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…