I've always been a fan of the cards, like Topps Gallery, that get away from the standard photo as medium. When I found a blaster at a neighboring town's Wal-Mart yesterday I had to snag one on my way to checkout. Let's see how I did!
The first card is a Cub! Woo-Hoo! The borders of these are not purely white. They are somewhat slick and have a canvas like pattern only visible when the light hits the card just right. The player portion of the card has more of a matte finish to them and are a tad smoother.
Seattle just acquired Ryon Healy from Oakland to play first base in 2018... the same position a certain Vogelmonster plays. Sigh.
Hall of Fame insert cards fall at one for every four packs. I made out with two in the eight pack blaster. Fair enough.
This card is from pack #7. The pack felt thicker and I was pretty psyched when opening it... but then I found it was thicker because it contained the standard four cards and a non-numbered advertisement card of the main artist.
Pack #4 . . . Rizzo!
Pack #8, the Exclusive Artist Proof Parallel Pack
The checklist for this product is 200 cards, with cards 151-200 being short prints. I did not pull a short print.
There are four different colors for the base parallels (green, blue, orange, and red), but I didn't pull a color parallel.
There are four insert sets in this year's edition of Topps Gallery, but I failed to pull an Expressionist. That's a bit of a bummer.
Oh, and two of the main panels of the blaster box say, "Look for Rookie Autograph cards!" Nope, that didn't happen either. That's okay, I never expect to get an auto in a blaster anyway. For the record, there are 150 non-SP cards in the base set and there are 170 different autograph cards in this product. Yes, 170! The late 80's and early 90's are known as the junk wax era and I think we're currently living in the junk auto era. Just sayin'.
I pulled some nice cards, like Bryce Harper, three Cubs, Yoan Moncada, and couple of World Champion Astros. But overall, I felt my box was lacking.
The Cubs, Yankees and Brewers in this box are already claimed, but if you see something you'd like hit me up with a comment!
I hope you enjoyed my quick blaster break of 2017 Topps Gallery!