Saturday, June 24, 2017

2017 Topps Archives: Packs 10 - 12

Last night, we discovered our first hit of the final box of the group break.  There's no hit in this post, but there are other goodies to be discovered.

Pack 10:
60.  Catfish Hunter - Athletics
74.  Corey Kluber - Indians
143.  Willson Contreras - Cubs
I don't think I knew Willson had two "l's" in his name.
172.  Rich Hill - Dodgers
207.  Juan Marichal - Giants
213.  Paul Konerko - White Sox
269.  Reynaldo Lopez - White Sox
Rookie Stars:  RS-4.  Dansby Swanson - Braves

The Braves have done pretty well in the group break - this is simply the icing on Atlanta's cake at this point in time.

Pack 11:
10.  Rio Ruiz - Braves
23.  Honus Wagner - Pirates
48.  Jim Palmer - Orioles
101.  Dansby Swanson - Braves
148.  Harman Killebrew - Senators
174.  Jonathan Villar - Brewers

242.  Matt Olson - Athletics
243.  David Ortiz - Red Sox

Pack 12:
68.  Lorenzo Cain - Royals
90.  Kenley Jansen - Dodgers
118.  Drew Pomeranz - Red Sox
155.  Cole Hamels - Rangers
260.  Bob Feller - Indians
273.  Ted Williams - Red Sox
299.  Luis Gonzalez - Astros
Derek Jeter Retrospective:  DJ-16.  Derek Jeter - Yankees

That's the first Jeter Retrospective from the box - we should find one more before all is said and done.

More group break packs to come...only half the box remains!

Friday, June 23, 2017

2017 Topps Archives: Seeing Double (a Hit!)

Happy Friday night everyone!  In celebration of the upcoming weekend, here are the next three packs out of the 2017 Topps Archives box...complete with our first hit of the box.

Pack 7:
27.  Jonathan Schoop - Orioles
79.  Brandon Crawford - Giants
121.  Marcus Stroman - Blue Jays
150.  Jose Quintana - White Sox
246.  Wil Myers - Padres
256.  Ian Desmond - Rockies
293.  Jose Altuve - Astros
Bazooka:  59B-18.  Yoan Moncada - White Sox

This is apparently a Moncada hot box - first a peach parallel, now a Bazooka insert.

Pack 8:
12.  Andres Galarraga - Expos
83.  Joe Morgan - Reds
136.  Rob Mandfred
173.  Carlos Martinez - Cardinals
186.  Monte Irvin - Giants
206.  John Lackey - Cubs
236.  Braden Shipley - Diamondbacks
Fan Favorite Autograph:  FFA-TWA.  Tim Wallach - Expos (Nationals)

You'd be forgiven if you thought we pulled this card already...we didn't, at least not exactly.  In the first box of Topps Archives we found a Tim Wallach peach parallel autograph.  This time around, we get the "regular" version of his signature card.  I won't lie, I was disappointed when we pulled this simply because it kind of stinks to get two autographs of the same (not great) player in a group break.  I would have liked to see the hits spread around a bit more.  Even so, I'm sure daddyohoho is happy with his Nationals team slot - Wallach does have a nice signature!

Pack 9:
22.  Raimel Tapia - Rockies
71.  German Marquez - Rockies
89.  Adam Duvall - Reds
103.  Alex Reyes - Cardinals
115.  Andy Pettitte - Astros
153.  Frank Thomas - Athletics

252.  Evan Gattis - Astros
290.  Kevin Gausman - Orioles

Have a great weekend everyone - and be sure to keep checking in here at Nachos Grande for the conclusion of the group break.  We are rapidly approaching the end of the box!

2017 Topps Archives: Packs 4 - 6

This morning I began the process of posting the contents of the final box of the group break.  It won't be long now until the entire break is finished.  Enjoy the last few packs!

Pack 4:
9.  Mark Trumbo - Orioles
56.  Eric Hosmer - Royals
154.  Roman Quinn - Phillies

I learned from the back of Quinn's card that he played for Williamsport, PA in 2012.  I probably saw him play live since Williamsport is the closest professional team to my house (they are a single A short season team).
161.  Anthony Rizzo - Cubs
192.  Ryne Sandberg - Cubs
212.  Jacob DeGrom - Mets
228.  Bob Lemon - Indians
254.  George Brett - Royals

Pack 5:
24.  Willie McCovey - Giants
35.  Brooks Robinson - Orioles
194.  Xander Bogaerts - Red Sox
196.  Chris Davis - Orioles
198.  Ben Zobrist - Cubs
231.  Mark McGwire - Cardinals
300.  Derek Jeter - Yankees
Peach parallel:  277.  Yoan Moncada - White Sox (#119/199)

Pack 6:
33.  Miguel Sano - Twins
44.  Julio Teheran - Braves
105.  Jake Odorizzi - Rays

131.  Jackie Bradley, Jr. - Red Sox
135.  Sonny Gray - Athletics
209.  George Springer - Astros
258.  Dustin Pedroia - Red Sox
271.  Justin Upton - Tigers

Not the most exciting three packs...but there's still plenty of packs yet to come!

And So It Begins: The Final Group Break Box! (2017 Topps Archives Box #2)

I am happy to report that the group break is almost over - and you should all be receiving your haul in the near future (if you haven't already since I am a bit ahead of schedule in terms of writing the posts)!  Before we get to the first few packs out of the final 2017 Topps Archives box, I'd like to thank everyone for their support - and for following along with the break.  As always, if I can ever do anything better, feel free to email me your suggestions.

And now, let's get to the final box!

Packs 1 - 3:

Pack 1:
25.  David Dahl - Rockies
34.  Carl Yastrzemski - Red Sox
55.  Fernando Valenzuela - Dodgers
106.  Fergie Jenkins - Cubs
162.  Roger Maris - Cardinals
203.  Yasmani Grandal - Dodgers
298.  Addison Russell - Cubs
Rookie Stars:  RS-10.  Alex Bregman - Astros

The Astros (and thus Bru) get on the board early in this box by scoring the first insert we've found.

Pack 2:
45.  Javier Baez - Cubs
57.  Albert Pujols - Angels
98.  Jake Lamb - Diamondbacks
104.  Bert Blyleven - Indians
175.  Sandy Koufax - Dodgers
179.  Early Wynn - Indians
289.  Aroldis Chapman - Yankees
296.  Carlos Carrasco - Indians

The Carrasco card is a perfect example of a "new" 1992 Topps card.  Wonderfully done by Topps.

Pack 3:
32.  Juan Gonzalez - Rangers
82.  Mike Piazza - Dodgers
123.  Gary Sanchez - Yankees
171.  Kevin Pillar - Blue Jays
211.  Starling Marte - Pirates
287.  Paul Goldschmidt - Diamondbacks
291.  Hunter Dozier - Royals
Bazooka:  59B-4.  Yulieski Gurriel - Astros

Another nice card for Bru and the Astros!  Houston cleaned up in the first three packs out of the box.  Of course, we still have two hits remaining to be uncovered, plus plenty of other goodies.  Stay tuned for more soon!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Group Break: 2017 Topps Bunt Video!

Here is the video of me ripping the 2017 Topps Bunt box.

Only one more box remains - and I hope to start posting about that one tomorrow.  Stay tuned!