Tuesday, December 20, 2016

After Black Friday Box #4: 2013 Panini Cooperstown

Welcome to the fourth and final installment of my post Black Friday box series. The 2013 Panini Cooperstown featured today is yet another product that I had never opened anything from previous to this purchase. Possessing only had a handful of singles and a couple of the parallels found in dime boxes, I was very much looking forward to finding out what this box had to offer (spoiler alert: I wasn't disappointed).

Like the 2012 edition featured yesterday, I have not yet seen how close I came to completing the set (minus the SP's), so I can't really give any insight regarding the collation at this time.

So let's get this started with a few of my base favorites:

The two promised color short prints:

I have to admit that I think the SP's in the 2012 set look about 1,000 times better than these 2013's, but there's only 10 of them (there was 20 in the 2012 edition) and they seem to be relatively easy to find, and cheap in price. So even though I'm not too crazy about them, they don't really have any significant impact on my overall thoughts regarding the set.

I was completely unaware that there were box toppers to be had in the 2013 set:

 Two different kinds are possible, one being a felt pennant that looks like it could have come from the 2012 Golden Age, and the other a large serial numbered die-cut of the Lumberjacks inserts which you will see in just a second.

 Since I'm already having to collect the Golden Age Pennants, I wasn't to keen on having to collect anymore, so I'm pretty happy that I got one of these instead. Plus I'm of the mindset that these just look cooler overall. And I certainly could have done much worse than Mr. Joe Tinker, that's for sure.

There are a lot of inserts in this year's edition again, but thankfully not nearly as many as there were in the 2012 line. In an attempt to shorten this post a little, only few of the different sets will be shown:

 Easily my favorite of the insert sets are the Lumberjacks, the wood grain feel of the cards is just awesome. I don't know how I've never seen any of these at a card show before, otherwise I would have had quite a few by now. Needless to say, I will now be on the lookout for Lumberjacks (there's a statement that could certainly be misconstrued).

 I really liked getting one of these Colgan's discs in every pack, it was something fun and different. In my box I got only one duplicate out of the 24 total discs. I had seen these on the blogs before, but like with the Lumberjacks, I have never found any at the shows. I will definitely be working on a set of these too.

Time for some shine:

#'d to /499

#'d to /399

#'d to /299
 I don't know why, but as I get older, I keep liking shiny parallels more and more...and these have all kinds of shine to them. I like too, that I was able to get both Satchel Paige and Nellie Fox in green and red.

And finally, my autograph:

 Jim Bunning: 9 time all-star, hurler of both a perfect game and an immaculate inning. And for just for good measure, a former U.S. senator. This was an autograph that I was very happy to add to my collection.

That's a wrap on the boxes. Overall I think they were pretty darn good, and I am glad I decided to splurge a little bit. My COMC stuff arrived this past Saturday, so I shouldn't have any trouble coming up with blog material for quite some time.

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  1. I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay, I sleep all night and I work all day...

    Those Lumberjack inserts are phenomenal, as is that Tinker box-topper. Solid box. This was a quality product that I think most of us would like to see be revived.

    1. ...He's a lumberjack and he's okay, He sleeps all night and he works all day...

      Tony, you have made my day, thank you!

  2. I think I like the 2013 edition of this set better than the 2012s. The Negro League cards like the Campanella are spectacular (Jackie Robinson also has a card as a Kansas City Monarch in the checklist), and Colgan's Chips is a novel idea for an insert set. And if you should ever decide to part with the Hoyt Wilhelm parallel, I think I know someone who might like to have it...

    1. I don't think I got Jackie's card, but I am in complete agreement about the greatness of the Negro League cards. And I have started looking at parallel lots on eBay, so there's a good chance I might end up with a Hoyt duplicate sooner than later. If/when I do, it will be all yours.

  3. Normally the autograph is the highlight for me... but that Tinker box topper takes the cake this time. What a great looking card.

    1. It is pretty great, isn't it? I'm going to try and start acquiring more of them, and since there are only 25 in the set (I think), it doesn't seem like it would be an impossible task to try and complete it.

  4. I just showed some of the /399 red parallels on my blog last night. Love the Bunning!

    1. And I just got done commenting on said post from last night.

  5. Jim Bunning for the win! Now that I've got him on my perfect gamer radar, I really appreciate his cards. Awesome pull!

    1. Thanks! He's another one of those guys that even though he had a hall of fame career, you almost never hear his name mentioned.