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|
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|
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.