Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bracket Round 1 Group 5...and a new prize!

Ok, so we're halfway through the first round, and the matchups have been fairly interesting.  Since we're halfway, how about another addition to the prize pool.  The winner, in addition to the Best of Chrome Refractor set, Wild Card Packs, and the BallBusters Trivia game, will also receive this book:

Don't worry, I don't really read much, so it isn't a hand-me-down; it's brand new.

Let's get to the group 5 matchup:

#2 2009 Goodwin Champions Pack (TJ):
  Gerry Lopez (Surfer),
  Joey Votto,
  Cal Ripken,
  Aaron Cook Mini
>>> A pretty run of the mill pack, but who doesn't love a Ripken.  I'm not a big fan of the camo Reds jerseys, but I get the idea. 

Wild Card 7: 2008 Topps Allen and Ginter Pack (Mark the green card):
  Lance Berkman,
  Miguel Cabrera,
  Pat Neshek SP,
  Luis Gonzalez Mini Ad Back,
  Ken Griffey Jr. States Pennsylvania,
  Pablo Picasso,
  Chone Figgins.
>>> A Griffey insert, an SP, and an ad back mini make for a nice pack.  I love the Picasso card.  You probably know about Picasso's art skills, but you should really check out some of his quotes.  My favorite: "When I was a child my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk, you'll be the pope.' Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso."

#15 2009 Sage Hit 2 Packs (Cam):
  Pack 1: John Parker Wilson, Matthew Stafford, BJ Raji, Tyrell Fenroy Glossy, QB Standouts Stafford/Sanchez, Jamarko Simmons
  Pack 2: Jeremy Maclin, Brian Robiskie, Chris "Beanie" Wells, Johnny Knox Glossy, Gartrell Johnson, Aaron Brown
>>> A Stafford hot pack with a Dirty Sanchez is great, if you're in to that sort of thing.  I preferred pack 2 with Maclin and Beanie, not to mention the Knox Glossy, who had a decent year for the bears.  This card design absolutely sucks, though.  Blah.

#18 1995 Topps Embossed 2 Packs (night owl):
  Pack 1:
  96 Steve Trachsel
  140 Darren Lewis
  25 Ray Lankford
  43 Kevin Appier
  104 Doug Drabek Cy Young
  81 Kevin Tapani Golden Idol Foil
  Pack 2:
  27 Bobby Jones
  26 Jose Rijo
  19 Paul Molitor
  101 David Justice ROY
  119 Eric Karros ROY
  19 Paul Molitor Golden Idol Foil
>>> These card just feel great to flip through, a great blast back to the '90s.  They're substantially solid and textured, but the Golden Idol parallels are a little strange.  I got a Drabek insert in the first pack...Doug, not Kyle.    The second pack was pretty awesome though, with a double dose of Molitor and a couple nice looking ROY cards.  Best card has to be the Molitor Golden Idols.

This should be an interesting matchup.  A couple retro styled cards, some great '90s cards, and some ugly football cards should offer some insight into what you all like.

Voting is up on the sidebar.

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