Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Jampacks Wax Baseball Part 3


Here is the third and final post for the Jampacks Wax Baseball Repack Wax.

A couple posts back Jafronius had asked what the packs look like. Here they are.

Pack 1

1989 Topps Roger Clemens 
2001 Topps Golden Moments Kerry Wood
2022 Topps Series 1 Welcome To The Show Javier Baez
1986 Topps N.L. All - Star Jeff Reardon 
2018 Topps Chrome Masahiro Tanaka
1991 Score Benny Santiago 
2001 Upper Deck Black Diamond Ryan Klesko
1976 Topps Stan Perzanowski
2020 Topps Jose Altuve
1988 Donruss Paul Molitor 
2022 Topps International Trading Card Day Bobby Witt Jr
1984 Topps Alan Trammell
2007 Topps Allen and Ginter John Smoltz
2020 Topps Stadium Club Max Kepler

I like the Bobby Witt Jr card the best in this pack.

Pack 2

1997 Donruss Studio Fred McGriff
1981 Topps San Diego Padres Team Card
2018 Topps George Springer
1996 Pinnacle Aficionado Marty Cordova
2022 Topps Heritage Trea Turner
2000 Fleer Metal Carlos Beltran
1990 Bowman Sammy Sosa 
2020 Topps Heritage High Numbers Now and Then Ronald Acuna Jr 
1990 Fleer Andres Galarraga
2019 Topps Heritage The Sporting News Jose Altuve 
1976 Topps Sixto Lezcano
2007 Topps Update and Highlights Season Highlights Red Back Mark Buehrle
1986 Kaybee Young Superstars Frank Viola
2020 Topps Stadium Club Marcus Semien 

I love oddball cards, so I'm going to go with the '86 Kaybee Viola as my favorite. 

Pack 3

1990 Topps Don Mattingly 
2020 Topps Archives Kenley Jansen
2005 Fleer Trevor Hoffman
1991 Donruss Sammy Sosa
2020 Donruss Optic Rhys Hoskins 
1989 Donruss Diamond Kings Rick Reuschel
2019 Update Austin Riley
1974 Topps Traded Jim Wynn
2000 Upper Deck MVP Ken Griffey Jr 
1991 Leaf Paul O'Neill
2022 Topps Archives Warren Spahn
1982 Renata Galasso 1961 New York Yankees Bob Cerv
2020 Topps Gypsy Queen Green Parallel Tim Anderson
2010 Topps 206 Troy Glaus

Again, the oddball wins. Congrats, Bob Cerv.

Pack 4

2022 Topps Archives Freddie Freeman 
1989 Donruss Paul O'Neill 
2001 Upper Deck Cal Ripken Jr 
2019 Donruss Optic Purple Parallel Zack Greinke 07/99
1987 Donruss Ozzie Guillen
2021 Panini Absolute Power Nelson Cruz
1989 Topps Kevin Mitchell
2005 Upper Deck ESPN Web Gems Mike Mussina 
1981 Donruss Tom Seaver 
2022 Topps Update Matt Brash
1988 Score Phil Niekro
2021 Topps Gallery Francisco Lindor 
1987 Topps Bert Blyleven 
2001 Fleer Triple Crown Derrek Lee

Nothing too exciting here, so I'll go with the '81 Seaver.

Pack 5

2003 Donruss Classics Barry Bonds
1982 Donruss Jerry Royster
2020 Topps Update Turkey Red TR - 26 Nick Castellanos 
1999 Sports Illustrated RBI Leaders Sammy Sosa/Juan Gonzalez
1994 Topps Finest Gary Gaetti 
2020 Topps Allen and Ginter Todd Helton 
1992 Topps Stadium Club Dome A.L. All-Star Ruben Sierra 
2022 Topps Future Stars Andrew Vaughn
1992 Classic Four Sport Derek Jeter 
2018 Topps Update All-Star Game Alex Bregman
1976 Topps Matt Alexander 
1998 Topps Gary Sheffield 
1988 Topps Darryl Strawberry 
2022 Donruss Max Muncy

The obvious choice is the '92 Classic Derek Jeter.

