First up, here's highlights from the base cards:
Gold medalists (except for Shibutani, who I included with fellow Wolverine skaters Davis and White)
And while I'm at it, here's a back for completeness:
I ended up with 61/100 of the base set with ZERO doubles. Wait a minute, this is a fun, interesting set with excellent collation? Hmmm....
I landed a total of 15 inserts in my seven packs, which was pretty cool, even if I tend to favor base set completion first. Here they are:
Ok, onto my promised blaster hit:
did win gold in Vancouver four years ago, so this looks like an especially nice pull, and a tricky one at 1:38 packs.
win a bronze in her sport this year, even though she surely considers her lone medal a letdown.
To sum up, the set looks nice and is well-done, the collation is flawless, I beat the odds with the inserts, and got twice the number of expected hits, both of which look great. Ok, all the evidence is in, and this is clearly NOT a Topps product, as it literally meets the opposite of each requirement. In all seriousness, congrats to the company for making a worthwhile product, and I can only hope they apply what they did with this set to the rest of what they make!
I haven't decided if I want to pick up another blaster yet, but I will be working on the remaining 39 base cards one way or another. Everything else except for the Bronze Davis is available for trade, and my main interests here are picking up the remaining inserts and hits of Meryl Davis--so if you ask me what I'm looking for in return for the autograph or relic, there's your answer! I may eventually try to sell those, but as usual, my preference is to trade.
It's always worth waiting until sale prices on these, but if you're at the store eyeing blasters and see these available, they carry the TMV seal of approval!
USA! USA! USA!