Posts in category: A Pack to be Named
1995 (?) Redemption (by Cactus Game Design)

While in Hot Springs, Arkansas, for a family “staycay” this year, we stopped by Family Christian Stores because they are going out of business nationwide and are selling everything at a discount. I picked up a booster pack of something called “Redempti…

1975 Topps Baseball

The 1975 Topps baseball card set is the first set I ever tried to complete through pack-purchasing.  I fell just a handful of cards short (Danny Cater and Mario Mendoza come to mind).  The set consists of 660 cards and includes subsets of milestone cards, four-player rookie cards, MVPs, League Leaders, and Playoff and World Series Highlights.  The cards were standard size, although there was a mini-set version that measure 2 ¼” by 3 1/8″.

Backup catcher Rick Stelmaszek is airbrushed into the Chicago Cubs uniform.  His MLB career was over by the time this card was issued, but he went on to a very long career as a coach for the Minnesota Twins.
Bart Johnson was coming off of his best year, but unfortunately would miss the 1975 season.

Catcher (and future manager) Johnny Oates assumes the old school catcher stance.

Catcher (and future pitching coach Dave Duncan) is shown in a rare dugout shot.  Duncan also appears mistakenly on what should have been Larry Haney’s card.

Topps used the up angle to hide the fact that the picture of Steve Arlin is from his time with the San Diego Padres.  After pitching eleven games for the 1974 Cleveland Incians, Arlin’s career was over.

Veteran outfielder strikes a standard batting pose.

It’s always great getting a Hall of Famer.  Tom Seaver was at the peak of his career when this card came out.  It is a great shot, featuring Seaver with the jersey over the windbreaker look popular back then.

Badly airbrushed into a St. Louis Cardinals cap, Claude Osteen was already with the White Sox by the time this card was released.

Joe Torre displays another badly airbrushed cap after his trade to the New York Mets.

I loved this Rudy Meoli action card.  It was only years later that I realized Meoli probably popped up to the catcher in this at bat.

1979 Topps Buck Rogers

I can’t say that I know much about these cards or even this show.  Heck, the cards are from my birth year!  I came into this pack last week and want to share.  It appears to have been opened and all the cards were there.  The only t…

2002 Score Buffy The Vampire Slayer Collectible Card Game: Angel’s Curse

Greetings!Hope everyone is doing well.  I apologize for my sudden disappearance from the site.  It was the usual family stuff – holidays, decorations, eating, clean-up.  Throw in a broken water heater and a couple of sudden paperwork hun…

2017 Donruss NASCAR – Hobby Pack

Friday I stopped in at my local card shop and picked up a couple of packs of Heritage baseball and a pack of Donruss NASCAR.  I haven’t been interested in NASCAR in years, but figured I’d give it a whirl for the site.LINK:  2017 DONRUSS RACIN…

2017 Topps Heritage – Hobby Pack

After work yesterday I headed to Duane’s Sportcards to check out the card show, since the vintage dealer from Oklahoma is set up.  Before hitting the show, I poked my head into the shop long enough to pick up a couple packs of Heritage.

I don’t collect baseball anymore but have always liked Heritage.  I feel it’s lost something since the initial set, but most seasons I pick up at least a few packs.

There’s not a ton of commentary I can give on the cards.  If you’re reading this, you probably already know what they are and what they are a tribute to.  


LINK:  2017 TOPPS HERITAGE BASEBALL VARIATIONS GALLERY

2017 Topps Heritage #355 Anthony Rendon

2017 Topps Heritage #355 Anthony Rendon (back)

2017 Topps Heritage #251 Victor Martinez

2017 Topps Heritage #248 Peter Bourjos

2017 Topps Heritage #183 Jose Quintana

2017 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection Relics #CCR-KS Kyle Seager

2017 Topps Heritage #63 Alex Wilson

2017 Topps Heritage #133 Arizona Diamondbacks TC

2017 Topps Heritage #341 Patrick Corbin

I mentioned that I picked up two packs.  I leave you with this scan, in case you were wondering what the enclosed spoils were.

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1987 Topps Baseball Wax Pack

It’s 2017.  It’s been 30 years since the legendary 1987 Topps set was released.  If you don’t think it’s legendary, then tell me why there are so many 1987 Topps themed sets that have been released the last few years.

