Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gint-A-Cuffs (Part 2)

ROLLING TOTAL: 72


PACK 13
111 - Frank Robinson Mini
10 - Andrew McCutchen
114 - Desmond Jennings
118 - Adam Schefter
131 - Buster Posey (SFG) +1
252 - Didi Gregorius
197 - Brian McCann (NYY) -1
WC17 - Taipei +2

PACK TOTAL: 2
ROLLING TOTAL: 74

Hey, looky there, a Giant! I probably should have picked Buster as my favorite player but my heart's been winning the battle with my brain regarding Timmy for like 3 years now.


PACK 14
90 - Roy Halladay Mini
46 - John L. Sullivan +1
133 - Xander Bogaerts
194 - Avisail Garcia
208 - Al Kaline
226 - Bob Gibson
350 - Manny Machado (SP) +2
PPJM - Justin Masterson +2

PACK TOTAL: 5
ROLLING TOTAL: 79


PACK 15
WDP03 - Blue-Ringed Octopus Mini +3
25 - Joe DiMaggio (NYY) -1
90 - Roy Halladay
136 - Carlos Gonzalez
151 - James Paxton
217 - Jose Iglesias
266 - Prince Fielder
NW02 - Shilin Stone Forest +2

PACK TOTAL: 4
ROLLING TOTAL: 83


PACK 16
285 - Carl Crawford A&G Mini +2
137 - Reggie Jackson
260 - Jay Bruce
267 - Kevin Clancy
271 - Chuck Klosterman +1
282 - Salvador Perez
343 - Phil Niekro (SP) +2
PPPF - Prince Fielder +2

PACK TOTAL: 7
ROLLING TOTAL: 90


PACK 17
225 - Pedro Martinez Mini
53 - Sandy Koufax
87 - Alex Gordon
143 - Eddie Mathews
203 - Jared Weaver
238 - Bert Kreischer
301 - Matt Kemp (FP & SP) +4
PPCG - Carlos Gonzalez +2

PACK TOTAL: 6
ROLLING TOTAL: 96


PACK 18
155 - Yogi Berra Mini (NYY) -1
7 - Hector Santiago
36 - Yadier Molina (FP) +2
117 - Yu Darvish (FP) +2
128 - Bill Rancic -1
287 - Chuck Zito
333 - Stephen Strasburg (SP) +2
PPMMA - Mark McGwire +2

PACK TOTAL: 6
ROLLING TOTAL: 102

Lots of scoring cards in this pack. Enough to push me into triple digits. I was starting to worry...


PACK 19
WDP13 - Brazilian Wandering Spider +3
43 - Craig Kimbrel
67 - Omar Vizquel (FP) +2
79 - Matt Adams
247 - Billy Williams
FAF05 - Pingxi Lantern Festival +2
RBJH - Jason Heyward Framed Mini Relic +20

PACK TOTAL: 27
RUNNING TOTAL: 129

And we're into the hit column. It seems like this year the relic cards are of more collectable players and not so many "nobodies" like past years. I also like how they've made the mini relic cards team-color coordinated. A nice change of pace.


PACK 20
248 - Mark Teixeira A&G Mini (NYY) (+2 / -1) +1
23 - Snoop Lion -1
199 - Joe Mauer
231 - Carlos Gomez
298 - Deion Sanders
FAF04 - Holi Festival +2
FSRMK - Matt Kemp Full-Size Relic (FP) (x1.7) +13.6

PACK TOTAL: 15.6
ROLLING TOTAL: 144.6

Hit #2. And thanks to Greg for having questionable tastes in favorite players (I keed).


PACK 21
NNO - Johnny Cueto Mini +6
54 - Yordano Ventura
163 - Paul Molitor (FP) +2
253 - Rickey Henderson
277 - Trevor Rosenthal
WC14 - Tokyo +2
FSRDP - David Price Full-Size Relic +8

PACK TOTAL: 16
ROLLING TOTAL: 160.6

And there's my last hit. I feel like Topps packed these boxes with LCSs in mind. Sticking the hits on the bottom of the box keeps those cheapskates buying loosies. Well done.


PACK 22
202 - Jim Rice Mini
4 - Edwin Encarnacion
156 - Jean Segura
158 - Carlton Fisk
206 - Willie McCovey (SFG) +1
237 - James Shields
334 - Erik Johnson (SP) +2
PPMS - Max Scherzer +2

PACK TOTAL: 5
ROLLING TOTAL: 165.6

Giant #3. Same as the number of hits.


