Every once in a while, a letter in the ol’ mailbag stands out … this is one of those letters.
I visited the Tristar Card Show in Houston on Saturday where I purchased a hobby box of 2011 Bowman from one of my favorite dealers. I returned home and sat down to open it hoping I could get much closer to completing the set. Like everyone else, I dreamed of a magical moment of pulling a Bryce Harper Auto. Well, that didn’t happen. What did happen was very strange and amazing! I pulled not one or two autos, but six autos! I am not kidding. I pulled six autograph cards! I pulled the following:
Blake Forsythe #BCP81 Blue Refractor Auto 145/150
Greg Halman Base set RC #198 Auto
Lars Anderson Base set #192 Refractor Auto 314/500
Sean Coyle #BCP100 Refractor Auto 015/500
Dee Gordon #BCP80 Blue Refractor Auto 075/150
Wagner Mateo #BCP88 Auto
Have you ever heard of such a thing? Did Topps just mess up making me the beneficiary of their mistake? Or was this intentional? It seems very strange to me. What do you think?
— Randall, Humble, Texas
A box like this is a gift, but it’s definitely not intentional. The typical Bowman box should deliver one autograph. You got half of a case. Does this mean that five other boxes were shorted? Let’s hope not. Sometimes, at the end of a packaging run, it’s not unheard of for packs to get packed out regardless of odds. However, it doesn’t happen often. — Chris Olds
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