Friday, February 1, 2013

My favorite pack I've ever opened... (Plus a little more)

Well, let me explain my parameters for "favorite" and "pack":
Favorite = made me the most happy to open, generally Cardinals/MSU related
Pack = single pack bought, not part of a box, or multi-pack purchase

Now let me back up to my favorite box that I ever bought, if you will.
It was a hobby box of 2011 Topps Update (regular). I had already busted a jumbo box and pulled a monster hit (of which I need to get the picture from my LCS if they still have it, lol) but one day I just wanted to open a 36-packer.
My first hit in the box made me happy enough, but it's currently in trade discussions via Twitter...
My second "hit" will be sticking in the keeper box for a long time...
I didn't scan the back, but would you believe it's #'d 7/60? I remember being pretty stoked about it, and I still am, haha!

Now, onto my favorite pack that I've ever opened!
I swung by my LCS today to drop off some video games for their resale department, so I could pick up some credit for trade night tomorrow. On my way out, I noticed the open jumbo box on the shelf was running kind of low, so I looked in and saw there were only 2 packs left.
Normally, I'd stay away because I know I'm probably going to buy the second pack after I bust the first. But today, I figured "I can exercise some self control, right?"
I picked up the packs (one in each hand), and the one in my left hand felt a little heavier than the other one.
After cursing the shop owner for letting me get to that point (Sorry Nate!), I resigned myself to my fate.

I saw a thicker card in the center of the pack, and I really tried to move it to the back without looking at it.
I failed...but I wasn't disappointed.
 And if that wasn't enough, I also ran across this...
 And 5 more Cardinals!
 For those of you who want to know, here are my inserts]minis out of the pack:
(Still trying to master multi-card scans, sorry!)
I wish the emerald foils were more than 1:1 per jumbo and 1:6 per regular, Topps really did a good job on these! 
The "calling cards" insert series, I find a bit lacking. Maybe it's just because I've only seen the Teixeira, and it was a bit disappointing. 
On the other hand, the '72 Minis are NICE! Dickey has been a "fringe favorite" (aka non-Cardinal) of mine since I learned that he has the best bat names in the business.

I was surprised to get 5 Cardinals base cards in one jumbo pack, so here's a quick breakdown of the other teams/base in the pack (Not counting inserts)

3: Reds, Giants (2 postseason cards)
2: Dodgers, Cubs, Mets, Angels, Red Sox, Phillies, Orioles, Braves, Mariners
1: Rays, Diamondbacks, Rangers, Astros, Rockies, Royals, Brewers, White Sox, A's, Yankees, Nationals

For those of you keeping count, there was also a 2012 NL RBI Leaders card. I was surprised to see that the top three were players from the Padres, Brewers, and Cubs. It intrigues me, I don't know why...

That wraps up my jumbo pack, and almost wraps up this blog entry!

I was browsing through the half-price box (on my second attempt to leave!), looking for some Bob Gibsons I had seen a few weeks ago. They were no longer there, this card was, and I was okay with it:
This 1961 Musial is now the oldest card in my collection, and I am very proud to own it!

I'm still trying to decide on whether I'm getting a jumbo or regular box of S1. There is a pack raffle, so the regular would benefit me more, and I think the jumbo is a little more out of reach given my purchases today, haha!

Anyway, thanks for stopping by!
Staying unabashed and interested,


  1. Love the 61T Musial! Congratulations on pulling all of those Cardinals in one pack.

  2. If only the Musial die-cut had been in there! So close to a "Triple Crown" of sorts, haha!