Jumbo Value Pack #5 – Is It Even Worth Writing About?

6b_tom_seaver_1As you can tell from the title, nothing spectacular about this pack. Not only did I pull mostly doubles, but there were only 35 cards (31 base set, 1 parallel, 4 inserts) in the 36 card pack.  I know eventually I would run into a lot of doubles but didn’t think it would come in packs #4 and #5. I did pull a second 2015 Topps cover man, Yasiel Puig (#350) so I will be sending that out for an autograph.

My streak of packs containing at least one San Francisco Giant is now at five. Although they are doubles I did pull a Santiago Casilla (#156) and Joaquin Arias (#299) from the pack.

If there is a theme with this pack, it would have to be pitchers. Of the seven base set cards I needed, four were of pitchers, one was a leader card featuring pitchers, and the last was a parallel card.

The inserts/parallels started with my first Baseball History insert, Tom Seaver – Miracle Mets Walk-Off On Bunt (#6B). The set consists of 30 different cards, numbered 1-15 with an “A” card and a “B” card. The A” card features a non-baseball event that occurred in a particular year. The “B” card features a baseball highlight from that same year. The other inserts were Ted Williams – Highlight of the Year (#H-8), Jorge Soler – First Home Run Silver Stripe (FH-01), and Robinson Cano – Free Agent 40 (F40-2). I also pulled my second gold border parallel, Ubaldo Jimenez (#157).

Base Set
8 Miguel Gonzalez – Baltimore Orioles
22 Tyler Flowers – Chicago White Sox
61 League Leaders / National League Earned Run Average (Cueto, Kershaw & Wainwright)
96 Sergio Santos – Toronto Blue Jays
297 Scott Kazmir – Oakland Athletics
304 Shawn Kelly – New York Yankees
342 – San Diego Padres

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96_sergio_santos_1   297_scott_kazmir_1   304_shawn_kelley_1

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Parallels
157 Ubaldo Jimenez – Baltimore Orioles (Gold Border / SN 0217/2015 / 1:6)

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Inserts
6B Tom Seaver – New York Mets (Baseball History / 1:8)
FHR-01 Jorge Soler – Chicago Cubs – First Home Run (Silver Stripe)
F40-2 Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners (Free Agent 40 / 1:8)
H-8 Ted Williams – Boston Red Sox (Highlight of the Year / 1:4)

6b_tom_seaver_1  fhr01_jorge_soler_1_silver   f40-2_robinson_cano_1

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Past Packs
Jumbo Value Pack #1 – The Beginning!
Jumbo Value Pack #2 – Buster Posey!
Jumbo Value Pack #3 – “Mad Bum”, Rookies, and Doubles
Jumbo Value Pack #4 – Oh My, Doubles!

All-Star Game Commemorative Custom Cards #12-22

Well tomorrow ended up being almost a week. Here are the second 11 cards, the National League manager and starters. My only disappointment is there will be no San Francisco Giants player, maybe next time?

American League All-Star Commemorative Custom Cards

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13_paul_goldschmidt_all_star_glossy_1   13_paul_goldschmidt_all_star_glossy_2

14_chase_utley_all_star_glossy_1   14_chase_utley_all_star_glossy_2

15_aramis_ramirez_all_star_glossy_1   15_aramis_ramirez_all_star_glossy_2

16_troy_tulowitzki_all_star_glossy_1   16_troy_tulowitzki_all_star_glossy_2

17_andrew_mccutchen_all_star_glossy_1   17_andrew_mccutchen_all_star_glossy_2

18_carlos_gomez_all_star_glossy_1   18_carlos_gomez_all_star_glossy_2

19_yasiel_puig_all_star_glossy_1   19_yasiel_puig_all_star_glossy_2

20_giancarlo_stanton_all_star_glossy_1   20_giancarlo_stanton_all_star_glossy_2

21_jonathan_lucroy_all_star_glossy_1   21_jonathan_lucroy_all_star_glossy_2

22_adam_wainwright_all_star_glossy_1   22_adam_wainwright_all_star_glossy

Do you have a favorite card? Let me know who it is in the comments.

All-Star Game Commemorative Custom Cards #1-11

I decided to create some custom All-Star Game Commemorative Cards, or Glossy All-Star Cards for the players that represented the American League and National League last year at Target Field in Minnesota. The cards are modeled after the Topps All-Star Commemorative Cards that were issued in rack packs from 1984 to 1991.

