A Pretty Great Repack Box

2014 Topps Cliff Lee '89 Remix Mini

After I returned my bike, I planned to just get something cheap to break the fiddy dollar bill I got in return so I could re-deposit half of it.  My first four packs of 2015 Topps weren’t very good though, and the dupes were already starting to pile up.  So I bit the bullet and grabbed pretty much the only other thing of interest to me that Target had: a $20, 20-pack (plus bonus) repack box that was almost completely devoid of junkwax.

Here’s the breakdown:

One 1991 Score

Three 2012 Panini Triple Play

One 2013 Bowman Platinum

Three 2014 Topps Series One 8-card blaster packs

Two 2014 Topps Series One 12-card retail packs

Four 2014 Topps Heritage

One 2014 Topps Heritage Jumbo rack pack (20 cards)

One 2014 Gypsy Queen

Three 2014 Topps Series Two 12-card retail packs

One 2014 Allen & Ginter

Bonus Item- Three loose 2014 Topps MLB Chipz

It sounds like a pretty lame bonus, but it turned out to be significantly better than expected.  Take a looksie, won’t you?

Poker chips are a somehow apt metaphor for pack-bustin'..

Poker chips are a somehow apt metaphor for pack-bustin’..

Turns out that gold-bordered glow-in-the-dark Tulo is actually pretty rare and reasonably valuable.  A run through the very few sold listings had them going for $5-20 a pop (with Jeters in $50 range), depending on the player.  The only two gold borders up for the bidding at the time were a Travis d’Arnaud Gold/Glow-in-the-Dark and Jose Reyes Gold/Blue, which sold for $13.01 and the opening bid of $9.99, respectively.  So this seemingly silly, innocuous bonus item was probably the hit of the box.  But this little repack had more going for it than just the bonus.  Much more, as you will see below.

Every once in a while, the gamble pays off..

Every once in a while, the gamble pays off..

Hit #1!  Yeah, there’s more on the way.

Flagship inserts..

Flagship inserts..

Seein' red..

Seein’ red..

Great name, one of only three Cubs, Bonifacio is #'ed 1282/2014, and Keppinger is 228/2014..

Great name, one of only three Cubs, Bonifacio is #’ed 1282/2014, and Keppinger is 228/2014..

Topps Series One proved much more interesting than Series Two even without the sweet Zack Wheeler relic.  Better inserts, and the Target Red parallels aren’t something I see much of, even if there weren’t any huge stars.  Cosart, JD, and the series dos Hoz aren’t too bad though, and everyone is at least pictured (Cosart became a Marlin at the trade deadline) on teams that should trade easy enough.

GQ..

Princert, Altuve base mini, Cuddyer SP, Choice RC..

GQ was meh, as it usually is.  But I never buy it anymore, so it was nice to find a pack in there.  It’s a meh that tastes a whole lot better when it costs $1 than when it costs $3.

Hanson Top Prospects, Gary Brown base, Richie Shaffer chrome..

Alen Hanson Top Prospects, Gary Brown base, Richie Shaffer chrome..

Bowman Platinum is the shiny version flipside to GQ’s old-timey style pointlessness, but it has been fairly forthcoming with the marginal prospect autographs & such for me, especially in 2012.  I don’t buy at full price anymore either, but it also makes for decent repack filler.

1991 Score

Mercifully, the only junkwax..

 

1991 Score wasn’t terrible, as junkwax goes.  A RC of a solid player who had nice, lengthy career that included a couple monster seasons and a stint with the Cubs & a couple late career Hall-of-Famers is the best you can really hope for in a pack like this.

Heritage base..

Heritage base..

My resemblance to Holmberg is uncanny..

My resemblance to Holmberg is kinda uncanny..

The repack was heavily weighted towards Heritage, which is another product I’d never normally buy on its own, but am quite happy to get in numbers in a repack.  Despite my snarking to liven up the uneventful rack pack in my first post in ages over at APtbNL, that’s probably what ultimately made me decide to keep the repack while I was wandering around Target desperately trying to find something cheaper.  The McCutchen is fantastic.

Heritage inserts/SPs/parallels..

Heritage inserts/SPs/parallels..

Outside of the red Yadi (my only complaint about this box is all the damn Cardinals inserts!), there wasn’t really anything all that special in there.  Just low level inserts & a trio of highly trade-able SPs.  I’d already pulled my hits before I got to them though, so it’s cool.

