Thursday, November 21, 2013

2013-14 Hoops Basketball Wal-Mart blaster

Sport:  Basketball
Product:  2013-14 Hoops Wal-Mart retail blaster
Break Date:  November 17, 2013
Hit Breakdown:  No guaranteed hits
Summary:  2013-14 Hoops has turned out to be a solid product, much better than the last two years. Having opened a few Target blasters, it was worth it to give Wal-Mart's version a shot.

The main difference between the two retail outlets is the blue parallel rather than red, so pulling a blue Lebron James was a nice hit. There were a few rookie parallels as well.

Out of the gate, it was the Michael Carter-Williams rookie parallels that were the hot commodity (outside of the autos). As time has progressed, though, the Above the Rim insert set is looking like a sleeper hit. Prices have continually gone up on the retail-only inserts, with the cards selling for a solid dollar amount on eBay, so pulling two of the inserts – Kawhi Leonard and Zach Randolph – was nice.

Overall, Hoops continues to deliver solid results. While hitting an auto would have been nice, the overall break was decent enough.

Grade for the product:  B+
Grade for the break:  B

What we pulled:
Gold Parallel:  Carmelo Anthony
Blue Wal-Mart Parallel:
  Lebron James, Shabazz Muhammed (RC), Ben McLemore (RC), Solomon Hill (RC), Carmelo Anthony, Mario Chalmers, Iman Shumpert, Tony Snell (RC), Steve Blake, Paul George
Above the Rim:  Kawhi Leonard, Zach Randolph
Action Shots:  DeMar DeRozan
Board Members:  Omer Asik
Courtside:  Ricky Rubio
Dreams:  Draymond Green, Jared Sullinger
Basketball Hall of Fame:  Clyde Drexler
Class Action:  Sam Cassell, Artis Gilmore
Spark Plugs:  Marshon Brooks, Jarrett Jack

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