This release snuck up on me this year - I didn't realize it had hit the streets until browsing Wal-Mart shelves over the weekend. I've decided not to buy the set retail this year, instead, I am going straight to the secondary market for cards I want. It doesn't feel entirely right, but I've bought enough cards at the store to-date and think I've earned a pass here.
Instead of doing a full checklist review, I decided to review a few highlights by sharing the cards I'm either bidding on, or have already bought..
Base Set - 100 cards, mix of prospects and veterans. There are three base card parallels: Sapphire (1:10 packs), Gold (1:5 packs) and Ruby (1:20 packs). I scooped up one of each Chase Utley version...
|The Utley's (Clockwise): Base, Sapphire, Gold, Ruby|
It seems like Maikel Franco's finally made it in the market. His prospect auto, refractor cards have been selling consistently in the $15-20 range (parallel versions running a little higher). On the reverse, the market is showing signs of saturation for Jesse Biddle auto cards. His cards can be easily purchased in the $5-range.
Parallels include: Green (#/399), Blue (#/199), Red (#/25), Gold (#/50) and Atomic (#/5) refractors.
Bowman Platinum, Diamonds in the Rough