Chris, over at Nachos Grande, held a case break for 2015 Topps Series 1 and I quickly jumped in and got the Giants. Overall Chris did a nice job on the break and there were quite a few hits spread over several of the collectors that bought in. I was very happy with what I pulled and want to show off the goods.
First off, the base cards. With Jumbo boxes you typically pull and entire set plus some dups in each box. I bought a box for myself and did get the entire base set. As luck would have it, not only did I get my expected 6 team sets, I was able to put together a seventh. And with 20 Giants base cards in the set, it was a pretty nice stack of cards. I am keeping one set for myself, one for each of my boys and two for fellow collectors of Giants cards so if you are interested in a Giants team set let me know because I will still have a couple left.
Here are the base cards from the set:
The set starts off strong with the first 4 Giants featuring 2 playoff highlights and two of the Giants biggest stars. There has been a lot of talk about the Pence card, I think it is a perfect indication of who he is as a player and character.
This group of cards features the World Series Game 7 celebration card and shows the perfect picture. Also, OF Gary Brown gets his flagship rookie in Series 1. I am wondering if he is going to stick as a back up this year. News states that Lincecum will be the 5th starter to start the year, should be interesting.
Another MadBum card, this time from Game 1 of the World Series. I am banking on Matt Cain bouncing back this year, he is much needed and one of my favorite players.
MadBum yet again. A lot of our hopes in 2015 rest on the shoulders of Jake Peavy and Brandon Belt. We need consistent pitching from Peavy and Belt to stay healthy and drive the ball. I feel more comfortable with Susac as the backup catcher than I have with the Giants last few years of backups.
There are a couple of questionable inclusions in the set. Tyler Colvin's last game with the Giants was July 30th and Brandon Hicks' last game was July 10th. I could see them being in 2014 Update but somewhat out of place here. As I have mentioned before, I wish more of the photos weren't so tightly cropped but I do like the Buster picture. The Arias picture is a recycled one.
I also got 4 parallels from the case, I thought that number was a little low but was glad to get one of the Bumgarners and a Posey. The 20 player checklist will make it pretty challenging and costly to build the Gold and Rainbow parallel sets. I am personally a little happy that Target and Walmart don't have their own parallels of this set. I usually like chasing those sets but with so many it may have diverted my collecting budget and focus.
The Giants had 5 inserts in the main retail insert sets and I got multiples of these 4. I believe I got 3 of each Archetypes and 2 of the Highlights of the Year card. I am a fan of the design of both and have actually purchased the entire insert sets of both.
Two more inserts as well being highlighted by the Mays Gallery of Greats card. I pulled one of these in my jumbo box so I now have the 2 I need in my collection. These are great looking cards and I am still working on building the set. They aren't cheap on the secondary market and if you have some of the ones I need for trade, let's try and work out a deal. I was also lucky enough to get one of the buy-backs, a 1970 Bob Burda card. I have decided I won't chase after all these but will try to grab them when I see them.
Finally my last card from the break, a World Series Relic card numbered 52/100. These are very hard to come by, I haven't been able to pick one up in the prior years after the Giants won the World Series. This thing has a book value of $200 and my LCS owner told me he sold one on consignment of a marginal player for over $150. I think this may have been the hit of the break and I am so glad to have it as part of my collection!
Chris also included a few extras:
I need the Chipz item but has the rest but they will go nicely in my next Giants care package.
Finally some minis. This is my second Chris Reed Auto and I am excited to now have the rare, limited to 20 copies, green ink version. I have no idea who Ryan Rodd is but with the recent announcement, the Floyd Mayweather Jr. card is perfectly times.
Chris, you run a great group break, thank you so much. Looking forward to the Heritiage break coming up soon!