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

Cal Repack, Jr.

During my recent obsession with Fairfield 100 card repacks, I’ve had pretty good luck adding to my wife’s Cal Ripken binder, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Joe Shlabotnik Collection, Inc.

Mrs. S has been a Cal fan since 1983 and enjoys checking out new (to her) cards of Cal, so I seek out inexpensive additions to the collection, plus keep anything that comes my way.

This card was on the front of one of the repacks, and I thought this was the 1992 Leaf card which is missing from the binder, but then I looked at the number on the back and it was “13 of 26”.
1992 Leaf Cal Ripken
I had to do a search to find out that it was a Leaf preview card, and it has a different photo of Cal and Carlos Quintana… check it out:

1992 Leaf #52 - Cal Ripken - Courtesy of

1992 Leaf #52 – Cal Ripken – Courtesy of

I’m going to have to get a copy of the “real” Leaf card; these two will look great together.

Also in that repack, I ran across this 1993 Studio Cal Ripken card. 1993 Studio Cal Ripken
SWEEEEEEEEEEET!!! I love this set, and I really need to get more cards from it. For me, this card was worth a good chunk of the $4 I spent on the repack.

Here’s the back of that card… Ladies and gentlemen, the piercing eye of Cal Ripken, Jr.
1993 Studio Ripken Back

These next two were from different repacks… I added to my 1980’s Topps Glossy insert collection…
1989 All-Star Glossy Cal Ripken

…and got a 1990 Topps Sticker with Cal on the back.  I never bought these stickers the first time around, but one thing that I like about getting them in repacks is that you sometimes get two shots at a player you want with each sticker. I couldn’t tell you without looking what sticker was on the front, but the backing card is Cal, so it’s AAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL good.
1990 Topps Stickers Ripken Back

Pack Animal: Fairfield 100-Card Repack

Last weekend I was jonesing to buy something other than 2012 packs, but the “local” card shop is 25 miles away and the next card show within a 2-hour drive is in… oh, let’s see… April.

I’d read some decent comments about these 100-card repacks, so I figured I’d give it a shot.

I’ve got to say, I was pleased with the surprisingly decent payoff. Don’t get me wrong, this was the biggest “hit” in the repack (and the reason I bought this particular repack):

…but there were a number of cards which I would’ve gladly bought from a dime or quarter box, so I certainly can’t complain.

As you’d expect, there was a fair amount of junk wax, especially late 1980’s Topps and Donruss… but as it worked out, I ended up needing a few of the junk wax cards for sets that I collected at the time, but never quite completed, including The Earl Of Baltimore:

There were also 2-year-old Topps Update cards (also needed)…

…some “premium junk wax”… And I never stop thinking that it was a mistake to put the ‘tail’ underlining the team name in the 1990’s.  I doesn’t register much on the grand scale of uniform mistakes, but it looked wrong then, and it looks wrong now.

I also got a needed “junk insert”.

It sounds stupid, but the inclusion of one sole Topps Total card made me very happy… I’m foolish enough to try to complete the 4-year run of Total (2002 down, 3 more to go), and I don’t run across Total very often in my travels, so it was cool to get a card I wanted, even if it’s just for Juan Castro.

What surprised me most is that I didn’t get many of the “filler sets” that so often clog these repacks, like Upper Deck X or Documentary.

I also got an unopened pack of 1988 Score, another set which I never quite completed. I’ll open this pack in another post.

For the $4 spent, I could’ve bought a pack of Chrowman Bome and gotten absolutely nothing I wanted, or picked up yet another tedious “heroes beating the snot out of other heroes” issue of Marvel’s Avengers. I think I did pretty damn good in terms of entertainment and filling my needs.

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At this point, I’d like to wish a happy Thanksgiving to all; I hope that everybody gets to spend a relaxing and enjoyable day with their family and friends.

…And just be thankful for what you got…