Saturday, September 20, 2014

#PackADailyCircus - Cards from ShaneDiaz and it's time for a couple packs

Good evening, folks! I did not get to bust a pack last night because we were off to watch my daughter cheer for the JV football squad: 2 hours away from home!

Before I bust open packs tonight, I received a PWE from Shane Diaz. They come as a "thank you" because I had sent him a JJ Walker sticker from a pack of "Good Times" cards I had opened over at "A Pack to be Named Later."  He sent some very cool Tribers!

I'm not sure I've seen the Leaf Second Edition cards before. The Victory looks way better in person! Getting a "Member's Choice" is always a plus, and when it features someone like Baerga, well, that is pure cardboard magic right there! Speaking of Baeggy, how about that Puckett "Profiles" card! I am quite certain I have not seen that before. Thanks for ALL the cards, Shane! Very cool!

Let's rip some wax. I have two packs of 2010 Topps Series 2:

Dan Runzler - Giants - Free Agent - [Sorry to say I have never heard of him.]

Mike McCoy - Blue Jays - Free Agent - [Wow. Let's see if we go hitless...]

Andy Marte - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent - [Snagged a Triber! Always great in my book.]

Joel Pineiro - Angels - Maddings (Wahoo!!) - [Whew! Nice job grabbing the card and for breaking our hitless streak!]

Joe Morgan 1980 Topps Cards Mom Threw Out - Reds - NachosGrandes (Wahoo!!) - [I owned the real version of that card once upon a time. Not sure if I still have it or not. I need to check my "Non-Tribers" collection.]

Tom Seaver Vintage Legends - Mets - MySportsObsessions (Wahoo!!) - [Sweet! I don't what kind of card it is: Seaver is always a fun pull for me.]

Stephen Drew Topps Attax - Diamondbacks - NachosGrandes (Wahoo!! x2) - [Two hits! Great job!]

New York Mets Team Card - Mets - Free Agent - [The logo is spoken for, but not the team card. Should be a fun draft next time.]

(BTW, I checked my Non-Tribers, and sure enough, I have the original 1980 Joe Morgan. Nice!)

Here is our second pack:

Brandon Wood - Angels - Free Agent - [Starting off with another free agent. Hmm...]

Taylor Teagarden - Rangers - BackstopCards (Wahoo!!) - [He has one of the coolest last name - just because it is so unique.]

Andy LaRoche - Pirates - Free Agent - [The Canucks have Adam, but Andy is up for grabs.]

Brad Bergesen - Orioles - Free Agent - [For once, I am not surprised.]

J P Howell - Rays - Free Agent - [There have a lot of players that have just used their first two initials.]

Chad Billingsley Turkey Red - Dodgers - CaptainKirk42s (Wahoo!!) - [Very nice snag on this one! I like the TR inserts.]

Josh Johnson Topps Attax - Marlins - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!) - [Way to go, Dawgbones! did anyone ever play Attax?]

Austin Jackson - Tigers - PatWs (Wahoo!!) - [Am I the only one who thinks "Steve Austin" when I see this name? Probably.]

Congrats, each of you that added a card or two to your piles!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#PackADailyCircus - Short draft, OOTP league updates, and a couple packs

Good evening, everyone! Thanks for joining us this evening. We've got a lot of ground to cover and not a lot of time to get there. So, hold on to your hats:

This week, we have a short draft - both in terms of turnaround time and in terms of a players list. There are only 32 names on the list! We usually have more than number of managers participating.
The deadline is 11:59pm, Saturday September 20!!  NOTE: that is just a couple days!!

We only have one more draft (after this one) before the post-season starts in OOTP (and in the MLB, really).

The PAD Circus online updates are posted:

Let's see what we'e got:

The Missouri Wilsons, Pennsylvania NachosGrandes, and the Alberta CaptainCanucks have all clinched their divisions in the Blogger League!

In the Wordpress League, the Virginia Dawgbones and the Ontario Kazis have secured their place as division champs!

