Monday, June 19, 2023

2022 Topps Heritage Minor League Hobby Box

Looking for something cheap and new to open (this obviously is one of those older unfinished posts), I chose 2022 Topps Heritage minor league. It was $59.00 and had 2 on-card autos which was nice.

Unfortunately, I have not kept up with who the latest and greatest prospects are. So it's going to be an entire box of "I have no idea who this is".

There are 18 packs with 8 cards in each pack. The player on the box and pack wrappers is Marcelo Mayer, a first round pick for the Red Sox in 2021.

The three cards you see below the box are from the "box loader". I have no idea who any of these players are, but Henry Davis (the card on the right) is listed on Dave and Adams' website as one of the "key players".

I'm not going to post every pack...just what could be considered the "highlights".

Here are the "key players" according to Dave and Adams' website:

Elly De La Cruz 
Anthony Volpe
Corbin Carroll
Gunnar Henderson 
Jasson Dominguez 
Oscar Colas
Henry Davis
Ezekiel Tovar
Trey Sweeney 
Kyle Manzardo
Jackson Chouris 
Oswald Peraza

Here are the highlights from the base cards.

The SPs were 1 every 6 packs, so I got three.

I was able to pull one of the "key players", Jasson Dominguez as one of my SPs.

These four cards are from the Tarjetas subset which are cards loosely based on Latin American sets from the 1970s. 

These three cards are from the 1973 Topps 1953 reprint subset.

These four cards are from the 1973 Pack Covers subset.

Here are the two parallels I pulled. The Jackson Chourio is numbered 41/50 (and is also one of the "key players), and the Yiddi Cappe is numbered 49/75.

My two autos were of Jackson Merrill...

...and Darell Hernaiz. The autos aren't numbered.

It was a fun, inexpensive rip. I didn't complete the set (it was 200 cards, not including the SPs. I'll be putting together a want list which I will post when I finish it.

What I'm Listening To While I Post This 

Stigmata: Music From The Motion Picture - Various Artists

Sunday, June 18, 2023

Golden Lion Repack Box Part 2

Here's the second half of the box. The first half was quite good, highlighted by an '84 Fleer Mattingly rookie and an '85 Donruss Clemens rookie.

Pack 1

1985 Topps Eddie Murray
1978 Topps Rod Gilbreath
1993 Upper Deck Butch Henry
1977 Topps Tim Johnson
1990 Leaf Dave Winfield 
2006 Topps Carlos Guillen 
2008 Topps Troy Glaus
1994 Upper Deck Diamond Debuts Tim Davis
1984 Topps Mike Easler
1990 Topps Jim Corsi
1992 Triple Play Mark Grace
1972 Topps In Action George Mitterwald
1984 Topps NL Active Career Hit Leaders Rusty Staub/Pete Rose/Tony Perez

All 3 cards from the 70's were my favorites here.

Pack 2

1979 Topps Dick Drago
1978 Topps Paul Lindblad
1994 Collector's Choice Eric Hillman
1979 Topps Robin Yount
1992 Leaf Gold Edition Parallel Juan Guerrero
1992 Classic Four Sport Rick Helling
1982 Topps Phil Garner
1984 Topps Jack Morris
1995 Sportflix Russ Davis
1990 Leaf Darryl Strawberry 
1987 Topps Leon Durham 
1972 Chuck Dobson
1992 Donruss Chris Cron

Favorite card here is the '79 Yount.

Pack 3

1978 Topps Barry Bonnell
2021 Topps Archives Ryne Sandberg 
2020 Topps Update Cesar Hernandez 
1992 Topps Draft Pick Tyrone Hill
1978 Topps George Medich
1991 Topps Wes Gardner
1987 Topps Joel Davis
1975 Topps Joe Hoerner
1992 Donruss The Rookies Pedro Martinez 
1985 Topps AL All-Star Cal Ripken
1990 Topps Brian DuBois
2017 American League League Leaders Nelson Cruz
1996 Collector's Choice Mark McGwire 

Favorites are the '78 Bonnell and the '92 Martinez. 

