Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Trade w/ Chavez Ravining

Time to recap another envelope that has shown up north of the border.
If base cards are your thing, this would definitely not have been a trade package for you. These were the only two that you'd consider to be base cards. And one is a short print. I really do like the photo choice for the regular Joey Bats - it hides the lack of licensing perfectly.
But it was with the parallels that things began to shine (pun not intended). Firstly, there's a purple parallel of Canadian James Paxton, followed by a single Met card and my first black mini parallel from last year's GQ set. The Blue Jays are next with Target parallels, then some gold (that Rajai Davis from last year was spectacular, although I wish they'd used his wall climb catch), and some more X-Fractory stuff.
I'm sure if I ever need to kill someone with a baseball card, this will be the one I use.
And more die cut, shiny fun from last year's Chrome. Perhaps not as lethal as the Joey Bats card, but still nice, and least it won't be as time consuming to put this into a penny sleeve. Although I did get that one on the first try, meaning that it is likely some other insane die-cut card I'm confusing that insane die-cut card with.
And last, but not least, an auto of Wilmer Flores. Last year, it seemed every Mets fan except me got their hands on some sort of Jeurys Familia auto except me. This year, it was Wilmer Flores. But, this takes care of that.

Thanks for the goodies, CR!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Monday Man Crush

Going from 100 cards yesterday to 1 card today, but two punt returns for touchdowns can do that.
And hopefully, I can post this card again one week from now.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

1000th Post Repack!

Like my 1000th post would be anything but a repack. I was leaning towards an appropriate Sunday football repack, but I think I will save those for my Grey Cup autoposting. So, here is yet another 100 card Fairfield repack from Target. And, since this is my 100th post, I'm posting all the card within.
Here is the first of the 4 visible cards, coming from the Cards Your Mom Threw Out subset. Although this would have been a card my grandmother would have thrown out, and even then, only if my mom was really into Harmon Killebrew.
Not too bad for the first nine, as I pick up a pair of Expos, and a card for my Cancon collection. And any appearance of 1993 Upper Deck is a nice surprise.
The Score of Mike Marshall is kinda interesting. His position is listed as DH, but they opted for a photo with him in the field. More 1993 Upper Deck! And that Jose Cardenal has been lurking on my wantlist for a bit. There's nothing better than knocking something off the list via a repack! Joe Oliver is numbered #220. At my current pace, I should reach it over at my 94 Choice blog sometime in 2016.
More rookie cards should feature the player riding a video game motorcycle. Or at least one more, so Trey Beamon isn't the only one.
This is a pretty bland grouping, but the Terry Crowley stands out for one reason. The Earl Weaver tape.

" We saw that Terry Crowley could sit on his f****g ass for eight innings and enjoy watching the baseball game just like any other fan, and has the ability to get up there and break one open in the f****g ninth."
But this group of 9 is more interesting. A former Expo leads the way with Ellis Valentine. Gypsy Queen is a rarity within repacks, and the faux retro of someone who is still active, and will likely never retire with LaTroy Hawkins. I've got a few of them, butthat Bill Hall is also a neat photo.
And the rest of this side before the other visible card. Archives and A&G. More repack rarities, at least for me.
Very little interest in this visbile card.
But I am definitely interested in grabbing a repack with a visible Diamond King. Even if it is a Yankees card.
It is always nice to pull a card from the 70s in one of these. Takes the sting off the dupes that came next. This is the second 100 card repack that I've pulled one of these Flair cards in. They're nice, and it is nicer that this one is of Terry Pendleton. Mainly because the last one I pulled had Chad Curtis as the Flair card. My exact thought upon this pull was "at least it wasn't Chad Curtis".
So, of course, the next card was Chad Curtis. I doubt the Team USA cards really count as oddballs, but, since I really don't have many of them, I'll consider them to be so. And hey, there's a Blue Jays card! My second of this repack.
Carlos Hernandez didn't have the longest MLB career, but with this card, and his '93 UD, Donruss and Leaf and this, he does have a great cardboard catalog.
Random minor league card! And I love that Amos Otis plays the position of Series Starter. I'm not sure why he and not the other starters got that designation.
 And I move to the end of this repack by running into the expected wall of 2011 Topps. But at least one featured Padres throwback brown.
More 2011 Topps, but at least it wrapped up with an interesting Conlon card. Not only does it list Red Faber as a spitballer, the photo makes it look like he's preparing one of them right at the time.
And the final card. I'm sure I've already got this Vlad, but it is a nice way to end it.

