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Old 01-27-2013, 01:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Come for the Black Luck, Stay For The Rest! 12 - 2012 Chrome Blasters (PHOTO HEAVY)

Today was an expedition day around northeast Ohio, going from Target store to Target store (4 in all) trying to find Topps Chrome blasters, and find them I did! I will be breaking them and updating this original post every half an hour or so until I make sure all the big hits get put on here. Keep checking back, everything will be FS (or if you have something REALLY awesome that I want, FT) except for the Cleveland Browns cards.

Before you read on, understand that I'm the type of person that almost enjoys breaking the packs more than actually collecting the cards themselves, which is sadistic, I know. I love football, though, and I love the chance of things like this. So come along and enjoy, as I know that I will!

Blaster Number 1-3 were from Massillon, OH.
Blaster Number 4-6 were from Canton, OH.
Blaster Number 7-9 were from Fairlawn, OH.
Blaster Number 10-12 were from Wadsworth, OH.

Blaster #1 Highlights:





As a Browns fan, I was pretty thrilled with this blaster. The Antonio Allen Camo is 148/499 and the Steve Johnson Purple is 349/499.

Blaster #2 Highlights:







I have so many Michael Floyd cards, it's insane, but this is my first numbered refractor, and the Purple is 221/499, while the Kellen Moore Camo is 431/499. Overall some decent base at this point, but nothing super to write home about.

Blaster #3 Highlights:







Ahhhh, there they are. Nice of Andrew and Robert to join us, plus Miles Austin refracts his way into all of our hearts not once, but twice. The black Miles Austin refractor is #'d 193/299.

Blaster #4 Highlights:







Ho hum, although my first Jurgensen. Lindley Purple 260/499, Dalton Black 146/299.

Blaster #5 Highlights:





Russell Wilson base? Check. Dwayne Allen Rookie Variation? Check. Dough Martin Xfractor? Checkity check.

Blaster #6 Highlights:





Russell Wilson in 2 straight blasters sounds like a winner. Gronk BCA is 117/399.

Blaster #7 Highlights:





Between the RG3 refractor, the LaMichael James tall boy, the Travis Benjamin Black (280/299), and the LeSean McCoy Purple (433/499), I was very pleased with this box, and thinking it was maybe about as good as I was going to do. In fact, right after that box, I said to myself 'Please, just let me get something of a low number, or an auto. SOMETHING that will stand above the rest.'

Blaster #8 Highlights:





LaMichael James base, Joe Adams die cut, Mike Vick Purple (069/499). Plus, what I believe to be my third refractors of both Miles Austin and Andy Dalton on the day (I think 2 base refractors and 1 Black refractor each). Pretty acceptable. Oh yeah, and this pretty little thing.



233/299. It looks almost perfect. I'm probably going to send it in to be graded.

Blaster #9 Highlights:





A big come down after the last box...but that'll happen. AJ Green Purple (013/499), Courtney Upshaw Blue (052/199). I did decide to buy the next and final 3 after hitting that Luck, because I figured why quit while I'm ahead? Other than the auto, I kind of wish I would have.

Blaster #10 Highlights:





I was waiting to get Egnew'd and it finally happened. To make it through 9 whole boxes without opening a pack where Egnew is the prime feature, it felt pretty good. Lamar Miller Camo (266/499), Roddy White Purple (186/499).

Blaster #11 Highlights:







Pretty happy about the Toon auto. I know a lot of people look for him. Steven Jackson Purple (222/499), Jimmy Graham Blue (190/199).

Blaster #12 Highlights:





Not exactly a thrilling conclusion. Victor Cruz Blue 139/199.


Still, I had a lot of fun doing this and I hope to again in the near future, and like I said up above, everything (except for the Browns stuff) is for sale, or in some extremely unlikely scenarios, for trade. Thanks for following along!
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Theres a few blasters sitting in Medina Walmart still. Didn't do to bad with the Browns cards.
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are these blasters in limited supply now or something?....i see them all over Targets and wal-marts by me
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Theres a few blasters sitting in Medina Walmart still. Didn't do to bad with the Browns cards.
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are these blasters in limited supply now or something?....i see them all over Targets and wal-marts by me
I haven't seen a Chrome blaster in Walmart for a solid month, and all the nearby Targets have just restocked them within the last few weeks, from what I have seen.
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are these blasters in limited supply now or something?....i see them all over Targets and wal-marts by me
Chrome is a pretty hot product IMO.
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Not bad, I can't find any Chome in here around me either. The variation is nice, wish it was a bigger name but hey! Not bad!
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Not bad, I can't find any Chome in here around me either. The variation is nice, wish it was a bigger name but hey! Not bad!
Thank ya, sir!

