Preview: 2011 ITG Heroes & Prospects “Hits” Series 2 Baseball

In The Game returns with an update to it’s popular baseball product that was released earlier in the year. For not having an official license, In The Game does the best job of putting together solid products over and over again in hockey and is bringing that skill to baseball for the second time. I’m impressed with Dr. Price.

Each one pack box will contain 5 hits. That’s right, every card in the box is a hit for your collecting pleasure. As the title of the product says, you will find heroes and prospects. The heroes list is extremely impressive. You can pull players like George Brett, Hank Aaron, and Roberto Clemente. Each 12 box case will contain at least one 1/1 card and at least 6 heroes in total. But it’s not all about the heroes, there is some of baseball’s top prospects as well. With names like Josh Sale, Manny Banuelos, and Manny Machado, the prospects are top of the line.

Some of the great heroes cards you can pull are Heroes Cuts. These are 1/1 cards featuring some of the heroes in this set with cut autographs from checks. Ever want your chance at a Hank Aaron autograph? Well this will be inserted into the product.

You can also find some sweet barrels from bats and something In The Game does better than every other company, you can find some awesome patches like this Nolan Ryan.

As I said earlier, it’s not all about the heroes. The prospects are large and in charge of this product.

I’m having a hard time grabbing some pictures of the prospects, so you can check the ITG website for the official 2011 ITG Heroes & Prospects Hits Series 2 checklist. Man that’s a long product name.

Did I mention you could find autographs from past presents on baseball leather too? Obama, both Bush Presidents, and Slick Willy Clinton all have autographs you can pull.

You can find this product out on August 3, 2011 for about $85 per box. You’ll get 5 hits so it looks to be some great value possible from this product.

What Box To Break?

Well I was hoping to bring a nice surprise retail break today of Gypsy Queen since everyone else is doing it, but Fred Meyer did not have any Gypsy Queen to be had. Sorry, I’m not going to drive a half-hour to try Target or go get shot at my Wal-Mart 20 minutes away. So with no Gypsies or Queens to be had, I pocketed the money to wait. There was a plethora of 2010 blasters available at my disposal, but nothing I really wanted. Oh, and NO HOCKEY! Why do I have to live in a state without any hockey love. Our WHL team is in the finals and they can’t even fill the lower bowl at the Rose Garden. So, my attempt to bring Gypsy Queen has failed.

So that leaves me with pretending I had cards to open. I was stuck looking at previews of products soon to come out. Sure, I have a little money in my PayPal account but it’ll take forever to get a hobby box here. Plus, I WAS going to save the majority of it for a couple boxes of 2010-11 Upper Deck Ultimate hockey but it was delayed…again, like every other Upper Deck product. I think it was pushed another month to June 24th. Same thing happened when I wanted to buy The Cup last year. I had the money available and they kept pushing it back. I ended up spending the money on something else.

Okay, I’m done ranting on that.

But a good thing did happen today. After I got home from failing to find some GQ, I looked in my mailbox and received a package from Panini. In March, I had opened a box of Certified hockey up in Edmonton and did not receive the correct number of hits. I’ve never requested a replacement before as I figured it was just luck of the draw but this time I did. I sent in all the information and my replacement was received today. It was this:

2010-11 Certified Certified Champion Jordan Staal Auto #/50

Not bad for a replacement, wish it was his brother Eric though. It’s definitely better then nothing and I thank Panini for sending me the hit I was missing in my box.

Speaking of boxes, I really want to open some boxes. I want to open one hobby box from each sport and review it here, preferably using each of the major card companies. So I need ideas. I also wouldn’t mind just one from each card company so we can see what each one brings to the table.

I would like at least one Topps, one Panini, and one Upper Deck. If I have anything extra I could try some ITG too. What should I review? Let me know your thoughts.