As I've said before, any card I don't have is a card I need. So I'll be sort of happy if the box yields a lot of cards I don't have. Beyond that, I'm happier if I get a card that I can add to my reference book. I'm even happier if I can get a Phillie or post 1994 Astro card I don't have. And just if happy if I can get a player I collect. I'm going to evaluate the box pack by pack in roughly the order they came out of the box.
1993 Triple Play
This card is a bang on two counts, it's a Phillies card I didn't have and it's a subset card I didn't have. Schilling is apparently beating a new glove into submission. I haven't figured out who that is on the back.
And another subset for the reference book.
There were really no inserts in this set but there was a game card. I already had one featuring Darrin Dalton of the Phillies. But I'd rather have a non-Phillie card in the reference book.
The card folds open to reveal a scratch off game.
Overall, I'd rate this pack as a 'bang'.
1993 Upper Deck
There was a time that I didn't like 1993 Upper Deck much, but now I like it a lot. 15 cards in the pack and I needed 11, so clearly a bang. No great players in this pack but some good photos.
This kid must be at least 25 years old by now.
I have this set completed, so I didn't expect anything here. Let's just call it a bust, but interesting to see this package again. 29 cards for 79 cents. Along with the Spring Fever Baseball contest, Topps was selling tee shirts.
I wish I'd have bought that Style E shirt although it would probably be a rag by now.
I've picked up plenty of O-Pee-Chee cards in repacks over the years, but this is the first pack of this product I've ever seen.
Here's one of the problems of opening up 29 year old baseball cards with gum. The gum took off most of Mike's face.
I didn't have any of the 7 cards in this pack, so rate this a bang. Plus I pulled a few players I collect, including the above Hershiser card and Bret Saberhagen. Although I have nearly the complete 1988 Topps set, I don't have the Topps cards of these two.
One of the so-called "Super Premium" sets of the early 1990s. I like this set but it's a frequent find in repacks and I only pulled 3 (of 14 in the pack) that I needed. So this pack was a bust. Just to remind you of what these cards looked like.
Glossy, full-bleed printing front and back. 2 photos in the back but a scarcity of stats. Just a little gold foil on the front.
Another set that loads up repacks. I have nearly the entire set although I'm pretty sure I never bought a pack when new. Of the 17 cards, I only needed 3, so call this a bust.
This was the first year for Score. As the new kid on the block, they brought a colorful card back, complete with a color photo and full career stats to the table. A bit ahead of their time I think.
A regular 1989 Topps wax pack. A complete bust.
1991 Stadium Club Series 2
The set that started the "Super Premium" trend. "Produced with Kodak Technology". I needed 11 of the 12 cards from the pack, so a total bang. As with the 1993 Upper Deck, no great players but some good photos.
Stadium Club had two gimmicks. One was a system of stats called BARS. I can't claim I ever paid much attention to it. Every pack had a card to explain the system. The other was a copy of the players Topps rookie card on the back. I always liked that in this set. They did it again in 1992 but it didn't work as well since we'd seen all the rookie cards in 1991. Topps should try this again with a current Stadium Club issue.
I collect George Bell. Unlike a lot of cards the design element works pretty well with vertical and horizontal cards.
An Astros rainbow jersey and a good photo at 3rd base.
I'll get the rest of this box done later in the week.