2016 Topps Update Series – Update

In a previous post, I wrote about my joy in breaking a hobby box of 2016 Topps Update Series.  This box was unusual in the sense that it had all 300 base cards, so I paid a little more attention to the inserts than usual.  After a trade attempt got me interested in the Kenta Maeda Fire insert (so what if I thought the dude’s name was Kadea Meada), I of course was even more interested when the trade fell through.  I was looking for that card. 🙂

It’s always nice to find a card that you want in a random pack!  I like to use those 50 cents off Topps coupons on single packs.  I was looking for a couple of packs of Allen & Ginter but could no longer find them.  After a couple of weeks of checking various Target stores (that’s where I usually go for my low-end packs), I surrendered and decided to just buy a couple of the US packs (even though I had the base already).  Lo and behold, the first pack had that Maeda insert!  I was psyched!  The second pack had a retro Trea Turner auto, which turned out to be an insert for the Target retail packs.  Also got plenty more doubles for trading.  Pretty cool for a couple of $1.99 12-card packs (minus $0.50, minus 5%, plus sales tax, something like that — not quite sure where the 5% Target discount comes into play).  Glad I finally used those coupons. 🙂


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