I’m sure everyone is wondering about the Zambrano Rip card, but it was a lot less scanning to get all the scanning done for the pack of Ballpark Collection I picked up as well.
Base cards are really nice looking. Only two per pack, so this would be a horrible set to try to build, and a pain in the butt for player collectors looking for a specific guy. Chris Carpenter and Barry Zito here. Couple of nice pitchers.
The omnipresent Yankee Stadium Legacy cards made an appearance as well. I really don’t remember getting these out of the pack (I was more focused on the GU, but this was the only UD baseball product I opened, so they must have come from there. Billy Martin and Phil Rizzuto here.
I was actually hoping for a 3 GU pack, as the autograph selection hasn’t been the greatest from what I’ve seen. Of course, that meant I got an autograph. I’ve never heard of this guy, but the card looks nice.
My dual GU was where the pack got worthwhile for me. I’m not a Yankee fan, but Derek Jeter is a good pull anytime. Orlando Cabrera is the other half of the card. Boring swatches, but I am pretty happy with this one.
After the high of the dual jersey, I wasn’t necessarily optimistic about the quad jersey. I ended up with a Brewers quad, featuring Robin Yount, Prince Fielder, JJ Hardy and Richie Weeks. A little bit of mix of vintage and modern here – and I also ended up with 4 guys who are pictured in their current jerseys. I believe UD had to picture guys in the jersey that matches up with the memorabilia piece, which is a good policy but it looks funny at times. I ended up with a nice pinstripe on the Hardy piece as well.
So, getting down to the nitty gritty. Value-wise – Ballpark Collection isn’t a great break. Its about average – I might get back half of what I paid for the box. I’d probably do OK trade wise though. Lots of Yankee fans out there, and the Brewers seem to have a good following as well. Ballpark was a fun break, and it is nice to get a high-endish product that still has a reasonable price point (and is sold by the pack). The guaranteed hits in the product are sweet, but having them in large quantities definitelty dilutes the value.
I wouldn’t buy this again, but I am glad I gave it a shot.