For my second-best pull of 2009, I'm going to bend the rules a bit and pick an entire box of cards that turned out to be really good.
Cards: 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Hobby Box
Let's take a look at the loot, from bottom to top. Forgive me for not getting some of the color names 100% spot-on.
Green (#/499): Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Mulder, Albert Pujols, Carlos Delgado, Cal Ripken, Jr./Tony Gwynn
Gray (#/399): Aaron Harang, Josh Willingham, Chien-Ming Wang
Gold (116/299): Kenji Johjima
Red (#/249): Steve Carlton/Johan Santana, Clay Buchholz
Bronze/Copper? (#/149): Josh Hamilton, Prince Fielder
Light Blue (06/49): Eric Chavez
Black Autograph (120/150): Tom Gorzelanny
Light Blue Jersey (007/200): Bob Gibson/Jake Peavy
Light Blue Autograph/Jersey (50/75) Ian Kinsler
Hold up, we're not done yet.
Yankee Stadium Legacy Pinstripe Relic #YSM-PO Jorge Posada
That's a case hit, kids.
But not the best card. Here it comes.
Light Blue Patch (02/25): Matt Kemp
Thoughts: First patch card pulled from a pack ought to do the trick. This Heroes set is probably one of my very favorite since returning to card collecting. On the one hand, you have a set that is just hard enough to collect, even without short prints. At 200 cards, you might get a whole set from two boxes, but then again you might not, so it's time to trade. The parallels are a nice bonus, and they are guaranteed to be someone good (at least in somebody's eyes). If you get a guy you aren't too keen on, trade him away.
It didn't hurt matters any that I got a loaded box (or that the price is right in line with average box value), but I'd have to say it was the first time a quite a while that I had that much fun opening a box of cards. And isn't that the point?
2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes: Bringing the Fun Back!