2008 topps Chrome from the $1.59 Bin

Exactly what it says on the tin.  I raided the newest stuff that had found it’s way into the discount bin at Shopko when I was in there on Saturday.  Also picked up two 2007 topps ’52 Rookies packs, a pack of 2008 Mayo football, and the most boring pack of 2008 topps Heritage ever made.  More on that stuff another time though; we all about the Chrome right now!  I got shorted a card in one pack, so only 27 cards.  This is everything:

6 packs 2008 topps Chrome 1

The Harden Refractor is a keeper until he ends up somewhere else...

6 packs 2008 topps Chrome 2

J-Roll is a blue refractor parallel #ed /200. And did those X-Fractors scan nice or what? Randor Bierd & Matt Holliday

6 packs 2008 topps Chrome 3

Grady's a Refractor if you can't quite tell. Manny's going to Wicked Ortega. Someday. Adam Jones is for Beardy. So's Prince Randor of Eternia if he wants him.

Everyone except for Harden (for now), Manny, Pacman Jones, & maybe Randorrrrr are available for trade.  Call ya shot.

Over and out!

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1/2-Priced Blasters… from Target?!?!

But they never have ANY cards on sale.  They did on Sunday Sunday Sunday though, so I got some 2008 stinkers they finally got desperate enough to slash the price on: 2008 Bowman football and pretty f*ckup 2008 Stadium Club baseball.  I can get behind those for $10 instead of $20, so I did.  Let’s see how I did.

2008 Bowman Football (7 packs, 5 cards per pack, guaranteed jersey per blaster)

I should mention that, being mostly rookies, I’m not going to know very many of these guys, because in four weeks this year I’ve probably seen twice as much football as I saw all of last year.  With that said, here’s

Pack 1

125 Andre Fluellen Lions RC

139 Bryan Kehl Football Giants RC

152 Zack Bowman Bears RC- Keeper!

157 Chaz Schilens Raiders RC Gold Parallel

BC32 Paul Hubbard Browns RC Chrome

Pack 2

56 Chad Ochocinco (Johnson)

46 Larry Johnson

99 Dallas Clark

245 Tavares Gooden Ravens RC Gold Parallel

BC27 Jack Williams Broncos RC Chrome

Scoring Drive ad- They still put these in packs? 😮

Pack 3

56 Chad Ochocinco (Johnson)- I

46 Larry Johnson- Got

99 Dallas Clark- Bipped!

52 Michael Turner Gold Parallel

BC18 Justin King Rams RC Chrome

Checklist 1 of 3

Scoring Drive waste of tree.  Seriously, they killed a tree to make these stupid ads!

Now I understand why topps makes you open their blasters from the bottom… at least they kicked me a jersey and parallel of a starting QB this time.

Pack 4

170 Joe Flacco Ravens RC- Sadly it wasn’t this starting QB.

225 Sam Baker Falcons RC

238 Calais Campbell Cardinals RC

228 Sedrick Ellis Saints RC Gold Parallel

BC9 Brad Cottam Chiefs RC Chrome

Scoring Drive blah blah blah.  Just know there was one in every effin pack. :/

Pack 5

256 Shawn Crable Patriots RC

232 Dre Moore Bucs RC

247 Philip Wheeler Colts RC

124 Tom Zbikowski Ravens RC Gold Parallel

BC4 Duane Brown Texans RC Chrome

Pack 6

159 Timothy Hightower Cardinals RC- Tim Hightower = badass, Timothy Hightower = NERD!!

156 Jerome Felton Lions RC

147 Kenneth Moore Lions RC

167 Brian Brohm Packers RC Gold Parallel

BC39 Jalen Parmele Dolphins RC Chrome

Pack 7

18 Jeff Garcia- Most underrated QB ever?

31 Marion Barber

175 Josh Johnson Bucs RC Blue Parallel #ed 184/500- I didn’t say it was an amazing starting QB.  He’s starting now though, so that’s pretty cool.

23 Tarvaris Jackson Gold Parallel

BC30 Justin Tryon Redskins RC

The jersey was in it’s own separate lil cello pack, and it was…

DJ-JL Jake Long Draft Day Jersey- An offensive lineman, but I’m not complaining.  He’s quality.

2008 Stadium Club (8 packs, 5 cards per pack)

The odds were pretty astronomical with 1:60 packs being the easiest pull for ANYTHING.

