeff Kobernus
Jackie Bradley Jr.
Yovani Gallardo
Matt Kemp
Ruben Tejeda - More Mets! I know I haven't scanned much, but the photo choices on these cards have been really, really dull and generic.
Matt Moore
Tommy Milone
Carlos Beltran
Brian Bogusevic
Nelson Cruz
Steve Ames
Sean Halton
Tim Lincecum
Jose Abreu - I guess I should be happy that there's at least one set where one of the more desired RCs isn't a short-print.
Luis Garcia
Jacob Turner
Ian Kennedy

So, my decisions to putchase only a couple packs of certain products pays off again with a very good, and seemingly very tough pull. As I said, if an Oriole fan wants to make a crazy offer. I'll listen.


  1. That Machado is nice, but I would probably be more excited about the Reddick SP.

  2. I'm waiting for the Machado thrown bat relic.

  3. I would love that Machado auto if you are willing to trade it. Please email me at

  4. Great pull! Hope you get some good trade offers.

  5. Nice pull on the Machado! That Reddick SP is awesome as well.