Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Racing with Walmart

My last post was only a few days ago and it was about some wrestling cards I got from the Walmart website.  Since this has kind of been a sad week for me personally, I thought I'd write about some cards to make me feel better.  Today I figured I'd finish up writing about the racing cards I got from Walmart.

I was a little surprised when I saw many older packs.  I figured I'd be stuck with a bunch of 09 stuff and while I hoped to get some of the newer Donruss stuff, I knew it would be the stuff before they started putting stuff out.  Going in, I really got it just to open packs and maybe find a few Carl Edwards and Jamie MacMurray cards.  Neither are my favorite driver, but they are from Missouri so I do kind of collect them.  After seeing some of the older packs, I started thinking I could get some Rusty Wallace and other Missouri racers.

So, like the wrestling ones, I kept a sheet detailing what packs I got.  Keep in mind I was supposed to get 30 packs.

    Racing 30 Packs
1- 2008 Press Pass VIP (4 cards per pack)
1- 2004 Wheels High Gear (4 cards per pack)
1- 2006 Press Pass Stealth (4 cards per pack)
1- 2010 Press Pass Stealth (5 cards per pack) *Got a hit
1- 2007 Wheels American Thunder (4 cards per pack)
1- 2003 Press Pass (8 cards per pack)
1- 2008 Press Pass Premium (4 cards per pack)
1- 2007 Press Pass Premium (4 cards per pack)
1- 2003 Wheels High Gear (4 cards per pack)
1- 2003 Press Pass Eclipse (4 cards per pack)
1- 2003 Press Pass Premium (4 cards per pack)
1- 2006 Press Pass Optima (4 cards per pack)
1- 2006 Press Pass (6 cards per pack)
1- 2004 Press Pass Stealth (4 cards per pack)
1- 2008 Press Pass Eclipse (4 cards per pack)
3- 2006 Press Pass Premium (4 cards per pack)
3- 2006 Press Pass Traks (4 cards per pack)
4- 2007 Press Pass Traks (5 cards per pack)
2- 2010 Wheels Main Event (5 cards per pack)
2- 2005 Press Pass Stealth (4 or 5 cards per pack) *1 had 5, the other 4
2- 2007 Press Pass Stealth (4 cards per pack)
3- 2007 Press Pass VIP (4 cards per pack)

Also got 1 2010 Press Pass Stealth card not in a pack but loose among the packages.  It was a "Tribute to Dale" card of Dale Earnhardt Jr.

I'm not sure if the Tribute to Dale card was a bonus pack card that never made it into its pack or what, so whatever.  Also notice I got 34 packs in addition to the stray Jr. card.  I also believe those American Chopper packs I got were included in this because I'd never see a connection with it and wrestling.  So 36 or so packs instead of 30 is already a positive, throw in 2003 and 2004 packs, and I'm pretty happy.  Let's open some packs!

I have no rhyme or reason opening these, so I'm not holding any back to the end, its just how they showed up in the que, since I basically did the same thing when I opened them.

I liked some of the Wheels sets I've seen in the past and this set looks nice.  My sister was a big Tony Stewart fan, so being one of the first cards shown here is pretty cool.  I think Tony will be a common theme throughout these packs.  That card is my favorite from this pack.

2 packs and 2 Denny Hamlin cards... well, there can't always be positives.  For some reason I've never been a fan of his or Greg Biffle.  Let's hope not too many show up in these packs.  I also hope not to see too much airbrushing since there will be alcohol sponsors.  I'm not sure what my favorite card is in this pack, but Kyle Busch is my favorite driver among this pack, but I do like Sadler a bit too.

First sightings of Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson.  Never cared for JJ much, but I do admit I liked Gordon when he first came up in Winston Cup.  That being said, I like the Jimmie card most since its nice to see them off the track sometimes.

I have a lot of scans, so that's why I may not say much today.  At first you might think I got two Ron Hornaday cards.  Which I did, but the first one is actually the gold version, so that's a plus.  Dale Jarrett was one of my dad's favorite drivers, so I'm not mad getting two of his cards.  My favorite design in this pack is the replay card of Reed Sorenson, but my favorite card is the Johnny Sauter just because I like his firesuit.

I like the simple look of these cards.  I also like the Greg Biffle card.  I forgot about Robby Gordon, another driver I never cared for.  I don't think I remember Burney Lamar, but that might be my favorite card of this pack.

I did skip over a scan, which I'll show later because I remember it being one of the last packs I opened.  This pack though is pretty nice as well.  I finally got a Rusty Wallace card.  So far, shut out on Edwards though. Since I'm unfamiliar with many of these sets, I'm not sure what the odds are for insert cards and subset cards and which is which, but I am somewhat surprised that most packs have had some sort of card that might not have been base cards.  I like the Gordon card the most.

