Wednesday, October 4, 2017

PENNANT BOX BREAK - PACK 13

16. Tony Watson 


65. Joey Votto 

174. Marcus Stroman 

26. Justin Upton 

142. Dellin Betances 

54. Carlos Martinez 

247. David Robertson 

76. Joe Ross 

135. Brian Dozier 

DT4. Kris Bryant - Dream Team


Alright, let's finish up this box break. A little late on the release here considering three of these guys aren’t on the same teams now. I’m glad this Brian Dozier card is finally seeing the light of day, though. That’s such an awesome photo.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Gint-a-Cuffs 9: Part 2 of 2

After the first half of the box, my score was sitting at . Let's add some points to that.


PACK 13
Mini 8 - Kevin Gausman (Black) +4
132 - Corey Seager
285 - Hunter Renfroe
14 - Robert Gsellman
4 - Babe Ruth (NYY) -1
12 - Cody Bellemore
319 - Seth Lugo (SP) +1
WAD-6 - Nolan Ryan +2
PACK TOTAL: +6
RUNNING TOTAL: 80.3


PACK 14
Mini 33 - Byron Buxton (A&G) +2
145 - A.J. Reed
98 - Stephen Piscotty
46 - Chris Archer
268 - Matt Olson
176 - Marcus Stroman
328 - Carlos Martinez (SP) +1
WAD-99 - Mark McGwire +2
PACK TOTAL: +5
RUNNING TOTAL: 85.3

Will this Matt Olson card turn into a hot commodity? Or will his A's-ness negate all the buzz?


PACK 15
Mini 54 - Rickey Henderson
95 - Dee Gordon
248 - Wilson Ramos
163 - Wesley Bryan
22 - Albert Almora
24 - Ken Griffey, Jr.
148 - Jesse Winker
WF-20 - Telephone +2
PACK TOTAL: +2
RUNNING TOTAL: 87.3


PACK 16
Mini 199 - Curtis Granderson
51 - Buster Posey (FP) +4
125 - Paul Goldschmidt
162 - Sonny Gray
203 - Carlos Gonzalez
209 - Mitch Haniger
166 - Manuel Margot
SFL-12 - Grouper & Diving Plugs +2
PACK TOTAL: +6
RUNNING TOTAL: 93.3

It's funny/not funny to see Buster here surrounded by all these Giants killers. Throw Jay Bruce in there and it'd be a GK Dream Team.


PACK 17
Mini 68 - Kenta Maeda (A&G) +2
124 - Kyle Schwarber
100 - Ty Cobb
37 - Devon Travis
91 - Nomar Mazara
297 - Troy Tulowitzki
220 - Chipper Jones
WF-11 - Space Needle +2
PACK TOTAL: +4
RUNNING TOTAL: 97.3

So did everybody get past that Schwarber panic from earlier this year?


PACK 18
Mini 26 - Matt Wieters (A&G) +2
84 - Ian Desmond
83 - Ichiro
15 - Gary Sanchez (NYY) -1
48 - Carlos Correa
327 - Steven Wright (SP) +1
9 - Ryan Schimpf
WAD-59 - Andrew Benintendi +2
PACK TOTAL: +4
RUNNING TOTAL: 101.3


PACK 19
C-2 Ursa Major +2
257 - Lou Gehrig (NYY) -1
229 - Rougned Odor
157 - Carson Fulmer
1 - Kris Bryant (FP) +2
WF-13- Solar Generator +2
MA-TB - Ty Blach (AUTO/FT) +10.5
PACK TOTAL: +15.5
RUNNING TOTAL: 116.8

Hit number 2 and it's from my favorite team. That's 3/3 on multipliers thus far. Considering all the possible autos in this year's release, I'm pretty satisfied with Ty Blach here. I don't expect him to be a Giants legend or anything, but it's nice to have a rookie auto in hand in case that does happen somewhere down the line. He has a pretty nice looking signature, too.


