My biggest purchase with my birthday money back in November was three boxes of Panini's Triple Play. I got a great deal on them and based on the odds, I figured I should get pretty close to a full master set from the three. Of course, that depended on collation, but if nothing else I could trade for cards I need.
Let's see how I did. I'll break it down by subset.
Since these come at the beginning, this is where I first started sorting. Since I combined the three boxes together, I don't know exactly what the "standings" are for each box, though I don't think there were any duplicates of these in any given box.
When all was said and done, I ended up with two complete short sets! I was pretty shocked that collation worked that well. I have some extras for trade, as well.
When I sorted the first two puzzles I noticed again that collation was on my side. However, with the three boxes, I'm still four cards short. And I ended up with four duplicate puzzle pieces. But that's pretty good collation across three boxes.
They come one every two packs, so I pulled 36 cards. I ended up with 10 duplicates, but I still need four more cards.
There are 8 cards in the set, and I pulled 12 singles in three boxes (four per box - one in six packs). I have a full set plus four duplicates.
There are 12 cards in the set, and I pulled 6 in my three boxes (2 per box/1:12 packs). No duplicates, of course.
There are 10 cards in the subset, and I pulled six (just like the Hall of Fame cards - 2 per box, one in 12 packs). I need four, with no duplicates.
There are six relics in the set. They should fall one per box, but one of my boxes was missing a relic. So I have two (the bat and jersey). I need four more, no duplicates.
There are six in the set. I pulled 12 cards (4 per box, 1:6 packs). Collation was pretty crappy on these: I pulled four of the six cards in triplicate. So I have three copies of each of four cards, and still need two.
There are five cards in the set, and I pulled 18 cards (6 per box, 1:4 packs). Collation was pretty good, and I have one full set for myself and probably two more full sets of extras (13 extras total). This is the easiest set to complete, as you should get one full set per box.
Like the Eye Black, but worse, collation on the stickers is beyond frustrating. They fall one per box, which means I pulled 72 stickers. The set is complete at 30 stickers, so I should have had two complete sets plus 12 duplicates. From three boxes, I have 12 cards toward the set, and 60 extras. I pulled 10 copies each of six cards, and two copies each of six cards. I have nine extras of the googly-eyed baseball up there. How did this happen?
Final thoughts: Triple Play was a lot of fun to open, and if I was a kid I would be able to enjoy the stickers, tattoos, and eye black even more. I'm tempted to put a googly-eyed baseball sticker on my shirt for a day, or wear one of the eye black sets to work. The missing relic and crazy collation of stickers is a big issue. I'll be sending an email to Panini about that, even though I'm sure they're aware, and I doubt they'll do anything about the missing relic, let alone replacing stickers (but I can probably trade those). Hopefully things get better with 2013's release (if it comes back), because I'd love to continue collecting this set.
Note that I opened a few packs of this product before busting these boxes, so I have additional duplicates from those packs.
Puzzle Pieces: 107, 125, 149, 168
Focus: 239, 249, 252, 254
Hall of Fame: 273, 276, 277, 281, 283, 284
When I Was A Kid: 286, 289, 290, 293
Real Feel: 295, 297, 298, 299
Eye Black: 2, 4
Stickers: 1, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 30
FOR TRADE LIST:
One complete base set (#1-90).
Base cards: 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 23x2, 25, 30, 32, 33, 50, 52, 55, 56, 58, 62x2, 64x2, 65, 71, 72, 73, 79, 81
Puzzles: 108, 126, 137, 164, 169, 179, 192, 196, 200, 214, 218x2, 222, 229
Focus: 243, 245, 248, 250, 251, 253, 259, 261, 262x2, 264x2
Baseball 101: 265, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272
Eye Black: 1, 1, 3, 3, 5, 5, 6, 6
Tattoos: 1x2, 2x2, 3x3, 4x3, 5x3
Stickers: 3x9, 4, 7, 8x9, 9x2, 12, 13x9, 14x2, 18x8, 19, 23x8, 24, 28x8, 29
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