Monday, August 14, 2017

2017 PENNANT BOX BREAK - PACK 8

177. Brad Miller


282. Jose Quintana

191. Jose Bautista

188. Dallas Keuchel

84. Jason Kipnis

19. Felix Hernandez

46. Starling Marte

68. Zach Davies

290. Alex Bregman

TI7. Joey Votto - The Incumbents


Pretty colorful pack here. I know Quintana isn’t with the White Sox anymore but in theory this product would have been released well before the trade deadline. I actually put the checklist together back in June sometime. Luckily Joey Votto is still with the Reds and, therefore, their longest-tenured player, so the Incumbents card can stay.

Friday, August 11, 2017

2017 PENNANT BOX BREAK - PACK 7

201. Chris Sale 


285. Jake Lamb 

130. Keon Broxton 

199. Kole Calhoun 

217. Edwin Diaz

213. Aledmys Diaz 

129. Jayson Werth 

194. Byron Buxton

300. Domingo Santana 

FF2. Aaron Judge - Future Favorites


And here’s our first Aaron Judge card. You may have noticed the absence of the RC logon on the Judge card. Unlike Topps, I decided that Spirit cards should only sport the RC logo on base cards included in the main set. That means no inserts. We don’t do a lot of parallels in Spirit products but for ones that are parallels of the base card, RC logos will appear where applicable. I figure it would help to not dilute the entire point of the RC designation if they weren’t plastered over every card this year. Novel concept, huh?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

2017 PENNANT BOX BREAK - PACK 6

137. Carlos Rodon
94. Will Harris
182. Nelson Cruz
181. Ichiro Suzuki
114. Junior Guerra
295. Jake Arrieta

58. Maikel Franco


126. Devin Mesoraco



131. Ryan Schimpf



DT1. Buster Posey - Dream Team


Here’s a look at the non-auto version of the Dream Team design. The star is a little easier to make out and there are more clouds visible. Definitely has more of a primary color feel that matches the retro vibes.

Friday, August 4, 2017

2017 PENNANT BOX BREAK - PACK 5

28. Adam Eaton

104. Yoenis Cespedes

144. Rajai Davis

99. Josh Harrison

74. Jon Lester

288. Tim Anderson

225. Chris Tillman

50. James Shields

5. Stephen Vogt

DT2A. Miguel Cabrera - Dream Team Autograph



And here’s our first hit, which is a pretty good one - a future Hall of Famer. The Dream Team insert features the best player at each position across the league (it should be noted that I put the Dream Team together well before the season began...). This is the first of four hits in the box, all of which will be autographs. The soft card stock here is made for autographs.
I also wanted to single out the two A’s cards here as looking particular cool. There's something about that green and gold that just sticks out.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

2017 PENNANT BOX BREAK - PACK 4

80. Ryan Braun

36. Hunter Pence


275. Didi Gregorius


70. Nolan Arenado

66. Kyle Seager

172. Luis Perdomo

274. Max Kepler

208. A.J. Ramos

271. J.D. Martinez

TD2. Manny Machado/Bryce Harper - Throwdown


Pack 4 brings the return of the Throwdown insert featured in the 2013 edition of Pennant. Again, this brings together players from rival teams, be it divisional or geographical. Manny Machado and Bryce Harper are an example of the latter with the Orioles and Nationals occupying the same basic market. I wonder what the odds are they’ll end up teammates in New York after next season.