To say that I'm late to the A&G party this year is an understatement. But, to be honest, I don't mind opening a rack pack and showing off what I get well after everyone else.
I may not open any more than this anyhow. A&G just doesn't have my attention any more. There's nothing wrong with the set, it's just something that I don't need to have. There has been some positive reviews for this year's release, so I wanted to take a look for myself.
There's a healthy dose of Blue Jays in the set this year, 6 in the base set and 1 SP (Brett Lawrie). I didn't pull any, so I'm relying on others to get me my Jays fix. I'm glad to see that the numbering system hasn't changed, so I can recognize the SPs right away (Cliff Lee, middle 2nd row is #307).
The top half of the pack was all right; it's good to see the Crime Dog in the set, and getting a King Felix card is always good.
The bottom half of the rack pack was where things started to fall out of place. Literally. I pulled the bottom 7 cards out, and had the minis doing their best greased pig impersonation by falling out of the opening very quickly. I had to be quick to catch them so they didn't hit the floor.
I was hoping to pull one of the Pastime's Pastimes to see what everyone has been talking about. Sure enough I got a Jean Segura. I didn't get the same thrill that everyone else has over this insert. It's all right, but it's not an insert set that I'd run out and try to complete.
Festivals and Fairs is a standard A&G insert, same with the World's Deadliest Predators mini. The Salazar mini is a regular back.
There you have it folks, 14 cards ready for trade. If you need any of these, just let me know in the comments. The keep one, rip one series is something I'm going to try and keep rolling over the course of time. I want to build a small collection of unopened packs for myself, something of a rainy day thing where I just want something to rip open that's in hand.
Convenience is always good....
thanks for reading, Robert