The "Cards or Cube" thing is quite simple. I pick up a repack of cards from a Walmart or Target, and decide if the cube itself, or the cards contained within are more interesting.
This one was picked up at Walmart, and promised 55 loose cards, 10 sticker packs, and 5 card packs (although I got 6). The only thing visible was a pair of 1990 Bowman cards, along with a hobby pack of 2011 Zenith.
I'll start with the loose cards, and go chronologically through this. The cards were grouped together by whichever set they originated in.
Two Bowmans, but that's all. If I was getting a 50 cards random repack from Target, there would be easily double digits worth of these. And the Barrasso could move into the masks binder. So, this still isn't too bad.
Interesting set representation as these were sequential in the set, numbering 104-109.
Collector's Choice hockey releases didn't really have the interesting photography from the mid 90s baseball sets. Just generic skating shots for the most part, but this Schenn jostling along the boards is interesting on the sliding scale.
Bland selection of a very border-intensive set.
Much like the Power Play, these were sequential, 160-163. I always love coming across cards with minor league jerseys.
Hey! 5 out of 6 for the mask binder! Poor Jeff Frazee and his 'I just got called up' mask.
I've got about a dozen of that Lehner. What's one more?
A retro parallel is always a nice surprise in one of these.
UD is always going to be a highlight for photos and the ASG Hossa and the signing Seguin are both nice ones to see.
I have no idea how much of this stuff I busted last year. It was a lot, though. They really rivaled UD for spectacular photographic choices, perhaps even moreso with the price point.
So far, I'm pretty happy with the loose cards. Better than the stuff in the Fairfields, at least.
And now, the packs.
With one exception.
So, let's see. Cube or cards. The cards from the packs were pretty boring, and the most interesting for me came from the 1992 Parkhurst. That's never good. But, that 1/4 Wrigley card was nice, and there were a lot of mask binder cards for both my pre 2005 and post 2005 binders. And I don't think I ever busted a pack of Pinn. Certified or Zenith, so it gave me that. I think I preferred the loose cards overall, even though those didn't get a lot of scans.
All the mask stuff gives the nod to the content, but it was close.