Last Sunday it was superhero day at MCU park in Coney Island (home to the Brooklyn Cyclones) and more importantly it was also bark in the park so I got to bring my dog out to the ballpark too!
There were two promo items for the day. The first is this awesome picture frame and I found a picture of my dog that fits perfectly!
Second is this Black Panther Bobblehead. I have a shelf of bobbleheads and this is going to be a great addition.
Brooklyn Cyclones games are always a ton of fun. They even got the actor who played King T’chaka to throw the first pitch. Honestly given the price, the creative promotions they run and the fact the stadium is in Coney Island I more often than not perfer to go see a Brooklyn Cyclones game over a New York Mets game. I am just sad I have to miss Legends of the Hidden Temple night…
In addition to the three point basketball cards repack, I also got this WWE wrestling figures and cards mystery box. According to the box, it has 15 wrestling figures, 3 wrestling figure lockers, 2 wrestling card packs, 1 bench and 1 chair. This of course makes no sense so I had to buy it.
In the box there was 6 packs of Teenymates WWE Superstars series 2, a Teenymates locker room set and 2 packs of 2004 Topps Road to Wrestlemania.
First off the cards. Road to Wrestlemania is still not one of my favorite wrestling sets. The cards are ugly and super random. For example do we really need a card on Brodus Clay turning on Tensai? All these cards are basically just bulk.
So now I have a bunch of Teenymates WWE figures. I pulled two rare figures though Sgt. Slaughter 1:32 and a glow in the dark Finn Balor 1:56. One figure that drew my attention was Sasha Banks because the art style Teenymates goes for does not work for her. I don’t really have room to display the Teenymates even with the locker room setup but I wonder if I can design a little game around these figures. They could make interesting minis…
It is hard to be excited about basketball when the team you root for is the New York Knicks… I am kind of stats guy and I think a lot of the time I find the NBA draft and offseason more entertaining than the actual NBA season. And this offseason was crazy to say the least. Of course the Knicks didn’t do anything of note but the Warriors keep getting stronger and the Lakers are either going to be very good or they are going to be really dysfunctional. Anyways with that in mind, I was getting the itch to open some packs again and I picked up this three point basketball repack. It has one guaranteed autograph, one memorabilia card and four packs (one of them being a hobby pack.)
The four packs were 2015-16 Donruss Basketball, 2016-17 Donruss Basketball, 2016- 17 Panini Complete Basketball and Upper Deck Kansas Basketball hobby pack. Here are all the interesting cards including the hits I got from the repack.
I usually have low expectations for repacks but even then these pulls are pretty bad. My autograph is of Brooks Thompson who I actually had to look up on wikipedia and my memorabilia cards is of Demetrius Jackson who I also had to look up. At least Brooks Thompson played for the Knicks for 17 games. His autograph is numbered out of 7,750 cards. I can’t imagine signing that many cards! One cool thing about this particular card is it is 2,222/ 7,750. The best card of the bunch is probably the most eye catching one, the Richard Jefferson prism parallel of some sort. The last thing I want to add is that the Upper Deck Kansas cards are really, really ugly. That blue fabric background and the giant KANSAS text does not work. I think most would agree that Upper Deck during the last few years have really been phoning it in.
MLB had a stand in a street fair in my neighborhood and they had packs of 2017 Bowman Baseball. I picked up a single pack and I was quite lucky!
It is not everyday that you pick up a single pack and it has autograph!
Is it just me? I kind of like buying those baseball cards repacks with a ton of bulk cards just because I like sorting cards. I would go through the cards a couple of times and put them in various piles. Perhaps there is one pile of cards to just throw away, one pile of cards to keep for futures trades and one pile of cards that piqued my interest (probably less than 1% of the cards). You just never you what you can find and I have found some quirky cards in the past that I wouldn’t have otherwise come across. Here are some interesting rookies cards and inserts I found in my most recent repack.
I like how Livan Hernandez’s rookie card is so blue and I like how Roy Oswalt looks pretty much the same in his rookie card compared to ones from further down his career. One card that immediately drew my attention was the Andrew Jones SPX card. Upper Deck used to make some really nice looking cards. I also pulled a Junichi Tazawa card I needed for my collection and I am too lazy to pull that card out.
If you are curious here are the rest of the cards which I deemed as bulk. To be honest I am very picky with what I keep. I recently cleared out my bulk cards and I don’t want it to pile up again.
There really is a wide range of cards in repacks and they usually don’t cost that much. Sure you never going to pulling anything really valuable but you just can’t get this kind of diversity in a regular pack of cards.
The 1990’s was sort of boom for baseball cards and there were are all sorts of companies trying to stand out from the rest which mean some interesting gimmicks. I was sorting through some of my bulk baseball cards that I have gotten from various sources (but a lot from repacks) and I came across some of these interesting 1990’s baseball card gimmicks.
The first gimmick comes from 1992 Leaf Triple Play.
It is a little mini game where you scratch out little blocks to see the result of an at bat. It is probably a lot of fun and I wouldn’t mind if they brought back this gimmick today. The problem of course is that you can only play this once which brings us to 1995 Topps Bazooka.
1995 Topps Bazooka cards look normal in the front but had another little baseball game in the back. Each pack came with a piece of Bazooka gum, rules for the game and a spinner. As you can probably guess you put the spinner on the back of the baseball card and spin it to see the result of the at bat. You can even play this game with your friend to see who get the gum. I am going to be 100% honest. I don’t have the full rules of the game but it is very intriguing to me. I am so tempted to buy a box of these cards to explore this further.
Finally the internet was a huge thing in the 90’s which led to 1998 Pacific Online baseball card set.
Why try and fit all the stats on the back of the baseball card when you can just share the URL of the baseball players profile page and you can have all the stats you can ever hope for! Unfortunately the URL is just sort of display across the top of the baseball card in probably the most unflattering way possible. But if I read it correctly 1998 Pacific Online as had web cards with codes for the Pacific website which gave you a chance to win prizes. I am not sure if they were first to do something like this but they were still way ahead of their time as Topps does this all the time nowadays.
The USA Olympic curling team is the ultimate underdog story and it is hard not to root for them. I was actually curious about curling a few Winter Olympics ago and I always look out for it during Winter Olympics broadcast. I would also have at least tried to play it if there was a curling rink nearby. It seems like a ton of fun and it is my kind of game. Anyways I found out about a last minute meet and greet with the USA Olympic curling team and I just had go.
As you can see the event was sponsored by Cheetos. I am very excited that my schedule worked out so that I can attend the event.
I hope the inevitable feel good sports movie about this curling team will be awesome! Maybe in the same class as Cool Runnings!