Wednesday, April 23, 2014

#PackADailyCircus - Not a Mini Cooper...

Good evening! I hope everyone is enjoying their Wednesday night. My baseball team faves were split tonight: The Indians won (Wahoo!!) but the Pirates lost (Boo!!). Maybe things will pick up for both teams. They are each over .400 but they are far down the list in their divisions.

Nothing like a pack of wax to bring up the spirits, right?

How about 2012 Gypsy Queen:

Joe Mauer - Twins - Play At The Plate (Wahoo!!)
Matt Moore - Rays - Free Agent
Mark Teixeira - Yankees - Bo Rosny (Wahoo!!)

Jacoby Ellsbury Sliding Stars - Red Sox - Scott Crawford On Cards (Wahoo!!)
John Smoltz Mini Black - Braves - Captain Canucks
Jeff Francoeur Glove Stories - Royals - Free Agent

That Smoltz mini is a great card! Truth be told, I'd take any of these for my non-Triber collection, so a HUGE congrats to each manager snagging some cardboard for their collections!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#PackADailyCircus - Gettin Sticky With It

For tonight's pack, I am busting open a pack of 2014 Topps Stickers. I don't know how anyone else feel about stickers making their way back into collecting over the past few years, but I am all for it! Guess that's just part of the kid in me.

Nolan Ryan - Rangers - RyanGs (Wahoo!!)
Curtis Granderson - Mets - Hadsalls (Wahoo!!)
Robbie Erlin - Padres - Free Agent
Patrick Corbin - DBacks - Free Agent

Yoenis Cespedes - A's - EG9460s (Wahoo!!)
Brian Dozier - Twins - Free Agent
Roberto Clemente - Pirates - EG9460s (Wahoo!!)
Mike Trout - Angels - ProwlingCats (Wahoo!!)

Wow! Ryan and Clemente in the same pack! That is very cool!! Congratulations to EG9460s for pulling two players and to the others for snagging a hit out of the pack, too.

This weekend, I hope to have tallies so we can see how many cards each manager has pulled. I think I have a couple. Or maybe none. I don't really remember now.

#PackADailyCircus - Stupid Google and Current Standings

Last season, we had an issue with Google Forms not displaying everyone's draft picks. I thought I had that cured, but the feedback I've received shows me that is clearly not the case.

I admit, my plan was to email everyone not on the draft list before running the draft and I forgot that tidbit before doing it. That still doesn't address the core issue: Google Forms is far too unreliable for this project.

So, I am going to find a different venue for hosting the drafts. As a "kiss and make up" peace offering, I am going to create a combination draft and release it either tonight (Tuesday) or tomorrow (Wednesday) depending on how quickly I can find a new survey venue and how quickly I can get things set up.

What is a combination draft? I will include current free agents from the breaks to this point, PLUS there will be 10 slots for managers to write in your their draft picks. Please note, some undrafted revealed players may be missing from drop-downs because I am doing this on my lunch hour and I don't have access to my, er, Access database.  Managers will need to check the current Manager/Player list to make sure already-taken players are being sought!
(That Manager/Player list can be found here)

The combination/bonus draft will END on Friday, April 25 at 5p. Late Friday (since my daughter has a softball game), I will run that draft and fire up a new draft to cover players revealed between now and then. Well, it all makes sense in MY head anyway.

On the upside, I have posted the ootp updates through today (April 22). Yeah, I know, I have the game taking place LAST year, but that's just a technicality. Haha!
Updated PAD standings, news, etc is at

Monday, April 21, 2014

#PackADailyCircus - Packs from RAZ, Draft Results, DK57

Hey everyone! In the mail today, I had a box from RAZ! In the box? A slew of packs for the Circus! he also included a 2014 Carlos Santana and a VERY cool 2014 Kipnis alternate logo (#344/999)!! Wow!!

THANK YOU, Raz!! That is very cool!! These will be added to the box of packs. We'll see these throughout the season for sure.

I remembered that my initial plan was to randomize the draft order and then use that as the basis for future drafts instead of randomizing each week. Of course, the problem we run into is that we have WAY more managers than there are weeks of baseball!  So, I still to devise a draft order method that spreads things around more evenly.

Draft Notes:

  • The 2014 Red Sox Puzzle counts as one player. It has been entered as "RedSox Puzzle2014" in the game as a random player. I can change the position to whatever you like, if you end up with the cards.
  • Mascots were generated as fully random players. If you end up with a mascot, I can change the position to whatever you like.
  • Polo Grounds was created as a random player. I can assign whatever position you want, if you end up with this card. Subsequent ballparks will be handled the same way.
  • Buck Showalter (and any future manager cards) was randomly generated.
  • I did NOT email managers to remind them the cut off time/date. In the future, I will be sure to include the cut-off time and date in the draft notice email. Generally, however, the draft starts on Friday and ends the following Monday. If this is not enough time or doesn't meet your work/class schedule, please let me know and I will see what we can do.
OOTP League Notes:
  • ootp15 is out now. I am trying to decide if I should try to import our game into that or not. I had a heck of a time getting ours set up, and I don't want to mess around with something that is currently not broken.
  • I am working on another "open" draft. This will allow managers to grab more players without waiting for the cards to be pulled.
  • TRADES: If you would like to trade for players, use the "Current Manager/Player" list to find out who has the player(s) you want. You can then let me know who you want and I will let the other manager know you want to trade (unless you prefer to handle this between you and the other manager directly). Once a trade is presented and agreed upon, I will make the necessary changes in ootp and swap player cards accordingly.
  • I will post game info on Tuesday, April 22! My team can't get out of the basement. UGH!
Here are the Draft results:

Entries before randomization:

Randomized list:

Final Draft Results:

 The current Manager/Player list is here:

Whew! Okay, let's finish out this evening with a pack busting! Let's go back to 1991.

