Saturday, October 14, 2017

What's in a half Case Box 5 and 6!

I decided to combine 2 boxes into this post. I got busy this week and didn't have time to post or I spent every night watching Rick and Morty instead who really knows. (My wife knows but don't ask her it would spoil the truth). Let's get right to it!

Box 5:

This was the box topper. Which is so much better then the ad panels you usually get. Pretty cool to get an authentic card even though its stamped. When I saw the rookie part I dreamed of Bench or Ryan but that's ok to get 2 guys who weren't quite as good. 

Real happy to hit a Goldy auto. I believe I will redeem this one. He was a monster on my fantasy team this past year and I'm a fan of how he plays. Rarely takes days off and is always giving his all. This is the standard blue version.


Only pulled on Chrome, the Shin Soo Choo. He gets paid a lot of money, good for him. The Greg Holland is a yellow back short print. Don't know if that made it 'harder' to pull but I doubt it.

Oh yea! This was a purple hot box! Every pack had a purple refractor which was fun. I just scanned some of the better ones, no Bellinger unfortunately. Happy to get Alfaro though for the PC.

Box 6:


 A decent rookie chrome card. He has a lot of potential.
 The mini's are numbered out of 100. This was the only one in the 7 boxes. (I now have 2!) Edwin had a tough start to the year but once he adjusted to Cleveland he had a pretty strong 2nd half.

The Koda Glover is the action variation rookie. He has potential as a closer if he can stay healthy. The Nationals window might be closing soon though with the roster changes they're going to have to make. Doesn't terribly upset me as a Phillies fan.

One more box to go! Already showed the Machado and Goldy which were the 2 big autos of the break.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

What's in a half Case (Box 4) (nice hit alert!)

Onwards and upwards! I recently did my first Spartan race. I recommend training for it. Next time I'll actually be prepared. I survived though, hence I can still type up some posts! Hopefully this box provides some fireworks!

A couple of shiny cards. Not sure if I like or dislike having shiny in these sets. It's not an homage to 1968 it's more of an homage to 90s inserts. Which I like 1993 Finest Refractors as much as the next guy but they do that sort of thing in other sets. 

This Benoit is the yellow back variation. There is a 25 print run for each of these. They are hard to tell on stand alone but if you have the cards in a stack the color difference really sticks out. At least its a Phillies player so it goes straight into the PC!


Jose De Leon action variation. I don't know a ton about him just know he was traded from the Dodgers. Hopefully he turns into a nice rotation guy.

Boooooooom! Manny Machado auto numbered out of 68! This was a more then welcome surprise to  hit a Red auto and then hit one of a really good player. Not sure what I'm doing with it yet. It goes for a good amount of money or if I will redeem and wait. I don't love redemption cards in general since I've had both good and bad experiences.

Thanks for reading! More to come!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

What's in a Half Case (Box 3!)

Now back to our semi regular scheduled program. We took a break for Gint A Cuffs.I had opened that box about a month ago but was none too thrilled with the results so I literally got my score up on the deadline day! Go Procrastination!

Let's see what was pulled in box 3..


A decent Byron Buxton relic. I watched a bunch of Twins games this year because I drafted Ervin Santana on my fantasy team (20th round great pick) and Buxton really looked lost at the plate at the beginning of the year, but man at the end he sure did look good. Hopefully he truely turned a corner on major league pitching and continues it next year. With his speed he is a fun guy to watch.
 

Two shiny cards. Reddick is currently in the ALDS against the Red Sox and Kyle Freeland's team fell to the Dbacks. Freeland had an up and down rookie year. He has some decent stuff so I think he can stick around the majors for a while if he continues working hard.

These blue borders are a weird subset in my opinion. Apparently there are 50 of each of them but they are not serial numbered. I believe I pulled 2 total and at first I thought they were just one of those 1 per box type deals and then I didn't see another one. He's the highest paid closer in baseball if you didn't know. He did not perform like the highest paid closer in baseball this year though.

Thanks for reading! Still some big hits to come!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Gint A Cuffs Conclusion!

We are sitting at +83!

Let's go!

Pack 17:
McCutchen
Porcello
Henderson
Inciarte
World's Fair +2
Carew
Price
Gray
Pack Total: +2
Running Total: +85

Pack 18:
Desmond
Ichiro
Lindor +2
Dozier
Sports Fish and Fishing Lures +2
Teheran +2
Kelley 
Tulo
Pack Total: +6
Running Total: +91

Pack 19:
Mattingly -1
Damon
Bradley Jr
Verlander
What a Day Correa +2
Jones
Cain SP +1
Ellsbury Black Mini +1
Pack Total: +3
Running Total: +94

Pack 20:
National Parks 
Gurriel
LeGrand
What a Day DeGrom +2
Solarte
Freeman
Robinson
1984 Topps Doug Geosdz
Brett A&G Back +2
Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +98

Pack 21:
Goldy
Beltre
Sanchez
What a Day Mattingly +1
Smith
Turner
Keuchel SP +1
Margot
Pack Total: +2
Running total: +100

Pack 22:
Renfroe
Gregorious -1
Kluber
Snell
World's Fair +2
Zimmerman
Gehrig -1
Trout
Pack Total: +0
Running Total: +100

 Pack 23:
Cotton
Phillips
Carpenter +2
Wagner
Sports Fish and Fishing Lures +2
Joseph
Bench 
Thompson
Pack Total:+4
Running Total: +104

Pack 24:
Posey
Kipnis
Pederson
Revolutionary Battles +2
Miguel Cotto Relic +5
Thompson
Killebrew SP Mini +3
Pack Total: +10
Running Total: +114

Unfortunately no massive hit to bring up my score. My reign of Gint A Cuffs Champion is over. I will hand my imaginary trophy over to the new winner. May he or she treat the trophy as well as I did these last 2 years. 

