Here's the breakdown of what I got.
Base cards: 107/186 (including 3 SPs) (58%) (Non-SP base: 104/151 or 69%) (that's a lot of parenthesis)
|Outside of the Mantle SP, the Pence RC SP is probably the best card to pull.|
Some of the notable rookies:
|Daisuke hasn't exactly panned out, but those other two would make the base for a pretty damn good team.|
|I love these checklists. I like that they're a part of the set but feature unique situations. |
It doesn't hurt that they are all horizontal, either.
|2007 was the pinnacle of Topps' Mantlemania. These cards are pretty sharp, though.|
|I already had all these, but I like them anyway.|
|I could have done without the Ad Back SPs. The 35 regular SPs were bad enough to begin with.|
I beat the odds (1:24) for an A-Rod Road to 500 card.
I also got a President as expected (1:12)
|I'm a little out of breath from that last caption. I like the presidents set.|
The saving grace of the box...I got a chrome card. AND IT'S A REFRACTOR!!!
|#413/999. 1:32 Packs|
Mmmrhubarb, it's yours if you want it. It's got a slight mark on the mound to the left of his shoes (it looks almost like a crack in the chrome, if that makes any sense). Other than that, it is an awesome card. The rainbow refraction makes it almost look 3-D.
All in all, I'm pretty happy with those two discounted blasters. I briefly considered chasing the set, but then I remembered that it has 35 SPs that are numbered sporadically in the base set. Not happening. Everything is for trade.