The AL won the game 5-3, and outfielder Mike Trout was voted the games’ Most Valuable Player. Here are the first 11 cards, the American League manager and starters.

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2_miguel_cabrera_all_star_glossy_1   2_miguel_cabrera_all_star_glossy_2

3_robinson_cano_all_star_glossy_1   3_robinson_cano_all_star_glossy_2

4_josh_donaldson_all_star_glossy_1   4_josh_donaldson_all_star_glossy_2

5_derek_jeter_all_star_glossy_1   5_derek_jeter_all_star_glossy_2

6_jose_bautista_all_star_glossy_1   6_jose_bautista_all_star_glossy_2

7_mike_trout_topps_all_star_glossy_1   7_mike_trout_topps_all_star_glossy_2

8_adam_jones_all_star_glossy_1   8_adam_jones_all_star_glossy_2

9_nelson_cruz_all_star_glossy_1   9_nelson_cruz_all_star_glossy_2

10_salvador_perez_all_star_glossy_1   10_salvador_perez_all_star_glossy_2

11_felix_hernandez_all_star_glossy_1   11_felix_hernandez_all_star_glossy_2

Do you have a favorite card? Let me know who it is in the comments. Coming tomorrow, the National League.

All-Star Game Commemorative Cards

rack_packBetween the years of 1984 and 1991, Topps placed an All-Star Game commemorative Card in each of their rack packs. I can remember buying rack packs and making a choice between one pack or another pack based off what Glossy All-Star card was showing through the cellophane. The cards commemorated the previous seasons All-Star players. For instance the cards in the 1987 Topps rack packs are for the 1986 All-Stars. Last year they were included as a 30 card insert set in 2014 Topps Archives.

They were and still continue to be a favorite inserts from my early days of collecting. Here are two of my favorites that are currently in my Will Clark collection –

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Topps has not produced these cards in 24 years, so why am I posting about them? I thought it would be cool to recreate these favorite cards of mine to honor the 2014 All-Stars. The first card I created is one for the All-Star game MVP, Mike Trout. Here is the draft version, I am still playing with fonts and different pictures.

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Stay tuned for the final version and the remaining other 21 cards, which I will be releasing very soon!

Jumbo Value Pack #4 – Oh My, Doubles!

177_paul_konerko_var_1 With my fourth pack comes the onslaught of doubles – 23 of them! After breaking open the pack, I only needed seven of the 31 base cards for my set. I did get my first variation card of the year, so that’s a bonus. It was #177 Paul Konerko, shown shaking hands with fans as he walks off U.S. Cellular Field for the last time on September 28, 2014.

I added one San Francisco Giant in the latest pack, rookie outfielder Gary Brown (#139). He made his MLB debut on September 2, 2014 and hit .429 with 1 RBI in seven games for the Giants.

In only my fourth pack I pulled my second Rainbow Foil (1:10), this time it was Boston Red Sox rookie Rusney Castillo (#144).

The inserts included Mark McGwire’s Archtypes (#A-11), Jason Heyward First Home Run – Silver Stripe (#FHR-12), Eddie Veder First Pitch (#FP-04), and The Babe Ruth Story – From Hurler to Hitter (#BR-5)

Base Set
96 Junior Lake – Chicago Cubs
139 Gary Brown – San Francisco Giants RC
157 Ubaldo Jimenez – Baltimore Orioles
229 Bryan Morris – Miami Marlins
236 Zack Wheeler – New York Mets
249 Jose Reyes – Toronto Blue Jays
323 Eric Hosmer – Kansas City Royals

2015 Topps Junior Lake   2015 Topps Gary Brown   2015 Topps Ubaldo Jimenez

2015 Topps Bryan Morris   2015 Topps Zack Wheeler   2015 Topps Jose Reyes

2015 Topps Eric Hosmer

Variations
177 Paul Konerko – Chicago White Sox

2015 Topps Paul Konerko Variation

Parallels
144 Rusney Castillo – Boston Red Sox (Rainbow Foil / 1:10)

2015 Topps Rusney Castillo Rainbow Foil

Inserts
A-11 Mark McGwire (Power) – Archetypes (1:6)
FHR-12 Jason Heyward – First Home Run – Silver Stripe
FP-04 Eddie Veder – First Pitch (1:3)
BR-5 From Hurler to Hitter (Bston Red Sox) – The Babe Ruth Story (1:2)

2015 Topps Archetypes Mark McGwire   2015 Topps First Home Run Silver Stripe Jason Heyward   2015 Topps First Pitch Eddie Veder

2015 Topps The Babe Ruth Story From Hurler to Hitter

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Jumbo Value Pack #1 – The Beginning!
Jumbo Value Pack #2 – Buster Posey!
Jumbo Value Pack #3 – Oh My, Doubles!

