Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Packening: the recap-ening

Thanks once again to the folks who made the time to attend my Packening live stream on Youtube last week!  I had a blast busting somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 retail packs and giving away a ton more.

On that note, I'll start with the giveaway's winners.  That's right, winners plural--just about everyone that showed up got some sort of prize!  Here's who they were and what they got:

Grand prize of 50 packs (equivalent of one order):  Chris of Nachos Grande
10 Dollar Store Topps packs from the Mid 2010s:  Paul of Scribbled Ink
10 junk wax packs:  Chris of The Collector and John of John's Big League Baseball Blog
5 2006 Topps hanger packs:  Fuji of the Chronicles of Fuji

Congrats to each of you and thanks for your support, as well as that of the other guys who hung out for a bit.  It was a great time and I hope to do something streamable in the future since everyone seemed to enjoy it.

And now what many of you are probably here for:  the results.  I'm currently cropping the live video since there's a lot of dead air for the first roughly 12 minutes.  Once that's done I'll likely embed the video here for your viewing pleasure, though if you're like me and prefer to just see the goods, look right below.  For what it's worth I didn't have time to show every single card, and I also skipped showing a good number of the packs because things ended up taking much longer than I had initially planned.

The two biggest hits were a 2007 Ultra Hitting Machines Materials jersey of Jim Thome and a 2014 Topps Update RC of Red Sox star Mookie Betts, easily the most valuable card in the bunch.  I've set aside the jersey for Paul as he's a Thome collector, and I'm keeping the Betts for now as it'll fit in nicely with my RC collection.  I'm just not the type to risk the usual eBay BS to try to cash in on it, and I especially don't get into grading, so I'll happily enjoy a top notch RC!
Next up is three scans' worth of Tigers.  Miggy was the PC guy I pulled the most, though in terms of trade bait he got a run for his money or was beaten by Ichiro and/or Kenji Johjima, a couple guys heading Fuji's way.  The Lineage Stand-Ups and Opening Day Stadium Lights inserts were definitely highlights.
Plenty more familiar faces here.  I filled in some gaps old and newer with some '91 Ultra guys and a trio of Ian Kinsler, including a shiny Heritage parallel.
Early 90s issues of blog favorites Tony Phillips and Mickey Tettleton were sights for my sore eyes (seriously, that was a lot of pack busting!), and I liked adding something new of former Tigers star Max Scherzer.
When it came to PC pulls nobody topped Junior Griffey, even if I only needed the last card in the bunch you see above--his 2015 Topps Archives base.  If only I knew one or more people that also collect Griffey....
Former blog namesake Curtis Granderson came up twice alongside Mr. Padre Tony Gwynn, former Wolverine Barry Larkin, Junior Ripken, and a (RC) of current blog namesake JV.  The Lineage Granderson and Ultra Gwynn were the only newbies here, but again, more trade bait is a good thing.
These last couple scans cover the remaining keepers for me.  Arrieta's card is a RC and might be decent trade bait if he can get its value back up a bit.  Johnson and Robinson are HOFers I was happy to keep.  And the Topps trio of Chipper, including the weird/fun Hot Button game card, will happily slot in with the others I've kept of him.
Last up is this bunch of star players from the Dollar Store Topps packs that, again, represent some good trade bait opportunities, especially when I dig into TCDB more.

Pretty much everything else is going into trade packages or my trade box sorted by team, with the exception of a decent stack of '89 Donruss and a larger one of 2006 Topps.  I figured I'd see if anyone who reads this needs some set-fillers, and eventually those can go on TCDB as well.

I realize this relatively short summary may make you think my return on $100 in retail packs was fairly light, but I think I got my money's worth of fun and trade bait with some bonus cards for myself.  And on that note I'd absolutely recommend picking up a few of these packages from Wal-Mart, with a suggestion of two to four to give you a nice variety and better chance of landing something good.  Fuji already mentioned he had a couple on the way and I hope others do and decide to show them off somehow because they're interesting to check out.

With that out of the way I'll be back to trade posts again next!


  1. So yeah, we're gonna need you to start a weekly video chat series where a bunch of us from Blogs and Twitter can watch you mess with cards and we can all chat hobby stuff.

  2. Wow, the Betts rookie was a nice pull! Congrats!

  3. Man... I hope I pull a Mookie rookie from my packs! Entertainment value is easily worth half the price you paid... the Mookie and Thome put it over the top. Everything else is gravy. I arrived back in the Bay yesterday... and plan on picking up my packs today. Although... I'm not sure when I'll actually get around to busting them open.

  4. Yep, a weekly chat sounds like it's in order :)

  5. Got my prize yesterday, thanks very much! I'll have a post up soon.

  6. Thanks for the recap! I'm still on the fence on these things, so I'm looking forward to Fuji's recap.

  7. Thanks for all the interest, guys! Stay tuned on the video chat--we'll see....

    Fuji--good luck!
    Jafronius--It's easily worth the cost of a couple blasters for two of these, though you may have to wait a little bit as they're at least temporarily out of stock. I've been watching the Blowout thread and the latest "wave" has been quite good with even less junk wax.

  8. Thanks for the prize! I've only ripped a couple of the packs but so far it has been lots of fun. I'll have the highlights from the 1989 Donruss pack up on my blog soon, probably this coming Friday for my "Flashback Friday" post.

    1. Pull something big, or at least something Red!