I build sets along with everything else I do. Mainly the flagship of each major brand. ie: Topps, Upper Deck, Fleer, Donruss, Bowman and the like. There are exceptions of course such as I take all normal Pacific cards like Paramount, Omega, Invincible, etc.... I also build Stadium Club, Greats/Greats of the Game, SP Legendary Cuts, SP/SP Authentic, Kellogg's, Post, and Hostess. You get the idea..... Well, I've always put off the UD and Bowman's. I don't know why they come last, but anyway I decided to knock out some of my Upper Deck needs when I realized several sets only had a few cards. I went to Ebay to try a find either sets or wax boxes. What I found was wax packs and not the ones you usually see (the crappy junk wax- 100 cards in sealed packs) pure crap those shouldn't even be allowed. I stumbled on some cool packs when I was searching 2007 UD. Well, the seller had 3 lots running with BIN. I scooped em all.
Paramount, and Ovation with three Topps sets I'm working on. Plus minor league. There were 14 of the 2006 Update HOBBY packs, 24 Hobby packs of the 2005 Topps, 6 Hobby packs of the 2013 Topps, 19 packs of the Paramount, 13 packs of the UD minor league, and 6 packs of the 2002 Ovation.
2002 Platinum: 6 hobby packs, 2005 Gallery: 4 packs, 2003 UD Vintage: 2 hobby packs, 2002 Genuine: 3 hobby packs, 2002 Flair: 7 packs, 2002 Honor Roll: 3 packs. Just look at the sticker prices on some of those packs. $6-8. And I got a lot of packs too.
And the 2007 UD that caused me to stumble on these lots: 14 hobby packs, 2002 Ultra: 4 Hobby packs.
Lots of ripping and I was done the next day. I only scanned the highlights, inserts, hits, etc.
Believe it or not that Braves autograph was the first card in the first pack I opened. I just knew it was going to be a super fun ripping session.
I pulled three copper Braves parallels, but not a single (Braves) base that I needed from the Paramount. But parallels are good too especially when you need them.
I would have much preferred that very colorful Stitches relic be Javy Lopez, but beggars can't be choosers.
Pretty sure it's a little too late to claim that Greinke auto. Shucks.
That was the highlights of the rip, and it was a blast. BTW, in the end of the 3 lots was a total of 122 packs for under a Benjamin delivered. You just can't beat that.
Have a great night all, I'm heading off to Jacksonville tomorrow.