Pack 4

1996 Topps Will Clark
1887 Topps George Hendrick 
1977 Topps Willie Montanez 
1995 Pinnacle Sterling Hitchcock 
1997 Pinnacle Totally Certified Platinum Blue Wilton Guerrero 
1993 Donruss Scott Hemond
1990 Topps Bob Geren
1988 Topps John Davis
1988 Topps Jim Dwyer
1986 Fleer Joe Cowley
1969 Topp Catfish Hunter
1978 Topps Jason Thompson 
1990 Leaf Randy Johnson

Favorite card here is the '69 Hunter.

Pack 5

2021 Topps Archives Tom Glavine 
1978 Topps Kurt Bevacqua
1977 TCMA Renata Galasso Eddie Mathews
1987 Topps Wade Boggs 1992 Score Rookie Prospect Gil Heredia
1987 Topps Brian Holton
1993 Topps Dave Haas
1988 Topps Tom Flier
1991 Donruss Rated Rookie Scott Chiamparino
1991 Topps Jose Gonzalez
1971 Topps Gaylord Perry
2019 Topps League Leaders Jacob deGrom
1991 Donruss Dave Eiland

Favorite card is the '71 Perry.

Pack 6

1987 Topps National League All-Star Tony Gwynn 
1977 Topps Dave Freisleben
1988 Topps Mark Grant
1989 Topps Tim Flannery 
1981 Topps Record Breaker Ozzie Smith
1995 Fleer Ultra Joey Hamilton
1987 Topps Lamarr Hoyt
1995 Donruss Trevor Hoffman 
1984 Topps Tony Gwynn
1993 Donruss Jeremy Hernandez 
1989 Topps Roberto Alomar 
1981 Topps Dennis Kinney
2021 Topps Archives Tony Gwynn 

The All Padres pack!

Pack 7

1979 Topps Paul Dade
1988 Topps Tiffany Don Sutton 
1990 Fleer Kevin Hickey
1979 Topps Johnny Bench
2020 Active Leaders Zack Greinke 
1990 Score '90 Rookie Mike Hartley
1989 Star Rich Garces
2007 Topps Red Back Johnny Damon
1986 Fleer Baseball's Best Bert Blyleven 
2020 Bowman Platinum Josh Donaldson 
1996 Collector's Choice Carl Everett 
1975 Topps Ken Rudolph
1991 Score Jason Grimsley 

Favorite card is the '79 Bench.

Pack 8

1981 Donruss Steve Carlton
1978 Topps Juan Beniquez
2008 Topps Livan Hernandez
1992 Topps Donnie Hill
1991 Leaf Charlie Hough
1986 Topps The Pete Rose Years 1979 - 1982
1981 Topps Richie Hebner
1983 Topps Jeff Gardner
1990 Topps Mark Davidson
1985 Topps Nolan Ryan
1988 Topps Richard Dotson
1998 Fleer Tradition Roger Cedeno
1979 Topps Butch Hobson

Favorite card...'79 Hobson.

Pack 9

1972 Topps Boyhood Photos of the Stars Tom Seaver 
1977 Topps Cesar Tovar
1994 Score '93 Rookie Phil Hiatt
1993 Donruss Willie Greene
1988 Fleer Terry Harper
1994 Upper Deck Brad Fullmer
1996 Topps Gallery The Modernists Shawn Green
1988 Topps Ken Dixon
1998 Upper Deck Roger Clemens 
1981 Donruss Willie Stargell
1989 Fleer Jose Cecena
1992 Pinnacle Mantle Triple Crown Mickey Mantle 
1988 Fleer Steve Crawford 

Favorite card is the '72 Seaver. 

Well as expected, it wasn't as good as the first half of the box. It did have a few highlights, such as the '69 Catfish Hunter and the '71 Gaylord Perry.

The decade most represented was by far the 1990's.
The year most represented was a tie between 1990 and 1992.
The set most represented was 1978 Topps.

As I've always stressed, these boxes are not meant to provide stellar ROI, instead they provide stellar ROF (return on fun). 

What I'm Listening To While I Post This 

L.A. Guns - Man In The Moon

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Golden Lion Repack Box Part 1

Here's yet another repack box that's made its way to me. This time it's called Golden Lion Sports and a box of 18 packs with 13 cards in each pack cost $84.99 (shipping included). 

I'll split this up into 2 posts of 9 packs each.

