Thursday, February 4, 2016

Target Repack Impulse

Well, I never intended for a repack purchase to be my second post here, but it is what it is.  The other day I was at Target, having a gander at their wares, but what caught my eye most was the 10 pack Fairfield repack.  Ten packs for $8?  I'll guess I'll take that on impulse.

So here are the packs inside: 3 packs of 2014 Strata, 1 pack of 2014 Topps, 1 pack of 2014 Topps Platinum, 1 pack of 2013 Topps Chrome, 2 packs of 2013 Prestige, and 2 packs of 2013 Score.  Not great, but not bad either.  I'm putting together the 2014 Topps set, and I like Chrome and Platinum, so I wasn't wholly disappointed at the outset.  So what did they bring?  Here is a look at my favorite from each pack.

2014 Strata Pack #1
A base Gronk.  I'm not a huge Gronk fan, but I have grown fonder of him as time has passed.  This is the first pack I've ever cracked from 2014 Strata, but I have almost completed the 2013 set.  I think I prefer 2013's darker gray background with the team color portal design, but this is a pretty clean looking design, comparatively.

2014 Strata Pack #2

A Quarterback Die-Cut Andy Dalton.  I like this card.  I already had the Aaron Rodgers Quarterback Die-Cut from a trade last year, and I don't mind adding another.  The one thing that bothers me here is the right hand and the ball have been cut out of the picture.

2014 Strata Pack #3
The selection of these two cards as the highlight of this pack speaks volumes.  There were really no better options than the duo of Jake Locker an Zach Mettenberger.  The reason I went with the two together is they were back-to-back in the pack.  Two straight failed quarterbacks of the future for Tennessee, stacked against each other in one pack.  The inversion of the jersey color is an interesting visual.

2014 Topps
The Topps pack knocked two cards off my need list: #439 Jace Amaro and #409 Kelvin Benjamin.  I'm now 61 short of the set.  I'll post a need list for this set and a few others shortly.

2014 Topps Platinum
A Jimmy Garoppolo rookie from Topps Platinum rounds out the 2014 cards.  I like the sleek look of this card.  I don't know if all of the rookies had slightly different backgrounds from the vets, but this card has more a refractor shine and more white space than the other base in the pack.  Is he the heir to Tom Brady?

2013 Topps Chrome
Another die-cut quarterback, this time it's Ryan Nassib of the Giants.  This was actually a tough decision.  I also pulled a Johnathan Franklin rookie, and I have a mild PC going of his rookies.  But this one edges it out because I don't often beat 1:24 odds in a repack box.

2013 Score #1

A Terrance Williams rookie.  I really like the throwback nod to the iconic '89 set, and Williams isn't too bad a player.

2013 Score #2
J.J. Watt.  I love this shot of Watt in the tunnel.  I'm not a big fan of score, but this is a cool card.

And now we get to the good stuff.  Two packs of 2013 Prestige gave me a couple of goodies.

2013 Prestige #1
A Ziggy Ansah Extra Points parallel rookie.  I'm a huge BYU fan, and unfortunately, it's not that common for one of our guys to make it big in the NFL.  But Ziggy was taken in the Top 5 of the draft and is so far living up to the billing.  I'm happy to add one more to my collection.

And the big pull of the night came from...

2013 Prestige #2
Extra Points Rookie Auto of Tyler Bray.  Yeah, I know.  The former undrafted quarterback from Tennessee isn't all that exciting, but come on.  How often do you score an actual autograph from a repack?  Normally I hope for some decent rookies and maybe something that will help me complete a set.  This was unexpected and exciting.  Not bad for 80 cents a pack, right?

What about all of you readers?  What has been your best, most surprising pull from a repack?

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