Wednesday, March 13, 2019

1994 Skybox DC Master Series

A couple of weeks ago, I took a trip to New York City and found 17 packs of the 1994 DC Master Series at Midtown Comics' Grand Central location, and I bought them all. Here's the breakdown on one of them.

The packs have two different designs, featuring Flash and Lobo. There is no difference in which cards you could pull from which pack, and there are only three inserts and no parallels to look for. Pack backs are slightly different, this is the Lobo back, the Flash pack has none of the "wave" behind the copyright box.

#84 Guardian

One of Superman's supporting cast, there have been multiple people to wear the Guardian costume, including Superman himself. Guardian is a Metropolis policeman in his secret identity.

#18 Polestar

I am a huge fan of the Legion of Super-Heroes, but not how the original team ended. This is actually Cosmic Boy. Everybody else hated what was done to the original Legion as well, and by the end of 1994 they had restarted their continuity, never to reference this storyline again.

#57 Phantom Stranger

One of the most mysterious characters, by design, I always enjoyed Phantom Stranger stories. Often listed as an honorary member of the Justice League, he never actually joined the League, but appeared when necessary.

 #36 Two-Face

One of Batman's villains. Became one of Batman's main villains in the 1990s, has also fought for the good on several occasions.

#49 Sinestro

The rogue Green Lantern, Sinestro played a huge role in the Green Lantern series from the 1960s on, in my opinion the Sinestro Corps War, which occurred circa 2008, is the best GL storyline ever.

#88 Power Girl

Power Girl's had her story re-written more than almost anyone besides the Legion.  (mostly due to the fact that DC hates it's own history) Frequently attacked by non-comic readers due to her costume design, she actually has quite a bit of depth to her personality, and led the JSA (My favorite team, and title) for a long time.

Here's a card back:
One unfortunate thing is that, since the packs have been sealed up for 25 years, a lot of the cards have taken some damage from sticking. Cards need to "breathe" and these were unable to.

There's also quite a bit of duplication. Although I did not open all the packs yet, I've opened 8 of them and this was the only pack to not have a single duplicate. And I didn't have too many cards to begin with, only about 25 of the 90 card set.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

2019 Lucky Charms Cereal: Pokemon Pack

It's been quite some time since I was able to post a pack here at A Pack to Be Named Later.  Since I don't generally have the money, time, or ability to go out and nab the most recent products, by the time I get a pack of something new it's almost always already been posted here.

This time though, I believe I am first with a 2019 product!

This isn't any old pack though, it's a special Pokemon pack out of a box of Lucky Charms.  According to the pack wrapper, this is a Let's Go, Kanto pack but since I have never played a proper Pokemon game your guess is probably better than mine as to what that actually means.

Each cereal box pack comes with three cards, one of which is foil.  According to the checklist, there are only 13 total cards in this set - five foil cards and eight standard cards.  Let's see what I got out of my lone pack.


Now, I have to admit that I did give Pokemon Go a try back when it was all the rage.  At least that game introduced me to the names of some Pokemon, though I gathered from others that Pokemon Go really isn't anything like a "real" Pokemon game.  Still, I do recall seeing Bellsprouts all over the place - in Pokemon Go they were pretty crappy little critters and super common.  I don't know what any of the symbols on the card mean but I can only imagine that the leaf has something to do with the fact that this is a green creature.


In Pokemon Go, this was one of the last critters I nabbed before I deleted the app from my phone.  As I recall, he wasn't actually rare or special but rather he simply didn't "live" near me at the time.  This guy can tackle though for some lightning, that seems good right?  Also, back in the day I did used to play Magic some so I do know that cards that let you search your library are generally a good thing.


Cubone is my foil card from the pack and based on the names of the other four possibilities I'm guessing this is the worst of the bunch.  I also have to think that having the ability of "can't attack on your next turn" is generally bad for a card game based on attacking.  The real thing that caught my eye here though (besides the kind of cool foil work) is the flavor text at the bottom right of the card.  It's probably tough to read in the scan but it says "The skull it wears on its head is that of its dead mother.  According to some, it will evolve when it comes to terms with the pain of her death."  That's some seriously dark stuff for what is basically a little kid card game!!

If you are interested in this set, here's the checklist that also comes with the pack of cards.

I won't be buying specific cereal boxes in an attempt to get more of these packs but I do appreciate getting packs of cards in my cereal boxes!  I did used to buy up lots of Post Cereals back when you could get Post baseball cards in boxes.  Now if someone brings back baseball cards in cereal boxes you better believe that I'll start eating a lot more cereal!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

2018 Thinkgeek Super Mario Bros Collectible Coins


Hope everyone is doing well.  Still unemployed, but things are looking up.  Had an interview in Chicago last Thursday; was told they'd decide by this coming Tuesday, but I got the rejection e-mail Friday...must have bombed the interview.  Should have another interview set up for later this week.  Hopefully that will fare much better.

Anyway, can't let Mario Day go by without a post.  What's Mario Day?  From the Super Mario Wiki (yes, that's a thing):

Mario Day is an annual celebration of the entire Super Mario franchise.  It takes place on March 10th each year, the reason being that this date, written as "Mar10", looks like Mario's name.  Although the holiday was not created nor declared by Nintendo, the day was unofficially celebrated by most Mario fans. Since 2016, Nintendo has officially embraced the holiday and started celebrating annually by promoting Mario games and holding Mario-themed events.

So Mario Day is like Star Wars Day.  Got it?'s a pack of Thinkgeek Super Mario Bros Collectible Coins!

I was in a Gamestop after the Chicago interview and saw a bunch of these, as well as a similar pack (foreshadowing) on clearance.  I picked up one of each (foreshadowing) for the site, but the Mario coin gets a bump up on the list of packs to post because it's-a-Mario Day!