I love the set and it will always be one of my favorites.  1987 was the first year that I collected trading cards, completing both the Topps and Donruss sets.  During the college and post-college years, I got rid of most of my junk wax era cards.  I did keep the 1986 Topps (my first cards ever), 1987 Topps and 1987 Donruss sets.  Unfortunately, they were lost a little more than two years ago when my childhood home caught fire.

I decided to hand-collate the 1986 and 1987 Topps sets for nostalgic purposes.  Yes, I could have bought complete sets cheaper, but it’s just not the same.  Cheaper doesn’t always mean better to me. I’m almost finished with the 1986 Topps set and have a couple of 1987 Topps boxes ready to go when the time comes.

With the popularity of the 1987 Topps set, I was surprised that one hadn’t been opened and posted on APTBNL.  There is a cello pack post, but with the 30-year anniversary upon us, I felt many would enjoy this look.

 After 30 years, the gum is completely stuck to the card.  I can turn it upside down and the gum doesn’t fall off.  To be honest, I thought the card was going to suffer paper loss as I was removing the gum.

1987 Topps Baseball Wax Pack

1987 Topps #605 Todd Worrell 

1987 Topps #605 Todd Worrell (back) 

There was no way that I couldn’t show the gun stain on the back of this card.  Per wikipedia (always there, sometimes accurate), Todd Worrell “is currently the pitching coach at Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis and also coaches for the River City Rascals of the Frontier League.”

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1987 Topps #613 Lance Parrish 

Lance Parrish is currently the manager of the Erie Seawolves.

1987 Topps #571 Ozzie Virgil

I would have loved this card in 1987.  I was a Braves fan.

1987 Topps #791 Lance Parrish

LANCE PARRISH HOT PACK!

1987 Topps #101 Carl Willis

Carl Willis is currently the pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox.

1987 Topps #546 Mike Morgan

Per the Mike Morgan wikipedia page: “Morgan currently resides in Ogden, Utah and owns “World Championship Outfitters”, a company which takes people on private hunts with Morgan as the guide. In 2010, he created the “Robinson’s Transport Wounded Warrior Hunt”, a hunting trip for military members who have received a Purple Heart.[3] He also instructs youth baseball players one-on-one through the company “Ultimate Sports”.”

1987 Topps #774 Wayne Krenchicki

Wayne Krenchicki was the only player in the pack that I couldn’t recall ever hearing of before.  It turns out that he never played in the majors in or after 1987, which explains why.  Per wikipedia: “He is currently the manager of the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League.”

1987 Topps #752 Dan Petry

Dan Petry‘s son, Jeff, is a defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens.

I’ve heard that Topps won’t even honor football redemptions from 2015, so I doubt they will honor this. 

1987 Topps #150 Wade Boggs

Did you know that Wade Boggs credits Mr. Perfect for saving his life in 2001?

Wade Boggs met Curt Hennig, better known as wrestling legend Mr. Perfect in 1983 and the two became fast friends, often hunting and fishing together. In fact, during a hunting trip in 2001 Hennig saves Boggs’ life. While deep in the woods, Boggs became entangled in a barbed wire fence, which badly lacerated his leg and rendered him unable to walk. Boggs rushed to his friend’s aide and untangled him from the fence, then carried Boggs over a mile through the thick brush to their truck and transported him to a nearby hospital for treatment. Boggs likely would have bled out and died from his injuries had Hennig not been with him and acted so heroically. Sadly Hennig died of a cocaine overdose on February 10th 2003, and was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007 by his friend Wade Boggs.” via sportsmasher.com.

The Boggs card was easily the best card in the pack.

1987 Topps #646 Mike Mason

Mike Mason will be the Chicago Cubs minor league assistant pitching coordinator in 2017.

