2013 Topps Jumbo Pack #1

When I started collecting in 1992, I immediately decided factory sets were the way to go. I bought or received as a gift the Topps factory set from each year, even when I started losing interest a bit, through 1999. In 2010 I started buying factory sets again, but decided for 2013 to try something different. I bought a jumbo box of Series 1, Series 2, and Update. Now, this is considerably pricier than a factory set. But, I'll get a sampling of the insert cards, and a 500-card box should give me most of each 330-card series if there's good collation. Let's see how it starts off.

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#54 Jaime Garcia
#130 Jason Motte
#235 Jake Westbrook

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#205 Ryan Theriot
#266 Albert Pujols
 First, as always, we have the current and former Cardinals base cards.

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Calling Cards #CC-15 Albert Pujols
Emereld Parallel #237 Brandon Lyon
Chasing The Dream #CD-17 Addison Reed
Chasing History #CH-5 Yogi Berra
Some of the more common inserts, including a nice Pujols card, where he's turned just far enough I can almost pretend he's in a Cardinals uniform.

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1972 Mini #TM-7 Craig Kimbrel
Cut To The Chase #CTC-14 David Price
 I like to call these two the "Awkward-to-Scan" sets, so I threw them together.

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Silk Collection #SC-97 Josh Johnson #22/50
And here's the prize of the pack, a Silk Collection card of Josh Johnson.

Before opening this pack, I actually already had 111 unique cards from Series 1, thanks to some cheap eBay finds and some contest winnings. Hopefully that means this box will easily complete Series 1 for me. Series 2 will be more challenging, since I currently have zero base cards. Another difficulty will come from the extra thick inserts, which can reduce the pack size by 1 to 9 cards, according to the disclaimer. This pack had 39 base cards and 7 inserts.

Series 1 Completion: 136/330 (41.2%)

1 comment:

  1. I think you are doing the right thing, sure it is more expensive but way more fun. I am doing the same this year. I bought a Jumbo box of Series 1 and pulled more "hits" than I was suppose too; best of all a Bruce Sutter relic, Miggy printing plate, Miggy silk, and a few other nice hits. I am sitting here waiting for a 2010 Topps Update Jumbo box to arrive. Hopefully I will pick up some nice Redbird hits.