2008 Donruss Threads Baseball Box Break & Review

Get excited, it’s finally time to do a box breakdown.  This is for 2008 Donruss Threads Baseball, if you didn’t catch the title of the post.

I’m sure there’s plenty of reviews & stuff out there already, so I’ll make the summary bit short & sweet.

24 packs per box

5 cards per pack

4 hits per box (at least two autos)

Threads is all legends and prospects with nothing in between (though being from 2008, some prospects have already made their MLB debuts), so if you ain’t down with that, I’ve got two words for ya: DON’T BUY. 😛

Not being licensed by MLB, there aren’t supposed to be any MLB logos or team names anywhere on the cards, but the attempts to remove them from the photos are often half-hearted at best, though some are fully removed.  Overall, lack of team names and weakly obscured logos don’t detract from things, though the fully removed ones are slightly jarring if you’re paying enough attention to notice.

As you can see, any partially obscured team names are left alone, and most hat/helmet logos are half-assedly dealt with at best.

The design is pretty decent I think, and I like how deep into the legend barrel they dug to pull out Frank Howard and some others, including Hall of Famers, that you unfortunately rarely see on cards nowadays.  It definitely allows this set to tap into a bit of the epic fun factor of the topps Archives & All-Time Fan Favorites sets from the early aughts.  It’s nice to see Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe too.

O hai

The short set is 100 cards, and there are 120 per box, of which about 14-15 will be inserts/parallels (more on that shortly).  That leaves room for a few duplicates in every box, but you should still be able to complete the set.  Not so fast my friend.  I came up well short of the finish.  I haven’t gotten around to collating it yet, but I think I came up at least five cards short of the complete set.

Aparicio & Trammell, just because...

Now then, the regular inserts and parallels.  You are promised 10 per box, one each of the following: Diamond Kings, Century Stars, Century Legends, and Green Century Proofs.  The other six are a random assortment of the above, as well as #ed base parallels, College Greats, Dynasty, Generations, and I guess Baseball Americana.  With six being random, there’s a good chance you won’t pull everything.  I didn’t get any Baseball Americana or Generations in my box, whereas Drew from drewscards pulled two Baseball Americana, but no Generations or Dynasty inserts.  I pulled one of the latter.

Century Legends Duke Snider & Ernie Banks (Keeper!), and Century Stars Nolan Ryan

The Century Legends are designed to look classy, and the Century Stars are designed to look fun I guess.  Both succeed.

Bob Feller base parallel #ed 15/100

My awesome base parallel pull. 😀

Pulled three Diamond Kings. Nolan Ryan and Ernie Banks are #ed /250 because the Threads logo is shiny I guess. :d

There are a crap-ton of Diamond King parallels, starting at /250.  Fuller is the regular base version, which isn’t numbered.  They used the same picture for Mr. Cub’s Diamond King and Century Legend (The two Century stars I pulled share the same photo as the players’ respective base cards, as well).  The photo recycling thing is annoying to start with, but within the same set?  Pathetic.  Come on, man!  And for the love of pizza, quit using the same picture of Joe Morgan already!

How many freaking times has that same picture of Joe Morgan been used with various cropping and/or filtering since the beginning of the '00s now??

It’s a cool card & all, but that picture’s been used on seemingly every single Joe Morgan card made since 2000.  Ask Field of Cards about that.  Poor guy’s haunted by that image.  He was even in attendance for my live box break on Jtv when I pulled this.

Halman Green Century Proof /250 & Molitor College Greats..

Halman came out of the pack in bad shape, with a dinged corner damage along the bottom edge.  Disappointing, and the damage will continue…

Emilio Bonifacio /1874, Keaton Hayenga 1/100 (woohoo eBay 1/1!), and Ryan Patterson /775 sticker autos..

Bonifacio was pretty beat up right out the pack, and Hayenga wasn’t minty fresh either, which is unfortunate because it’s the first time I’ve ever pulled the first or last of a print run.

Now, you see I pulled three autos.  There were two game-used cards, so that means I pulled an extra hit.  Donruss was always cool like that.  Getting more than promised seemed to be the rule rather than the exception for them.  Here’s my other two hits:

Century Stars Dale Murphy jersey /100

My weak link of the box.  Dale Murphy would be a really cool pull usually, and I guess he kinda still is, but considering how great the legend checklist is, this is probably one of the weakest possible legends you can get.  And, this is the only legend hit I got.  Oh wells.

Time for the grand finale!

