Saturday, August 30, 2014

#PackADailyCircus - The Real One

Good morning, cardboard fans! I've decided to add a little *umph* to my pack breaks starting with today. rather than just post a list of cards we break out of each pack, how about a little color commentary to go along with each card? I dunno. We'll try it and see what happens.

Today, we're opening a pack of 1991 Topps - "The Real One!" [Were there fake Topps going around back then? I have no recollection.]

Mike York - Pirates - Free Agent - [Well, first card up and I have nothing to say. So, let's go to BBR and see what they say: Huh, he played 14 games for the Tribe. Well, there ya go!]

Rob Dibble - Reds - NachosGrandes (Wahoo!!) - [Not the best-looking pitcher card, but not the worst, either, I suppose. At least he isn't holding a flaming ball, right? I always want to swap names with Ron Kittle when I see his name...]

Frank Thomas - White Sox - Jafronius (Wahoo!!) - [Awesome! This was just before he earned his "The Big Hurt" moniker, which would come in the 1992 season, according to research.]

Dave Schmidt - Expos - Free Agent - [Had a career 3.88 ERA. Unfortunately, his final season with the Mariners netted him a 18.90 ERA in just 3 games (7 runs in 3.1 innings).]

Steve Lyons - White Sox - Free Agent - [Wow!? Really? I don't see how that's possible at the stage of the game. For whatever reason, he was one of my favorite White Sox players back then.]

Scott Garrelts - Giants - Free Agent - [Nice wind-up shot, though since I don't scan free agents, you won't see it unless you Google it. Sorry.]

Jim Vatcher - Braves - Dayfs (Wahoo!!) - [Too bad the kid in the background is blocked by a parental arm adjusting his cap. I wonder if he knows he is on a card?]

Jose Lind - Pirates - BackstopCards (Wahoo!!) - [This shot appears to show Lind about to make a play. The dust in front of the bag and what appears to be a shadow just under the Pirates name on the card.]

Topps Instant Win Game card - [I include this only as a reminder of the time I sent one to Topps recently and they sent it back saying the contest had expired. No duh! No sense of humor.]

Jim Abbott - Angels - GoBlues (Wahoo!!) - [Abbott was another player I liked to follow in the 90's. Though, admittedly, it had to do with his name and "Who's on first" than anything...]

Mike Fitzgerald - Expos - Free Agent - [Featured in full-on catcher's garb, this card would be well-received by the girls over at Dinged Corners!]

Willie Randolph - A's - Free Agent - [I love this photo: He has just swung through. Camera is shooting from the hands, which are blurred, to his face, which is in focus and shows incredible concentration. Top 10 photo, easy.]

Darryl Strawberry - Mets - ScottCrawfordOnCards (Wahoo!!) - [I was a HUGE Strawberry fan. Ironic, given that I cannot stand the fruit that bears his name.]

Randy Ready - Phillies - Free Agent - [Believe it or not, when I was a kid, I loved the Phillies. Somewhere, I have a photo of me in a Phillies pale blue shirt with the maroon logo.]

Dave Valle - Mariners - PlayAtThePlates (Wahoo!!) - [I always have trouble with pronunciation. Is it "Val" or "Vail" or "Valley?"]

Ken Dayley - Cardinals - Free Agent - [Unfortunately, this card was the one to which the gum was stuck. Over time, the oils seeped through parts of this card. It's kind of a mess.]

Well, there you have it, folks! What did you think? Should the comments stay or go? Did they take away from the pack-busting or add to it? Feel free to share any thoughts in the comments.

Friday, August 29, 2014

#PackADailyCircus #ootp - Standings Update and busting wax

Good evening! Welcome to this week's PAD Circus update! Unfortunately, I can't upload the files yet, but I can give screen shots of the current standings in the Pack-A-Daily Circus League.

Before we get to that, though, today, in the OOTP simulation (Sept 1), rosters will expand to 70 active players per team! This will be interesting to watch how things move over the next month or so.

As we look at the Blogger League first, the JoshDs have taken first place back from the Tribecards in the Picadilly Division. The Wilsons have all but sealed their place for post-season play in the Green Park Division, as have the NachosGrandes and the CaptainCanucks:

Meanwhile, in the WordPress League, everyone in first place looks to be set for a playoff run. The only exception might be the Workmans. They are 4 games ahead of the BoRosnys, so the expanded roster could help swap those two teams.

Of course, with the rosters expanding from 50 to 70 active players, there is no telling what the next simulation is going to look like. Add to that all the A&G add-ins, etc, and we've got the makings for one of the weirdest baseball season finishes in history! Okay, maybe not all of history, but how many airplanes do you know that are playing on a baseball team?

