Friday, November 25, 2011

My Black Friday Leads To A Little Retro Mojo! Obak... Oh My!!!

Hopefully your Black Friday was one filled with great deals and devoid of pepper spray.  Perhaps you visited your local card shop and were able to snag some of those really cool Panini Black Friday packs.  Maybe you stayed at home and ordered online, grabbing some of the great deals on Blowout Cards for example.  Last year, I did just that with great success.  But of all of my Black Friday purchases from last year, the most mojo goodness came from the two boxes of 2009 TRISTAR Obak Baseball I was able to pick up from Blowout Cards for about $26 a box.  The funny thing is I wouldn’t find out how good those boxes were until a year later.

I had a few reasons for buying Obak.  I’m a fan of retro cards.  2009 Obak contained a lot of hot rookies, like Buster Posey, and some proven prospects. But most attractive, especially at 26 dollars, was the two autos per box with one of the hot autos being Duke Snider.  Snider’s auto had eluded me.  Being a New York transplant living in Los Angeles, I had always wanted to pull a Duke auto.  At that low a price point, with a limited run of 3600 boxes, it was definitely worth a roll of the dice, or two.

The boxes arrived and I put them on my shelf, looking forward to a quiet moment to open them.  As new releases of cards came out, I wanted to make sure to open them first to keep my blog current, so the boxes of Obak just sat there.  When I opened my box of 2011 Topps Tribute and I pulled a Duke Snider auto, the boxes of Obak got pushed to the back of the shelf.

As I was preparing my post on this year’s Black Friday, I decided to pull the boxes of Obak off the shelf and open them.  I thought it was silly that it had been almost a year and those boxes had just been sitting there unopened. 

The first thing I saw upon opening box one was this limited 4 panel mini card with Brooks Robinson and 3 of the 4 parallel variations of Nolan Ryan.

As I starting opening packs, I really liked the base set.  I pulled Ted Williams first minor league card.

Here are some of the other greats of the game in their minor league uniforms.

Stan Musial

 Dale Murphy, Al Rosen

 Solid Players of the past like Ryan Sandberg, Bobby Grich, Jim Rice

I also scored that Buster Posey card

And some other rookies and prospect

Eric Hosmer, Madison Bumgarner, Neftali Feliz

Jose Montero, Austin Jackson, Mike Stanton

These also come in minis.  Here is Phil Rizzuto in regular and mini for size comparison.

And more minis

Tommy Hanson, Jason Heyward, Mike Moustakas

Some of the best cards are of players you probably haven’t heard of like... 

 Russell Arlett 

Ox Eckhardt

Monty Stratton

 Grover Lowdermilk

And "Game Changers" like...

 Russell Blackburne who developed baseball rubbing mud

 William Cummings who is credited for throwing the first curve ball

 Foxy Irwin who created the full finger fielding glove

Jackie Mitchell, the first woman to sign a pro contract.  
She also struckout Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the same exhibition game.

 George Rawlings and Albert Spalding of equipment fame.

But we can't forget the hits.

In my first box I pulled this purple back Bo Jackson 1/1

a Bryan Shaw auto #/200

and a green back Tom Seaver auto #/25

From the second box, my hits were...

 a Logan Schafer auto #/200

and this purple back Duke Snider auto 1/1

Seriously, I was happy pulling the Seaver and the Jackson, but pulling that Snider 1/1 was just ridiculous.  It might have been even more exciting had I opened the boxes a year ago.

So my advice to you is... if you’ve got it, rip it.


  1. Damn, sweet hits! That Snider is so sick!

  2. This is why there are no good hits in Obak retail. They load those hobby boxes like a mofo! That is just... awesomeness there.

  3. Very Nice box. LMK if that Bo Jackson is for sale.

  4. Awesome box, and don't worry about the if you've got it rip it... the opposite is the problem for me. I'm really behind on organizing and I've got boxes coming in from black friday.