PACK 23
WNE14 - Winslow Homer Mini +3
50 - Orlando Hernandez (NYY) -1
71 - Wade Boggs
121 - Freddie Freeman (FP) +2
124 - Jonathan Schoop
NW13 - Moeraki Boulders +2
103 - Jose Altuve Silk +22

PACK TOTAL: 28
ROLLING TOTAL: 193.6

BONUS HIT! And it's even one of my non-PC favorite players!


PACK 24
OBA10 - Ishikawa Goemon +3
45 - Nomar Garciaparra
51 - Oswaldo Arcia
78 - Zack Greinke
152 - Vince Gilligan
292 - Andre Dawson
311 - Anibal Sanchez +2
PPJV - Joey Votto (FP) +4

PACK TOTAL: 9
ROLLING TOTAL: 202.6

Huh, how do you like that? 24 packs and somehow pull more hits than Giants, none of which were my favorite player. Sounds like I need some extra points.

SELFIE +5
The bonus hit is my favorite card. It probably turned the box from a sack of sorrow to a satisfying snack.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Gint-A-Cuffs (Part 1)

Once again, I've signed up to take part in the annual box break battle known as Gint-A-Cuffs. It's always fun and if you have the patience you should definitely look into participating next year. I've decided to condense the results into two post since I've done a lot of post-padding with the whole Spirit base stuff (the completion of which isn't looking too promising at the moment.)

BOXTOPPER
Lincoln Memorial +5
ROLLING TOTAL: 5

PACK 1
259 - Jim Calhoun A&G Mini +2
6 - Laura Phelps Sweatt
57 - Carlos Beltran (NYY) -1
98 - David Wright (FP) +2
125 - Glen Waggoner
187 - David Price
263 - Alfonso Soriano (NYY) -1
FAF08 - Dia de los Muertos +2

PACK TOTAL: 4
ROLLING TOTAL: 9

LOL at Alfonso Soriano being included in A&G this year. Pretty sure he was DFA'd right around the product release. Nice forecasting there, Topps.


PACK 2
190 - Kolten Wong Mini
18 - Ryne Sandberg
169 - Dale Murphy
176 - Anthony Robles
232 - Ozzie Smith
268 - Jarrod Parker
320 - Christian Yelich (SP) +2
PPTT - Troy Tulowitzki +2

PACK TOTAL: 4
ROLLING TOTAL: 13


PACK 3
339 - Jeff Samardzija Mini SP +3
16 - Bartolo Colon
76 - Cal Ripken, Jr.
95 - Austin Wierschke -1
164 - Jenny Dell
248 - Mark Teixeira (NYY) -1
299 - Enny Romero
WC06 - Brasilia +2

PACK TOTAL: 3
ROLLING TOTAL: 16

Can't argue with the Commish ruling Wierschke as a whammy card.


PACK 4
347 - Allen Craig A&G Mini SP +6
66 - Roger Clemens
167 - Nick Castellanos
195 - Chris Carpenter
285 - Carl Crawford
189 - Kyle Seager
326 - Mike Olt SP +2
PPJS - James Shields +2

PACK TOTAL: 10
ROLLING TOTAL: 26


PACK 5
208 - Al Kaline Mini
89 - Chuck Todd
175 - Chase Utley (FP) +2
179 - Chris Archer
269 - Jose Abreu
295 - Ryan Braun
296 - Joey Votto (FP) +2
WC11 - Buenos Aires +2

PACK TOTAL: 6
ROLLING TOTAL: 32


PACK 6
258 - Ricky Nolasco A&G Mini +2
9 - Koji Uehara
29 - Shelby Miller
33 - Alex Avila
34 - Felix Hernandez
270 - Ryan Howard (FP) +2
317 - Paul Goldschmidt (SP) +2
PPJK - Jason Kipnis +2

PACK TOTAL: 8
ROLLING TOTAL: 40


PACK 7
148 - Bryce Harper Black-Bordered Mini +3
122 - Craig Biggio (FP) +2
82 - Jackie Robinson
145 - Derek Jeter (NYY) -1
234 - Roberto Clemente
242 - Warren Spahn
291 - Aramis Ramirez
NW12 - Sailing Stones of Racetrack Playa +2

PACK TOTAL: 6
ROLLING TOTAL: 46


PACK 8
ITU01 - Christopher Columbus Mini +3
37 - Wil Myers
115 - Dustin Pedroia
130 - Mike Zunino
141 - Starlin Castro
191 - Jordan Burroughs
331 - Curtis Granderson (SP) +2
PPMC - Miguel Cabrera +2

