Box Cards (Collectible Of Sorts)

While poking around COMC on Black Friday weekend, I stumbled across some Mets-related box cards… You know, the cards that Topps, Fleer and Donruss used to put on the bottom and sides of wax boxes.

This Howard Johnson card is, of course, from a 1988 Topps box.
1988 Topps Box Cards Howard Johnson

I probably overpaid to get these, but when shopping on COMC I always try to factor in the convenience… I don’t mind paying a little extra for the fact that the cards are easy to find and easy to obtain once I’ve found them.

I also got this 1986 Dwight Gooden box card…
1986 Topps Box Cards Dwight Gooden
…and later I realized I already had this card, only I have it in panel form. At least this way I’ve got one to put in my mid-1980’s Mets binder as well as keeping the original one in box-bottom form.

1986 Topps box cards E-H

Hmmm… I feel like this post needs something more.  How about a 2002 Upper Deck Minor League card of Jose Reyes which shows him in a Binghamton Mets uniform, features the Binghamton Mets logo at the bottom left, says “Binghamton” in silver foil, lists the minor league level as “AA”, which is the classification of the Binghamton Mets and at the very bottom the card says “St. Lucie Mets”.

2002 UD Minor League Jose Reyes

I’ve got a semi-obscure reference in the subject line, and I’ll wrap it up with another semi-obscure reference:

“He was born in Liverpool, attended school in Liverpool, was even married in Liverpool, and his football team is, of course, Everton.”

Maybe If I Buy Enough Repacks…

…I’ll complete every Topps, Donruss, Score and Fleer set from 1986 to 1991.

I don’t buy repacks for the junk wax, and I really wouldn’t want to complete 1989 Fleer… but as long as I’m swimming in junk wax, I enjoy finding out which ones actually fill a need.

Even if they don’t fill a need, they serve an indirect purpose in that any junk wax cards which come my way and are not needed get put out of everybody’s misery… into the recycling bin they go, never to be repacked again.

Here’s a rundown of the recent repack progress I’ve made…

1986 Topps

1986 Topps Al Nipper
1 down, 9 to go. I should really try to finish this set off, once and for all…

1987 Topps

1987 Topps Don Mattingly
1 down, 44 to go. I get so many of these cards in repacks, and I’ve got an unopened cello pack sitting on a table in the other room… I wonder if I can complete this set without really trying?

1990 Topps

1990 Topps Bob Rodgers
1 down, 78 to go. Yeah, I’ve got a bit further to go for this one, but it’s not a set which has aged well so I’m in no rush.

These days, the typical reason for me buying a repack is because I’m having a less-than-fun day at work, so I run out during lunch to distract myself with $4 of entertainment. It’s gotten to the point where I even keep a cheap pair of scissors in my card just so I can extract the cards from that hard plastic case. I used to use the knife part of a multifunction tool I keep in the glove box, but after I almost impaled my thumb I decided that I’d just keep my utility scissors in my car instead of in my rarely-used toolbox.

Although I’m not keeping track in the same way, I’m also making tremendous progress on my “All-Star Glossies” sets.

1988 Topps All-Star Glossy Dave Winfield

Thanks to those commercials where Kerry Wood pulls random items out of the Wrigley Field ivy, including Andre Dawson, I can’t look at a card like this without imagining The Hawk asking “What year is it?”
1991 Topps All-Star Glossy Andre Dawson

Cards I Got From “Diamond Giveaway”… OK, So I’m A Little Behind…

I didn’t know what to write about today, I wasn’t feelin’ the posts I had in my Drafts folder, so I went poking around my unused scans… and that’s when I found images of these cards I’d redeemed from Topps “Diamond Giveaway” promotion back in early 2012.

…And I said “Ah, what the hell.”

Rule #1 with Diamond Giveaway was always “Fill the oldest need possible”, but not everybody was willing to trade their 1963 Duke Snider for my 1991 Milt Thompson. So, Rule #2 was “work towards completing sets which I’m reasonably close to completing”. In this case, I turned a 1983 Bruce Hurst (which I already had) into this Winfield. Naturally, a recent Fairfield repack I got had this card in it… But how was I to know that in 2011?
1986 Topps Dave Winfield
I don’t know why, but I think I appreciate Dave Winfield more now than when he was active… Maybe because as an all-around athlete (drafted in three sports!) he just looks good on a card.

I’m not a fan of the Cardinals or Alex Johnson, but this is easily the best card I got from Diamond Giveaway, and many others agreed with me – I got far more trade offers for this card than for any other.
1967 Topps Alex Johnson
I’m not even 100% sure about what it is that I find appealing, I just know that I look at it and think “Now that’s a baseball card!”

This is “Action” only in the sense that takes place during a game. Doesn’t matter to me, I’m not one to turn down some free-but-not-really-free 1972’s!
1972 Topps George Mitterwald

1980 Topps was another set I worked towards through Diamond Giveaway. I’ve got 99.85% of the 1973 set, complete sets from 1974 to 1978 and again in 1981, and I feel like I should have complete sets from 1979 and 1980 as well. Maybe I should bump up the priority on those two. Like Dave Winfield, 1980 Topps has also grown on me over the years. At the time I thought it was a little too much like a reworked 1974 design, but I think I’ve grown to appreciate it on its own.
1980 Topps Jimmy Sexton
I like Sexton’s belligerent expression in this card. He’s either trying to look bad-ass or he’s angry because he doesn’t like to do Standard Baseball Card Pose #27. “There, I’m doing your stupid pose. Are ya happy? Huh? Are ya?”

I’ve got plenty more Diamond Giveaway cards to share… Maybe they’ll surface on another uninspired Saturday.