I bought a total of 6 boxes of cards off DA Cards over Black Friday weekend of 3 different products. I thought I would group my 3 boxes of 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes into one post. I have always been drawn to this product but have only broken a couple packs here and there until this purchase. My hope was to complete the non-SP set and get a bunch of the SPs so the rest were in reach. The base set proved to be not much of a challenge but the SPs are more SPed than I thought.
Here are some stats from the breaks:
Box 1 - 11 cards short of the non-SP set with 1 duplicate
Box 2 - 27 cards short of the non-SP set with 13 duplicates
Box 3 - 10 cards short of the non-SP set with 0 duplicates
Fortunately there were no overlapping duplicates so in the 3 boxes I got 2 complete 260 card sets not counting the SPs. I would be very open to trading one of them away, especially if the return trade offer helps compensate for the shipping of almost 300 cards - let me know if you are interested.
I only scanned the SPs, pics of the base are pretty easy to come by. I only got 5 of the 40 SPs in my boxes. If you cracked a box or some packs and got a card 261 or higher that isn't shown here, I would very much appreciate working out a trade.
I am pretty happy that of the 5 SPs I got I pulled 2 HOFers and the Puig rookie. Nolan Ryan always goes for a premium so it is nice he is off my want list. The design on these is the same as the base cards and I enjoy it. There is of course that pesky non-license thing so logos are airbrushed out and we can only use the city/state name for the team but beyond that I find the cards appealing. The yellow background with the red stars and banner pop nicely. The banner is great and a tribute to/theft of the Topps 1965 design which is one of my favorites. The rookie cards get the RC logo treatment inside the baseball which looks great. I like that the HH logo sits in the background and doesn't interfere with the player picture. The names are easy to read on the black banner near the bottom. The backs of the cards are appealing to me as well but I failed to scan any and this post will have enough scans as it is. You either have to trust me or go to COMC to see the backs.
I decided to scan all the parallels, inserts and hits from my boxes. The parallels are up for trade as are the parallels to the inserts. I have contemplated building a couple of the insert sets but I am not sure yet so let me know if you are interested in any.
Let's start off with the parallels. There are 2 types of parallels, the first has the zip code of where the team plays embossed in gold on the front. These are pretty rare I guess as I only pulled 4 in my 3 boxes.
As far as I know, those are the only 2 parallels in this set. There are quite a few insert sets and I figured I would share all I got in this post. Be prepared for a bunch of scans. If you are only interested in the autographs you may want to advance down towards the bottom.
Now on to the hits. The boxes promise 3 autographs per box. I was lucky enough to get a 4th auto in my first box. I got 3 different designs of autographs plus one parallel so I will start off with the most common.
Looks like the checklist on Beckett goes up to 100 cards but only 93 different are listed so going after this set really doesn't interest me - too big of a set. There are some cool names on here though.
Overall very happy with these breaks. It was a lot of fun to crack open so many cards and to sort them all out.
I have lots for trade if anyone is interested. As mentioned above, I have a complete set minus any SPs that I am open to trade. I have another 200+ base cards if you are working on the set or want to fill in some team set gaps. Most of the inserts could be had and if someone really wants an auto, ping me and we can probably work something out.