Random Review: 50 hockey packs Walmart

About a month ago, Walmart.com restocked their random hockey packs and I grabbed one figuring the fun grade was worth the $20.

Here is the pack breakdown:

7 – 1997-98 Leaf
5 – 1997-98 Pinnacle Hossa, Marleau rookies
3 – 2007-08 Fleer Ultra Price, Kane rookies
9 – 2006-07 Victory Malkin, Kopitar, Kessel rookies
6 – Pinnacle Mint
7 – 1991 Score Series 1 Weight, Hasek
6 – 1991-92 Series 1 Pro Set Weight, Hasek
4 – 1990-91 Series 2 Pro Set Jagr, Fedorov
4 – 1990 Pro Set

Here is some of the notable items that I pulled from it:
Coins: Daniel Alfredsson, Saku Koivu, Paul Coffey, Chris Osgood, Jeremy Roenick
Leaf: Banner Season Teemu Selanne , numbered to 3500
Joe Thornton Pinnacle rookie, not treated as his rookie by collectors but the card says rookie; also got a Chris Phillips rookie from that set
Ovechkin Fleer Ultra gold
Sergei Fedorov Pro Set rookie
Victory yielded a Matt Carle rookie, Ryan Miller Next in Line, and Daniel Alfredsson Game Breakers
Quebec Nordiques Team Facts from Pro Set
2 Wayne Gretzky cards

As a collector it was a fun trip down memory lane. My teams have evolved but I was reminded just how much I loved watching the Ottawa Senators growing up. The Daniel Alfredsson coin was something that I would have bought on my own as a collector. If I pulled the Wayne Gretzky cards when the set came out, I would have been over the moon.
If I opened the packs when they came out, I would have done amazing. As a result, I can’t complain. However this is modern collecting and this was full of junk packs. I got exactly what I paid for.



Random Review: 2019 Donruss Optic baseball FOTL

This was a $100 bucks. I grabbed it because ‘First Off the Line’ was a collecting bucket list item.

2 Garrett Hampson autos with 1 being a redemption and a David Fletcher auto. Stephen Gonsalves Rated Rookie numbered to 7. I wasn’t expecting 3 huge names but this is a major bust. Major is an understatement. At a little more than $4.15 a card, I doubt that I can get that for the cards above. Plus, I got a redemption, what a joke.
The cards below are all numbered to 99. I am not sure if each color has 150 cards or if the spread it out and certain card numbers go to a certain color. Regardless, not my cup of tea.

I am so pissed off. More at myself than at Panini. I am not in position to spend a $100 bucks and I certainly feel like my FOTL premium was lacking. I was saving this to open for when I needed a smile, instead I find myself more pissed. Now if you will excuse me, I am going to go slam my head through a wall.

Random Review: 2019 Bowman rack pack Walmart

I grabbed this from WalMart.com for $10, basically so I could ship something else and not pay shipping. I price difference was that I could pay shipping and get that item or I could not pay shipping. That, and I was also curious about the camo parallels.

Pack 1 only yielded a Casey Mize insert.

Pack 2 felt like it has 2 packs worth of inserts and chrome in it. It certainly had double the first pack.

I was very disappointed at how ugly the ‘camo’ inserts were. They aren’t camo, they are dark green.

Random Review: 2019 Leather and Lumber blaster

This had 2 packs.


One pack was just inserts. None of the inserts had the feel of the normal hobby pack.


The hit was a Max Kepler jersey swatch. Also got an Judge parallel.


Not bad for a $20 blaster but having got into some cards from hobby packs, the differences are night and day in regards to quality of cards. Even the thickness of the hit showed as it was so thin, I thought that I was getting an autograph.

Angry: ‘Interacting’ with an OfferUp guy

I don’t know about you but there are some experiences that happen as an adult that I can never get used too. One that happened to me again recently is when I am the most level headed person in an interaction.

