So, I rationalized that some serious analysis was needed of the difference between a $20 blaster box, and (4) $5 rack packs. So I bought the necessary data input and brought it all home. I am still alive today, but only because I think I got pretty lucky with the pulls. First, a comparison of the contents:
|Blaster Box||4 Rack Packs|
|Orange Parallel (#250)||0||1|
|Blue Parallel (#500)||0||1|
|1st Bowman Chrome||14||14|
|1st Bowman Chrome Purple (#700)||0||2|
|Topps of the Class||1||0|
I counted the cards in the blaster at least 4 times, and yes, I did get two extra cards. However, I should have received 16 chrome cards but only got 14. Maybe getting the auto or the Bowman's Best card in the blaster had something to do with the allocation, or perhaps the exceptions are explained somewhere and I am just too lazy to look into it.
In terms of parallel cards, the rack packs came out ahead, hitting one blue and orange version. I also got two of the purple parallel chrome cards in the rack packs, but none in the blaster.
In terms of inserts, the blaster was much better. I really like the Bowman's Best set, but only got one card. I also was excited to see a Tim Beckham auto in the blaster.
So how did I do with the real reason folks are snapping this product up? Not too bad. I got 3 Bryce Harpers: 2 Base and 1 Chrome.
Here are the highlights:
Blaster Box Highlights
Rack Pack Highlights
Of course, this experiment is a very small sample size, and the rack packs add a strong element of randomness. I think the best way to come up with some solid conclusions and recommendations is to run this same experiment 4 or 5 more times. Surely my lovely wife can't argue with that logic?