Random 2015 Topps Card – Steve Cishek

#254 Steve Cishek, Pitcher
Miami Marlins2014 Topps Steve Cishek

Personal Bio
Born: June 18, 1986
Birthplace: Falmouth, MA
High School: Falmouth HS (Falmouth, MA)
College: Carson-Newman College (Jefferson City, TN)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Career Stats
Season(s): 5
W-L Record: 15-14
ERA: 2.65
Saves: 91
Strikeouts: 284

The picture featured on Steve Cishek’s 2015 Topps Series 1 card was taken on June 4th, 2014, in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. He pitched one inning, giving up one run and earned his 13th save of the season.

Cishek was drafted by the Florida Marlins (now Miami Marlins) in the fifth round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, 166th overall. He made his major league debut on September 26, 2010 against the Milwaukee Brewers, pitching two innings in the 7-1 loss.

In 2013, Cishek became the Marlins full-time closer, converting 34 of 36 save opportunities, with a 2.33 ERA. Last season he converted 39 of 43 save opportunities, with a 3.17 ERA. His 39 saves in 2104 tied him for eighth in the major leagues.

Steve Cishek Topps Flagship Cardography

2012 Topps Steve Cishek   2013 Topps Steve Cishek  2014 Topps Steve Cishek2015 Topps Steve Cishek

Random 2015 Topps Card – Tyler Skaggs

One cannot live on Jumbo Value Pack posts alone! To cure my addiction for wanting to write about something, I will be doing these Random 2015 Topps Card posts. I would like to do one everyday but with family, school, and work that may not be possible but I will definitely give it a shot. The cards featured will be ones that I have opened so far in My 2015 Topps Journey. So my first random card of the days is –

#74 Tyler Skaggs, Pitcher
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Personal Bio
Born: July 31, 1993
Birthplace: Santa Monica, CA
High School: Santa Monica HS (Santa Monica, CA)
Bats: Left
Throws: Left

Career Stats

Season(s): 3
W-L Record: 8-11
ERA: 4.72
Strikeouts: 143

The picture featured on Tyler Skaggs’ 2015 Topps Series 1 card was taken on July 31st, 2014, in a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. This was the last game he would pitch in 2014. He suffered a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament that required Tommy John surgery. The surgery was performed on August 13th and he is expected to miss most, if not all of the 2015 season.

Skaggs was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the first round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, 40th overall.

In July of 2010, Skaggs was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks with a few other players for pitcher Dan Haren. He represented the Diamondbacks in the 2011 and 2012 All-Star Futures Game. Skaggs made his major league debut on August 22, 2012 against the Miami Marlins, giving up two runs in 6 1/3 innings to earn his first career win.

On December 10, 2103 the Diamondbacks traded Skaggs back to the Angels in a three team deal that sent Adam Eaton to the Chicago White Sox, and Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks. He was having the best season of his career in 2014 before his injury, going 5-5 with a 4.30 ERA, and 86 strikeouts in 133.0 innings pitched.

Tyler Skaggs Topps Flagship Cardography

2013 Topps Tyler Skaggs  2014 Topps Tyler Skaggs  2015 Topps Tyler Skaggs

Jumbo Value Pack #3 – “Mad Bum”, Rookies, and Doubles

227_madison_bumgarner_world_series_highlight_1 The 3rd Jumbo Value Pack had a few themes, first pack with doubles (Michael Wacha, Pittsburgh Pirates Team Card, Cincinnati Reds Team Card, and Felix Hernandez), about three times as many rookies as in previous two packs (Kendall Graveman, Bryce Brentz, Rusney Castillo, Brandon Finnegan, and Bryan Mitchell), and my first World Series Highlight card (Madison Bumgarner – 2014 World Series Game 5).