Madison Bumgarner game-used something?... /100

Even at full size it’s kinda hard to see, but there are two parallel grooves in the swatch running the length of the swatch vertically.  I dunno what the deal is, but the swatch is super thick too.  It’s practically bursting from the window.  Whatever the case, I’m calling this a patch… err, being Donruss, Prime Jersey (which is probably more accurate than calling most special swatches a “patch” anyway), until proven otherwise. 😛

Now for grades.

Price: A This is a great product at under $50.  It’s fun and there’s a fair chance at a great pull.

Condition: C I think only the three cards were noticeably damaged, but they were kind of important ones.

Pulls: B Bonifacio has made it to the majors already but not been great.  Hayenga has potential.  Patterson is going on 27 and hasn’t made the show yet, though he might be decent if he ever does.  Murphy is cool but a weak legend.  Bumgarner is easily the hit of the box.  The regular inserts and the Bob Feller parallel are what bring it up from a C to a solid B.

Fun: A+ This was easily the most fun I’ve ever had busting a box of cards.  I may get another box of Threads in the future.

Final Grade: Solid B It has it’s flaws, but it’s just a fun product.  You’ll be close to the complete short set even if you do get too many dupes, the regular inserts are fantastic, there’s pretty decent big hit potential for the price, and it all looks pretty good, sticker autos aside.  There is much to like here.

Thanks for reading. 🙂

Until our next…

Live Box Break Reminder + Bonus!

The 2008 Donruss Threads baseball box is due to arrive later today, and I will be busting it at 7pm east/6pm central/etc/so forth on justin.tv, so be there or kindly be square.  This is definitely a more interesting box than the ’09 Upper Deck A Piece of Sh**story, and let’s hope it’s better much much better too.  I mean seriously, Upper Deck… Gigli??  Even if was fairly enjoyable, mine had to be the worst box ever.  And what’s up with the missing hit?

Edit: I have yet to fall asleep, it’s closing in 40 hours since I’ve had any decent sleep, so there is a good chance I’m not going to be ready to cast by 7pm est/6pm cst.  I’ll let ya know for sure later..

Edit #2: Woke up just in time to hear the Threads baseball box and Playoff football bonus packs arrive at my door.  Those UPS dudes are STEALTH.  Still haven’t managed to see one, no matter how fast I get to the door.  They’re like… ninja tooth fairies or something.  Okay, back to sleep.  Will post when the break is gonna happen when I wake up.  Laters.. 🙂

Edit #3: I’m awake again, so I guess this thintg’s gonna happen tonight.  Gimme about 40 minutes to finish waking up and get a little food in and get everything set up.  That means I’ll be on at just after 9pm est.  Seeya then!

Edit #4: Going live right now.  Check out the break at the link above.

Edit #5: Threads kicked all kinds of ass!  I had a blast with this one, even though my only hit of a legend was a Dale Murphy jersey (a good card, but definitely weak considering the players available).  I ended up with one more than the promised four hits though, and the regular inserts were suh-weet, and where I got most of my most favorite pulls! 😀

Full reviews of this and A Piece of History with plenty of scans to come sometime this month hopefully.  Scans of the Playoffs Bonus Packs as well.  Also some scans of the blaster and repack from the other day too.

One more note, does anyone remember that post from Field of Cards with all the Joe Morgan cards that use the same picture?  Well, another one was discovered, lol.  But it’s still a hella cool card.

On that note, I’m done for tonight.  See y’all soon!

Now then, let’s make this post worth our while. Not that it wasn’t, but eh..  It’s time for an old school (ie no pictures) blaster break post.  This is 2009 Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects and it comes to us from Target.  I was just hoping to grab a couple fat packs in hopes of pulling a Purple Refractor and mayhaps an autograph since they are pretty easy pulls from them, something like 1:11 according to the break on A Pack to be Named Later.  They had none though, and no regular loose packs either.  All they had was just this one lone blaster of DP&P (I looked fairly thoroughly, so I’m pretty sure this was it).  So after much some waffling, I bought it.  And after the way my night went, I am so glad I did.  Here’s what I got:

Pack 1

BDP 4 Trevor Cahill A’s RC

BDP24 Jeff Stevens Cubs RC- Keeper! (I have no idea who dis dude is though… same goes for almost everyone in this thing though.)

BDPP49 Buddy Baumann Royals 1st Yr Chrome

BDPP50 Thomas Berryhill Braves 1st Yr Chrome

BDPP51 Darrell Ceciliani Mets 1st Yr

BDPP13 Seth Schwindenhammer Red Sox 1st Yr- Too many letters in last name!  I haven’t slept enough for this!!

BDPP22 Ben Paulsen Rockies 1st Yr Gold- Either make ’em thick or lose this crap parallel immediately plz.