Not a fan of those Winston Cup Scene cards, but the Stewart and Jarrett cards make up for it.  The Jarrett card is my favorite.

Not bad, but I'm not the biggest fan of these cards.  I like the design, but not big on foil.  That said, I like the Johnson card best just because it shows him and his car on the front.

OOOOHHHHH!  I love this pack.  Actually it was one of the last ones I opened knowing I'd like it.  I believe this is the first Tim Richmond card I have and I'm so happy.  Also glad to get the Ken Schrader card.  I always liked him.  I need to see how cheap these are on ebay and maybe build this set one day.  Not too likely, but you never know.

Traks made some good looking cards.  Again, just because of the firesuit, I like the Jon Wood card best.  Though the Kenseth card has everything you'd want on the front of a NASCAR card.

More goodness.  The Newman card reminds me of Bubba Wallace.  During rain delays, he has been tossing a football into the grandstand and the fans throw it back to him.  Some of the other drivers have joined in too.  It's something fun to do until its time to race again.

Another good pack, with Ken Schrader and Dale Jarrett.  At this point I'm a bit curious why I haven't pulled any Carl Edwards cards and wonder if I will.  I can say that I'm sure that is the first Rick Crawford card I have. 

I promised more Tony Stewart, and here is a double dose.  I can't remember Kyle Busch driving for CarQuest, but I did take time away from watching for a while, and also spent a long time not being able to watch any series lower than Sprint/Nextel/whatever its called after it changed from Winston Cup.

I remember the Main Event cards, but not this design.  The Reutimann card I have some similar but they are smaller.  The Lap Leader card is from a game I have no idea about or care since it's long expired, so there's that.

More Tony Stewart, and Mark Martin.  Underrated by many as well as underrepresented in these packs so far.

This is an out there design, and I'm not sure if I like it.  That said, I do like that I got a John Andretti card, maybe my first but doubtful.  I've watched some older NASCAR races on Youtube this year and forgot how for a stretch he was a contender a few races.  These days its more fun just to watch the old races you forgot who won then try to find the channels for this weeks race.  Plus unless its on Network TV I can't watch, so might as well go back to my favorite years of racing around 88-02.  Sometimes earlier, sometimes newer, but that was the glory years for me.

Eh, I'm indifferent to them, but am glad they make cards for the drivers not in the main cup series.  I'd think every driver in the main 3 series should have cards each year, its not like there needs to be a ton of cards, maybe 200 or so, that includes room for other drivers to get multiple cards or maybe show some of the pit crews.  I'm not sure if Donruss does this, but I am thankful that Michael Annett gets cards each year now though he's in the "minor leagues".

I never look to see when a driver's "rookie card" is, but its nice to see this is apparently Paul Menard's.  Not a bad pack.  I remember some of the Maximum Access cards, so getting a Gordon is nice.

Still no Edwards.  Not even sure I've gotten a Jamie Mac yet.

This was the Salute To Dale card that was just thrown in.  I like the card, but was never the biggest Jr. fan.  That said, I've loved him in the commentary booth, he's done a great job.

CARL EDWARDS!  YES!  This was also my favorite car of his, loved him having Office Depot as the sponsor. 

I was surprised to find the Richard Childress and Joe Gibbs cards but was happy to pull them.  They are my two favorite cards of this pack.

Well another Gibbs card.  Since the packs were so random, that might be one of the only doubles I got, which is really nice.

Another Edwards!  I like the design of these, reminds me of the grid walk Michael Waltrip does.  However I liked it better before he got too goofy doing it.

I really like the Asphalt Jungle card of Gordon here.  Ir really stands out.  Might look to see what others were in that set.

Another nice pack.  I always like the color scheme of Waste Management, but not sure I'd want to be sponsored by them.

Another pack of Traks this with another Edwards card and a nice Bobby Allison card.  Makes me wish I could somehow pull an Davey Allison or Alan Kulwicki card.

I'm a bit surprised at how little Dale Earnhardt Jr. cards I've actually gotten in these packs.  I think I like the Michael Waltrip card the best in this pack.

Probably the first Fireball Roberts card I have.  Not a bad pack, also glad I got the Brian Vickers card as I am somewhat a fan of his.

The Bobby Labonte card is pretty cool.  At this point you wonder if you'll get a really cool autograph card or something.  I really don't expect to, but even if I don't I think there have been a ton of inserts so I can't complain one bit.

