I Never Thought That Potentially Tampered Repacks Would Be A Concern, But…

Last Friday, I got woken up at 4am by a call from work (I’m in IT) and I proceed to put in a 13 hour workday.  Needless to say, when I got out at 5pm I needed to blow off some steam.

I went to the local Target to get one of those $5 repacks, but they didn’t have any left.  If I was going to do a repack – and it really was what i was in the mood for – I had a choice between an $8 repack of unopened packs, or a $10 repack of 250 cards plus 2 unopened packs.  I had pretty decent luck the last time I went with the 250-card variety, plus I can always reuse the plastic boxes these come in, so I picked one off the shelf.

I was checking it over and the wrapper looked uneven on the bottom, but I didn’t think much about it.  It’s a repack, who’s going to mess with it?  It’s not like someone is going to steal some of the 1989 Fleer out of it.

I opened it when I got back to the car, and started to wonder when the wrapper came off fairly easy.  The last time it didn’t come off in one piece, but this time it peeled more easily.  It also resealed itself fairly well… The picture I took up top is *after* I’d gone through all the cards and semi-carefully sealed it back up.

This picture of the bottom was also after I’d resealed it.

I don’t intend for everybody to get their torches and pitchforks and stage an agrarian revolt at your local Target, I just want to put it out there that it’s possible that these repacks have been sorted through and returned to the store… Even if I have no proof and I’m not even sure I was a “victim”.

“Why on Earth would anyone tamper with a repack?” I hear you ask.  The answer came in the last cube of these I bought:

Yep, there be Harper rookies in some of these repacks!  Also Jose Ramirez rookies from 2014, from what I hear.

Now to be fair, it could very well be that if this pack *had* been tampered with, it’s entirely possible that the tamperer found nothing and returned it… but one never knows.

At any rate, this repack wasn’t as much fun as the last one, but it wasn’t without a bit of value and a fair amount of fun.  Sure a large percentage of the cards went into the recycling bin, but as I don’t drink, I figure this is my equivalent of “knocking back a couple”.

This first card probably falls under some portion of Murphy’s Law… I’m not trying to complete the 1984 Donruss set, but I enjoy pulling cards out of repacks. I appreciate these cards a lot more now than I did in 1984 (although I haven’t changed my opinion that 1984 Topps and Fleer are better sets).

Here’s the Murphy’s Law part:  Even though I only have about 100 out of the 658 cards in 1984 Donruss, both of the cards I got in this repack were doubles.

Fortunately I did need this one 1982 Fleer card I got of Scotty McGregor.

Every so often I wonder what it would be like if there were a “Tiffany” version of 1982 Fleer where they got to sort out all of the production issues they had with the set. I probably still would’ve been the only person buying a set.

Another need with a 1983 Topps Reggie Smith…

At some point i’ll probably turn my sights on finishing this set (35 years after starting it), but for now I just enjoy getting random needs.

Short-term stop!  Gotta love a card of El Toro with the Phillies.

Fernando Valenzuela pitched just 8 games for the Phils, and that wasn’t even his shortest stint with a team;  he pitched 5 games with the Cardinals and just 2 with the Angels.

I love to pull cards like this, because without seeing this card I wouldn’t know that I needed it for my Orioles team collection.  To prove my point, it took me a few minutes to find this card on COMC because it’s not flagged with team or player names, just “Awesome Action”.

I’m pretty confident that the first baseman is David Segui… I’m less confident about the Angel trying to avoid getting picked off.  I’m going to say that it’s Luis Polonia.

1993 Pacific cards were not exactly the state of the art at the time, but they’re oddball-y enough that I like them… especially when it’s Ozzie Canseco, the less-annoying of the Canseco twins (or if not less annoying, at least less conspicuous).

I’m not entirely sure why I scanned this Pinnacle card of Jeff Innis, because the only people who will care are those who were Mets fans in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.

The two unopened packs included were 2016 Topps Series 2 and 2017 Topps Series 1, which helped me fill in a few gaps in those sets.  The best card out of those two packs were this “Changing Of The Guard” insert of Kris Bryant.

I even got the advertised every-other-cube “hit”.

It’s a nice looking card, even if it’s a sticker autograph of a Twins middle reliever (even if he was quite good in a number of seasons).

That’s about all I have to say about this. I fully realize that repacks don’t have a very good value for the price, but I still enjoy them… But we all gotta be careful out there, even if we’re buying just a repack.

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6 thoughts on “I Never Thought That Potentially Tampered Repacks Would Be A Concern, But…

  1. A corrected 1982 Fleer set! You wouldn’t be the only one buying it.

    As the recent victim of a tampered-with, returned-to-the-store repack, I believe that could have been what happened.

  2. Resealed repacks? You’ve gotta be pretty desperate if you’re gonna buy a bunch of these, sift through them, pull out one or two cards, reseal them, and then return them to Target. Way too much hoops to jump through. One of their friends should just advise them to get a real job and make the world a better place.

  3. I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around two things: that anyone would tamper with repacks and that there was a Pacific set in 1993 and it was done in Spanish.

  4. I don’t understand the tampering with repacks either but it’s certainly a scumbag maneuver. Knowing that there are Spanish-language Pacific cards in these is exciting though. I don’t come across those very often.

  5. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT ON THE DONRUS TRIPE PLAY ‘ AWESOME ACTION ‘ CARD – IT IS LUIS POLONIA SLIDING INTO DAVID SEGUI AT FIRST … DAVID IS OFTEN RECOGNIZABLE FOR THE HEAVY WRAP ON EACH WRIST AND HIS VERY MUSCULAR FOREARMS.

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