Ionix Box Break (Box 2)
After a so-so first box, I found this box the day after via Auction on eBay. Now the story on this box is interesting to start off with. In the listing, which was listed as “1999 Ionix Baseball Cards”, the picture was of an unsealed box…this typically isn’t a good sign. But I won it for $17 with free shipping. Already I’m thinking this is too good to be true. This box did take an extra 6 days to arrive in Sitka…yep the mail here can be unpredictable.
After opening the package the packs are practically falling out of the box, but all 20 of them were sealed! At this point, I’d be happy with 20 packs of base a Techno SP’s to help me with the set I’m building. However, today I had a pleasant surprise halfway through the box. Let’s see what all this box had to offer:
Price: $17 (Best deal of all time?) 20 packs with 4 cards per pack
Base: 70 with close to the same # of duplicates
This is to be expected with such a small base set (60). But the card I talked about in my last blog post was waiting on the back of one of the first few packs 🙂
It’s sure fun to pull a card I have fond memories of finding when I opened my first packs of Ionix in 99. Still can’t believe I got 2 packs for $10 but I still remember trading in a super rave insert from 99 Thunder for it of a no name pitcher.
Techno (1:4 Packs)
Just like the last box, there were 5 within the 20 packs. In this box was Manny Ramirez, Nomar Garciaparra, Chipper Jones, Tony Gwynn, and Juan Gonzalez. What’s even better is I need all of these for the complete 90 card set.
Hyper (1:9 Packs)
In the last box there was only one of these, but in this box, as stated on the box in Ant-Man size font, there were 2 in this box. Can’t beat two Hall of Fame players 😉
Nitro (1:18 Packs)
The first surprise of this box was getting an extra insert. While these aren’t the most desirable looking inserts, I’ll always take an extra one to help with the set.
Not sure what is going on in Piazza’s card, but I’m guessing he either just struck out, or popped on straight up to the first baseman.
At this point you know what three inserts are left…see if you can remember which one I said was the best looking insert in Ionix.
Warp Zone (1:216 Packs)
I was sure excited to see the back of this card when I opened the pack! I quickly found a sleeve and toploader. This set shouldn’t be too tough to put together minus the Jeter and Griffey. But man, they sure do look nice!
What wasn’t pulled:
Base Reciprocal ( #d to 750)
Cyber (1:53 Packs)
Techno Reciprocal (#d to 100)
HoloGrFx (1:1500 Packs)
Update: In my everlasting search for an Alex Rodriguez of this, I’ve only spoken to one person who has one. He is holding onto it so I’m still searching hard for one. However, I did just purchase a Techno Reciprocal of A-Rod that I will “show off” when it arrives 🙂
Still a lot of dupes, but not nearly as often or as many. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to put my base set of 60 together now and I received 5 new Techno SP’s.
I feel like this is an awesome grade considering the box was sitting open in someone’s shop for 16 years. Only one card was dinged but I got a duplicate of it in perfect condition.
It is my hope to one day post an A+ with a box of Ionix but I don’t think it can get much better than this, especially with the history this box had. I’m still excited about pulling a Warp Zone from a pack!
I don’t see a reason to change this grade as I’m guessing some of you use this grade to help you decide what old school boxes to buy (other than Ionix since you’re saving them for me, right?). Hopefully you don’t buy any 90’s boxes with the hopes of reselling anything. That’s just a bonus at this time period.
Thanks for the read, and stay tuned for box 3 as it’s currently in Kent, and could be here tomorrow or Friday!