I was a heavy collector in the mid-90's, but I haven't bought many packs in the last 13 years. Maybe one a year, just to see how the card designs evolve.
However, I've been reading a lot of baseball card blogs recently, so I decided to try my hand. I picked up 2 repack boxes of 10 packs each, some other mixed packs, and a Beckett (Lord help me, yes, I bought a Beckett). Both the boxes looked pretty much like this:
Junior's face on the front made me feel at ease to pull the trigger on this purchase. I was also very excited to see 2 packs of '89 Donruss:
Oh my God Oh my God Oh my God.....!
Oof! That hurt my heart.
Keep in mind I only want Griffeys, with a few exceptions. Most of these cards are fluff to me, and I have no idea who the hot rookies (or most of the all-stars) are these days. I'm a little embarrassed.
I must say that these Goodwin Champions packs are insane. I want more.
Ozzie, Ripken, Ryan, Jeter all in the same 2 packs? Frickin' A! Then there's Peggy Fleming? Bobby Orr? And Michael Jordan?! These must be worth a fortune!
I was also intrigued by the surfer. And I saw CC Sabathia pitch this past season on TV, so I was like "I know him! Keeper!" I also got a tiny Eli Manning card (we love the Mannings down here in New Orleans) and a tiny Steve Carlton, who I also know and like.
Oh, and this:
BOO-YAH! That's it. Emotionally, I'm done. I can stop here. But for the 2 people that may someday read this, here's the rest of what I got and my feelings towards it. Most of this is up for trade. In no particular order:
I don't know any of these guys. But all of them are listed in the ol' Beckett. By the way, I forgot how much I hate looking up cards in Beckett.
This is one of the coolest cards I've ever pulled from a pack. I looked for a serial number, but there was none. Still, very sparkly.
This guy I know. And I was very pleased to see team photos back on baseball cards! How you like that? Too bad it's the Padres and not a Griffey-having team, but still. Makes me optimistic about future packs.
I know who Ichiro is. He's the guy with one name. Score!
This is a reproduction of a rookie card that is not particularly old and of a guy I've never heard of. I was a bit let down here. I'll be watching more baseball this season, so I'll get to know these characters. Still, reprints. Woo!
I still don't know what to think here. And they were numbered like 2,432. How many of these things are there? And WHY?
These are from a pack of Panini Cooperstown. I loved these cards, and I will probably buy another pack in the future. Curious to see how modern they get.... Check out my Honus!
This pack was Bowman Platinum. There are only 4 cards per pack, so this is the whole thing. I have heard of two of these guys, and one I have many, many rookies of from 1993-94. Neat cards, but dude, look at the inserts listed for this pack in Beckett. I want those!
I found a lot of the 2011 Topps photography kind of blah, but I liked all the faces in the crowd in this picture.
This is a tiny little new card made to look like 1987 Topps, I thought it may have been a cool insert. It was not. Still, look how tiny! I want the Griffey!
I've never heard of this fellow either, but he seems like a nice guy. I looked at the checklist on the back and all the amazing names that this card could have ended up being. That's kind of a tease, dontcha think? I had to be one of the Votto guys? Anyway, Go Reds.
Great picture. In 2005 we evacuated for Hurricane Katrina to Houston. While we were up there my uncle got us club tickets on the 1st base line to an Astros game in this very park. And wouldn't you know it? They played the Reds! Yep, I got to see Griffey play baseball one time. He didn't do anything amazing, but it was incredible. I shed tears. This card made me happy.
This looked like an amazing insert and was very shiny indeed. Plus I've heard of this guy's dad and think he's probably good, too. I admit, I thought I had a few bucks worth of cardboard here for trade fodder. Really, though, it's not much. Still, cool card for the binder.
The card I got most excited about here is the Tiger, but I know I've seen the other guys' names floating around the blogsphere, so here ya go. God, I suck.
These cards have little codes on the back that you enter on the Interwebs for.....getting things? I'm not sure what.
This is one of my favorite pulls from all these packs - Koufax's no-no.
This experience reminded me just how little Beckett can dictate the value of something. Still, I would trade pretty much anything I got tonight for a few sweet Griffeys.
P.S. I didn't bother opening the '90 Donruss packs. Just a waste of time. I have a wax pack and 2 rack packs showing Gary Carter on the front of one. Any suggestions for them?
[Note: since I posted this I ended up opening the '90 Donruss in search of the John Smoltz MVP with the picture of Tom Glavine. No luck, but I did get 2 more Griffey DK's and a card of the baseball commish. Not all bad....]