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Friday, October 24, 2008

Buying Fairfield Repack Boxes So You Don't Have To

I really should know better by now, but This Fairfield box sucked me in yesterday. It's called 7th inning stretch because there are 7 Unique baseball items per box! WOOHOOO! Get it... Seventh inning... seven items... ahem. Well, for fifteen bucks they better be unique. Anyway I bought it and opened it and now I have become a warning to others. First, let's see what's promised in the box:

This is like the seven dirty words you can't say to a Joe Collector without them frothing at the mouth like an evangelical preacher listening to a George Carlin routine.

Star, Insert, Rookie, Pack, Box Set, Game Used and Graded.

Heck, there could even be the A-word in some of these boxes! oh Lordy, I do believe I'm getting the vapors... Let's see what's in this most wonderful of boxes.

Item 1: One sealed boxed set of 20 cards or more!

Oh goody, a 1990 KMart box set. With 33 Super Gloss photo cards! AND GUM! Still cello wrapped and everything. Let's peruse the checklist:

Bah, no Braves. Well, it was 1990. Dave Justice was about it from that year. There's a few stars in here though. It looks like there's a lineup for the AL and the NL. I think the AL could take 'em though. This may be something I have to bust in a future post. It's kinda weird to get a KMart set out of a box from Target. Time to move on to the second item.

Item 2: One major manufacturer sealed pack!

Upper Deck is a major manufacturer to be sure. And the pack is sealed all right! This is a series one pack out of a blaster. I can tell from the lack of a UPC code on the back and the fact there are only 8 cards in the pack. Let's open 'er up and see what's in there:

98 K Master Mark Reynolds
293 Mike Mussina
230 Coco Crisp is a part of this nutritious breakfast
266 Brandon Inge
323 Ian Kennedy RC
397 Jarrod Saltalamacchia Season Highlights
PP-1 Rudy Giuliani & Jeffrey Maier
.SQ-17 StarQuest common Hanley Ramirez

Definitely a pack for a Yankee fan. Hey Eric, Rudy's yours if you want him, I've already got Mr. 9/11. There are three Yankee logos on the card so it should be right up your alley. I've been pulling Ian Kennedy rookies like mad lately. is he any good or what? 0-4 in ten appearances this year with an ERA over 8. Blech. He pitched well for Scranton though and he's only 23 so who knows. Ok, time for the good stuff:

The infamous plain white Fairfield envelope! What secrets are hidden inside?

Item 3: One rare insert valued at $15 or higher!

A 2001 Pacific parallel of Robert Person? Really? Wow. Oh wait, it's serial numbered.

A Robert Person Pacific Premeire Date parallel card numbered 3/36. This is supposed to be valued at $15 or higher. Really? Let's check the only price guide I have that would contain listings for this set, my 2002 Standard Catalog of Baseball cards. Let's see, Let's see... 2001 Pacific... Robert Person is valued at 10 cents... Premiere date parallels are 25-50X listing for star cards. Is Robert Person a star? I think it's time to be moseying along...

Item 4: One Authentic Rookie card!

Dice-K! Not a bad rookie, it looks kind of different though. Aha, it's from the 2007 Topps team set of the Boston Red Sox. The card is numbered BOS1. Still pretty good, it's a variation I don't have yet. Ok! The next card is really thick! Let's check out the JERSEY CARD!!!

Item 5: One game-used or autographed card!


Moving on.

Item 6: One superstar card of Pujols, A-Rod, Jeter & More!

Well, they called the Pujols card all right. This Pujols is from the National Packtime giveaway in 2006. Another neat variation of a star, but I have this set already. Well, this box has been pretty hit or miss so far, with a double helping of miss. Last item in the box is the bulkiest. Let's check out this big ol' slab of plastic.

Item 7: One Beckett graded card!

Well now this ain't too bad! A BCCG 1987 Bo Jackson graded 10 Mint or Better. I think a BCCG 10 is roughly equivalent to a PSA 4 or so, but don't quote me on that. This is actually the best looking 1987 card I've ever seen. Sharp corners, clean back, well centered plus it's Bo! One of the best cards in the set! I'm not a big fan of grading, but this here is a purty card.

