Wednesday, 16 April 2014

2014 Adventures in Repacks: Part 23 - Part 1

My love for repacks has had me busting some football stuff lately. I've picked up a 10 pack repack, and a 3 pack + a hit repack. I'll start with the former, which contained these packs.

1990 Score
1991 Score
2006 Topps Total
2006 Upper Deck (Rack Pack)
2009 Upper Deck (Fat Pack)
2009 UD Philadelphia * 2
2010 Panini Absolute
2010 Gridiron Gear
2011 Score

I didn't really know how to break this up logically and to keep the # of cards in each post relatively uniform. I eventually decided to leave the Upper Deck stuff until tomorrow, and hit the other 6 packs today. The piles were close enough, so here we go, chronologically.

1990 Score

John Elway - A good start. I know this stuff is overproduced out the wazoo, but it is always nice to get a marquee player to start.
Mike Johnson
Bobby Hebert
Jeff Lageman - All I can do is think of this video when I see Lageman's name. (:45)
Dave Meggett
Andy Heck
Super Bowl Trivia #17
Jerry Holmes
Jerome Brown
Steve DeBerg
Cylde Simmons
Joe Montana - Hot Gun
Jim Everett - Hot Gun
Mark Rypien - Hot Gun
Rohn Stark - Back when punters got cards.
Simon Fletcher
Bill Brooks

1991 Score

Eric Martin
Bo Jackson
Anthony Bell
Gerald McNeil
Emmitt Smith
Nick Lowery - Dream Team - Back when kickers were even featured in subsets.
Cedric Mack
Drew Hill
Keith Byars - My second favourite photo in this pack.
Ethan Horton
Dean Steinkuhler - My second favourite name in this pack.
Mike Stonebreaker - Steinkuhler might be a great last name, but it pales to Stonebreaker.
Eugene Marve - Although it captures a potential face mask penalty, it is still my favourite picture in this pack. I'm surprised there were so many keeper cards in '91 Score.
Ronnie Harmon
Max Montoya
Ricky Sanders

Now, a big jump to 2006 with Topps Total. With the name, I imagined getting lots of special teams guys.
Shayne Graham/Kyle Larson - A punter and a kicker. Great start!
Billy Volek
Kelly Holcomb/Roscoe Parrish - WOO-HOO! The first Bills card of this break.
Norm Herron/Andrae Thornton
Jerry Porter
Donald Driver
Chester Taylor
Devin Hester RC - I'm guessing this one would win the book value war in this portion of the break.
Kamerion Wimbley RC
Keary Colbert (Blue parallel)
Tiki Barber - Total Topps

2010 Absolute

Jason Campbell
Matt Moore
Sidney Rice
Chris Cooley
Dallas Clark
Dan LeFevour RC /299 - Actually, a great pull for me. Dan's currently playing for my fave CFL team in Hamilton, and has been solid in short yardage situations with a QB sneak. About as close to a hit in this repack.
LaDainian Tomlinson - It says a lot about a pack that my favourite photo in is from the team's practice. Nothing good, though.
Ray Rice
Brandon Marshall
Miles Austin

2010 Gridiron Gear

Donald Driver - This pack started with an outstanding sprinting photo. I decided to look up to see if he did go all the way on this, but he didn't pick up a TD vs the Steelers. But he did get a 49 yard reception, so I'm guessing that's what this is.
Ray Lewis
Aaron Rodgers
Devery Henderson
Mohamed Massaquoi
Brett Favre
Joe Haden RC
Braylon Edwards - Reserved for my next package to TMM.
Vince Young

2011 Score

Chad Johnson - Who is trying out for the CFL Alouettes this season. I so want a Quatre-Vingts Cinq jersey.
Tom Brady - Again, it is for TMM.
Cortland Finnegan
Dwayne Bowe
Shonn Greene - In The Zone
Drake Nevis RC - Glossy
Nick Fairley

Almost 70 cards. 1 Buffalo Bills card in the whole lot. But, plenty of keepers as well for the misc. football binder. Mainly from the Topps Total for the oddball factor. The Bills ratio really doesn't get too much better in the second part of the break, but at least there will be some great photos.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Not quite dime-box goodies - Part 13

Let's wrap this 12 for $1 box up, so I can return to more important things like repacks and non-set-building trade packages.
I'm certain there are enough 1991 Score cards in existence to wallpaper every room in the country, and then some. Still, this one was my favourite from this massive set (Bo Breaker is overrated), and it is nice to have one right where it belongs - in my awesome photo binder.  A pair of Wolverines alums probably guarantees that Too Many Manninghams has several hundred of these.
Let's keep going  with a neat looking double play card. gcrl would also call this a Tatooine card. It's even moreso with the choice of borders Score used with this issue.
And one deserves another. I can't get enough appearances of ArrĂȘt-Court on cards.
Lets' stay with the 90s, and this trio from 1997 Topps. I miss when season highlights included a description of the event on the back of the card as opposed to a checklist.
I had never even heard of the bizarre Topps Fusion set until pulling a couple from the box. One I sent off. Check the date to get  the idea that this was long ago purchase. But, here's what looks to be another pitcher on the basepaths card.
And the last card from the box that I highlight - this CanCon card.

Whew. It sure took me long enough to get through this. The fact there weren't any shows I was able to get to in February and March made things a lot less damning of my procrastination.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Not quite dime-box goodies - Part 12

Still digging through, and the end is in sight! One more post after this one and I can wrap up this box after 3 months! 9 pockets on a page. 9 cards in this post. Sounds right to me!

