Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Retro Box Bust!! 2004 Topps Bazooka!

This past Christmas, I received a couple of different boxes of baseball cards.  One such box was an unopened hobby box of 2004 Topps Bazooka.  Since this is a sort of quiet time between major releases by Topps, I thought it'd be a perfect opportunity to bust open my box!

As you can probably make out from the box writing, the box contains 24 packs with 8 cards per pack.  This is a solid box full of cards.  It also contains three game-used relic cards!  Besides the relics, there are also stickers, stand-ups, and tattoos...all stuff to make for a fun break I hope.

Oh yeah, flip the box over and you see one other inclusion.

Authentic Bazooka bubblegum.

You know you are in for a treat when you have an unopened box that is almost a decade old...and the back contains Nutrition Facts!

I, for one, can't wait to bust this thing open.  Ripping older boxes is a lot of fun, especially when they represent sets that I either like or didn't buy much/any of when I was younger!

---records video---

I decided to open the box on video (you can watch the entire thing on my YouTube channel).  Unfortunately, when I opened up the packs I didn't keep them in order so the packs on the blog won't correspond to same order as the video.  That said, since I have now opened up the box I can assure you that we got some cool stuff.  I'll be showing off the packs a few at a time for the next few blog posts - enjoy!

Pack 1:
26.  Ramon Hernandez

The 2004 Bazooka set features a no-frills card design.  You won't find any trace of foil (which I love)!  There are also a number of pretty nice photographs including this Ramon Hernandez card.  
91.  Brian Giles
180.  Austin Kearns

The backs of the cards are nice too - easy to read card numbers and a nice write-up for each player.  No full career statistics but I guess you can't have everything.  I love the team logo on the back - that would make sorting these for a group break extremely easy!
274.  Anthony Lerew
294.  Craig Ansman
Mini:  157.  Kevin Millar

Each pack comes with one mini card and one red chunk parallel (except packs with relics - relics replace the red chunks).  The mini cards are printed on "old school" card stock.
Chunk:  283.  Brayan Pena

At the moment, I'm undecided whether or not I'll go for the entire 2004 Bazooka set.  Whether I do go for it or not, I know I won't try for the mini or red chunk parallel if you want to trade for any that I pull let me know.
Tattoo:  Kevin Millwood (?)

The Tattoo cards aren't labeled anywhere that I can see - this makes identifying the player a bit trickier...especially since you have to put yourself in the mindset of 2004 rather than 2015!  Much like the minis and red chunks, I have no plans to collect the tattoo cards so holler if you are interested in any that I pull!

That's it for pack #1 - eight cards per pack (two parallels plus an insert) makes for a pretty fun rip with each pack.  I will say that this box holds a pretty neat surprise - but you'll have to wait for me to show it off on the blog (or else you can just watch the video if you are the impatient type)!


The Lost Collector said...

I would love for Bazooka to come back. Fun cards, good price. Especially the 1995 and 1996 sets.

The Junior Junkie said...

Agreed. Sounds like a fun box!

Ana Lu said...

That box looks like fun!

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