PACK TOTAL: 7
ROLLING TOTAL: 53


PACK 9
218 - Casey Kelly A&G Mini +2
15 - Matt Williams
42 - Junior Lake
134 - Jordan Zimmermann
192 - Daniel Nava
228 - Orlando Cepeda (SFG) +1
246 - Dwight Gooden
FOY05 - Wrigley Field +2

PACK TOTAL: 5
ROLLING TOTAL: 58

Finally, my first Giants card. This doesn't seem to bode well for the rest of the box.


PACK 10
348 - Billy Butler SP Mini +3
127 - Greg Maddux
159 - George Brett
196 - Eddie Murray
207 - Justin Upton
272 - Tim Raines
340 - Dennis Eckersley (SP) +2
PPJVE - Justin Verlander +2

PACK TOTAL: 7
ROLLING TOTAL: 65


PACK 11
99 - Wilin Rosario Black-Bordered Mini +3
12 - Jedd Gyorko
24 - Jorge Posada (NYY) -1
69 - Johnny Cueto
148 - Bryce Harper
209 - Vladimir Guerrero
290 - Hanley Ramirez
AS15 - V-22 Osprey +2

PACK TOTAL: 4
ROLLING TOTAL: 69

Not a big fan of them devoting a whole insert set to glorify the Military Industrial Complex but I'm probably in the minority on this one.


PACK 12
233 - Dan Straily Mini
3 - Matt Davidson
41- Lou Gehrig (NYY) -1
100 - Queen Victoria
126 - Willie Stargell
204 - Albert Pujols
324 - Adam Wainwright (SP) +2
PPTG - Tom Glavine +2

PACK TOTAL: 3
ROLLING TOTAL: 72

Welp, at the halfway point I've pulled only 1 Giant, 6 Yankees and 0 hits. I guess you could say that I have a good second-half of the box awaiting me. We'll see...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

2014 Clubhouse All-Stars


Just in time for the All-Star break..... aww, crap. Well, here's the 2014 Clubhouse All-Stars design anyway. I decided to go horizontal this year to match the 2014 Clubhouse base set. I also wanted to mimic one of the big features from that so I ran the player names really big across the width of the card. To make sure they didn't impose too much, there's a little bit of transparency to them as well as a soft fade. Hopefully they're still readable even if you don't see every edge of every character. The letter height varies depending on the length of the player names. That's why Iwakuma's aren't nearly as tall as Harper's below.


Along the bottom is a strip of info: league, team and position. The color of the bar alternates with the background and star color.


On the back, background color is solid so the text is plenty easy to read (other than it being jibberish here.) There's a vertical player photo on the left with the AL/NL logo on the bottom. I packed last year's design with too much info on the back that I'm sure would be nearly impossible to read. This year, it's all cleaner and clearer.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

2014 Spirit Base Series 1: 291-300

And finally, we're finishing up series 1! Only 7 months after the project began!


#291 - Freddy Galvis
Freddy's not doing so hot in 2014. His OPS+ is -54. 100 is league average...

#292 - Travis Snider


#293 -  Yadier Molina
I thought this was an unique photo for the set. I appreciate that he has his mask up so you can see his face, too.

#294 - Chris Denorfia
I don't know if the stats back it up but Denorfia always seems to be annoyingly good against the Giants.


#295 - Tim Lincecum
It's still weird seeing pictures of Timmy with short hair from last season. Still not as weird as seeing this thing though.

#296 - Brandon Maurer
There's Lincecum's long hair.


#297 - Joel Peralta
I wonder if he's watching DJ Kitty climbing around the catwalk...

#298 - Elvis Andrus
One of the few Rangers to avoid the DL this year. Let's hope I didn't just jinx him.


#299 - Casey Janssen
About half the time I type his last name, I double the Ns instead of the Ss.

#300 - Gio Gonzalez
After a so-so start to 2014, Gio's starting to hit his stride.

Well that closes up Series 1. I kinda ran out of steam there in the middle. Unfortunately, a lot of my spare time will be spent getting ready to move to northwest Arkansas. We'll see how much time I have to get Series 2 going. Thanks for those that have endured Act 1.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

2014 Spirit Base: 281-290


#281 - Robbie Grossman
Grossman was recently sent down to AAA. It's his second stint in OKC. We'll see if he plays anymore this year or if he'll be left out of the 2015 Spirit set...

