The Apropos Pack

I don’t like posting one off hauls on here so when I do, they have to mean something. Well I was just looking for a reason to smile and opened a jumbo pack of 2018 Topps baseball series one that I have been sitting on for almost a month. Nothing special right? Well, have you ever opened a pack of cards that was just so apropos that you had to laugh? I am not talking about hitting a great relic, I am talking about cards that mean something. Well this pack just felt like it was destined for me in this moment.

Let’s start my personal collection. I bought this pack because I am a big Ozzie Albies fan and my goal was to chase some of his insert cards. Bang, this pack gave me one of those. Now just with that, I would have been happy but there is more.
I am a big Jose Altuve fan. His rise from suspect to prospect happened when I lived in Lancaster and saw him put himself on the map with the Lancaster Jethawks, high A ball team. So I get his insert. But wait there is more.
3 weeks, Brewers cards would have no meaning to me. But now, I am watching them everyday as they play my Dodgers. If you are reading this week, you will know that Orlando Arcia has made a huge name for himself and is performing out of this world.
The cherry on top of this apropos pack is the fact that the pack yielded a Brewers team card.

The pack yielded 50 cards and was very Red Sox and Brewers heavy. The Travis d’Arnaud rainbow foil was cool.


Undervalued? : 2008 MLS Soccer

My sister got rid of her storage and I had a few boxes of cards in there. One thing that caught my eye was a full hobby box of 2008 MLS soccer. Most would consider this a forgettable product. As I was looking at comps, it looks like one that the whole card community didn’t pay attention to it. However as I was going through it, I found a great undervalued product.

Any box that you can get a full set of base cards from is good in my book.

The base set has some great cards. I was pleasantly surprised to come across a player that I legitimately have in my personal collection in Sean Franklin. A player named Stephen King had a card made. Jozy Altidore, David Beckham, Landon Donovan, and Carlos Ruiz made an appearance.

Also the Young Guns inserts were stellar. I didn’t hit any names but I love having them as their own insert set.

My two jersey cards from the box weren’t too shabby either as I hit Jimmy Conrad and Taylor Twellman. I wish that I sleeved them but this was really my first few years back in collecting.

I remember that I bought this box for under the $30 that it sells for now.

Soccer is not for everyone, especially in North America. It has it’s place though and cannot be overlooked. We are seeing a lot of high end soccer released lately but this is a great low end product that will undoubtedly age well over time.

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Random Review: $11.99 WalMart Football RePack

The other day I was in WalMart and like the average collector, I perused the card aisle. As I buy repacks from time to time, the fact that this one sat abover a $14.99 price tag caught my eye so I took it to scan. I expected it to be $19.99 but to my surprise it was only $11.99. As some of you may know, I have a regret test. Despite having no interest in a football re-pack at the time, this passed my regret test so I grabbed it.

As expected, it had a ton of cheap blaster packs.

Ultimately, it had 3 passable packs for $11.99. Not my idea of value even though one was a hobby pack.

It was cool to pull a Joe Thomas rookie.

The weak packs yielded a Dak rookie. Still awful despite 2 decent rookies. I would advise everyone to pass on this product.


Random Review: 2018 Topps Fire Blaster Round 2

I wasn’t going to post this but I just opened what I feel is an awful box of Topps Fire. No numbered cards or relics. While the inserts of prospects were decent, there is still no guarantee with prospects. Thankfully I am doing this for the set and chasing base but I just wanted to show you because I know that average collector is not doing the same with this set.