I was a set builder back in the late 80s and early 90s. Nothing in the world of cardboard back then gave me more joy than ripping wax packs and chasing down those last few cards. It's been nearly two years since I built a set from packs, 2015 Bowman Draft, and I don't know if I can officially call myself a set builder if I take such a hiatus between sets.
I've had my eye on the lookout for a set similar to the Topps Fire Insert set in 2016 Update. Then I heard whispers back in April about Topps making a full set in this mold. I was granted my wish when I saw the details released on Cardboard Connection. The set supposedly dropped last week at Target retail stores, but I couldn't find any until yesterday.
The set is 200 cards deep, there are all kinds of numbered parallels and there is an autographed and relic checklist as well. I've got my eye on the Bryant/Trout/Harper triple auto card... dare to dream! In all, it looks like a fun rip, but I've only had time to open one Fat Pack since my initial purchase of the cards above.
The best thing for this collector is that the Cubs have 17 cards in the 200 card set and The Vogelmonster is also represent! I'm pretty pumped about that!
So, let's take a look at the twelve-card Fat Pack I purchased.
I guess I kind of spoiled the last card of the pack. It's not a hit or anything crazy, but it made this Cub fan happy.
I'll be ripping more of this product in the next week. Hopefully, I'll be able to get a want list together and make a decision as to whether I should visit my Target again before all the packs sell out. I'm crossing my fingers for good collation!
At some point I make a post with trade bait. I won't be chasing the parallels, but maybe some inserts... we'll see what happens. If you're interested in any of my base duplicates let me know. I'd be happy to swing a trade, especially with those of you who don't have access to a nearby Target.
Lastly, my Target had eight blasters ($20), about ten Fat Packs ($5 I think), and three boxes ($70) left on shelves as of yesterday. The prices on Ebay are kind of outrageous right now. If you're interested in some of this product I'd be happy to secure you some if you'll pay for the cards and shipping. Plus, that gives me an excuse to buy some more for myself while I'm at the store again. Just let me know!