On Friday I had a long, dull day at work and needed something to cheer me up when I ran out the door. I felt like shuffling through some junk wax and (hopefully) some surprises, so I went to Target with a repack in mind. The best option they had was one of those repacks that features 250 cards plus a handy-dandy plastic case and two recent Topps packs.
…If I knew this repack would be blog-worthy, I would’ve taken a picture before I peeled off the outer wrapper and crumpled it in a ball…
I was not expecting much out of the repack, but in the back of my mind I did think of some recent buzz I’d heard about repacks having Bryce Harper rookies in them… but what I saw on Twitter seemed to indicate it was the 100-card repacks.
I’ll get right to the highlight on this one… I ran across a small group of 2012 Topps cards that were heavy on the star power…
…and there in the middle…
TA-DAAAAAA!!!! Card #661, His Bryceness’ rookie card in all of it’s glory. There’s my repack value right there, everything else is just gravy.
And to be honest, the gravy wasn’t half bad either. Even without the Harper rookie, this was a fun repack.
Before I got to the Bryce, I thought this “every other cube” autograph from 2012 was going to be my big hit:
It’s always fun to pull an autograph from a repack, even when you haven’t heard of the player… and I hadn’t. Zeke DeVoss hasn’t pitched professionally since 2014 and reached AAA for one game.
Nowhere near as much value but still kinda cool, I got a second-year Mike (Giancarlo) Stanton card.
Also cool and actually a rookie (but not a valuable one), I also got a 1991 Fleer Update Bernie Williams rookie.
One of my favorites from this repack is a TCMA “The 1960’s” card of Miracle Met J.C. Martin (from his days with the White Sox):
I already have this 1992 Pacific “Tom Terrific” card from the set dedicated to Tom Seaver, but I believe I know how to get this one to a new home…
These 1990 CMC minor league cards aren’t much in terms of a “find”, but I bought a fair amount of these back in the day and it’s kinda fun to pull one again.
Carlos Diaz’ Major League career consisted of 9 games for the Jays in 1990.
Drake’s cards are always welcome, especially for HOF’ers.
Speaking of HOFers, I had one do a cameo appearance on a Jeff Treadway card:
…and I got Bipped… it’s always good to be Bipped.
Here’s the sole cardboard representation of Fernando Salas’ time in a Mets uniform (from 2017 Update):
This DeWayne Buice card has long been one of my favorite cards from 1988 Topps.
In case you didn’t know, Buice was one of the original partners in Upper Deck.
Finally I filled in a bunch of 1980’s and 1990’s needs.
On the whole a very fun and worthwhile repack, even with 80% of the cards going into the bound-for-Goodwill box or the recycling bin.