The second and final lottery ticket item in my order from the Blowout Cards Black November sale was a box of 2016 Topps Archives Signature Series. I bought a few singles from the 2015 iteration of this product, but I hadn't sampled the 2016 product at all, and I have never tried an unopened box of it.
Each box has one encased buyback card enclosed, with an on-card signature. I think the 2016 version added some relic cards and stuff, but I haven't researched that at all. The breaks of this stuff I've seen online have been all over the place, so I wasn't sure what to expect with it. The most likely scenario, especially given how these breaks have gone so far, was that I would pull a $5-$15 card and feel terrible about buying this box.
Well, that's not an awful pull. It's an on-card autograph of Cal Ripken Jr., numbered # 1 / 1. It's a nice-looking card, too, being a buyback of Ripken's Baseball Highlight Sketches insert from 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter. The problem with this card is that it reinforces bad behavior. I can probably recoup most of the cost of this order from the sale of this card, which might encourage me to make similar orders in the future. I still haven't decided on what to do with it, though. I remember when he broke the consecutive games record. I think I even clipped a page from the newspaper when it happened, but Cal Ripken Jr. was really my cousin's favorite player, not mine. I could probably get something I like even more in exchange for this card.
Either way, this one card saved the whole break for me. It's a really neat card, but the possibilities it opens up for my collection might be more exciting than the card itself. For now I think I will just bask in the glory of pulling a rare and valuable card, made even better because it saved a break that was going down fast.