Is It Twue What They Say About These Wepacks? Oh, It’s Twue! IT’S TWUE!

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.

The Latest Style In Repacks! (Now Available At Target)

On Friday, I had a less-than-stellar day at work and some shopping to do at Target on the way home, so I figured I’d make my life a little bit more enjoyable by getting some cards.  I thought about getting one of those 100 card repacks that come in the hard plastic case, but I wasn’t sure they’d have any.  I don’t know about the Targets everywhere else, but the ones by me seemed to be phasing those out.

Sure enough, the $3.99 hard plastic repacks have been replaced by the $4.99 cardboard box repacks.
Fairfield Repack From Taget - 8-28-15

I’d bought one of these before at a Walgreen’s and wasn’t displeased with what I got, so i figured I’d go for it.  Unlike the old 100 card repacks, you can only see the one card on top, and you don’t even see the entire card.  All of the repacks they had showed a Panini Prizm parallel on the top, but which player and which “BASEBALL CLUB” (because it’s Panini) were covered up, so I went with the guy in the blue uniform on the off chance that he’d be a Mets prospect I didn’t know by sight.

The box says “1:4 CONTAIN A HIT!”  I’m not sure what their definition of a “hit” is, but I did OK by myself.  There’s a surprising amount of value in this repack… Not enough to finance that Mike Schmidt rookie I need to complete my 1973 set, but there are more than a couple of cards I could conceivably sell on COMC… And that’s not bad for a repack.

Naturally, I also got a lot of junk wax… I would guess about 30 of the cards I got went into the recycling.  I also got some cards that were needed, but not worth scanning and sharing.  But I figured the rest would be of interest, so here we are.

For starters, I got a 2015 Topps Series 1 Kevin Kiermaier… This isn’t an example of the value, but more of an indication of when this repack was put together (hint: It was sometime this year).
2015 Topps Kevin Kiermaier

This is probably the coolest card I got out of the pack. This is a 1990 Collegiate Collection Arizona State card of former Met, Ranger and Mariner Lenny Randle.
1990 Collegiate Collection ASU Lenny Randle
It’s an oddball, it’s an oddball of a player I want an oddball of, and it’s an oddball I wouldn’t normally think of looking for. Sounds like a winner to me.

This next card is a 1993 Topps Gold of Gary Gaetti, but I like it because it features a favorite former Met of mine, catcher Junior Ortiz.
1993 Topps Gold Gary Gaetti
I believe this play happened on May 2, 1992. There were only three games in Cleveland in 1992 where both Gaetti and Ortiz played.  Gaetti scored no runs in those three games, but was out at the plate in the May 2nd game: Junior Felix leads off the top of the 4th with a single, Hubie Brooks (Mets alumni #2) grounds out, advancing Felix to second. Gaetti singles, Felix scores and Gaetti advances to second on the throw. Mike Fitzgerald (Mets alumni #3) singles to center, Gaetti tries to score but is thrown out Kenny Lofton to Carlos Baerga (Mets alumni #4) to Ortiz.

Like the Lenny Randle card, this one also surprised me…
1994 OPC Steve Finley_0001
If you don’t recognize it, it’s a 1994 O-Pee-Chee baseball, the last baseball set they made.  As 1990’s sets go, this one is relatively rare.  Not a card I’d seek out, and not a player or team I’d collect, but it’s cool enough that I’m hanging on to it… for now, anyway.

I forgot that Joe Maddon went far enough back with the Rays that he wore the green unis.
2006 UD Joe Maddon
At one point, I thought that these unis were OK. I don’t feel that way anymore. I appreciate the different color, but they’re just another in a line of uninspired Rays uniforms. The current batch would be a lot better if they’d just add a bit of color… Maybe a yellow bill on the cap, or something.

2012 Topps Chrome Orange parallel of Cole Hamels. Again, not a financial windfall, but still pretty decent.
2012 Topps Chrome Orange Cole Hamels

This is the card from the top of the box: A shiny shiny red parallel from the 2013 Panini Prizm set.
2013 Panini Prizm Nick Tepesch
Nick Tepesch is a Rangers pitcher who’s missed all of this season so far. This doesn’t look like anything more than a common parallel, but it’s not bad looking and still more interesting than, say, a 1988 Donruss Tommy Gregg.

A cool insert featuring Tim Raines;  this is from 2014 Topps.
2014 Topps Breakout Moments Tim Raines
It’s funny how enjoyable it has become to pull anything related to the Expos. Will we be saying the same thing about the Rays someday, or does some of it have to do with the general feeling that Montreal got screwed?

This last card might be what Fairfield considered a “hit”.
2015 Heritage Jeff Samardzija
At first, I was thinking “Oh, look a 2015 Heritage card”, until I habitually flipped it over, looked at the card number and saw that it’s #492 — “Holy cow, it’s a short print!”  Most of the other cards I pulled could conceivably have value;  this one definitely does… Maybe not a lot, but it’s probably a not-insignificant chunk of the $5.

