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

Step Right Up And Repack The Mets…

The cards below are ones that I got in recent repacks and which filled needs; No high-number 1972’s, but some decent stuff anyway.

Then-prospect Bobby Jones is rocking a Binghamton Mets cap on this card.  This is “right-handed Bobby Jones”,  not to be confused with “left-handed Bobby Jones” who pitched for the Mets around the same time.  It’s fortuitous that one was a lefty and the other a righty, because I’m sure nobody in an official position wanted to refer to them as “White Bobby Jones” and “Black Bobby Jones”.
1992 UD Minors Bobby Jones
This is “White Bobby Jones”, if you hadn’t figured that out already.

Terry Bross’ shiny windbreaker reminds me of my one attempt to buy an authentic Mets warmup jacket in the 1980’s….
1992 UD Terry Bross
..Well, it wasn’t an attempt, I bought it, and I brought it home. It wasn’t a windbreaker like this one, it was a jacket with elastic cuffs and bottom… and I realized that with my short, slight torso, I looked like a giant satin blueberry. The jacket was returned to the store the next day.

Terry Bross pitched 8 games for the 1991 Mets, 2 games for the 1993 Giants and later pitched for 4 years in Japan. He played baseball and basketball while at St. John’s University.

Whenever I see Davey Johnson, I have two thoughts:
1) Man, I wish he were still the Mets manager.
1) Man, I wish he were still the Orioles manager.
1988 Topps All-Star Glossy Davey Johnson

These repacks are putting a major dent into my All-Star Glossy needs (not that I had any sort of idea of what those needs were before I started getting these repacks…)
1989 Topps All-Star Glossy Darryl Strawberry