Pack 6

2021 Topps Allen and Ginter Ronald Acuna Jr 
1987 Topps Future Stars Rafael Palmeiro 
2009 Topps Mike Mussina
2022 Topps Series 1 Generation Now Trevor Rogers 
1995 Score Select Juan Gonzalez
2018 Bowman Platinum Top Prospects Sean Murphy
1988 Fleer Star Stickers Willie Randolph 
2000 Skybox Adrian Beltre
1968 Topps The Sporting News All-Star Lou Brock
2018 Topps National Baseball Card Day Jake Arrieta
1992 Score Andy Van Slyke
2017 Bowman Then and Now Madison Bumgarner
1985 Topps Willie Randolph
2007 Upper Deck Adam Dunn

I'll go with the '68 Brock as my favorite card here. 

Pack 7

1991 Leaf Randy Johnson
2019 Topps Update All-Star Game Aroldis Chapman 
1980 TCMA Baseball Immortals Larry Lajoie
2020 Topps Allen and Ginter Manny Machado 
2001 Olayoff Absolute Memorabilia Home Opener Souvenirs Base Relic Roberto Alomar 271/400
1981 Toops Rennie Stennett
2022 Donruss Kyle Schwarber
1986 Topps Kent Hrbek
2020 Donruss Kevin Mitchell 

The Alomar base Relic was a thick card so that's why there were only 9 in this pack.

Pack 8

1988 Topps Nolan Ryan
2019 Bowman Platinum Top Prospects Triston McKenzie
2000 Upper Deck Season Highlights Checklist Barry Bonds 
1996 Bowman Foil Parallel Shawn Green
2022 Bowman Bryan De La Cruz
1992 Pinnacle Harold Reynolds 
2019 Donruss David Wright 
1974 Topps Cookie Rojas
2006 Topps National League RBI Leaders Andruw Jones/Albert Pujols/Pat Burrell
1987 Topps Bruce Sutter
2020 Topps Player Highlights Rhys Hoskins 
1992 Donruss Ron Gant
2020 Topps Opening Day Yordan Alvarez 
2001 Upper Deck MVP Rick Ankiel

Not much in this pack...the Alvarez rookie is probably tops here.

What I like about this is the variety...out of the 24 packs the set most represented was 1987 Topps with only 7 cards. There were a few sets with 5 cards, but most had a couple at best. 

The oldest card was the 1960 Fleer Ernie Lombardi and there were 21 cards from 2022...the most recent.

Even though this decade is not even 3 years old, it was the one most represented with 72 cards, with the 1990s a close second with 71 cards. The only drawback is not much vintage...only 18 cards before 1980, although in their defense for example, I could have gotten any common from 1968. Instead it was a Lou Brock Sporting News All-Star.  I also pulled a '77 Gaylord Perry, a '77 Robin Yount, a '78 Tom Seaver and a '78 Jack Morris. Even though the 1987 Topps set had the most cards represented in this box, 2 of them were the Rafael Palmeiro and Will Clark rookies. 

I always stress that these types of boxes are for enjoyment and not for ROI. Out of the ones I've opened, I would say this is probably the best option. You get some decent cards, a fair amount of them are stars or rookies, plus 1 relic and 1 auto. The best part is that the "hits" are not going to be something pulled out of 2008 Bowman who never made it to the major leagues. Case in point; my auto was Carlos Delgado and my relic was Roberto Alomar...probably better pulls than if I had purchased a modern hobby box. 

The cost of a box is $84.99 of 24 packs with 14 cards in each pack. Shipping is included in the purchase price. One thing of note...if you order a box, it will be a few weeks before it arrives...but if you're anything like me. It will be worth the wait.

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Monday, May 15, 2023

Jampacks Wax Baseball Part 2


The first 8 packs weren't too bad...let's see the next 8.