Let's shift our focus to tonight's wax! How about a donated super-sized pack of 2012 Topps Series Two:

Ryan Doumit - Twins - BCs (Wahoo!!)
Andruw Jones - Yankees - CaptainCanucks (Wahoo!!)
Chase Headley - Padres - BackstopCards (Wahoo!!)
Ichiro Suzuki - Mariners - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Adam Wainwright - Cardinals - Maddings (Wahoo!!)
Chris Volstad - Cubs - Free Agent
Scott Hairston - Mets - Thorzus (Wahoo!!)
Alex Presley - Pirates - BCs (Wahoo x2)
Cal Ripken Jr Cut Above - Orioles - TSHensons (Wahoo!!)
Cal Ripken Jr Golden Moments - Orioles - TSHensons (Wahoo!! Back-to-Back!!)

Wow! I don;t think we have ever pulled back-to-back cards of the same player before! That is awesome! Added to that? Yeah, Cal freakin Ripken! Okay, yeah, I am geeking out over here. How could I not!?

Dwight Gooden Mound Dominance - Mets - ScottCrawfordOnCards (Wahoo!!)
Homer Bailey - Reds - Chonks (Wahoo!!)
Victor Martinez - Tigers - Trhdds (Wahoo!!)
Jeremy Hellickson - Rays - Quarrys (Wahoo!!)
Tyler Clippard - Nationals - Jafronius (Wahoo!! x2)
Humberto Quintero - Astros - Free Agent
Juan Francisco - Reds - Free Agent
Eric Hinske - Braves - Free Agent
Bronson Arroyo - Reds - BoRosnys (Wahoo!!)
Anthony Rizzo - Cubs - Pedersejs (Wahoo!!)
Jair Jurrjens - Braves - Free Agent
Torii Hunter - Angels - Jennings (Wahoo!!)
Mike Stanton - Marlins - TSHensons (Wahoo!! x3)
Charlie Furbush - Mariners - Chonks (Wahoo!! x2)
Ryan Sweeney - Red Sox - Otakus (Wahoo!!)
Eric Sogard - A's - Free Agent
Bob Gibson Gold Standard - Cardinals - Pedersejs (Wahoo!! x2)
Drew Pomeranz Gold Futures - Rockies - Free Agent
Jack Hanrahan - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent
Josh Beckett - Red Sox - ThoughtsAndSox (Wahoo!!)
Rafael Betancourt - Rockies - Free Agent
Jerry Sands - Dodgers - Free Agent
Ruben Tejada - Mets - Free Agent
Justin Smoak - Mariners - ProwlingCats (Wahoo!!)
Brett Lawrie - Blue Jays - Kazis (Wahoo!!)
Brandon Crawford - Giants - Workmans (Wahoo!!)

Wow! That was a lot of cards, especially at 11pm. haha! As I am dozing off and on while typing, I must say this post will be updated on Saturday and I will post scan of the manager hits.

Speaking of, how about a HUGE congratulations to those who got a hit in this mega-pack, but also those who scored multiple hits!! Wahoo!!  I hope everyone has a great night! Remember, Saturday is draft day!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

#PackADailyCircus - Faking a TBT?

Good evening, everyone! Around the Interwebs, it is TBT (ThrowBack Thursday), as it is every Thursday these days until someone comes up with something else we all latch onto. For our version, we'll fake it with 2014 Heritage.

David Holmberg/Chad Bettis Rookie Stars - Reds/Rockies - Superduperman99s (Wahoo!!)/Quarrys (Wahoo!!)
Alexi Ogando - Rangers - PlayAtThePlates (Wahoo!!)
Kevin Gregg - Cubs - Chonks (Wahoo!!)
Nelson Cruz Purple Refractor - Rangers - PlayAtThePlates (Wahoo!!)
Xander Bogaerts New Age Performers - Red Sox - BCs (Wahoo!!)
Wade Miley - Diamondbacks - ScottCrawfordOnCards (Wahoo!!)
Zack Wheeler - Mets - Hadsalls (Wahoo!!)
Tyler Chatwood - Rockies - Free Agent
Alexei Ramirez - White Sox - MySportsObsessions (Wahoo!!)