From chicagocubsonline.com:  “Mike Mason begins his fourth season as assistant pitching coordinator after spending the previous six years as Triple-A Iowa’s pitching coach. He has 25 years of coaching experience following a seven-year big league playing career with Texas (1982-87), the Cubs (1987) and Minnesota (1988). Prior to joining the Cubs, he served as Kansas City’s minor league pitching coordinator (2004-07), while also handling interim pitching coach duties at the Major League level in 2004. Mason served as pitching coach for Philadelphia’s Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre club in 2002-03 after serving as Kansas City’s minor league pitching instructor the previous two seasons (2000-01). He began his coaching career in Kansas City’s minor league system from 1991-99.

1987 Topps #112 Alan Ashby

Alan Ashby loved this card so much that he had the highest home run total of his career (14) in 1987.  Ashby was the lead color commentator for the Houston Astros until the end of the season.  I can’t find if he’s taken a new job for this season.  

1987 Topps #169 Ron Washington

Ron Washington managed the Texas Rangers from 2004-2014 and is currently the third base coach for the Atlanta Braves.

1987 Topps #379 John Russell

John Russell managed the Pirates from 2008-2010 and has been the Orioles bench coach since 2011.

1987 Topps #317 Clint Hurdle

I swear that the Russell and Clint Hurdle were back-to-back.  After Russell was fired, Hurdle was hired as the Pirates manager.  He was named National League Manager of the Year in 2013.

1987 Topps #559 Lance McCullers

I can’t find anything on what Lance McCullers did after his playing career ended, other than be a dad.  His son, Lance, is a pitcher with the Houston Astros.

1987 Topps #516 Ted Simmons

Ted Simmons had a 21-year major league career, finishing with 2456 hits, 248 homers and a .285 batting average.  He is a borderline Hall-of-Famer, but is not in.  If you just search “Ted Simmons” on the interwebz, the first page has three articles about why he should be in the Hall of Fame.  He has remained in baseball since his career ended and currently works for the Braves.

1987 Topps #214 Omar Moreno

1987 Topps #214 Omar Moreno (back)

BRAVES HOT PACK!  I would have loved this pack in 1987.  Also, I had to show off the wax stain.

Omar Moreno is the final player in the pack and the second one that didn’t play in the majors in 1987.  Per wikipedia, “Moreno has returned to Panama since his retirement. He and his wife Sandra have run the Omar Moreno Foundation, a youth baseball charity for underprivileged kids in Panama. Moreno assumed the title of Secretary of Sports, a position created by then-President-elect Ricardo Martinelli in May 2009.

Hopefully you enjoyed the look at the cards, or at least the trip down memory lane.  You can follow APTBNL on twitter at @namedlater and me at @beansbcardblog.  Please take a look at and follow my personal blog, I Feel Like a Collector Again.

2016 Topps Heritage Minor League

It’s difficult for me, as a card collector, to walk into a card shop and out empty-handed.  It does happen, but not too often.  Such was the case a few days ago, when I saw these packs in my local shop at 3/$10.  Despite not being into baseball anymore, I have always loved Heritage.  Looking through the simplistic design and pictures on these cards reminds me why.

LINK: 2016 TOPPS HERITAGE MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL CHECKLIST INCLUDES ON-CARD AUTOGRAPHS (Beckett.com)

2016 Topps Heritage Minor League #64 Mark Appel

2016 Topps Heritage Minor League #64 Mark Appel (back)

Mark Appel was the number one overall pick by the Houston Astros in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft.  He was selected eighth overall the year prior by the Pittsburgh Pirates but elected to return for his senior season at Stanford.

In 2016 he suffered injuries to both his elbow and shoulder.  After the season, the Phillies added him to their 40-man roster.

LINK:  Phillies Land Three Prospects on MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospect Rankings
LINK:  Mark Appel Pitches Filthy Stuff in Spring Training
LINK:  Mark Appel ‘hungry’ to show Phillies he belongs in pitching plans

2016 Topps Heritage Minor League #4 Jacob Faria

Despite the 5-10 record and 3.99 ERA in 2016, Jacob Faria is the #8 Tampa Bay Rays prospect for 2017, per Baseball America.

LINK:  Tampa Bay Rays Notes: Team’s Rotation Has Bright Future
LINK:  Ten things we’ll be talking about during Rays spring training

2016 Topps Heritage Minor League #78 Max Fried

 The Atlanta Braves acquired Max Fried from San Diego in the Justin Upton trade.  He is Baseball America’s 2017 Atlanta Braves 2017 #10 Prospect.  Despite not yet pitching above Single-A, he is attending Braves’ camp this spring.

