*sun is already shining, heat/mugginess is building, and here I am sitting down with my first cup of joe to type this*
I love a good mystery.
Well, except for my coffee. Don't mess with my coffee. I have one way of liking it so don't mess with it and add some flavored mumbo jumbo or replace it with tea.
Don't you dare.
Otherwise a good mystery is fun. Whether it's a mystery book, mystery movie, mystery mail day or mystery packs that you can buy. A good mystery keeps us on the edge of our seats.
Just like recently, when I tried my very first mystery pack.
I always worry about buying them not knowing what kind of junk could be within. I assume in order to get the money the sellers are seeking, that the "chase" cards are impossible to find and a lot of it is what we could find in nickel and dime boxes. Which I am running out of places to store that kind of stuff. Yes, I have gotten to the point of collecting where space is becoming an issue. Mainly because my boxes to store stuff in are running low.
Another point to make about these mystery packs is most of these packs cost $10 when I could have turned that into a card or even two for my PC instead of possible junk.
But, this mystery pack was different than the rest I found. It was focused on my favorite era of collecting, late 90's and early 2000's. What made this pack even better, it was cheap. It had my attention.
So for $2.25 plus shipping, you get 30 cards. There are "25 cards" plus 5 cards that are Inserts/Parallels/RC cards. Intriguing.
All of the cards are NBA cards from the late 1990's through early 2000's. The seller put the Inserts/RC's/Parallels/#'d cards in plastic sleeves and each pack was wrapped like the above example.
Here's an example of some of the sets that were to be included into these mystery packs,
- 1997-1998 Topps Chrome
- 1997-1998 Bowman's Best
- 1998-1999 Fleer Mystique
- 1998-1999 Fleer Brilliants
- 1998-1999 Topps Finest
- 1998-1999 Skybox Thunder
- 1998-1999 Fleer Ultra
- 1998-1999 Upper Deck Black Diamond
- 1998-1999 Upper Deck Ionix
- 1999-2000 Skybox EX
- 1999-2000 Topps Gold Label
- Kevin Garnett
- Vince Carter
- Grant Hill
- Shaquille O'Neal
- Anfernee Hardaway
- Tim Duncan
- David Robinson
- Jason Kidd
- Steve Nash
- Paul Pierce
- Dirk Nowitzki
- Richard Hamilton
- Chris Webber
- Kobe Bryant
- Michael Jordan
- Scottie Pippen
- Reggie Miller
- Karl Malone
*smiles during my next sip*
Time to show you why they sold out so fast after opening them,
And now onto what's supposed to be the good stuff. I thought I had already seen all of that up to this point.
That was just pack number one folks. I was feeling like I had drank the best cup of coffee I had ever had after opening that one. Well, the cup I have right now isn't too shabby either nor is Pack 2.
*takes another sip*
It was the back of the card that caught my attention. I am not sure if you can read it, but the Did You Know? was "four hours before every game, Michael eats a 23-ounce New York Steak, either a baked potato or mashed potatoes, a salad and ginger ale."
That's crazy. Can you imagine running around for three hours with that in your system? That's just another reason why he is the GOAT.
*cup one down, next one coming up*
I contacted the seller afterwards and thanked them for a trip back in time and told them how much I enjoyed their mystery pack. They mentioned to me that they may make a second series seeing how this one went, if they could find the rest of their cards.
A week later, guess what they found and made and even contacted me about.
And guess what I did
And guess how I did...
A mystery isn't it....
Too bad that's for another cup of coffee, or two, another day.