I saw a few Collector Crate posts in the blogosphere many months ago, and after watching a few unboxing videos of non-baseball subscription boxes with my girlfriend a few weeks ago, I thought I'd finally document the loot from a Bronze baseball Collector Crate. I also considered starting up the subscription again, but it turns out that they're no longer in operation. Their Facebook page hasn't been updated in months, and their website doesn't exist any longer. Given that my geekdom is not limited to baseball, I did end up ordering 3 months of the 1Up Box, and am thinking about making a debut on YouTube. Chris and Daniel both have card content on their YouTube channels, I wonder how their experience has been.
|2014 Collector Crate #BU-MT Mike Trout|
In addition to packs, there were a few other baseball goodies, like a Yankees mini pennant that I gave to my dad, a little baseball Christmas ornament with a Santa hat on it, and a hard plastic mini baseball with the Angels logo that I think I sent to The Angels, In Order. They let you pick up to three teams for the non-pack goodies, and the "hits" matched that selection too.
|2002 Bowman Autographs #BA-GA Garrett Atkins (AU)|
|2002 Bowman Heritage Relics #BH-TS Tim Salmon Uni C (MEM)|
For me, the draw of these boxes were the unopened packs. and this one came with nine, including a few from products I'd barely seen before.
Pack 1: 1999 Bowman
|1999 Bowman #148 Russell Branyan|
|1999 Bowman International #183 Calvin Pickering|
Pack 2: 2010 Topps Update
|2010 Topps Update #US-178 Jim Edmonds|
That looks like Chase Field to me, which would put this game on August 18th, 2010, the only game in which Edmonds scored in Arizona while playing for the Reds.
|2010 Topps Vintage Legends Collection #VLC-26 Johnny Mize|
This was an interesting insert set, as they didn't just use 1992's design and leave it at that. They compare how his real-life stats from 1947 would have stacked up in 1992, and he would have been a Triple Crown contender, falling a bit short on batting average. Not surprising for a man with five consecutive World Series rings.
Pack 3: 2014 Topps Update
|2014 Topps Update Gold #US-146 Neftali Soto /2014|
|2014 Topps Update Fond Farewells #FF-MR Mariano Rivera|
Pack 4: 2012 Panini Prizm
|2012 Panini Prizm Prizms Green #195 Hector Santiago|
Pack 5: 1994 Flair
|1994 Flair #373 Andres Galarraga|
|1994 Flair #447 William Van Landingham|
Pack 6: 2013 Gypsy Queen
|2013 Topps Gypsy Queen #29 Cole Hamels|
Cole Hamels has looked impressive in the playoffs thus far, raining on the Blue Jays parade and giving the Rangers 2015's first opportunity to advance to the Championship Series, although Toronto lived to fight another day, thanks in part to Tulowitzki's three-run home run.
|2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Mini #344 Tim Hudson|
Pack 7: 2008 Upper Deck X
|2008 Upper Deck X Die Cut #17 Carlos Zambrano|
|2008 Upper Deck X Xponential #X-KG Ken Griffey Jr.|
Pack 8: 2010 Upper Deck
|2010 Upper Deck #570 Washington Nationals BP|
|2010 Upper Deck Supreme Green #S-90 Adrian Gonzalez|
Pack 9: 1995 Select Certified
|1995 Select Certified Mirror Gold #115 Mark Grudzielanek|
|1995 Select Certified #32 Eddie Murray 3000th Hit|
Not a bad haul for $30, right? I'm always up for a surprise look at brands I've rarely seen before. It's unfortunate that Collector Crate folded, since I'd totally get another one of these.
The 1Up Box is unlikely to contain baseball cards. There might be Magic: The Gathering or Heroes of the Storm in there or something, but it's just not the same. Of course, the subscription box industry is hot right now, so maybe someone else will fill the vacuum. If they do, don't keep it a secret!