From the rack pack..

From the rack pack..

Quite possibly my only keeper from the entire box came out of the rack pack, so that helped too.

A&G..

Captain Marvel Jr. insert and Giancarlo base mini..

Finally, main event time.  Allen & Ginter is consistently the best, most fun product Topps puts out every year (though 2014 had some legit competition for once, in the form of Finest and Stadium Club).  I’ve pulled a few hits & some rarer minis & other such nonsense (sea monkey card, flower card, World’s Biggest Mini SP) over the years, but the following, while not all that extraordinary, might still be my best pull to date.  Easily top-3.  Feast your eyes…

Kipnis Everdeen..

Kipnis Everdeen..

This Jason Kipnis is the first auto I’ve pulled out of retail in seven years of buying Allen & Ginter packs & blasters, and it is a beaut.  The funny thing about this outstanding repack box is that I had just started carrying that Prosperity Bean TJ sent in my Nerd Week prize pack that very morning.  Maybe it’s legit, maybe I’m just a superstitious and cowardly lot, I dunno.  I’m mostly just happy to have pulled some nice stuff out of a repack after the disaster that was January’s Greatest Chase repack/turd.

Anyway, that pretty much wraps up this post.  Let me know if anything strikes your fancy, and thanks for stopping by.

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Flea Market Finds #4: Third Binder Page

Hello all.  Tis I… back once again with the third of a dozen binder pages full of goodies (and other things) I picked up from the card guy at the flea market over the past weekend.

2008 topps U&H Josh Hamilton, 2003 Josh Hamilton/Carl Crawford, 2010 topps Cole Hamels, 2007 topps Roy Halladay and Travis Hafner Own the Game, 1994 Post Tony Gwynn, 1979 topps '78 Bears Team Leaders x2, 2003 Bowman Franklin Gutierrez prospect

Why Purchased: The beat up Bears Team Leaders, Future Stars Hamilton/Crawford.

Keepers: At least one of the Bears Team Leaders.

Notes: The Hamilton/Crawford is the actual card, not the Yo Momma version, which I also have in original back form.

Also, the reprint is somehow apparently worth more?  Lolwut?

I like the design on the Post Tony Gwynn a lot.  Who says a promotional product tie-in cards can’t look nice?

Mind-Blowing Statistics: The reprint is worth more… Oh wait, I can do better than that.

James Scott’s 759 receiving yards in 1978 is the third highest single season total posted by a Bear in the 1970s.  Only his previous season’s 809, and Dick Gordon’s 1026 in 1970 are better.  On a related note, I’d like to nominate Bobby Douglass as the worst QB in the HISTORY of the NFL.  Ho.  Lee.  CRAP!  How can you be THAT bad and get significant playing time off & on for an entire decade?!  Yeesh… Andre Ware and Ryan Leaf, eat your hearts out.

(stats via Pro-Football-Reference)

Until we tweet again…

The Great Cardening of 2009 #1: Philadelphia Phillies

It’s time for the first team in The Great Cardening of 2009.  Can you feel the excitement?  The losingest team in professional sports history, but the defending World Series champions, the Philadelphia Phillies!!!!!

We’ll divide ’em up by superstars first.  So Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, and legends like Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton will be in their own categories.  Then we’ll do hits and numbered cards.  Then inserts and finally base, by year on each I guess.  To make it easier to tell where one card ends and another begins, I’ll alternate between regular and italic as well.  Sound good?  We’ll see how it turns out. I’m pretty much doing this on the fly tonight since I forgot to set it up last night, so if you have any suggestions to improve things for later teams, please do leave a comment.

Onward!