Checklist

Pack 2

BDP43 Brent Leach Dodgers RC- Night Owl?

BDP3 Trevor Bell Angels RC

BDPP32 Jeff Decker 1st Yr Chrome

BDP40 Fu-Te Ni Tigers Chrome RC

BDPP9 Anthony Morris Nats 1st Yr

BDPP44 David Holmberg White Sox 1st Yr

BDPP65 Daniel Mahoney Marlins 1st Yr Gold

Pack 3

BDP39 Ryan Sadowski Giants RC

BDP21 Chris Tillman O’s RC- Beardy?

BDP16 Bud Norris Astros RC Chrome

BDPW31 Chipper Jones WBC Purple Refractor!- Ooh, nice.  A player I know!  And these purples be pretty slick.  Very very nice card.  Purple Refractors come two per blaster, it even proclaims “New!  Look for 2 Purple Refractors inside!” on three sides of the blaster.  Keeper, btw (on account of being WBC).

BDPP4 Virgil Hill Cards 1st Yr

BDPP41 Jonathan Meyer Astros 1st Yr

BDP11 JD Martin Nats RC Gold

Pack 4

BDP35 Jarrett Hoffpauir Cards RC- Micah’s distant cousin, according to the back of the card.

BDP19 Ryan Perry Tigers RC

BDPP68 Victor Black Pirates 1st Yr Chrome- Anyone?

BDPP54 Tyler Townsend O’s 1st Yr Chrome- Beardman again?

BDPP73 Mark Fleury Reds 1st Yr

BDPP8 Jobduan Morales Marlins 1st Yr

BDPP30 Cory Burns Indians 1st Yr Gold- Seriously, these gold parallels suck.

Pack 5

BDP8 Rusty Ryal D’Backs RC

BDP41 Casey McGehee Brewers RC

BDPP37 Andrew Bellatti Rays 1st Yr Chrome- Wow, this dude was born on 8/5/1991?  Anyone else feeling a little old right now? 😦

BDP55 Fernando Martinez Mets RC Chrome

BDPP69 Dallas Keuchel Astros 1st Yr

BDPP58 Robert Shields Mets 1st Yr

BDPP52 Derek McCallum Twins 1st Yr Gold

Pack 6

BDP53 Vin Mazzaro A’s RC

BDP40 Fu-Te Ni Tigers RC

BDPP61 Ryan Goins Blue Jays 1st Yr Chrome- Second dude from Dallas Baptist in the blaster.  Can you guess the other?

BDPP34 Brandt Walker Astros 1st Yr Chrome- Getting Astros at a rate usually reserved for Yankees!

BDPP20 Jamie Johnson Tigers 1st Yr

BDPP10 Telvin Nash Astros 1st Yr- See??

BDP6 Wyatt Toregas Indians RC Gold

Pack 7

BDP16 Bud Norris Astros RC- lol, now it’s just getting silly.  I haven’t even pulled a Yankee yet.

BDP55 Fernando Martinez Mets RC

BDP Kyle Blanks Padres RC Chrome

BDPW10 Chunhua Dong WBC Purple Refractor- Nice! I pulled China’s third string catcher for the ’09 World Baseball Classic (he was only 18 then, so it’s better than it sounds).  It may just be the lack of sleep talking, but I kinda want to collect the entire 35 card WBC part of the set in Purple Refractor form now that I have two of them.  Needless to say, this be a keeper!

BDPP7 Michael Belfiore D’Backs 1st Yr

BDPP14 Patrick Lehman Nats 1st Yr

BDPP46 David Hale Braves 1st Yr Gold- Like the pic, but border is fail.

This is it, the last pack is coming up.  Are you excited?  I hope so!

Pack 8

BDP50 Kyle Blanks Padres RC

BPA-MM Michael Moustakas Royals 1st Yr AUTOGRAPH- Yeeeeah!  I was good with the purples, but hitting an autograph made my fairly crappy night and current lack of sleep worth it.  It’s a sticker auto, and I won’t defend that, but these base autos fall 1:23 packs in regular sized RETAIL packs, so I won’t be complaining about it much.  Interesting (debateably) is that Buster Posey is in this bunch, and not the much harder Chrome autos (1:130 packs).  I hear he’s not too bad.

BDP44 Diory Hernandez Braves RC Chrome

BDPW31 Chipper Jones WBC Refractor- Keeper!  W00t, beat the odds twice in one pack!  Regular refractors fall 1:11 packs.  It’s almost as if this box was meant for me (as was the football repack box from Walmart that will require scans to go through).