Congratulations to those five teams!! There are still a couple divisions with managers vying to take the division. In the standings list, the column marked "M#" is the "Magic Number" of games needed for the specified team to take their division. The hardest battle will be for the JoshDs who must win 6 games to clinch. The lightest should be for the Florida Workmans who need just two games to take their division.

I am going to have some kind of "BONUS" prizes for each Division Winner, each League Winner, and then a prize pack for the first-ever Tribecards Giveaway World Series Winner!

Okay, now that juices are flowing and the draft has been sent to the managers, let's rip some wax!

1992 Stadium Club Series 1:

Francisco de la Rosa - Giants - Wilsons (Wahoo!!) - [He played one season, ended up with a 4.50 ERA, and played for several minor league teams. He died in 2011 at the young age of 44.]

Craig Grebeck - White Sox - MySportsObsessions (Wahoo!!) - [He looks scared-to-death in this pose. Yikes!]

Braulio Castillo - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!) - [You know he looks like in this picture? El DeBarge. Tell me I'm wrong.]

Darren Holmes - Brewers - Thorzuls (Wahoo!!) - [Is he... snarling!? Haha, that's funny.]

Dave Hollins - Phillies - Free Agent - [Wow, weird to see a free agent from this series considering how many packs of this we've opened this season!]

Gary Thurman - Royals - Free Agent - [And, just like that, back-to-back free agents.]

Anthony Young - Mets - Free Agent - [Okay, now the cardboard gods are just messing with us.]

Roberto Alomar - Blue Jays - Kazis (Wahoo!!) - [Wow, we have not seen a lot of Alomar this season. Great pull!!]

Mike Pagliarulo - Twins - Free Agent - [You have to admit, that is a cool last name. I'm tempted to name one of my characters (in the ootp-based novel I'm writing) after his last name,

Greg Cadaret - Yankees - Chonks (Wahoo!!) - [He played MLB for 10 years, spending '93-'98 bouncing between several teams.]

Mike Scioscia - Dodgers - Night Owls (Wahoo!!) - [Alomar and Scioscia in the same pack! Sweet! Haha, you can tell when I grew up, eh. I would have flipped in my younger days (like I'm not flipping now, right?)]

Shawn Boskie - Cubs - Otakus (Wahoo!!) - [Had a killer debut - complete game, 5-hitter, 1-earned run. Nice job, kid!]

Jeff Blauser - Braves - CaptainCanucks (Wahoo!!) - [Two-time All-Star, spent 13 years in the bigs. Ended his career with a .292 AVG overall. Can't complain there.]

Lee Stevens - Angels - PlayAtThePlates (Wahoo!!) - [In this pic, he wears a look that says, "You want me to stand like THIS!?"

Dave Hansen - Dodgers - Free Agent - [Currently serves as Assistant Hitting Coach for the Angels.]

Okay, let's open another pack! As you may recall, I have a bunch of 2008 Opening Day, so...

Gary Sheffield - Tigers - Chonks (Wahoo!!) - [Did he have a nickname? He should have.]

Stephen Drew - Diamondbacks - NachosGrandes (Wahoo!!) - [Here's a bit of trivia: Drew was one of the limited "RRO Rookies" when eTopps was still making cards. He was one of the highest-priced eTopps cards ever, for a long time. I owned one for a while then sold it on eBay for a nice payout.]

Josh Beckett Puzzle Piece - Red Sox - ThoughtsAndSox (Wahoo!!) - [I thought Beckett Media was going to ... well, let's just say they seemed overly excited when a player with their name came on the scene.]

Aaron Hill - Blue Jays - Kazis (Wahoo!!) - [Wow. One of the worst pics ever. He is very far away, and I am pretty sure he is not in focus. Ouch!]

Raul Ibanez - Mariners - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!) - [Well, this card suffers the same problem as Hill's.]

Joey Votto - Reds - NachosGrandes (Wahoo!! x2) - [Nice! Two hits for NachosGrandes! I have probably said this before, but MAN that is a lot of red!]

Monday, September 15, 2014

#PackADailyCircus - Enter Sandman

Good evening, folks! Hope you had a great Monday. Before the sandman pushes me over the edge into the blissful ignorance of sleep, I thought I had better rip open a pack of cards!