Pack 1

1999 Fleer Baseball Greats Frank Thomas
1996 Score Lenny Dykstra
2021 Topps Fire Keibert Ruiz
1995 Emotion Dante Bichette
2020 Topps Archives Tony Gwynn
1985 Topps Orel Hershiser 
2009 Upper Deck Lance Berkman
1991 Donruss Diamond Kings Barry Bonds
2015 Panini USA Baseball Stars & Stripes Trenton Clark
1978 Topps Dodgers Team Card (Unfortunately the back was checked...the only card they needed was Ron Cey).
2017 Topps Archives Carlton Fisk
2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces Ryan Howard
1996 Collector's Choice Checklist Ozzie Smith
2018 Donruss Diamond Kings Robinson Cano

Favorite cards are the '78 Dodgers card followed by the Hershiser rookie.

Pack 2

2002 Donruss Fan Club Craig Biggio 
1989 Donruss David Cone
2018 Topps Series 1 Gold Matt Kemp 1510/2018
2004 Fleer Platinum Mark Prior 
1992 Upper Deck George Brett 
2021 Panini Prizm Nelson Cruz 
1999 Topps Strikeout Kings Pedro Martinez 
1985 Topps Jerry Hairston 
2020 Topps Paul Goldschmidt 
2002 Topps Ten Jim Edmonds
1978 Topps Rookie Pitchers Larry Andersen/Tim Jones/Mickey Mahler/Jack Morris
2022 Topps Series 1 Stars Of MLB Pete Alonso
1991 Fleer Randy Johnson
2019 Donruss Diamond Kings Mitch Haniger

Favorite card is the '78 Morris rookie. 

Pack 3

2019 Donruss Bryce Harper 
2001 Upper Deck MVP Jeff Bagwell 
1983 Score Cy Young Award Dennis Eckersley 
2022 Topps Archives Ralph Kiner
1988 Score Goose Gossage
2019 Topps Gallery Dustin Pedroia
2007 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks and Prospects Travis d'Arnaud
1980 Topps Al Oliver
2022 Topps Update 100 Career Home Runs Shohei Ohtani 
1987 Topps Pedro Guerrero
2020 Topps Series 1 Decade's Next Kyle Tucker
1977 Topps Robin Yount
2001 Topps Magglio Ordonez
1996 Score Select Travis Fryman

Favorite card is the '77 Yount.

Pack 4

1981 Topps Cubs Future Stars Carlos Lezcano/Steve Macko/Randy Martz
2020 Big League Blue Parallel Jon Lester
1991 Score The Franchise Lenny Dykstra
2018 Donruss Optic Diamond Kings Matt Olson
1985 Donruss Highlights Willie McGee
2001 Fleer Platinum Shawn Green
1975 Topps Larry Dierker
2015 Topps George Springer 
1985 Topps Kirby Puckett
2022 Topps Archives Keith Hernandez 
1993 Studio Jim Abbott
2000 Bowman Michael Cuddyer

Highlight was the '85 Puckett rookie. 

Pack 5

2021 Topps Fire George Brett
1984 Topps All-Star Set Bill Madlock 
1999 Topps Power Brokers Roger Clemens 
2020 Topps Rainbow Foil Yuli Gurriel
1983 Topps Ken Griffey
2021 Topps Chrome Alex Verdugo
1991 Score Dream Team Bobby Thigpen
1997 Topps Series 2 Season's Best Frank Thomas
1977 Topps Gaylord Perry
2018 Topps Big League Carlos Correa 
1988 Donruss Mark Grace
2022 Topps Archives Dylan Carlson
1994 Upper Deck Cecil Fielder 
1998 Leaf Bobby Bonilla 

1988 Donruss Mark Grace rookie! I must have at least forty of them now.

Pack 6

2021 Topps Pete Alonso
1983 Donruss Hall Of Fame Heroes Casey Stengel
2001 Upper Deck Decade 1970's Joe Morgan
2021 Donruss Rated Rookie Ryan Mountcastle
1990 Topps Omar Vizquel 
2021 Topps Archives Vida Blue 
1994 Pinnacle Series 2 Museum Collection Sid Fernandez 
2005 Fleer National Pastime Victor Martinez 
1978 Topps Record Breaker Sparky Lyle
2022 Bowman Shane Baz
1991 Upper Deck Paul Molitor 
2021 Topps Series 1 1952 Redux Eloy Jimenez 
1991 Topps Fred McGriff 
2007 Upper Deck Juan Uribe

The Mountcastle rookie probably wins best card in the pack.

