Thursday 8 September 2016

Retro Box Break Preview - 1996 SP

I hadn't ripped much wax in a while, and after being scared of by the high cost of 2016 Upper Deck CFL and having a good paypal balance after selling of a few old PS2 games, I decided on a box of 1996 Upper Deck SP. One of my favorite design of the 90's, or really ever, I guess I am a sucker for wood grain. I started with 5 packs and stopped to make a post, might as well spread it out as my posts have been few and far between, and have a cold Banquet while I do it.

A couple thing I noticed, I do love the base cards, beautiful design, no regrets so far. Also, as I have found with foily cards, these don't scan worth a crap, so expect bad scan of beautiful cards. The player in the foreground is nice a clear, while the background has a shot-peen style finish. This set also has some nice photography, you can't go wrong with a pre-DH batting shot of Jim Abbott.

My one concern, collation. After 5 packs, I have 6 doubles. The set is only 188 cards, so 8 cards x 30 packs give me 240, some of which will be inserts. I really hope to complete the base set, but I honestly doubt that will happen. Again in the bad scan department, that Steve Finley card is gorgeous in hand.

What I thought were insert are actually a sub-set, something that isn't really a thing anymore, the first 20 base cards being "Premier Prospects" headlined by Jason Kendall and Billy Wagner. Hey, remember Rey Ordonez, he was a big deal for a while.

My lone insert so far, a Marquee Matchups of Frank Thomas. This is pre-"hits" so no autos or relics to be found. These are 1:5 so I should get around 6 of em, there is also a die-cut version that are 1:61, or about 50% chance of getting one. There are also Holoview™ Special F/X™ (I guess Upper Deck couldn't trademart the word "Special") at 1:5 and a die-cut version of those at 1:75. There is also a chance at Cal Ripken, Jr. Collection cards at 1:45 (66%) and Baseball Heroes 1:96 (32%) but I won't hold my breath on those.

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