Saturday, April 16, 2011

2010 Topps Best of Chrome box break recap

2010 Topps Best of the Chrome value box [$19.99 each] - I thought $30 was a little extravagant to pay for any one retail box of cards and spending $20 on blaster boxes is something I do once in a while.

However, I wanted to pick one of these up since Target knocked off $10 from the price listed on the boxes - does anyone else do the literal calculations in their head as to how much each of the contents maybe worth together?

The two 2010 Topps Million Card code cards showcased on the box are worthless but there still might be some value among the other stuff - including five 3-card retail packs of 2010 Bowman Chrome, five 4-card retail packs of 2010 Topps Chrome, a hobby pack of 2010 Bowman Platinum and a set of five [scratched up], but shiny refractor cards featuring Jackie Robinson, Mickey Mantle, Starlin Castro, Jason Heyward and Stephen Strasburg.

2010 Bowman Platinum hobby pack - I busted this first because I figure this was the 'best' pack in the box and unlike in previous years, I'm less patient in saving the 'best' for last.

#PP 4 Jesus Montero
#BPA-RP Rich Poythress - refractor auto; it's an autograph but I want to say no fireworks went off in my head, since Poythress must have signed at least five or six cards for me in-person when he was playing in the Cal League in 2010.
#21 C.C. Sabathia
#84 Vernon Wells
#23 Carlos Santana

2010 Topps Chrome

Pack one
Checklist one of two
#177 Austin Jackson
#192 Chris Heisey

#179 John Ely - auto; another player whose autograph I got in-person in 2010; BAD scan.
#2 Derrek Lee

Pack two
#186 Cole Gillespie
#178 John Jay

#116 Jimmy Rollins - refractor
#135 Carlos Beltran

Pack three
#204 Tyson Ross
#197 Brandon Hicks
#46 Tim Hudson
#150 B.J. Upton

Pack four
#214 Ivan Nova
#200 Jenrry Mejia
#26 Joe Saunders - X-fractor

#143 Troy Tulowitzki - seems like he's been on a tear lately.

Pack five
#133 Carlos Quentin
#220 Wade Davis
#45 Chone Figgins - refractor
#21 C.C. Sabathia

2010 Bowman Chrome - these packs were stuck together with some sort of glue which got in the way of busting them quickly.

Pack one - the cards are packed facing backwards, so you see the cards fronts if you tear from the back of the pack. Hopefully that tidbit isn't too confusing.

#40 Todd Helton
#USA-4 John Hochstatter
#BCP-217 Noel Arguelles

Pack two
#102 Ryan Doumit
#7 Josh Beckett
#BCP 154 Brady Shoemaker

Pack three
#73 Jorge Posada
#43 Jose Lopez

#BCP 171 Ethan Hollingsworth - purple refractor; was traded from the Colorado Rockies to the Oakland A's for Clayton Mortensen this past off-season.
Checklist 1 of 3

Pack four
#109 Chase Utley

#116 Torii Hunter - refractor; he has snuck up and earned the distinction of my favorite current Angel.
#BCP 162 Evan Bronson

Pack five
#15 Chris Carpenter
#71 Ben Zobrist - refractor
#BCP 201 Ehire Adrianza

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