This year Opening Day features the first licensed MLB card of Mariners pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, my guess is there will be an updated picture in either Series 2 or Update. I was really hoping the Giants would have signed him but the Mariners beat them out. Hope he has a good career, nice to see a young Japanese pitcher come to MLB.
Not only did I pull the Kikuchi in my box, I got the entire 200 card base set. In addition to the set I only got 12 double and luckily 2 were Giants - Buster Posey and Dereck Rodriguez.
This year there are 7 insert sets but I am only going to go after 4 of them. The remaining 3 are tough pulls and I didn't even get 1 of any of them in my box. The 25 card Rally Time inserts are found in 1:403 packs, the 25 card Sock it To Me inserts are found in 1:804 packs and the 20 card Dugout Peeks are found in 1:2,560 packs - wow those are long odds. I was lucky enough to pull a card with some pretty long odds itself:
The autographs in this set are inserted at a rate of 1:971 packs so this Bieber is a pretty solid pull. There are only 9 subjects in this set and while I would have liked to pull the Dereck Rodriguez this was still a nice surprise out of a $29 box.
I pulled 3 of the blue parallel cards, unfortunately no Giants here although I will do my best to pick up the team set:
Now here are the insert sets I will go after this year. First up is the 150 Years of Fun set. This is a 25 card set and I got 18 of them in my box. This is the most common insert but probably my favorite with a great list of featured players. Here are my 18:
Next up is the annual Mascot set. This is a fun set and I scored 9 of the 25 cards in this box:
The next set I am going after is the Opening Day set where I got 6 of the 15 cards:
And finally the Team Traditions & Celebrations where I got 3 of the 10 cards.
So the total number of inserts I am going after will be 75 cards, much better and more attainable than the 530 inserts I am seeking for the Series 1 flagship set. If you open some of this and want to trade, you can find my want list linked here.
This was a fun break and I look forward to finishing off the insert sets and tracking down the Giants I need as well. Not a bad way to spend $29.