This month, I settle all draft folder business. This week in particular, I am clearing out all the trade posts that I began but for whatever reason, did not finish.
This one is not so much a trade post as it is a contest winning post, but hey, stuff came in the mail from someone else, so it counts. This pile of goodness came in June of 2014 from Dennis of Too Many Verlanders (née Too Many Grandersons, who currently patrols right field for my Mets). Thanks to the magic of randomization, I came in 6th in his spring cleaning sweepstakes and got to choose from an array of prizes. He was also just flat out giving away stuff and I chose a couple of lots from that booty as well.
Given that the best cards were gone, I decided to try my luck: behold a 100 card Super Value (re)Pack. The lots I got were one of Mark McGwire (because why not) and the creative batch of "what's news" football cards: New York, New England, and New Orleans.
Here are what I thought were the best cards from the first pocket of the repack:
Most of these speak for themselves. There is a Met, a trade line, a nifty photo, some vague 80s Fleer, The Penguin, a 1970's Expo, and a couple of Tigers, the last no doubt chosen because of the originator of the pack.
I remember opening this repack vividly because of the second pocket of cards:
Yup, someone down in repack central thought this collation was a good idea. Dinged corners aside, this means some Big Topps oddballs are coming!
This repack was obviously meant for a Tigers fan because of the mass quantity of bengals there in. There is also a nice Daniel Murphy in there too.
Before there was such a glut of faux-vintage nostalgia cards everywhere, there was Big Topps. They made the cards in the slightly larger size of 1950s cards and included funny little cartoons on the back. They were so ahead of their time. They produced these for three years to a very bemused and uncaring public. They should bring these back. Oh wait, they've done Heritage for 15 years now, never mind.
The McGwire lot included some wonderful shiny stuff.
I think we all have a soft spot in our hearts for Big Mac. I know I do. I liked those late 80s A's teams against my better judgment and very few will say they hated the 1998 season at the time. Unless you always hated Mark McGwire, I see very little reason hating him now. The difference between McGwire and Barry Bonds is I always hated Barry Bonds from moment one; PEDs don't even come into either discussion.
There were some big cards in the package as well, bigger than even the Big Topps. Dennis took special care to make sure I didn't think that sandwich of cardboard had cards in it and was not a spacer. How nice.
Oh yeah, and that 1978 Expo was not just an old card, it was an O-Pee-Chee. I cannot recall ever getting vintage Canadian goodness in a repack. Just a great package all around.
Dennis also included a nice little note congratulating me on my win:
Thank you, Dennis! Your obsessive player collecting is an inspiration to us all.