Sunday, February 25, 2018

I'll be Judge and jury for that transatlantic triple break

It was Matt's turn to chose a box for our box break, and after much debate with himself, he picked a box of Panini Chronicles. The card Gods were with me this time especially, as I ended up with the box's 4 guaranteed hits. I actually felt kinda bad about it, I prefer when our boxes are more balanced, but ah well, still nice to be lucky and I know my friends don't mind the least !

I'm pretty sure I already ot a David Dahl auto in one of our previous breaks. I have no idea who Andrew Toles is, but it's a very low numbered auto of a major franchise, so that always makes good trade bait !

I wasn't impressed with the base cards (and even less with their gold parallels), but as I looked at them closer, they grew on me. Why not, after all, at least some thought went into those cards.

 Here's the third hit of the box : a (ok, boring, but still) swatch of Mister Tony Gwynn. Always a cool addition.

And finally, the kind of pull we always hope for in a box break but hardly ever happens. Matt jokingly wrote in the email presenting the box he picked that he hoped there would be 4 Aaron Judge autos. There was one. We'll take it ! It's a sticker auto on a Panini product, so it won't reach amazing heights in terms of value, but you can hardly dream of a better pull, and it's all mine, MINE ! Well, if they do send the card to me one day, but I don't think that will be a problem.

The package Matt sent me was also loaded with a few more blasts that he always so carefully choses, thanks to his great knowledge of sports and of everybody's collecting needs :

 Sometimes, I think Matt can perfectly read my mind. Alomar was at the very top of my list of desired autos, and eventhough there are quite a few available now (maybe he needs the money...), I never actually pulled the trigger because they were all out of my price range, or I'd always lose the betting on ebay. It's a gorgeous card with an amazing on card auto. I love it !

More from Immaculate, this time with a very nice Encarnacion swatch.

And finally, I never ever thought I'd receive a Carmelo auto in a trade with my baseball budies one day, and yet there it is ! I wasn't exactly sad to see him leave New York for OKC, but he's still a major NY player from the past (ugly) years and a major addition to my collection.

I'm once more baffled

thanks a lot Matt for the break (wooohoooo, Judge auto !!!) and for the incredible extras !


  1. what a great pull! To keep or flip? I'd probably turned a Judge into something special for my collection. Perhaps I'm getting old but the hype wears on me. It's Ohtani this year. If he does well, it will be another year of empty retail shelves and price gouging. That said, I've already hooked myself up with several Heritage boxes...just in case. ;) Hey, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

    1. I'm one of those rare non-New yorkers who actually likes the Yankees, so I'm happy with it ! That said, I agree with you, and I'd rather have a nice vintage card of an all time great for the same price (the auto sells for around $60). But I can't sell cards from France, it's way too complicated because it'd cost me $30 just to have a tracking number. But maybe one day I'll ask one of you guys to help me out with some of my nicer cards ;)

  2. Congrats on the Judge!

    Love the Melo autograph too.

  3. Gwynn, Judge, Anthony, and Judge. I'd say you're ahead of the curve.

  4. It is funny how the Panini products have outperformed the Topps products in providing "value."

    I meant to tell you that the Judge is just a redemption that had long ago been redeemed. Thought you might want to super collect Judge and that a used redemption would make an interesting addition to your collection.... :)