Monday 29 May 2023

2023 Adventures in Repacks - Part 17: Bunch o' Baseball

When I go away for a trip, I usually work ahead by pre-writing a bunch of posts for that time. This time, it will only be a few days, so I'm just going to show off the contents of a bunch of repacks in the same post.
First up, one of those double hangers from Walmart.
With all the sets represented in the 2021 version of Archives, their almost felt like a repack on their own. The contents of this were exactly what you'd expect, with legends, current big names, and rookies to pad things out. Cy Young, having not been over-used in other sets for a bit, is probably my favourite in the base.
That's because there was also this numbered parallel. This was a retail pack, so the odds at finding them were 1:52 - pretty good return for a repack!

Pretty much what I expected from the Select -  2 blue base, a Scope parallel and an insert. It is a little hard to tell since they scan so poorly, but there are numbers in the circles surrounding the player on the Select Numbers insert, giving for a somewhat trippy feel.

From there, here's a trio of Presstine repacks, all different types.
From most cards in the repack to the fewest, here's a Surprise Bag to start.
To be a little more specific, here's the official content of that bag.
A solid start! Mets content! A Pacific card! A pervy 'stache! And an Actual 70s card in the pack! Even better - that Cecil Cooper from 1978 isn't a Topps card - but an O-Pee-Chee card! Bilingual greatness! I'll overlook that it is obviously in well-loved condition with that very obvious crease.
Here's the rookie pack's contents. The book value might not be there, but the contents were fun. Armando's missed Perfecto gave him fame, and Robinson gets a really great  photo on his. As for Pittsley...die cuts are always fun!
Booo! That's only 6 cards - that promotional ones don't count! At least the insert is a new Blue Jays card. And this might be the most Padre filled pack that has ever been opened outside of Southern California.
Normally, getting back-to-back cards of guys named Davis would be the highlight here, since I love collation oddities in repacks. But that doesn't come close to the greatness of getting both the paper and chrome version of the same base card photo back-to-back. And there's also one of those Panini perfect photos on the Donruss card.

Finally, the Home Run pack. I guess Ichiro being part of the team card makesit count. But if he doesn't it still totals up to 3 players - as both Williams and Bonds count on the Giants team card.

And that's the Surprise bag! Nothing massive, but still pretty good with the Cooper, Bo and Robinson being particularly nice to me.
Next up - a repack with a hit contained. Despite ordering these repacks, a visible Carlton would probably be enough for me to pull it off the shelves at the 7-11.
That card is worthy of an even better look!
Pretty generic start to this. Chasen Shreve sounds like a fake name that the WWE would give to some guy who just arrived in NXT. I guess that Fan Club card is the most unique in the first group.
Things get a lot more interesting here. I love random appearances of one of the earlier versions of Archives. For a post going up on Memorial Day in the States, I guess a patriotic card like the Fields is appropriate. That Joey Belle would probably have been a highlight in many a pack of 1990 Score at the time - and now it is repack filler.
Nothing to complain about when it comes to the hit - a Jay! Chacin had a decent enough couple years in Toronto before things started ballooning. It is feasible he'd already thrown his last inning in MLB when this 2007 card dropped. But he is one of a likely handful of players that had their own cologne as a gameday giveaway.
A 70's met! Bunting (or at least a very, very odd stance)! Stadium Club! This repack keeps getting better.
So it only deserves a bland ending.

A nice hit and a nice group of cards beyond that. That's what I need in my repack content!
Here's the finale! This promised 4 star cards, 4 rookies and a hit.
Not the biggest names, but that wasn't really expected. But at least there were a couple parallels in the Marquez and West. While the Topps guys obviously reached the majors, only West has made the bigs among the two Bowmans. Although Wilcox is still doing the minor league thing.
The star portion was pretty solid though, with a pair of numbered cards. While the Kershaw is an obvious one (and it is already set aside for a future Watertown mailer), that Davis is an aqua parallel /299. 
Although the usage of 'patch' in the title of this card is definitely a stretch, it is a Hall of Famer hit! And that's a mighty fine way to end a post of repack content.

There you have it! 


  1. Ichiro does NOT have 300 career home runs. Not even if you count his time in Japan.

    The Rplen and Kershaw are pretty awesome though.