BDPP64 Egan Smith Blue Jays 1st Yr

BDPP56 Ryan Jackson Cards 1st Yr

BDPP62 Chase Austin Marlins 1st Yr Gold- No Yankees!

Sorry to Marie and Sooz, and proof that it is possible to get no Yankees, in a blaster at least, for Yankee-hatin’ Yankee magnet Night Owl.

I’ll get scans up eventually maybe.  I guess these are for trade, but like a wiki walk gone bad, I’m in way over my head on trades at the moment, so it could be awhile before I get to it.  In the meantime, I’m gonna go… to… sleep.  I’ve slept two or so of the last 33-ish hours, so yeah.  Night-night, blogamaniacs.

Purple Refractors are made of win…

The Plan

Sooner or later, I’ve got to reign in my spending habits on cards.  So I came up with a plan, and have already begun to enact it.

You see, there are several boxes that have fallen into my price range recently that I have been wanting for awhile, so I want to tear through them over the first quarter or third of the new year/decade.  After that, I hope to dramatically reduce my monthly card expenditure indefinitely, having satisfied the itch for the specific boxes I’d been wanting.

I have the first two boxes from the list coming in January: 2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History (Finally officially on it’s way!) and 2008 Donruss Threads baseball, as well as two packs of ’06 Playoff Football Playoffs bonus packs (Two for a buck less than just one normally costs?  Well if you insist).

Oh, for those creepy enough to keeping score, what’s wrong with you?  And my price range is less than $50 (not counting shipping).

Here’s the list of stuff that’s fallen I want to pick up:

Baseball

2005 Donruss Champions- They’ve been known to drop just into my range on weekends and during special sales.  The base cards and set in general are pretty odd, but I like these a lot and really need to make up for my only hit being a So Taguchi bat card.

2007 Upper Deck SP Rookie Edition- I don’t know why I want a box of this, I just do.

2008 Donruss Threads

2008 Upper Deck Goudey- Just want a retail box.  I need some more Sports Royalty and Hit Parade of Champions.  Collecting both of those.  Anything else is just icing.

2008 UD Masterpieces- A retail box will suffice with this too, though it appears the hobby boxes have dipped into the mid-$30s…

Some topps Jumbo HTA box (most likely from 2008, but we’ll see)- I don’t think I need to justify this to anyone, even if I end up getting fugly 2008s.

2009 UD A Piece of History

2009 Upper Deck Spectrum- It has enough going for it for me to justify at around $40 a box.  I’m leaning towards this for my January purchase.

Basketball

2008/09 Fleer- I love the ’86-’87 and ’88-’89 parallels.  And four hits per box ain’t bad.  I may be poor, but I do loves me some hits.  The amount and potential for being decent weigh into my purchasing decision.  Notice that most of the boxes I want offer up a whole bunch of hits.  I like them for my PCs and also because I love to be a generous trader.  I’ve come to realize that if I can make someone’s day, it makes me feel every bit as good as the great cards I receive in return… And the hits, they help me do that.

/tangent

I badly want some ’09/’10 topps and/or Upper Deck too, but they are out of my range for the time being.

Wrestling

2007 topps WWE Heritage III- A&G minis, baby!  What more needs to be said?

2008 TriStar TNA iMPACT! Wrestling- Two words: Gail Kim.

Non-Sport

Upper Deck Marvel Masterpieces (probably Series 2)- The quest for more sketch cards!  Plus the base cards & regular inserts tend to be hella tight.

Razor Ink Vault- Okay, these aren’t in my price range either, but damn I really want a box.  I was so close to pre-ordering one at just over $40, but couldn’t pull the trigger, and now they are $50-something.

There ya go… I hope I can knock all that out in four months without having to sell a kidney or something.

Oh, and if y’all are feeling generous, my birthday is February 9th (the big two-five), and I’d really love a box of anything on the list above (especially Donruss Champions or Ink Vault) for the momentous occasion.

Err… that was pathetic and shameless and I’m sorry. m(_ _)m

So that’s the plan.  Focus in and get all the stuff I’ve been wanting that I can afford consistently and relatively quickly so I can cut way back for awhile and save some cashola.  It ain’t rocket science, and there is a major potential flaw if many more boxes I might want fall below $50.  But it’s the best way I can think of to keep things going strong for awhile, but also set a real timetable to buckle down and start saving some money.

Now here’s a pretty picture for reading the whole thing:

Project S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is in effect. Oh yes...

Project S.T.A.L.K.E.R. means Sweeping Through All Lovely BrooKes, Even Relics.  Brooke Morales has been in every year of Benchwarmer since the beginning in 1992, and I intend to collect every card of her.

Hooray for Benchwarmer!  Hooray for Brooke!