Monday, May 4, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 030 - Triple Play!

Greetings! I thought it would be fun to pop open a pack of Triple Play (2012) tonight. So, grab your favorite cold beverage and a bowl of your favorite crunchy snack and let's see what we have here:

Matt Kemp - Dodgers - Night Owls (Wahoo!!)
Yu Darvish - Rangers - RJBreeze (Wahoo!!)
Eric Hosmer - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Bats and Balls Tattoos - #2 - Free Agent
Adrian Gonzalez Sticker - Red Sox - GCRLs (Wahoo!!)
Starlin Castro Puzzle 4 of 9 - Cubs - Pedersejs (Wahoo!!)
Evan Longoria Puzzle 8 of 9 - Rays - TSHensons (Wahoo!!)

Wow! Nearly a perfect pack! That is cool. Congratulations to each of the managers pulling players from this pack!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 029 - The Large Chips

Hey everyone! I sent a message out to managers that we FINALLY have a draft up! Wahoo!! As I mentioned yesterday, tonight, I am opening a custom pack of A&G Minis from Nachos Grande. I have no idea what's in here, so let's see what cardboard goodness is inside:

Wilbur Wright - Inventor - Free Agent
Jose Abreu - White Sox - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Kendrys Morales - Mariners - GCRLs (Wahoo!!)
Yoenis Cespedes - A's - Pedersejs (Wahoo!!)
Russell Wilson - Seahawks - Free Agent
Tony Cingrani - Reds - Free Agent
Christian Yelich - Marlins - Free Agent
Refael Nadal - Tennis Pro - Free Agent
Evan Longoria - Rays - TSHensons (Wahoo!!)
Elvis Andrus - Rangers - Play at the Plates (Wahoo!!)
Bob Dylan - Singer - Free Agent
Martin Prado - Diamondbacks - Cobb County SuperChickens (Wahoo!!)
Derek Jeter - Yankees - Bo Rosnys (Wahoo!!)
Jason Kipnis - Indians (Wahoo!) - Arkansas Tribecards (Wahoo!!)
David Price - Rays - TSHensons (Wahoo!! x2)
Stan Musial - Cardinals - Wilsons (Wahoo!!)
Lance Berkman - Rangers - Illinois Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Jimmy Rollins - Phillies - Night Owls (Wahoo!!)
Phil Mickelson - Golfer - Free Agent
Angel Pagan - Giants - Free Agent
James Shields - Royals - Free Agent
Freddie Freeman - Braves - Captain Canucks (Wahoo!!)
Ray Allen - Supersonics - Free Agent

Wow! These are very cool custom "fan" cards! They are all done in the 2008 Allen & Ginter Minis style. We have now added some non-baseball people to the mix! These will go in NEXT week's draft (not the current one). Congratulations to everyone getting hits from this cool pack. There are several others done up like this, too, so don't fret yet! I scanned the back of Kipnis so you could see what the backs look like:

Saturday, May 2, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 028 - Am I being punk'd?

Hello, everyone!

Tonight, I am running a little behind. I grabbed one of the 2015 Opening Day packs that Play at the Plates sent, but... Something is a little off here. First of all, the pack has been opened then taped shut. Second, I can tell the card I'm looking at is NOT Opening Day just from the little bit I can see peeking out. Okay, let's rip into this contraption:

Brian Fisher 87 Donruss - Yankees - Free Agent
Mike Lavalliere 86 Donruss Rookies - Cardinals - Free Agent
Danny Tartabull 92 O-Pee-Chee Premiere - Yankees - Captain Canucks (Wahoo!!)
Homer Bailey 2013 Topps - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)
Trevor Wilson 92 Fleer Ultra - Giants - Free Agent
Andre Ethier 2013 Topps Archives - Dodgers - The Balking Dead (Wahoo!!)
Jack Cust 2011 Topps - Mariners - Free Agent
Tom Candiotti 88 Donruss - Indians (Wahoo!) - Arkansas Tribecards (Wahoo!!)
Josh Willingham 2013 Topps Archives - Twins - Free Agent
Mitch Williams 92 Score Dream Team - Phillies - RJBreezes (Wahoo!!)

When Brian told me that he was looking forward to seeing the homemade packs busted open, I can totally understand why now! These are great fun packs to bust for the Circus. Thanks again!! Congratulations to the managers who pulled cards (including yours truly! Wahoo!!). Tomorrow, I am going for a pack of the mini A&G customs from Nachos Grande. Look for it!

Friday, May 1, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 027 - Play at the Plates donates packs and we bust one of them

Good evening, folks! When i came home today, there was a box of cards waiting for me. Not just cards, but a BUNCH of packs! The scan is a tiny fraction. There are all kinds of packs - 2015 Opening Day, Donruss, Upper Deck, and some of them are, in his words, "homemade." I'm not even sure what that means, but we will find out during the season!  THANK YOU, Brian! Wahoo!!

Tonight, I am opening a jumbo pack of 2010 Upper Deck - you know, the "unauthorized" cards after Topps snagged back their monopoly, er, exclusive contract.