PACK 20
Mini 84 - Ian Desmond (Black) +4
1989-558 - Dan Pasqua (RT) +1
90 - Gavin Cecchini
258 - Jose Peraza
225 - Ian Kinsler
192 - Willson Contreras
42 - Mark Trumbo
323 - Drew Smyly (SP) +1
WAD-69 - Johnny Bench +2
PACK TOTAL: +8
RUNNING TOTAL: 124.8


PACK 21
BAM-11 - Salsa Dance +2
274 - Laurie Hernandez
184 - Jose Altuve (FP) +2
210 - Didi Gregorius (NYY) -1
26 - Matt Wieters
121 - Randall Grichuk
212 - Don Mattingly (NYY) -1
SFL-2 - Walleye & Spinner +2
PACK TOTAL: +4
RUNNING TOTAL: 128.8


PACK 22
WD-21 - Chilean Sailor Dude +2
1987-739 - Chet Lemon (RT) +1
35 - Johnny Damon
249 - Sage Steele
147 - Salvador Perez
153 - Sean Doolittle
259 - Roger Maris (NYY) -1
330 - Mark Melancon (SP) +1 (FT) +1
WAD-52 - David Dahl +2
PACK TOTAL: +4
RUNNING TOTAL: 132.4


PACK 23
Mini 223 - Lucas Giolito (A&G) +2
144 - Frank Thomas
243 - Alex Reyes
108 - Ryon Healy
282 - Christian Yelich
WF-1 - Life Savers Parachute Jump +2
FSRA-KB - Kris Bryant (FSRA/FP) +8.5
PACK TOTAL: +12.5
RUNNING TOTAL: 144.9

And here's the last hit of the box. Not only is Kris Bryant one of the better non-PC relics to pull hobby-wise, he's also on the favorite player list. Thanks, Brad!


PACK 24
Mini 131 - Dan Jennings
104 - Dexter Fowler
45 - Harriet Tubman +1
118 - Cameron Maybin
40 - Dansby Swanson
21 - Eric Hosmer
300 - Max Kepler
SFL-18 - Wahoo & Plastic Skirted Lures +2
PACK TOTAL: +3

FINAL TOTAL: 147.9

And we come to end with a decent score just under 150. It looks like someone has already posted a higher score, so this won't be winning the box but I'm not complaining at all. It was nice to have a reason to go ahead and buy a box this year, which I probably wouldn't have done otherwise with wax prices being what they are this season. (Damn you, Judge, Bellinger, others.) Check in next year to see if Gint-a-Cuffs makes it to the 10-year mark or not. I know the Commissioner was on the fence about this year and I don't blame him in the least. I'll go ahead and commit myself though, just to ensure there's at least some interest.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Gint-a-Cuffs 9: Part 1 of 2

If you've been following me for a bit, you're probably familiar with my participation in the annual Gint-a-cuffs contest. I've busted a box for 5 years in a row now and it's never not fun. Here is the first of two results posts to recount my haul and formerly record this year's entry. To the pretty images!


BOXLOADER
BL-AB Alex Bregman (FP) +6.8

Just a little bit of foreshadowing here but everybody did a great job picking their favorite players ;)


PACK 1
Mini 240 - Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) -1
254 - Hunter Pence (FT) +1
260 - Jonathan Villar
143 - Paris Locks +1
44 - Anthony Rizzo (FP) +2
106 - Sean Manaea
348 - Logan Forsythe (SP) +1
WAD-36 - George Springer +2
PACK TOTAL: +6
RUNNING TOTAL: 12.8


PACK 2
Mini 148 - Jesse Winker
89 - Ken Rosenthal
278 - Trevor Story
175 - Noah Syndergaard
262 - JaCoby Jones
11 - Brandon Finnegan
68- J.D. Martinez
RB-5 - Battle of Trenton +2
PACK TOTAL: +2
RUNNING TOTAL: 14.8


PACK 3
Mini 71 - Julio Teheran (Black)+4 (FP) +3
242 - Luke Weaver
28 - Andrew McCutchen
16 - Garrett Richards
47 - Omar Vizquel
174 - Danny Duffy
31 - Carlos Santana
SFL-6 - Largemouth Bass & Soft Plastic Worm +2
PACK TOTAL: +9
RUNNING TOTAL: 23.8


PACK 4
MIni 276 - Giant Panda
314 -Dan Vogelbach (SP) +1
256 - Andy Katz
149 - Mike Piazza
226 - Ryne Sandberg
101 - Jay Bruce
94 - Justin Upton
WAD-74 - Miguel Cabrera +2
PACK TOTAL: +3
RUNNING TOTAL: 26.8


PACK 5
WD-39 - Scottish Dude +2
1988-517 - Ron Robinson (RT) +1
81 - Carlos Carrasco
23 - John Smoltz
38 - Craig Kimbrel
117 - Joe Musgrove
160 - Michael Kapral -1
310 - Brandon Crawford (SP) +1 (FT) +1
WAD-100 - Paul Goldschmidt +2
PACK TOTAL:+6
RUNNING TOTAL: 32.8

If I'm being honest, the 'World's Dudes' mini insert set is probably one of my least favorite they've done. It just seems kinda lazy.


