30 May 2008

Completely Overwhelmed...

Howdy, folks. I'm helping out/filling in for Spud at present while my boy is doing some serious work back in 5280. I just made the move back 'home' from Denver to Orlando and I've been a little slow to pick up any new cards, let alone make any contributions to the blogs. I was completely overwhelmed with the day's purchases and will get down to the nitty gritty this weekend. More content on this subject to come (once I get the scanner hooked up), but here's the teaser:

Today I purchased my first box of '08 Upper Deck Series 2.

I pulled:

1 Game Used
1 Auto
1 Auto + Game Used

None of which were MLB-ers... and I was quite excited. All hits were Team USA players, both Junior National and National members. We'll see how that stacks up against the second box which will inevitably be purchased within the next week.

After quickly returning to the shop to share my hits with the staff, I was introduced to Upper Deck's 2008 Team USA set. I loved the pulls from the UD Series 2 set and when I saw this box, I had to have it. Needless to say I spent a little more today than I had planned.

In short, this is a $65-75 box that contains the entire 60 card base set of National and Junior National players along with 9 guaranteed hits (7 autos, 2 game used). Japanese college players/studs are featured in game used cards (possibly autos as well, but not that I know of) of which I pulled two. Don't worry, Kazuo Uzuki is not included/gimmicked in this ridiculously gorgeous set.

I also pulled quite a few Colorado Rockies including the Troy Tulowitzki team checklist in the UD2 box. I'll touch on that card among other Rockies singles that I snagged at my new store down here in FLA over on my main site, Tulo Trader. I raided the shop of their Rockies and Cal Jr. inventory and snagged some goodies.

Scans, details and thoughts soon to come. In the meantime, do yourself a favor and pick up a box (or two... or three) of Upper Deck's 2008 Series 2. I'm hoping to complete this set by the end of June and will have plenty of pulls to share with ya.

That's all I got...

- J.C.F.

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