Pack 1

1998 Topps Johnny Damon
1978 Topps Dan Driessen
1979 Topps Donnie Moore
1993 Upper Deck Bryan Hickerson
1990 Topps Eric Hetzel
1993 Topps Draft Pick Rick Greene
1979 Topps '78 Record Breaker Pete Rose
1994 Sportflics 2000 Bob Hamelin
1990 Topps Steve Frey
1995 Topps Rookie Of The Year Candidates Tyler Green
1988 Topps Darrell Evans
1967 Topps Ed Brinkman
1991 Donruss Rated Rookie Lance Dickson
1988 Topps Tiffany Keith Hernandez 

Always a sucker for vintage...I also enjoy any Topps Tiffany cards sent in my direction. This pack also had 14 cards.

Pack 2

1986 Topps Bob Dernier
1979 Topps Rafael Landestoy
1958 Topps Hal Smith (It's the super rare "Traded" version, as someone crossed out the Kansas City A's and wrote "Pirates"...well actually "Priates").
1993 Topps Donald Harris
1988 Topps Willie Hernandez 
1996 Topps Stadium Club Members Only Thomas Howard
1990 Donruss Chip Hale
1984 Topps Bruce Sutter
1993 Donruss John Flaherty 
1992 Score Rookie Prospect Tom Goodwin
1981 Donruss Ken Griffey 
1987 Topps Phil Niekro 
1983 Topps Dave Engle

Nothing can beat the super rare "Traded" version of the '58 Hal Smith

Pack 3

2010 Topps Update National League All-Star Andre Ethier
1979 Topps Fred Stanley
1990 Donruss Tommy Gregg
1990 Bowman George Brett 
1988 Topps Larry Herndon 
1994 Collector's Choice Rookie Class Mark Hutton
1990 Topps Drew Hill 
1975 Topps Ron Hunt
1987 Topps Alan Trammell 
2020 Topps Chrome Update Todd Frazier 
2021 Topps Opening Day Yasmani Grandal
1981 Donruss Bert Blyleven 
1991 Donruss Edgar Diaz

Favorite card here is the '79 Stanley.

Pack 4

1992 Upper Deck Major League Diamond Skills Most Exciting Player Ken Griffey Jr 
1978 Topps Adrian Devine
1992 Topps Jose Hernandez 
1992 Donruss Milt Hill
1984 Fleer Gregg Gross
2021 Topps Update 1986 35th Anniversary Ted Williams
1991 Donruss Bo Jackson
1986 Donruss The Rookies Ed Hearn 
1992 Donruss Ramon GarcĂ­a 
2019 Topps Zach Davies
1984 Topps Andre Dawson
1990 Donruss The Rookies Tim Drummond 
1993 Bowman Foil Midre Cummings

Not much here...I like the '78 Devine the best.

Pack 5

1999 Upper Deck Scott Hatteberg 
1991 Donruss Rickey Henderson 
1979 Topps Tony Soliaita
1978 Topps Billy Hunter
1992 Topps National League All-Star Denny Martinez 
1979 Fleer Guillermo Hernandez 
1998 Score Rookie/Traded Richard Hidalgo 
1985 Topps Bobby Grich
1996 Donruss Karim Garcia 
1991 Topps Stadium Club Jack Daugherty 
1991 Bowman Chris Donnels
1984 Fleer Don Mattingly 
1992 Donruss Andujar Cedeno
1981 Topps Ray Burris

Easy choice here...the '84 Mattingly rookie. 

Pack 6

1992 Pinnacle Rookie Prospect Archi Cianfrocco
1992 Donruss Doug Henry
1984 Fleer Retiring Superstars Johnny Bench/Carl Yastrzemski
1992 Score Rookie Prospect Hector Fajardo
1991 Donruss Rated Rookie Eric Gunderson
1993 Donruss Dave Hollins
1987 Topps Bill Dawley
2002 Fleer Ultra Alex Rodriguez 
1995 Upper Deck Chris Gomez
1975 Topps Harry Parker
1990 Topps Major League Debut Wayne Edwards
2001 Topps Stadium Club Roger Cedeno
1990 Bowman Frank Thomas

A '90 Bowman Frank Thomas Rookie.