The front of the Madison Bumgarner card has him walking off the field tipping his hat to the San Francisco Giants fans. The back has the boxscore to the Giants 5-0 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 5 of the World Series and a quick recap of the situation.

“In the bottom of the eighth, Bumgarner moved to the on-deck circle, and the fans at AT&T Park knew they were about to see something special. He went on to finish the first complete-game World Series shutout since 2003. Madison fanned eight and walked none in the four-hitter”

In addition to the World Series Highlight featuring Madison Bumgarner, there was one other Giant, Brandon Hicks (#273).

Included were two All-Stars from 2014, Adrian Beltre (#175) of the Texas Rangers and Tony Watson (#146) of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

This pack contained 27 base cards and four inserts that I needed for my 2015 Topps Series 1 collection. It also contained my first Babe Ruth Call Your Shot scratch-off card.

Base Set

14 Kendall Graveman – Toronto Blue Jays RC
26 Bryce Brentz – Boston Red Sox RC
41 Chris Colabello – Minnesota Twins
76 Ian Kennedy – San Diego Padres
98 League Leaders / American League Runs Batted In (Trout, Cabrera & Cruz)
104 Bud Norris – Baltimore Orioles
119 Anibal Sanchez – Detroit Tigers
135 Matt Dominguez – Houston Astros
144 Rusney Castillo – Boston Red Sox RC
146 Tony Watson – Pittsburgh Pirates
154 Brandon Finnegan – Kansas City Royals RC
161 Howie Kendrick – Los Angeles Angels
170 Tommy Medica – San Diego Padres
175 Adrian Beltre – Texas Rangers
185 Ricky Nolasco – Minnesota Twins
199 Eric Young Jr – New York Mets
202 Mike Minor – Atlanta Braves
213 Jered Weaver – Los Angeles Angels
224 Bryan Mitchell – New York Yankees RC
227 Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants WSH
230 Jean Segura – Milwaukee Brewers
235 Jeremy Guthrie – Kansas City Royals
254 Steve Cishek – Miami Marlins
273 Brandon Hicks – San Francisco Giants
324 Chris Archer – Tampa Bay Rays
326 C.J. Wilson – Los Angeles Angels
330 Brian Duensing – Minnesota Twins
337 Jedd Gyorko – San Diego Padres

Kendall Graveman  Bryce Brentz  Chris Colabello

Ian Kennedy

Trout, Cabrera & Cruz American League RBI Leaders

Bud Norris  Anibal Sanchez  Matt Dominguez

Rusney Castillo  Tony Watson  Brandon Finnegan

Howie Kendrick  Tommy Medica  Adrian Beltre

Ricky Nolasco  Eric Young Jr.  Mark Minor

Jered Weaver  Bryan Mitchell

Mdison Bumgarner World Series Highlight

Jean Segura  Jeremy Guthrie  Steve Cishek

Brandon Hicks  Chris Archer  C.J. Wilson

Brian Duensing  Jedd Gyorko

Inserts

FHR-10 Chipper Jones – Atlanta Braves (First Home Run Silver Stripe)
F40-12 Carlton Fisk – Chicago White Sox (Free Agent 40 / 1:8)
H-14 Brooks Robinson – Baltimore Orioles (Highlight of the Year / 1:4)
R7 Ran Ludwick – Cincinnati Reds (Robbed)

Chipper  Jones  Carlton Fisk

Brooks Robinson

Ryan Ludwick

nno2_call_your_shot_scratch_offThe 36th card in the pack was a Call Your Shot Scrath-Off game card. You choose one of the three scratch-offs,; Autograph, Autograph Relic, or Entry. You then log-on to the Topps website (www.topps.com/promotions) and enter the code to see if you won. I have not heard many good things about the chances, with some people scratching off 20+ cards and no winners. Others who have won say the shipping costs you have to pay or more than the card they won was worth. I will give it a shot soon!

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Previous Packs
Jumbo Value Pack #1 – The Beginning!
Jumbo Value Pack #2 – Buster Posey!

Jumbo Value Pack #2 – Buster Posey!

Buster Posey

I have some catching up to do so here is my second jumbo value pack, I bought this pack over a month ago! After breaking open the pack I was pleased to find no doubles, I needed all 31 base set cards, two parallels, and three inserts.