This card was one I was almost certain I already had. However, I wasn't certain enough to leave it in the box. At worse, it is a throw-in when I send it off to someone else. Turns out, I was wrong, as I couldn't find a second version of this card in any of my usual locations. So, this one becomes an easy addition to my awesome photo binder.
Man, Kenny Lofton had a lot of cup of coffee stops in the final third of his career. I remember he did make a stop in Philly, but the move to LA was completely forgotten. A nice cameo by John Smoltz adds to this post-slide card.
More '06 Upper Deck. I'm not to crazy about rear-view shots, but here, with it being pre/post cap tip, it works nicely as Jon gets a nice ovation from those behind the dugout.
And still another great shot from the same set. I swear that if I came across a dime box full of mid/late 00's UD, you might need the Jaws of Life to extract me.
I've said in the past that I dislike cards where the background is eliminated. But here, with the ball visible as it gently drops into Pat Burrell's glove - it kinda works.
The box had 4 2005 UD Classics cards. I got all 4 of them. I'm pleased with that decision.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Any port in a storm

One of my most wanted masks for the masks binder was a card featuring the one that Carey Price sported during the Heritage Classic. I was frequently looking through post '11 images of Carey Price cards at COMC hoping one would show up. The only one I've seen is one from last year's Rookie Anthology Great Outdoors inserts. I liked the mask, but not $7.50 liked.

Finally one showed up at a far more reasonable price.

The only problem is that it wasn't a card. It was a sticker. And it was only part of the photo.

But, as the title says, any port in a storm.

And, one Heritage Classic card deserves another, so here's Rene "What do you mean he doesn't speak French?!?" Bourque surveying the surrounding pre-game.
Nice toque.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Not quite dime-box goodies - Part 11

How about some more 1997 Donruss?

So, maybe I picked up a wee bit too many cards from this set. But, you have to jump on interesting cards when they're 12 for $1. This one provides a different view of the play at the plate theme, albeit with an unfortunate view of some anonymous player.
Staying in Texas, here's Juan Gonzalez rocking a throwback uniform. This card was #1 in the base set, and this is a great way to start the set.
What a nice view of the knuckleball grip.
A new Joe Carter for the PC.
It is a two way battle for which player has the least flattering facial expression while delivering the pitch. I'd give the nod to Appier, although scowly Avery is close.
I may never get tired of cards with players talking on shoulder-strain inducing cell phones.
Here's a photo that is framed perfectly, capturing both Surhoff, and the name on the bat barrel.
From a smiling photo to a not-so-happy photo. I'm not sure what Ellis is pointing at, but his expression indicates he's not pleased.

So, there's more from that box of cards I raided in January. I've got to get this done before I hit the Expo in 3 weeks time.

Friday, 11 April 2014

2014 Adventures in Repacks: Part 22 - Part 2

With the much-needed delay to show off that gorgeous Posada auto, here's the other side of the repack.

2007 Chrome Carlos Quentin - Card on top
2008 Topps Michael Barrett - Looking back, I think I dislike this design more and more. Too much border. Why do I think I'll be saying that wehn I set my eye on the set building hockey products next year?
2008 Topps Prince Fielder
2008 Topps Asdrubal Cabrera
2008 Topps Ryan Garko
1989 Bazooka Tony Gwynn - A great way to wrap up a dull start to the side is with an oddball.
1990 UD Andy Van Slyke
2001 Pacific Jeff Suppan
2001 Fleer Tradition Bret Boone - That slide at second in the background looks painful.
2001 UD Vintage Gabe Kapler - Put aside for when I send a dose of Landeskogs on the way to clubhouse.
1990 Donruss Ruben Sierra DK - WOOHOO! A DK! Mind you, I probably have enough 1990 DKs to wallpaper a room. Don't care, though!
1991 Score Cooperstown Card Will Clark - I believe these were inserted into their factory sets.
1991 Score Dale Sveum
1990 Donruss Sandy Alomar Jr. RR
1991 Score Scott Sanderson
1990 Donruss Jim Deshaies DK - And another.
1990 Topps Sticker Bobby Thigpen
1990 Topps Sticker Don Mattingly
1990 Topps Sticker Steve Sax
1990 Topps Sticker Carlton Fisk
1990 Topps Sticker Gary Geatti
1989 Topps UK Mini Don Mattingly
1989 Topps UK Mini Robin Yount
1989 Topps UK Mini Roger Clemens
1989 Topps UK Mini Wade Boggs
1989 Topps UK Mini Cal Ripken Jr.
1982 Topps Joe Rudi
1982 Topps Roy Howell
1982 Topps Tom Griffin - It is always nice to find earlier 80s stuff in these.
2010 Topps Henry Rodriguez
2010 Topps Kyle Phillips
1979 Topps John Milner
1978 Topps George Hendrick - And even nicer to find a pair of 70s cards.
1992 Megacards Ruth - Extra Base Hits - The Obligatory Megacards Ruth that all us repack afficianados seem to be finding lately
1992 Fleer Tom Glavine
2004 Fleer Hot Prospects Hot Tandems Jim Thome Pat Burrell - There's a handful to type.
Pack of 1989 Fleer - Pat Sheridan, Dennis Rasmussen, Luis De Los Santos/Jim Campbell, Chris Gwynn, Tracy Jones, Frank White, Bruce Benedict, Al Leiter, Jim Deshaies, Dick Schofield, Jimmy Key, Gene Nelson, Jesse Barfield, Ron Jones - 2 Jays and 1 Expo highlight this pack
Pack of '12 Update - Pablo Sandoval AS, Yoenis Cespedes RC, Ramon Ramirez, Joel Peralta, Fernando Abad, Josh Hamilton GM, Craig Kimbrel Gold /2012, RA Dickey, AJ Griffin, Ernesto Frieri, Kris Medlen, Darnell McDonald - And a pair of Mets

And there we go with another repack.