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Guaranteed Autograph Basketball Repack Break

I was at Target the other day and a box of Leaf Cut Signatures caught me eye. But it was $40 and I have been burned by similar products in the past. So I talked myself out of it and instead I settled on a basketball repack with 4 packs and 1 guaranteed autograph. My four packs were 2 retail packs of 2013-14 Panini NBA Hoops and 2 retail packs of 2013-14 Panini Prizm.

Panini NBA Hoops

Panini Prizm

I basically just pulled a bunch of rookies cards. It seems I never pulled anything good from Prizm packs and I opened a hobby box of NBA Hoops and the cards are still so boring to me. Anyways that leaves the guaranteed autograph

Loren Woods Autograph

and the auto is of Loren Woods. Never heard of him which is never a good sign.

Maybe I should have bought the Leaf Cut Signatures box instead…

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MTG Repack Break: 2 T-shirts and 2 Packs & Brewing with Jeskai Ascendancy

This repack in K-Mart caught my eye the other day and of course, as usual, I just couldn’t resist.

Magic Cards and Tshirt Repack

It has two Magic themed t-shirts and two Magic packs (1 pack of Return to Ravnica & 1 pack of Khans of Tarkir). The two t-shirt are of the Boros guild and of Chandra. I think they are pretty neat and definitely worth it with the repack priced just over $20.

There wasn’t anything of note in my Return to Ravnica pack. I did get a foil Guild Feud (and the rare in the pack was Palisade Giant which is meh). I did pull another Jeskai Ascendancy in my Khans of Tarkir pack. This is one of my favorite cards printed in the last few years. It has so much combo potential and there are just so many ways to build around this card. In fact, it has seen play in Standard, Modern and Legacy. The new set Fate Reforged is going to add a number of sweet cards to the deck but I wanted to share you my Jeskai Ascendancy list that I have been working with.

Creatures:
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Seeker of the Way
4 Raise the Alarm
4 Hordeling Outburst

Burn Spells:
4 Lightning Strike
3 Magma Jet
4 Stoke the Flames (the FNM version of course)
4 Jeskai Charm

Draw and Filtering:
4 Jeskai Ascendancy
3 Treasure Cruise

Lands:
4 Mystic Monastery
4 Temple of Triumph
1 Temple of Enlightenment
2 Mana Confluence
1 Shivan Reef
1 Battlefield Forge
2 Flooded Strand
4 Mountain
2 Plains
1 Island

This is a more aggro version of the Jeskai Ascendancy tokens list with more burn and a lower curve (compared to the stock list). If you get value out of the anthem effect of the Ascendancy that is great but you would be more than happy if you only just get the looting effect so you can draw gas. With Fate Reforged out next week, I am thinking of cutting 4 Monastery Swiftspear and 4 Seeker of the Way for 4 Monastery Mentor and 4 Soulfire Grand Master. The curve would be a bit higher so maybe I would have cut something like a Magma Jet or Jeskai Charm for another land.

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How Much Value Can You Get From a Baseball Card Repack?

It is pretty much common knowledge that repacks aren’t worth it. But what if they are on sale. At what price are repacks worth it? I put that theory to the test. I got this repack for $10.99, 40% off. It has two authentic jersey & card sets and 10 packs. So at 40% off was it worth it?

The ten packs are:

2007 Topps Baseball Series One
2007 Topps Baseball Series Two x2
2008 Topps Baseball Series One
2008 Upper Deck Timeline
2007 Fleer Ultra
2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes
2008 Bowman
2008 Upper Deck Series 2
and of course what repack isn’t complete without a 80’s pack
1988 Donruss Baseball

As you can see 2007 and 2008 probably wasn’t a good year for baseball cards. I see a ton of packs from these years in countless repacks.

Value is kind of subjective and cards almost never go for book value. So value to me is if I am going to keep the card or if I think they are going have any trade value. I have most of the 2007 and 2008 base cards. In fact, I actually have too many base cards from 2007 and 2008 so I really should getting rid of them to free up some space in my room. Here are some of the more “valuable” cards I pulled.

Random Baseball Cards

I overlooked a bunch of boring inserts and rookie cards of bench players, relief pitchers etc. Odds are that I probably have the Kuroda rookie card already and Diamond Kings are really the only 80’s baseball cards I care about because my brother collects them.

Here are bunch of cards I may use as throw ins in trades.

More Random Baseball Cards

For my two card sets I pulled…

Ichiro Roberto Alomar Jersey Card Frames

Ichiro which is going to my PC and it is a nice score for this repack. The other is Roberto Alomar who was a Met at one point but the card is really hard to be excited for.

Oh and this is probably going to throw the calculations off but I did pull an auto.

Bob Fontaine Jr Autograph

It is from the Bowman pack and it is from one of their experiments, baseball scouts autographs. I think it is a little weird and I have no idea what the market is for these cards.

