Thursday 18 April 2019

A few random packs

I stopped by a local card store to see if they sold Ultra-Pro 2 pocket pages by individual pages. They did, and I picked up what I needed, but as I looked around the store, I noticed that they had a small box of cheap loose packs by the entrance. I looked through them and decided to buy these three packs.

This pack of 2006 Upper Deck First Pitch was fifty cents. As you can see, it contains five cards, one of which should be an insert.

(L-R): 2006 Upper Deck First Pitch #94 and #34

The pack started with two Cubs, with Burnitz being a former Met.

I like the layout of the cards. I like seeing the division on the card with the team logo. It seems different to me.

2006 Upper Deck First Pitch - Goin' Deep #GD-3

Here is my one insert. I kind of like it. It reminds me of playing in the home run derby on one of my friends' video games.

2006 Upper Deck First Pitch #171 and #2

An enjoyable open for fifty cents.

The next pack cost me a dollar, and it was the only one there. I would have bought more if they had them.

So we should have 14 cards plus a special insert. I didn't see any odds on the other inserts listed on the front.

L-R: 1994 O-Pee-Chee #11 and #199

I think this is the second year that the O-Pee-Chee cards had different designs with the Topps cards. Branded with an O-Pee-Chee logo, you can see with the position on the front in both English and French.

1994 O-Pee-Chee - All-Star Redemptions #8

This counts as my insert card. It is a nice Ken Griffey card, but should your insert really be a mail away offer card?

I don't remember ever actually following up on one of these mail away offers.

1994 O-Pee-Chee #169 and #241

1994 O-Pee-Chee #12 and #31

I forgot that Howard Johnson moved on to finish his career with the Rockies.

1994 O-Pee-Chee #7 and #162

Okay, I'm not a Braves fan, but this is an awesome catcher's card of Javy Lopez. I think it is a pretty good use of a horizontal card. I wish it was pulled back a little bit to see if the plate is right there, and to get his full glove in the shot, but it is pretty good as is.

L-R: 1994 O-Pee-Chee #254 and #206

1994 O-Pee-Chee #251 and #235

1994 O-Pee-Chee #21 and #262

I still don't know why some card sets still went with Denny for El Presidente, as opposed to Dennis. I wonder if he was even asked what he preferred.

I also like the swing on the horizontal card. That is a photo that could be used on one of the unlicensed cards.

Here is a look at the back of the cards:

If you look at the Raul Mondesi card, you'll notice that it is missing the card number on the back. It looks like it is an uncorrected error.

It is great to see the complete stats on the back of the cards, including the minor league stats on the newer major leaguers like Mondesi was. The Mondesi card has the bilingual text on the back.

A veteran like Martinez had no room for a write-up, but it is nice to see stats for his whole career.

I also like that the backs have different photos on them than the front.

I may have bought the odd pack of these cards back when they came out, but I was more into mostly collecting NFL cards in 1994. I don't remember what these packs originally retailed for. If I saw more for a dollar, I would probably pick them up.

Finally, in the discount pack bin, I found one single pack of football.

I already have my Browns team set for this set, but I still figured that I would buy this 1995 pack for fifty cents.

There are no card numbers on these cards, so there is no real identifier to use as a caption for the scans.

It is nice to get a Browns card as the second card in the pack, and it is one of Gavin's Guys from Granite. I don't believe that this Vardell card was among those that I sent him recently so I will put this one aside for him.

And the next card in the pack is a Browns card too! Awesome! The funny thing with the Byner card is that Byner wore the number 44 in his first stint with the Browns from 1984-88. When he came back to the team in 1994, Vardell was wearing his old number.

I notice that some helmets in this set don't have their logos on them. I'm sure there is some licensing aspect to it, but I don't know any details behind it.

Robert Smith had a really good, short career. He retired after the 2000 season, his eighth season in the league, after rushing for over 1500 yards that year.

The twelve card pack had three teams represented with two cards each. That is a little surprising. I'm sure that some people would complain about getting two Browns in a pack, but that sure makes it worth the fifty cents I spent on the pack.

I think opening these packs, and getting a post out of them, was definitely worth the two dollars (Canadian) that I spent.


  1. Looks like those were some fun packs to open.
    I'm always eager to check out cards released during my collecting hiatus, but am wary of discovering glossy bricks of stuck-together cards.
    I have lots of those OPC cards btw. If you'd like them, let me know and I'll dig them out.

    1. Thanks for the offer but I'm really not going to collect them. I just have fun opening them and would buy a few more packs for that.

      I agree with the possibility of getting bricks but at those prices, I wasn't worried.

  2. I believe that the different helmets on some of the NFL cards is due to 1994 having been the NFL's 75th anniversary season and teams wearing throwback-style uniforms. To that point, both Tom Carter and Brian Mitchell were included in the pack after playing for Washington, with each wearing different helmet/jersey styles.

    I missed OPC despite the mid-90s being my peak collecting years, but I particularly like the card backs of their entry for 1994.

    1. I saw the 75th anniversary patches on the uniforms but didn't even think of that in relation to the helmets. You're probably right. Thanks.

    2. This is correct. Many 1995 cards feature the throwback uniforms. If you look at Vaughn Hebron's Eagle helmet, you'll notice it is a completely different helmet with a silver bar down the middle, unlike the Eagles helmet of the time that featured only the silver wing on the side.

  3. Nice Touchdown Tommy!

    And those 1994 O-Pee-Chee cards looks pretty nice too. Not a familiar set to me, as I had stopped collecting in 1993 and you don't seem to see those around much today.

    1. Yeah...I don't think I've ever seen that OPC set before, and I go through a lot of dimeboxes and such with a lot of cards from that era (including a good amount of '91 and '92 OPC Premier).

  4. Great stuff. OPC packed a lot of information on their card backs that year.