Sandlot Unwrapped: Breaking Down New Bunt Inserts 4/17/15

Another week of Bunt, and with it, another batch of really cool cards that we are getting the first look at for 2015. Some important sets have started as of this past week, and its worth discussing how they may fall in line with the other releases so far.

Robinson Cano Signature Series

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Card Count: 275
Boost: 1x
Collectability: Extreme
Playability: Normal
Cool Factor: Home Run

This was actually a pretty nice tribute for Jackie Robinson day, as Cano has always been a strong supporter of the legacy for which he was named. The card was previewed as part of the launch media, so we knew it was coming very quickly. At 275 copies, the card should end up being one of the rarer sigs of the year, which makes its value up there with Trout as relatively untradeable at this point.

Jeff Samardzija VIP Signature

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Card Count: 150
Boost: 1x
Collectability: Extreme
Playability: Normal
Cool Factor:Grand Slam

Man do I love this design. Its sleek, its stylish, and it is bold. Where the other signature design doesnt provide a place where the signature is ultimately the focus of the card, this design is awesome in showcasing the player and the signature. As I mentioned to TOPPSMIKE, I like this better than the regular look, and that’s the truth.

Andrew Miller VIP Gold Card

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Card Count: 283
Boost: 2x
Collectability: Strong
Playability: Normal
Cool Factor: Double

Going back to the player selection argument, I am not a huge fan of this. I get that he is a Yankee, but he isnt really the type of player that your top paying customers will want. A guy like Chris Sale or Johnny Cueto would have been quite the reward. I do like the way they designed the card with the special border, though, that is definitely better than 2014’s examples. With 2x cards being a premium at the moment, w

Mookie Betts VIP Black Boost

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Card Count:
Boost: 3x
Collectability: Extreme
Playability: Advanced
Cool Factor: Home Run

This is also an interesting choice, but one that makes a little more sense to me, considering that Mookie has been playing so well to start the season. I would say that highlighting players without a base card so far is a great idea, and I hope this continues.

Diamond 1/1 Cards

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Im sure you all saw that the first batch of 2015 Diamond VIP 1/1 boosts hit the sheet, with quite a few of the recipients going wild over Kris Bryant. These cards will show a “1” in the card count, but likely are untradeable because they are on lockdown by the owners. I really like the look of the card, with the commemorative logo in the bottom right. Really cool card.

Play Hard Series

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I wanted to cover this set in this post, as I think it is beyond awesome looking. A great theme and a great look to the cards have made this a set I really want to chase, and if this is the way we are headed for 2015 Bunt? Sign me up. I think that set design and focusing on the collection aspect of the game is going to be a very big part of the potential success, and I hope that stuff like this continues.

Verdict: BUY!

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