Monday, January 23, 2012

Fairfield Rack Pack

There may come a time when I can stop myself from buying these repacks but as long as I keep getting stuff I want from them I'll keep buying them. These rack packs have 100 cards. They promise a relic in every 4 packs, but I haven't seen one yet. I didn't have 52 of the cards in the package, a pretty good percentage. Not all of them did I want to keep, but I like adding to my image database, even if I don't keep the card. They will be fodder for the 3rd Annual Summer Blow-Out Trade come June. I'm sure you don't have the stamina to see all 52 cards so I'll just show you a few.

Remember, I buy these packs so you don't have to.

1967 Topps #419 Don Kessinger
First up, is a card which perfectly exemplifies why I keep buying Fairfield repacks. Most of the 1967 Topps cards I own are Phillies. In fact this only the second 1967 Topps card that isn't a Phillie I've acquired. And although I never heard of Don Kessinger, he was a pretty good player. A 6-time All-Star with a 16-year career, mostly with the Cardinals. I'm happy to have his card.

1978 Topps #248 Frank White
This pack had more old cards than usual. Frank White had an 18-year career, all with the Royals. He was the 1980 ALCS MVP but his team went on to lose the 1980 World Series to the Phillies.

1982 Donruss Diamond Kings Checklist
How exciting is this? Not much really but in my quest to collect at least one of each kind of card, this is a card from the 1982 Donruss set I didn't have. It is not actually a part of the set (it doesn't have a number). I'm always happy when I can get a card to add to my reference collection.

1988 Fleer Baseball MVP Mark Langston
Fleer made a lot of these 44-card boxed sets in the late 1980s which were distributed through various retail outlets. This is not one I've seen before. The set was distributed by Toys 'R' Us. The store is not mentioned anywhere on the card but apparently was on the box.

1989 Topps Cap'n Crunch #1 Jose Canseco
This was the first card out of the pack and already I felt like I had my money's worth. I never even heard of this set before.

1990 Upper Deck #445 Fernando Valenzuela
I actually already owned this card but it's a great card so here it is.

1990 Starline Long John Silver #37 Darryl Strawberry
I'll agree that this is one ugly card. It came from a 40-card set distributed by Long John Silver restaurants in 1990. According to, after the promotion was over they had 100,000 sets left over. You can easily find them on eBay, still in the original 4-card cellophane wrappers.

1993 Classic Four Sport Gold #296 Carl Schutz
I've seen 4 or 5 cards from this set, but I've never seen a card from the base (non-Gold Set). The other reason I show this card is because of the subject. Schutz was the Braves #3 draft pick in 1993. He is show here in the proud uniform of Southwest Louisiana Community College. He actually made it to the show, appearing in three games for the Braves in 1996.

2000 Pacific Vanguard #79 Peter Bergeron
Another reference card. I had a handful of these cards, but not a rookie card. They were advertised as having been printed with “Vision-Glow” technology.

2000 Upper Deck Ovation #47 Preston Wilson
Ovation was a set released for a few years by Upper Deck. The design always featured some sort of embossing. The white, textured looking area of the card is actually textured. I've always wondered how they printed cards like this.


night owl said...

I find stuff I like in these rack packs, too. But I notice that the more modern cards that come out of them always seem to be from teams with few fans: the Marlins, Padres, Expos. I wonder if they really designate certain teams for "repack status."

Hackenbush said...

I have a copy but being a fan of the 1969 Cubs I'm still jealous that you pulled a Don Kessinger. In the era of the great field, light hitting shortstops, Don was one of the best. Jack Brickhouse used to mention his "boardinghouse reach". He was also a master at picking the ball in the hole and making that jump throw to first.

capewood said...

Hey, Night Owl. Good question. What would they do with the teams that don't go in the repacks? Do they sell single-team repacks in other markets? I've never seen that in the Houston area.

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