Between all of these cards, I figure I probably got a reasonable return for my money, even before you factor in the “I’ve had a poopy day and I need some cards” motivation behind it… And, as usual, I have done a lot worse.  As long as have bad days, I’m going to need a cardboard fix, and since there are no dime or quarter boxes anywhere near where I live, repacks are as much random fun as I’m going to get without a road trip or the internet being involved.

I Went To Walgreens, Got A Dalek And A Repack

While shopping for drugstore-type stuff at Walgreens last week, I wandered over to the “Toys/Games” aisle to see if they had any interesting repacks. My attention was initially grabbed by a Walking Dead figure – I somehow missed the fact that Glenn’s last name is “Rhee”, but there it is on his action figure’s package.  It’s a bit questionable to have Walking Dead figures in the same aisle as the Hot Wheels and cheapie board games… but at least they had the Walking Dead stuff up at the top.

After looking at the little plastic Glenn, my eye wandered off to the next hook to the left where they had some Doctor Who toys.
Dalek Packaging
And I got majorly weirded out by this.

Now you have to understand, I started watching Doctor Who on PBS in the late 1970’s, back when The Doctor was this guy:
2012 Topps Doctor Who Alien Attax 50 Years Fourth Doctor
Doctor Who was Science Fiction AND it was British. When I was in high school, those were two great tastes that taste great together.  I even remember the 1975 episode that the Dalek packaging says this particular Dalek is from.

At the time you couldn’t find anything that even had the words “Doctor Who” on it unless you went to a con or a place like Forbidden Planet, a nerd utopia store in NYC.  I was beside myself to pick up a couple of Doctor Who paperbacks at Forbidden Planet in the early 1980’s… The idea of Doctor Who becoming mainstream enough that I could walk into a Walgreens and buying a Dalek or a Sonic Screwdriver would’ve made my teenage mind implode.

Getting back to the general point of this post, I walked out of Walgreens with both a repack and a Dalek.
Dalek and Repack
WE ARE THE SUPERIOR COLLECTIBLE!

By the way, should any of you buy a Dalek you’ll want to be careful when removing it from the packaging. I wasn’t exactly reckless when I pulled this one out, but damn if I didn’t snap off the melon-farming eyestalk in the process. You can see in the photo above that I’ve got the stalk precariously inserted into an opening up top.  I’m thinking I should’ve cut it out of the plastic rather than trying to pull it out.

And one last thing before I get into the repack… When the nominations for next year’s Bip Awards rolls around, should there be a category for “Best Diorama”, I expect to be nominated. Is that clear? OK, good.

So this was one of those $5 repacks that comes in a cardboard hanger box, not the $4 clamshell repacks that one gets at Target. Was it worth the extra $1? Let’s find out…

Right off the bat, I got “Bipped” with three cards of Steve “Psycho” Lyons from the 1989 Bowman set.
1989 Bowman Psycho-bipped
Psycho Bipper… Qu’est-ce que c’est? Fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa…

This card looks fairly uninteresting, but it’s foil-free and the number on the back is “AL-15”.
2014 Topps AL All-Star Team Set Miguel Cabrera
I’m pretty sure it’s from one of of those retail team sets featuring an All-Star roster… For me, the significance is that it’s most likely going off to COMC at some point. I might make a tidy $0.15 profit off this baby. Woohoo!

I got a 1993 Leaf Mickey Morandini, and since it’s a 1993 Leaf that means that the back is the front as far as I’m concerned.
1993 Leaf Mickey Morandini back

This 1993 Stadium Club card shows Wade Boggs in a moment of deep thought, trying to remember just where it was that he’d left his mustache the night before.
1993 Stadium Club Wade Boggs
“I asked them to look in the medicine cabinet ’cause for some reason I leave it there sometimes… but not this time…”

There’s this lovely 1993 Studio Carlos Baerga. They could fill these things with Studio, and I’d be a happy man. I really should’ve bought more Studio cards back in the 1990’s.
1993 Studio Carlos Baerga

I got a decent number of cards which are instant candidates for my almost-complete 1994 Binder.
1994 cards for binder #1
I really like that Matt Brunson card; even though he fails the previously established “Bowman Rule” (guys who never made the Majors are the first to get left out), I’m going to find a place for this card.

I got a couple of 1994 Topps Laser cards, which have the design presumably cut away using high-tech lasers.
1996 Topps Laser Chili Davis
Perhaps it was a Dalek laser which did this…
1996 Topps Laser Ray Durham

I’ll wrap this up with what’s probably the biggest “hit” in the box… It’s a 1998 Pacific Invincible silver parallel of Hall Of Famer Dennis Eckersley. Aside from the fact that it’s positively slathered in foil, the little inset photo is actually translucent acetate, and is echoed on the back (with the cap logo removed).
1998 Pacific Invincible Silver Dennis Eckersley
Here’s the back of the same card. See how you’ve got the mirror-image portrait of Eck? Isn’t that just spiffily doodle?
1998 Pacific Invicible Silver Dennis Eckersley back

From a very small sample – this $5 repack and another – it does seem like you get some slightly better cards than in the $4 clamshell repacks… But I don’t know if it’s an extra dollar’s worth, especially since you only see one of the cards  you get in the $5 repack.  I guess the jury’s still out on this.

