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Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Zippy Zappy Fukubukuro: Part One

Clearance sales are few and far between in Japan. But there is one thing to look forward to on New Years: Fukubukuros. Basically translating as "lucky bags", these are grab bags full of stuff worth more than the price of the bag. Whether it's actually worth the price to the consumer is another question altogether. Coffee shops usually include coupons for free coffee drinks, some ground coffee, and mugs or tumblers. Clothing shops fill their bags with clothes, and electronics stores give electronics. I have yet to buy a fukubukuro of my own, though I've come close on multiple occasions.

Part of the fun of the fukubukuro is the risk. Like a baseball card grab bag, you know the book value should be there, but you might be stuck with stuff you don't want. Or you could come across some awesomeness. There is no risk in getting a fukubukuro from Zippy Zappy, though - it's free, and custom tailored to the recipient!

Within two minutes of getting together, Zippy Zappy handed me a big dark blue plastic bag full of cards and other goodies. I resisted the temptation to sift through it, though I did give it a peek eventually. I've now unloaded the bag, and while time will tell exactly how much I "need", there was a lot of great stuff inside!

Most of the cards were stacked up in an old tissue box. You gotta do what you gotta do, right? 
 It started with this Star Wars sticker. Will I stick it to something? I just might.
 From there, it was a completely random assortment of cards. I love Topps Heritage team cards, by the way. These are the cards I use for World Series teams in my collection.
 Ripken! Sketch card! And more Ginter.
 Two things with pointy noses.
 There were a bunch of basketball and football cards in there, too. Zippy, did you test the waters with other sports once?
 Ivan Nova looks like he's pitching batting practice. Who can smile while throwing a curveball?
 More Heritage.
 1990s (well, early 2000s) insert!
 1988 Score! But it's not Bip Roberts.
The Satchel Paige is from the Ken Burns Baseball movie set. I just noticed now that this card has the GM logo on it, which I think means it's not from the base set.
 Modern stuff!
 This reminds me of that time I went to a hockey game right before the Olympics. All the players leaving the league temporarily to join their national teams were honored at that game.
 Two mascot cards. Wait. Ryan Howard isn't a mascot. Hah!
 Sure, the massive stack of cards had a lot of random stuff that won't fit in my type collection, but I think that Tampa Yankees single and purple parallel (Toys R Us?) should.
 More random parallelness for the type collection.
One less card I need to overpay for on COMC. (But how great is COMC?)
And with any card like this, I need to post a video:
More next time! Until then...


  1. Awesome stuff from Zippy Zappy! Very cool that you guys get to meet up!

    1. He always has awesome stuff! And I always feel bad for not having awesome stuff for him. I have some ideas for next year, though.

  2. Upper Deck did three sets for the Ken Burns documentary - there was an 81 card boxed set (actually 82 cards - 81 card base set plus one of three insert cards), a 9 card set done as a giveaway for GM and a 15 card set done as a mail-in promotion for Little Debbie snack cakes.

    1. Yeah, I couldn't remember the details. Back when all those sets came out, I managed to get them all but I couldn't remember when writing (and couldn't be bothered to check). I have all three inserts now, too. I think I ended up with two copies of the accompanying book, even.