I've built, or should I say, am in the process of building complete sets from 2010 and 2011 Bowman still, which I mostly put together through blasters. 2010 yielded me a few Strasburg cards, and last year I had monster luck with Bryce Harper cards.
I'm in for the 2012 set as well. However, one tries not to go through life without learning how to do things better and smarter. I realized that it could be so much easier and cheaper to pass on building the 2012 set through blasters, trades and sportlots.com. A quick scan of eBay reveals that I can buy a master set (220 card base, 110 card prospect set and 110 chrome prospect set) for about the cost of 3 blasters. Or, I could be patient and wait for the inevitable lot of Bowman cards that will surely be auctioned off at Cleve's from someone who buys a hobby box or two for the big hits and sells the rest for a steal at the auction. It happens all the time.
Today at lunch, I had to go to Walmart for business purposes. Seriously, I did. Before I went in I reminded myself of my wise strategy:
- No blasters- maybe buy one pack to see what the cards look like
- Buy a master set online and be done with it and then chase a few good cards that I really want (i.e. Ranger parallels, autos of guys who might play for the Naturals soon, etc.) or..
- Wait to get the bulk of the set from a Cleve auction, and finish off the rest through trades
Let's take a look at the blasters I bought:
Mr. 4 Home Run- Josh Hamilton and other Rangers
Now the question becomes, do I still go ahead and just buy a master set online, or do I do this the hard way again?