But brand new product isn't in the budget right now although if you read the title, you can see I couldn't pass up a repack box, this one containing 50 miscellaneous cards and 4 unopened packs for $7.99. On some level, I know there's never really anything great in these but I always like the variety of cards you see, its a nice trip down memory lane and it usually satisfies that pack ripping itch.
When I ran this segment back in the blog's heyday, I had a few recurring themes for these boxes so I'll bring most of those back with maybe a few new ones. Let's see what the box had to offer and get to the part you're all waiting for, the pictures.
Oldest card in the box:
|1984 Topps Charlie Moore|
Newest card(s) in the box:
|2015 Topps Ryan Howard, Adrian Gonzalez and Ian Kennedy|
Most copies of one card in the box:
|1988 Topps All-Star Matt Nokes|
Most represented set(s):
2000 Topps and 2014 Topps
At four cards each, this is a tie between 2010 and 2014 Topps. The tie goes to the group with the Rookie Cup and future Cub, Rey Ordonez.
Speaking of Cubs...
When all was said and done with the 50 miscellaneous cards, there was not a single current (at the time of the card's issue) Cubs player. However, the 3 cards above all feature players with Cubs ties, either before or after the card depicted. Rick Reuschel and Dennis Lamp were former Cubs while Todd Hundley was a future Cub.
Hall of Famer(s):
|2006 Topps Rookie of the Week Tony Gwynn|
Hall of Pretty Good:
The above group of guys all had very nice careers, full of highlights. Without looking, I'd assume these particular players each played in multiple All-Star games. Kid version of me would have put all of these guys in my binders back in the day when the main qualification involved being listed in Beckett (as in, not a common). Hmmmm, sidenote to self, maybe start a Hall of Pretty Good frankenset....
Smallest card in the box:
|2008 Topps Heritage T205 Mini|
That was easy as it was the only mini in the box. The caption is bigger than the card.
Largest card in the box:
|1990 Best Jack Voight|
On to the 4 unopened packs.
Pack 1: 1990 Upper Deck
|Steve Sax Collector's Choice, Dave Winfield, Rick Reuschel|
Pack #2: 2013 Bowman Platinum
|2013 Bowman Platinum Cutting Edge Stars|
Pack #3: 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes:
|2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Jody Davis|
Pack #4: 2014 Topps Opening Day
A Topps Rookie cup and a Rookie Card.
The only two horizontal cards in the whole box.
And a Cardinals insert. Definitely the most "productive" of the four packs in terms of noteworthy/scannable cards (5 out of 7) but still leaves a lot to be desired.
These last two cards caught my attention but for different reasons. The Pujols card is numbered #TB2 on the back and after a little research, it appears that it came from a Back to School set through Target. There are a couple that sold recently on eBay for more than I paid for this whole box so that could be a nice flip. Perhaps another repack is in my future.
This Jerry Reuss card made me stop when flipping through the cards. No offense to him, but he just looks a lot older than your standard Major Leaguer. On closer look, maybe his hair and 'stache are more blonde than gray/white but still. After some quick math (born in 1949, this card is a 1986 issue), how can this guy pictured be 37 years old? I'M 37 YEARS OLD RIGHT NOW!
That wraps up this edition of Repack Sunday. I forgot how much work scanning and cropping is but it was nice to crank out a post again.