Thursday, September 29, 2016


I've been busting Gint A Cuffs boxes for the last few years. The last two I've gotten real lucky and hit some cool stuff. I no longer own the Mike Trout wood mini one of one. I sold it to a wood mini collector for a pretty good sum. We were both happy with the transaction. It was hard for me to let go since I pulled it myself.. but I'll always have my own digital scan.

Bye bye wood mini trout, enjoy your new home!

I still have the Dodgers rip card (unripped). I had to put it out of sight or I'd be weak one day and just rip it for the heck of it. If the players weren't Kershaw and Maeda I would've already ripped it. I may have to eventually sell that one to a Dodgers collector just so they keep it intact or to a ginter collector who likes ripping cards no matter the price so I know whats inside. Such paradoxes.

As of this typing I am still in first for Gint-A-Cuffs! Super excited about that. I like to think of the stack of boxes that we saw at the National I just picked the best one there.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Some more Howard's and a childhood collection card!

Here are some of my more recent Ryan Howard pickups..

The metal base card from 2016 Topps. These are sharp cards if you haven't seen one in person yet. Good weight to them and nicely done. I wouldn't be upset if they kept this subset around for a bit. They're scarce enough that the big names pull in some pretty good money. 

This is this year's Topps Heritage Mini out of 100. Nice card, nothing fancy with Heritage. It's all about the errors and color swaps and throwbacks with that set. I personally have never chased down all the parallels, maybe one year I'll go all in and save up and buy 4 cases or so and chase them all. That'd be fun. Howard did hit his 23rd Homer last night. Phillies lost on a walk off home run by Yoenis Cespedes though. Good to see that Howard can still drive the ball even though his bat speed isn't what it was.

This card is from my childhood collection. Back in 1994 I was allowed to buy a box (parent's money) of 1993 Score Select. I remember hitting some of those Ace insert cards and my brother telling me to hang onto this Jeter rookie card. Still have it! It's quite the pose. 

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Some Pink and Black

This is Ryan Howard's farewell month as a Phillies player. He's actually played well in the 2nd half I think trying to figure out if he can get on an AL team next year. It sucks he tore his achilles that really started the downslide to his career. I know he wouldn't hit his MVP numbers again but he would've been better without one bad leg.

Regardless, I still have a nice collection.. here's 2 new additions

A few base topps parallels. I'm still debating on buying the Topps Chrome Super. It's on ebay but for a rather high price that I'm not willing to pay at this time. Meh we'll see!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Some 90s Bonds Inserts

Now that Gint A Cuffs is over (really big hit again this year!) Here are some 90s inserts that I scanned after re uniting my childhood collection to my current collection. These were some of my top loader worthy cards back then (and still in the top loaders I can't bring myself to take them out)

A pretty sweet card with a lot of baseballs on it!

A Pinnacle Power insert! Used to love opening pinnacle packs. They were always fun. The base is a little raised up on the card but you can't tell by the scan. I have no idea what these booked for back then but I'm sure it was somewhere close to a million dollars or so.

Now you can get both of the above cards for about 10 bucks on ebay! The Pinnacle Power being most of that 10. (or less money if you have the gall to scroll down the listings)

Anyways, Happy September baseball!

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Gint A Cuffs Final (Dodgers fans take a peak!)

My Current running total is +79. Not great but not terrible.

Let's see how the rest goes!

Pack 20:

Lorenzo Cain
Morgan Spurlock
Edwin Escobar
Jose Reyes
Maria Sharapova
Numbers Game Carl Yastrzemski +2
Noble Laureates Durant +2 +2

Pack Total: +6
Running Total: +85

Pack 21:

Jimmy Nelson
Charlie Blackmon
JT Realmuto
Jose Bautista
Mitch Moreland
Numbers Game Ken Griffye Jr +2
Black Border Jose Reyes +3

Pack Total: +5
Running Total: +91

Pack 22:

Rob Refsnyder -1
Matt Harvey
Delino DeShields Jr
Alex Cobb
Numbers Game Stephen Piscotty +2
Natural Wonders +2
Devin Mesoraco base mini

Pack Total: +3
Running Total: +94

Pack 23:

Bryce Harper
Corey Kluber +2
Brandon Crawford
Alex Dickerson
Trea Turner
Natural Wonders +2
Craig Kimbrel Base Mini

Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +98

FINAL PACK! Saved posting this one for last.. still haven't decided what to do with the card...

