As I am waiting for my box of 2014 Panini Prizm baseball to get here, I thought I would recap the box of 2013 Prizm that I bought a few months back.
I am lucky enough to live within an hour of a card shop. Usually, his prices are higher than online, which is both understandable and fine with me. I am happy to buy from him, as he gives a great deal on singles. A few months back, I went in looking for any new Red Sox cards he might have and I saw one lonely box of 2013 Panini Prizm Baseball on the shelf. Long story short, he sold it to me for $55. Like the saying goes, I couldn’t afford not to buy it.
I busted the packs right on the counter. I got my two promised autos: Joe Nathan and Sergio Romo sticker autos. I traded them to the owner for a ton of supplies. I am still a kid at heart, so if I bust open a pack of cards and get my favorite player, I am happy. Two packs in, I got a Carlton Fisk base card and was thrilled. With all of the base cards, rookies, and inserts, I was very pleased with the box.
In the last pack, I pulled what later turned out t0 be the “most interesting card” of the box: an orange die-cut Adam Warren rookie, numbered to 60. The card is beautiful. I don’t normally like die-cut cards, as I find them tricky to store. But I really liked this card, and the shop owner didn’t want it.
At the time, Warren wasn’t on my radar and I am not a prospector. So the card was put in a sleeve and stuck on a shelf with thousands of other cards. Last week, when I was looking through some stacks of cards, I came across it again. Only this time, Warren was on my radar. This guy is doing some outstanding work in the Yankee’s bullpen. I don’t know if he has the stuff to be a closer, but he is a promising young pitcher.