Today while running errands, including a stop at Target for dog food and antiseptic hand soap (which we liked even before this flu deal), we picked up this
Fairfield repack, along with a pack of Stadium Club and two packs of '09 Artifacts. While putting the white plastic red dotted Target bags in the van, we noticed that the Artifacts packs had each been torn open at one end. Now, we don't expect ever ever to find anything beyond base cards in a pack at Target, because the pack searchers get up waaaaay earlier in the morning than we do.
However. Not to put too fine a point on it, we'd much prefer not getting anything special from a pristine pack rather than getting a pack that has already been torn open and rejected, thank you. Call us picky if you must, but we'd like to do our own rejecting.
When we trudged back to return the packs, we asked the person in customer service if this happened a lot. "I don't know," she said helpfully. "Maybe it happens at the manufacturer!" Oh, not bloody likely, my dear.
So. We add our restiveness to the well-stated, plaintive post by Sooz at A Cardboard Problem. With nary a card shop or card show in our region, once in a while we have to get our cardkicks from retail. We've half accepted the inevitability of pre-searched packs. But pack rippers? They rip packs open to have a peek and return the carefully sliced packs to the box! What if these scoundrels see a promising card? Do they then buy the pack? Remove the card?
The final effect of a busy morning, no card shops nearby, no accessible card shows, then stopping by a retail establishment to pick up a few cardboard bits, only to have the fun dashed. Dashed, we say. Thus reducing us to a Griswold not finding the Christmas bonus.
Nevertheless, much like the Griswoldian uplift that occurs after that classic rant, guess what? Go ahead, guess.
That's right. We found nice stuff in the Fairfield repack. For instance, this Billy Wagner Fleer throwback.
The regular cards are all like Reggie. The throwbacks are sepia-toned, and the backs are like this (look on the right):
The gray, rougher cardboard. So that's cool. A throwbacky Met. Then of course there was the requisite Game Used:
you got a jersey bit from 2005 Topps Opening Day Baseball! Let us know if any of you Angels or Glaus people need this.
One of the packs was a Topps Heritage.
And under a smiling David Wright card we found
there was another kind of throwback. A Bill Renna autograph. Blue Sharpie. Nice sig.
Kind of neat. Here are some Bill Renna stats from Baseball-Reference. Not an outstanding player but frankly, even remotely vintage is a plus. Also, that face is full of hope.