2017 Stars & Stripes and the MLB draft.

Prior to my trip we broke a hobby box of 2017 Stars & Stripes and quickly posted the results on twitter. We beat the odds and got a hot box yielding eight auto/relic/combo cards instead of the five promised, which is always nice. But I wanted to take a quick second and break down the set now that the MLB draft has concluded.

Not those Minnesota Twins – Twins.

With the types of sets that include 15U, 18U, and college Team USA players, it’s sometimes hard to know which players ended up with the Twins. However with the draft having just concluded, we’ve only a few cards of players that are either still in high school/college or chose a university to attend in the fall. However, we did end up with one future Twin – third rounder, 76th overall Blayne Enlow. In both base form, and auto #/499!

#ThanksPanini – Base/Collation.

We only had two duplicates – sort of… – single base cards of top prospect Hunter Greene and Mark McGwire, and single base cards of their “Longevity” parallels.

  • Ian Anderson – Braves – 2016 1st round, #3.
  • Braxton Garrett – Marlins – 2016 1st round, #7.
  • William Benson – Indians – 2016 1st round, #14.
  • Matt Thaiss – Angels – 2016 1st round, #16.
  • Zack Burdi – White Sox – 2016 1st round, #26.
  • Robert Tyler – Rockies – 2016 1st round, #38.
  • Anfernee Grier – Diamondbacks – 2016 1st round, #39.
  • Logan Shore – Athletics – 2016 2nd round, #47.
  • Buddy Reed – Padres – 2016 2nd round, #48.
  • Cole Stobbe – Phillies – 2016 3rd round, #78.
  • Bobby Dalbec – Red Sox – 2016 4th round, #118.
  • Hunter Greene – Reds – 2017 1st round, #2.
  • Brendan McKay – Rays – 2017 1st round, #4.
  • Kyle Wright – Braves – 2017 1st round, #5.
  • J.B. Bukauskas – Astros – 2017 1st round, #15.
  • Tanner Houck – Red Sox – 2017 1st round, #24.
  • Calvin Mitchell – Pirates – 2017 2nd round, #50.
  • M.J. Melendez – Royals – 2017 2nd round, #52.
  • Blayne Enlow – Twins – 2017 3rd round, #76. 🙂

Frank Thomas …
Mark McGwire …

Gimmicks – Short-Prints/Serials.

We didn’t get many parallels, just four of the “Longevity” parallels mentioned above, and one low #/d card.

Keston Hiura – Brewers – 2017 – 1st round, #9.
Mark McGwire …
Hunter Greene – Reds – 2017 1st round, #2
Ricky Tyler Thomas – Cubs – 2017 7th round, #225.
Dansby Swanson – Diamondbacks/Braves – 2015 1st, #1. #/d 23/25.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, but what about the hits? – Hits, duh.

Sammy Faltine isn’t eligible for the draft until 2019. #/d 7/10.
Holden Powell wasn’t drafted and is committed to attending UCLA this fall. #/d 391/399.
Jared Jones isn’t eligible for the draft until 2020. #/d 1/25.
Blayne Enlow – Twins – 2017 3rd round, #76. :D. #/d 182/499.

Darren McCaughan – Mariners – 2017 12th round, #363. #/d 160/199.
Kevin Gowdy – Phillies – 2016 2nd round, #42. #/d 32/75.
Jasiah Dixon isn’t eligible for the draft until 2019. #/d 14/25.
Michael Brooks isn’t eligible for the draft until 2020. #/d 22/25.

Final impression.

Strengths: Bonus hits, base set showcases newest draftees, patches not too dull, variety of #/d auto/relics, base design.
Weaknesses: 14U/15U players heavily in the hits category, limited parallels(though the extra hits may have taken their place), only two Twins :D.


Box two – 2017 Diamond Kings

Yeah I did mention I bought two boxes of Diamond Kings – but for ease’s sake, I broke them up into two posts.

Not those Minnesota Twins.

I lucked out and pulled the Adalberto Mejia rookie! Even pulled an extra Kirby Puckett so I’ve got one for the team binder, and the set binder. Team set minus inserts complete! Speaking of inserts, we pulled a DK Originals Paul Molitor. Finally, there’s a surprise pull later on. :).

#ThanksPanini – Collation.

Much like the last box, I didn’t pull any duplicate cards minus the SPs. Across both boxes opened so far, I ended up with 37 dupes.

Gimmicks – Short-Prints/Serials.

In addition to the pictured SPs, I also pulled a second set of Carson Fulmer, Dansby Swanson, and Yoan Moncada. Not a bad group of dupes to have, but I wish I could’ve finished the set. Naturally. I pulled two numbered cards in this box – one an Artist’s Proof #38/99 Jake Arrieta, and the other was a framed parallel #88/99 of 1925 World Series Senators-killer Max Carey – he batted .458/.552/.625 against the franchise that October!

Cardboard Quirks – Inserts.

I’m not sure why there were less inserts in this box. For Memorable Moments I knocked out Babe Ruth and Ted Williams, a great group. Heritage Collection yielded Phil Niekro, Rickey Henderson, Mike Piazza, and Juan Marichal. In Aurora, I added Paul Goldschmidt, and Max Scherzer. For DK Originals I pulled the aforementioned Paul Molitor, Wade Boggs, Ryne Sandberg, and Reggie Jackson. Not a bad name in the bunch.

Picassos – Framed Parallels.

This box only had four non-numbered framed border cards – three “base” and one rookie. Corey Seager, Fergie Jenkins, Don Larsen, and Teoscar Hernandez. However, the Don Larsen is the short-printed image variation! Not sure the rarity of that, as it’s not listed anywhere I’ve seen.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, but what about the hits? – Hits, duh.

This is where this box went from good to great! Our first hit was Yankee legend Don Mattingly. Nothing too special to see here, your basic bat relic and jersey relic with an excellent pose that removes the logo branding problem. My second hit however, check out this gorgeous #/49 dual patch auto:

The only thing that’s a negative with this card is the poor autograph!

Up next are a few retail blasters of Heritage, with their free packs of S1, a Zelda retail set, and the one year anniversary of owning a Babe Ruth relic!