Kevin Richardson - Rangers - Free Agent
Carlos Lee - Astros - Illinois Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Henry Rodriguez - A's - Free Agent
Mike Pelfrey - Mets - Free Agent
Omar Infante - Braves - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Brad Lidge - Phillies - Free Agent
Matt Capps - Pirates - Free Agent
Chris Iannetta - Rockies - Free Agent
Jim Thome Biography HR 550 - White Sox - Arkansas Tribecards (Wahoo!!)
Prince Fielder Tape Measure Shots 460 - Brewers - TSHensons (Wahoo!!)
Pat Misch - Mets - Free Agent
Zack Greinke - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!! x2)
Mat Gamel - Brewers - Thorzul (Wahoo!!)
Luis Perdomo - Padres - Free Agent
Brandon Phillips - Reds - Free Agent
Mark Lowe - Mariners - Free Agent
Seth Smith - Rockies - Bo Rosnys (Wahoo!!)
Houston Astros Ballparks - Astros - Free Agent
Joe Mauer - Twins - Play at the Plates (Wahoo!!)
Jayson Werth - Phillies - CaptKirk42s (Wahoo!!)
Reid Gorecki - Braves - Free Agent
Micah Owings - Reds - Free Agent
Brad Thompson - Cardinals - Free Agent
Matt Diaz - Braves - Free Agent
JP Howell - Rays - Free Agent
Mitch Stetter - Brewers - Free Agent
Derek Jeter - Yankees - Bo Rosnys (Wahoo!! x2)
Troy Tulowitzki Tape Measure Shots 458 - Rockies - Kentucky Quarrys (Wahoo!!)
Adam LaRoche - Braves - Captain Canucks (Wahoo!!)
Jack Taschner - Phillies - Free Agent
Bud Norris - Astros - Free Agent
Garrett Mock - Nationals - Free Agent
DJ Carrasco - White Sox - Free Agent
Jered Weaver, Kendry (sic) Morales Angels Checklist - Angels - Alecs All-Stars (Wahoo!!)/GCRLs (Wahoo!!)
Felix Pie - Orioles - Free Agent
Washington Nationals Ballparks - Nationals - Free Agent

Wow! Congrats, everyone! I snagged a Thome! Awesome! A couple of you managed to get two hits in there!

*Remember, if players are named on a card, it will be randomly given to one of the managers to whom those players belong.
*Kendrys Morales was misspelled on the card. I can assume is is an UER.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 026 - Led astray by pearls

Good afternoon, everyone!

I spent the day working with other State Technology Coordinators as we fleshed out the grant applications that determine whether or not our positions get funded. It's an annual event that causes us to reflect on the previous school year and report what we've done, what we will do next year, and how we can improve on what we do.

I am telling you all that to tell you this: On my way to the meeting, I had to make a stop, so I decided to grab a pack of cards to open today. I had planned on maybe some Series One or Heritage, but this 24-count of Gypsy Queens in a box distracted me with the promise of "3 Pearl Parallel Cards" inside.

And, so, I am opening yet another pack of Gypsy Queen (not to mention I still have three that I haven't opened from my birthday blaster). Welp, here we go:

Carlos Santana - Indians (Wahoo!) - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Willie Mays - Giants - Stealing Home (Wahoo!!)
Devin Mesoraco - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)
Bartolo Colon - Mets - New Jersey Hadsalls (Wahoo!!)
Nelson Cruz - Mariners - Play at the Plates (Wahoo!!)
Brandon Moss - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent
Yoenis Cespedes - Tigers - Pedersejs (Wahoo!!)
Mark Teixeira - Yankees - Bo Rosnys (Wahoo!!)
Christian Yelich - Marlins - Free Agent
George Springer - Astros - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!! x2)
Troy Tulowitzki Mini - Rockies - Kentucky Quarrys (Wahoo!!)
Matt Cain Mini - Giants - RJBreeze (Wahoo!!)
Orlando Cepeda - Cardinals - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Alex Gordon Mini Blue - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Michael Morse Queen's Throwbacks - Giants - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
Roenis Elias - Mariners - Free Agent
Jason Heyward - Cardinals - Cobb County SuperChickens (Wahoo!!)
Henderson Alvarez - Marlins - Free Agent
Jenrry Mejia - Mets - New Jersey Hadsalls (Wahoo!! x2)
Brandon Belt - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!! x2)
Mark Buehrle - Blue Jays - Northampton Therapists (Wahoo!!)
Corey Kluber Peral - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent
Bartolo Colon Pearl - Mets - New Jersey Hadsalls (Wahoo!! x3)
Jose Canseco Pearl - A's - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!! x2)

Well, jumpin' Jehoshaphat! Look at all those 2-hitters and the Hadsalls managed a 3-hitter from this box - not to mention two of the same player on different styles! Top that off with a bunch of the managers adding cards to their stacks, and we have one heck of a pack here. I think it is very cool that one of the pearl cards ended up a free agent that happens to be an Indians player! Oh yeah, one of the regular cards is also a free agent Indians player. How about that?! (voiced in my head as the late, great Mel Allen).