Jonathan Papelbon
Kole Calhoun
Ozzie Smith
Santiago Casilla
Dawn Spacecraft 

Not much there.. but oh yea this small card.. Double Rip of Clayton Kershaw and Kenta Maeda..

My Favorite Player and a Favorite Player on the list.. so let me get this straight..

+15 for the rip card. times 3.7.

+55.5 (please check me if this is the wrong number)

Pack Total: +55.5
Running Total:+153.50

If I need the points I might rip it or I might just sell it since its selling in the 150 range (and thats more then a box of ginter) Or I'd trade it for something big to a Dodgers fan. (No Idea what but open to ideas)

Even without ripping as of this typing this puts me in the tentative lead!

Thanks for following along!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Gint-A-Cuffs Part 3 of 4!

Planning on 4 posts to do the whole box. Saving the big hit for last!

Onto Pack 14:

Currently at +57

Frank Thomas
Bob Gibson
Colin McHugh
Monica Abbot +1
Trevor Plouffe
Natural Wonders +2
Roberto Alomar Base mini

Pack Total: +3
Running Total: +60

Pack 15:

Byung Ho Park
AJ Pollock
Jonathan Schoop
Byron Buxton
Roberto Clemente
Natural Wonders +2
Trea Turner base mini

Not much going on in the last couple packs.

Pack Total: +2
Running Total: +62

Pack 16:

Ketel Marte
Jacoby Ellsbury -1
Troy Tulowitzki
Jim Rice
Zach Lee
Numbers Game Max Scherzer +2
No Number Mini Carlos Rodon +5

Pack Total: +6
Running Total: +68

Pack 17:

Alex Rodriguez (booo) -1
Freddie Freeman +2
Mike Greenberg +1
Josh Harrison
AJ Ramos
Max Scherzer
Stephen Vogt
Gary Carter Base mini

Pack Total: +2
Running Total: +70

Pack 18:

Ben Zobrist
Ryan Braun
Dustin Pedroia
Drew Smyly
Kyle Waldrop
Richie Shaffer
Numbers Game Matt Kemp +2
Black Border Mini Jose Quintana +3

Pack Total: +5
Running Total: +75

Pack 19:

Dallas Keuchel +2
Corey Seager
Ervin Santana
Matt Kemp
Numbers Game Cal Ripken Jr +2
Marcell Ozuna base mini

Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +79

5 more packs to go! Stay Tuned tomorrow for the exciting conclusion!

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Gint-A-Cuffs Part 2!

Gint-A-Cuffs!!! *Cheers wildly* It's basically the reason I buy a box of A&G every year. Honestly, would've skipped last year after seeing the box breaks and how bad most of them were. This year seems hit or miss. I've see some real bad boxes and real good ones. The dreaded 3 relic nothing else box is tough. Would like to get at least a 5 buck auto if you gotta get 2 semi worthless relics. Either way this box was fun!

Onto Pack 7:

Currently sitting at +25

Kenley Jansen (beast fantasy closer)
Steve Spurrier -1
Evan Longoria
Andrew Heaney
Cuban Embassy
Josh Robertson
The Numbers Game Mark McGwire +2
Ferocious Felines Jaguar +2 (I know my wife wants this set so I'd offer up my other minis to trade)

Pack Total: +3
Running Total: +28

Pack 8:

Chase Headley -1
Edwin Encarncion
Ben Revere
Nick Hundley
Wil Myers
First Hit Yasiel Puig Relic (at least hes back in the majors) +5
Michael Pineda Base mini -1

Pack Total: +3 (damn Yankees)
Running Total: +31

Pack 9:

Back-to-Back hits!

