While looking for a blaster of ’14 Panini Prizm, I recently picked up a Fairfield Baseball Cube. This repackaged product has 250 assorted cards as well as two retail packs of cards. In this case, the two packs were ’13 Topps Series 2 and ’12 Panini Cooperstown. I was on the fence about buying it, but the pack of Cooperstown put it over the top for me.
Unlike a lot of collectors, I don’t shy away from these types of products. Due to the fact that I did not collect cards for 20 years, there is a great chance that I will find some nice surprises in this type of product.
I was pleased with the variety of cards in this package; cards ranged from ’83 to ’13. Most of them were in decent condition, although there were a few mangled cards. The Ripken card, while ugly as can be, will make its way into my player collection, as will the Larkin. As embarassing as it is to admit, when I saw the upper left hand corner of the ’92 Bowman, I immediately had visions of pulling a Rivera rookie card, no offense to Joe Sondrini.
There was a significant number of ’12 Topps cards in this cube. I really like the Brooks Robinson card. Golden Moments is a fantastic insert and finding this card was nice. I was not collecting in ’12, so finding these four Hall of Famers in such good condition was a nice addition.
’12 Topps Golden Greats inserts of two of greatest shortstops of all time, Jeter and Ripken. That is two Ripken cards to add to my collection. This Jeter, along with the other three that I pulled, will be going in the incinerator.
Continuing with the massive amount of ’12 Topps cards, two cards that were in this cube are “no-foil” cards; I included the the Lincecum card to show the distinction between the varitations. These “no-foils” aren’t considered errors, but are worth a little more as there are only a limited number. Although I have no interest in these cards, it is cool that such cards exist and I got two of them in a repackage product.
A few other cards of interest include this ’05 Donruss Elite Andy Pettite. The scanner did a poor job of picking up the sheen on this card. This is a beautiful silver card. While not exactly a chromium card, the finish on it is smooth and the silver really pops.
Here is another card that the scanner didn’t pick up well, a 2001 Fleer EX Johnny Damon. This is a great card. Damon’s image is raised and really stands out against the sparkles on the backdrop. The card is much thicker and appears to be plastic, rather than cardboard. This is the kind of card that piques my interest enough to make me what the whole set.
Finally, here is a 2008 Topps TCP Joey Votto. While I am not impressed by this card (I don’t like the color scheme or the fascimile signature), Votto is one of the active players that I collect.
In the interest of time, I will say that these cards, and a few others that will be in later posts, were the best cards of the cube. The majority of the cards were from the junk-wax era. In fact, fewer than 100 cards were produced after 1998. There were a lot of duplicates and a lot of cards that no one wants.
One final bit of information, the Fairfield company states that every other box comes with an auto or a relic. I was lucky enough to get pull an auto.
Unfortunately, Lincoln Holdzkom never made it out of the minor leagues, so having 2004 Upper Deck SPX Rookie Auto of this particular player isn’t worth much. However, it was an interesting pull.
Overall, I would recommend this product to someone that is just starting to collect cards or is getting back into the hobby after a long hiatus.