Sunday, 1 March 2015

2015 Adventures in Repacks: Part 7.2 - 51 Ways to Save this Repack

So, the packs were not all that great. But the thing with repacks is that if on thing isn't great, there are other ways to recover. In this case, the repack's promised 50 cards and a bonus item.

Starting with the bonus:
A dinged up parallel of Derrek Lee. While I'll forgive a Hostess card frm the 70s that isn't exactly mint, this isn't exactly the same.

Will the 50 cards save this repack?

2011 Topps Kerry Wood - I'd completely spaced on his time with the Yankees. That reminder makes this the most interesting card so far in the repack.
1991 Topps Rookies - Sandy Alomar Jr. - This is showing up in baseball repacks with the same regularity of 1990 Bowman in hockeys.
2007 Upper Deck - Jared Burton
1995 Megacards/Conlon - Lou Gehrig Prototype
1995 Megacards Ruth - .342 Batting Average - Yikes. Lots of this card on the previous card in the box that this came from.
1990 Score - World Series Champion - I love celebration cards!
1992 Fleer - Chris Hammond
1990 Topps - Bryan Harvey
1990 Leaf - Steve Wilson - Cancon!
1995 Summit - Darren Daulton - Can't say I've pulled too many of these from repacks.
1993 Upper Deck - Ron Darling - A pitcher on the basepaths card. Kinda.
1988 Topps - Billy Bean - Not the Moneyball guy. This is the out of the closet guy.
1990 Donruss - Keith Miller - A Met!
2001 Topps - Jay Buhner
1993 Studio - Willie Wilson
1993 Donruss - John Jaha
1992 Topps - Lance Johnson
1990 Donruss - Glenallen Hill - A Blue Jay!
1990 Topps - Rich Thompson - An Expo. Now if I can only add one to my team collection that isn't from 1990.
1993 Donruss - Doug Brocail
1990 Score - Dave Henderson
1994 Leaf - Greg Harris - Sure, this is a baseball card. But that mullet is pure hockey.
1991 Studio - Jeff Rearson - Jeff! Your rear's done! - tm MST3K
1994 Triple Play - Joe Carter - That looks like a nice way to end the 1990 team collection string.
1993 UD Checklist - Roberto Alomar - Back to back Jays!
1993 Donruss - Shane Reynolds - The back of the card implies Shane was 24 years old at the time of this picture. He looks 50.
1991 Score - Jose Rijo
1994 Topps - Ken Griffey Jr.
1991 Topps Glossy ASG - Wade Boggs
1991 UD - Carlos Martinez
1990 Score - John Cangelosi
1990 Score - Joey Belle
1991 Score - Jim Gott
1994 UD Collector's Choice - Julian Tavarez - Given the pace I'm going at, I should get this one posted to my 1994 Coll. Choice blog sometime around October 2018.
2001 Topps - Justin Thompson - The second card in this box with peeling. Yikes.
1990 Fleer - Bill Landrum
1992 Donruss - Scott Servais
1995 Pinnacle - Randy Johnson - A decent horizontal card.
1992 Topps - Will Clark
1991 Leaf - Rob Dibble - This, on the other hand, with the border unchanged from the usual design, looks terrible as a horizontal card.
2011 Topps - Jose Valverde - Two throwback uniform Valverdes in this repack. That's unique!
2011 Topps - Drew Stubbs
2011 Topps - Luke Scott
2011 Topps - Joel Zumaya
2011 Topps - Jonathan Braxton
2011 Topps - Matt Harrison
2011 Topps - Padres Team - More throwback fun!
2011 Topps - Brett Anderson
2006 Upper Deck Baseball Card Day - Derek Jeter - Kind of an oddball.
2010 Topps - Vlad Guerrero - I've got plenty of this card, but wrapping up with a PC guy is nice.

Despite the damaged cards, this 50 card portion really saved it with all over the place variety. How can I hate something with an oddball Jeter, some throwback unis and the best hockey hair on a non-hockey card?

2015 Adventures in Repacks: Part 7.1 - 25 percent off repacks!

Not just repacks, but 25 percent off any of the card products at Target as the liquidation continues there. While this sucks for my repack addiction, I can pick up a bunch of repacks cheaply, and post them over the course of the year.

Meaning I've got about a dozen of them to post at miscellaneous intervals throughout the year.

And here's the first half one of them! This was from a 50 cards/bonus/4 packs repack, and I'll start with the 4 packs.

Said 4 packs were not the most spectacular. 1 rack pack of 2012 Topps S2, 2 retail packs of '13 Update and 1 of Archives.

These are sets I've already built, so I'll just work my way through these looking for stuff that is either interesting, or falls into my PCs.
Such as a bunch of Mets. I'm really happy to get a second of those '4 in 1' sticker cards. One for with the set, one for the binders.
Only a pair of Blue Jays, though.
And surprisingly, even an Expo. Although no surprise over which Expo came from a contemporary pack, and also as to which of the photos was re-used for it.
A couple cards for my Canadian content collection.
And a pair for my interesting photos collection. I know a lot of people love the 2012 Reed Johnson, but I might just like this horizontal shot at Wrigley even more.
In terms of interesting collation, this base and parallel were together in the same pack. Yes. These packs were so uninteresting in general to me that I focus on stuff like that.
Even the inserts were pretty blah.