LINK:  Braves prospect Fried is back to being ‘a dude’ among pitchers
LINK:  Braves’ Max Fried: Could begin season at Double-A
LINK:  Time for optimism in Braves Country

2016 Topps Heritage Minor League Real One Autographs #ROAOAL Ozzie Albies

As I said earlier, I don’t follow baseball much anymore.  However, I am in the hobby enough that I knew immediately that Ozzie Albies is a top prospect.  For 2017, he is the Braves’ #2 Prospect, per Baseball America.  He is also #11 in on Baseball America’s Top 100.

LINK:  Ozzie Albies is huge part of Braves’ future
LINK:  With Brandon Phillips, Braves can delay Ozzie Albies’ arrival, but for how long?
LINK:  Tragedy and competition fuel Ozzie Albies’ pursuit to the majors

2016 Topps Heritage Minor League #159 Mac Marshall

Mac Marshall was a fourth-round selection by the Giants in the 2015 draft.  Since turning pro, Marshall has experienced difficulty keeping the ball in the strike zone.

LINK:  CONTROL STILL ELUDES MAC MARSHALL
LINK:  San Francisco Giants preliminary prospect list
LINK:  Marshall excited to get pro career underway

2016 Topps Heritage Minor League #179 Victor Robles

Victor Robles wasn’t invited to the Washing Nationals’ 2017 Spring Training camp, but he is one of the top prospects in baseball.  Through 218 minor league games, his career batting average is .306 and he has stolen 83 bases.  Baseball America placed Robles at #13 on their 2017 Top 100 Prospects list.

LINK:  Nationals’ Victor Robles: Flashes speed in intrasquad game Thursday
LINK:  Victor Robles, 19, the Nats’ remaining top prospect, speeds into big league camp
LINK:  THE RAPID RISE OF VICTOR ROBLES

2016 Topps Heritage Minor League #24 Samuel Coonrod

Sam Coonrod didn’t make the 2017 Baseball America list of top 10 Giants prospects, but he WAS #6 on the 2016 list.  He had a 9-6 record and 2.55 ERA in a 2016 season split between Single and Double-A.

LINK:  Interview With San Francisco Giants’ Prospect Sam Coonrod
LINK:  San Francisco Giants:Prospect Watch-Samuel Coonrod

2016 Topps Heritage Minor League #32 Andrew Benintendi

The final card in the pack pictures the only player in it to already receive “the call.”  If you’re reading this, you already know who he is and there’s no need for me to go into detail.

LINK:  Andrew Benintendi all lined up to hit second
LINK:  Still a rookie, Benintendi not seen as one by Sox
LINK:  2017 TOP 100 PROSPECTS

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1976 Topps Baseball

The 1976 Topps baseball set was the first set I bought complete.  It sold for $9.99.  It was cool to have the whole set, but I must admit, some of the fun of collecting was gone with that single purchase.Printed in a single series, the 660 ca…

2016 Topps WWE

The 2016 Topps WWE set consists of 100 base cards, featuring wrestling stars of the past and present.  There are also inserts, autographs, memorabilia and manufactured relic cards.  The base set card backs feature a short write-up on the resp…

2017 National Hockey Card Day USA

Today, February 18th, 2017 is National Hockey Card Day in both the USA and Canada. How it works is, if you visit a participating hobby shop, you get some free hockey cards. Pretty simple, no? They’ve been doing it since 2009 in Canada and 2012 in the U…

2013-14 Score Mike Modano Tribute

At one of the local card shows on Saturday, I picked up a couple of packs of cards, not sure exactly what they were.  They were in the seller’s dollar box, so knowledge wasn’t vital to my purchase. After opening one of them, I discovered that it w…

2005 Helmar

I recently purchased four packs of 2005 Helmar trading cards.  If you’re not familiar with this product, then welcome to the club.  There’s not a lot of information out there about these packs, but there’s a website for this brewing company. …

