Sunday, September 1, 2013

A Repack Of A Different Color?

If you've read this blog regularly (or even occasionally), you may be aware that there is a Five Below in the same plaza as my night job. Yes, my second job happens to be in the joyous industry known as retail, so I am within striking distance of Five Below on a regular basis. I had stopped going in there to buy repacks, because they were starting to become strangely similar.

The boxes I would buy in the past had 100 loose cards and 4 packs.

Look familiar?
I had sworn off buying these, but just like Listia, after awhile I found myself there again. There were still plenty of the boxes pictured above, but there was also this:

Now this was different. Or was it? Would I be pleasantly surprised? Or would I get the same cards I always get?

There was still 100 loose cards plus 4 packs, but it was from the Fairfield Company this time, and I've bought a few of their repacks and had some moderate success. The box also boasted 5 Hall of Fame Cards (which really means nothing...a 1987 Topps Steve Carlton is a "Hall of Fame Card").

Let's look at the first part of this box, the "100 cards".

1988 Donruss Rance Mulliniks (Blue Jays)
1991 Donruss Rich Garces (Twins)
1987 Topps Milt Thompson (Phillies)
1991 Topps Lenny Harris (Dodgers)
1991 Topps Greg Litton (Giants)
1987 Topps Steve Fireovid (Mariners)
1993 Pinnacle Jose Oquendo (Cardinals)
1992 Donruss Mark Leiter (Tigers)
1989 Donruss Wes Gardner (Red Sox)

1989 Topps Steve Avery (Braves)
1996 Score Select Mike Grace (Phillies)
2002 Bowman Heritage Keith Ginter (Astros)
1988 Topps Kelly Downs (Giants)
1992 Fleer Rosario Rodriguez (Pirates)
1992 Fleer Sid Bream (Braves)
1988 Topps Vicente Palacios (Pirates)
1992 Score Mike Brumley (Red Sox)
1989 Fleer John Smiley (Pirates)

1986 Donruss Kurt Bevacqua (Padres)
1990 Upper Deck Steve Bedrosian (Giants)
1989 Donruss Mickey Hatcher (Dodgers)
1990 Upper Deck Frank Williams (Tigers)
1990 Upper Deck Checklist
1990 Upper Deck Bob Melvin (Orioles)
1988 Topps Jody Davis (Cubs)
1987 Topps Charlie Moore (Brewers)
1988 Donruss Willie Fraser (Angels)

1992 Donruss Bill Landrum (Pirates)
1986 Topps Mike Marshall (Dodgers)
1992 Classic Best Rigo Beltran (Savannah Cardinals)
1986 Topps Texas Rangers Leaders
1993 Upper Deck Community Heroes Kirby Puckett (Twins)
1988 Classic Phil Niekro (Blue Jays)
1983 Renato Galasso John McGraw
1993 Pacific Texas Express Nolan Ryan (Rangers)
1984 Topps All-Star Glossy George Brett (Royals)

1989 Topps Daryl Boston (White Sox)
1989 Topps Al Pedrique (Pirates)
1989 Topps Ricky Horton (Dodgers)
1989 Topps Cecilio Guante (Rangers)
1989 Topps Alvin Davis (Mariners)
1989 Topps Jack Armstrong (Reds)
1989 Topps Don August (Brewers)
1989 Topps Don Slaught (Yankees)
1989 Topps Mario Diaz (Mariners)

1989 Topps Dallas Green (Yankees)
2008 Toppsr Kerry Wood (Cubs)
1992 Fleer Ultra Dave Henderson (A's)
1987 Toys "R" Us Rookies Eric King (Tigers)
1986 Donruss The Rookies John Cangelosi (White Sox)
1986 Donruss The Rookies Ed Correa  (Rangers)
1990 Upper Deck Brian Downing (Angels)
1990 Upper Deck Pat Borders (Blue Jays)
1990 Upper Deck Otis Nixon (Expos)