Pack 7

1984 Fleer Dennis Eckersley 
1978 Topps Frank White
1977 Topps Pete Broberg
1973 Topps Monty Montgomery 
1983 Fleer Al Holland
1989 Star Juan Guerrero
1985 Donruss Steve Henderson 
1989 Topps Ken Gerhart
1981Topps Rod Carew
1987 Topps Ron Davis
1997 Pinnacle Jermaine Dye
1991 Score 1st Round Draft Pick Tim Costo
1984 Topps Lee Smith

I always lean towards any cards from 1978 Topps as my favorite. I referenced the '77 Broberg in this post.

Pack 8

1978 Topps Montreal Expos Checklist
1978 Topps Rogelio Moret
1959 Topps The Sporting News Rookie Stars of 1959 Dsn Dobbek
1992 Upper Deck Carlos Hernandez 
1985 Topps Joe Carter
1989 Fleer Bob Horner
1988 Topps Jerry Hairston 
1990 Topps Brian Fisher
1978 Topps Julio Gonzalez
1985 Donruss Roger Clemens
2003 Topps Gold Parallel Jarrod Washburn 1062/2003
1992 Score Jose DeJesus
2020 Topps Update Edwin Encarnacion

A lot of good cards in this pack for me...the 3 '78s, the '59 Dobbek and the '85 Donruss Clemens rookie. 

Pack 9

1977 Topps Tommy Harper
1996 Lear Mark McGwire 
1986 Topps Gene Garber 
1990 Donruss Xavier Hernandez 
1992 Donruss Steve Howe
2021 Topps Archives Orlando Cepeda
1990 Bowman Will Clark
1984 Topps George Frazier 
1989 Topps Albert Hall
1990 Score Rookie Goose Gozzo
1987 Cracker Jack Columbus Clippers Orestes Destrade 
1981 Donruss MVP Mike Schmidt
2008 Topps Darin Erstad

Favorite cards are the '77 Harper and '81 Schmidt.

Not too shabby for the first half of the box. A fair amount of vintage and an '84 Fleer Mattingly rookie and an '85 Donruss Clemens Rookie, neither of which I had. Honestly, I'd be surprised if the 2nd half of the box is as good as the first, but stranger things have happened...just not to me.

What I'm Listening To While I Post This 

Bobby Brown - My Prerogative 

Friday, June 9, 2023

It's Not Always About The Hits XI

As I mentioned in my last post, I haven't purchased any current cards since Topps Series 1 from 2022. However, as long as I can find cheap boxes of "commons" at my LCS (a 1500 count box for about 10 bucks), it doesn't really matter. Here's the latest box.

2002 - 03 Topps Finest Basketball - 64 cards.

2017 Topps Heritage Baseball - 77 cards.

2018 Topps Heritage High Numbers Baseball - 293 cards.

2008 Upper Deck Icons Football - 34 cards.

1992 - 93 Topps Stadium Club Basketball - 58 cards.

2017 - 18 Donruss Optic Basketball - 1 card.

2019 - 20 Panini Mosaic Basketball - 7 cards.

2016 - 17 Panini Aficionado Basketball - 2 cards.

1992 - 93 Upper Deck Basketball - 32 cards.

2003 - 2004 Topps Bazooka Basketball - 34 cards. The majority were these gold parallels.

2008 Topps Baseball - 6 cards.

2008 - 09 O-Pee-Chee Hockey - 64 cards.

1994 - 95 Skybox Emotion Basketball - 30 cards.

2008 - 09 Fleer Ultra Hockey - 26 cards.

2008 -09 Upper Deck Masterpieces Hockey - 13 cards.

2007 - 2008 Upper Deck Hockey - 53 cards.

2007 - 08 Upper Deck Victory Hockey - 10 cards.

2016 Topps Heritage Baseball - 31 cards.

1994 - 95 Collector's Choice Basketball - 41 cards.

2005 - 06 Upper Deck Basketball - 5 cards.

Some assorted baseball.

2002 - 03 Upper Deck Hockey - 26 cards.

2015 Topps Heritage Baseball High Numbers - 17 cards.

1999 - 00 Topps Basketball - 20 cards.

2018 Topps Archives Baseball - 114 cards.

2003 Upper Deck SP Authentic Golf - 19 cards.

1993 - 94 Hoops Basketball - 10 cards.

Some more random cards.

2018 Topps Heritage Baseball - 8 cards.

Some more random basketball...

...and ending with some more basketball and a couple of hockey cards.

What I'm Listening To While I Post This 

Led Zeppelin  - Physical Graffiti