One awesome thing I got for Christmas was a whole bunch of wax. Given the stuff I typically collect singles usually make more sense, but I like to mix it up and break some wax now and then because stuff always seems cooler when it's personally pack pulled.
The first pack was actually in my stocking from my wife. She'll grab me a pack now and then, but it's always totally random and often non sports. This one was no different, as it features the show My Little Pony:
Now with Seneca Wallace cards getting hard to find, I was hoping for a box to possibly pull a Seneca of my own. And the family came through, with a box of 2007 Topps Total! I was so pumped to maybe pull a Seneca and there's so many varieties that my odds felt great.
Well...I didn't pull any...not even a base lol...but it was still fun.
Here's what a pack front looks like and some of the key rookies in the set that I pulled:
One thing I noticed with a few cards was that the air brushing job on guys that switched teams is pretty awful. Here's the five I found the worst...I think Duckett wins but Henry's helmet is terrible and Bell and McGahee are bad as well:
One of the best things about Total is the wide array of subjects involved...especially on the triple cards. Here's a few that stood out to me:
The Texans card in the top right is there because I love Samkon Gado. He and Lemon are actually guys I've pondered collecting before, but with Gado he's kind of expensive due to his Packers tenure so I always passed (maybe someday). The card below him features QB Craig Nall, who was a Madden guy as well even though back then he backed up Brett Favre rather than J.P. Losman. And then the last two cards are just neat special teams cards. I love the Browns one for Josh Cribbs (of course) and having Phil Dawson, who ties in neatly with Andy Lee on the next card since they're the active kicker/punter duo in San Francisco these days.
Sometimes the random guys in Total show up on their own card, or a card with just two guys. Here are a few of those:
The last two cards are just cool defenders in uniforms people don't typically associate them with, Warren Sapp with the Raiders and Willie McGinest with the Browns. Good stuff.
I got a lot of inserts in this box...I think I like the Award Winners (in the middle) the most:
It wouldn't be Total though without the color parallels. Gold is the rarest here, then silver, then red, then blue. I actually beat the odds on gold and pulled as many as I did silver, including two in one pack! So that was neat:
Here are my favorite blues and reds (since I got a lot of each):
So that was a pretty awesome box to break. 36 packs all told, and by the time I finished opening all those I was kind of packed out for a bit. So the other 6 packs I got on Christmas, which are these ones:
will be saved for another day. Not sure if I want to start a pack/box stash for a crazy pack opening day someday, or if I want to do a group break someday, or what. But I'll think of something fun in the meantime while the 24 year old 1990 Topps gum continues to age nicely!