On my lunch break I decided to make a short detour to see what I could find in the trading cards aisle of the local Toys R Us. I discovered that the aisle had moved again since my last visit but the selection was about the same. Hanging on the pegs were the repackaged packs of 2008-2009 baseball, football and basketball cards, along with a few rack packs of various brands and years. None of these captured my interest so I looked below to the shelves with the blasters.
On the shelf were probably a total of 20-25 blasters of various brands, sports and years. There were not any blasters of 2010 Topps Baseball to be found. I picked through some of the boxes from last year to see if they were marked down but none of them were. However, the Cereal Box configuration is back for 2010 and they had a whole row of them. They were not priced so I picked one up and headed for a scanner. Last year I bought a couple of the Cereal boxes at Walmart for $9.99 so I was a bit disappointed to see the price pop up at $10.99.
I decided to get one anyway instead of waiting to see if Walmart had them. I picked out a box with Lou Gehrig on the front and headed for the register. The Cereal Boxes contain 55 cards plus one Legends Chrome Refractor. The checklist for the Legends Chrom Refractors is Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, Warren Spahn, Albert Pujols, Mariano Rivera, Jimmie Foxx, Cy Young and Honus Wagner. When I opened the box I fully expected to have dinged corners when I saw the smooshed wrappers inside. The Legends Refractor was individually wrapped like the patch cards in blasters but the top was folded over. The 55 cards were wrapped in plastic and not secured like the old cello packs. There was a piece of styrofoam to help keep things from moving around.
I started not to open this box and just keep it like it is and add it to my unopened small box collection. But, I have the Topps Million Card Giveaway virus so I had to open it to try and get another code. I am very glad I did open this box. No, I didn’t get some rare gimmick card or Mickey Mantle swatch but I did get something just as good to a baseball card collector. Hidden inside my box were cards I actually liked and collect.
First of all the reason I opened this box instead of putting it on my shelf was the hope of getting a Million Card Giveaway Redemption. My wish was granted as I thumbed through the cards and found one of my All Time Favorites on the redemption card, Thurman Munson. Then something that has never happened to me before. I pulled three Topps All-Star Rookies for my longest running collecting habit of saving those darn trophy cards. Not only did I get three but I got Elvis. No that that Elvis but Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers. Next up was Gordon Beckham followed by J.A. Harp.
I also pulled 5 Rookies Carlos Carrasco, Drew Stubbs, Kyle Phillips, Josh Thole and Madison Bumgarner. The Stubbs card is sweet since I collect all former Texas Longhorns. I also got a Turning Two for Texas Ian Kinsler/Elvis Andrus card which will go right into my Kinsler box. I wasn’t expecting to find nine insert cards but I did. From the Cards Your Mom Threw Out issue Roger Maris and Mike Schmidt. Both cards feature their 1961 and 1976 Topps respectively. The 1961 and 1976 issues are two of my favorites.
The other inserts were Legendary Lineage Gehrig/Teixeira, Peak Performance Curt Schilling, When they Were Young Ricky Nolasco, ToppsTown Ryan Howard, Turkey Red Derek Lee, History of the Game First Night Game in MLB History and a Tales of the Game Topps Dumps 1952 Cards in the River.
Out of the 56 cards cards I will be keeping 12 of them for my personal collection. I am also leaning on collecting the set this year so that number would go up considerably if I do. I still haven’t decided what I want to do about the set. I would rather collect the grey backs but since they are only two packs to a blaster that would get pricey for this issue.
This 2010 Topps Cereal Box went so well I’ll have to get me another one soon.