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.
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.
This is the weirdest basketball repack I ever came across.
For only $12.99, I got a lot. In this repack, I got a 2011 All Star Game floor piece (with what I guess is the Certificate of Authenticity), a rookie card of Keven Durant, a memorabilia card of Tyson Chandler, a mini jersey of Dwight Howard (only 1 in 4 boxes has one), a pack of Teeny Mates, two packs of 2014-15 Panini Prizm and one pack of Skybox Series II.
I didn’t pull anything that interesting in the packs. Just a Chandler Parsons parallel.
To me the All Star Game floor piece is worth the price alone. Everything else is just gravy.
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.
So I was back in the bargain bin and I found this blaster of 2012- 13 Panini Prestige Basketball. Cutting to the chase, I pulled a Russell Westbrook jersey card!
Not bad. The rest of the cards in the blaster is just base cards and an insert here and there.
The only other card of note is probably the Klay Thompson rookie card. I can’t be too disappointed with the pulls though especially I got this blaster for sale.
My scanner is failing me again so this is going to be a quick post. This is a pretty sick pack of 2015-16 Panini Prestige that I got in Target…
That is a Klay Thompson Freshman Flashback Jumbo memorabilia card which is an exclusive of some sort. I also pulled my first Kristaps Porzingis rookie card. Porzingis seems to be the steal of the draft and it is so weird because it is so rare for the Knicks to catch a break…
I also pulled a Frank Kaminsky acetate rookie card, a Trey Lyles rookie card and Timofey Mozgov, Henry Sims, Hassan Whiteside, Norris Cole, Jrue Holiday and Terrence Ross base cards.
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.