Thursday, January 31, 2019
2019 Topps Series 1 Blaster Battle, Part 1: Judge's Box
I was worried for a moment, but my local Target did not let me down.
Series 1 has arrived in Southern New Jersey, and I celebrated the occasion by snapping up two blasters of the stuff. And seeing as there's a fairly important sporting event going down this weekend (details to follow), I figured I'd make this break a little...competitive.
I'm going to pit these two blasters against each other. Judge takes the left one, Babe takes the right one. The blaster with the most points wins...nothing. Points will be awarded as such:
Great Photo: +1
Player I Collect: +1
1984 Insert: +3
Guaranteed Manu-Patch: +4
Red Sox: -1 (multiplies inserts/parallels)
Cardinals: -1 (multiplies inserts/parallels)
Outdated Uniform: -1
Hall of Famer: +2
Gold Parallel: +3
Lower-Numbered Parallel: +5
Box Total: +6
Players I collect: 2 (Treinen and Candelario)
Great Shots: 1 (Dodger Stadium)
Box Total: +9
And Gleyber Torres gets his own insert set, which always helps. +4
+2 more for collecting Soto and Hosmer
Box Total: +19
We already have a -3 deduction for 2 Sox and a Cardinals card. If I were including Jays we'd be at -4, but...I'm not.
Luckily Moreland and Gurriel slow this to a -1 overall.
Box Total: +18
Plus, a look at the card backs. I really like them. They're clear (even if the scan isn't), they give full career stats, they're colorful, and you can read the card numbers. Plus, I collect Hendricks, so another +1
Box Total: +24
Box Total: +29
We're not gonna be breaking even here, because Calhoun's is a great card, but Betts plays for Boston.
Box Total: +34
Box Total: +39
I do like that we've gone back to Stadium Shots for Team Cards, rather than just out-of-context group shots. They all look pretty nice, too. +2 for both of these.
An additional +1 for collecting Fulmer.
Box Total: +42
Also, I love that this set can occasionally feature shots, like the Brantley, that hedge out from behind the design. Good throwback to 90T
Box Total: +44
Box Total: +49
I also love the throwback, rainbow nature of the Future Stars logo, and how it doesn't greatly impact the photo, tucking it behind Dereck Rodriguez.
+2 for the Phillies, +4 more for Berrios, Marte, Dereck and Panik.
Box Total: +55
Box Total: +58
Another Gleyber. +4
And +2 more for Upton and Realmuto, who I collect.
Box Total: +67
-1 for the BoSox presence.
Box Total: +66
Box Total: +74
...the Martinez looks like a normal base card, and would get a -1 either way...but if you turn it over...
...this is a Sabermetric/Advanced Stat parallel.
...Back in the day, and by that I mean 2014, those weren't numbered. I pulled a Daisuke Matsuzaka saber metric parallel, and I didn't realize that it was one for another 2 years.
This...because of its pack placement, I knew. And the serial numbering to 150, which is a nice touch.
...I just wish it wasn't a Cardinal. Because now I have to multiply that -1 by 5.
So, those two inserts add up to -1.
Box Total: +73
So, right off the bat we add +5 for all the players I collect, another +1 for Crawford being a Phillie, and a +1 for Ottavino for being a Yankee, but pictured in the wrong uniform.
However...we now must subtract another one for Crawford not being in a Mariners uniform, and -2 more for...BOTH MARTINEZ CARDS.
Box Total: +77
Box Total: +81
FINAL BOX TOTAL: +87
So, Judge's box has put us off to a nice start. Tomorrow, we'll see what Babe's box has in store. Also, I'm really enjoying this set. I love the base design, the photos have character, and I'm fine with collecting this for the next few months.