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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

342_san_diego_padres_1

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!

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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).