The weather up north finally let up enough for UPS to get back out on the road and my box of 2018 Panini Stars and Stripes showed up today. Both my daughter and I have been itching to open this box and today was perfect for a pre-swim practice break. These boxes are running about $70 per, with 5 packs of 8 cards. There are 5 guaranteed autograph or memorabilia cards in each box. Let’s crack it open.
No break is complete without the knife slash across the box.
Since most of these players are in High School or College, I only know who a few of them are. Kumar Rocker is large young man who throws the ball hard. He is most likely a first round pick in the upcoming draft. We also pulled a Mark McGwire, Royce Lewis and High School prospect Brice Turang.
We pulled 5 Base Longevity Parallels, one per pack. The most notable were Brendan McKay and Ken Griffey Jr.
We also got a Holo Foil numbered out of 99 of 15U player Dylan Crews.
The Good Stuff
We were promised 5 autographs or memorabilia cards in the box, and Panini delivered.
Nick Sprengel College National Team Black Ink Auto #092/499
Sprengel is a lefty pitcher who is currently pitching for the University of San Diego. He is expected to be a high daft pick this year.
Alek Thomas USA National Team Silhouettes Signatures Jersey #163/199
Alek Thomas is another top prospect who will most likely be picked up in this year’s draft.
M. J. Melendez USA National Team Silhouettes Signatures Jersey #044/199
Melendez was the second round pick of the Royals last year. He hit .262 in 168 at bats with 4 Home Runs.
Jeremy Eierman USA National Team Silhouettes Signatures Jersey Black Gold #82/87
Another huge prospect signed in gold over a black background. Although he has had a rough start in college ball this year, he is still highly anticipated.
Joseph Menefee USA National Team Silhouettes Signatures Jersey Black Gold #28/39
High School prospect committed to play baseball at Texas A&M.
Nate Wohlgemuth USA National Team Silhouettes Signatures Jersey USA Baseball Patch #2/3
This is just a monster card of a 16 year old kid that could grow up to be an accountant, get bored with baseball and never play again, or get injured and never play again. I will hold on to this one in case he becomes the next Nolan Ryan (he is throwing 93 at 16).
Hope you enjoyed the break. We were sure happy with the extra autograph. I’ll be posting a Gypsy Queen break later in the week and maybe posting up some of my recent pickups.