#282 - Jarrod Dyson
I probably should've noticed these two cards feature the same exact pose. Oops.


#283 - Chris Iannetta
#284 - A.J. Ellis
Okay, so some more wonderful set planning here on my part. Consecutive cards featuring catchers from Los Angeles wearing #17. At least the photos are different.


#285 - A.J. Ramos
And now another A.J.

#286 -  Michael Fiers
I like how Fiers' delivery fills the card space.


#287 - Oswaldo Arcia
I'm guessing this is a homerun trot.

#288 - Jeurys Familia
Really nice lighting here. Plus it's a pitcher fielding shot. That or he's doing magic on the mound.


#289 - Ivan Nova
(Fill in the blank) is out for the rest of the season for Tommy John surgery.

#290 - Yoenis Cespedes
Here's your 2-time Home Run Derby Champ. He can tell you're clapping at your screen.

2014 Spirit Base: 271-280

#271 - David Hernandez
AT&T Park is such a pretty background.

#272 - Chris Johnson
I still don't get why Atlanta wears the navy numbers on navy tops.


#273 - Zach Britton
I'm trying to avoid redundant photo selections. So look forward to some more tightly cropped images.

#274 - Jake Peavy
The odds are pretty good that Peavy is reacting to an awesome catch by Jackie Bradley, Jr. here.


#275 - Pedro Strop
What do you think, happy scream or unhappy scream?

#276 - Leury Garcia
There weren't a lot of options for Mr. Garcia here. I had to darken the background for him to standout a bit.


#277 - Zack Cozart
This is a pretty cool shot. Luckily I was able to keep the ball in frame. Most grounder images are a little dull.

#278 - Trevor Bauer
I never noticed how much Bauer's delivery resembles Tim Lincecum's until I was photo searching here.


#279 - Wilton Lopez
Nice to get some green grass in the background

#280 - Andy Dirks
Dirks has been on the DL for all of 2014 but will probably see some action after the all-star break.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

2014 Spirit Base: 261-270


#261 - Ryan Howard
EAT FRESH!

#262 - Charlie Morton
Do not try sneaking up on Charlie Morton. He knows you're coming and he's not havin' it.


#263 - Daniel Descalso
Infielders easily have the coolest photos to choose from.

#264 - Chase Headley
Headley's trade value has taken a big dive over the past season and a half but he's probably not long for the Padres.


#265 - Javier Lopez
O.G. LOOGY.

#266 - Brad Miller
Nice to see him having a second career after his NBA days.


#267 - Ben Zobrist
As much as he's meant to the Rays, I could see them shipping him somewhere before the end of July since they're pretty much out of it this season.

#268 - Leonys Martin
I'm actually going to the Rangers' game in Arlington on Sunday. The forecast calls for 100° and sunny skies. And we got bleacher seats. Something tells me we won't be sticking around for all 9 innings.


#269 - Jose Bautista
Joey Bats is waaaaay too "active" on Twitter. And by "active" I mean "desperate." I guess it works, though.

#270 - Ian Desmond
Invisible BMX!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

2014 Spirit Base: 251-260


#251 - Marwin Gonzalez
I wonder if he'll ever make enough of a mark to be remember for something other than breaking up Yu Darvish's perfect game in 2013's season opener.

#252 - Greg Holland
Holland will be making his second-straight all-star appearance this year. Definitely one of the most reliable closers in the game now.


#253 - Kole Calhoun
Calhoun's having a decent season in Anaheim now that Peter Bourjos is out of the picture.

#254 - Carl Crawford
Who would've thought 2 seasons ago that Crawford would be a more reliable option in the Dodgers' outfield than both Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier?


#255 - Donovan Solano
Nice floating shot here.

#256 - Marco Estrada
Boy, has Estrada been serving up homers this season. He's currently tied for 2nd in the majors with Jose Abreu. You know, the 1B/DH?


#257 - Jared Burton
That's quite a sunburn hiding underneath that bill there.

#258 - Matt Harvey
It's still a bummer we've been missing out on Matt Harvey starts all season :/


#259 - Francisco Cervelli
Another Panini-perfect photo here.

#260 - Dan Straily
I considered replacing this Straily card with someone else following the A's/Cubs trade but seeing as how it's almost the all-star break and I'm still finishing up Series 1 I figured I don't need any other obstacles to making posts. So look for Straily's Cubs card in Series 3 probably.