Sunday, December 21, 2014

On the Tenth Day of Cardmas, My Mistress Gave to Me...

...10 TeenyMateys,

9 Basketball Cubes,
8 Pounds of Loosies,
7 Baseball Repacks,
6 Random Blasters,
5 Jersey Things,
4 Packs of Stuff,
3 UD Heroes,
2 Goodwin Blasters,
and a Baseball Gem of the Game!

When TeenyMates Series 2 showed up at Dollar Tree, I couldn't help but to grab a handful.  I ended up with 10 packs. What better day to post them than a football Sunday!

The set features 32 team running backs, along with 6 rare figures.  The Ref is the easiest rare pull at 1:37 packs, while the Metallic Gold comes 1 in just 512 packs.  Altogether, you can expect one special figure every ~16 packs.

I'll spoil the suspense now...I didn't get any rare figures.

Each pack comes with two figures and two puzzle pieces.  Despite getting 20 figures and 20 puzzle pieces, I only got 14 unique figures, and just 12 unique puzzle pieces.  That killed any plans I had for completing a well as the fact that I couldn't find them at Dollar Tree when I went back.

That's my pitiful start to the puzzle.

And the back.

Anyway, let's get to the figures.


Patriots were the only AFC East representatives.  They're really the only team that matters, so it's cool.

AFC North:

I had to make him face the other way since the Steelers logo is only on one side of the helmet.

AFC West:

The Chefs were the only team, but at least they showed up twice?

AFC South:

Arguably the two worst teams in the NFL right now.

NFC East:

DeMarco has been like two men this season.  The Giants dude kinda looks shirtless...

NFC North:

C is for Cutler Clausen.  1 Packer > 3 Bears

NFC West:

Gonna have to watch the Cardinals game tonight to see if Logan Thomas gets any action.

NFC South:

I was just a Falcons RB away from completing one division.  Oh well.

That does it for day #10.  I can't believe there are just 2 days left!

Cardmas Carols Riddles #5 and #6



Saturday, December 20, 2014

On the Ninth Day of Cardmas, My Mistress Gave to Me...

...9 Basketball Cubes,

8 Pounds of Loosies,
7 Baseball Repacks,
6 Random Blasters,
5 Jersey Things,
4 Packs of Stuff,
3 UD Heroes,
2 Goodwin Blasters,
and a Baseball Gem of the Game!

What the hell is a basketball cube?

Well, at Target, I found these Ultra Pro two-piece storage boxes that each had one rookie, one jersey card, and one pack inside. At $3, that seemed like a pretty good deal.  I figured the rookie and jersey would be crap, but the packs would be ok and the cases usually go for $1-2 on their own.

Three Targets later, and I had 9 of them.

Here's a look at the sliding two-piece case.  I really needed some of these, so that was good value right there.  Each one also had a piece of inch-think styro foam cut 2.5x3.5, which I also find to be valuable for sorting, storing, and packing supplies.

These were the 9 rookies.  About what I expected.

All 9 packs were 2008 Press Pass Basketball, which I knew when I bought them.  I like college stuff, so I was cool with ~$1 per pack.

There are actually a decent number of good players in this class.

Definitely a lot of Beasley.

Derrick Rose shows up a ton as well.

Each pack came with a blue reflector:

The Rose blue reflectors look really good.

Love/Westbrook is a hell of a combo.

Finally, we get to the jersey cards.  They weren't anything special, which is about what I expected.

Getting dupes of two different cards is definitely disappointing.

Haywood and Marshall are probably prefect examples of what I expected to get here.

Steve Smith isn't a bad name. Smith played 14 seasons and average 14-3-3 for his career.

This was the only jersey card that was more than I expected.  Jalen was a 14-4-4 career guy who has gone on to significant success as an announcer/analyst.

Ultimately, for 27 bucks, I ended up with some pretty good college cards of some NBA stars, 9 jersey cards, and 9 sliding two-piece cases that I really needed (Ultra-Pro brand, too).

I'll take it.

See you tomorrow.

Cardmas Carols Riddles #3 and #4



Friday, December 19, 2014

On the Eighth Day of Cardmas, My Mistress Gave to Me...

