Among the latest arrivals at Sports Zone Toys & Comics are the 2022 Donruss Optic Baseball boxes.
This will be one of the quickest breaks ever as the box consists of just a single ten-card pack. This box offers cards that are definitely in the heart of the order and meat of the lineup as you will find three autographs, three red or green “Dragon” parallels and one “Freedom” or “Liberty” parallel per box on average.
The three base cards we pulled were of Toronto Blue Jays All Star Bo Bichette, Seattle Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh and Toronto Blue Jays Rated Rookie prospect Otto Lopez.
We hit our three red or green dragon parallels by pulling a red dragon version of Cleveland Guardians Rated Rookie Steven Kwan, a green version of Pittsburgh Pirates All Star Bryan Reynolds and a green dragon of Texas Rangers semi star Adolis Garcia. Not much fire there, folks.
The first autograph out of the pack was numbered to 99 and featured Bryan De La Cruz of the Marlins.
De La Cruz, with more plate appearances this past season, had more success at the big league level. He’s 26 years old so huge career stats aren’t likely to happen but 2023 could be a key year for him going forward.
I noticed quickly, as an added bonus, the serial number on the card is actually his jersey number, 77 out of 99. I personally love cards like that.
The second auto we pulled was Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher and Rated Rookie Luis Frias. I feel like we pull Frias in every product we open at the store right now. I think we all have that player we feel we pull in every product each season. Frias is our guy.
He’s 24 years old, has pitched in 18 big league games so far and hasn’t had a lot of success.
The third of three guaranteed autos was a green version of Seattle Mariners pitcher Matt Brash. He’s a 24-year-old Canadian relief pitcher who made his debut last season.
Choosing between freedom or liberty could be tough call but Choice made the choice for us in this box as we found a Freedom parallel of San Diego Padres star infielder Manny Machado to wrap things up.
In terms of potential value, our box not exactly a star spangled banner of a break. For right around a Benjamin Franklin, the gamble is fairly modest by today’s standards and there are some solid hits hidden somewhere in this product but it can also very easily be a complete dud, too.
Until next time, America.
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