Hopefully, the 50 card portion of this repack will save it in terms of memorable content.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Another envelope from Bob Walk The Plank

Nothing like it. Just a small envelope with a few cards - but still appreciated. Especially since another small envelope is on its way to WV as I type.
Let's start off with someone I'm really happy to welcome to my hit collection with this Jimmy Key. As best as my searching could tell me, there is not a lot of Jimmy Key hits out there. And the ones there are have him on the Yankees. There are buyback autos on Toronto, but nothing when it came to relics. For all I know, this could still be a Yankees jersey, but for the lack of a pinstripe, I'll accept it as Toronto.
This one was a puzzler for me. Which hit binder should this go in? Jays or Mets? This was simple math. Halladay > Wagner.

And this was even easier. All three are Mets swatches. And if you look closely, there's two colours on the Wright. That's a patch! Not only is this swatch my first Mets patch, as best as I can tell, but it is also by first swatch with any orange on it.

Thanks for this beautiful addition to my Mets collection, Matt, and I hope you like the envelope heading your way!

Friday, 27 February 2015

Pack Samplers: Fire, Donruss and Upper Deck S2

Just one pack each of some of the newer stuff.
Fire was the oldest pack that I busted, going back about a month or so. The packaging is definitely loud.
As is the content. They definitely take me back to some of the late 90s Fleer Universe designs with the space-y background. The Williams is a flame parallel. I couldn't find any odds about those on the pack, so I guess the glossier versions are 1 per pack. The purple Manning /499 is a 1:13 parallel. And there's a throwback uniform on the Aikman as well. While I would probably be too old to enjoy a box of this, I can tolerate a pack or two of loudness.
The design carries over to the back. At least they keep to the text to the white portion for my ancient eyes.
The other two products came out earlier this week to the LCS. While I've already got a pile of Raptors on my way from a 1/2 case break, I'll still sample a pack of the not too costly product.
Now that is a Houston Rockets hot pack, with 3 base cards in a row. While I don't think I'd enjoy building this set with only 5 base cards per pack in a 200 card set, I really like some of the inserts. Especially the Court Kings, mainly because I think it is nice to see that matte finished cards with the artistic look are available in a lower end set instead of only in the mid-range hit based set of the same name.
If you liked the baseball backs, you'll like the backs here.
And the final pack.
Kinda bland photo choices for this. The OPC update cards fall at a rate of 1:12 packs, with rookies at 1:7 and 1:17 for veterans. The plus side of these is that the numbering scheme has the cards starting with a 'U' as opposed to continuing the numbering from the main OPC set. So that takes away any obsessive compulsive desire to hunt down any of the cards from that set to complete my 14-15 OPC set.
See! This one is U24! Not six hundred something.
Other than the change to Series Two, no difference in the backs from Series 1. The Kitchener Rangers reference for alumni Murphy makes me pick this back to highlight.

I guess the Donruss basketball was the best pack of the bunch with the Court Kings insert, followed by the Fire. Surprisingly, due to generic photography, the Series 2 comes last.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

What can I get for $13 at a card show?

A decent haul, especially since it is a local show with only a tiny dime box.
And I'll start with the dime box stuff, which only added 10 cards to my collection, which is pretty good for a dime box with less than 1K cards in it, mostly football and hockey. No reason for this card beyond the fact the name made me chuckle. He might not be a Dick Cummings, but who is?
The only Mets card in the box that I picked up was this one from last year's 50 years of the Draft insert. Can't complain about adding a new card of Strawberry to my Mets binder.
The misc baseball from the box. That Gallery Heritage of Gwynn is really nice, but this is an intriguing foursome that includes 3 legends, and a legendarily long name with William VanLandingham.
And to close the dime box - Bills! Bills! Bills! Bills!
Off to the 4 cards that I pulled from a quarter bin. The first three definitely have a Montreal feel, leading the way with a pair of cards out of a 1992 Nabisco set. These two don't exactly have the thickest stock, but they do have a nice "free with cookies" vibe to them.
And here's the second Montreal card - the first of 5 new 2/14 cards in this post. Geoffrion has 4 cards in this set, but this appears to be the only one that isn't a high number SP. If they did SPs with this set, as I wasn't collecting too intensely at this time.

Also: Bernard.
I know nothing about Duane Underwood. But, how could I pass on a shiny parallel numbered /75?

Off to the dollar bins:
Lousy stupid Young Guns premium saw this in the dollar bin. But, it is the second card for my 2-14 collection in this post. And if this ends up being a dupe, it can go into my Sens collection. Easy.
And now 3 autographs for a dollar each. Tom Pyatt is card #3 that will be on its way to the 2/14 binder. Randy Cunneyworth will be in the Sens binder, and then there's Joe Sacco. Much as I'm amazed by a rather busy entry into the wardrobe of Ducks jerseys, that isn't the reason. My second Airedale, Hogan, used to have an Airedale playmate at a leash-free park named Sacco. While I doubt that this Joe Sacco was any factor in the name, seeing it made me think of the fun the two 'dales would have running together. And that's the only reason I needed.
Some swatches for the $2 cards. The Hejduk is /100, and doesn't look anywhere near as dull in hand as in scan. And there's another bunch of relics for my Sens collection. Surprisingly, this is my first Robin Lehner swatch for my collection.
And finally, a $3.00 relic. Numbered to 49, and with a nice-sized seamed swatch, this does feel like one that should be numbered to that low. Gaborik and Hejduk are by far the leaders in terms of hits in the binder, and this allows them to maintain those levels. Although I've got 2 more Milans with hits, Marian has a 5 card overall lead with 80 total cards. My 2/14 total overall is 949, and I hope to hit 1000 by the time the Expo rolls around in May.

Considering I have 27 still to post in my various COMC boxes, that should not be a problem.