For me, buying trading cards whether baseball, basketball, wrestling or non- sport is kind of spontaneous thing. I go to the shop and see what catches my eye. Unfortunately every shop near me that sold trading cards went out of business the last couple of years. Buying online is not the same. There are still a few comic book and card shops but they mostly sell trading card games like Magic, Pokemon and Yugioh so that is what I have been buying. But I missed opening baseball cards so I picked up a repack while picking up groceries. This repack has 100 random cards, 1 pack and 1 in 4 chance I get a hit. You can find these repacks everywhere.
My pack was a 2019 Topps Opening Day Baseball. I didn’t get lucky and pull any hits but I did pull a couple of cards for my personal collection. I pulled a fairly obscure Kazuhito Tadano card, a Michael Conforto insert , a Gavin Cecchini Bowman rookie card (I remember seeing him play with the Brooklyn Cyclones) and a Walker Buehler prospects card. There were a few interesting inserts and rookie cards sprinkled in but nothing too exciting.
Fingers crossed for some sort of baseball season this year…
I have to admit I don’t really know the history of O-Pee-Chee baseball cards too well. All in know is they worked closely with Topps and were sort of the brand of baseball cards made for Canada. I am pretty sure I haven’t open an O-Pee-Chee pack before but I do have one now from a repack.
This is a 1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier Baseball pack. It has 7 cards.
I find it interesting that the cards have both English and French on it and I pretty sure it because of a law in Canada. That is pretty much the most interesting thing about these cards. Roger Clemens is the biggest star in the pack and unfortunately it is also the only card damaged when I think the card was cut.
Also I got this 2008 Topps card of Joba Chamberlain in the repack.
I remember when Joba was huge in New York City and then nothing. Is it just me or did Topps pick a really, really weird picture of Joba? The pose is weirdest part and the picture is kind of blurry. I can’t imagine this was the best picture they had of such a superstar like Joba.
Since my local card shop went out of business, the closest place to get trading cards, baseball cards, basketball cards etc is actually Target. So you may have noticed that I have been buying A LOT of repacks. This time around I got a Hot Corner baseball card repack. It has 4 packs and 2 hits. One of the packs is a hobby pack.
Here is what in the box.
My packs are 2013 Panini Pinnacle Hobby, 2017 Topps Baseball Series 2, 2018 Topps Fire and a 2018 Topps Big League. My hits are an autograph of Zeke DeVoss (who I had to look up and he never made it to the majors) and an autographed relic card Carlos Hernandez who had a brief career with the Astros. As you can see the Carlos Hernandez autograph is fading a bit.
I got super lucky and pull a Carson Kelly autograph 47/50 in the Fire pack.
I didn’t pull any big names in this repack but it is still three autographs for only $15. As usual, I honestly was expecting a lot worst.
Some repacks show a bit of what’s inside so you at the very minimum you know what you will get. I saw this baseball collector’s storage cube repack with a Rod Carew card #110/299 and I picked it up. These repacks promises a bunch of stuff. 100 total cards, 2 packs, 4 star cards, 1 hall of fame card, 5 cards (1 from each of the past 5 decades) and a storage cube.
The two packs are a 2018 Topps Baseball Series One and 1988 Donruss Baseball.
As you may expect from baseball card repacks there are A LOT of junky 80’s and 90’s cards. But here are some of the cards I found interesting.
I did get an Ichiro for my PC and a Michael Conforto rookie card that has a slightly bent corner. These repacks are $5 so you can’t expect much from it. Honestly 2 baseball packs and the storage cube is probably worth $5 alone.
I go to Coney Island for the Brooklyn Cyclones once a year for Bark in the Park. You really can’t beat watching a baseball game with your dog. Most years were super hot and humid but this year was actually kind of nice! Anyways this year I got a bunch of souvenirs.
