Well….life is full of times where sometimes you make the right choice and sometimes you make the wrong choice. This here is one of those times where I made the wrong choice. ha ha! The previous good luck I had with this product with individual packs must have used up all my good fortune because this was pretty bad. Let’s get to it…
I didn’t actually start off too bad. This was 1 of only 2 boxes that actually contained what it was supposed to.
Notable Base (#’d to 799): Mel Ott, Christy Mathewson, David Wright, Nick Markakis (RC)
Aaron Rakers RC Auto (#139/180)
Alfonso Soriano Quad Jersey (#1/25)
Jonathan Papelbon/Craig Hansen Dual Patch (#4/35)
Jeff Bagwell/Craig Biggio/Lance Berkman Triple Auto (Redemption)
BONUS PACK – Boof Bonser RC SPx Printing Plate
Ok, that could have been worse. The Papelbon/Hansen dual patch looks pretty good. The Rakers auto might as well be a drink coaster. Here’s the really cool part of this box….the Astros triple auto. First off, I think it’s a cool card and would likely keep it. But it’s a redemption from a 2006 product you say?? Here’s the kicker…the expiration date on it is 12/20/2009!! So I’m still in luck. I can’t see UD still having any of these cards so who knows what I’ll get in return, but we’ll see.
Here’s where the wheels started to fall off. This box didn’t contain the advertised “One Triple, Quad, five, Six or Eight Signature card numbered to 50 or less or an Autographed dual memorabilia card numbered to 35 or less in each box!” Instead I got two of the damn Ultimate Rookie cards!! LAME!!
Notable Base (#’d to 799): Jackie Robinson, Johnny Mize, Carlos Quentin (RC)
Jeremy Accardo RC Auto (#132/180)
Josh Rupe RC Auto (#152/180)
Scott Kazmir/Cole Hamels Dual Jersey (#20/25)
Luis Aparicio Dual Patch (#21/35)
BONUS PACK – Ryan Howard Ovation Printing Plate
Yeah, this box sucked ass. Two Rookie autos and they both sucked. The Hamels/Kazmir dual jersey is nice if you’re into single color jerseys, but I don’t get too jazzed about them anymore. The Aparicio patch is pretty nice but not sure there is much of a market for it.
This box was back to the normal breakdown and a little better.
Notable Base (#’d to 799): Dizzy Dean, Ty Cobb, Nick Markakis (RC) – again!
Takashi Saito RC Auto (Redemption)
Matt Holliday Dual Jersey (#4/35)
Mark Mulder/Scott Kazmir/Cole Hamels triple auto (#44/50)
Jered Weaver Dual Patch (#8/50)
BONUS PACK – Rod Carew Legendary Cuts Printing Plate
The triple auto in hand is pretty nice. I like Kazmir and Hamels so this was a good pull. I like the Holliday card but I wish there was a stripe in the # window as well. The Saito redemption will be another wait and see. This may be my first chance to play the redemption switch game with UD.
Back to crap with this box. Another box where I didn’t get the triple auto or auto relic. At this point, I’m livid.
Notable Base (#’d to 799): Nick Markakis (RC) – for the THIRD time!!
Brian Bannister RC Auto (#145/180)
Ian Kinsler RC Auto (#152/180)
Kenji Johjima Quad Jersey (#22/25)
Adam Dunn Dual Patch (#16/35)
BONUS PACK – Jason Hammel Ultimate Collection RC Printing Plate
Ok, well I finally got a Rookie auto that was worth a darn in Kinsler. I just wish I didn’t get another box with two of them in there. I will say this for Bannister though…he’s got one nice looking autograph. I like the Dunn dual patch. How is this guy still a free agent? You mean there is no team in the AL that could use a guy who will hit 40 homers? Sheesh!
So all in all it looks like a gigantic waste of money. As expected, I’ll lose my ass on this one. I wonder what could have been if those two boxes that didn’t have the right hits would have been as advertised. Oh well…
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