I could not have guessed how well it would turn out when I began....but it was spectacular!
I took the Nets (always my favorite team), the Knicks, Thunder and Warriors. Had I know how much fun it was going to be I would have taken a couple more teams.
I took the Warriors and the Thunder because two of my three favorite players currently in the League play on those two teams- Steph Curry of the Warriors and Kevin Durant on the Thunder. I was hoping to get an insert or maybe a parallel.
Instead, I got these:
When I read CaptKirk's post about the box, all I could think was to quote Trevor Bayne when he won the Daytona 500 in 2011, "Are you kidding me? Am I dreaming right now?" Surely this could not have been happening to me...nothing ever goes this well for me. But here they are, in my hands..."not a dream, hoax or imaginary story!" This really did happen. I am still trying to wrap my head around this, it is so good.
This is also my first Thunder relic. They moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City in 2008, but I was not collecting the NBA at that time, and since I've gotten back into it I can't afford to buy boxes of each set issued, sometimes in multiple like I used to do, in fact I rarely get boxes at all anymore. Since I launched Cardboard History in November of last year I've done only one NBA box. So, I had not pulled any Thunder relics at all. Now, I not only have one, I have one of my favorite player on the team, and it's a truly rare parallel!
But that's not all!
But wait, there's more!
Kirk also hooked me up with the majority of the 1991 Topps American Gladiators cards, which I didn't know existed until I learned he had some. I loved that show when it was new, and when it was replayed on ESPN Classic a few years ago, I still enjoyed it. Looking through those cards brought back some great memories of when I was younger. I forgot to photograph them, though.
Thanks again Kirk! This was an amazing experience and if you do another, I will take the same teams and more.
Edit to add: I got 103 new cards from the group break. That does not count the Gladiators cards. And here's a scan of the Curry auto, just because...
I had so much fun with Kirk's group break, I also joined one for 2014-15 Panini Spectra on Dave & Adam's. It doesn't work the same, and it was much more expensive. It wasn't as much fun but I did get two great cards. My photo is blurry but you can see the refractor...err, I mean Prizm...technology and the Gary Harris card is serially numbered 4 of 5. I might do another with them some day but it would have to be something with more cards in a case. Quite a few people payed to get into that case break and got absolutely nothing....not even their money back.