A Blaster of Americana

As promised, a blaster of Panini Americana.  I have a second one too, but scanning has become an arduous process, who knows when I’ll get to it.  Anyway, enjoy this post with minimal jibba-jabba interruption.

I like the base design. Wooooooooo!

It's the usual mix of celebrities and psuedo-celebrities. If you've gotten a previous release, you know what to expect.

There is so much nerdiness of many different disciplines to be found this time around.

Astronauts, wrestlers, Power Rangers that went on to become bigtime voice actors (not in this blaster, alas), stars of nerdy movies and TV, Beadle(!)... the geekiness is strong in this one.

The inserts are meh, but the hits are nice. The poster there is the front. Base card backs are... sparse.

And the back has the swatch, the swatch being something red from Liza Minelli this time. Fun stuff. The Americana blasters were the only cards I bought this month that I genuinely enjoyed. The baseball stuff just felt like going through the motions. This post feels like that too, but whatevs.

Despite the overall half-arsed nature of this post, I really do like Americana and give it a very solid A-.

I’m collecting the base set and will put up a needs list when I get around to it.  Fortunately it won’t be huge.  There were almost no dupes (possibly none at all) between the two blasters.  That was pretty great.  So pretty much everything in the second blaster will different.

Next time, a few more sketch cards.  After that, who knows?  Thanks for stopping by!

That last scan didn’t get edited to size.  How did I miss that?

2009 Bowman Blaster Break Fail

You’ll see why.  Opened as they are listed.  Will do scans when I feel like it.

Pack 1

93 Brad Hawpe

161 James Loney

BW20 Fu-Te Ni WBC

BW11 Justin Erasmus WBC

BP7 Matthew Moore Rays 1st Yr Gold

BCW15 Juan Carlos Sulbaran WBC Chrome

BCP16 Ehire Adrianza Giants 1st Yr Chrome

188 Kevin Youkilis

128 Ronnie Belliard

35 Jorge Posada

Pack 2

173 AJ Pierzynski

10 Ichiro

126 Javier Vasquez

BW15 Juan Carlos Sulbaran WBC

BP16 Ehire Adrianza Giants 1st Yr- Noticing a theme yet?

106 Yovani Gallardo Gold

BCP64 Jack Cawley Cards 1st Yr Chrome

BCP70 Justin Greene White Sox 1st Yr Chrome

67 Carlos Beltran

120 Rafael Furcal

Checklist 2 of 3

Pack 3

210 Jonathan Niese Mets RC

106 Yovani Gallardo

14 Ryan Howard

BP64 Jack Cawley Cards 1st Yr- How about now?

BP70 Justin Greene White Sox 1st Yr

14 Ryan Howard Gold- Cuz I’m apparently not getting Bipped hard enough by this blaster.

BCP43 Joshua Collmenter D-Backs 1st Yr Chrome

BCP15 Adam Reifer Cards 1st Yr Chrome- Someone was definitely smoking something when they decided to collate this so stupidly.

