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.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

2006 Topps Allen & Ginter #249


Stewart once hit a single with two outs in the 9th inning against Curt Schilling to break up a no-no.  If I were him, I'd drive by Schilling every now and then and just smile at him.



Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Monday, July 16, 2018

Shoebox Card #74


In each of the older Topps sets, there always seems to be at least one card for which it seems the set was specifically made. This card is a masterpiece.