I'm taking a break for a little while now that I've done half. I have opened all the boxes, and let me tell you...Blaster #8 has a pretty legit refractor in it, and Blaster #11 has the only auto of the entire day in it. Things to look forward to! Be back in about an hour or two with the second half.
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Thank ya, sir!

I'm taking a break for a little while now that I've done half. I have opened all the boxes, and let me tell you...Blaster #8 has a pretty legit refractor in it, and Blaster #11 has the only auto of the entire day in it. Things to look forward to! Be back in about an hour or two with the second half.
Glad you got an auto out of all those boxes!
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Ive broken alot of blasters lately..and the strata blasters produce alot more autos than chrome. Also, are the gold refractors available in blasters?..never hit a red or gold. Probably gotten 10-15 of each.
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Ive broken alot of blasters lately..and the strata blasters produce alot more autos than chrome. Also, are the gold refractors available in blasters?..never hit a red or gold. Probably gotten 10-15 of each.
Yeah, Strata you can usually get an auto once every two to three boxes, but I just feel like with Chrome you can move it more easily. A Russell Wilson base RC in Chrome on the Bay seems to go for the same price as about 3 Strata base RC's. It's just a more favorable product this year.

As for your gold/red blaster question, I've actually never pulled a gold from ANY box, blaster or hobby, but the first blaster box I bought of Chrome this year, I pulled a red Brandon Boykin RC, and that's been the only red I've pulled in all the Chrome I've opened. So to answer that, yes, red is in blasters, but gold I can't really confirm.
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Ive broken alot of blasters lately..and the strata blasters produce alot more autos than chrome. Also, are the gold refractors available in blasters?..never hit a red or gold. Probably gotten 10-15 of each.
Golds are 1:800 retail packs (reds even higher), so you haven't exactly gotten the shaft. Autos are tough as well, I think base autos are 1:250 packs or thereabouts.
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Golds are 1:800 retail packs (reds even higher), so you haven't exactly gotten the shaft. Autos are tough as well, I think base autos are 1:250 packs or thereabouts.
Makes complete sense. My auto from Blaster #11 was a base auto, too, which didn't surprise me. I was just happy as punch to get one.
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I just got a Ponder Red out of a chrome blaster the other day. Pretty good hit out of blasters for something that low. For sure a fun product to buy and getting hard to find in Colorado also.
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This is a cool post, but wouldn't you have had better luck just buying two hobby boxes for what you spent on 12 blasters? You're guaranteed at least one Auto per hobby
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This is a cool post, but wouldn't you have had better luck just buying two hobby boxes for what you spent on 12 blasters? You're guaranteed at least one Auto per hobby
I thought about that, but like I said in the main post, half the fun is more about opening all the packs and just seeing what you get, not so much about the reselling and the collecting (although that's awesome as well). The mystery is just awesome, and this is a really fun set because there is so much to it!

Also, I'm going to start updating the main post again.
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This is a cool post, but wouldn't you have had better luck just buying two hobby boxes for what you spent on 12 blasters? You're guaranteed at least one Auto per hobby
Way more color in retail plus your auto would likely be a scrub.
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For those who don't like reading about the whole post/don't feel like waiting for the whole thing to go up, here is the big hit from today.

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Big hit above, the auto from the day is here.

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Black Luck = NICE
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Thanks! I was very pleased.
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Care to trade me that wilson rzr for some browns?
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What would you be looking for on the Vick throwback rookie and Russell Wilson RZR?
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What would you be looking for on the Vick throwback rookie and Russell Wilson RZR?
To both of you, I'm looking for some Browns refractors for the 2012 Chrome set OR $9 dlvd. Dawson, add a buck for the Vick throwback.
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To both of you, I'm looking for some Browns refractors for the 2012 Chrome set OR $9 dlvd. Dawson, add a buck for the Vick throwback.
Vick and Wilson RZR to me! Thanks!
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