Too pretty for video pack breaks? Perhaps...
I'll attempt to pick up the slack here by posting the oldest pack this blog has seen to date.
While questing for Robin Yount items elusive enough to have avoided my grasp, I stumbled across this pack with under an hour left in the bidding and a very low price tag, lower than any single 2007 or 2008 packs I've opened recently. The Yount was visible through the rear of the wrapper, and I already have it, but I decided to take the plunge, all the way back to the year in which I was born.
Let's tear in.
Top to Bottom:
29 Robin Yount
231 Mike Flanagan
220 Dave Concepcion NL All Star
204 Lou Brock (Man, does he look cool on this card or what. I can imagine a night on the town in 1978 with Lou Brock, Lou Rawls, and Lew Alcindor. Fun times.)
118 Ted Sizemore
6 1977 Strikeout Leaders - Phil Niekro/Nolan Ryan
47 Lee May
121 Luis Gomez
81 Will McEnaney
168 John Mayberry
I think it's pretty hard to top a ten-card pack with four Hall of Famers. And let's talk about Dave Concepcion for a while here. My sources indicate nine All Star Game appearances, one All Star Game MVP, five Gold Gloves, and four World Series appearances. How is he not in the Hall? Every article I found calls Concepcion the best shortstop of the 1970s. Nine All Star games on the decade's dominant team? It's not like he snuck in as the sole mandatory representative of a basement-dwelling team. On behalf of all Reds fans (which I am not), I demand his placement in the HoF.
That was a lot of fun to open. I'm sure I'll be topped within the space of a week, but I'm enjoying my brief tenure of the title "Blog's Oldest Pack."
Oh, and the 29-year-old gomme balloune? It will not be entering my mouth. You had me at '81 Fleer.
One more thing. For any of you weights and measures nuts, this emmer effer weighs 4 grams.