Monday, April 24, 2017

2017 SPIRIT BOX BREAK - PACK 14

213. Buster Posey

227. Melvin Upton, Jr.

59. Chase Anderson

108. Chris Tillman

112. Joe Ross

162. James McCann

12. Nate Jones

69. Chad Bettis

54. Omar Narvaez (RC)

G211. Wade Miley


AW20. Jose Altuve/Daniel Murphy - Award Winners (Silver Slugger)


Lots of orange in this pack. Also, another new insert. This one is for the Gold Glove/Silver Slugger Award Winners. This year I decided to have the players 2-up, featuring the winners for both leagues at each respective position. The abstract AW “logo” allows the cards to be rotated 180° and still be interchangeable. I included both here so you don’t have to strain your neck to see each perspective.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

2017 SPIRIT BOX BREAK - PACK 13

147. Melky Cabrera

84. Tommy Joseph

6. Domingo Santana

184. Felix Hernandez

41. Kirk Nieuwenhuis

226. Zack Cozart

44. Carlos Martinez

58. Justin Smoak

29. Luke Weaver (RC)

G136. Didi Gregorius

TL48. Mike Trout - Team Leader (ANA-Hits)



Lots of cool shots in this pack. Joseph sliding, Felix in the shadows, Nieuwenhuis going all out, Smoak in BP, Didi taking the field (with no glove apparently?). That said, the Trout insert is probably the best card “value”-wise.

Friday, April 21, 2017

2017 SPIRIT BOX BREAK - PACK 12

257. Tyler Anderson

214. Bryan Shaw


263. Hector Rondon

173. Ricky Nolasco

16. Brandon Belt

185. Robbie Ross

101. Mark Lowe

98. C.J. Cron

232. Yulieski Gurriel (RC)

G81. Wei-Yin Chen

TL65. Jose Fernandez - Team Leader (MIA-Ks)


I’m not sure what the protocol is for issuing cards of deceased players, but Fernandez was the Marlins’ team leader in strikeouts last season so he has a place in the Team Leaders insert set. I’m guessing if Topps has any 2017 Fernandez cards, it will have to negotiate with his estate and get them to sign off on the cards. Hopefully, if they do make cards for him, it will be along these lines and not some vulgar attempt to capitalize on his death.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

2017 SPIRIT BOX BREAK - PACK 11

239. Chris Stewart

140. Junior Guerra


287. D.J. LeMahieu


48. Danny Salazar


291. Masahiro Tanaka


116. Eugenio Suarez


139. Keon Broxton


196. Brad Hand


148. Aaron Judge (RC)


G219. Francisco Cervelli


K5. Jon Gray - Kings










Pretty good pack for Yankee collectors here. The Judge RC easily the best in the pack, though that Broxton pic is pretty cool.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

2017 SPIRIT BOX BREAK - PACK 10

137. Jordan Zimmermann

179. Carson Smith


191. Michael Conforto


299. Stephen Strasburg

89. Arodys Vizcaino

280. Scott Schebler

32. Blake Treinen

96. Sean Doolittle

203. David Dahl (RC)

G133. Huston Street

TL58 . Rougned Odor - Team Leader (TEX-HRs)



Another pitcher-heavy pack. Best card is probably the Dahl rookie. The Odor was the first of the Team Leader cards I designed so the Rangers' red/blue made it perfect for the 2-color motif.