What you're going to get from this break of boxes is stats, pictures and a bit of commentary:
Box 1: 1 Cabinet Card (Battle of the Alamo) Base: 143/350 (40.85% complete) Doubles: 0 Short Prints: 12/50 State Flags: 22/50 Autos/Relics: 2 relics (R. Furcal Bat, B. Crosby Jersey) World's Greatest Victories: 1/20 (Man Walks on the Moon) Pioneers of Aviation: 1 (Piloted Glider) World Leaders: 2 (Norway, Mongolia) Allen and Ginter Minis: 13 Allen and Ginter Backed Minis: 6 (B. Butler, J. Papelbon, A. Pujols, G. Atkins, A. Huff, F. Hernandez) Black Bordered Minis: 2 (A-Rod, J. Votto)
Box 2: 1 Cabinet Card (Three No-Nos) Base: 144/350 (41.14% Complete) Doubles: 0 Short Prints: 12/50 State Flags: 20/50 Autos/Relics: 3 Relics (A. Dunn Jersey, T. Helton Jersey, A. Kearns Bat) 1 Auto (O. Hudson) World's Greatest Victories: 1/20 (Bill Mazeroski) Pioneers of Aviation: 1 (Ornithopter) World Leaders: 2 (Brazil, South Korea) Baseball Legends: 1 (Pee Wee Reese) Allen and Ginter Minis: 12 Allen and Ginter Backed Minis: 6 (Wild Bill Hickok, J. Smoltz, A. Romero, J. Chestnut, L. Hochever, R. Ohlendorf) Black Bordered Minis: 2 (A-Rod, J. Votto)
Boxes Combined: Base: 281/350 (80.29% Complete) Doubles: 6 Triples: 0 Short Prints: 24/50 I've been waiting for this set ever since last year and I can say that Topps really didn't disappoint. The first box was scant, but the second box was packed. 4 autogamers as well as a pleathora of other inserts made me a happy camper. Having only 6 doubles between the boxes is incredible and a set collectors dream. The World Leaders insert is better than last year's Flags in my opinion and I love the Pioneers of Aviation. I was surprised to pull the same 2 black bordered cards from both boxes, however. I might try and collect all of the baseball legend minis. Trying to complete the whole mini set will be a pain this year due to so many mini inserts. Maybe retail will relieve this. I haven't decided if I'm going to buy another box or just go strictly retail and trading from here on out, but I think box prices will determine that. Overall, I think that this, once again, might be the best set of the year.
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