I stopped by the LCS a few days back trying to decide how much, if any, 2013 Gypsy Queen I wanted to pick up this year. I entered The Daily Dimwit's case break so I figured I would pick up a pretty nice stack of Giants. Sam was also going to build some sets and random them off so I thought I would wait until that drawing to pick up much.
In the end, I went with 2 packs of Gypsy Queen which netted me a couple of Cubs minis, inserts of RA Dickey and Joe Morgan and a few base cards. I have been a fan of Gypsy Queen in the past but for some reason this year's design isn't doing it for me. I certainly want all the Giants but outside of maybe a couple more packs here and there I will probably refrain.
What I did decide to buy was a box of 2012 SP Signature Edition baseball. This is the product I have typically referred to as a sticker dump by Upper Deck. I am pretty sure they just looked to get rid of all the baseball auto stickers they had laying around the warehouse. Not the best set ever but I really wanted to open something and there were a couple compelling reasons (at least ways to justify it in my mind).
First, I had just picked up the McCovey on Sportlots (see this McCovey Monday post) and the set was fresh in my mind. Second, the price point had come down a ton since first release. I believe this box was selling for around $120 when it came out and I picked this one up for $54. Finally, my LCS has indicated that there have been some great pulls recently including a Sandy Koufax and 2-3 Derek Jeters. So in a moment of weakness I took the plunge.
This box consists of 3 auto cards, 1 of which is a multiple signature card. I will share my pulls in the order they appeared in the box:
The back shows 1 line of career stats, a little biographical info on the right and the Congratulations! info authenticating the autograph. Not a very inspired design and with the McCovey and this pack my thoughts that this was mostly a quick auto dump were confirmed.
If anyone has an interest in any of these 3 cards, I am sure I could be persuaded to trade them so drop me a line.