Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A Tale of Two Repacks, AKA: $20 wasted, $20 extremely well spent

It was the best of repacks, it was the worst of repacks...

Apologies to Charles Dickens.

The other day when I bought that Bowman rack pack I was tempted into buying another, yes..another, repack at Wally's. I haven't had great luck with them previously but for some reason I keep buying them.

Well they had two in stock and this time they advertised 10 packs and two random relics or autos. Hmm...guaranteed hits. I always like the sound of that. Well the windows on both boxes showed the exact same stuff. Recent Topps flagship, a pack of '13 Panini Prizm Draft Picks, and a pack of Leaf's Pete Rose trash that I still firmly believe is the worst baseball card set ever created. Well one box prominently featured the Rose crap and another I could just see the side of the pack. I decided on the box that did not have the gambling king's mug front and center.

It turned out pretty bad....very bad. The box contained absolutely nothing of consequence. It was awful. Nothing but common base cards, cheap parallels and inserts.

Oh but the two guaranteed hits, you say, those could certainly redeem the box.

Two manu-patches from 2010 Topps....


Well that totally sucked a huge gorilla nut.

If I was a logical card collector I would have cut my losses and forgotten about it while looking forward to the hobby boxes I should get tomorrow. But something was nagging at me. I don't know what it was. But something..told me that I needed to go back and buy that other repack box. I was confident that it would still be there because I think I'm the only person that buys them. So today after I got off work I made a quick jaunt across the road and bought it. 

Upon opening the box it was immediately clear that this one was better. The inner packs included 2010 Bowman Platinum, 2010 Topps Chrome (severely curved of course), and 2009 Upper Deck X.

I'd never opened any UDX before so that was cool.

I do love die-cuts.

But it get's better.

But it get's even better.


A non-guaranteed hit from a pack repack!

Oh man...


*Side note: This is the first redemption I've ever pulled. I guess I'm gonna find out what the Panini redemption process is like!

Yes. That's right. THREE non-guaranteed hits from one friggin $20 Wal-mart repack. Unbelieveable.

Oh yeah about those two guaranteed hits.

Ok that's cool. A former AL RoY and All-Star. A lot better than a maupatch.

Holy snot buckets indeed.

I have no words left.


  1. If you don't want the Carter Manu-patch, I'd love to try to work out a trade with you for it. Off.hiatus.baseball at gmail dot com. Lmk

  2. That's gotta be the best repack box I've ever seen. Never pulled more than 2 hits from a box - 5 is unbelievable.

  3. Seems to be $20 well spent, that is pretty cool that you would come out so well from repacks.

  4. Holy snot buckets indeed! Congratulations on that amazing repack.

  5. Wow! You really cleaned up. Congrats.

  6. Yeah, wow! That Verlander is sweet. If you ever want to trade, I could flash some cool Braves cards at you.