There's a coin and a booklet to display said coin in each pack.  There's also a larger book you can buy to put all the coins in...there were several of those on clearance as well, but since I had no plans on getting all the coins, I didn't buy one.

Here's the front and back of the booklet.  You can see what the bigger coin book looks like on the right (front of the booklet), and the back of the booklet (on the left) shows what the back of the coin looks like.

Here's the inside of the booklet.  You can see the 9 of the 10 coins to collect on the left, and the right is where you put your coin.  The rare 10th coin is a gold star.  Who did I get?

Wahoo!  It's the plumber himself (although there was a brief time when he wasn't)!  If my 1 pack purchase didn't have the rare coin, I might as well get the mascot.

Here's the coin in the booklet for those who are curious.  The coin itself is a nice size and slightly heavier then I thought it would be.

Anyway, that's the pack.  Go stomp on a Goomba and save that Princess already...she's in another castle though...thanks for reading!

Thursday, March 07, 2019

2019 Donruss Baseball Hobby Pack

Stopped by Boscos up here in Anchroage, Alaska for their monthly trade night and picked up a couple packs of Donruss Baseball.  I really like this year's product.  For the first time since Panini brought back the Donruss brand they've base set is an original design.  Sure we're still missing the logos and team colors and parts of the set prominently feature the 1985 Donruss elements, but I give Panini kudos for finally putting something original in the product.
I've picked the best pack to feature, but I've also included some of the other inserts from the other packs to feature as well.  Let's see what I got.

 My lone Brewer out of my packs just happened to be the current NL MPV Christian Yelich

 The 1985 Retro sub set.
 My pack hit was this Career Stat line for some guy name Judge.  Numbered to just 215.

My other cards of note from the other packs start off with a Rated Rookie Example

 Next a nickname variation for Blake Snell. 

 And this super shiney Dominators card of Jacob DeGrom, numbered to 999.

Friday, March 01, 2019

2019 Topps Series 1 Retail


Aside from a quick Topps Fire pack a month ago, it's been pre-Turkey Day since I posted a sports pack here on the site.  I've just been cleaning out my Scan folder due to the funk I've been in.  It's time to get back in the swing of things; here's a pack of 2019 Topps Series 1!

The package on the right contains 3 packs of Topps Series 1 plus an exclusive green parallel Topps card.  The green is on the borders; it's hard to tell from the pic since Ichiro has the green padding behind him and the green grass in front of him.

Anyway, I turned the back of the package over to see if there are general odds for finding a green parallel in a pack:

If you look closely, you will not only see the odds for Legends In The Making, but for the 1983 Tribute set.  Topps used last year's packaging!  No wonder it says "Topps Salute" at the top of the package's front.  Thumbs down for outdated info, Topps.

Anyway, here's what I got in one of the packs:

#343 - Sal Romano
#16 - Charlie Blackmon

If you're wondering why I opted for the 3 pack for my foray into Series 1, it's because of the price (although the sweet Ichiro was a bonus).  As most of you have realized, Topps has upped the number of cards in packs.  For years, retail releases have had 12 cards in a pack and now it's 16.  It's also a buck more per pack; to me shelling out 3 bucks for a pack seems not as easy as 2 bucks.  It's like I can find pocket change for a pack if it was 2 bucks, but it seems more work for 3 bucks.  First world problems, I know.

Anyway, the 3 packs are selling for 8 bucks.  I ain't good with numbers, but 8 bucks for 3 packs saves me a dollar, plus you get a green parallel of unknown odds.

#311 - Jake Bauers (RC)
#315 - Duane Underwood Jr. (RC)

However, more than one blogger has commented on the collation this year; that it seems to be worse this year than past years.  I've seen it too, as I've purchased another 3 pack, as well as a couple of rack packs (foreshadowing), and I've got a not-so-impressive stack of doubles already.  Is it because there are more cards per pack, or less inserts, or neither one, collation sucks?  The collation issue is preventing me from picking up more 3 packs, and again, I'm not good with numbers so I don't know if I'm saving more in the long run (probably not).

#191 - Dansby Swanson
#46 - Jose Abreu

Bloggers generally are positive to this year's release, and I am too.  I like the return of borders and the return of full stats on the back.  Picture selection is noticeably better this year as well; some shots are Stadium Club worthy, and there is enough variety to balance out the pitchers pitching and the batters swinging (how about sprinkling in some old fashioned portrait shots going forward?).

#258 - Eddie Rosario
#CLL-1 - Ernie Banks (Cactus League Legends)

I apologize for the some of the pics I took with my camera; looks like the angle and the light in the room makes the card appear faded.  I know Eddie's on "Tatooine," but he's not stuck in a sandstorm, either.

Cactus League Legends is the first insert, seeded 1 in 4 packs.

#SSB-31 - Shohei Ohtani (Stars of the Game)
#90 - Javier Baez (League Leaders)

Folks have teased Topps for the shiny Stars of the Game insert and right they should.  SSB doesn't stand for Stars of the Game.  I didn't see the odds for the insert set on the back of the pack, but each pack in the two 3 packs I bought had one in them.

#214 - Colin Moran
#238 - Whit Merrifield

There's 350 cards in Series 1, along with parallels and short prints (duh).  Head here for the checklist.

#229 - Shane Greene
#115 - Tyler Glasnow

Bloggers have also commented on the last name being on top and much bigger than the first name.  I assume if they put the last name of the bottom it could run into the team name, however, I think baseball card buyers will know which team the player is representing based on just the team logo.

#252 - Jakob Junis
#212 - Brian Anderson

I do like the Future Stars logo and that Topps allows the picture selection to break the border.

Here are the backs because the return of full stats and smaller social media fonts:

Anyway, that's the pack.  More later eventually.  Have a good weekend and thanks for reading!