While 2015 hasn't been one of my most active years since getting back into card collecting, I have made some big purchases, most notably, my most recent one with Dave & Adam's Card World. I decided to go all out, both by picking up some major high-end products, and trying out some major discount deals. One of the lower-priced items on the bill was a box of 2015 Onyx Platinum Elite.
Originally retailing for $29.95, and discounted down to $17.99, one box of Platinum Elite contains just four cards, with one guaranteed autograph. Every other box will have two autographs, giving an extra bonus at some pretty good odds. This is a prospect release, which is a big part of the reason why the price is so low. My box was one of the lucky ones to contain two autographs, and here's a look at what I got.
Tyler Kolek base: Kolek was selected by the Miami Marlins with the second overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft. He has been clocked at a 102 MPH fastball, and spent 2015 with the Marlins class A team, where he went 4-10, with 81 strikeouts and a 4.56 ERA
Avery Romero base: Another Marlins prospect, Romero was a third-round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. He spent 2015 with Miami's Class A+ team, where he batted .259, with 3 home runs and 42 RBIs.
Avery Romero autograph: I've already given you the rundown of him, but the fact that I got two cards of the same player in a 4card-per-pack product, doesn't say much for their collation.
Bradley Zimmer green autograph 38/50: Well, at least there's one player who isn't with the Marlins organization. Zimmer was drafted by the Cleveland Indians with the 21st overall pick in 2014. He spent 2015 with Cleveland's AA team, where he batted .219, with 6 home runs and 24 RBIs.
Like any prospect-related product, there's always a risk and a long waiting game, just to see if any of these players will be able to contribute at the Major League level. Still, it's worth somewhat of a risk, considering the price is so low, and for me, $18 for two autographs was a pretty good deal. I may have felt differently if I got one of those one-autograph boxes, but at least it worked out this time.