This might be the worst pack of the bunch, but even still, I like it.  The Flag Chaser card does nothing for me, but its still a nice looking design for an entry card.

I liked Sadler the best when he was sponsored by Best Buy.  I always like the car design.

I think the Sterling Marlin card is the first airbrushed card I've pulled.  At least on a major scale. I'm positive he didn't have his name painted across his firesuit like that, this was when he was driving for Coors.  That said, its not really a bad card.  Also noticed I got a "Double Dose of DeWalt".  Not that I'm mad.

The Kasey Kahne card on the bottom left is airbrushed.  He was sponsored by Budweiser.  Not a fan of it, but at least they didn't leave it blank.

You can't really tell, but the Truex card on the bottom is interesting.  It has a piece cut out that looks like maybe his home state, and the photo looks like it has pinhole spots in it so its really unique.  It was one of the best cards I pulled.  Probably the second best card.

So what did I save for the last scan and is the best card I pulled?

ELLIOTT SADLER!  Wait, nope... KASEY KAHNE (airbrushed again)... nope....

WHAT!! Is that a piece of sheetmetal on the Tony Stewart card?   DING DING DING!  I never expected to get an autograph or memorabilia card in any of these packs, but I was beyond excited to pull this card.  Its actually my first memorabilia card I've ever pulled from NASCAR.  While a white piece is a bit generic, I still am excited.  I didn't save the pack for the end because it weighed different or anything, it was like the 4th last pack I opened.  I just opened other packs I figured wouldn't be as good.  In fact maybe only the Traks packs were opened after and killed any excitedness I had for them at the time.

Overall, I think I did really good with these packs.  I wonder what packs were bonus since I got extras and curious if that last pack maybe would have been excluded.  At any rate, I got 30 packs (30+) for 20 bucks, and I actually used a gift card so I wasn't out any money.  The question is, would I buy this again?  I probably shouldn't and wouldn't expect to get another card like the sheetmetal card, but I think with all the other inserts, the age of the packs, and the fun I had, I probably would.  It would depend on how dedicated I am to building my NASCAR collection.  I really have no plans to, but I can't deny that opening these packs were worth every penny.  Much more value and fun than I got from opening the wrestling ones.

So that wraps it up for today, thanks everyone for reading, I hoped you enjoyed it, and hope everyone has a great day!


  1. Hey, that's actually a pretty good mix! If I wasn't saving up for two trips I would have gone for one.

    A couple things- the Salute to Dale cards are a three card set, that was inserted loose into blasters, and only in blasters. One of Dale, Dale Jr. and the two of them together. One of them was short printed but I can't remember which one. I had to get the last one off COMC.

    The Laps cards are not a game, they expected you to collect the points and then use them to pick stuff out of a list of prizes, but the stuff was so incredibly high priced that you'd need to open about a dozen cases before you came close. I think the lowest "priced" item was 1000 laps, but it may have been higher. A moot point now as they are out of business. The Panini Points are the exact same concept, and possibly from the same person as a lot of Press Pass employees ended up at Panini.

    I don't know if you noticed but in the early to mid 2000s Press Pass usually gave you an insert or a parallel or both in every pack. They moved away from that near the end, but it was gradual.

    2006 Traks is a VERY common set. I have a bunch of dupes on my tradelist if you are interested, but you may have more fun picking up a cheap box. Each box usually gives you an autograph...there were no relic cards to chase if my memory is correct. You'll also likely get a complete set from the box. At 110 cards it's one of the largest sets Press Pass ever did.

    Martin Truex Jr. is from New Jersey, Mayetta to be exact.

    Great pull on the Tony Stewart card! I opened enough blasters of that set to complete it, but I never pulled a relic out of it. I did end up purchasing a Logano and Kahne cards as singles though.

    1. Thanks, I'll really look into the 2006 Traks set then. Even without the Stewart card I still think I did good, so I can't complain about any of the other cards. I did notice most Press Pass packs had a good amount of inserts.

      I guess I never bought enough packs to know about the Laps cards, good thing or I might have tried to get a prize though I doubt I would have. I might look on COMC for those other Salute to Dale cards now. Thanks for mentioning it.

  2. I said on Twitter that I wouldn't be able to comment on this one, apparently I was wrong, because while I don't know anything about NASCAR, I do know a cool relic when i see one, and that piece of metal is one cool relic! Congrats on pulling that :)

    1. Thanks, I'm glad it was someone who I somewhat like and not one of the few I can't stand, that would have been interesting reaction. I think the reason I like NASCAR so much is because I remember watching it with my dad and uncles on Sundays at my grandma's house. These days they have too many rules and its not as fun, but I try to watch when I can.