Pack 7

2006 Bowman Ichiro 
2021 Topps Archives Todd Helton
1987 Topps Pete Rose
2019 Topps Update Home Run Derby Alex Bregman
2016 Topps Tier One Prime Performers Carlos Delgado Auto 106/299
1989 Topps Will Clark
2021 Topps Walmart Holiday Jose Ramirez 
1988 Topps Dwight Gooden
2022 Gypsy Queen Andrew McCutchen 
2000 Topps Gallery Chipper Jones 
1991 Fleer Ultra George Brett 
2019 Topps Heritage The Sporting News Matt Kemp

Nice Carlos Delgado autograph card.

Pack 8

1991 Barry Larkin 
2001 Topps Ten Doubles Leaders Bob Abreu 
2021 Topps Heritage Rookie Stars NL - AL Deivi Garcia/Ian Anderson/Cristian Javier
1984 Topps Tug McGraw
2021 Topps Update 1992 Redux Fernando Tatis Jr.
1989 Upper Deck John Smoltz
2001 Fleer Futures Craig Biggio
2021 Bowman Tyler Stephenson
1990 Swell Baseball Greats Mark Fidrych
2021 Panini Contenders Season Ticket John Means
1990 Leaf Bert Blyleven 
2002 Upper Deck MVP Tino Martinez 
1978 Topps Jerry Tabb
2020 Topps Big League Anthony Rizzo

Favorite card is the '89 Smoltz rookie. 

Again, not too bad. Rookies of Morris, Puckett, Hershiser and Grace to name a few. I also liked the Delgado autograph.  The 1990's were featured most often this time with this decade a close second.

The last 8 packs up next!

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Thursday, May 11, 2023

Jampacks Wax Baseball Part 1

As you probably already know, I love repacks. You also probably know if you're looking for ROI, this really isn't a wise choice. In my opinion, this is one of the better ones. There are 24 packs with 14 cards in each pack. There also is (on average) 1 Autographed card and 1 Relic card. Cost is $84.99 with shipping included. Let's begin!

Pack 1


2021 Panini Chronicles Limited Juan Soto
1988 Fleer Reggie Jackson 
2000 Topps Gallery Tom Seaver
2022 Donruss Optic Charlie Blackmon 
1996 Bowman Bobby Bonilla
2018 Topps Fire Power Producers Marcell Ozuna
1982 Donruss Diamond Kings Ken Singleton
2000 Pacific Crown Royale Albert Belle
1976 Topps Ed Armbrister 
2019 Topps Update Vladimir Guerrero Jr 
1992 Score All-Star Lee Smith
2020 Topps Turkey Red Byron Buxton
1988 Topps Mike Schmidt 
2000 Upper Deck MVP Marquis Grissom

A Vladimir Guerrero Jr rookie in the first pack.

Pack 2

1991 Upper Deck Mark McGwire
2001 Fleer Tradition Troy Glaus
2021 Topps Giancarlo Stanton
1985 Donruss Ken Griffey
2020 Topps Archives Kerry Wood
1991 Score Reds' October
2000 Upper Deck Derek Jeter
1960 Fleer Baseball Greats Ernie Lombardi
2020 Donruss Purple Parallel Jose Berrios
1987 Topps Gorman Thomas
2019 Topps Kyle Tucker
1980 Topps Sixto Lezcano
2003 Leaf Passing Through Time Tom Glavine
2016 Bowman Yoenis Cespedes

Don't see a 1960 Fleer card in these types of repack boxes too often.

Pack 3

1989 Score Cal Ripken Jr 
2019 Topps Archives Sterling Marte
1992 Upper Deck Doug Drabek
2022 Topps Julio Urias
2002 Donruss Fan Club Bernie Williams
1993 Donruss Juan Gonzalez 
2022 Topps Archives Matt Olson
2000 Topps Stadium Club Mark McGwire 
1995 Topps Mark Grace 
2022 Donruss Mike Piazza 1015/2022
1999 Pacific Omega Sean Casey
1982 Donruss Diamond Kings Rod Carew
2020 Topps Heritage Brandon Crawford 
2000 Upper Deck Carlos Lee

If there is any card company that I wish would come back, it would be Pacific.