The highlight for me was C Buster Posey (#275), all decked out in his catchers gear with the appearance he is looking a runner back to a base? In addition to Posey, San Francisco Giants teammates’ P Tim Lincecum (#138) and C Andrew Susac (#232) were also in the pack.

This pack was loaded with some nice cards. Included were eight more All-Stars from 2014, 1B Brandon Moss (#35) of the Oakland Athletics, SS Alexei Ramirez (#65) of the Chicago White Sox, P Adam Wainwright (#80) of the St. Louis Cardinals, OF Giancarlo Stanton (#150) of the Miami Marlins, 2B Chase Utley (#163) of the Philadelphia Phillies, 1B Jose Abreu (#176) of the Chicago White Sox, C Devin Mesoraco (#182) of the Cincinnati Reds, and 3B Matt Carpenter (#336) of the St. Louis Cardinals.

I have always been a fan of the Topps All-Star Rookie subset and my first one is a nice one, 1B Jose Abreu (#176). He also is part of the “Future Stars” subset.

Rookie cards were almost non-existent in this pack, with only 2B Dilson Herrera (#241) of the New York Mets.

The parallels included a Rainbow Foil (1:10) and a Gold Border (#/2015 / 1:6). The Rainbow Foil was veteran 1B Ryan Howard (#51) of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Gold Border parallel was OF Khris Davis (#115) (0779/2015) of the Milwaukee Brewers.

The three inserts were pretty good also! I think anytime you can pull a Nolan Ryan (Free Agent 40) or Babe Ruth (Highlight of the Year) card today it is a good day, add to that young superstar in Yasiel Puig (First Home Run – Silver Stripe).

Base Set

10 Cole Hamels – Philadelphia Phillies
18 Cody Allen – Cleveland Indians
35 Brandon Moss – Oakland Athletics
44 Gio Gonzalez – Washington Nationals
65 Alexei Ramirez – Chicago White Sox
80 Adam Wainwright – St. Louis Cardinals
83 David Wright – New York Mets
94 Tommy Kahnle – Colorado Rockies
112 Daniel Nava – Boston Red Sox
138 Tim Lincecum – San Francisco Giants
145 Jesse Hahn – San Diego Padres
150 Giancarlo Stanton – Miami Marlins
163 Chase Utley – Philadelphia Phillies 
176 Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox “Future Stars” “Topps All-Star Rookie”
179 Jason Vargas – Kansas City Royals
182 Devin Mescoraco – Cincinnati Reds
183 Craig Gentry – Oakland Athletics
225 Jacoby Ellsbury – New York Yankees
232 Andrew Susac – San Francisco Giants
241 Dilson Herrera – New York Mets RC
248 Addison Reed – Arizona Diamondbacks
265 Arizona Diamondbacks
269 Jordy Mercer – Pittsburgh Pirates
272 Matt Kemp – Los Angeles Dodgers
275 Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
285 American League Home Run Leaders (Cruz, Carter & Trout)
287 Everth Cabrera – San Diego Padres
291 Mark Reynolds – Milwaukee Brewers
320 Shin-Soo Choo – Texas Rangers
336 Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals 
348 Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians

Cole Hamels

Cody Allen  Brandon Moss  Gio Gonzalez

Alexei Ramirez  Adam Wainright  David Wright

Tommy Kahnle  Daniel Nava  Tim Lincecum

Jesse Hahn  Giancarlo Stanton

 Chase Utley

Jose Abreu  Jason Vargas  Devin Mesoraco

Craig Gentry  Jacoby Ellsbury  232_andrew_susac_1

Dilson Herrera  Addison Reed

 Arizona Diamondbacks

Jody Mercer

Matt Kemp  Buster Posey

Cruz, Carter & Trout

Everth Cabrera  Mark Reynolds

Shin-Soo Choo

Matt Carpenter  Carlos Santana

Parallels

51 Ryan Howard – Philadelphia Phillies (Rainbow Foil / 1:10)
115 Khris Davis – Milwaukee Brewers (Gold Border / SN 0779/2015 / 1:6)

Ryan Howard  Khris Davis

Inserts

FHR-14Yasiel Puig – First Home Run – Silver Stripe
F40-4 Nolan Ryan – Houston Astros (Free Agent 40 / 1:8)
H-2 Babe Ruth – New York Yankees (Highlight of the Year / 1:4)

fhr14_yasiel_puig_1_silver  Nolan Ryan

Babe Ruth

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Previous Packs
Jumbo Value Pack #1 – The Beginning!

