Friday, March 22, 2013

Collector's Cache

I recently saw Chris Olds rip one of these, so I went out on my lunch break and picked one up.  He grabbed his because there was a 2003 Flair jumbo boxtopper in there as the guaranteed auto or relic.  I found two that had 2003 Flair jumbos, and I figured I would take a chance on one.  I'm glad I did.   There was also a third box there that didn't have a jumbo relic.  I could see the relic inside that one and tell that it was a Portraits relic of some sort because it had a pullout relic.  I could see part of the front and it was a twins player.  Upon further research at home, I determined based on the corner of the picture that it was a Michael Cuddyer.  That raised a dilemma: do I spend $15 knowing that I'm getting a $5 relic or just pass.  I passed.  It still bothers me, but such is life.  I was there to get a Flair jumbo, and that's what I did.

As you can see on the sticker, the cache includes:

1 Storage Case - I already had a couple of these boxes.  I like them. That's already $3-5 value right there.

Over 500 Cards (6 decades) - So, that's '10s, '00s, '90s, '80s, '70s, '60s...not bad.  Most of them will be of the "here, you throw these away" variety, but should be fun nonetheless.

1 Game Used or Autograph card - Ok, most probably suck, but the 2003 Flair jumbo cards look pretty cool.

1 Major League Collector's Patch -  The box shows a Yankee Stadium patch.  Whatever, it's pretty cool and adds a little value.  Maybe I can turn the patch into some custom cards?

 3 Factory Sealed Packs - You can see inside the box, so you know what you're getting here. Don't expect greatness.

1 One-touch - who doesn't love one-touch magnetic cases.  Seriously. There's another $1 of value right there.

COLLECTOR COINS!!! - aka 1990 Topps Coins. I'm not sure exactly how many are in there, but there are a ton.  Like maybe 100-150.

So, let's see how I did:

I'm showing the coins first because they practically poured out of this thing.  Somehow, I didn't manage to get a complete set, despite getting at lest 5-6 of Ripken, Griffey, and several others.  I added these to my want list.  I still need: 18,19,20,22,25,26,28,30,35,36,39,45,59,60.

My patch is the same as the one on the sticker.  Pretty cool, though, and a decent size. 

I can't imagine anyone is surprised to see '90 Donruss, Opening Day, and First Edition in here.  For a great video on how to open 1990 Donruss, go here.  While the Donruss and FE sucked, the Opening Day was actually a really good pack:

A blue, a Mascot, a Wright, AND and Upton
The 500+ cards in the box were fun to flip through, much like the shoebox cards I'm showing on the blog.  I only scanned a few, and I'm pretty sure it's the first time Prospects Plus and '88 Leaf have been scanned together:

Scherzer, Zimmerman, and Heyward is a decent trio of cards.  I've never had any '88 Leaf.  That logo is huge.  Pretty cool.

As for older cards:

I gotta say it's cool to get these from a repack box.  The most notable cards were these two:

'69 Niekro and '79 Murphy
Lastly, we get to the 2003 Flair Jumbo Boxtopper.  Each one is roughly the size of an A&G Cabinet card (6"x8" ish) and comes with a full checklist:

You can see it's a pretty good checklist.

I was extremely happy with the card I got:

Given the size of the card, you can imagine how nice the patch is in person.  The patch itself is around 1.5" x 2".  Pretty awesome.  I think I definitely got my money's worth.


Dennis said...

Wow, that's a pretty cool Chipper!

Nick said...

Very cool. I'll have to pick one of these things up next time I have some extra cash, the look like a blast to open!

cynicalbuddha said...

Damnnnn. I saw three of these at Target the other day and almost picked one up. Might have to go see if they're still there.

Crackin Wax said...

Hmm... Cuddy or Chippah? Well, I'm biased. I would have taken the Cuddy. :)

Anonymous said...

that thing is pretty cool, didn't see them at our local target and was just there. nice cards for not so much cash.

Dhoff said...

Awesome patch. Yup, that deal was worth it.

Spiegel83 said...

This seems like a cheap and fun buy. Where do they sell these boxes?

Fuji said...

Wow... you killed it with that Chipper and the coins. Awesome!

The Junior Junkie said...

I got one too. It also had tons of coins but they were much older. Wanna trade one of them Griffey coins??

Josh D. said...

Hi Spankee - Thanks for your review. Based on your recommendation I picked one up at Target tonight. They had 6 of them there, but only one with the Jumbo box-topper, so I grabbed that one. Mine was a Jason Giambi large pinstripe (Yankees) relic, #'d/50.
I will check my coins to see if there are any I need. I got that same Jason Heyward card.