I bought what I thought was a really cool flame maple blank yesterday though for a build and someone I showed it to said it looked like "Turrin of Asshole" or "Turrin of Prostate Exam" so you might want to ignore my opinion lol.
I think I like 2 better, but they're very close -- never know what they look like in person, etc. They're close enough, though, that I'd pick the one with either the more interesting back or the lighter of the two, if there's a significant weight difference. If they're within a couple ounces of each other and neither has a distinctive back/fretboard, then I'd go with the second one.
I like the top better on 2, but the fretboard is nicer on 1... tough call. I picked mine because of the beautiful fretboard and the insane mahogany ribbon back and sides, flame is ok but no wow factor.
Id probably pick 2. GL and post pics of whatever you get.