Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2010 Upper Deck Case Break

Even after that repack, I still haven't scratched my pack busting itch. I was looking at making a purchase from Dave and Adam’s Card World and came across a case of 2010 Upper Deck baseball for about $90. That’s about 85% off the MSRP so I’m not sure I can pass that up.

The case consists of 6 boxes of 36 packs. Each pack contains 18 cards, for a total of 648 cards per box and 3,888 in the case (minus a few in the case of a relic).

A complete base set is 600 cards, plus there are a variety of inserts. There are/have been a lot of team group breaks out there so I thought I'd offer something different. A complete set break!

A perfect collation of the case would yield up to six complete sets, but four or five is more likely. Personally, I have a Cubs team set already in my collection but wouldn't mind owning a compete set. I wasn't quite back in the hobby yet when this set was originally released and may eventually take a stab at completing the 21-year run of Upper Deck sets.

I'm confident enough that I’ll be able to pull at least four complete sets from the case so I’m going to open this break up to four other people. Each person involved will get a complete 2010 Upper Deck set. Every card, 1-600. I’ll do my best to piece together a fifth set for myself from the rest of the cards.

After that, the remaining 850 or so cards will be made up of inserts and extra base cards.

In addition to the set, I’ll also allow each person to pick a couple of teams to claim extra base cards from if they want. (As pretty much the only “big money” base card, any excess Buster Posey rookies outside of the 5 complete sets will count as an insert and not be part of the Giants team set.)

I am going to claim all Cubs inserts cards as the “host tax” but every other insert will be available to participants once this is ready to go. Since this isn't your normal team based group break, a randomized snake draft makes sense to me but we can discuss it.

Accounting for my cost, I’m going to set the buy-in at $20. That seems like a pretty good deal for a complete 600 card set (3 cents a card), the opportunity for some inserts and I’ll even throw in shipping. And if you've done a break with me before, you’ll know that I usually try to include a few extras, too.

I know the product is a few years old but thought it would be fun to open it up those non-team collectors who can’t usually participate in breaks. The price point on the case is low enough for me to risk not filling the break so this is a go even if nobody else wants in.

I’d be looking to do this around the end of the month/beginning of May. Hopefully, that’s enough time for those interested to scrape up an Andrew Jackson. Just let me know with a comment below. Thanks!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Repack Part 2

Yesterday, I showed off the four unopened packs from my most recent repack box. While there wasn't anything earth shattering, I did add a couple of upgrades to my Cubs collection and a few horizontal cards to that niche collection.

Today, I have the best of the rest, the miscellaneous 100. Have you ever had an idea for a post but then when you sit down to write it, you're just not feeling it? I've probably done at least a dozen of these repack posts and for some reason, after I scanned and cropped all of these cards, I just lost interest in writing about them. Some weren't as funny as I thought originally, others not as interesting. Now that I've skewed your opinion, I'm just going to show the cards with minimal comments.

Let's start with the oldest card in the box.

Nice! A perfectly mint 1954 Topps card of Jim Lemon! Oh...never mind. It's a reprint. How about the real oldest card?

This super blurry Larry Parrish card from 1981 Donruss. I'm not as good as Paul from Wrigley Wax at knowing the stadiums in these older cards, but I'd guess this is Wrigley Field. Too bad there's no ivy or I'd add it my mini collection!

How about this John Smiley card from Bowman? Is that ivy from Wrigley in the background? Nope. I should probably know where this is, but I have no idea. Spring Training? I just know that's not Wrigley. These two were as close as I got to adding to that niche because I actually got shut out of ivy cards in this repack.

Let's see if we can't find something a little more exciting for these White Sox players than playing for the White Sox. Don't they look thrilled?

Sorry Clemente, but anybody would crack a smile at this card. 

I thought Prince Fielder had the most awkward power swing in the game. Thanks repack, for reminding me of Mo Vaughn's equally off-balance follow through. Twice.

A trend not likely to come back? Wearing hats under the batting helmet. As a smaller kid playing with older, bigger teammates, I had to do this often. I hadn't thought about that in years so I was pleasantly surprised to see three cards like that. And speaking of Lloyd Moseby...

Classic Schmoseby
...UT fan or are there two outs?

The most common theme though by far was eye black. And yes, for once, its not the scanner, the Will Clark actually came out of the package that dirty.

Can any of the numerous Dodgers bloggers out there tell me why Rafael Furcal is wearing a red hat? Holiday game? The rest of the uniform looks pretty standard.

But wait, there's more. These three players not only sported it on the front, but their photos on the back included it too!

I swear somebody collected these eye black cards but I can't for the life of me remember who. 

How about a random red back from 2007 Topps?

What about Mariano Ducan and the Three Turtlenecks?

Is it just me or does it look like the guy in the background of this Dave Stieb card is intentionally trying to photobomb? Just the way he's leaning in from behind the border I guess even though he's probably a couple hundred feet away from Stieb.

And before we get to cards with Cubs ties, there were a slew of horizontal cards for me to add to my collection.

I think this is Pete Incaviglia holding court for the Rangers, with bobby Valentine on the left and future Cub Steve Buechele on the right.

