This month I participated in my first group break with Nachos Grande, Chris Reed. I put in for the Tigers. Although I've wanted to participate in other breaks, usually I'm late to the table. I was very happy with the results!
Chris broke a case of 2015 Heritage and a box of 2004 Topps Clubhouse Collection. The Clubhouse was devoid of Tigers and many other teams for that matter. No tears shed as the Heritage case did not disappoint.
I completed a base team set with base shortprints, and nearly completed two additional sets with extra short prints, missing only a few cards. Here's the haul:
I had no real intentions of purchasing more than a blaster of Heritage. This year's design was nothing special. Although it might have been had I grown up with 66 Topps. I have to admit it's slowly growing on me. The simple design is appealing in comparison to many products on today's market. What will keep me from purchasing more Heritage? Short prints. I know I'm not alone here. Hits are great but should these include star players? Variation short prints I can live without, having no real desire to obtain them on my own. I will say these make for awesome pulls in a trade package. ;)
If I could have just one of the Heritage super short prints, it's this Throwback variation:
Tiger shortprints: Kinsler, Price, Scherzer, Cabrera, Martinez and Verlander
Heritage Chrome #d/999
All were great pulls! Chris sent a neatly packaged priority box with all my Tigers including the auto below - and a couple of fun surprises:
Munnatawket-backed minis based on 2008 A&G! I've seen these around the blogs thinking I'd never get my grubby tiger paws on one. Apparently the creator of these cards is Ryan, friend of Chris's. The look and feel of the minis is the same as original Topps. The personalized and signed card featuring Chris is a keeper! And so is the case hit red-auto of Ron Nischwitz. What's a Nischwitz? Well, I asked the same question. He was a Tiger reliever in 1961, 1962 and 1965. In 1965 he made appearances in 20 games for the Tigers, going 1-0 with a 2.78 era. Overall fun pull but certainly not a star player like Kaline, also a Heritage red ink auto. Thanks for a fun break Chris!!
Am I hooked on breaks? No. Will I participate in another? Most likely! As far as Heritage goes, I'm waiting for the 72s and 75s! Two particular years that could very well having me building my first Heritage base sets. I wonder what changes are in store for Heritage over the next six years.
Have you participated in group breaks? Why or why not?