8 Pounds of Loosies,

7 Baseball Repacks,
6 Random Blasters,
5 Jersey Things,
4 Packs of Stuff,
3 UD Heroes,
2 Goodwin Blasters,
and a Baseball Gem of the Game!

Seriously, I weighed myself holding the box and then weighed myself not holding the box.  The system of equations looked like this:

me + box = x, where x is an unfortunately large number that I will not disclose.
me = y, where y is an unfortunately large number that I will not disclose.

Therefore, box = x-y.  In this case, box = 8 lb.

8 lb of loose packs.  That is truly depressing.  I had already opened these, placed them back into the packs, and put them in a box. After taking away all of the repacks and blasters and other packs in the 12 Days of Cardmas, I had 8 POUNDS of packs.

I have a disease.

Anyway, let's get excited, and confortable, because this is going to take a while.

Christmas is the season of Red...

Doerr #099/399
...and Green...

Smith #/199

...and there are many things that are Gold...

Middlebrooks #/199
...and shiny...

...and sparkly...

...but be careful shopping. You may end up black and blue...

Hawkins #/96, Jackson #001/100

...and there may be some white on the ground...

...and I'm proud to live in the USA!

The season is also a time to remember those who were gone too soon...

If you haven't read Ryan Anderson's story in SI, you should.  It's definitely an eye-opener on dealing with the loss, confusion and aftermath of having a loved one committing suicide.

Now that we've gone down the sad route, let's step back and change the tune.

There were some non-card packs in the big box.  First up, Topps Chipz

Hardy, Hamilton, Molina, Votto, Peavy, Billy the Marlin, Gomez, Grilli Gold, Chapman Silver, Buchholz Blue, Cain Blue, Gordon Black
My 2-year-old absolutely loves sorting Topps Chipz, especially using this storage container.

If you get any Christmas cards, you may put them on the fridge using some Magnetz:

Fronts: Cardinals Silver, Chiefs, Bears
Backs: Ellington Silver, Charles, Jeffery
The last non-card pack is Teenymates:

Panthers (5-8-1) and Raiders (2-12)...not the best pairing in the world.

 Okay, back to cards, basketball first:

The Larry Bird is so awesome, and who doesn't love seeing Grand-ma-ma around Christmas.

I love this Zach Randolph card.

Speaking of rising, here's another thing better than Kobe:

Pretty damn awesome that there are two HOFers on that card in addition to LeBron dropping the hammer.

Random Cards:

I think Ultra Star is a great way to describe both of these guys:

I wish more people these days would focus on real injustice instead of acting like every little thing is the next civil rights movement.  The Flashbacks card shows a real problem that was addressed.  Stop acting like we have anything going on today that is a important as that.  I know it's human nature to want to be a part of something, some kind of movement, but inventing one doesn't solve anything. Rant over. Back to cards.  Pistol and the Big O are sweeeeet cards.  Let's stop acting like we should believe anything Jay Gruden says.  He has not earned his job.  RGIII has.

The GQ cards and the OD Stars cards are fantabulous.  Mascot cards are cool.  Zito is boring but semi-notable.

I did get some cards for my own collection:

Oh that security bar angers me so.  How dare you ruin such a great dummy card?

Needed all of these.  That's awesome.  Especially stoked about the Erick Green card.

This is one of those fringe PC cards.  I don't collect Aubrey Huff, but D. Wright shows up on the scoreboard behind him.  My original plan was to investigate exactly when this image was taken, but that work has already been done. April 29, 2007, if you're lazy.

This season, it's important to remember that gifts come in all shapes and sizes.  Just like cards...

I managed to get 7 "hits" out of my 8-pound box...

Harry Douglas is kind of amazing.  He's hung around the Falcons as a backup for a few years, which is hard to do in the NFL at WR.  Then, he posted 1000 yards last year, and has put together a solid season this year, stepping up when needed.

I think Leon is a great way to finish off this massive post.  That's what 8 pounds of packs looks like, in case anyone ever wondered.

Whew, I'm tired.