I ended up buying something for this parallel project in 3 different cases. Those packs would be otherwise unnecessary. The first one was this jumbo box of 1997 Topps. Topps released special Wal-Mart boxes including a jumbo card. Series 1 had a jumbo reprint of the 1952 Willie Mays Topps card, and came with 10 series 1 packs. In series 2, the box had 15 retail packs with jumbo versions of 3 different players from the base set – Ken Griffey Jr., Cal Ripken or Chipper Jones. These jumbo cards are really hard to find, and I’ve never seen a single Chipper card sold. But I did find a box with the Chipper card. So I bought it on eBay for about 20 bucks shipped.
I’ve finished the 1997 set, and all the inserts, so this was completely superfluous. But if I’m gonna buy it – I might as well open it. And post about it.
Here’s a picture of the box from when I bought it on eBay.
Here’s the box, after I stripped it of its contents.
It’s kind of funny how they fit the packs in there. You can see about 5 rows on the left hand side. There’s 2 packs in each of those rows. Which means they had 5 packs fit in other areas throughout the box. It was something of an Easter egg hunt getting them out.
Here’s the jumbo card of Chipper. The top left side was a little dinged, which is a bummer, but it’s due to the packaging. The card was directly fit into the cardboard of the box. After 19 years old – it having a ding not too surprising.
In the first pack I opened, I got a Mays Finest card. Pretty good job. The odds were 1:28, so getting one in a 15 card box is good.
In the 5th pack, I got Chipper himself, so kind of nice to compare the jumbo to the real thing.
I got 2 Season’s Best cards – Otis Nixon and Lance Johnson of the Leading Looters variety.
In the last pack, I got one more Mays Finest card. Not a refractor – that would have been cool. Still beating odds, I guess.
I got a lot of the same card in this box – it had really poor collation if I was using this to start a set. Since these are all doubles, I didn’t really care.
Those were some of the better base cards from series 2. Remember – anything above (except the Chipper Jumbo) is for trade!