This box closes with two 2013 Topps Series 1 Jumbo Packs and two of the 2011 Bowman Platinum four-packs. Let's see how the repack closes -- will it redeem itself, or will I be so angry as to say I will never buy them again?
Well, if that's all we're going to get from these rack packs...
93 Austin Kearns Wal-Mart
I fully appreciate my hypocrisy in making fun of Alex Rodriguez while embracing Ryan Braun. That's the fun of being a baseball fan and human being -- choosing which jerks and cheaters you embrace and call your own and which jerks and cheaters you hate with a passion reserved for persons who personally wronged you.
Camouflage Parallel 17/99. That is a pretty good insert to catch. Now, if I could just find a Red Sox fan who collects cards and would trade for it.
159 Felipe Paulino
All in all, these two jumbo packs were decent. The Wal-Mart parallels were new to me, since I didn't buy any cards in retail stores anywhere last year. I had wondered where these silver foil Chasing History cards had come from, and now I know that too. Finally, the camouflage card was a nice surprise.
So, going into the final packs, I am still ambivalent. These last two jumbos weren't bad, but they certainly weren't $25 good either. Let's close this out with the Bowman Platinum.
2011 Bowman Platinum
Moore made it to the majors in 2011, and last year in 27 starts he went 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA. He was an all-star as well, and finished 9th in the Cy Young Award voting. On the downside, he certainly led a charmed life last year -- he walked exactly 1 batter every two innings he pitched -- 4.5 BB/9 -- which meant that his K/BB ratio did not reach 2.0. That 2.0 mark is where you want to be to increase the likelihood that your results will be good.
That said, if you saw something you liked over the past few days, let me know!