I had never really been a huge fan of this set, until i broke this pack open on Saturday night. Looking at the cards with more of an apprectiation now of just how mice this set looks and less of an emphasis on how much I can sell a PSA 10 for on Ebay, has now made this probably one of my favorite sets of the 80's, and one that I am going to try and finish off this summer now. So after ripping 72 packs of the set that should have been aborted, I had great fun tearing through this pack with my grandfather looking at some cards of the guys I remembered collecting as a kid.
366 Padres Team Leaders 203 Matt Keough 48 Julio Franco - Everyones favorite journeyman in his first regular base set Topps card.
13 Scott Holman 44 Jim Morrison 534 Pete O'brien 598 Rusty Kuntz - Every joke has already been said about this poor guy. Here is a great article on him
45 Jerry Mumphrey 696 Pirates Leaders 124 Damaso Garcia 604 John Lowenstein 177 Jerry Hairston 386 George Hendrick All Star 174 Juan Berenguer 32 Bobby Ramos 484 Ozzie Virgil 489 Dave Von Ohlen 208 Jose Oquendo 608 Bobby Johnson 271 Moose Haas 465 Mookie Wilson 654 Bob Bailor 339 Roy Lee Jackson - He looks pissed
427 Rick Leach 610 Steve Sax 360 Willie Randolph 309 Tony Phillips - His best years would come much later. During the "steroid era", hmmm.
520 Bob Boone 378 Bob Brenly 560 Carlton Fisk - Three catchers in a row, saving the best for last.
153 Dick Tidrow 493 Mike Norris 55 Dave Concepcion 641 Mike Richardt 765 Ken Forsch 476 Tom Tellmann 460 Dave Winfield - He either homered or hit a can of corn.
20/22 Gary Carter Glossy All-Star - Never a fan of these growing up, but I am excited to get them all now. 137 Earned Run Average Leaders 601 John Tudor 466 Gene Garber 498 Rich Gedman 518 Greg Walker 600 Rod Carew - Rod looks intense even playing first base.
492 Tucker Ashford 204 Bobby Meachem 722 Bob Welch 532 Eric Show - R.I.P. even if you did bean "The Hawk". 525 Willie Wilson 638 George Vukovich 711 AL Active Career Hits Leaders 745 Dennis Eckersley - Hall of Famer number 4 in this pack. 543 Craig McMurtry - Holy shit it is Napoleon Dynamite with a moustache.
302 Barry Bonnell 52 Paul Splitorff 678 Chris Spier
All in all this wasn't the greatest pack for star power, but I had a lot of fun opening the pack. final rating 6.5/10.
So I cracked open that 2nd wax box I had. I think I got more dups then cards I needed. I was expecting that though, I did pull a Glavine finally though. This will be my final post on this topic for a while as I have no more packs to open. Here is my wantlist for the set.
I just couldn't do that pack by pack breakdown anymore...I was killing off my one reader, myself. Anyway, packs 19-36 were a lot of the same but I did pull 2 Mark Grace rookies. I have yet to pull a Roberto Alomar or Tom Glavine rookie. I have started to collate the set and I expect to be around 200 cards short, so it looks like I get to rip another box. Sweet!
Well after a 3 pack of shit, this box needs to redeem itself quick. Lets see if we can finally pull a Glavine or Grace and make this worth my time.
Pack 13 brings us back with both of the Bash Brothers! A regular base Jose Canseco and a Mark McGwire DK graced the wonderful innards of this wax pack. Also, two of my favorite cubs from the 80's were in there, Rick Sutcliffe and Keith Moreland.
Pack 14 gives us the base card of Mark McGwire and the DK Checklist. Yeah, it is sad, a checklist was worth mentioning.
Pack 15 Kirby Puckett and Dale Murphy MVP's where the highlights. The last 7 cards were all dups. Damn!
Again, you have all seen these, I will save the pictures.
Another day and some more 1988 Donruss to rip open. Lucky me. See I have all this other great stuff to open, but I won't allow myself to do it until I am done with 88 Donruss and done sorting my 1985 Topps into numerical order. Okay here we go.
Summary: Packs 4,5,6:
Pack 4 gave me hall of famer Wade Boggs, a Jose Mesa rookie, and a Paul Molitor Diamond Kings. What it also gave me were duplicates of Calvin Schiraldi and Kem Caminiti though, so 4 packs in I know have dups of 3 players.
Pack 5 was by far the most solid pack in terms of star power so far. It included Don Mattingly, Eddie Murray, and a Ripken Baseball Family card. Again though, in classic Donruss fashion I received duplicates of Mark Langston, Harry "Who the fuck are you" Spilman, and Lance Johnson.
Pack 6 well I pulled the "hit" rookie of the set in this pack, Gregg Jeffries. Well at the time it was the hit rookie, now that would probably fall to Mark Grace or Tom Glavine, but at the time this came out, that was a big money card (for me who was 7 or 8 ripping this stuff as a kid). I also pulled a Paul Molitor MVP and Bert "Why am I not in the hall of fame" Blyleven. But to keep the tradition of duplicates going i pulled dups of Mel Hall, Mike Schmidt MVP, Jose Gonzalez, and Buddy Bell. That brings our duplicate count to 9 after 6 packs. Great Ratio.
Summary: Packs 7,8,9:
Pack 7 starts off with a bang! First card in the pack is newly inducted hall of famer Rickey Henderson. A couple of cards later is a Rated Rookie of Jack McDowell, who was a good pitcher for the White Sox for a little while. Only 1 dup in this pack and that was Reds "great" Ted Power.
Pack 8 wow this takes the cake as the worst pack yet. Biggest star is Carlton Fisk who actually was one of my favorite players growing up. Other than that, an Ivan Calderon Diamond King was the only other card of note. Duplicates included Neil Allen and Bob Boone.
Pack 9 ends the day with another decent pack. Included is a Barry Bonds 2nd Year and a George Brett. Also included was a Billy Hatcher Diamond King. I am wondering what the hell was the criteria to be a Diamond King in this set. Billy Hatcher, Devon White, Ivan Calderon, as Diamond Kings, Really? WTF?