So I ordered 3 different boxes to break and review and to be completely honest with everyone, the 98 Gold Label retail, and 98 Upper Deck retro weren’t anything to write home about. If you would still like a review of either or both, please leave a comment for me down below. I’m super excited to have a lunchbox to take with me to my Elementary classroom with Griffey Jr. on it though 🙂 Now on the break that impressed me the most!
I do want to mention that a scanner will be in hand within a day or two, so please bare with the iPhone pictures for now.
36 packs per box – 6 cards per pack
Pacific is famous for their inserts and numbered parallels, which I also enjoy finding in packs from the 90’s. This box didn’t disappoint in low odd inserts and surprises!
The base set consists of 250 players and you get at the least 4 of them out of the 6 cards per pack. I have close to the base set, however two of the players I always want to see come out of breaks (Alex Rodriguez & Ken Griffey Jr.) didn’t show up in this one! The cards themselves have a very simplistic look to them but any foil lovers with like the gold foil names. The color of the foil also eludes to the base or parallel set it belongs to.
Copper Parallel- Hobby Only (1 per pack)
I received 36 of these as expected. Nothing too different here other than the lettering.
Team Checklists (2:37 packs)
Despite some strange odds which all Pacific products are known for, we beat the odds here with 2; them being Brad Radke and Ben Grieve. I can’t remember the last product that had checklists as inserts but in this case they turned out to be decent looking cards. More gold foil 😉
Holographic Silver Parallel (#d to 99)
Now this parallel set really stands out with the silver foil and gold Holo Silver stamped. Andy Benes came from this box. If I ever see an Alex Rodriguez like this I will surely jump at the chance to pick it up!
Personal Bests (1:37 packs)
If you haven’t picked up on the common theme of foil being the catch to this set then you can probably guess what’s coming on this next insert. There’s a nice combination of foil and a vanilla background to make these inserts stand out. I was pleasantly surprised to see Derek Jeter! I tried touching this one up to make that foil pop and I think it turned out nicely.
Fielder’s Choice Laser Cuts (1:73 packs)
I’m a really big fan of these inserts. Pacific made them for 3 years (1998-2000) and they are each similar in the design. Another popular look with Pacific’s inserts is the laser-cut technology. While they weren’t the most sought after brand, they do boast some of the most uniquely designed inserts on the 90’s insert market. Stay tuned for some examples coming up later this week 🙂 We were lucky enough to find one of these in this box of Mark McGwire, my dad’s favorite player growing up.
Opening Day Issue Cards (1 per box)
Although this last parallel is guaranteed at one per box, I couldn’t have been happier with the player one the front of the card. This came within the first few packs so the rest of the break was a cherry on the sundae for sure!
There’s quite a few Thomas collectors out there so hopefully this will be able to add to their collection!
What wasn’t pulled –
Platinum Blue Parallel (1:73 Packs)
These are blue foil variations of the base cards. Was hoping to catch a glimpse of one but perhaps one will show up in a second box someday.
Cooperstown Bound (1:361 packs)
These inserts look like this Ripken here. Typically when you think of an insert coming in at these odds, you are looking for something that stands out a bit more. I don’t have a Rodriguez like this coming yet, but I will once I get around to placing an order of strictly Pacific inserts of his. If it’s worth it I’ll post a follow up.
Pacific Proofs (#d to only 20)
There are no pictures of these on eBay I could find. Imagine what finding one of these would feel like.
I only received a few duplicates which took the place of Griffey and Alex Rodriguez lol. Other than that I’m only 20 cards or less from the base set.
All the corners were sharp and the glossy finish of the cards is like they were the day they were packaged.
A Jeter insert of any kind is fantastic! That, coupled with a Thomas that is very desirable among 90’s collectors, and the die-cut make the pulls the best to date since I’ve broken 90’s boxes.
For a $29 box I’d say that we did pretty darn good here! However, I’m pretty sure that this box could have had little to no value in it had that parallel not been of a highly desired player. Let’s say it was Royce Clayton (sorry Royce), then there would have been 3 boxes of base + a few low end inserts from today. If you like chasing parallels and want to put a base set together with a box or two, then this cheaper Pacific product is for you. Just don’t expect much going in and you’ll enjoy the break like I did.
Overall Grade: B+
I have a total of five boxes that have been busted and are awaiting review (yes, there will be more hockey!) so I thought I’d start things off with an old favorite of mine, 2000 E-X baseball. I broke a box of this product when this blog was brand new. In fact, this post comes nearly two years to the day that I broke that last box! Here’s a quick recap of box number two.
Box Details: 24 packs per box, 3 cards per pack, $29
From: Baseball Card Exchange
Base set: Each base card has a unique color theme, based on the team of the player depicted. Altogether, there are 60 short set base cards (I pulled 56/60, 93%), followed by 30 shortprinted prospect cards which are numbered to 3499….
I love the creativity of this insert. The player….not so much.
These cards are available in Red (/1999), Green (/999), and Blue (/250) variations. I love these cards. Some day I’ll make a master set of them….maybe.
Here’s a solid piece of Phillies tradebait. Anyone interested?
The collation was about what I expected. I received one more duplicate from this box than I had the last one. I’m used to far worse.
The base cards are very subject to peeling. In some cases, it may just be a corner. In others, much worse. I didn’t experience too much of this in the last box I opened, but I wasn’t as lucky this time. Keep this fact in mind when deciding whether or not to try a box. (For the record, the inserts were flawless).
Nothing to complain about here. I was especially happy that my autograph was of an established veteran and not someone with 5 career games.
I was happy to find this box for around the $30 mark, about $20 less than the typical asking price. For that price, I’d still recommend the box regardless of what I said about potential condition issues. The cards are brilliant overall and if you pull any damaged base cards, just let me know and I can replace them for you as I have nearly 3 sets worth of this stuff!
It’s great to be back.
Overall Grade: B