It has been raining a lot lately. So much so that you would think I lived in Seattle and not Mid-Missouri. Once the rain subsides, hot and humid weather is predicted, so its not a very good trade off.
I decided to show off something today I've been sitting on for a year now. Even before I started my blog. I think I opened them in February but never posted them. Here we go.
TURTLE POWER! As any kid in the late 80s or early 90s can attest, TMNT were the bomb! I loved watching the cartoon every week and even had some of the cards. Once I sold my collection of cards, I started from scratch and about 4-5 years ago picked up some of these cards again at a garage sale.
I bought this box from Dave and Adam's last year along with a few other things, but as I said earlier held off on opening them. I finally did it though and here are the results.
The kid in me was super excited because I rarely get to open boxes, and when I do they are blasters or 15 baseball packs for $20. So this was pretty cool. I also forgot what it was like to see packs selling for a quarter a piece. The cheapest I remember is 15 cent packs but I remember they seemed to jump to 99 cents pretty quickly. Today 99 cents would be a sight for sore eyes (on all packs, not just Opening Day or Kickoff packs).
I am curious where different turtles weren't on every pack instead of just Donatello. I guess it did save costs, but oh well. Let's crack one open!
Hmm, throughout this entire process, I never realized these were series two... despite it saying so on the box, the order form, the website, and EVERY PACK! I was hoping for the green border cards I had as a kid, but this is still cool, I didn't have hardly any of these pizza numbered ones, so most of these will be new to me.
Almost a perfect match! I forgot about the 25 year old gum. I need something to store it in until I toss it.
Ahh, Christmas themed Starburst cylinder, thank you for being handy, and the gum slides right through the top. I never planned to use it as a bank anyways.
Despite being disappointed that they weren't the series one cards, I do like these designs with the green and black. I don't care for the pizza as the background to the numbers, but I understand why they did it.
I really like the back design too. The continued on the next card is a nice touch too. I really can't complain.
Let's look at the gum count right now almost halfway through the packs.
Starting to fill up. I was quite surprised how most of the sticks were still intact. I think throughout the entire box maybe 3 sticks were broken. Not bad I must say.
Okay more cards.
So overall I came out pretty good. Had some doubles I'll admit, but I can't complain too much. In the end, out of the 88 cards in the set, I got 86.
I only need cards 137 and 152 to complete series two. I have found a few of series one on Listia floating around, so I am piecing that one together too. I have no urgency to complete the set, but it would be nice to do down the road.
I did manage to get a complete set of stickers, so that is a plus. I figured I would complete that fairly easily, and might have an extra set or two.
So how did the gum bank look?
It actually was more than that I believe. In the end gum was protruding from the top and I had to push it down a few times to get the lid on when I finished. I wasn't planning on keeping it, so once the lid was on and all the gum inside, I just tossed it. I doubt there is a market for pack fresh sticks of gum 25 years old, but I never know these days.
Overall it was a fun thing to do, and I really enjoyed it. I might even have to look up the old shows again and watch a few. I will say I got more enjoyment out of this box then I did the Free Willy 2 box. Maybe its time to find a cheap box of sports cards and open them. I did do a NASCAR one (which I got in the same order), but didn't photograph it since it was before I started my blog. I'll see what I can find.
Thanks for reading and I hope everyone had a great day! COWABUNGA DUDE! Oh before I go, there is another contest I wanted to mention, Waiting 'Til Next Year has a cool contest going on until Sunday that you need to check out.