Friday, July 10, 2020

I bought a pack of cards

Oh, hey guys.  I bought a pack of cards.  Doesn't happen that much these days.  A lot of the guys I collect have moved on to greener pastures, and it's hard to get into it for me now.  I have other hobbies, too, that I'm putting my time into. It's all so exhausting.  But, the itch never fully goes away.  My old scanner no longer works, which is probably the greatest cause for my never posting on here.


The Nats beat the Stros in the World Series last year.   I know that, because I googled it.  I was pretty sure, but couldn't remember if that was definitely last year or not.  I'm getting older and my brain confuses me. It's all so exhausting. And, of course, we've been in 2020 for what feels like a lifetime. I know who both of these guys are.


I didn't know Yu was a Cub.  And I think he is the only of the 9 above that I know anything about. Maybe Maikel Franco was on the Phillies? I vaguely remember from Allen & Ginter of years past.


These cards are horizontal. I knew that.


This is apparently the best card in the pack (Var SP Yeah You Know Me).  That would be cool if it wasn't ugly as shit. Wasn't there also a racism thing or something with Hader's tweets one time?  I can't keep track of it all; it's all so exhausting.



Then there's these two cards that make me grin ear-to-ear.  Votto Chrome Turkey Red is just an awesome looking card.  Doesn't hurt that he's one of the best players and arguably the most underrated players of the last 10-15 years.  Lastly, there's a new Zim for my collection. One pack, one PC card.  Gotta love it.  I don't feel like I deserved a good pack when I haven't posted anything in ages.  

I won't be buying my usual case of A&G this year.  I'll miss it but don't feel up to the time commitment that comes with it.  I'm also trying to get up the energy to cut my cardboard footprint in half, but they're all upstairs.

It's all so exhausting.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Friday, September 21, 2018

Gint-A-Cuffs X - Packs 17-24


Alright, this is it, the last hurrah.  We have one hit left.  My point total stands at 93.5.

Pack 17
Montgomery, Yankee
Harper, Nationals, FP (+1+4)
Contreras A&G Back Mini
World’s Greatest Beaches
Pack Score: 8
Box Score: 101.5
Pace: 132.176470588235

😀 Bryciepoo!

Pack 18
Riley Mini, -1
Ripken Fantasy Goldmine
Pack Score: 1
Box Score: 102.5
Pace: 127.666666666667

😦 Riley strikes again.  After Jackie Robinson, Ripken may have the best modern cards.

Pack 19
Indigenous Heroes
Baseball Equipment of the Ages
Pack Score: 4
Box Score: 106.5
Pace: 127.421052631579

😐

Pack 20
Larkin, FP list
Betts Framed Mini Relic
Carew World Talent
Pack Score: 10
Box Score: 116.5
Pace: 134.4

😁 Good, my last hit had a frame.  A&G frames are the best. I also love when folks pick the old school players for their favorite.

Pack 21
Magnificent Moons
Pack Score: 2
Box Score: 118.5
Pace: 131.571428571429

🌚 That's no moon. Ok, so it's a moon.  The Moon. And it's magnificent. but not that magnificent of a card. It's a not-so-magnificent Magnificent Moon Moon.

Pack 22
Torres, Yankee
Bruce Homerun Challenge
Moustakas A&G Back Mini
Gehrig Fantasy Goldmine, Yankee (+2-1)
Pack Score: 3
Box Score: 121.5
Pace: 130.090909090909

😐 Damn yankees.

Pack 23
Folio of Fears
World’s Greatest Beaches
Pack Score: 5
Box Score: 126.5
Pace: 130.826086956522

😏 Ok, ok, ok.

Pack 24
Sanchez World Talent, Yankee (+2-1)
Pack Score: 1
Box Score: 127.5
Pace: 127.5

💩



Welp, that ended with a thud. Or a turd.  Or a Yankee.  Potato Puhtahtoe.

The hot box bonus may be the only thing that saves me, but I'm not too hopeful.  Probably just enough to get me in the Top 5 but not the Top 1.


Anyway, final score:

127.5

Thanks for following along. Extra special thanks to the Commissioner!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Gint-A-Cuffs X - Packs 9-16


After the boxloader and first 8 packs, I'm sitting at 62 points.  Of course, that includes a +20 hot box bonus.  Here's what I got for the next 8 packs:

Pack 9
Baseball Equipment of the Ages
Pack Score: 2
Box Score: 64
Pace: 125.666666666667

😑 The Baseball Equipment of the Ages is a nice set, but it's not only-point-scorer-in-the-pack nice.

