I don't expect anyone under 35 to grasp that title reference. But don't you worry, I'll have you all caught up by the end of the post.
A few days ago I went to Target armed with a gift card. I was under strict orders to purchase baseball cards with it, and I am a good little soldier. Unfortunately, as I've mentioned before, my Target tries to squeeze as much money out of a card consumer as it can. Everything in the card aisle was full-price. If I wanted something cheap, it would have to be loose packs of 2012 product, and I have zero interest in 2012.
Deflated, I left. The gift card will have to wait until 2013 Topps hits shelves.
Next stop was Walmart a few days later. I had hoped to grab one of those "Best of 2012" repacks that I've been reading about on the blogs. I know I just said I have zero interest in 2012. But judging by some of the stuff I've been seeing out of those things, I was willing to gamble.
But there was no "Best of." The shelves were a disaster of football and hockey packs. Worst of all, I had gone to Walmart for nothing. I felt dirty.
What I really wanted, of course, was one of those cheap Fairfield rack pack repacks. 100 cards. Three guaranteed vintage cards. A memorabilia card in every eight packs. You know the deal. I've opened like 30 of them on here.
Since Target and Walmart don't have fun little stuff like that anymore, I went to Rite-Aid the following day. And grabbed my repack.
It was useful as usual.
Three '90s Dodgers. Unfortunately, I have all three, but you keep putting Mike Piazza cards in there, Fairfield, and I'll keep buying.
Two really happy looking guys. Although I don't know if we need to see Mr. Bowen's ABC gum.
A fantastic non-licensed 1984 item of AL SuperStar Ron Guidry.
A terrific '81 Fleer card of Andre Dawson.
And, even better, an '81 Fleer card that I didn't have. Vive le Canada!
In fact, the repack overdelivered in terms of its "3 vintage cards" limit. I received four late '70s cards, plus two from '81 and one from '82.
But my favorite card came very early on in the opening:
Lord have mercy.
That is German dominoes innovator Max Poser with a real, live, lime green domino fragment.
And if that doesn't make you chuckle, how about this?
You mean it's just a random domino????? I'm OUTRAGED!!!!
But unless I become misconstrued, let me say for the record that this card is fantastic. I will put it right up there with my Carlos Pena plaid sportcoat relic card. This is part of what makes A&G a good time.
It might not have been the greatest pull if I had just spent $100 on a box of Allen & Ginter.
But $4.99 for a rack pack?
As Van Morrison said,
"Never have to worry about what is worst and what is best."