Now, when I say lucky day, I mean LUCKY DAY. I don't exactly have a good track record of pulling hits from packs, and when I do, it's usually from someone who's really good at riding the bench or a "promising" prospect who never makes it to The Show.
So there I was, opening the first of 4 packs and at the back was a purple refractor. As a D-Backs fan from birth (their birth, not mine of course) I have always loved purple on cards, D-Backs player or not. The next pack I opened contained ANOTHER purple refractor. Yes! Then I thought back a few months to a case break I watched, remembering that some boxes contain a purple refractor in each pack! So I opened the last two packs and I was right...
Three of the four refractors are Short Prints too. Very exciting.
But that's not all. What came from pack #3 blew my mind:
|2015 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection Derek Jeter Bat Relic|
I couldn't contain myself. While it isn't an autograph or even numbered, this is the greatest pull in my life thus far, especially since it came from my favorite card set of 2015.
Fast forward...about 24 hours. I'm back at my LCS for another resupply mission and notice a box of about 3,000 cards labeled "Free. Limit 100 please". Like a child with a 5 second attention span, I forget what I'm at the store for and start digging through the cards. About 98.4% of the cards were your typical 90's cards that were produced by the millions, but it didn't stop me. I'm glad I didn't stop either, because I came across these:
|1995 Collector's Choice Special Edition Derek Jeter|
|1995 Topps Derek Jeter #199|
More Derek Jeters! I couldn't believe these were in the Free box. They're in great condition too. The owners MUST have overlooked these two. Not to talk down about them, but they aren't the type of card shop to give away cards that hold any potential value whatsoever. So I grabbed 'em while I could!
So there you have it, a very unusual week indeed. 3 Derek Jeter cards - one relic following the conclusion of his career, and two (for free) just at the start of his career. While I'm not an active collector of Derek Jeter, I do enjoy finding little treasures such as these.
Thanks for reading!