PACK 6
MI-10 - John Nevil Maskelyne  +2
34 - Billy Hamilton
110 - Ted Williams
182 - Kyle Hendricks
50 - Bryce Harper
RB-7 - Surrender of General Burgoyne +2
FSRB-ABR - Alex Bregman (FSRA/FP) +8.5
PACK TOTAL: +12.5
RUNNING TOTAL: 45.3

Here's my first hit and, hey look, another Alex Bregman. I'm not sure who picked him as their favorite but I appreciate it!


PACK 7
Mini 266 - Greg Bird (NYY) -1
227 - Jon Gray
276 - Giant Panda
318 - Harmon Killebrew (SP) +1
6 - DJ LeMahieu
195 - Matt Kemp
99 - Teoscar Hernandez
WAD-71 - Matt Carpenter +2 (FP) +2
PACK TOTAL: +4
RUNNING TOTAL: 49.3


PACK 8
Mini 208 - Felix Hernandez (A&G) +2
1984-113 - Kelly Paris (RT) +1
223 - Lucas Giolito
57 - Jharel Cotton
169 - Antonio Senzatela
296 - Zack Greinke
135 - Josh Donaldson
329 - Jonathan Lucroy (SP) +1
WAD-81 - Addison Russell +2
PACK TOTAL: +6
RUNNING TOTAL: 55.3


PACK 9
Mini 112 - Jayson Werth
253 - Brandon Phillips
224 - U.S. National Parks Service
33 - Byron Buxton
171 - Jose Canseco
168 - Robbie Ray
194 - A.J. Pollock
WF-10 - Conical Pendulum Clock +2
PACK TOTAL: +2
RUNNING TOTAL: 57.3


PACK 10
Mini 343 - Brian McCann (SP) +3
214 - Nick Jonas -1
234 - Charlie Blackmon
325 - Danny Salazar (SP) +1
133 - Addison Russell
56 - Rick Porcello
27 - Yulieski Gurriel
WAD-8 Aledmys Diaz +2
PACK TOTAL: +5
RUNNING TOTAL: 62.3

I'm not sure what Nick Jonas did to deserve the dreaded 'non-baseball Yankee' designation but I guess I have to honor the scoring rules.


PACK 11
Mini - James Shields (NNO) +5
173 - Odubel Herrera
269 - Krazy George
156 - Daniel Murphy
66 - Kenta Maeda
74 - Cal Ripken, Jr.
307 - J.J. Hardy (SP) +1
WAD-65 Yoenis Cespedes +2
PACK TOTAL: +8
RUNNING TOTAL: 70.3


PACK 12
MI-14 - Robert Heller +2
115 - Carlos Rodon
221 - Yadier Molina
208 - Felix Hernandez
233 - Jake Lamb
161 - Ernie Banks
292 - Evan Longoria
SFL-17 - Dorado Mahi Mahi & Large Popper +2
PACK TOTAL: +4

RUNNING TOTAL: 74.3

Alright, at the halfway mark, things are respectable. There are still 2 hits waiting to be uncovered. At the time of this post, the high score is 143.5 so the top spot isn't out of the question...yet. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

PENNANT BOX BREAK - PACK 12


218. Matt Wisler 


124. Aaron Nola 

196. Hishasi Iwakuma 

91. Freddie Freeman 

60. Anthony Rendon 

179. Yasmani Grandal 

151. Jimmy Nelson 

112. Michael Fulmer 

243. Elvis Andrus 

TD13. Clayton Kershaw/Madison Bumgarner - Throwdown



I know it's taken a bit to get through the box, but I'll have a couple of posts to break it up as I post my entry for this year's Gint-a-Cuffs competition. Stay tuned.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

2017 PENNANT BOX BREAK - PACK 11

202. Giancarlo Stanton

257. Adrian Gonzalez


221. Mike Trout

259. Archie Bradley

287. Ender Inciarte

238. Nomar Mazara

152. Paul Goldschmidt

262. Jaime Garcia

263. Adam Duvall

TI27. Evan Longoria - The Incumbents


This is a pretty solid pack as far as base cards go with three legitimate MVP candidates. Lots of red and blue, too.