1991 Topps Stadium Club Carl Nichols (Astros)
1992 Bowman Mike McFarlane (Royals)
1990 Upper Deck Kurt Stilwell (Royals)
1995 Topps Kevin Appier (Royals)
1990 Upper Deck Marvell Wynne (Cubs)
1989 Fleer Jose Cecena (Rangers)
1990 Upper Deck Jamie Navarro (Brewers)
1997 Upper Deck Kevin Mitchell (Indians)
1987 Donruss Jose DeLeon (White Sox)

1987 Topps Gene Garber (Braves)
1988 Topps Tony LaRussa (A's)
1988 Topps Glenn Hubbard (Braves)
1988 Donruss Luis Quinones (Cubs)
1987 Topps Ron Robinson (Reds)
1993 Topps 3rd Baseman Prospects Kevin Young (Pirates)/Adell Davenport (Giants)/Eduardo Perez (Angels)/Lou Lucca (Marlins)
1992 Upper Deck Donnie Hill (Angels)
1998 Topps Interleague Play Chuck Knoblauch (Twins)
2010 Topps Yovani Gallardo (Brewers)

2010 Topps Brad Bergesen (Orioles)
2010 Topps Dallas Braden (A's)
2010 Topps Ryan Howard (Phillies)
2010 Topps Jeff Mathis (Angels)
2010 Topps Ted Lily (Cubs)
2010 Topps Robinson Cano (Yankees)
2010 Topps Chris Young (Padres)
2010 Topps Colby Rasmus (Cardinals)
2010 Topps Magglio Ordonez (Tigers)

1990 Donruss All-Star Will Clark (Giants)
2010 Topps AL RBI League Leaders Mark Teixeira (Yankees)/Jason Bay (Red Sox)/Adam Lind (Blue Jays)
1991 Topps Glossy Rookies Randy Tomlin (Pirates)
1991 Topps Glossy Rookies Scott Ruskin (Expos)
1991 Topps Glossy Rookies Scott Ruskin (Expos)
1991 Topps Glossy Rookies Tim Naehring (Red Sox)
1991 Topps Glossy Rookies Glenallen Hill (Blue Jays)
1990 Upper Deck Bobby Rose (Angels)
1991 Donruss Tim Hulett (Orioles)

1993 Topps Terry Leach (White Sox)
1988 Donruss Dave Smith (Astros)
1987 Topps Danny Cox (Cardinals)
1991 Score Pat Perry (Dodgers)
1988 Donruss Manny Hernandez (Astros)
1991 Score Mark Williamson (Orioles)
1986 Topps Pascual Perez (Braves)
1993 Classic Best Gold Edgardo Alfonzo (St. Lucie Mets)
1990 Best Cards Eddie Zosky (Knoxville Blue Jays)

1992 Fleer Tom Fitzgerald (Expos)
1992 Donruss Mike Boddicker (Royals)
1997 - 98 Score Adrian Aucoin (Canucks)

2010 Topps Matt Holliday (Cardinals)
2005 Upper Deck ESPN Kevin Brown (Yankees)

Well, the 5 Hall of Fame Cards were from the same scan of 9 cards.

Phil Niekro
John McGraw
Kirby Puckett
Nolan Ryan
George Brett

This selection of cards seems to be pretty much the same selection as the other repacks I would get from Five Below. My favorite cards out of this are the Niekro, McGraw (I tried to find more info on this card, but was unsuccessful), and the Zosky.

I also have a soft spot for the ESPN set (I have some of the football series as well), although from what I've read most people don't like it.

Strangely, I have more than 100 cards here. I think I may have combined these cards with something else.

Next post I'll break open the 4 packs. Are they the same ubiquitous packs found in all the other repack boxes that caused me to take a break from Five Below?

Or is it something different?

P.S. Don't ask me why the font changed in the middle of this post. The font looks the same in my draft, but different in the post. I've tried a bunch of things to correct it, but nothing worked.




  1. Those dodgers you pulled were far from HOFers.

  2. How'd that 2008 Kerry Wood get in there? Maybe one of your extras?

  3. Lipstick on a pig? I've got a repack addiction too :(