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Pack Break: 2 1984 Topps packs

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

So, later today my son and I are going to our first Golden State Warriors game together and I knew my son was excited when he woke up this morning asking to go to the card shop.

Turns out he not only was thinking about the game all night, but he also was thinking about Panini Optic basketball, since I had explained to him yesterday that the product came out this week.

“Daddy, can we do go the card shop today?” he asked not less than five minutes after waking up. Uh, yeah. You know I’m always down for an LCS run.

So we went and he grabbed a retail Value Pack featuring three retail packs and one of the retail exclusive packs. I didn’t have anything in my hands and wasn’t going to buy anything until I realized the LCS had packs of 1984 Topps behind the counter at $3.50 per pack. I wouldn’t know if the price was high, but I figured that two packs of that would likely be more enjoyable than buying something else I didn’t want. Besides, I’d never opened these before.

The Don Mattingly rookie card is the one to own in this set, and they are not overly expensive. But the nostalgia of opening a pack 35 years old and not breaking the bank to do so sounded well worth the $7. Also, my son recognized that these original 1984s were the set upon which the 2019 Topps anniversary silver pack and insert cards were based.

So, without further adieu, here are the results. These contain 15 cards, one contest card, and one piece of gum.

Pack One: Doug Bird, Alredo Griffin, Rick Sutcliffe, Scott McGregor,Ken Oberkfell, Onix Concepcion, Tigers Team Leaders, Bob Gibson (rookie card), Rick Miller, Dickie Noles, Rich Hebner, Don Slaught, Ryne Sandberg (second year), Bob Shirley, and Harry Spillman.

Pack Two: Rick Sweet, Checklist #1, Luis Sanchez, Mike Proly, Mike LaCoss, Bob James, Andy Hassler, Dave LaPoint, Dave Lopes, Hal McRae, Jerry Remy, Jerry Martin, Tom Tellmann, Ken Forsch, and David Green.

As you can see, the first pack was solid with a sweet Ryne Sndberg second-year card.

The second pack was saved, in my opinion, by the checklist (which shows Don Mattingly at #8) and by the existence of Jerry Remy and Jerry Martin on back to back cards to give me the duo “Remy Martin,” which got a giggle from me.

Thanks to South Bay Sports Cards (Sunnyvale, Calif.) for having these available.

Pack Break: Hobby Goudey, Bowman Draft, and Topps Chrome

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

break1205I took the day off to deal with a  doctor’s appointment in the morning and a class for new parents this afternoon, so in between I figured I’d stop into the hobby shop to see what was cookin. Needless to say there isn’t much out there worth buying. A box of Bowman Draft would have made sense, but the fact that Buster Posey seemingly is the only base chrome auto worth having really doesn’t do it for me. Damnit, Razor. You ruined it. Anyhow, after much though (I pondered a box of 08 UD Goudey, but turned it down) I decided to take the tame route and go for five packs: 1 Goudey, 2 Bowman Draft and 2 Topps Chrome. Continue reading

Pack Break: 2008 Upper Deck SP baseball

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

spStopped at 7-Eleven to get some coffee on this fine morning and picked up the final two packs of 2008 Upper Deck SP baseball. When the heck did SP become a product sold at retail stores? Anyway, read on for the pack break. Continue reading

Blister Break 10/31: Upper Deck Ser. 2 & Artifacts

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

Picked up three blister packs from a local Wal-Mart Thursday: One Upper Deck Ser. 2 and a pair of UD Artifacts. These were sealed in blisters, but the above image shows just the wrappers. Continue reading