Pack 10
Turner, Nationals
Moncada Black Border Mini
Carew Fantasy Goldmine
Pack Score: 7
Box Score: 71
Pace: 132.6

😊 Pretty good with a Nat, a black border mini, and an insert

Pack 11
Smith, +1
Wiseau A&G Back Mini
Magnificent Moons
Pack Score: 5
Box Score: 76
Pace: 133.909090909091

😉 Cool Wiseau mini, cool Claire Smith, and cool Moon

Pack 12
Chapman Full-Size Relic, Yankee (+5÷2)
Turner Mini, Nationals
Schoop World Talent
Pack Score: 5.5
Box Score: 81.5
Pace: 136

😓 C'mon man.  I've always laughed at the guys who have to divide by 2. At least the Turner mini softens the blow.

Pack 13
James, +1
Indigenous Heroes
World’s Greatest Beaches
Pack Score: 5
Box Score: 86.5
Pace: 136.846153846154

😏 Okay.

Pack 14
Ohtani, FP List
Stugotz Mini, -1
Ruth Fantasy Goldmine, Yankee (+2-1)
Pack Score: 2
Box Score: 88.5
Pace: 132.428571428571

💰 Ok, so not a lot of points, but a hot box Ohtani is money in the bank.

Pack 15
Baseball Equipment of the Ages
Pack Score: 2
Box Score: 90.5
Pace: 128.6

😑 I repeat: The Baseball Equipment of the Ages is a nice set, but it's not only-point-scorer-in-the-pack nice.

Pack 16
Rivera, Yankee
Robinson A&G Back Mini
Quintana World Talent
Pack Score: 3
Box Score: 93.5
Pace: 126.75

🎨 Low points, but Jackie minis are flat out works of art.


Well, I'm a pack or two or three below 100 with 8 packs to go.  My pace has slown considerably.  Yes, slown.  With the first two hits being full-size relics, I'm at least hopeful for something different for the third.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Gint-A-Cuffs X - Packs 1-8


His Excellency, The Commissioner, hath mandated that a hot box shall be worth 20 bonus points. Therefore, I start this tally with +7 for the Boxloader and +20 for getting a hot box.



Pack 1
World’s Hottest Peppers Mini
Magnificent Moons
Pack Score: 5
Box Score: 32
Pace: 147

😃 5 points is a decent pack score.  The hottest peppers minis are pretty cool.

Pack 2
Strasburg, Nationals, FT
Bullpen Car, +1
Bryant Mini, FP List
Jackson Fantasy Goldmine, Yankee (+2-1)
Pack Score: 6
Box Score: 38
Pace: 159

😁 A Nat, a sweet bullpen car bonus, a Favorite Player List mini, and an insert.  Perfect non-hit pack if not for the damn Yankee.

Pack 3
World’s Greatest Beaches
Pack Score: 2
Box Score: 40
Pace: 131

😕 One insert...meh.

Pack 4
Ozuna Black Border Mini
Choo World Talent
Pack Score: 6
Box Score: 46
Pace: 141

😐 I know 6 is a good pack score, but it could have been better.

Pack 5
Evans, -1
Odor A&G Back Mini
Baseball Equipment of the Ages
Pack Score: 3
Box Score: 49
Pace: 132.6

😐 The Evans anti-bonus is a bummer, but the Baseball Equipment of the Ages is a great insert set.

Pack 6
Chapman, Yankee
Jeter, Yankee
Smoltz Fantasy Goldmine
Pack Score: 0
Box Score: 49
Pace: 115

😒 Seriously, one insert completely counteracted by a pair of Yanks

Pack 7
Murphy, Nationals
Zimmerman, Nationals
Rendon, Nationals
Indigenous Heroes Mini
Magnificent Moons
Pack Score: 7
Box Score: 56
Pace: 126.428571428571

😁 Triple Fave Team Points!

Pack 8
Riley, -1
Schoop Full-Size Relic
Perez World Talent
Pack Score: 6
Box Score: 62
Pace: 132

😐 Not good to have a neutral reaction to your first hit. The Riley didn't help.


So, after the first 1/3 of the box, I'm on a 132-point pace.  That's not bad, and the hot box bonus certainly makes things interesting.  Still a lot of cards to go.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Gint-A-Cuffs X - The Boxloader


Box Loader:
Banff National Park, Natural Wonders 
Pack Score: 7
Box Score: 7

It really is a nice looking card.  I really like my idea of just making the boxloaders into postcards.  I am a bit biased toward my own ideas, though.  But only because they're the best.