Thursday, December 15, 2016

Retro repeats are still pretty good - and Rekindling an Update or two

About a week ago, there was a post on Rekindling the Cardboard Flame where ketchupman36 offered to send packs of 2016 Topps Update baseball cards out to a few interested people. I had mentioned I didn't have one yet for my unopened pack collection, so would love to have one for that. He was nice enough to send two packs so I could open one.

First, as a note to anyone who sends me cards from the US - I appreciate all you send, but by all means, use the cheapest method possible - I felt bad that sending the two packs cvross border cost $9.50 in postage. I know the cost can be a bit crazy where I send to the US, so I try to keep it to PWEs to save, and expect the same to be done with anyone sending cards to me.

So ketchup36, I very much appreciate getting these...

As promised, I have put one in my unopened pack collection (it is up on the wall - I'll share a picture one of these days), and as you sent a second, let's open a pack and see what we have!

Obviously nice to get the Kershaw ad Harper cards - great star power, and I have seen enough of the cloudy cards of 2016 to be past liking or hating the effect and accept it for what it is. That said - I am definitely not use to the retro Padres uniforms that were used for the All Star festivities. I appreciate the history that goes with the uniform, but they are still a bit putrid with the colours.

I would still call the pack a success because of the following two cards...

Great to get an error card (photo error), and a great insert as well (I like the look to these 3000 hits club cards, really nice).

As for the Santa Lot 20, not much new today, so I had to go out to dupes for the highlight, but worthwhile nonetheless...


I've talked about my like for this set before, and even though these are all duplicate cards - still enjoy getting them. I appreciate the cards, and think they should be easy enough to find homes for.

The rest

The good of this is, I think that is the first two-star 2005-06 Black Diamond card that I have picked up from these.


Double Dan's isn't too shabby - though a kinda blah picture. More 1991 Upper Deck football, atleast a few more new is starting to look more like the base 1991 Upper Deck set may be completed before all is done. That would be quite the accomplishment given the "pre update" set is 500 cards.

Through 5720 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2003-04 SP Authentic Basketball (90 card pure base)
- 3 Complete 2007-08 UD McDonald's Hockey Checklist Subsets (6 cards)
- 1973-74 O-Pee-Chee Hockey #30 Bobby Orr (All-Star)
- 2004-05 Upper Deck Legends Classics Platinum Hockey #64 Marcel Dionne 06/10
- 2007-08 Topps 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 95 9
Inserts / Var Kept 166 24
Error 11 1
Keep 1291 166
Doubles/Sell 676 41 1102 1671 245 22
Doubles Inserts / Var 62 1 66 71


  1. Glad you got them! I'd be interested in seeing the unopened pack wall some day. I bet it looks cool.

    1. Next time I go to dump pics off our camera, I'll take a couple shots and do a post. Might be a few weeks...likely to have to dump pictures just before or after Christmas.