Stephen Strasburg Relic #/399
Randy Johnson Relic #/199
Starling Marte New Guard Autograph #/225
Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez Acclaimed Autographs #/299
Overall LookThere are some nice design elements here. The New Guard Autographs look great. Other autograph hits look familiar to those who have collected Tier One in the past.
Quality and Variety of PlayersThis checklist continues to be right in the middle of the road. This falls within the range of an Ultra Premium product but when collectors get a box that doesn't have a premiere hit they may feel the sting a little greater than with other products.
Thrill Seeking Fulfillment and ExperienceBecause this product comes in at a lower price point, the amount of chances of pulling something great decreases. As a one and done proposition this could very well feel like buying a scratcher lottery ticket, short term entertainment, thrill based solely on the outcome. With a better checklist and higher percentage of nicer hits this product could be a perfect roll of the dice. But reality and basic economics dictate a lower priced product should yield a lower percentage of big hits.
Buyers Remorse or Speculator's DelightMy suggestion is study the checklist on this one and if you see players that are still desirable to you personally, thinking beyond a monetary value. That should give you a good indication of whether or not you have a good chance of being satisfied. But without a vested interest, especially if you are “one and done” buyer, pull a rough box and there may be regrets. That can be brutal but that is the risk you take. But for those with deeper pockets, that perhaps would open a much more expensive box or even cases of different products, this is definitely one to open by the sealed full case to spread the risk, with a relatively small investment.
3 out of 5
Review box provided by Topps