I have been visiting my favorite shops across New York City and trying to support them by picking up a few things whenever I can. Next up for me was Compleat Strategist, a board game store in Midtown. This shop was right by where I worked so I used to go there a lot. Anyways I picked up a few things including this pack of DC Comics HeroClix Justice League Unlimited.
I love, love Justice League Unlimited. You just never know which superhero would be featured in the episode. I know basically everything about Batman’s origins but how about the Shining Knight? One group that I was a huge fan of (and I don’t quite know why) is the Seven Soldiers of Victory and they starred in one of my favorite episodes. Thus even though I haven’t really collected Heroclix for quite some time, I wanted to check out this set. There aren’t many products that advertised the Seven Soldiers of Victory on the box!
I pulled a Lex Luther, Jonah Hex, Dr Emil Hamilton and two Wonder Woman figures. I didn’t pull any of the Seven Soldiers of Victory but the Wonder Woman from the future seems like a start of fun team. It is so hard to get a game of Heroclix in especially nowadays but I really want to try to test some of the new figures I got.
All in all from what little I have seen, I am surprised Wizkids didn’t make this set earlier.
Wow a lot has changed since my last blog post. I hope everyone is safe and doing well. It has been a crazy last couple of weeks and I only just got the time to do some organizing. I “found” these Pokemon TCG Sword and Shield promo packs in my bag that my friends got me from Pax East. I have 11 packs total and they have 3 cards each.
I am excited to pull Stonjourner V and it is going straight to my shiny cards binder. I also got a Snorlax and a few other cards to improve my Rillaboom theme deck. I used to play Pokemon TCG a lot but haven’t really played in years. I have been getting back to Pokemon (mostly due to Pokemon Go) and I will have a lot of free time so I guess now is good time to relearn the game.
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.
I am going to Galaxy’s Edge very soon so I have checking out all things Star Wars lately. Movies, cartoons, books etc. So today I have an older pack to open. I have two Topps Star Wars 40th Anniversary rack packs. Topps Star Wars 40th Anniversary came out in 2017 and I guessed I must have overlooked it when it first debuted because I haven’t heard about it until now. It says it is a Target exclusive and it looked interesting when I stumbled upon it. Each pack has 16 cards.
I was hoping to pull a buyback card or a hit but I guess I struck out. I did pull a code for Star Wars Card Trader (but it expired). Still this set is quite interesting. It highlights the history of all the Star Wars movies, books, comics, role playing games, video games etc. I actually learn a thing or two from just the 32 cards I opened. In fact, I discovered a book that combines Star Wars and zombies, Death Troopers and I had to get it. This product is definitely a more exciting break than the Topps movie products. Those sets are so shallow. Cards don’t have the cool tidbits in the backs, all the cards use similar looking promo shots from the movies, no cool inserts, boring card designs etc.
If I come across a hobby box of Topps Star Wars 40th Anniversary, I might be tempted to pick it up. If I don’t, I guess I have to wait for the 50th Anniversary…
I remember not too long ago Star Wars Destiny was super popular and it was impossible to find packs anywhere. Now you can find a ton of these packs in the discount bins. It is crazy how quick trading card games can burn out. Anyways I still like the game a lot (even though I can’t remember that last time I played) so I bought a couple of Star Wars Destiny Convergence packs for real cheap.
I didn’t pull anything too exciting. I did pull a couple of cards that can form a start of a Dengar deck. Could be fun.
I have been rewatching a lot of the old Yu-Gi-Oh anime. I haven’t watched it since I was back in high school (which seems like such a long time ago) and I remember everyone in my group playing the game. Anyways I saw this Yu-Gi-Oh repack and since it was so cheap, $6 it piqued my interest. It has 2 packs, 15 cards, 1 foil card and 1 rare card.
My packs are:
Duelist Pack Dimensional Guardians
It seems that I got lucky and got 2 rare cards, Karate Man and Performapal U Go Golem and 2 foil cards Fire Formation – Yoko and Planckton from the loose cards. I got an Altergeist Hexstia, Spiral Flame Strike, Ritual Beast Ulti- Kimunfalcos and Red Resonator as my pulls from the packs.
I haven’t played Yu-Gi-Oh in years so I don’t which cards are powerful or valuable so I looked it up. It seems like just the Spiral Flame Strike ultra rare is worth anything. Everything else is bulk. But it was still a fun repack to open. A lot of the cards are kind of foreign to me like link and pendulum monsters.
I am on a dangerous path of learning how to play again…
I won this YuGiOh Dark Neostorm special edition pack at a raffle. I don’t really play YuGiOh but I have to admit I am definitely interested it all the changes in the game since I last played. Anyways, this special edition has 3 Dark Neostorm pack and 2 super rare variant cards/ promos.
I looked it up and Mekk- Knight Crusadia Avramax is a secret rare and worth $14. World Legacy Monstrosity is a ultra rare worth $4. Nice!
I have been watching a lot YuGiOh Youtube videos to see what has changed and is this really a kid’s card game anymore (the packaging markets the game as 6+)? There is a ton of reading involved and there are a lot of complex mechanics. I play a ton of card and board games and even then some of the rules and mechanics confuse me.
(I actually won two YuGiOh Dark Neostorm special edition packs and I decided to just open the other one too. I pulled a Dingirsu, The Orcust of the Evening Star, worth about $25 making it one of the most valuable cards in the set. So I got super lucky.)
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 have been looking for these 3 point basketball repacks so I was happy to see them back in stock. It is probably best to keep your expectations low with repacks but this repack is guaranteed 1 autograph card, 1 memorabilia card, 1 hobby pack and 3 other basketball packs for $15.
My packs are:
2010-11 Panini Season Update Hobby
2016-17 Panini Threads
2016-17 Panini Complete
2016-17 Donruss Basketball
My hits are a Vin Baker jersey card and an autograph of Justin Anderson so definitely not the most exciting cards. At least Vin Baker was a Knicks at some point of his career (if I remember right) and Justin Anderson is still in the NBA.
My most exciting pull from the packs has to be a Klay Thompson foil parallel #16/99. The only other cards of note are a few rookie cards and inserts of random players.
Overall not the worst repack I opened. Justin Anderson can still be a good player in NBA.
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…