Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Hello, A&G! (Teaser)
I'm extremely happy A&G has finally hit the shelves.
If there's one set I think most collectors can agree on, it's this one. People have differing opinions about Topps flagship, Bowman, Heritage, etc.
But almost every collector I've talked to is an A&G fan.
I don't have near the card budget for a box of this year's A&G (though I am interested to live through the "Gint-A-Cuffs" craze for the first time as a blogger).
I know how fun a box of this stuff can be, though. My first A&G box in '08 was a blast. The Ichiro jersey I pulled topped it off that year. (I still rank '08 as the best edition of A&G).
If I do ever plop down the money for another box of A&G (perhaps if I could ever find a job), it'll be a retail box. I went that route in 2010, saving about twenty-five bucks along the way. Since the base cards are the focal point for me, it was a good buy.
Besides, I ended up pulling a Matt Kemp autograph redemption from that one, which I dealt for a ton of cardboard goodness. The retail box ended up netting me everything I'd want from a hobby box, and more.
In a way, though, I'm a little sad. This is the last "exciting" set for me until early October, when Topps Update is slated to hit the shelves. No more rushing to Target to see if there's new packs waiting for me.
As a result, I'll be sure to savor this break. As you can see above, I purchased a rack pack and a blaster of A&G. Getting the blaster was my original attack, but I added a rack pack for good measure.
I'll think of it as my little "reward" to myself for getting straight A's in school this past semester.
I snuck a peek through the wrapping of the rack pack for a card I wanted, as I'm sure most of us do. There's a Carlos Quentin base card looking out at me (or at least it looks like him) from the bottom half of it. He was one of my favorites during his time with the White Sox, so I went with that one.
Check back tonight for what I pulled from my A&G breaks!