2008 Opening Day:

Miguel Tejada - Orioles - BoRosnys (Wahoo!!)
Wladimir Balentine - Mariners - FDNYs (Wahoo!!)
J R Towles - Astros - Free Agent
Alex Gordon - Royals - JoshDs (Wahoo!!)
Jeff Francoeur - Braves - Backstop Cards (Wahoo!!)
Aramis Ramirez - Cubs - Pedersejs (Wahoo!!)

Congratulations to the managers scoring players from the pack! I will have these scanned on Tuesday. I will also have the rosters updated and should have the next draft ready!

Good night, all!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

#PackADailyCircus - Draft time, finally!

Hey all! As you probably surmised, I did not complete the draft late Saturday night. I ran into a few issues and was getting too tired to keep up with mistakes (namely, my own).

Here are a few notes:

  • "Fred" Lasher" (Misspelled on draft as "Feed Lasher")
    • Obviously, I can misspell things like nobody's business! Though, "Feed Lasher" sounds like some kind of critter that might be found in a set of Allen and Ginter.
  • "Jack Hanrahan" vs "Jack Hannahan" vs "Joel Hanrahan"
    • Had a manager try to claim "Jack Hanrahan" but our player was Jack Hannahan. I thought, "Oh, I must have misspelled that, too." Nope. So, I thought, "I must have missed him in the draft list." Nope. And then i thought, "Wait. Is 'Jack' even Hanranhan's first name?" Nope, it's Joel. I was very confused at that point, as you might imagine.
  • "Josh Donaldson" was listed as someone's pick, but he already belongs to RJBreezes. I'll explain more about errant draftees in a moment.
  • "Zack Bornstein" was listed as a pick. That was just a typo on the manager's part. It had no effect on the draft because Zach had been taken by the time the "Zack" showed up in the rounds.
  • "do Rivero" (Tribecards) - I did this one. Somehow, I managed to skip the first part of "Armando" when I made my pick. Yeah, I got nothing there. Complete operator headspace issue on that one. As above, Rivero had been drafted by the time I saw my mistake, so no effect on the draft.
  • "Jon Warden" (Misspelled on draft list as "Harden") - Another Tribecards headspace issue. On the draft list that was emailed, I listed "Jon Warden" as "Jon Harden." One manager caught it. Thanks, Bo! You guys help keep me in check (and THAT is no easy task!)
Errant draftees can appear on the list when managers go back through posts to try and figure out who is up for grabs. I do not go back and assign players to their owners in the posts after a draft. In retrospect, though, I might take that on next season because it would help clarify things for folks who were just passing through and not reading posts in order. That would be a huge undertaking, so I have not committed to that one yet. Anyway, I thought I might explain how already-taken names sometimes end up in the manager pick list. Any names already taken or not appearing in the email I send out are removed from the draft.

We had TWO shut-outs this week: MySportsObsessions and Pedersejs had their picks gone before their names came up in the draft cycle. Sorry, guys. Nature of the beast. Better luck next draft!

So, here are the pics to go with the picks:

Saturday, September 13, 2014

#PackADaily Circus - A Few Good Players

Good evening! Sorry i missed the last few days. While I work on the draft results, here are a few packs to try and make things up to you:

1990 Donruss

Carl Yastrzemski Puzzle 46, 47, 48 - Red Sox - ThougthsAndSox (Wahoo!!) - [I only have one complete puzzle that I am aware of. It is Hank Arron and I have it in a frame on my wall.]

Dave Magadan - Mets - ScottCrawfordOnCards (Wahoo!!) - [So, here is how my mind works: Magadan > Magdeline > Mandolin > Mandolin Rain > Bruce Hornsby]

Jeff Musselman - Mets - Free Agent - [Huh. Kinda surprised there. Really only because in seasons past, he's been on somebody's roster. Well, i suppose he will find a place this year, too, now.]

Chuck Crim - Brewers - Free Agent - [The original C.C.? Yeah, that was bad, I know]

Steve Buechele - Rangers - NachosGrandes (Wahoo!!) - [Is this the same card that got him on your team in the first place? I don't remember. If so, now you have two.]

