After work last night, I opened all 10 of the 10-year-old packs that I dug out of the cheapie bucket at the card shop.
I'm really glad I saw that bucket. I almost missed it. It sits on the floor and is at the eye level of a newborn baby. Plus, they moved it from one end of the counter to the other. I nearly left the place with nothing, even though I was in such a card-buying yank that I considered grabbing some 2010 Upper Deck base packs.
OK, not really. But I was desperate.
The 10-year-old packs I picked up put me in a much better frame of mind. Especially one particular pack of Topps Gallery from 2002.
Five of the 10 packs that I bought were '02 Topps Gallery. I like most of the Gallery sets, some more than others. This is one of the better ones. Painted photos, by a stable of artists. They all have a water-color look. It's nice.
I never had an opportunity to buy these when they first came out since it was a collecting dark period for me. I'm fairly certain I didn't even know what a "hobby edition" pack was then. So pulling cards from these packs was a fun little discovery activity after the tedium of work.
The second pack that I opened got my attention. Here it is:
Rafael Furcal. The current Dodger shortstop, if you can call him that. Injuries just kill this guy. He's so good when he's in the lineup. And then, before you know, he's on the DL again.
I was very happy to see this card. It's a Hideo Nomo card that I need and it's a rather pleasant, pastoral painting. The pack was well worth the two bucks I paid with this card.