Tuesday, April 23, 2024

BBA: 5 Best Pack Pulled Hits

I'm always down for a Blog Bat-Around.  The topic currently trending around the blogosphere is posting your five best pack pulled hits.  It was inspired by Matt over at Diamond Jesters who utilized TCDB to create a list of all of his relics, autographs, and serial numbered cards in his collection.  He then isolated which ones were pulled from packs and voilà he formed his list.

Regretfully... I have yet to inventory my entire collection of anything outside of my Steve Largent PC on TCDB... so my process will be a little more challenging and probably inaccurate (in the sense that I might be forgetting some cards).

For the sake of this BBA, I'm going to follow Matt's guidelines of only counting relics, autographs, and serial numbered cards that I have personally pulled from a pack.  I haven't been opening up a lot of packs or boxes since the pandemic, but thankfully there were a few periods in my life when I did.  All of these hits were from those times.

Let's start things off with a few honorable mentions...

Honorable Mention #1Gehrig Bat Card

2004 Topps Clubhouse Collection
Career Legends Relics #CL-LG2 (#'d 158/184)

This card would definitely make my Top 5... but there's an asterisk attached to it.  Technically I wasn't the one who pulled this sweet card from a pack.  That honor goes to Colbey over at Cardboard Connections who hosted a group break and I happened to purchase the New York Yankees.

Honorable Mention #2Printing Plates

2020 Topps A&G Framed Black Printing Plate #30 Eloy Jimenz
2009 Topps 206 Printing Plate Mini Piedmont #104 Mark Melancon

2007-08 Topps Signature Printing Plate #TS-DJ Deandre Jordan
2017 Topps Bunt Magenta Printing Plate #132 Carlos Gonzalez

I felt like I should at least recognize the printing plates I've pulled.  There might have been one or two more.  Maybe one day it'll come to me.  Maybe it won't.

Honorable Mention #3Golden Babe Ruth of Higo 

2022 Topps Chrome NPB
1958 Gold Refractor #58-20 (#'d 37/50)

I pulled this shiny refractor from a box of cards that SumoMenkoMan sent me last ChristmasMunetaka Murakami is one of the best hitters in the NPB and he's only 24 years old.  We'll just have to wait and see if he can carry his big numbers over to the MLB in a few years.

Honorable Mention #4An Under-Appreciated Relic Card

1996 Press Pass Jersey Card #J3

This was the first jersey card I ever pulled from a pack.... which makes sense when you see the year this card was produced.  Upper Deck gets credit for producing the first memorabilia cards in 1996, but Press Pass wasn't very far behind.

Honorable Mention #5Jumbo Jeter

2003 Flair Sweet Swatch Jumbo Jersey #DJ-SSJ

This is one of those questionable pack pullsDid I pull it from a pack?  Yeah.  But it was one of those 2003 Flair box topper packs that came in a Fairfield Collector's Cache Box from a decade ago.  Each of those packs contained either a memorabilia card or an autograph.  I actually pulled a Jeff Bagwell autograph too... but I like the Jeter more.

Honorable Mention #6:  Secretariat's Saddle

2012 Panini Golden Age Museum Age Authentic Collection #20

In regards of coolness... this card can be swapped into any of the Top 5 spots.  I've only been to the track a few times in my life, so my knowledge of horse racing is limited.  But I definitely know the name "Secretariat".

Alright... enough of the honorable mentions.  Let's get to my five best pack pulled hits...

#5A Fundamental Signature

1999-00 Topps Gallery Autographs #TD

I knew this was a pretty nice hit when I pulled it back in 1999 or the early 2000's.  But years later, I discovered it was a pretty significant one.

Some players don't have a lot of certified pack inserted autographsTim Duncan is one of those guys.  

#4One Joe Leads to Another

2008 UD Masterpieces Stroke of Genius
Redemption Card for Joe Montana

Back in 2011, I opened a case of this product and as luck would have it... I pulled a redemption card of one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time.  Too bad it was expired.

I reached out to someone over at Upper Deck and this card eventually showed up as a consolation prize:

2008 UD Masterpieces Stroke of Genius #SOG50

I didn't hold onto this card for long.  Flipped it on eBay for a nice chunk of change.

#3aBeautiful Bird

2009-10 Bowman 48 Locker Room
Autographed Relic #LRCAR-LB

There was a short period in my life when I enjoyed buying cases on clearance and opening them.  2009-10 Bowman 48 was one of them.  There are a few cards from that case break that could make this list in regards to monetary value, but I'll keep it to two and let you decide which one makes the cut.

First up is this low numbered, patch auto of Larry Legend.  Even though I grew up hating the Celtics... I was pretty stoked to add this card to my collection.  I don't normally sell cards, but I did end up selling it at a card show a couple of years ago.

Here's the other card I really like from that case...

