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.
I saw a 2014 Panini Golden Age blaster for sale at K-Mart and it was a no brainer. Panini Golden Age follows the Allen & Ginter formula by having an eclectic mix of cards so it seems like a box break would be a lot fun. Here are my pulls.
This was a really good blaster with two hits. Every blaster is guaranteed an exclusive Legends of Music relic card and I pulled Liberace. Weird. I love the fact Joey Ramone got a card in the set and with a little digging I found out I could have pull of relic of his in the same insert set. I was surprised I actually pulled an autograph out of this blaster too. I am not too familiar with Jorge Velasquez career but he seems to have a storied history. The sticker stamps inserts are seem like a neat idea but it not really something I collect.
Finally there seems like a millions different backs for the mini cards. I think the Smith’s Mello- Mint parallel is one of the rarest of the bunch and I got one with Mark Koenig. The rest of the top row are Hindu backs and the bottom rows are Mono backs.
I wished I knew more about Panini Golden Age when it first came out. I like Panini Americana and this set is way better. It looks like Panini actually put some effort in it. All in all, this set is right up my alley and I would definitely pick up more blasters or boxes if I ever come across it.
I recently found one of my old MLB Showdown decks and it brought back a lot good memories. It is the still the best sports themed CCG in my opinion (although to be honest there are not a lot of them nowadays).
Without going too much in detail, you can simulate a full of game of baseball with MLB Showdown by rolling 20 sided dice and by comparing the results to charts to find out the outcomes. There is also a deck of modifier cards to help mitigate some of the luck. One of the best features was there was a fatigue factor as you play from game to game so you can’t use the same starting pitcher all the time and you had to rest players from time to time. Here is my team.
There was a hard cap to build teams so you can’t just play with all the best players. The deck that I found was honestly one of my weaker teams (I am not sure where my other teams are). This team is kind of top heavy with players like Larry Walker, Cliff Floyd and Roy Halladay. It came at the cost though. There are a bunch of below average players like Darren Oliver, Einar Diaz and Geoff Jenkins. They were needed to round out the team and to get under the point limit.
So why did MLB Showdown fail? First off, I remember MLB Showdown was controversial in the fact that foil rare cards came in exactly every X packs so it was very easy to map boxes. Thus if you knew this fact, you would never buy loose packs from an opened box which had to hurt sales. Also MLB Showdown had a weird rule that bench players were worth 1/5 of the points but had to come in the 5th inning or later (if my memory is correct). So tournament decks would have the best baseball players at the time like Mark McGuire and Barry Bonds in the bench that would never happen in the real world. And last but not least, to be honest, this is game was very repetitive. A game can get a little long and I wouldn’t even think about long MLB Showdown tournaments. For me most of the fun actually came from building teams and designing decks.
All in all, MLB Showdown simulated a game of baseball quite well but unfortunately that also meant that it got boring after only one or two plays. But if you love statistics and numbers crunching then you might even like the mechanics. If I can find another deck, I definitely want to give this game another go.
2015 Panini Black Friday is probably my favorite set of the year nowadays (surpassing Allen & Ginter) and this is just a quick post on my pulls. This year I have 8 packs (it wasn’t cheap).
This year’s Black Friday cards are a lot like last year’s cards and I kind of wish they continued to innovate with this set but they still managed to fit in some quirky cards that feel special and perhaps exclusive to this set (eg both football hits). Also the Jung-Ho Kang 364/599 parallel is a nice addition to my PC and I think the JJ Watt card is a cracked ice, 12/25.
Still a thumbs up for me.