Sunday, January 6, 2013

Ohhhhh, Ohhhhhhhh! Domino!

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.

And card-less.

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."

Hit it:


  1. Hahahaha! A domino relic?!?! I am strangely intrigued by this card. Is it for trade?

  2. Any post that has a Van Morrison video is a winner.

  3. Like you, I also received a Target gift card this Christmas, one that I'll be saving for 2013 Topps later this month.

    I've gotten a couple memorabilia pieces out of repacks over the years, but nothing even remotely close to that "domino" piece.

    Nice pull!

  4. I got a relic out of Goodwin this year of Steve Wozniak's floppy disk. I can't decide whether it is the coolest or lamest thing I have ever gotten.

  5. The domino relic is one of my favorites from A&G! I also enjoy the playing card relic that I have and a rope relic...

  6. Great post, great link! Van's the Man, especially when he's live and not screaming at the audience.

    I'm relatively new to the idea of buying packs at Target, Walmart and Rite Aid, but I'm fast getting the idea that it's time to go spend some of the funds there.

    Love the '81 action Clancy.

  7. I don't know if it's good or bad that I'm old enough to have gotten that domino reference right away.

    Very good pull though, even though the domino is not game used.

    How can a domino (unless it's brand new), not be game used?

  8. Better then any card I ever got from a repack. I'm gonna have to out now and buy a few.

  9. Just so you don't think all those "Best of 2012" boxes are loaded, I've bought two and they both sucked. Unless you count the red variation Clayton Kershaw from one of the Bowman Platinum packs.

  10. "Sucked" and "Kershaw" do not go together. Send it to me, good sir.