#3bThe Baby Faced Assassin

2009-10 Bowman 48 #106

If there was a Mount Rushmore of all-time Bay Area sports legends voted on by fans... I'm pretty confident Steph would be on it.  The guy is very popular around here and his rookie cards sell for crazy money.

I ended up pulling two copies of this card and two of his blue bordered parallels.

It's not one of his most attractive rookie cards, but it's serial numbered and people are willing to pay a lot of money for it.

#2 The Only Rickey Autograph

2014 Panini Hometown Heroes Scripted Legacy #SLRH

This card has the least monetary value on the list, but it has a ton of sentimental value.

I have accumulated a bunch of Rickey Henderson autographs over the years, but this is the only one I pulled from a pack myself.

#1My Sweetest Pull of All-Time

1999 UD Retro Inkredible #WP

As a child of the 70's and 80's, I had the honor of watching Walter Payton play.   Ask football fans from that era and they'll tell you he was special and one of the all-time greats.  Sadly he passed away only a few months after turning forty-six.

I pulled this card from a pack a few months later (shortly after pulling the Duncan auto) and it became the cornerstone of my autograph collection.  One of my buddies is a huge Chicago Bears fan, so I eventually sold this to him when I sold off the bulk of my collection in the early 2000's.  Thankfully he held onto it... and was willing to sell it back to me over a decade later.

Well that's my list of best pack pulled hits.  This was a pretty challenging post to write... and there's a chance I'm leaving some cards off this list.  Even as I'm wrapping up this post, I just remembered a couple of hockey cards I pulled in the mid 90's that are probably worth mentioning.  But it's in the wee hours of the morning and I don't have the time to dig them out and scan them.

So I'll wrap things out with a quick thank you to Matt for kicking off this Blog Bat-Around.  

Happy Tuesday and sayonara!


Elliptical Man said...

Voting for Secretariat, with Gehrig a close runner-up.

Glad you sold the Bird. He's disgusting.

Uncle Charlie's Shoebox said...

My vote is for Sweetness... Was 9 years old when the Bears dominated the 1985 Season but still remember how good Payton was. Still a shame he did not get a Superbowl TD...

Nick said...

I'm planning on doing one of these posts at some point, though my pulls pale in comparison to most of the stuff I've seen around the blogs. The Gehrig alone would probably top my list - and he's only an honorable mention on yours!

gregory said...

Joe Namath for Joe Montana is a pretty fair deal. Great-looking design on that Namath card, too. Pulling that Rickey autograph from a pack must have been amazing.

Matt said...

Those are some great pulls! I was genuinely happy to see a Rickey fan pull a Rickey autograph! Thanks for participating!

Chris said...

Some fantastic stuff here-some I've seen on your blog and some I haven't, like the Jeter. Since when did Fairfield repacks have HOF icons? I got a Shawn Green bat sliver in mine lol.

The Secretariat saddle is so unique, and I'm partial to the Ray Allen relic. But Payton, Duncan, Bird, and Rickey in particular are very impressive!

Matt said...

Some very impressive pulls right there!!

SumoMenkoMan said...

I love them all! How is it that the legends have really nice looking autographs! Nice post for sure!!

Fuji said...

elliptical man - i was absolutely stoked to pull that secretariat. it's such a unique collectible. i actually regret selling the bird, but the money was too good to pass up. the bird base autograph in that product is really short printed. i had to buy a copy for my set since i didn't pull one

uncle charlie's shoebox - oh man... that 1985 bears defense was awesome.

nick - lol. if i actually pulled the gehrig myself... it'd definitely make my top 5.

gregory - i was just happy upper deck honored the redemption. pretty sure the namath is super short printed. i imagine it's a nightmare for anyone trying to build that set. and pulling rickey was very cool (even if it was a panini product and is a sticker auto)

matt - thanks for starting this bba.

chris - only some of those fairfield collector cache boxes had the flair box topper packs. i honestly have no idea why they would put them in there as the pack itself was worth more than the price of the box. but after seeing another blog write about it, i went hunting for them. eventually i found four. but if i found more, i would have bought every single one

matt - thanks. i know you've had some awesome pulls yourself over the years

sumomenkoman - i feel like older generations put more effort (as a whole... not necessarily as a rule) into their signatures. i will admit as a teacher who has to sign yearbooks and documents, i have my official signature and i have my "yearbook" signature. one looks much worse/lazy than the other :D

Michael D said...

Wow! You've had some great pack pulls. Love the Walter Payton card and I don't even collect football!

Fuji said...

michael d - i love it too. once i got the payton autograph back from my friend, i immediately started working on building that set.

Jon said...

Back when I was still trying (I've long since stopped) to complete the Golden Age relic sets, Secretariat was in the top 3 most expensive for the 2012 set. I never did get that one, but still still think it's one of the neater cards produced during Golden Age's three-year run.