Pack 1

112 Joey Votto Reds RC

31 Carl Crawford

37 Hanley Ramirez

76 Johan Santana

140 Max Scherzer D-Backs RC 1st Day Issue- Shoulda guessed.  Surprised I didn’t get Scherzer in the football blaster.

Pack 2

115 Brandon Boggs Rangers RC

68 Gary Sheffield

11 David Ortiz- Keeper if I don’t have it yet.

104 Gregor Blanco Braves RC

122 Jonathan Herrera Rockies RC 1st Day Issue

Such pretty pretty photography.  How could they have messed this up so badly? 😦

Pack 3

29 Delmon Young

4 Todd Helton

116 Johnny Cueto Reds RC

58 Jose Reyes

132 Kosuke Fukudome Cubs RC 1st Day Issue- Have it, so I can trade this one.

Checklist

Pack 4

73 Greg Maddux

52 Vernon Wells

88 Hideki Matsui

14 Prince Fielder

147 Radhames Liz O’s RC

Pack 5

131 Sean Rodriguez Angels RC

80 Ryan Braun

82 Manny Ramirez

56 Garrett Atkins

112 Joey Votto other Reds RC 1st Day Issue

Pack 6

119 Jed Lowrie Red Sox RC

1 Chase Utley

85 Matt Holliday

50 David Wright

107 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers RC

Pack 7

53 Josh Hamilton

133 Chin-Lung Hu Dodgers RC

125 Josh Banks Padres RC

13 Alex Rodriguez

125 Josh Banks Padres other RC 1st Day Issue

Checklist

Pack 8

109 Garrett Mock Nats RC

23 Thom Glavine- Eh, it’d almost make sense in this set.

142 Greg Smith A’s RC

74 Rich Harden- Keeper!

131 Sean Rodriguez Angels other RC 1st Day Issue

And that’s the end of this beautiful disaster set blaster.  Everything not a keeper is available for trade, as always.  For this set, I’m looking for all the Cubbies I don’t have, which is all of them except for Harden & the 1st Day Issue Fukudome, and all the legends except for Honus Wagner & the 1st Day Issue Babe Ruth (already got ’em).

I’m not feeling so well, but one final note before I go, after watching Monday Night Football I can say this with confidence: Aaron Rodgers > Brett Favre

Until our next…

Pack Breaks & Sketches

I got a couple fat packs of ’09 Topps Chrome at Walmart, cuz that’s what was available.  Seven cards and I guess two inserts or refractors per pack.

Pack 1

175 Bobby Parnell Mets RC- I am so sick of pulling Niese & Parnell rookies this year… I guess Max Scherzer found his anti-collection successors.

68 Jay Bruce- Jay Bruce got a Rookie Cup?  Really?  I didn’t think last year’s class was that weak.

129 Jeremy Bonderman Blue Refractor #ed /199- Blue refractors are nice, and less… odd, than bronze. For a flagship at least.

164 Ryan Zimmerman X-Fractor- Who needs an arbitrarily limited regular refractor of random color when you can have this?  The X-Fractors this year are officially SICK~!!  Gone is the s***ty over-the-top “static bling” of recent years, replaced by this much more subtle look… THAT MOVES~!!  This is the closest thing I’ve seen to an Atomic Refractor in years.  More of this plz.

90 Johan Santana

168 JD Drew

185 Everth Cabrera Padres RC

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Pack 2

97 Dustin Pedroia

147 Garrett Anderson

W8 Kenji Johjima World Baseball Classic- Have I mentioned how awesome I think the World Baseball Classic is?  I loooooooove it.  Keeper!

21 Brad Hawpe Refractor

19 Rich Harden- Keeper.

110 Jonathan Papelbon

121Francisco Rodriguez

Even if 2009 Topps Chrome’s design was total arse, it’d still be somewhat worthwhile entirely on the strength of it’s easily obtainable X-Fractors.  Fortunately, it looks good and has good photography from what I’ve seen too, so it’s a big winner all-around.  This probably won’t be the last of this I pick up, it’s right up there with Upper Deck X.

Also, to make up for lack of Chrome pictures (not that a scan could ever hope to convey the epicness of this years almost Atomic Refractor-quality X-Fractors), here’s a couple quickie sketches I did with a sharpie while sitting around downtown earlier this month:

Quickie Sharpie Sketch

Quickie Sharpie Sketch #2

Not too bad for 40-50 minutes combined when I’ve never done straight ink before I guess.

Until Our Next…