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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Busting some retail Heritage

Okay, so there's a little bit of a (slightly boring) story here. If you're not interested, skip on down a couple paragraphs. I will post cards available for trade on the trade bait page.

Still with me for the story? You're the only one! I set out Sunday afternoon with three goals in mind. First, to drop off some old stuff at the Salvation Army. Second, find some retail 2011 Heritage in blaster or hanging form. Third, buy earthquake supplies.

The first task was easy, and set me up for a looping path where I could check three Target stores within five miles of each other. The idea was to check each store for the Heritage, and buy my earthquake stuff at that store. Well, I should have known better, and I did. This is the San Francisco bay area, and everybody goes out on the weekend to do shopping and leisure activities. But I still was on a mission, since I was out. The recent rains flooded the ramp from one freeway to another, meaning I had to take a detour. And my detour required another detour due to traffic caused by utility work. Arriving at the first Target (in a mall), it took me about three minutes to search and verify there were no packs I was looking for. I found some regular retail packs scattered in the wrong boxes but passed. On to the next Target, located in a different mall. This one can have insane traffic, and today was the worst I'd ever seen. It took me about 15 minutes to get to a parking space, and I didn't go up and down a bunch of aisles to find a close one. Finally, I got to the tiny card space in this one, and they had nothing. No 2011 Topps, no Opening Day, nothing. There were some non-baseball boxes, but pickings were slim, and I don't do other sports. Argh! Back to the car. The third Target is across the freeway, but requires fighting traffic again. I know a good back route over, but I cursed all BMW drivers along the way as two of them cut me off within two minutes, failing to yield at two different stop signs. I pulled in, found the first spot I could, took a deep breath, grabbed a cart, and headed to the third card stash of the day. I saw an empty Heritage gravity feed and a good bit of 2011 Topps packs and hanging packs, but it looked like I was out of luck. Oh, but what's this? Finally! Third time's the charm! Blister packs with three packs and three black parallels each! There were about five on the peg, and I grabbed two. And then, for the next hour and a half, went up and down the aisles grabbing canned goods and supplies to replace the old earthquake kit. I was pretty happy finding what I was looking for and tired from all that shopping, and I hope you appreciate the great amount of effort I went to for this post!

And now, what did I find?

Two three-packs. Each pack has 9 cards, and each three-pack has three black parallels.

Box one, pack one:

  • 112 Luke Scott
  • 151 Arthur Rhodes
  • 226 San Francisco Giants
  • 221 Jeremy Guthrie
  • NAP-5 Miguel Cabrera New Age Performers
  • 103 Brandon Phillips
  • 139 Babe Hits 60
  • 291 Bobby Cramer
  • 10 Andrew McCutchen
Pack two:
  • 259 Kelly Johnson
  • 5 Clayton Kershaw
  • 281 Eduardo Nunez
  • 283 Danny Valencia
  • NF-5 "US Navy Seals are Activated" News Flashbacks
  • 77 Chase Utley
  • 210 Evan Meek
  • 11 Joe Nathan
  • 288 Mike Stanton
Pack three:
  • 270 Ronny Cedeno
  • 192 Florida Marlins
  • 393 Hanley Ramirez AS
  • 142 Babe Ruth: Coaching for the Dodgers
  • 483 Ron Gardenhire MGR SP
  • 246 Andrew Bailey
  • 24 Detroit Tigers
  • 344 Fernando Salas
  • 71 Jonathan Sanchez
Black Parallels:
  • C78 Lucas Duda
  • C12 NL Batting Leaders Gonzalez/Votto/Infante/Tulowitzki
  • C67 Jason Kubel
Nothing special. A couple inserts. No tints or chromes, and a MGR SP.

Box two, pack one:
  • 254 Chris Carter
  • 4 Ben Zobrist
  • 296 Ozzie Guillen MGR
  • 313 Jose Bautista
  • 469 Alexei Ramirez AS SP
  • 394 Ryan Braun AS
  • 392 Ryan Zimmerman AS
  • 104 Domonic Brown
  • 130 Omar Infante
Pack two:
  • 388 Rafael Soriano
  • 96 Jered Weaver
  • 361 Randy Wolf
  • 98 Minnesota Twins
  • BF-9 Frank Robinson Baseball Flashbacks
  • 260 Matt Cain
  • 61 Milwaukee Brewers
  • 273 Chris Perez
  • 93 Nick Swisher
Pack three:
  • 275 Billy Butler
  • 20 Johnny Damon
  • 31 Ozzie Martinez
  • 337 Adam LaRoche
  • 62 Brandon Inge
  • CCR-ZG Zack Greinke Clubhouse Collection Relic
  • 309 Yonder Alonso
  • 351 Twin Terrors Justin Morneau/Joe Mauer
Black Parallels:
  • C76 Alexei Ramirez
  • C10 Cole Hamels
  • C85 Jose Bautista
Well, that's more like it! A hit! It's the easiest hit to get, but I'll take it. And as expected another SP, and another insert.

I'm not sure I like the black parallels, but I think they might grow on me. I'm not putting together any of this set but I will be keeping some of the cards for parts of my collection. I've never been too big a fan of the Heritage line as far as set collecting for me. And while I understand the SP concept, I think they should do it right - make the set the same number of cards as the original, and do SPs the same basic rate as the original (so this set would have 587 cards, and 371-446 would be minor SPs, 447-522 SPs, 523-589 super SPs, etc. And be completely true to the set you're honoring - put all the subsets in the same number in the same location. I like the Heritage idea and don't knock anyone who enjoys collecting it - it's just not my cup of tea.

I do like that wood grain look, though.

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