Monday, October 15, 2012

When A Hot Pack Is Not So Hot

As I mentioned on twitter today, I saw 2012 Bowman Chrome in Walmart today, and yes, I helped myself to a blaster.  I should clarify:  by "helped myself" I mean to say that I purchased one.

I have been pretty stoked about Bowman Chrome for a while now, mostly because of the Futures Game inserts, particularly Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi (former Naturals) and Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt (Rangers prospects).  I was fortunate enough to go to the Futures game this year, so I thought it would be cool to get a set of cards based on that game. 

My enthusiasm dipped a little when I got out to my truck and began opening the box.  It was at this time that I saw that each pack contained:  three cards.  Three. Measly. Cards.   Topps Chrome and Bowman Platinum with 4 each was bad enough, but a $20 blaster with only 24 cards in it?  Almost $1 a card?

It was too late at that point for buyers remorse as I'd ripped the plastic off the box.  So I opened the first pack.  It included no one of interest to me.  However, all three cards were refractors.  Hmm.

I opened the second pack.  Again, all three cards were refractors, and this time I got one of my favorite players:

3rd pack was opened, and 3 more refractors.  I think I hit a "hot box"? 

I should take a step back and make sure my assumption of the definition of a  "hot box" is correct.  A hot box is a box that is heavy loaded with goodies (parallels, hits, etc.), correct?  According to the stated odds on the box, refractors are inserted 1 per 4 packs.  So far I have 100% refractors.  Is this a hot box, or a mistake on Topps part?

So 3 packs into the blaster, with the realization I've likely hit a hot box, I'm now not so bummed about my purchase anymore.  What kind of huge hit was in store for me?  Come on Darvish auto!

Pack 4 held my first Futures game card (and two more refractors):

Not one of the guys I really wanted, but a good pull all the same.  I like the looks of the insert set and will definitely chase the rest.

Pack 5 contained all refractors, but of no one I cared about.

Pack 6 contained all refractors, but of no one I cared about.
However, pack 7 held an auto (and 2 refractors of no one I cared about)!  Yea!

J.R. Grahman!   Er, yeah, don't know who he is.  I'm not poo-pooing this card.  I just don't know anything about him.

Pack 8 contains 3 more refractors of dudes I don't care about and my hot box ends with a whimper.

If you would have told me ahead of time I was getting a hot box and an auto, I would have been doing cartwheels into Walmart and gladly handing over my $20.

Except.... what a dud.


Dhoff said...

3 packs of refractors, though. That's crazy talk.

AdamE said...

What was the upc on the box? The hot boxes will probably have a different one than normal ones will.

Napkin Doon said...

No, all 8 packs were refractors ! I'll update the post to clarify.

Fuji said...

Congratulations on finding a hot box! Your situation reminds me of when I pulled a gold refractor out of the 1995/96 Finest hockey product.

I was stoked because at the time, Topps claimed to have produced only 150 of each card... which was pretty rare for the era. Anyways... I'll get to my point.

I didn't pull the Gretzky or Lemieux. Which case hit did I pull? Yep, you guessed it. The gold refractor checklist! At least it was a gold refractor.

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