Poker Player Joe McKeehan +5 (wish it was a piece of the bracelet)
Kendry Morales
Hanley Ramirez
Jose Quintana
David Price
Salvador Perez Short Print mini +3

Pack Total: +8
Running Total: +39

Solid pack though!

Pack 10:

Khris Davis
Jason Heyward
George Lopez -1
Ender Inciarte
The Numbers Game Wade Boggs -1 +2
Baseball Legends Carl Yastrzemski +2
Subways and Streetcars Duquense Ivyline +2

Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +43

Pack 11:

Carlos Martinez
Jayson Werth
Michael Wacha
Luke Jackson +2
Jake McGee
Matt Duffy
Numbers Game Dallas Keuchel +2 +2
Max Scherzer base mini

2 favorite players in one pack, solid

Pack Total: +6
Running Total: +49

Pack 12:

Carlton Fisk
Adrian Gonzalez
Andrew McCutchen
Albert Pujols
Baseball Legends Roberto Clemente +2
Matt Harvey Base Mini

Pack Total: +2
Running Total: +51

Pack 13:

Nelson Cruz
Tyler White
Madison Bumgarner
David Ortiz
Steven Souza Jr
Numbers Game Miguel Cabrera +2
Baseball Legends Sandy Koufax +2
A&G Back Brian Dozier (crazy hot streak) +2

Pack Total: +6
Running Total: +57

A bit over halfway through.. on pace for 100 pts or so.. but one more hit to go so hoping to surpass that number by a good bit.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Gint-A-Cuffs... ! Part 1

This is my first post for Gint A Cuffs!  The box is already opened and scanned but I have to tally points and reveal it all! Not sure if I hit enough to defend my title but I think I'll be near the top! We shall see! For those that don't feel like looking I hit a Mike Trout Wood Mini in last year's Gint A Cuffs. (Still own it!)

Just for reference for points my favorite team this year is the Phillies and favorite player is Kenta Maeda. 

Lets go!

Box Loader:

A nice large Albert Pujols! +4

Pack 1:

David Wright +2
Jordan Zimmerman
Ryne Sandberg
Wily Peralta
Francisco Rodriguez
Scott Kazmir
Basbeball Legends Cal Ripken Jr +2
Roberto Clemente SP Mini (#330) +3

Pack Total: +7
Running Total: +11

Pack 2:

Justin Turner
Paul O'Neill -1
Neil Walker
Miguel Cabrera
Prince Fielder
Matt Duffy
Numbers Game Zack Grienke +2
Michle Steele Mini

Pack Total: +1
Running Total: +12

Pack 3:

Papal Visit
Mike Piazza
Jake Lamb
Robin Yount
Frank Robinson
Yasiel Puig
Logan Forsythe base mini

Seeing exactly 0 points here..

Pack Total: 0
Running Total: +12

Pack 4:

Jose Fernandez
Gravitational Waves
Miguel Sano
Billy Hamilton
Kolten Wong
Natural Wonders Old Faithful +2
Numbers Game Mark Teixeira -1 +2
A&G Back Papal Visit +2

Pack Total: +5
Running Total: +17

Pack 5:

Jung Ho Kang
Chris Sale
Carlos Santana
Gregory Polanco
Adam Lind
Russell Martin
Baseball Legends Ken Griffey Jr +2
US Mayors Buckhorn +2

Pack Total:+4
Running Total: +21

Through 5 packs I'm not exactly killing it.. fortunes can change!

Let's do one more!

Pack 6:

Melky Cabrera
Jay Bruce
DJ LeMahieu
Brandon Drury +2
Steve Kerr
Steve Cishek
US Mayors Turner +2

Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +25

Still all 3 hits to go!

Thanks for reading!