Today is August 12th 2017 aka National Baseball Card Day.
Incase you don't know about it, National Baseball Card Day is a promotion where you can go to any participating hobby shop on the scheduled day and receive a free pack of cards. There's also a special card you can get if you spend $10 or more, I'll get to that later.
I should probably introduce myself before I show you the cards. My name is Henry Blanchette and I am a die-hard Red Sox fan from Massachusetts who also collects lot of Cubs cards as my Dad grew up in Illinois. My style of collecting is player collections. I collect over 100 players from Babe Ruth to David Ortiz. From Ernie Banks to Giancarlo Stanton. My biggest player collection is Nolan Ryan with over 400 cards.
I created this blog for the simple reason that I love cards and would love to share my love of cards with the world, one post at a time.
Now onto the most important part, free baseball cards!
The card shop owner handed both my Dad and I a pack of cards. The top card in my pack was Robinson Cano, a player I've been debating on collecting for sometime now. My dad's pack had
Miguel Sano on top.
This was my Dad's pack and was pretty good. I got cards of Votto and Goldschmidt both of whom I collect and I got a rookie card of Yoan Moncada.
My pack wasn't too bad either (apologies about the McCutchen card as foil is pretty hard to capture with a scanner. I was able to get that Andrew McCutchen card, a player I collect as well as Chris Sale, the Red Sox who got the spot in the checklist.
Now about that $10 purchase for an exclusive card.
I decided to go for 2 packs of 2014 Allen & Ginter and my Dad chose 2 packs of 2015 Topps Archives. These are hobby packs with a good chance to get a relic or autograph.
I was able to pick up a few player collection cards I needed.
These 4 packs definitely were Giants heavy as I got 4 Giants cards I needed for player collections.
And because my Dad and I both spent $10 we were able to get these.
Exclusive Mike Trout cards! Need I saw anything else. I came in with intentions of picking up this card, but I had no idea what would come out of one of my Allen & Ginter packs.
A 1/1 CUT SIGNATURE.
This is a cut signature of Author John Grisham. I personally have never read any of his work, but I looked him up after getting this card. Turns out he is a bestselling crime book author. I have no real attachment to this card and it is up on eBay right now if anyone is interested.
Still a 1/1 is a special card and pulling this special card on such a special day is amazing.
Right now I have new baseball cards to sort, a 1/1 cut signature in my possession and the Red Sox are beating the Yankees 10-3. To me, this is the perfect National Baseball Card Day.