Does anybody have any opinions on merits of the different kinds of repacks (other than “I never touch the things at all”)?   Is anybody going to run out and check out their drug store for Doctor Who merchandise?

Joe Bought A Repack, And The Most Interesting Card He Got Was “Blank”…

The subject line should be read in the voice of the late Gene Rayburn, host of “Match Game”, the greatest game show the 1970’s had to offer.

The other morning I was feeling a little down… I’m not even sure why, but I just felt a bit dejected. Nobody was around at lunch, so I ate my sandwich and read a magazine.

Bleah.

That wasn’t working for me and since it was nice outside, I figured maybe I should go for a walk.

Bleah.

So what else was there to do? I drove over to the nearby Target and bought a repack.

Plenty of junk wax, of course. Only one Topps All-Star Glossy…
1989 Topps Glossy Gary Carter
…but if I’m only going to get one, at least it’s Gary Carter as a Met, and a card I needed.

I also got an Oriole knocked off of my very, very large wantlist:
1992 Upper Deck Gregg Olson

I got an autograph! Yay!
2005 Donruss Champions Autograph
This is the second autograph I’ve pulled from a repack in the past couple of months… Neither one was anybody I’m interested in, but I’ll take a signed card over another 1989 Fleer card any day.

As I was thumbing through all the junk wax, I ran across this:
Blank Cardboard #1

A blank piece of cardboard? WTF?

Then I turned it over…
Blank Cardboard #2

EXCELLENT!  A blank-front Dodgers Leaders card! Somebody in Q/A was snoozing on that day in 1989. This one’s definitely going in my 1989 binder!


I had been hoping for a Pirates/A’s World Series, but now my best-case scenario is Cardinals/Tigers… and to be honest, at this point I’m just hoping I don’t have to see the Red Sox & Dodgers, the matchup I least wanted to see.

Fox says they’d like to get they two biggest markets left, Boston vs. Los Angeles.

…or maybe Fox says “Ring-ding-ding-ding-ding-a-ding-a-ding…”

Repack Review: Fairfield Super Value Baseball Hall Of Fame Box

I got this repack box at a Five Below store; for those who don’t have a Five Below near them, they’re a discount store aimed at those who aren’t of legal drinking age (not that drinking has anything to do with it).

Fairfield Hall Of Fame Box

This is apparently one of those images that WordPress insists on making “landscape”…

For $4.99 I got 100 loose cards and 4 unopened packs: a rack of 1989 Topps, and wax of 1990 Donruss, 2007 Fleer Ultra and 2012 Opening Day. 1989 Topps is the only set out of the 4 that I have any interest in, so I don’t view the packs as any big whoop.

I was promised 5 Hall Of Famers in my box.  The good news is that I actually got 9… the bad news was that, as I expected, they were all junk wax HOFers.  Check ’em out:

HOFers from Fairfield Box 6-28-13

For the record, I could’ve gotten a similar box that features 5 rookies, but I figured I’d rather get junk HOFers than never-were rookies.  Fortunately for me, I needed the 87T Gwynn and the 88D Schmidt, as well as the Sandberg and Boggs glossies.

I have to say, the cards in this repack seemed a bit “junkier” than the ones that come in the hard plastic hanger case… It’s almost all junk wax with very few of the oddballs that I like;  no Cap’n Crunch or MLB Showdown or Duracell or Kmart or Star or TriStar Prospect Premieres or anything like that.  The oddest I got were a 1994 Pacific Tino Martinez and a handful of Topps glossy All-Stars.  The oldest cards I got were several 1982 Donruss (but I at least needed a couple of them).  The newest cards I got (other than the 2012 Opening Day pack) were some 2010 Topps.

This was a pretty “Bippy” repack;  I got three 1989 Fleer Jack McDowells, three 1990 Topps Omar Vizquels, and doubles of a few other cards, including the HOFers (as you can see in the image above).

What’s funny is that the 1989 Topps rack pack had a second Mike Schmidt card in it, plus an Ozzie Smith… So that’s more HOFers and more Bipping (if unintentional).

Just for funsies, I’ve decided to document how much each repack has helped me with the Junk Wax Era sets I’m trying to complete.  Here’s what I got from this one:
1982 Donruss: Added 3 to my collection, now need 159
1987 Topps:  Added 2, now need 48
1989 Topps: Didn’t need anything from the rack pack, still need 26.

This box was nowhere near as fun as the 100-card plastic case repacks I’ve been getting in recent months, and, to be frank, it’s more like what I’d expected repacks to be before I started opening them.

I’m giving this box a rating of “Unimpressed ERA Leaders”.

1972 Topps 1971 NL ERA Leaders

This image is part of my rating system, I did NOT get this card in the repack.