Cole Hamels

2008 SP Authentic #49, 2007 Topps Chrome #28, 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes #136, 2008 Upper Deck Goudey #144(x2), 2008 Upper Deck Spectrum #73

Ryan Howard

2008 Allen & Ginter #300, 2005 Donruss Team Heroes #246, 2008 SP Authentic #39, 2007 Topps (NL MVP) #322, 2007 Topps Generation Now #GN32, #GN38, #GN46, 2006 Upper Deck (Team Checklist) #890, 2008 Upper Deck #604, 2009 Upper Deck #290, 2005 All-Star Classics (All-Star Futures) #74, 2007 Upper Deck Future Stars #71, 2008 Upper Deck Spectrum #72, Upper Deck X #76

Jimmy Rollins

2005 Bowman Heritage #144, 2007 Fleer #98, 2006 Sweet Spot #65, 2007 Topps Co-Signers #42, 2008 Upper Deck (Season Highlights) #392(x2), Upper Deck Heroes Black Parallel #134(x2), Upper Deck Goudey #141, 2007 Upper Deck Spectrum #84 (Front is noticeably scratched up), 2008 Upper Deck X #75, 2008 Upper Deck X Die-Cut Parallel #75, 2008 Upper Deck X Xponential X #X-JI, 2008 Upper Deck X Xponential X3 #X3-JR

Chase Utley

2008 SP Authentic #27, 2007 Topps #350, 2007 Topps Generation Now #GN68, 2008 Upper Deck First Edition StarQuest Common SQ-27, 2009 Upper Deck Superstar Scrapbooks #SS-3, 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes #135, 2008 Upper Deck Timeline #10, 2008 Upper Deck X Xponential X2 #X2-CU (miscut a little bit)

Legends

Steve Carlton

1985 Topps #360, 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes #139 and #183 (w/ Johan Santana)

Mike Schmidt

2002 Donruss Donruss ’83 insert #6 of 20, 1986 Topps Major League Leaders #55, 1989 Topps #100

Hits/#’ed

2005 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH287 Kelvin Pichardo First Year Gold Parallel #’ed 1706/2005

2006 Upper Deck Special F/X #414 Ryan Franklin Green Parallel #’ed 40/99 & #743 Green Parallel #’ed 77/99, #745 Sal Fasano Green Parallel #’ed 80/99

Inserts/Parallels

2008 SP Authentic Brad Harman Rookie Exclusives #RE-BH

2007 Topps Chrome Zack Segovia Refractor #323

2006 Upper Deck Special F/X Tom Gordon Blue Parallel #746

I’ve read the blues had a print run of only 25 and I did get the same number of them as red parallels that are #’ed /50 (2 of each) in the box I bought last year while getting way more of the higher numbered greens and purples.  I don’t know for sure though.  Not that it matters much, just thought it was worth mentioning.

Base

1983 Topps Greg Krukow #331, Ozzie Virgil #383, Ivan DeJesus #587

1986 Topps Major League Leaders Juan Samuel #54

1989 Donruss Chris James #312, 1989 Topps Keith Miller #268, Bruce Ruffin #518

1992 Confex The Baseball Enquirer (pretty sure it’s Lenny Dykstra) #37

1993 Leaf Milt Thompson #417

1996 Donruss Darren Daulton #395, 1996 Score Lenny Dykstra #67(x3)

2003 Flair (Woooooooooooo!!!!!) Bobby Abreu #49, 2003 Topps Opening Day Brett Myers #22, Mike Lieberthal #107, 2003 Upper Deck First Pitch Mike Lieberthal #236

2005 Topps Updates & Highlights Greg Golson (Prospect) #UH100

2006 Topps Opening Day Aaron Rowand #24(x2), 2006 Topps Updates & Highlights Scott Mathieson (RC) #UH139, 2006 Topps ’52 Scott Mathieson (RC) #179

2007 Bowman Zack Segovia (RC) #BDP16, 2007 Bowman Chrome Derek Griffith (1st Year) #BC34, 2007 Topps Pat Burrell #441, 2007 Topps Zack Segovia (RC) #323, 2007 Upper Deck Goudey Redback Aaron Rowand #3

2008 Allen & Ginter Pat Burrell #286, 2008 Bowman Chrome Chance Chapman (1st Year) #BCP21, Brad Harman (1st Year) #BCP99, 2008 Topps JD Durbin #18, 2008 Upper Deck Kyle Lohse #193, Brad Lidge #608, Brett Myers #609, Geoff Jenkins #612(x2), Tom Gordon #613, 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Pat Burrell #137(x3), 2008 Upper Deck Goudey Shane Victorino #143

2009 Upper Deck Brett Myers #297(x2)

And we are done!  Hit me up in the comments section if you want some Phillies.

Once the Phils are whittled down by half or more, the Yankee Stadium Legacy cards will be up for the taking, followed by a very ridiculous number of Yankees themselves.