Sergio Valdez - Braves - Free Agent - [Bad typesetting means this card has a misplaced line running through the top of the "S" in his first name.]

Ron Darling - Mets - Free Agent - [Wow, lots of Mets in this pack!]

Scott Sanderson - Cubs - Free Agent - [Shaping up to be a nice stack of draftees for the next draft!]

Frank Tanana - Tigers - JediJefs (Wahoo!!) - [Some of the uniforms looked retro even when they weren't]

Roger McDowell - Phillies - Hadsalls (Wahoo!) - [He was always one of my favorite Phillies players.]

Jerry Browne - Indians (Wahoo!) - Tribecards (Wahoo!!) - [I always have mixed feeling about pulling cards I already have. I just put them in my doubles boxes and use them as trade fodder.]

Jerry Reed - Mariners - Free Agent - [Come on, sing along with me.. "Eastbound and down, loaded up and truckin..."]

Jerry Kutzler - White Sox - Free Agent - [I hope he is not offended, but I have never heard of him. He does, though, have his own Wikipedia entry!]

Jose Alvarez - Braves - Free Agent - [I sure hope you folks like some 1990 Donruss...]

Vance Law - Cubs - Free Agent - [What do I remember most about him? His glasses.]

Mike Bielecki Diamond King - Cubs - Free Agent - [Still scratching my head as to why certain players were chosen for these and others were not.]

Sergio Valdez - Braves - Free Agent - [Holy crap! There's a glitch in the matrix. Run!]

Next up: 2010 Topps Series Two:

Ryan Howard/Cole Hamels Phillies Franchise History - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)/Dawgbones (Wahoo!!) - [Well, this one is easy to figure out! Congrats, Dawgbones!]

Fred Lewis - Giants - Free Agent - [A bit of a weird card that features more of the Rockies player standing than of Lewis knee-sliding into base.]

Kevin Kouzmanoff - A's - Free Agent - [Really!? Wow, he's usually long gone by now. In case you didn't know, when he was a Tribe, he hit a grand slam during his first MLB at-bat. The Indians promptly got rid of him - we can't have that kind of success on the team ,you know.]

Trevor Crowe - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent - [Sweet! I will try to grab him up in the next draft!]

Reggie Jackson Vintage Legends - Yankees - Dayfs (Wahoo!!) - [I am guilty of having bought several Reggie bars in my childhood days.]

Chris Coghlan Lenticular - Marlins - Free Agent - [If you move your fingernail gently across the face, you can make your own record-scratching sounds. #wikiwikiwiki]

B J Upton Topps Attax - Rays - Dayfs (Wahoo!! x2) - [Congrats, Dayfs! Way to score two hits from this pack!]

Trevor Hoffman - Brewers - BackstopCards (Wahoo!!) - [Love the composition of this shot! The arm and logo lead the eye downward via the arm and the sweeping curve of the design. The nearly-opposing curve of the Brewers logo leads the eye to the glove and down to his name. Well done.]

Okay, one more and then I have to get the draft going!

2008 Opening Day:

Orlando Cabrera - Angels - Free Agent - [Nice set piece: he is reaching out with open glove to catch a ball headed toward him, photo taken looking straight at him.]

Rich Thompson - Angels - Free Agent - [Angels in the Circus, eh?]

Prince Fielder Flapper (?) - Brewers - TSHensons (Wahoo!!) - [I am very certain I have never seen these. This is a cool card than can be folded to reveal "another" card. Kinda. I didn't fold this because it isn't mine. I am kind of guessing at how it works.]

Justin Verlander - Tigers - Otakus (Wahoo!!) - [This may be a PAD Circus duplicate for you. I can't remember now.]

Kelly Johnson - Braves - CaptainCanucks (Wahoo!!) - [The gold foil printing on some of these looks a bit rough. Ouch.]

Hideki Okajima - Red Sox - Free Agent - [This one the old school "Topps Rookie" trophy in the upper corner. Cool nod to the past.]

Okay, folks, thanks for playing along!! I will have the draft results posted either late tonight (Saturday) or on Sunday. Time flies...