I actually have had some success with pulling hits from repacks. I pulled a couple of relic cards and I remember pulling a pretty sweet Beam Team autograph once. So maybe the odds of pulling an hit isn’t astronomical.

So all in all, repacks aren’t completely worthless. There is some concern that packs are resealed but maybe I am lucky but I never had that problem. With this repack, I did get a stack of cards that probably is just going to take up space but at about a $1 a pack with some random throw- ins it can be a fun cheap break. So my unscientific conclusion is if you can get repacks for 40% off or better or maybe a repack that comes to about a dollar a pack it is worth it.

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3 Point Cube Basketball Repack

I have today a 3 Point Cube basketball repack from the The Fairfield Company. It has 1 basketball pack, 1 rookie card and 1 game used card.

My pack is 2008 Press Pass Basketball and I got

2008 Press Pass Basketball

My rookie card is Jared Dudley from the 2007-08 Press Pass Collectors Series.

Jared Dudley Rookie Card

Finally my game used card is of Zydrunas Ilgauskas aka Big Z from 2006-07 Upper Deck Hardcourt Basketball.

Big Z Game Used

These aren’t the most exciting cards in the world. Candace Parker is probably the most intereting card of the bunch. But with that being said, this repack only rang up for $3 in Target so I really can’t complain. That is less than an average pack of cards nowadays and as the packaging points out you can pull Derrick Rose rookie card. Plus the repack came in a cube which I actually needed for my new Commander deck. Value!

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One More Time… Authentic Jersey/ Baseball Card Frames Repack Break

One of the reasons I have opened a bunch of these authentic jersey/ baseball card frames repacks is I know you can pull a Mickey Mantle. Plus I can usually find these repacks discounted and they are often fun breaks.

So for the hits this time I got

Sammy Sosa Jersey Card Frame

a Sammy Sosa… meh. (Update: Apparently Sammy Sosa is a vampire now…) The other is a

Darryl Strawberry Jersey Card Frame

Darryl Strawberry. Now that is a lot more exciting and it is going to my Mets PC.

The repack has 10 packs and they are:
1988 Donruss Baseball
2007 Topps Baseball Series 2 x2
2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces
2008 Upper Deck Baseball First Edition
2008 Topps Baseball Series 1
2008 Upper Deck Artifacts
2008 Topps Stadium Club
2008 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects
2008 Upper Deck Baseball Series One

It is an interesting mix a packs and honestly they are better than the usual mix of packs in repacks. Here are a bunch of my favorite cards.

Random Baseball Cards

There were a lot of Yankee inserts during those years and I have some of those cards already. Oh and I pull an autograph!

Evan MacLane Autograph

It is Evan MacLane (not Evan MaClane like on the card) Bowman Signs of the Future. What are the odds of that!

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Random Blaster Break: Gems of the Game Baseball Repack Series 3

I was perusing through the discount blasters at K-mart the other day and I picked up this Gems of the Game Baseball Repack Series 3. It is guaranteed 8 baseball packs and 1 graded card. There are some pretty sweet cards advertised on the box but if you opened enough repacks (like I have), you will know those cards are just a pipe dream.

Gems of the Game Baseball

The baseball packs are:
2007 Topps Chrome
2007 Topps Baseball Series 2
2x 2007 Upper Deck Baseball Series One
2007 Fleer Baseball Retail
2006 Fleer Baseball
2008 Topps Opening Day
2008 Topps Baseball Series 1

Here are some of more notable cards.

Games of the Games Baseball Cards

Wow the rookie sensations design sure was ugly. So for the graded card in the box…

Pristine Alex Rodriguez WBC Card

I got a Alex Rodriguez card. Booooooo…. Alex Rodriguez is just about the most hated man in baseball right now especially now that Ryan Braun has been laying low. The card more specifically is from the 2009 Topps World Baseball Classic set and it is graded a perfect 10 by Global Authority. This set has a Yu Darvish card, right? Why couldn’t I get something sweet like that?

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Another Go at a Fairfield Basketball Repack

I decided to have another go with one of these repacks.

Fairfield Basketball repack

It has one guaranteed memorabilia card and three packs. For my three packs I got a 2008 Press Pass Basketball, 2007-08 Topps Basketball and Skybox Inaugural Edition.

My Press Pass Pack:

2008 Press Pass

An interesting pack with Kevin Love’s card standing out. The DeVon Hardin card is a reflectors parallel. The other two packs are honestly not worth mentioning or scanning. I have so many 2007-08 Topps Basketball packs that I pulled most of the cards several times over and the Skybox pack is one of the defining sets of the junk era.

For my memorabilia card…

Carmelo Anthony Mem Card

I actually pulled a pretty sweet one. Carmelo Anthony. I own a Carmelo Anthony autograph but I actually never own a Carmelo Anthony memorabilia card. Plus it is from one of my favorite sets 09-10 Panini Court Kings. Sure it is a memorabilia card of Melo as a Nugget but I’ll take it.

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