Thanks for reading!

Gint A Cuffs Part 2 of 3!

We are currently on +32 for the running total. And starting out with Pack 9!

Let's go!

Pack 9:
Tubman
Fowler
Velasquez
What a Day Buxton +2
Naquin
Glasnow
Willie McCovey SP +1
Ron Darling 
Black Mini Kapral +2
Pack Total: +5
Running Total: +37

Pack 10:
Story
Gardner -1
Worlds Fair +2
Hamels Relic +5
Marte
Puid
A&G Back Nola +2
Pack Total: +8
Running Total: +45

Pack 11:
Piazza
Bruce
Werth
Smart
Sport Fish and Fishing Lures +2
Taillon
Gonzalez
Black Mini Jones +2
Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +49

Pack 12:
Buxton Framed Mini Relic +8
Cecchini
Peraza
Bench
World's Fair +2
Scherzer
Required Reading +2
Pack Total: +12
Running Total: +61

Pack 13:
Pence
Rosenthal
Tanaka -1
What a Day Betts +2
Harvey
Reyes
Hanley Ramirez SP +1
Mike Morgan 1989 Topps
Tunisian Editor Dude +2
Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +65

Pack 14:
Vizquel
Datt
Bird -1
What a Day Price +2
Votto +2
Profar
Zimmerman SP +1
Magicians and Illusionists +2
Pack Total: +6
Running Total: +71

Pack 15:
Odor
Fulmer
Shields
Pedroia
What a Day Jones +2
Wright
Ty Blach SP +1
Brooks Robinson A&G back +2
Pack Total: +5
Running Total: +76

Pack 16:
 
Perez
Reyes
Diaz
Galarraga
Sports Fish and Fishing Lures +2
Panik
Arenado
Jennings No Number Mini +5
Pack Total: +7
Running Total: +83

Pretty solid middle 3rd of the box. On a much higher pace now! Stay tuned for the last part!

Thanks for reading!
 

Gint A Cuffs ! Part 1 of 3!

I opened this box a while ago but I haven't been a good poster in general lately. The scores are due tonight at midnight so I will be scoring this entire box today. Thankfully, I scanned all the cards previously so it's just a matter of not being lazy and typing it up and cross referencing the rules as I go. Let's do it! Maybe I'll three peat.. but probably not!

For the purpose of this contest my Favorite Player is Kris Bryant and Favorite Team is the Cubs.

Box Topper:

Mike Trout Box Topper: +4

Pack 1:
Molina
Senzatela
Heyward +1
Gordon
What a Day Sanchez +1
Warren Spahn SP +1
Steven Wright SP mini +3
Pack Total: +6
Running Total: +10

Pack 2:
Williams
Hernandez
Strasburg
What a Day Ortiz +2
Ozuna
Jennings
Chilean Sailor Dude +2
Sano
Tom Browning 1990 Topps 
Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +14

Pack 3:
Seager
Segura
Aaron
What A Day Kluber +2
German Marquez SP +1
Shatner +1
Glazer Mini
Cano
Pack Total: +4
Running Total:+18

Pack 4:
George
Rodon
Ellsbury  -1
Judge -1
Revolutionary Battles +2
Cruz
Smith
Stevens
Pack Total: +0 (yikes)
Running Total: +18

Pack 5:
Carrasco
Smoltz
Garrett
DeGrom
World's Fair +2
De Leon
Hamels
A&G Back Reggie Jackson Mini +2
Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +22

Pack 6:
Granderson
Jenkins
Machado
Frazier
Sport Fish and Fishing Lures +2
Cespedes
Scottish Dude +2
LaForce
Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +26

Pack 7:
Herrera
Kershaw
Cueto
What a Day Syndergaard +2
Mangeniello 
Diaz
Wainwright SP +1
Pedroia mini
Pack Total: +3
Running Total: +29

Pack 8:
Schwarber +1
Cobb
Fulmer
Arcia
What a Day Wright +2
Smith -1
Colon SP +1
Bryan
Pack Total: +3
Running Total: +32

Through 1/3rd of the box no hits have been pulled (3 to go!) but we are at a lousy +32. On pace for under 100 which will not get me close to the top of the leaderboard. Stay tuned in the next 20-30 minutes for when I write up the next post! 

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

What's in Half a Case (Box 2!)

Onto box 2! It's fun hunting for the parallels when opening these boxes. I would search the back of the cards for the codes before I would hand the cards to my wife so she could sort them. We had a very efficient system going on. If only I could open cards for a living and she could sort cards for a living.

Check out the goods!


Two shiny chrome cards.

This is the action variation for Bellinger. I was pretty happy to pull the right player for this parallel set. I may decide to go after the rest of them since this was easily the most expensive one.

This card is the traded variation for Jose De Leon (1 in 461 packs) You see under his Height it says Acquired: Trade with Dodgers 1-23-17. Took me a while to spot it, had to side by side a base card and try and find the variation. 

A decent relic. Thor had a lost year this year with his lat injury. Hopefully he comes back strong next year. I'm obviously not a Mets fan but I appreciate a good power pitcher. He has electric stuff. 

Very solid box with the Bellinger and the traded variation in the 24 packs!

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for the next one!