So whaddya think kiddos? Was it worth it? Are you going to run out to your local target and snap up a bunch of these boxes? If you do, let me know what you got. It can't possibly be better than this box and I'd like to gloat. Bo Jackson baybee!


kimaloo said...

Your post was too late to save me! I bought that box about 2 weeks ago. Here's the rundown of what I got:

- The same Kmart cards which were great for laughs.

- The same Dice-K.

- The same Pujols.

- 2001 Rich Becker (36/36)

- A sealed pack of 2007 Fleer Ultra.

- A graded 10 2007 Tristar Prospects Plus of Rick Porcello. (who?)

- And last but not least, a Game Used Jersey of Nomar in his pretty little Red Sox uniform... Just what every Yankee fan wants! :P

Holy Hitter said...

This is hilarious simply for the fact that I was at Target yesterday and thought about buying the same thing just to have fun and bust it on video. I decided to keep my $15.

The Bo Jackson 87 Topps has so much history for me. 1987 was when I started collecting and my friend and I had like a 3 hour trade negotiation for it and then I pulled it from a pack the next day. Oh to be in 2nd grade again and spending hours on a Saturday trading cards with my friends. Well now it is taking care of kids and yard work.

cardboardicons said...

Dude, I saw a gang of these at my local Target and ALMOST bough because they looked intruiguing. Then I said, "what am I thinking?" and put it back. Thank god you opened that for me.

dinged corners said...

What neural force cause otherwise rational people--as baseball card collectors, bloggers, and blog readers most definitely are :) --to burn dollar bills? Why, it's hope in a box.

Slette said...

I pull Ian Kennedy cards like it's my job - actually, I wish that was my job, it beats what I do now.

I don't think I have the Rudy card... I've been looking hard for the Topps one and completely forgot about the Upper Deck.

thehamiltonian said...

I always have to fight myself to keep from buying repack boxes. I keep telling myself "If they could sell this stuff separately and get $15 for it, they would. The fact that they have to make it a mystery to sell it isn't good." Its working more and more lately.

I stick to blasters when I need a quick fix, or buy a few hobby packs. At least no one has looked through them and said "We won't be able to sell this if we tell people what it is. Let's make a mystery box!"

madding said...

I saw some of those boxes last weekend at Target myself, but I wasn't sure if I wanted to own my first graded card.

By the way, kimaloo, Rick Porcello is one of the top pitching prospects in baseball.

capewood said...

I saw a box of this in Target this morning but I was short on funds. I bought a blaster box of SP Authentic instead. I only bought it so I'd have some of the cards as the cards are pretty boring. I also bought 5 packs of Bowman Chrome which I didn't have any of. I pulled two Fukudome cards, one as a Cub and one in his Japan uniform.

Wax Heaven said...

Wow, now that is some junk wax!

paulsrandomstuff said...

Thank you for the public service announcement. I'm frequently tempted by those evil things, despite knowing better.

The only thing in your box that I would have been happy with at all was the Robert Person card. I met him a couple years ago when he was playing indy ball, and became a fan.

Matt F. said...

I just bought a box today of this and you think you got screwed just wait until my video is ready...

HoustonCollector said...

The Person /36 is actually "Booked" (according to Beckett, natch) at $20.

gcrl said...

thanks for letting me live vicariously through you. you saved me some cash better spent on anything else!

Joey said...

This is more evidence that repacked boxes should only be bought at clearance time. But then that begs the question, what would be a fair price on the clearance aisle.

Oh well, just give me a blaster of something instead.

Joe said...

Hm... I've seen these and figured what you pulled would be the type of garbage inside. But seeing your post, perhaps I'll pick one up for my 6 year old nephew for the holidays. He's too young to know good cards from bad, and would get a kick out of a game used card, no matter who it ended up being.

(and I could pocket that sweet insert valued at $15 or higher when he's distracted by a shiny new video game...)

Michael said...

Bought mine in Durham,NC. Got David Price Tri Star gem mint 10, 2007 UD series 2 pack, 2005 topps national baseball card day david wright, carlos martinez rookie card, Raffy game used white jersey, Fleer Showcase History Roberto Clemente. Not bad for 15 bucks. I like the David Price gem mint 10 the best.

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