25 January 2018

Road Cards

On my way from Idaho to Utah, I stopped at a Walmart to grab a few things I needed. While I was there, I had to stop by the card aisle to see what kind of stuff they had on the shelves. There wasn't a whole lot of stuff that was different from my 'home' Walmart stores, but I grabbed a couple of basketball hanger boxes.


First up was this 2016-17 Donruss Optic hanger box. With only 12 cards in a box, this would be better served as a fat pack or something, but I guess they can charge more for the hanger box, and have it take up more eyeball space on the shelf.


Sorry for the potato-cam pictures here. The lighting in my room might even be worse than the lighting above my desk at home. Kyle Lowry used to be a Rocket, so I guess he's the highlight of this batch.


I got a Rookie Kings card of Caris LeVert, a Prizm of Skal Labissiere, and a nice Pink Prizm parallel of Jonas Valanciunas, who is on my Fantasy Basketball team in the league run by Cards on Cards. The Pink Prizm is numbered # 16 / 25.


I also grabbed this hanger box of 2015-16 Panini Prestige out of the clearance box. This one's got even fewer cards in it, but I got sucked in by the promise of Acetate Rookies.


Here is a blurry photo of the base cards. I guess John Wall is the big name here. Those Wizards uniforms are pretty sweet.


As promised on the front of the box, I got two rookies and one acetate rookie card. Jahlil Okafor is the best of the two regular rookies, and the acetate card features Wille Cauley-Stein. Okafor isn't having a great season right now, but Cauley-Stein is pretty hot at the moment, although playing for the Kings is a bad spot for pretty much anyone. 


This was a pleasant surprise out of this box. A relic card of a legitimate all-time great of the game, Larry Bird. With most products these days pumping out rookie cards like nobody's business, it's nice to occasionally get a card featuring a good veteran or retired player, and it's hard to top Bird.

This wasn't too bad of a break, especially for basketball cards. If this were a normal basketball break for me, I wouldn't have pulled the Valanciunas parallel, and the Bird relic would be replaced with a Kenneth Faried swatch.

12 comments:

  1. A Larry Bird jersey card? I'd say you definitely did good on the Prestige box!

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    1. Yes, I was pretty happy to find that card in there!

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  2. Congratulations on pulling a Larry Legend relic!

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  3. Congrats on the Bird! I'm kind of surprised to see that someone of his caliber was even added to the relic's set.

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    1. That particular insert set had a pretty varied checklist.

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  4. I wish I could still find Optic blasters or hangers at my Wal Marts and Targets! And nice Larry Bird Jersey, I actually pulled the exact same Bird but in a Hobby Box!

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    1. I can't find any Prizm locally, but there seems to be a ton of Optic.

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