Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Blast From The Past:1997 Topps Baseball Series 2 Pack Break

In 1999, a flick with Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone called Blast From The Past came out. It was about a scientist named Calvin Webber who was played by Christopher Walken, that took his pregnant wife in a deep underground fallout shelter in 1962 when he thought a nuclear war was imminent. During that time, their son Adam played by Fraser (who seemed to had been in every late 90's movie) was born and was exposed to only the culture of 1962 in the shelter such as the music and TV shows of the time. Life was accustomed to not being at the surface. 

Fast forward 35 years later, their supplies and food was running low so someone would have to come above ground and take a risk to get new products. That was supposed to be Calvin, up until he was ill from stress from his one visit to the surface. So his son Adam would have to venture out in a world he had never met.....

This segment takes a look at products that may have been hidden in a underground fallout shelter for over 20 years and now just coming back out to be me. Guess you can call me Adam even though my name is Matt. These are products I opened when I was first collecting and is a Part Of My Past, but may not have a memory or a Origins story to attach to them. Most products I post on here will, but some won't and those will be covered in this new segment.These products will be between the years of 1995-1999 only.

Let's just hope my experience with these breaks is better than Adams first visit to the surface.

So let's take a Blast From The Past with a one pack break of 1997 Topps Series 2 Baseball!

Each pack of 1997 Topps Series 2 baseball came with 11 cards. I got this pack for $1.19 so let's see how I did with it.

Here were the odds on the back. I was hoping to find a Mystery Finest. Those things rock!

Time to see what this pack provided me

Ernie Young played in the Majors for ten seasons for five teams. He 27 home runs and a .225 batting avg.

Pudge in the uniform I remember him best in. Played 20 seasons for 7 teams. Made the All Star game 14 times, won a World Series, was AL MVP once, 13x Gold Glove, and a 7 time Silver Slugger. He had over 300 Home Runs in his career as well.

One of the most iconic to me photos from this set is in Mark Wohler posing with the baseball. He was apart of the great Braves teams of the 90's. He also played for four other teams including the Yankees that I don't remember. He had a 3.97 ERA with a 39-29 record as a relief pitcher.

Kenny Rogers is apart of the Country Music Hall Of Fame. Oh Wait. This one played for almost 20 MLB seasons, was 219-156 overall with a 4.27 ERA and played for 8 teams in which the Yankees was most memorable for me. He was a 4 time All Star and a World Series champion.

Coppinger wasn't around in the majors too long. His 5.47 ERA with a 17-11 record probably didn't help. He played for two teams in five seasons

Danny Graves pitched for four teams in 10 MLB seasons. Was a two-time All Star with a 43-44 record and a 4.05 ERA

Willie whipped out 8 seasons in the majors playing for four teams. He hit .234 average and 86 home runs.

David Cone pitched 17 MLB seasons and for 8 teams, most notable the Yankees. I don't even remember him with the Royals besides what I see on baseball cards. He was a 5x All Star, 5x World Series Champion, AL Cy Young winner, MLB Wins Leader and had a no hitter in 1998. He had a 194-126 record with a 3.46 ERA.

Bere spent his 10 seasons on 6 teams. He had a 71-65 record with a 5.14 ERA. He made the All Star game in 1994.

Ogea played for two teams in five seasons. Had a 37-35 record with a 4.88 ERA.

Jay Payton was on 7 teams in 12 seasons. Had a .279 batting average with 119 home runs in his career.

Overall, a few highlights. No inserts I had hoped for but some memories and that's what this series is all about.

Still many more of these to come in this series so stay tuned!


  1. I enjoy seeing a good old 90's pack break. A few names I haven't thought about in quite some time. I remember pulling a Jay Payton autograph out of a Classic Best pack and thinking I had something pretty special. It may not be worth a ton of money... but he looks like he had a pretty solid career.

  2. Two perfect game pitchers. Not bad.

  3. That was a cheap pack! They can't all produce the sick hitz, but at least you got a few recognizable names, guys that have accomplished some stuff.

  4. This is a fun series, for sure. Looking forward to the next one.

    1. Well there will be some more but the run will be short now.