Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Pack Break - Wacky Packages Series 11 + a bonus

My wife was under the weather the week of Christmas and was pretty much out of it.  Any man should know when the mom in the house is out of commission so to speak, things can get...well lets just say interesting.  Having two small daughters I had my hands full while my wife tried to recover.  After she started to feel better and made her attempt to return to the land of the living, she surprised me with two packs of cards.  Knowing I hadn't done much in the recent past w/ cards I was shocked she thought of getting something for me as a token of her appreciation.  She said the Walmart she was at didn't have any baseball cards so she opted for Wacky Packages.

Growing up I had been given a few packs of Wacky Packages, but Garbage Pail Kids always interested me more.  As an adult living in a world of constant marketing I find a new appreciation for the humor Topps goes for with their Wacky Packages set.  This Series 11 pack comes with 10 cards stickers.


I think this 'Red Mobster' sticker is one of the many inserts that can be found.  I'm guessing it's part of the set called Rude Food - but don't hold me to that.

Topps has done a good job working in some parodies of modern things (like the Walking Dead) to go along w/ classic items.  Even my wife got a good chuckle as we opened the pack together.  Last thing I need is something else to collect so I don't plan on buying any more, but I'm sure I can find a binder or a comic box that will be perfect for slapping these stickers on.

The other pack my wife gave me was a 4 card pack of Garbage Pail Kids Chrome.  I had previously bought a rack pack of these and loved the chromed look.

These two cards are part of the base set

I thought these Pencil Art cards were an insert set, but if you look in the top right corner you'll see Green Jean is #39b.

Now the Lost cards are not part of the base set as their card #s have an L prefix.  I like that Topps started to include this unused art from the 80's.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

As of today it's official, the NBA's Charlotte Hornets are back!

Baseball will always be my first and true love, but growing up in Charlotte, NC as a kid one couldn't help but embrace the "buzz" in the late 80's and throughout the 90's.  The arena affectionately nicknamed the Hive was on fire back in the day.  We had the likes of Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, Muggsy Bogues, Kendall Gill, Rex Chapman, Baron Davis, Bobby Phills and more.  Then the owner upped and moved them to New Orleans. Boo.  Well today at 12:30 PM EST the press conference will make it official.  The Hornets are back where they belong!  Welcome back Hornets, you've been missed.