Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Bright Side of Marketside

By now I'm sure most of you are aware of the promotion going on at Wal-Mart where you can purchase Marketside pizzas and breadsticks that come with packs of 3 cards. Pizza and baseball cards are a solid combination, and since I started seeing blog posts about them I wanted to at least pick up a few packs. 

The opportunity arose this past weekend when we stopped by Wal-Mart to pick up a few things. I added two boxes of breadsticks to those few things.

The packs include a coupon for $2.50 off a Topps brand 2016 value box and $1 off a jumbo or value pack of a Topps 2016 brand. An excuse to pick up more packs? I'll take it!

Here's the packaging on the breadsticks in case you are curious.

And here's the packs, just plain silver, nothing at all printed on either side.

I've pulled Yadier Molina from just about every pack I've opened in 2016. Could be worse players I suppose but I am not a Cardinals fan. In fact, none of these cards really do anything for me. 

This pack was better. A veteran player I like in Mauer and one of the top players in the game in McCutchen. I can't claim to know too much about Pollock but he was an All-Star for the first time in 2015 and hit .315 while hitting 20 home runs and stealing 39 bases. Not bad at all.

The verdict? The breadsticks were mediocre and the players pulled weren't too exciting from my perspective. I was hoping to pull a Freddie Freeman so I could knock that off the wantlist but the chances were slim. If you have one I'll gladly make a deal for it. 

The bright side? The combination of breadsticks and cards was awesome, the packs were fun to open, and now I've got some new cards to send out to fellow bloggers.

I hope the Wal-Mart promotion leads to more cards like these! What other combinations could we see? Donuts and cards? Has that been done yet? That's one I would go for.

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