So, there's 1000 posts wrapped up with an appropriate repack.

And now, I have to grab a Brandon Banks auto via COMC.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

2014 Adventures in Repacks: Part 62 - Surprise Box Battle

A simple concept. Pick up two surprise boxes at Dollarama, and rank them on the contents contained within, adding points on a completely arbitrary basis.

I'll open with listing the contents of each:

Box 1: 1 pack each of 1990-91 UD, 2007 Victory and 2008 Collector's Choice, along with a 4 card goalie pack.
Box 2: 1 pack of each of 1991-92 Topps and 2007 Victory, a 5 card HOF pack and a 5 pack of toploaders

Now that we have the line-ups, time to dig in to Box 1 with the Upper Deck pack.
The best you can hope for is to hit a card or two for your PC, and I hit two, adding a Paul Reinhart to my Rangers alum collection, and a Dave Lowry to my 2/14 collection. How did I not already have these cards in the first place? Either way, +3 for each of those, but I'll deduct one for that nightmare inducing Petri Skriko sketch. The rest of the pack were Ray Ferraro, Adam Oates, Rich Sutter, Brent Ashton, Mike Lalor, Pat Flatley, Don Barber, Kelly Kisio and Geoff Smith.
2007 Victory was pretty bland. Lauri Tukonen didn't seem to have any cards outside of 2007, so that's the sole highlight. +1, I guess for that somewhat oddity.
But for all the blandness with Victory, Choice actually hit some of my collections. Although I have that Darth Gerber card in my mask collection, I don't have it in my Senators collection. +1. The Gaborik is Gaborik-y enough to make the 2/14 collection, so that will match the Lowry with a +3, and there's the obligatory Wolverines alum to send off to TMM. +1. That's a parallel as well!
And the goalie pack guarantees some mask binder cards. Much like the Gerber, I think I've got that Anderson in there, but not in my Sens collection. +1. I'd give a positive to that Bobrovsky, but the mask does seem uncharacteristically blurry for a card from UD. The nice shiny Belfour makes up for that. +2 there. Sorry, Hasek, but you're odd man out here.

+14 for box #1.

Box #2:
I'll start with giving a +1 to the top loaders. I always seem to need them when sending out cards, but can never find them. I'll probably misplace them between now and my next mailing.
With junk wax era cards, you try something to make them more spectacular than they are. EG: Check out the massive 90's Jersey mall hair on the woman in the front row. If MTV started showing Jersey shore then, they'd need a vertical wide angle lens. Dave Capuano makes me think of the Kids in the Hall and the "Daves I Know" song. And justl ike with Dave Capusano, I hardly know him. And there's a couple of Top Prospect cards that had respectable 10+ year NHL careers. +1 for each of these. Rounding out this pack as Glenn Healy, Sylvain Lefebrve, Brad Marsh, Mark Janssens, Pat Elynuik, Brett Hull (Scoring leaders insert), Ulf Dahlen, Brian Glynn, Mike Tomlak, Ed Belfour and Adam Oates.
The 2007 Victory was more interesting here. A pair of J-SG cards for the mask binder (although the base card might be a double), and a retro jersey makes a Toronto Maple Leafs card bearable for this Sens fan. +2 for each mask card (more than the first box because I love the double duck design), and +1 for the throwback gives this a +5.
The Hall of Fame pack with a guaranteed HOFer actually gave me two. But, I'm certain I've get several of those. The Terreri is an interesting photo with the face full of snow, though. So, that's a +1 for here.

+11 for box #2.

Box #1 wins easily, based on hitting 3 cards for my PCs with 2 new 2/14 cards and a Rangers alumni, but Box #2 was more consistent in building points. So, it was closer than the score makes it seam.

