2009 Topps Chrome Baseball Blaster Box
8 Packs - $11.98
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Base Card Design Front and Back
180 Phil Coke
181 Jordan Schafer
182 Joe Martinez
183 Trevor Crowe
184 Shairon Martis
200 Rick Porcello
204 Jason Jaramillo
World Baseball Classic Stars: 2
W14 Luis Durango
W88 Tai-Chi Kuo
182 Joe Martinez RC
80 Carlos Zambrano
94 Joe Mauer
191 Ryan Perry RC
Gold Refractors: 1
141 Kenji Johjima /50
I'm a fan of the 2009 Topps design. It's a clean design with lots of diagonal lines but doesn't get too crazy like recent Panini designs. Lots of information is included on the backs too.
Set Building: 5/5
Topps Chrome is always a decent set to put together. No short prints to search after in the set, and it's a pretty low numbered (although you'd only get 2-4 base cards per pack.)
I pulled lots of rookies, at least one per pack counting parallels.
I don't care much for the WBC inserts, and there seems to be alot of them in the set. You can't go wrong with refractors though, and the XFractors are retail exclusive I believe. I got lucky and pulled a gold refractor, too bad it wasn't a Yankee!
No relics, and autographs are inserted at an insane rate. Such is the fate of retail pack busters! The easiest autograph to pull is 1:308 packs. I can only give the score a 1 because of this.
It was a fun break, and I'm glad I got it 40% off. It's nice to get a 'hit' in every pack with a refractor or insert but I kind of miss the days when those where rare (and actually valuable).