I was in Target today and decided to try out one of these 2011 Topps "Value Boxes". I've seen Night Owl open a couple, and they seemed interesting enough. It's been forever since I purchased anything even somewhat new, and I had an urge to rip a couple of packs. In case you haven't seen these, for $14.99 you get 5 packs of 2011 Topps, 2 hobby packs of 2011 Heritage, 2 Diamond Giveaway redemption cards and a Chrome Refractor. Since I have next to no 2011 Heritage or base I thought this would be a cool way to get a small stack of cards from each set for less than the cost of a blaster.
Also included in the box is a "collector's guide":
Basically this contains a little blurb for each year between 1952 and 2011 with a photo of the design used on the base set that year:
The second half of the booklet contains team schedules for the 2011 season. It's a nice throw-in I guess, but I don't think I'll ever have a reason to consult this thing. I'd say it will end up in my Recycle Bin within a week or two. On to the cards...
I believe there are 3 different Chrome Refractors, I pulled the Mantle. If anyone wants this card just let me know, I have no interest in keeping it. I scanned in every single card in the box, let's take a look at the base Topps packs first:
It looks like Pablo might be blowing a bubble in this photo, but I'm not quite sure.
I wish the Padres would always wear these retro jerseys...
Most of my baseball viewing consists of AL action, and I have to admit I've never heard of Scott.
Not a big fan of these inserts.
Now that's an insert I appreciate, very cool looking reprint of a 1933 DeLong Lou Gehrig. I can pretty confidently say that I will never own the real thing, so this one's nice to have in the collection.
These are an absolute waste of space as far as I'm concerned. I'd rather have an extra base card.
What a pathetic end Ramirez's career came to. I'm glad the testing policy in MLB is more stringent now and is occasionally catching losers like Manny.
Anyone who's seen Beltre play a fair number of games is familiar with this unorthodox knee-to-the-ground swing. He had a hell of a season in Boston but I think management was right not to sign him.
The O's in this photo seem pretty happy, but they'll inevitably fall 23 1/2 games back in the division by August.
Pretty good horizontal photo.
I like this shot of Jonathan in gear.
I pulled David in pack 1 as well, I believe this was my only double in the box.
Along with seemingly every other collector, I like these parallels. I'm only keeping the Red Sox though, so I'll gladly trade away Evan here.
I can't believe this guy is still around!
Sweet, a third Diamond Giveaway card. Hopefully this will net me something pre-1980 that I don't have...
Despite opening just 2 total packs of 2011 Topps prior to this value box, I already had the first 3 cards in this pack.
This is probably my favorite of all the base cards in this box, awesome photo.
I only got 11 cards in my final pack, but oh well. That does it for the Series 1 Topps cards. Lets check out the two hobby packs of Heritage.
The Mantle refractor, a Jeter base card, the Gehrig insert and now two straight Bronx Bombers to start off the first Heritage pack...this would've been a great box for a Yankees fan!
I haven't seen this guy play, but I've heard plenty about him over at Can't Have Too Many Cards.
Is this really the best picture they had on file of Brett?
I went from having never heard of this guy to owning his base Topps and Heritage rookies thanks to this box. Maybe I could become a Scott Cousins super-collector.
I can't stand the hatless cards. I didn't like them in 1962 Topps and I don't like them in Heritage.
Nice! I've always liked Mattingly, this is my first card of him as a manager.
Josh is enjoying a good year so far, with a 2.65 ERA and 32 strikeouts to just 9 walks.
Am I the only one who thinks of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia every time I pull a Chase Utley card?
My first Jason Heyward card...
Awesome, this made the box for me! This is the only Heritage card I've seen that I really wanted to track down. I think it's the background I like.
Here are the 3 cards I got using my redemption codes on the Diamond Giveaway site:
As you can see, luck wasn't really on my side. I have no interest in the 2005 Durham, and I'm pretty sure I have the Matt Williams around somewhere. I also have the '74 Clyde Wright. If I got one in the condition pictured it would be an upgrade, but there's a chance I could pay to ship it and get one that looks worse than my current copy. I doubt I'll end up shipping any of these.
Despite my bad luck on the Diamond Giveaway site, this was actually a lot of fun for $15. I don't really care about the Chrome Refractor, but ripping 7 packs and entering a few codes for $5 less than a blaster is pretty good value as far as I'm concerned. Pretty much all the inserts I pulled are available for trade, although I think I'll hang on to the Gehrig reprint. Both my Heritage packs were pretty decent and I'm glad I pulled the Youkilis. I could see myself buying another one of these at some point.
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