So what does this have to do with baseball cards you may ask. Long story short, the monthly mortgage took a good bite out of the card budget. Before the house, I would buy a hobby box every month or two. I cannot even tell you the last time I busted a hobby box since then. I will get the occasional blaster box from Wal-Mart, but busting packs is almost as rare as a Adam Wainwright quality start this year.
Monday night I had the chance to sort some cards sitting on my desk and came across the coupon that was included with the Topps Marketside cards. I had to go to the store for dog food anyway, so I took the coupon along hoping to find some 2016 Bowman. No such luck though, so I decided to use the $1 off value pack coupon for some 2016 Gypsy Queen.
The base cards feature the typical border Gypsy Queen has used the past few years. I like the simple design and the way the red text stands out. I did not get any sps or Cardinals from the base cards, so all of these are for trade: 16-22-33-47-51-96-127-136-141-145-152-223-233-270
I like the look of the blue frame parallel cards compared to the white border from last year. Once again all of these are up for trade.
7 Corey Seager
12 Jose Bautista
69 Edwin Encarnacion
86 Adrian Beltre
98 Carlos Rondon
282 Robbie Ray
MVP Cal Ripken Jr
Purple 200 Brian McCann 206/250
This was the first pack of cards I opened in 2016, not counting the Marketside cards. I do miss the thrill of busting a pack, but not the letdown of not getting what I paid for. All of these are nice cards, but not really worth the $3 per pack price. I am a sucker though, so will most likely use the $2.50 blaster box coupon when Bowman does arrive.