Jumbo Value Pack #1 – The Beginning!

A few days after 2015 Topps Series 1 was released I finally purchased my first jumbo value pack at Wal-Mart. Being the first pack I needed all of the 31 base set and five insert cards in the pack. This brings my percentage of the complete base set to 8.9%

Base Set

21 Brett Gardner – New York Yankees
38 Jordan Zimmermann – Washington Nationals
39 Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
42 Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds
48 John Axford – Pittsburgh Pirates
53 Nathan Eovaldi – Miami Marlins
56 Matt Garza – Milwaukee Brewers
59 Jake Odorizzi – Tampa Bay Rays
60 Michael Wacha – St. Louis Cardinals
63 Chris Owings – Arizona Diamondbacks “Future Stars”
73 Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves
74 Tyler Skaggs – Los Angeles Angels
99 Yonder Alonso – San Diego Padres
147 Andrew Heaney – Miami Marlins “Future Stars”
156 Santiago Casilla – San Francisco Giants
204 Eduardo Escobar – Minnesota Twins
215 Alejandro De Aza – Baltimore Orioles
216 Greg Holland – Kansas City Royals
257 Jarrod Saltalamacchia – Miami Marlins
262 Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers
267 Zack Grienke – Los Angeles Dodgers
271 Pittsburgh Pirates
277 Cincinnati Reds
295 Erick Aybar – Los Angeles Angels
299 Joaquin Arias – San Francisco Giants
311 Jhonny Peralta – St. Louis Cardinals
322 Phil Hughes – Minnesota Twins
325 Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners
334 Gerardo Perra – Milwaukee Brewers
335 Matt Barnes – Boston Red Sox RC
350 Yasiel Puig – Los Angeles Dodgers

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Todd Frazier

John Axford  Nathan Eovaldi  Matt Garza

Jake Odorizzi

Michael Wacha

Chris Owings  Freddie Freeman  Tyler Skaggs

Yonder Alonso  Andrew Heaney  Santiago Casilla

Eduardo Escobar  Alejandro De Aza  Greg Holland

Jarrod Saltalamacchia  Ryan Braun  Zack Greinke

Pittsburgh Pirates     Cincinnati Reds

Erick Aybar  Joaquin Arias  Jhinny Peralta

Phil Hughes     Felix Hernandez
Gerardo Parra  Matt Barnes  Yasiel Puig

Inserts

A-23 Willie Mays (Defense) – Archetypes (1:6)
FHR-31 Yoenis Cespedes – First Home Run – Silver Stripe
FP-05 Biz Markie – First Pitch (1:3)
R-4 Carlos Gomez – Robbed
BR-9 The Called Shot (New York Yankees) – The Babe Ruth Story (1:2)

Willie Mays     Yoenis Cespedes     Biz Markie

Carlos Gomez  Babe Ruth

So nothing too spectacular in pack #1, but it’s a good start. I was able to pull the 2015 Topps Series 1 cover athlete, OF Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Included in pack #1 were nine All-Stars from 2014, P Jordan Zimmermann (#38) of the Washington Nationals, C Salvador Perez (#39) of the Kansas City Royals, 3B Todd Frazier (#42) of the Cincinnati Reds, 1B Freddie Freeman (#73) of the Atlanta Braves, P Greg Holland (#216) of the Kansas City Royals, P Zack Greinke (#267) of the Los Angeles Dodgers, SS Erick Aybar (#299) of the Los Angeles Angels, P Felix Hernandez (#325) of the Seattle Mariners, and OF Yasiel Puig (#350) of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Being a San Francisco Giants fan, I always like seeing their cards in packs I buy, P Santiago Casilla (#156) and 3B Joaquin Arias (#299) as well as the Archetype insert of Willie Mays (A-23). Only one rookie card in the first pack, P Matt Barnes (#335) of the Boston Red Sox. The Future Stars subset is back and there were two, SS Chris Owings (#63) of the Arizona Diamondbacks and P Andrew Heaney (#147) of the Miami Marlins. Included with the previous insert of Willie Mays there was also First Home Run (Silver Stripe parallel) of Yoenis Cespedes (FHR-31), First Pitch of Biz Markie (FP-05), Robbed of Carlos Gomez (#R-4), and The Babe Ruth Story – The Called Shot (#BR-9).