Friday, 21 November 2014

2014 Adventures in Repacks: Part 61 - A Great Bonus

Since I had gone more than a week without busting anything repack related, time to bust another one. Up now, one of the 4 packs/50 cards/bonus repacks.

Hey! This is my second Hostess card I've pulled from one of these, although I like getting cards of a Brewers guy over a Yankees guy any day. Still, that's a nice Twinkie-stained card from 1976, and still a keeper.

And now, the 50 cards.

2010 AL BA Leaders
1988 Topps Matt Diaz
1988 Topps McGregor
1988 Topps Bobby Witt
1988 Topps Jose Uribe
1988 Topps Wade Boggs - Sure, it is 1988 Topps, and there are millions of these out there, but it is still nice to pull a big name from the *00 position of honour.
1988 Topps Doug Drabek
1996 Leaf Preferred Matt Williams - My first '96 Leaf Preferred card!
1994 Stadium Club Deion Sanders
1991 Leaf Henry Cotto - "You want to laugh at my warm up jacket? Go ahead. I dare you."
1986 Topps Rod Carew - Another *00 card in this repack. It isn't as badly centered as my cropping makes it seem.
1986 Topps Ted Power
1988 Donruss Bill Dawley
1989 Topps Mickey Hatcher
1984 Donruss George Wright - I don't see much 1984 Donruss popping up in my repacks.
1989 Topps Danny Gladden
1989 Topps Jose DeLeon
1991 Donruss George Bell - Jays content! WOO-HOO!
1989 Topps Kirk McCaskill
1989 Topps Jerry Don Gleaton
1993 UD Henry Cotto - "Yeah. Someone laughed at my jacket. You don't want to see what happened. It wasn't pretty."
1982 Donruss Mike Norris - Forget not finding much 1984 Donruss, you really don't see any early Diamond Kings cards either. What a great keeper from a repack.
1983 Topps Mike Fischlin
1983 Topps Don Sutton - A lot of 80's Hall of Famer cards in this repack. Interesting.
1981 Donruss Ron LeFlore - I thought this was my first 1981 Donruss of an Expo. Oops. Close enough for the binder, I guess.
1988 Fleer Ted Higuera
1981 Donruss George Riley - Was this taken during a solar eclipse over Wrigley?
1990 Bowman Milt Cuyler - Milt obviously never took his mother's advice about his face freezing like that.
1983 O-Pee-Chee Bake McBride - Nice to find an OPC, but GAH! That close up.
1988 Fleer Glenn Hubbard
1988 Fleer Danny Cox
1988 Donruss John Marzano - If I were to count which 2/14 binder card I have the most of, this might be the winner.
1993 O-Pee-Chee World Champions Candy Maldonado - Another insert! And one saluting the Jays' first Wrold Series win as well.
1992 Leaf Glenallen Hill
1998 Pacific Kevin Stocker
1988 Fleer Wayne Tolleson
1992 Leaf Chris Bosio
1986 Donruss Von Hayes
1988 Fleer Mike Fitzgerald
1988 Fleer Pascual Perez
1992 Leaf Mark Whiten
1992 Score Marvin Freeman
1988 Score Darrell Porter - Biggest glasses ever? Or smallest head.
1988 Score Benito Santiago Highlights
1990 Score Hottest 100 Superstars Dwight Evans
2010 Topps Orlanedo Hudson
2010 Topps Jeremy Hermida
2010 Topps Jerry Hariston Jr.
2010 Topps JJ Hardy - The drunkenest card photo ever.
2010 Topps Pat Neshek
2010 Topps Troy Tulowitzki

And now, the packs. You had the standard 2008 UD First Edition, and 2012 Topps S1, 2011 Chrome and 2007 Future Stars. That's an interesting mix for years, at least.
Despite the repetitive nature of finding '08 UD in this, at least there were a couple interesting full-bleed photos.
2012 Topps was pretty bland though, aside from the camo uniformed Padres card.
My only Mets card in this box was this David Wright. I'll take it, since I didn't have this one in my Wright collection.
And the Chrome. Joey Bats!

A decent repack. A few PC guys, and how can I ahte anything that starts off with a Hostess card?