I bought the 2019 Brooklyn Cyclones team set and got a Rocky bobblehead and a Brooklyn Cyclones dog bowl (which my dog is using already). I actually like the design of this year’s cards. I only could find the 2011 team set to compare it with and 2019’s cards are a huge improvement. I can’t even read the font in the 2011 cards. As for the Rocky bobblehead, unfortunately it isn’t the best quality. I had to glue one of his hands back and the paint job is really bad. I heard this was a common problem with this particular bobblehead. But it is a freebie so I guess I can’t complain too much.
Anyways the game was actually a double header and Cyclones won both, the last with a walk off home run!
I saw a new type of baseball cards repack the other day. It is the baseball collector’s storage cube repack and it has a storage cube for cards, 2 packs, 1 rookie card, 1 hall of fame card and 1 card from of past 5 decades and a total of 100 cards.
Without opening the cube, I can see a 2017 Topps Opening Day pack, a Donruss pack from the 80’s, a Rafael Palmeiro card from the Mother’s Cookies set and a stack of junky 80’s and 90’s cards. It was only $5 so I am not expecting much.
I pulled a Tino Martinez rookie card (1990 Leaf), Javy Lopez rookie card (1992 Upper Deck), a Tommy John miscut card and a Miguel Tejada insert. Just out of curiosity I organized the loose cards by decade. 1970’s – 1, 1980’s – 61, 1990’s – 33 and 2010’s – 6. So it is actually missing a card from the 2000’s… Oh and a bunch of the cards curled a bit.
I got some sort of foil variant of Jon Gray from the Opening Day pack and a Tommy John Diamond Kings from the 1988 Donruss pack.
So overall this is about what I expected from this repack and honestly I needed the storage cube.
I got two packs of 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball from a giveaway at a street fair near me. You can’t beat free!
I just pulled a Greg Allen and Brian Anderson rookie card and not much else of note to me. I am actually surprised that an insert isn’t guaranteed in every pack since that is standard in almost hobby pack. Overall I am not sure why both Gypsy Queen and Allen & Ginter have to exist. Allen & Ginter does the retro throwback set much better…
I was surprised to find a selection of baseball cards for sale at Five Below (but admittedly it was a small selection) and I decided to pick up two packs of 2019 Topps Heritage Baseball. Recently I have only been buying repacks so this is very likely my first baseball cards of 2019.
I really like the news flashback insert and the Beatles breaking up is easily my favorite card of the bunch. Other than that there isn’t really much to be excited about. I do like how they photoshop the old school feel of the Topps 1970 set onto the player’s photos though.
On a side note I am kind of surprise to find out Fernando Rodney is still in the majors. I remember using him in baseball video games when I was a kid…
A lot of the times the only baseball cards you can buy from stores like Duane Reade, Rite Aid and CVS are these cheap 100 baseball cards and 1 pack repacks.
The odds vary but they are often advertise at a 1:4 chance of a hit. I buy a lot of these repacks (since it is kind of a throw in after buying other things I need) and I pulled a few game used cards here and there but I never pulled an autograph. Well I got lucky and I pulled this.
It is a Sam Fuld autograph. It is not the biggest name but it is a lot better than what I expect from these cheap repacks. I also pulled a Chien-Ming Wang die cut card for my PC and a Sandy Alomar rookie card.
My pack is a 2018 Topps Opening Day.
And I pulled an Aaron Judge Opening Edition parallel. Not bad! So all in all this is probably the best repack of this kind that I opened!
I am too lazy to make another blog post but I just pulled another autograph from a similar repack!
It is Kaleb Merck, 395/799. Unfortunately he never made it to the majors.
I was going through my bulk baseball cards and these two cards caught my attention.
I am surprised that A) – there was a senior professional baseball league and B) – someone made a baseball card set on it. Sports in general is kind of funny in that it is obsessed with youth. 9/10 times people seems to be more excited about a young prospect over a consistent but not exciting veteran. For example, would you rather have Carmelo Anthony or Markelle Fultz on your team? This is why I am not surprised that the Senior Professional Baseball League failed and in fact it failed half way into the second season. Not good. Both Sid Monge and Derrel Thomas’s wikipedia don’t even mention they played for the Senior Professional Baseball League.