One hit away from a Perfect Pack! So close. I like pulling multi-player cards where both players are already drafted. That will be some post-season fun for me as those will be handed out by chance to the owners! Congrats, everyone! I hope you have a great night!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

#PackADailyCircus - Walmart Wednesday

Good evening, everyone! I wasn't able to post last night, as my daughter had her first football game to attend. She is on the cheer squad this year, and we will support her in that just as we support her running ambitions and her tumbling/gymnastics. I am all for my kids doing ANYTHING athletic because I never did much in the way of sports. That is a tale for another day.

I stopped by Walmart to grab some lunch and while there, decided to pick up a 3+3 pack of 2014 Bowman. There are 3 packs plus 3 bonus purple inserts.

Oh, before I go to far, I mistakenly listed Andrew Lambo in the free agent draft. He is already on the BCs and will be removed from the draft before it runs. Sorry for the mix-up!!

Mike Minor - A's - CaptainCanucks (Wahoo!!)
Wil Myers - Rays - RJBreezes (Wahoo!!)
Avisail Garcia - White Sox - JediJeffs (Wahoo!!)
John Gant - Mets - Free Agent
Victor Payano - Rangers - Free Agent
Tyler Danish Blue Border (416/500) - White Sox - Free Agent
Miller Diaz Chrome - Mets - Free Agent
Chris Kohler Chrome - A's - Free Agent
Josh Donaldson - A's - Free Agent
Ryan Zimmerman - Nationals - CaptainKirk42s (Wahoo!!)

Well, we started out okay but then fell into a free agent slump! Congratulations to the managers who actually pulled cards from here. That was a tough round.

Let's see how Round 2 goes:

Andrew McCutchen - Pirates - BCs (Wahoo!!)
Roy Halladay - Phillies - RJBreezes (Wahoo!!)
Jason Heyward - Braves - Dayfs (Wahoo!!)
Jose Herrera - Diamondbacks - Free Agent
Seth Mejias-Brean - Reds - Free Agent
Jake Johansen Mini Chrome (Refractor?) - Nationals - Free Agent
Hunter Dozier Chrome - Royals - Free Agent
Alex Reyes Chrome - Cardinals - Free Agent
David Ortiz - Red Sox - FDNYs (Wahoo!!)
Buster Posey - Giants - Arpsmiths (Wahoo!!)

Haha, same start, but a stronger finish. That mini chrome card is very cool! Good luck to folks trying to grab that in the next draft. Congratulations to RJBreezes for going 2-for-2 in the packs so far, and to everyone else for adding to their collections.

The last pack before the purple cards is up next:

Wei-Yin Chen - Orioles - Free Agent
Jon Lester - Red Sox - ThoughtsAndSox (Wahoo!!)
Alfonso Soriano - Yankees - BoRosnys (Wahoo!!)
Micah Johnson - White Sox - Free Agent
Zach Borenstein - Angels - Free Agent
Cody Reed - Royals - Free Agent
Eric Jagielo Chrome - Free Agent
Rosell Herrera Chrome - Rockies - Free Agent
CC Sabathia - Yankees - BoRosnys (Wahoo!! x2)
Tim Lincecum - Giants - Otakus (Wahoo!!)

Still only four hits, but at least they pretended to be spread out. Congrats to the BoRosnys for hitting two hits from the pack! Lucky for the other two managers, there were players to be handed out besides the free agents and BoRosnys take.

Finally, we have the 3-card purple insert pack:

Armando Rivero - Cubs - Free Agent
Mark Appel - Astros - Free Agent
Dillon Overton - A's - Free Agent

Wow, struck out there. No hits at all. I will scan these in case you hadn't seen the purple ones yet...

Monday, August 25, 2014

#PackADailyCircus - Seavering up a Golden Moment

Good evening, everyone! Hope you all had a great Monday. Tonight, I have a pack of 2012 Topps Series One to offer up. Let's see what's inside:

Kyle Blanks - Padres - CaptainCanucks (Wahoo!!)
Michael Morse - Nationals - Hadsalls (Wahoo!!)
Aroldis Chapman - Reds - NachosGrandes (Wahoo!!)
Tom Seaver Golden Moments - Mets - MySportsObsessions (Wahoo!!)
Texas Rangers Team Card - Rangers - Free Agent
Addison Reed - White Sox - MySportsObsessions (Wahoo!! x2)
Jon Jay - Cardinals - Superduperman99s (Wahoo!!)
James Loney - Dodgers - Jennings (Wahoo!!)
Jason Isringhausen - Mets - Maddings (Wahoo!!)
James McDonald - Pirates - Free Agent
Matt LaPorta - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent

Hey! Great news for the MySportsObsessions as the hit for two in this pack! Congrats to them and the other managers who snagged players from the pack.