I don't know whether to classify this as horizontal since Upper Deck didn't change the border template. What the heck. I can always use more Leon Sandcastle in the collection.

It could just be me, but that doesn't really look like a home run caliber swing. I probably would have tried to find a different photo for this award winner card.

Hey Don!
Made you look! *Click*

Did he or didn't he? Hmmm tough call.

I'm going to say Willie did.

This is the second James Shields into the horizontal collection after the Chrome from my last repack.

Probably my least favorite of the new additions is this Francisco Rodriguez. This must have been before Topps decided to super zoom in on everything.

It would cool if there were more cards like this these days without photoshopping the players together.

Is this the last Mantle before Topps retired #7?

Ok, let's finish off this post with the Cubs of past and future.

And of the present.

Hopefully that wasn't as difficult to scroll through as I thought it was going to be. Some of the better cards weren't shown as they'll be on their way to other bloggers. Maybe next time I'll go for quality over quantity. Although with repacks, that could be even tougher. Every card above is available except for the horizontals. And even those could be.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Repack Part 1

What do you do after the biggest card show in your area comes through town, you've picked up a couple hundred cards out of a dime box but you didn't get anything to scratch your pack itch or completely kill your card budget?

If you're me, you look for something while out running some errands. Nothing big but still fun. A repack from the local Five Below store next to my grocer fits that bill. The last time I was there, they only had football repacks but when I went back the other day, they had updated boxes of baseball. 

The first clue that they were new was the box itself. The pictures had changed adding a Bryce Harper card (what are the odds a Harper card is in there?) and one of the emerald foil cards from last year's Topps flagship set.

The next clue were the packs inside. The boxes last year were almost guaranteed to include a pack of 2008 Upper Deck, 2007 Flee Ultra and a rack pack of 1989 Topps. The fourth pack would be changed up sometimes but was often a second pack of Upper Deck. As you can see above, this box had a pack of 2013 Topps Series 2, 2012 Opening Day and 1989 Score.

But the pleasant surprise was the rack pack of 1986 Topps.

Not that the set itself is great, more that it wasn't 1989 Topps. I bought wax packs of this back in the day, but wasn't a set collector for another couple of years, so a lot of these cards are new to me.

Between the four packs and the 100 miscellaneous cards, I scanned over 70 cards that I found noteworthy. Nothing spectacular, but lots of stuff for blogosphere niche collections. So the post doesn't get overloaded by scans I'm going to break it up into two parts, the four packs today and the rest tomorrow.

First up is 2013 Topps Series 2.

How about a nicely framed play at the plate?

Off the top of my head, this is one of the best cards from last year's set. It's a great angle and the photographer caught the moment the ball hits the bat. It doesn't hurt that there's a Cubs cameo. This is as close as former Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger got to his own card from Topps, although he did have some cards in Bowman. I have one for my set, but this will make a nice addition to the horizontal collection.

Speaking of horizontal, there was one more in the pack in this Jason Kubel card. Looks to be celebrating a home run.

Wrapping up this pack was a die cut Cut to the Chase Tom Seaver card. These were inserted at a 1:12 pack ratio so I beat the odds here.

Next up is 2012 Opening Day. Seven card pack, scanned four of them. Not too much to say about them though.
Former Cub Angel Pagan

Three more horizontal cards from this pack. 

Nice, dirty, diving play from Asdrubal Cabrera
Cool angle but mis-cropped Yovani Gallardo
Horizontal insert of Ryan Zimmerman
Next up is the biggest regular pack, 1989 Score.

I had forgotten all about these pack extras from Score since I haven't opened a pack of these in 25 years. They're still kind of neat. And this one scanned well enough to get the name of the set (A Year to Remember) and the year (1937). 

Remember when sets were big enough to include multiple players from the same team at the same position? Now, Benito Santiago would end up in Series 1 and 2 at the expense of getting Mark Parent card. Both of these Padres catchers would go on to play for the Cubs later in their career.

Two more future Cubs. Dave Magadan is now a coach with the Texas Rangers. Jose Bautista would go on to reinvent himself as a slugger in Toronto.

Finishing the pack is current Cubs manager Rich (Rick) Renteria and the only current-at-the-time Cub, Mark Grace. I don't think I ever noticed that one of the best hitters of the 90's didn't wear batting gloves.

And finally, we have the 48 49 card rack pack.

These are what passed for "inserts" back in the day. Although the Jim Rice is the only one that probably qualifies. The All-Star Ozzie Smith and Roger Maris Turn Back the Clock are technically part of the 792 card base set. There are a few bats in the background of the Jim Rice card but he's no holding them. Does that count for the multiple bat niche?

It looks like roster turnover isn't a new problem for the Cubs. The seven players above are all part of the past/future Cubs club.

Of course, there were also three current Cubs which is a pretty good ratio. The Ray Fontenot and Scott Sanderson cards were pack fresh upgrades to the ones I had. Nice!

I'm sure he's got this common base card, but I'll show this just for the Dutch Card guy.

Let's wrap up the pack portion this repack with some Hall of Famers!