For those who aren’t aware, Chris over at Nachos Grande is hosting a group break of 2015 Topps Archives. As one who participated in his most recent group break, I can say that he does a great job of posting videos, blogging, and shipping the cards. Plus, he usually throws in extra packs, blasters, etc. just to keep things interesting.
He did all of the above things a few weeks ago when he hosted a group break for ’15 Topps Opening Day, ’15 Panini Diamond Kings, ’15 Gypsy Queen, ’15 Bowman, and ’15 Topps Museum Collection. I had the Red Sox for the break, and in my humble opinion, I likely had the best team for this particular break. You be the judge.
2015 Topps Opening Day
We start things off with a trio of talented young players, who will hopefully anchor the team for years to come: Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and Xander Bogaerts.
Here are the biggest free agent acquisitions for the Red Sox this past off season: Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.
Two pitchers on the struggling staff of the Red Sox: Clay Buchholz and Matt Barnes.
The Heart and Soul of the Red Sox, respectively: Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz
The Green Monster lives!
Here is the one insert, excluding the mascot card, that I got from this box, and there is no better player to be pictured on this card.
Impressions: I don’t pay much attention to Opening Day, though I do enjoy the price of these cards. They are a great way to put a team set together. I am satisfied with these cards; especially as I wasn’t expecting much.
2015 Panini Diamond Kings
The future of the Red Sox outfield: Rusney Castillo and Mookie Betts.
Brock Holt is quickly becoming one of my favorite players. He does whatever needs to be done in field and has a steady bat at the plate. Joe Cronin was a player/manager for the Red Sox, then moved to the front office as the GM until he became the President of the American League. The theme here is the adaptability of these two players.
Overall: While this box didn’t yield any inserts or hits, nor did it provide the biggest names from the Red Sox checklist, I can’t offer any complaints. Other teams did far worse than the Red Sox, and I did get some solid cards.
2015 Gypsy Queen
Two action photos were used for these cards, which makes them all the more impressive to me: Hanley Ramirez and Xander Bogaerts.
Big Papi and Kung Fu Panda
Additions to my growing Boggs collections. The mini is a variation that came from the bonus box of mini cards within the hobby box.
This Carlton Fisk Walk off Winners insert card is one of my favorite cards from this break, pathetic I know.
Overall: I am content with this box. Had it not been for that insert, this would have been a disappointment.
Xander and Mookie (sounds like the name of a talk show).
Henry Owens Bowman Purple Chrome numbered 25/250.
Matt Barnes Orange Parallel numbered 19/25.
Overall: I have never bought Bowman, and I don’t think I will start, as prospecting isn’t my bag. However, I couldn’t have done better with these cards. Two numbered parallels, one to 25! Amazing Box.
2015 Topps Museum Collection
In a box that has so few base cards, I was lucky enough to pull two of the greatest sluggers in the history of the Red Sox franchise. Though it appears like it is a parallel, the Ortiz is a base card. Next to the Williams, it gives the impression that is an orange or gold parallel, but it isn’t.
I watched Chris open this box of cards on the video he posted, and I told my wife that I wasn’t expecting anything good from the box. Then this card was pulled. An on-card auto of Jim Rice, numbered 164/399. Yes, I know what a prolific signer Rice has been, and I know that his inclusion in the Hall of Fame is controversial, but I don’t care. He is a Hall of Famer and a legendary Boston Red Sox outfielder.
Overall: This was an outstanding box! Never would I have the kind of money to be able to bust open this kind of product, and if I did, I am sure that I wouldn’t have this kind of luck. A number of teams weren’t even represented in this box, so I know I came out on top. Especially with the other card I got from this particular box.
But before I show it off (and I do mean that it deserves a show), I want to talk about the other cards that Chris included. In addition to these boxes, (the only cards that we had to pay for) he busted a few packs of random cards and a blaster of 2012 Panini Cooperstown.
I absolutely love this product, especially as the Red Sox are so well represented in the Hall of Fame. I already have these two, as part of my player collection, but I am building the entire set, so these two can be checked off the list.
Two more Ted Williams cards to add to my collection.
This is part of the Hall of Fame classes insert, which is exclusive to blasters. If you will notice, this particular Carlton Fisk is actually from his days playing for the Chicago White Sox, a team that I didn’t claim for the break. This is a great example of Chris’s generosity. He knows Fisk is my favorite player and included this card with everything else I got.
You have waited patiently…
So without further adieu (or ellipses)
Numbered 25/25 a triple patch auto of Mike Napoli, the Bearded One! By far this is the nicest card I own. Not only is numbered 25/25, but the patches are fantastic. This scan doesn’t do it justice.
Never did I expect to be so lucky with this group break. I figured that for $35, (yes that was the total cost, including shipping) I would get some great base cards and inserts. In the back of my mind I thought, perhaps I might get a relic from one of the boxes, as the Red Sox are such a popular team.
Chris, you did an amazing job hosting this group break. Thank you for your generosity.