Saturday, March 21, 2015

Nachos Grande Group Break - 2015 Heritage

I recently participated in a group break run by Chris over at Nachos Grande.  Chris broke a case of 2015 Heritage and a bonus box of 2004 Topps Clubhouse Collection.  I quickly jumped in on my Giants and it is time to show off the goods.  Overall I think I did pretty well - nothing epic but a solid group of Giants that will mostly satisfy my Heritage urge this year.

First up, let's check out the base, the Giants have 23 cards in the base set this year and excitedly for me, only 1 SP.  This is after the fiasco last year of 6 (and since I built the set I had to get 2 of each).

The Hunter Pence card is the SP in the set and is one of my favorite pictures.  I have no idea why the Giants have 2 players on Rookie Stars cards that share card space with dudes from other teams.  Why not just give the Giants 1 card with both guys.

Overall I got just this one team set because of the Pence SP.  I got 2 full sets minus the Hunter SP, another team set minus the Hunter and 2 shared rookies (I suspect Chris split the cards between the people who claimed each team).  I have a final set that is missing those 3 card and Juan Perez.  In addition I got a 6th card of 9 different players including Posey and MadBum.  I tell you this primarily to let you know that if you have any Giants needs, I am your guy.

On to the inserts:
I was lucky enough to get copies of all the Giants inserts.  The 2 Baseball Flashbacks were expected as the Giants had some star filled teams in the 60s.  I am surprised that the reigning World Series Champions get no current players in the Then & Now sets and only 1 in the New Age Performers. I do like the design of the New Age cards this year and the photo on the Buster card definitely works.

I was lucky enough to get one of the gum stained parallels:
It was none other that future HOFer Manager Bruce Bochy  I had heard news that these were scratch and sniff and I tried (and confirmed) it for myself.  The Beckett checklist shows that all the Giants have this parallel. If that is true these have to be fairly short printed as these are only about 1 per hobby box.

I was lucky enough to get 2 1966 Original Buy Back cards in the break:
Both cards are in really nice condition and I am super happy to have them. I recall seeing a video where one of the 3 card strips in a box topper had a Giant but I must have missed out on the random of that card.

My final card from the Heritage break was a card that excited me greatly when I saw it get pulled:
A great action variation of World Series hero Madison Bumgarner.  This is a great looking card, I love the action in any Heritage card and the Orange jersey places this card close to the top of the list.  Great card and my hit of the break!  Similar to the lack of Giants in the insert sets, there are no base relics of current Giants players - unbelievable to me.

I didn't get a chance to see the 2004 Topps Clubhouse Collection box broken so I was very pleasantly surprised to see this card in my package:
A great looking relic of Will "The Thrill" Clark (I think he is Night Owls favorite former Giant).  Will is sporting the sweet eye black as he rounds the bases after a thrilling homer to bring home a Giants win.  The Giants available to pull from this set also include Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda, Edgardo Alfonzo, Marquis Grissom and Jeff Kent.  Outside of Willie Mays, Clark would have been my choice and I am happy to have received 1 of the 20 hits from the box.

Once again Chris, another great break and I am looking forward to the next one!


  1. Impressive. Great to see all of those Giants!

  2. Glad you enjoyed the break - the Giants sure had a TON of cards in Heritage (though as you said, mostly base cards). I did, indeed, try to split all the cards featuring multiple teams as fairly as possible with a coin flip determining any extras.