After a couple weeks of trying some new repacks, I went back to the tried and true, but merely for convenience sake. I happened to be near the Five Below store when I realized I still needed to pick up a box.
For those who don't remember or are new, this repack box is $4.99 and comes with 4 unopened packs and 100 miscellaneous cards. The four unopened packs have pretty consistently been a 1989 Jumbo, two packs from 2008 First Edition and a 2007 Fleer Ultra. While the 1989 Jumbos were fun for a while, I've gotten into a territory where I'm getting too many dupes, which aren't fun to show off.
|Even Ricky Jordan is skeptical|
I really like/miss Record Breaker cards. A quick search shows both of these records still stand. Well at least the Gary Carter one. The Kevin McReynolds was good as recent as this 2007 blog post but I was too lazy to check further. Both Mets too.
A couple of All-Stars. Back when these cards were released, a case could have been made for each of these players to be on a Hall of Fame path. But also, the Pirates were a winning ball club. What kind of crazy Twilight Zone was that?!?
As far as Cubs and Cubs ties, there wasn't much.
|Some Boys of Zimmer|
The Upper Deck packs were a little better, percentage wise anyway. Each provided the one-per-pack StarQuest, as well as a current Cub and future Cub. More specifically, Pirate turned Cub.
|Frank Thomas as a Blue Jay, interesting.|
Moving on to the miscellaneous cards, unfortnately, it didn't get much better.
|Bad collation, full house, Braggs over Wilkerson|
|Highlights Darryl Kile - No Hitter|
|"Fanciest" card in the box - FP Santangelo|
Normally, I wouldn't care about non-Cubs cards like this Terry Horn. There are tons on guys who didn't make it. But what can I say, this was a boring box, so I looked into him.
The only thing on him at Baseball Reference was a stretch for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox. He went 2-0 with 1 Save and a 1.74 ERA over 7 games. He must have gotten hurt because those are numbers that don't get you cut, especially at the age of 19.
The variety of brands for the Cubs and future/former Cubs was good but overall, nothing to blow my skirt up.
It was bound to happen eventually but this might be the first repack box I've picked up where I wish I still had my $5. Reminds me of my Ginter experiences. Blech. But one bad box out of the ten or so I've opened isn't too shabby.
Hopefully, Five Below gets a new batch soon with an assortment of packs that vary more. I've been saying it for a while but I really do need to see how close I am to full sets of 2008 Upper Deck, 2007 Fleer Ultra and 1989 Topps.