Tuesday, June 14, 2016
FINALLY, a Blaster Full of a 2016 Topps Archives
Sometimes here at Mint Condition, things take longer than they should.
In an ideal world, I would have been posting a blaster of Archives on this merry little blog a week ago. Last week, last Monday even, I stopped by Target with the specific plan of getting Archives...and Target let me down. My local Target, as is the case most of the time, hadn't gotten the shipment of new stuff, including Archives, onto the shelves yet. Leaving me to shake my head and leave the store emptyhanded.
One week later...I returned...and was successful in my endeavors. They had Archives, alright. I snapped up a blaster and went on my merry way.
Unlike the last few years, there was a reason I was so desperate. After a few too many missteps in this product, Topps had finally put some legitimate effort into photo selection, and likeness to the original product. Topps had legitimized Archives. So, naturally, I had to have some.
I'm probably going to be collecting the set this year, unlike last year's, which was so flawed and impossible to manage that I just said 'to hell with it' halfway through. Here, there's enough optimism to make me want to collect all 310.
Let's get on with the packs, and in a blaster, you get 8. One includes a special BULL DURHAM insert, which is pretty nice.
Only this one's a short print. One of the elusive, hard-to-find short prints. And it's one of the three Dodgers of the ten. I have no idea how I pulled this Steve Garvey, and I should mention that pulling one has the odds of 1:59, so there's more of a chance of me pulling one in a CASE, let alone a blaster. That's kind of cool. I'm still figuring out whether or not I'm gonna collect the set, but if there's a certain pm-dwelling bird who wants it badly enough, I might be willing to part with this one.
Oh yeah. I was supposed to pull a Bull Durham card in this box, right? Well, my last card in the pack was actually a pretty nice one...
Pretty nice, if unusual, insert from a great baseball movie. I kinda wanted Crash or Nuke, but I'm certainly not complaining.
That's my box of Archives...and I want more. Not because I want to collect the set, and I do by the way...because the set's so good that it deserves my money, for once. Expect more of this set on the blog very soon- just one blaster of it won be over.