36 Placido Polanco

55 Garrett Atkins

Pack 4

66 Daniel Murphy

122 Alexi Casilla

BP43 Joshua Collmenter D-Backs 1st Yr

BP15 Adam Reifer Cards 1st Yr- Someone was definitely smoking something…

BP73 Miguel Flores Cards 1st Yr Gold

BCP60 Kyle Farrell Braves 1st Yr Chrome

BCP44 Adam Mills Red Sox 1st Yr Chrome

220 Josh Outman A’s RC

147 Blake DeWitt

47 Mike Jacobs

Pack 5

50 Felix Hernandez

30 Torii Hunter

BP60 Kyle Farrell Braves 1st Yr

BP44 Adam Mills Red Sox 1st Yr

66 Daniel Murphy Gold

BCP37 Ben Lasater Marlins 1st Yr Chrome

BCP20 Neil Ramirez Rangers 1st Yr Chrome

159 Shane Victorino

143 Lance Berkman

116 Aaron Cook

Pack 6

53 Jay Bruce

177 Adrian Gonzalez

BP37 Ben Lasater Marlins 1st Yr

BP20 Neil Ramirez Rangers 1st Yr- *Facepalm*

151 Howie Kendrick Gold

BCP27 Sawyer Carroll Padres 1st Yr Chrome

BCP1 Neftali Feliz Rangers 1st Yr Chrome

180 Brandon Webb

63 Raul Ibanez

211 Bobby Parnell Mets RC

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Pack 7

38 Dustin Pedroia

77 Barry Zito

2 Albert Pujols

BP27 Sawyer Carroll Padres 1st Yr

BP1 Neftali Feliz Rangers 1st Yr

BP53 Edilio Colina Mariners 1st Yr Gold

BCP36 Miguel Fermin Marlins 1st Yr Chrome

BCP19 Angel Morales Twins 1st Yr Chrome

16 Jose Reyes

132 Chris Davis

Pack 8

70 Cole Hamels

145 AJ Burnett

178 George Sherrill

BP36 Miguel Fermin Marlins 1st Yr- Wow…

BP19 Angel Morales Twins 1st Yr- Just wow…

122 Alexi Casilla Gold

BCP85 Zach Moore Marlins 1st Yr Chrome

BCP6 Stolmy Pimentel Red Sox 1st Yr Chrome

79 Jeff Francoeur

199 Dexter Fowler Rockies RC

There ya go, the same two chrome prospects/WBCs showed up in the next packs as base cards.  Man Topps, couldn’t even kick in a refractor to make my butt hurt a little less?  Wasn’t expecting greatness, but apparently my expectations were too high since I didn’t expect stupidity.

I was very heavily considering a hobby box of this in the near future, because for once, I actually liked Bowman a lot this year… but I’m never going to buy so much as another pack of it ever again without a damn good explanation.  And this combined with the f***ed up patch from my Series 1 Topps blaster awhile back, I don’t think I’ll be getting any more Topps blasters of any kind for a helluva long time either.  And knowing Topps pulled this sort of crap with the National Prides, Baseball Highlights Sketches, and possibly the Hoodwinks in Allen & Ginter, I’m not even feeling buying anymore of THAT anytime soon, and A&G is my favorite set of the year.

Way to go Topps, another satisfied customer.

ARE YOU SERIOUSLY JOKING???

K-Mart Cards

My brain woke up shortly after I posted earlier, so I actually got around and went out today, making it to K-Mart before closing time.

There wasn’t much baseball to choose from unfortunately.  No Goudey or Heroes anymore, though there was a fresh supply of ’08 Masterpieces.  The only other thing was regular Upper Deck Series 2 and the USA version of Series 2.

They had Hot Prospects basketball and Icons football, and enough Hockey to choke a moose, if anybody wanted to get other sports involved.  They probably had regular Upper Deck basketball and football too, but I forgot my list, so I can’t say for sure.

If the choices are lacking, it’s possible I can check back at Shopko sometime. Never know how long the random Hobby boxes and unopened retail boxes will hold out, but the boxes they had when I got mine would have been the same price as ten blasters for two of them.  It was all 2006 stuff, but it was some of the nicest that year had to offer in Flair Showcase and Ovation (and something else on their smexy looking upper-low end level that I can’t remember).  They’d have less cards than ten blasters even if it’s heavy on the Masterpieces, but unless the Masterpieces hold some hits (I’m 0 for probably 12 or so in K-Marts non-guaranteed hit discount blasters since they were marked down late last fall, so I’m not hopeful…), those boxes would would give up more hits, one or two being autographs.

There’s a lot of ways we can go with this, assuming it there is enough interest to actually make it happen.  We can always mix and match and replace a couple or four discount ones with more desirable regular price blasters like ’08 Allen & Ginter or this year’s Heritage or Spectrum (ha!) from elsewhere.

It’s getting a little convoluted, but I’m still down if the interest is there.  If you like the idea, leave a comment or send an e-mail.  And if you have an idea on how to make it all work, by all means, let me know.  I’d love to have the chance to be master of ceremonies for a group break for y’all, however we may decide to do it.

Thanks again for your consideration.  Did you all have a funderful day?

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Under Consideration

I’m thinking about doing something.  They’ve got a whole mess of discount blasters at K-Mart still.  It seems a shame to let them all go to waste, but I after my hobby box from Shopko, I’m pretty much done with buying cards of my own for the forseeable future.  I’m wondering though, does anybody want to do a group blaster break?

I’d like to get a at the very least 12 people, but preferably 14 (I’ll play too unless the turnout is good enough that 15 people wish to buy in), who would be interested.  So if you should come across this and like the idea, spread the word, because if you’ve noticed my hit counter, very few people actually read this blog. 😛

As for specifics, I’d like to get 10 blasters.  Does $9.00 per person for two teams sound good?  That should cover all the blasters and some, if not most, of the shipping, provided we get a full turnout of 14 or 15.  Even still, 12 will cover the blasters.  And I’ll of course cover you with stuff from my own collection if you get the shaft.  Heck, I’ll probably do it a little regardless (unless you completely pwn the break).  I’m cool like that.

I’ll be out tomorrow, barring something going wrong, so I can check out exactly what all they’ve got and pass it along.  The selection isn’t the greatest, but stuff apparently continues to trickle in, so there may be a new thing or two there, or maybe not.  We’ll see.  I can put the final decision of what and how many up to vote, if we actually get that far.

Thanks for your consideration, and have a funderful day.

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