That's when I noticed a little sticker on the package stating that with this purchase I am entitled to a free pack of 2017 Topps Series 2.
Free cards for the second week in a row! I'll take it.
I'll start with that pack and then get into the Chrome
2017 Topps Series 2 Pack
#513 Tony Kemp OF Houston Astros
#357 Kelvin Herrera P Kansas City Royals
#597 Kenta Maeda P Los Angeles Dodgers
#655 Garrett Richards P Los Angeles Angels
#683 Mac Williamson OF San Francisco Giants
#MLBN-15 Billy Ripken Analyst
#ATAS-10 Ryne Sandberg
Finally a card worth talking about. This is an All-Time All-Star insert of Ryne Sandberg one of my biggest player collections.
#399 Ender Inciarte OF Atlanta Braves
#598 Michael Taylor OF Washington Nationals
#467 Adam Ottavino P Colorado Rockies
#700 Ryan Goins 2B Toronto Blue Jays
#369 Mark Canha 1B Oakland Athletics
Other then the Sandberg that pack was pretty depressing. Let's get into the Topps Chrome.
#23 Mark Trumbo OF Baltimore Orioles
#126 Francisco Lindor SS Cleveland Indians Refractor
A Lindor Refractor! I'll take that any day. This purchase is starting to improve.
Then this came along.
#126 Francisco Lindor SS Cleveland Indians Green Parallel #/99
I thought I was seeing double when I pulled another Francisco Lindor card. This green parallel is numbered 54/99. I haven't seen this card on eBay or COMC yet. Just the image variation of this card. Already this purchase is a success.
#184 Jacob DeGrom P New York Mets
Ending the pack with a player I collect.
#195 Edwin Diaz P Seattle Mariners
#87T-16 Stephen Piscotty OF St. Louis Cardinals 30th Anniversary Insert
A nice Stephen Piscotty card. Even though he's not one of my player collections I'm very content with this card.
#BTN-19 Matt Carpenter 3B St. Louis Cardinals Bowman Then & Now
Another Cardinals insert, this one of Matt Carpenter. I loved the idea of the Bowman Then & Now inserts in Series 1 and I'm glad they returned for Chrome.
#47 Trey Mancini 1B Baltimore Orioles
Ending pack 2 with a rookie star.
#13 Johnny Cueto P San Francisco Giants
#11 Zack Greinke P Arizona Diamondbacks Prism
Not a bad card at all.
But nothing could compare to the next card.
#169 Aaron Judge OF New York Yankees Base Image Variation Refractor
Yes I know this isn't the Aaron Judge rookie everyone is used to setting. It's a SSP image variation 1:143 packs. This card is going for $53, $71, and $99 on eBay respectively. To pull this card out of a $10 pack and to have it be Aaron Judge is nothing short of amazing.
#101 Hunter Dozier 3B Kansas City Royals
Tough act to follow, but a nice rookie card of a nice rookie player.
Exclusive Pink Parallel Pack:
#18 Hunter Renfroe OF San Diego Padres
Renfroe has been hitting a lot of homers this year, but has struggled with batting average. I have no feeling towards the Padres whatsoever, but I hope this card's value rises one day.
#132 Miguel Cabrera 1B Detroit Tigers
Another player I collect. This rack pack just keeps getting better and better
#188 Craig Kimbrel P Boston Red Sox
The lone Red Sox, but what a player to get. Especially after the year Kimbrel is having.
Well there you have it. The best $10 purchase I've ever made (at least on cards). I usually stay away from Chrome after I make a rack pack purchase. But after the success I just had I'm not so sure.