Pack 4

2018 Bowman Aaron Judge
1988 Donruss Tim Raines
2007 Topps Flashback Fridays Ryan Howard
2018 Topps Fire Chance Sisco
1993 Upper Deck Curt Schilling 
2022 Bowman Jonathan India 
1992 Studio Jim Abbott 
2002 Fleer Genuine Luis Gonzalez 
1976 Topps Maximino Leon
2018 Topps Update '83 Topps Matt Kemp
1987 Topps Will Clark
2020 Topps Gold Max Scherzer 
1985 Donruss Dave Parker 
2003 Upper Deck Steve Karsay

Favorite card here was the 1987 Topps Will Clark.

Pack 5

1990 Upper Deck Cal Ripken Jr 
2008 Upper Deck Goudey Billy Wagner
2018 Topps Series 1 Legends In The Making Miguel Sano
1985 Topps Benny Ayala
2019 Topps Archives Bruce Sutter 
1991 Bowman Andy Van Slyke 
2001 Donruss Rafael Palmeiro 
2019 Topps Walmart Holiday Yusei Kikuchi 
1992 Leaf Harold Baines
2021 Bowman Ke'Bryan Hayes 
1990 Fleer Mark Grace 
2006 Topps National League All-Stars Alfonso Soriano 
1978 Topps Tom Seaver 
2021 Donruss Diamond Kings Joey Gallo

Two nice ones out of that pack, the Hayes rookie and the '78 Seaver.

Pack 6

2018 Topps Heritage Mike Trout 
1987 Topps '86 All-Star Game Roger Clemens 
2002 Fleer Headliners Ichiro 
1985 Topps Record Breaker Joe Morgan
2018 Topps Stadium Club Tomas Nido
1995 Bazooka Sandy Alomar Jr 
2011 Bowman Blue Parallel Todd Helton 82/500
1989 Upper Deck Darrell Evans 
1999 Sports Illustrated Andy Pettitte
2022 Topps Mejier's Purple Parallel Justin Turner
1986 Topps Dave Righetti
2019 Topps Big League Stolen Base Leaders Trea Turner/Billy Hamilton/ Starling Marte 
1996 Topps Series Two Profiles Marty Cordova 
2001 Topps Gallery Geoff Jenkins

I like that there are numbered cards in these packs. I also like the Turner Purple Parallel as there are no Mejier's stores anywhere near here.

Pack 7

1998 Donruss Roger Clemens 
1977 Topps Mike Tyson
2021 Topps Archives J.T. Realmuto 
1993 Fleer Round Trippers Juan Gonzalez
2021 Topps Kyle Lewis
2005 Upper Deck Classics Jose Canseco 
1991 Donruss MVP George Brett 
2021 Bowman Chrome '91 Bowman Nate Pearson
1982 Donruss Ray Knight
2020 Topps Heritage '71 Flashbacks Carlton Fisk
1987 Donruss Barry Larkin 
2007 Upper Deck MLB Artifacts Carlos Beltran 
1992 Fleer Wade Boggs 
2018 Topps Craig Kimbrel

Favorite Card is the Fisk insert with the Larkin rookie a close second. 

Pack 8

1999 Fleer Tradition Alex Rodriguez 
1984 Topps Jim Palmer
2019 Donruss Name Variation Ozzie Albies 
2005 Donruss Champions Jayson Werth
1996 Topps Moises Alou
2022 Topps Heritage Corey Seager
2004 Fonruss Studio Roy Oswalt 639/999
1990 Topps All-Star Cal Ripken Jr 
2018 Topps Opening Day Albert Pujols 
1999 Topps Chrome Troy Glaus 
1987 Donruss Diamond Kings Steve Sax 
2022 Topps Update Gabriel Arias
1983 Donruss Dwight Evans 
2020 Topps Stadium Club Nick Castellanos

Not a bad third of the box...not a lot of vintage, but not filled with commons either. The 1990's, 2000's and 2010 decades were almost equally represented. The 1960 Fleer card was a nice surprise.

The next post will be the next 8 packs!

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