To be honest, with prices going up (including blaster boxes) it’s not a great idea to put duplicates in a blaster.
But that’s what happened. The silver lining is that I did pull a memorabilia card, so it all evens out.
Volume 3 is the third configuration of Sage’s multisport product line. Love the idea and the chance to have cards of legends in baseball and other sports. The card numbers in Volume 3 run from No. 87 to No. 122.
A blaster contains five packs, with five base cards and a mini per pack. There is also a bonus pack that has two base card parallels and a bonus card. The bonus could be one of several items: a memorabilia card, an on-card autograph, a Sportkings or Legends memorabilia card — good grief, it is spelled “Memorbilia” on the blaster — an icon cut signature, 1/1 sketches by artist Gary Kezele or a Grand Patch card. Collectors also have the chance to find a Jackie Robinson autograph.
The blaster I bought had 17 base cards, including two of Julius Erving in different poses. One is a shot of Erving with basketball in hand, apparently scanning the court. The other portrays Dr. J in the process of dunking.
Those were the only base basketball cards. Baseball is represented by Greg Maddux, Gaylord Perry, Mike Piazza and Carl Hubbell. The NFL cards feature three quarterbacks — Jim McMahon, Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason — and center Dwight Stephenson. There were two auto racing stars in the blaster — Mario Andretti and Matt Kenseth.
Other cards include hockey pioneer James Creighton, artistic gymnastics Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, 19th century cycling star James Moore, pro wrestler Adam Scherr and arm wrestler Devon Larratt.
The bonus pack yielded a pair of stars — basketball Hall of Famer Chris Bosh and Finland’s greatest athlete, nine-time Olympic gold medalist Paavo Nurmi.
On the downside, there were seven doubles and a triple of Larratt.
The payoff for the blaster — and there is always some kind of hit, which is nice — was a uniform swatch card of Esiason. Nice looking card.
So, there are some positives and negatives to buying cards from the set. The checklist certainly includes some of sport’s greatest stars. And the hot card is a plus. If you are not building the set, then duplicate cards will not concern you.