Anyway, yesterday was opening day (for the repack). And upon the opening the pack I was absolutely delighted (sarcasm) to see that every card in the box, save for seven, had a corner mushed in. Now the box had no outward appearing damage, but judging by the damage to the cards it most likely got dropped at some point and of course then I had to be the lucky recipient of said dropped box.
So since I'm talking about it, let's take a look at some pictures. Also, I didn't bother scanning anything and I only edited a couple of the pictures. So if they look like garbage, that's why.
How about a close up?
Here's a few of the cards in the pack that I would have liked to have:
And of course this box had to be one with the 1:4 "hit":
|Note the serial number, 148/250.|
Now I'm not familiar with Brendan Harris, nor am I going to look him up. And it's not like this card means a whole heck of a lot to me, but I'm sure a Cubs team collector out there somewhere might have liked it (undamaged, of course).
And if this repack wasn't already enough of a disaster, Fairfield decided that it would be a good idea to include these as the unopened pack:
Since I'm complaining so much in this post, I might as well add to it with one more item included in this box:
I don't know what the f*&% this is, but it's not a card! It's only about half the size of a normal card and appears to be almost like a tag off of something. But it was certainly counted as one of the 75 cards.
It's nice to know that when someone get's a box like this, that there is no recourse. You can't take it back to the store, that's for sure. If I had the blogging status of say a Fuji or a Night Owl I could probably take to the twitter and say " Hey Fairfield, what's up with that?", and a replacement would likely show up in no time at all. But as is, they would just be like "who cares about this Joe and his thoughts on pretty leaves". And yes, I know this isn't the end of the world but it still stinks. My repack buying is likely going to cease for awhile as well.
Just so this doesn't end up being a post that is completely negative in tone I will close with three things on the positive side.
1. While opening this repack I was nearly given a heart attack by a sudden loud noise at the living room window that is about two feet away (at head level) from where I was sitting. Normally this type of scenario would not have an amusing outcome, but in this instance it did:
2. Recently, Jeff of 2x3 Heroes fame was giving away some pocket schedules to anyone that was interested. And like most people I'm a big fan of free stuff, so here is what ended up getting sent my way:
|Thanks, Jeff! These are very cool.|
3. Also, as I'm pretty sure everyone reading this already knows but Gavin from Baseball Card Breakdown is having another one of his customs contest. It sure looks like whoever is fortunate enough to win is going to end up with a pretty unique prize. So if by chance you didn't already know about it, I would definitely recommend checking it out.