So at the last trade night I caved into peer pressure. My drug of choice? Shiny 2013 Topps Chrome.
It was either that or Shiny 2013 Bowman Chrome. Why did Topps put out two nearly identical products in the same week??? Who knows? They have a monopoly, so they can do whatever they want.
A couple of friends of mine spent about 10 minutes talking me into busting this box... I think it was because they wanted to see one but didn't want to splurge themselves........... Hmmm.......
Anyways, you all know about The Shiny. 24 packs, 4 cards per pack, and TWO autos GUARANTEED per box. (that's called foreshadowing kids)
I only managed to pull three Braves in the box, so you're going to get to see them all.
This is the first card of El Oso Blanco that I've pulled from a pack myself.
It'll be a tight race between Evan and Jedd Gyorko for rookie of the Year. I think Gyorko will win it though.... too bad, evan had a helluva year. The most RBI's by a rookie, second by two in homers to Gyorko.
BMac! Maybe the last card of Brian in a Bravos uni....
Of course, what are shiny cards without even shinier cards? Refractors everywhere...
And of course, Xfractors.... that black line is not visible on the card itself, but every Xfractor I pulled scans this way. It looks like a fault in the cards... there's a line on the card that looks like it's missing the Xfractor dust.
There are coloured parallels as well.... purple, red, orange, black, gold, and blue. Maybe more, I dunno. I got one gold, and one blue in my box.
The blue I pulled was Jon Lester. Jon thinks like my cat.... if I can't see you, you can't see me....
The scan of my gold parallel seems to have disappeared into the depths of the world. Sorry, my bad.
As for inserts, we get more of the 1972 reprints. I got two in the box, Pujols and Jason Heyward.
Topps also made a couple of odd die-cut insert sets. I pulled three of these monsters... Ortiz, Lincecum, and Gonzalez. Very colourful.... it's like the 90's again.
And then this thing.... the only one in the box. Evan Longoria.
Now we get to the autos. Or should I say, auto. Yeah. In big block red letters it's printed on the box THREE times, TWO autographs per box.
I got one.
But, at least I got the probable rookie of the year, the previously mentioned Jedd Gyorko, on a black bordered card #/100
Now to email Topps about my missing auto.
Anyone out there have experience dealing with Topps??? Sound off in the comments if you have any tips.