Last week I broke from my usual repack-buying habits and bought one of those “20 packs for $19.99” boxes. Now that I’ve opened all the packs, I figured some of you might be interested in how it worked out.
Before assessing my final haul, I’ll remind you that the box came with a “Hit”, and that hit was an Alex Rodriguez relic:
OK, so from the start it was really “14 packs for $20” because I expected the 6 packs of 2008 UD First Edition Update to be complete rubbish, and they were exactly that.
The 2013 Opening Day packs resulted in some decent inserts, the best of which was this David Wright Play Hard insert, which I would’ve attempted to get at some point, but now I don’t have to:
Running a close second was this Yadi Molina:
I don’t have any huge feelings either way towards Molina or the Cardinals, but it’s 3-D!!! Anything 3-D gets added to my collection. If there were an Allen & Ginter insert set featuring the Attorneys General of all 50 states, but it were in 3-D, I’d be there.
Getting back to the Opening Day inserts…
Is it me or does Alex Gordon look somewhat “George Brett-y” on this card?
Is it me or does Crisp look somewhat creamy on this card?
I’m hoping that Brewers fans can find it in their hearts to forgive Ryan Braun… and then buy this card from me after I send it in to COMC.
All of the Opening Day base cards went into the box of cards to be given out a Halloween. I don’t collect Opening Day, but if I come across a card where the photo had been photoshopped in between Topps Series One and Opening Day, I’ll often hang on to that card. I didn’t find any cards like that, and I’m not even sure that Topps did that with 2013 Opening Day.
I hadn’t recalled seeing 2003 Flair before I opened this pack, and now I know why. I’m a base card collector far more than an insert collector, and I can’t imagine many people bought this set for the base cards.
I don’t see the point of cards like this where you have this dominating design with a leetle tiny picture in there.
The two 1990 Upper Deck packs filled out a couple of cards on my wantlist, and got me a Cal.
I also got this Darrell Evans card which surprised me; I don’t remember Evans finishing out his career in Atlanta. I can easily picture him in a Braves uni, but not this one, but rather the 1970’s version.
I tend to forget that the Braves have had this uniform design since the late 1980’s; I also tend to forget that the “softball” uniform that I think of as being “1970’s Braves” only lasted four years.
This next card threw me for a largely non-obvious reason…
Dave Gallagher without a mustache? What madness is this????
The 2012 Heritage cards were surprisingly – and yet not surprisingly – a complete washout. I have just over half the base cards from this set, and yet I managed to get absolutely nothing I needed out of the two packs. Neither pack had any high numbers, and the only insert I got was a Tim Lincecum “New Age Performers”. Whoopee.
In the original post about this repack, I mentioned that the Heritage packs weren’t obviously opened and resealed, but I’m thinking that this doesn’t mean that they hadn’t been opened and resealed. Shouldn’t two packs of Heritage contain more than one insert between them? I would think I’d get a News Flashback or a “Then And Now” or something.
I don’t know for sure that there’s something screwy going on here, but it makes me wonder.
The 2012 Topps packs got me a handful of the 90-or-so cards I needed to complete the set… and that’s all I really have to say about those.
The 2013 Topps rack pack had originally been sold in a Target store, as evidenced by the red parallels:
I guess it’s not a surprise considering that the repack was bought in Target.
I also got a couple of Chasing History Holofoil cards… I didn’t even know there were Holofoil versions of these cards until I saw that Buster Posey was slightly shimmery.
What’s the deal with these holofoil cards? Did they come only in rack packs or something? I don’t remember having seen one before, and I suddenly had two.
Before I started thumbing through the cards from this rack pack, I could see a little bit of a die cut “Cut To The Case” card sticking out. I don’t really like these cards, but I figured I might be able to sell it on COMC… Then I saw who it was:
…At which point I said something along the lines of “Dagnabbit!” I don’t know what it is about A-Rod inserts that they seem to gravitate towards me.
So, was it worth my $20?
On the plus side, I got some decent inserts and had some fun opening the packs.
On the negative side, I added just 22 cards to my collection. A lot of that was just bad luck or bad collation, because I didn’t put as much of a dent into some of these sets as I’d hoped to.
When all was said and done, the box left me feeling a bit like Jeff Wetherby here:
I look to repacks for some cheap entertainment, but this wasn’t all that cheap. It probably worked out OK for me – just barely – but I’m not sure it’s something I’d do again.