1991 Topps Traded.

Darryl Kile - Astros - Maddings (Wahoo!!)
Hubie Brooks - Mets - Free Agent
Chris Wimmer - Team USA - Free Agent
George A Bell - Cubs - Kazis (Wahoo!!)
Rob Deer - Tigers - Free Agent
Johnny Oates - Orioles - Free Agent
Glenn Davis - Orioles - Free Agent

Well, we didn't score many hits there, did we? But, Maddings did score a Kile rookie card! Hard to believe just 11 years later, he would die from a heart attack. DK57

Sunday, April 20, 2014

#PackADailyCircus - Easter/Resurrection Sunday/Birthday

Hello, everyone!

Happy Easter, Resurrection Sunday, and Birthday to anyone celebrating any or all of those. Wait! *I* would be one such person! Hard to believe I am 45 today. I certainly don't feel 45, whatever that is "supposed" to feel like.

The best surprise I got for my birthday is a very cool baseball trip with the family coming in May! We will be taking a train down to Dallas to watch the Rangers play!! I think that will be a great adventure for the whole family. What a cool birthday (er, and Anniversary and Father's Day) gift!! I also got a slew of baseball packs, too!

Today, we are busting open a pack of 2013 Heritage. Let's see what we can find inside!

Bud Norris - Astros - Free Agent
Darin Ruf/Tyler Cloyd - Phillies/Phillies - Free Agent/Free Agent
Tyler Pastornicky - Braves - Free Agent
Chris Perez - Indians (Wahoo!) - Workmans (Wahoo!!)
Jimmy Rollins - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)

Phil Coke - Tigers - Free Agent
Barry Zito - Giants - Arpsmiths (Wahoo!!)
Mike Leake - Reds - Free Agent
Daniel Murphy - Mets - Hadsalls (Wahoo!!)

Wahoo!! We pulled a Triber this time! That makes for an even happier birthday! Congratulations to each of our managers who added cards to their collections.

Oh, what the heck.. It is my birthday, after all, so let's bust open a Fat Pack to make up for yesterday!

2011 Series One - 36 cards! (Scans posted at bottom)

Lance Berkman - Yankees - RJBreezes (Wahoo!!)
Jose Lopez - Mariners - Free Agent
Michael Young - Rangers - PlayAtThePlates (Wahoo!!)
Ben Zobrist - Rays - Free Agent
Mat Latos - Padres - NachoGrandes (Wahoo!!)
Michael Brantley - Indians (Wahoo!) - TS Hensons (Wahoo!!)
Emilio Bonifacio - Marlins - Free agent
White Sox Team Card - Free Agent
Chase Headley - Padres - Free Agent
Hunter Pence - Astros - Free Agent (Really? Wow.)
Babe Ruth National Caramel (cmgr-5) - Yankees - StealingHomes (Wahoo!!)
Victor Martinez Toppstown - Red Sox - Free Agent
Carlos Silva - Cubs - Free Agent
Jonathan Sanchez - Giants - Free Agent
Stephen Strasburg - Nationals - Trhdds (Wahoo!!)
Andre Ethier - Dodgers - Trhdds (Wahoo!!) - Back-to-Back!
Carlos Ruiz - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Jason Vargas - Mariners - Free Agent
Joel Pineiro - Angels - Free Agent
Jason Varitek - Red Sox - ThoughtsAndSox (Wahoo!!)
JJ Hardy - Twins - Thorzuls (Wahoo!!)
Nick Markakis - Orioles - RyanGs (Wahoo!!)
Felix Hernandez - Mariners - RyanGs (Wahoo!!) - Back-to-Back!
Matt Lindtrom - Astros - Free agent
Ichiro Suzuki - Mariners - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Daniel Descalso - Cardinals - Erins (Wahoo!!)
Lance Berkman Diamond Refractor - Yankees - RJBreezes (Wahoo!!)
Starlin Castro Champions Mini - Cubs - Pedersejs (Wahoo!!)
Clayton Kershow/Mat Latos Diamond Duos - Dodgers/Padres - NightOwls (Wahoo!!)/NachoGrandes (Wahoo!!)
Gary Carter Topps 60 - Mets - Hadsalls (Wahoo!!)
Tony Perez 60 Years of Topps - Reds - Free Agent
Bob Feller 60 Years of Topps - Indians (Wahoo!!) - TSHensons (Wahoo!!)
Barry Zito - Giants - Arpsmiths (Wahoo!!)
Gregor Blanco - Royals - Free Agent
Andrew Cashner - Cubs - BackstopCards (Wahoo!!)
Rickie Weeks - Brewers - Free Agent
Adam Dunn - Nationals - ScottCrawfordOnCards (Wahoo!!)

WOW! Two managers went back-to-back in that pack! We also pulled another Triber, too! That's two Indians in two packs. Congratulations to ALL the managers who pulled cards out of here! We've got a slew of folks adding cards to their piles! That Babe Ruth card is very cool! And, of course, shiny makes most of us happy, so the Berkman Diamond is a special treat, too! Don't forget the Mini, either. My daughter would be going nuts to have anything mini. Overall, a great collection of players from this pack!

(As is often the case on these Interwebs, click the image to see the bigger picture):