I've never actually pulled a Rip Card from any set (other than '98 Zenith at least) so I don't know the joys of ripping open a $150 dollar card only to get a mini exclusive card of Alex Rios. There's a first time for everything though, so may as well go over the ones on the pre-sell checklist.
There are no less than a hundred different Rip Cards you can pull, and I think they several different numbered versions of each. I'm not sure how these will be numbered though so you'll have to do your own research on this.
Now as for the checklist. There are several Braves in there, which are the only ones I care about. They are:
- Tim Hudson
- Yunel Escobar
- Derek Lowe
There are 50 mini exclusives numberd 351-400. In years past they have had a slightly darker card stock than the normal minis. It's a pretty nice player selection including Chipper Jones, Brian McCann and Nate McLouth cards I will never own. There is also a Wood parallel of these cards that are all 1/1s. I've never even seen one of these in person but they are supposed to look incredible. I'll have to pester Night Owl to let me have a close look one of these days.
These are the cards autographed in Red ink, I believe they are numbered out of 10. Thge checklist appears to be the same as the normal framed autograph list, meaning you can rip open that card and pull a Billy the Marlin signature. That's when I reach for my revolver...
Dick Perez Original Sketches
What you see is what you get with these... each mini card has an original sketch from Hall of Fame artist Dick Perez. The checklist does not match the Baseball Highlights sketch cards so I don't know if you can see any of these sketches anywhere else. That's a shame, since I like Perez's artwork and there's a Yunel Escobar and Nate McLouth sketch I'll likely never see now.
Rip cards in the past have usually run at least a Franklin apiece but if you're diligent and don't mind a lesser player you can find good deals on ripped cards on the Bay. Besides, there's a chance you could pull one, right? It happened to Thorzul, it can happen to YOU.