10 months ago, I posted a bunch of items on Offer Up. I sold some but because I posted about a dozen items, some didn’t sell. After a while, I deleted the app off my phone entirely. The items have since been donated.

Every now and then I got messages on an item. Since the messages went to my lowest priority email account, this meant that days went by before I even knew there was a message. I end up removing the item off the site when this happened and said that it was no longer available.

Well about 10 days ago, a new guy messaged me on OfferUp. I Tweeted that these messages started at night. As I am going through my email, I saw that they started on Sunday morning at 8 am. By the afternoon, I had 6 of them. You guys know my Sunday mornings can be crazy as I am Vice President of a church. So I couldn’t get to my messages for a while. Even then, give people time. We all have lives.

So let’s dive into what he sent me:

8:09 am
“Hi, is this still available?”
Okay, token first message, no big deal.

8:21 am
“If still available I live in Simi Valley I would like to get them for my son thanks”
Simi Valley is my town. Okay, no big deal. He probably just wants me to know that he is legit. At this time, I am just getting up. Since this is my least priority email, I am not checking this like I am my business emails. With this being a Sunday morning, I check that inbox before I get caffeine in me.

10:21 am
“I can pick them up today”
Pushing it with the third message but no big deal to me. Regardless, church is in service so I am not getting to these messages for another hour.

10:23 am
“If available”
4 messages in 2 hours. Come on dude. Now, even if I had the item, I am not sending it. I get spelling mistakes but even then, I have enough common sense to not correct spelling mistakes if it means my fourth email in 2 hours.
At noon, I see these messages. I ignore them as I had a long day. I hope that he gets the message.

8:34 pm
“Hello my name is (name removed) are the cards still available”
They are not as I donated them. At this point, even if I had them, I would not sell them to this guy. This is the fifth message. Come on man.

8:36 pm
“My son is begging me to get them if so I’ll buy them”
This is the sixth message. My guess is that he doesn’t have a kid. The picture shows early 2000s basketball common cards. I have yet to meet a kid who likes these. I have been coaching basketball the past 2 seasons, and I can’t even give them to my players.
Look 6 messages is fine if it is over 3 days but even then, that is pushing it. 6 messages in 12 hours when I haven’t replied; crazy.

So would you have messaged tried to make a deal with this guy if you had the item? If you made it this far, you know that I wouldn’t.

Random Review: Fortnite Dollar Tree packs

With the exception of the classic Street Fighter 2, I am not a fan of video games. That said, I do help raise my 11 year old nephews. When Panini released Fortnite trading cards, I saw an avenue to share my collecting with them.

They didn’t seem too interested in boxes when I offered to grab them one but I did grab some packs from Dollar Tree packs for them. Here is what was in them.

They still don’t seem interested in them. These are Dollar Tree packs that we are talking about though. One was at least curious enough to keep the cards next to his computer while he plays.

Random Review: 2019 Panini Chronicles rack packs

Chronicles basketball was released this week. It was the rare release where both retail and hobby hit at the same time. I am a basketball collector and this passed my regret test. I also saw that Luminance was in these so I am chasing and Anfernee Simons Luminance rookie.



Sorry about the picture quality in this one. Porter Jr. bronze parallel. 2 Gilgeous-Alexander rookies. The checklist is rookie heavy.

Not one, not two, but three Gilgeous-Alexander cards. Good thing that I like him.

My mom saw the remnants of the packs as I had them on the dining room table. She commented how awesome it was that they put the variety in. She doesn’t know a thing about basketball but she looked through them. For those unaware, in the early 90s, my mom and I collected together. We never collected basketball at all. It was nice to share a collecting moment with her.

These were oddly priced. Instead of the usual fat pack price at $4.99, these were $5.49.  That extra 50 cents instead of a dollar more seemed odd to me, not that I am complaining.

The cards here probably lack value as the printing is out of control. Still if you are a player collector, this will be a fun set.