A few weeks ago I told the sad tale of my sister-in-law buying me a repack box for Christmas. She actually unknowingly purchased a box that already had been purchased, pillaged, repackaged, returned -- no doubt for full credit -- and placed back on the shelf.
When it arrived in my hands, it did not include the promised autograph anymore. All that was left was some Panini cards from five years ago.
My theory is most of those Panini cards were in the repack box in the first place. Because that's what Fairfield -- the repack company -- likes to do. Most people understandably don't want anything to do with Panini baseball so the scammer returned those cards to the box after removing whatever hit was involved.
I didn't think much about the dirty deed after writing that post, but that's the cool thing about having regular readers. Somebody else did think of it, and sent me a card to make up for getting scammed.
This card arrived from Nick, and it is the most perfect repack replacement card.
No, it is not an autograph, but I don't care about that. Can't you see pulling this out of a Fairfield repack box?
It's a bit star-studded for my repack pulls. I'm usually expecting someone like Ozzie Canseco or Matt Mieske when Fairfield promises me something. But it's definitely in the ballpark. In the dugout even. And Nick, did in fact pull it out of a Fairfield repack.
It's a 12-year-old jersey card that Fairfield would've picked up on the cheap and it's a player that nobody really enjoys that much. Have you ever heard of a J.D. Drew player collector? I haven't. Fans of some teams absolutely despise him, while fans of other teams for which he played weren't all that crazy about him.
I'm included in that latter group. When the Dodgers acquired him, I think my reaction was, "Ah, geez," and then I promptly went about pretending he didn't play for my team.
But, yes, I do want this relic card. He's wearing a Dodgers jersey isn't he? This is my fifth J.D. Drew relic card, but my first Fleer one. (I've got two from Donruss and two from Upper Deck). It's the perfect Drew relic card. There he is, looking very much like a ballplayer, doing what he does very well, but not seeming to enjoy it very much.
From this point on, I will tell people that THIS is the card I pulled out of that repack box. If my sister-in-law ever inquires (and she won't), I will show her this card.
Take that scammers.
You think you won. You didn't.
And I know the guilt is still gnawing at you.