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.
I hate those baseball card puzzles that require you to collect 9 (sometimes more) cards because I just know I will never finish them and it kind of bothers me… Here is a puzzle of Ichiro from 2012 Panini Triple Play that is only 1/3 finished.
And here is a leg from an Ichiro puzzle from 2008 Topps Opening Day. This puzzle has 28 pieces!!!
Most cards you pull from repacks aren’t even worth a second look but from time to time you can can pull some interesting cards that you probably wouldn’t come across elsewhere. So here are a bunch of interesting cards I pulled from repacks in recent weeks. I guess this can show you the wide range of cards you can get.
And yes you can pull some hits from repacks from time to time and here are two I got.
I had some luck with repacks in the past so I gave it another shot. This Spring Fever baseball cards repack has 10 packs and 1 “special” bonus card.
The special cards included in these repacks seems to be of Beckett Baseball covers. It is two sided and the one I pulled has the Cubs winning the World Series on one side and the Indians on the other. It is numbered 1739 of 1908 and it also miscut.
The packs in this box are:
2006 Topps Baseball Series 2 Hobby Edition
Leaf Babe Ruth Collection
Panini Triple Play
2x 2015 Topps Opening Day
2006 Fleer Ultra Hobby
1989 Score Major League Baseball
2013 Panini Golden Age
2x 2010 Topps Baseball Update Series Hobby
My favorite pack of the bunch has to be Panini Golden Age. It is Panini’s take on Allen & Ginter and any time I pull a Three Stooges card out of pack it is a win. Finally do you remember the Topps Million Card Giveaway?
That was a lot of fun and I got some interesting cards out of that.
This is a pure impulse buy. It is a repack with 100 baseball cards and 1 pack. I haven’t opened much baseball (or basketball) cards lately and I pretty much got it with just my reward points…
First the pack, a 2012 Panini Triple Play.
I like the art style and there is a bit of trivia, puzzles and a sticker in the pack. Here is a trivia question from one of the cards: Which pitchers had 200 K’s each year from 2008-11? Panini definitely did a great job hiding the fact they can’t use team logos and I get to add the Ichiro puzzle piece to my collection. I never heard of Triple Play before this but I give it a thumbs up as it is a fun pack of cards to open.
As expected the 100 baseball cards in the repack is mostly bulk. But there is a few cards that peaked my interest.
First off country music star Dan Seals sneaked his way in the repack.
This a Bobby Valentine card from the Mother’s Cookies set.
This is my favorite card. It is some sort of Astros versus Dodgers scratch off game. I wish Topps and Panini could do more stuff like this.
Here are a bunch of other interesting cards offered without comment.
It is just me or are there a lot less repacks out there nowadays? I wonder if the supply of bulk cards and bulk packs are finally drying up.