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

21_brett_gardner_1  38_jordan_zimmermann_1  39_salvador_perez_1

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).

My 2015 Topps Journey

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Welcome to My 2015 Topps Journey. The purpose of this blog is to document my progress in completing the 2015 Topps baseball set. Along the way I will include some baseball stats and information about the players featured on the cards.

Series 1 was released on February 4, 2015 and I bought my first Jumbo Value Pack a few days later. My original goal was to buy a jumbo pack a week while trying to complete the set. I may have cheated a bit some weeks and bought more? The 2015 Topps design is much different then the previous few years. Gone are the plain white borders. The borders this year have a stone pattern to them, starting out very light at the top of the card and fading into the team colors of the featured player on the bottom. Topps Series 1 is also larger than previous years, with 350 cards in the initial release. Once Series 2 is released it will bring the 2015 set to 700 cards.

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to sharing my journey with you.