1991-92 Stadium Club Hockey

It’s snowing heavily here, the roads are icy, sounds like a good day for another hockey pack! I may be known as the NBA and NASCAR guy but I’m really getting into hockey lately. And naturally, that leads to hockey packs joining my collection and now th…

2016 Topps WWE Divas Revolution

As someone who once lived and breathed wrestling in my childhood (the “Attitude” Era of WWE, and the… well, the Goldberg and Sting Era of WCW) I am always keeping an eye out for the newest wrestling products. Topps’ WWE products don’t tend to be hobb…

2017 Topps Series 1 Baseball – Blaster Retail Pack

I’m not a baseball guy anymore, but since it’s Topps Series 1 release day, I decided to join in.  I couldn’t make it to my local card shop today, but decided to stop by Target on my way home.  I picked up one blaster and have chosen a pack to…

2016 Topps WWE Then Now Forever – Retail Hang Pack

I loved wrestling as a kid.  Now that I’m big kid, I still enjoy it.  I may not watch every week, but I go through periods that I do. As it pertains to cards, there’s no other sport where I’ve gotten the return on investment that I have on wr…

2016-17 Upper Deck Hockey Series 1 – Retail Pack

The best thing about Upper Deck’s yearly flagship release is that we as collectors know what’s coming.  We will get a simple design, great photography and Young Guns.  It’s refreshing that while the hobby is all about hits, there is still a d…

1991 ProSet Yo! MTV Raps MusiCards

I have long wanted to post something on APTBNL, but I don’t buy a ton of packs, and by the time I get around to buying repack boxes and find something cool, someone else usually has posted it ahead of me.  But not today!  Today (courtesy of a…

2016-17 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey

I’ve always been of the “don’t leave the last pack” philosophy, so when I was at a local shop a few weeks back I picked up the last pack of 2016-17 Upper Deck Artifacts.  I almost passed on it because of the $13 cost, but decided to go for it.

Per Beckett.com, this is the breakdown of what you get:

2016-17 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey at a glance:
Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 4
Boxes per case: 10 per inner
Set size: 100 base set cards plus subsets
Release date: September 28, 2016

WHAT TO EXPECT IN A HOBBY BOX:
– Three autograph, memorabilia, or Aurum cards
– Four serial-numbered cards
– One Rookie Redemption

You saw that right, four cards for the low price of $13.  The design is similar on a year-to-year basis, so if you collect hockey, it’s a similar feel.  Below is what I got for $3.25 a card (4 packs for $13).

2016-17 Artifacts #17 Gustav Nyquist

2016-17 Artifacts #17 Gustav Nyquist (back)
Gustav Nyquist will always hold a special place in my heart.  I pulled his Young Guns High Gloss (#d/10) shortly after it came out.  Through the Red Wings’ January 20 game, Nyquist has 7 goals and 24 points on the season.  
2016-17 Artifacts #10 Johnny Gaudreau
Two years ago, you couldn’t hear much hockey talk before someone mentioned Johnny Gaudreau.  That was before Connor McDavid,  Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine busted onto the scene.  He’s still exciting and Flames fans still love him, but he is trending toward a statistically worse season than his first two.  Through 38 games, he has ten goals and 29 points.  
2016-17 Artifacts #91 Joe Thornton
Joe Thornton is the veteran off the active players in the pack.  After more than 1,400 NHL games he is still productive.  Through 46 games this season, he has just three goals, but 26 assists.  
The final card is the pack is a retired player and is numbered out of 499.  
2016-17 Artifacts #137 Bob Bourne /499
I’ve bought a fair amount of hockey over the last few years, but I’ve never heard of Bob Bourne.  It appears he is an Artifacts regular that scored 258 goals over a 14-year playoff career.  He was a key, and often overlooked, member of the four-time Stanley Cup winning Islanders of the early 1980s.  
The pack left a lot to be desired, but that means odds are others than bought single packs are happy.  I may reconsider the “no lack pack standing” philosophy, as it’s truly failed me more times than not.  
Happy (pack) ripping!  
1990-91 Pro Set Series II Hockey

Kind of surprised to see that neither series of Pro Set hockey from 1990-91 was on here yet. I just got into hockey and picked up a couple packs.This set is in the early lead for my favorite hockey set. I love the size of the checklist and the bright c…