Speaking of scribbles, it leads me to my next mojo hit of a Canadian fella that will be tormenting the O's for the foreseeable future. Does the facsimile autograph in anyway resemble "Brett" or "Lawrie" to you?
This little sucker popped out of the last pack I opened Wow, Orioles cards look great on the regular Orange and even better as Orange refractors! If they weren't numbered so dang low, I'd probably have a couple more of them! This one is #d 24/25. I saw Ronnie play this past summer and he seemed like he doesn't like to sign autographs. He just sat up on the railing while the other guys on the Baysox happily signed for me. Maybe he just having a bad day or I went to the wrong game.
And last but certainly not least, my redemption cards. I'm not a fan of Topps' new bland design of these redemption cards. It reminds me of some crap that Pannini would do. Regardless, the refractor set of USA baseball card excites me a little bit and the Orange Refractor autograph of Jacob Turner is pretty exciting. This is my second Orange refractor autograph of the year as I pulled a Sean Coyle from regular Bowman this past spring. If there was another team that looks great as Orange refractors it would have to be the Tigers. I haven't decided what to do with the Turner yet. I might try to sell it on Ebay and see if I can turn it into a 1967 Brooks Robinson.
Overall I have no real complaints about Bowman Chrome this year. The cards don't warp up nor are they off-center. They look great as always and the particular cards I invested my hard earned money in could not have been much better.
If I had one complaint though, it would be the amount of cards per pack. Across all of Topps' Chrome lines, I think packs should have 5 cards per hobby pack. 4 cards just isn't enough to make the casual collector willing to plop down the cash. Don't get me started on retail as there are 3 cards per pack. That's a buck per card.
In particular, I noticed in my 3 boxes that whenever there was an insert, refractor, or autograph, it took place of a base set card. Why couldn't the "hit" take the place of a prospect card. The prospect set only consists of 110 cards with the base set consists of 220. If Topps can't add another card to the pack, don't short me a base set card to put in a hit!
Here's the rest of the inserts and refractors that I will have up for trade:
Refractors: 17 Granderson, 58 Hudson, 69 Hanson, 74 Hill, 90 Weeks, 106 Bruce, 110 Gutierrez, 121 C.Young, 140 Weaver, 168 Garza, 217 Cobb
Prospect Refractors: BCP121 Gast, 186 Brantly
Green X Fractors: BCP182 Sampson, 193 von Rosenberg, 218 Riordan
Purple Refractors: BCP136 Magnuson, 160 Cole
Blue Refractors: BCP121 Higashioka, 175 Lawrie
Gold Refractor: 166 Youkilis
2001 Throwbacks: Chipper Jones, Ichiro (english), Ichiro (Japanese)
2001 Throwbacks Prospects: BCT13 Mesoraco, 14 S Miller, 15 Deshields Jr, 18 Chisenhall, 19 A Vizciano
2021 Diecuts: 4 Deshields Jr., 7 Ranaudo, 8 Allie, 12 Singleton, 17 Dominguez, 24 Turner, 25 Myers
2021 Diecuts Refractors: 3 Taillon, 11 Banuelos, 16 Tago, 18 Sano
Bowman's Best Prospects: BBP54 Singleton, 59 Archer, 60 M Perez, 64 Myers(2), 65 Turner