Monday, September 1, 2014

#PackADailyCircus - Rest, ye weary laborers

Happy Labor Day! I want to extend a special greetings to all the folks who have to work on the one day we honor the working Americans.

Today, I have a "special pack" of sorts. You see, I sent a "Scoring Adjustment Incentive (read, bribe)" package to Mark over at Gint-A-Cuffs. As part of that package, I bought a set of 1988 Dominos Pizza Detroit Tigers cards celebrating the 1968 Tigers. He really only needed one from the set, so I am going to list the rest of the cards here for the giveaway!

There are ALL Tigers, so we'll skip the team team name on these:

Willie Horton - Free Agent - [He is the youngest of twenty-one children. Twenty-one! Wow!]
Gates Brown - Free Agent - [Found his way to baseball via the Ohio Penal League. No lie.]
Norm Cash - Free Agent - [Drafted by the Bears, but opted to play baseball instead. Good choice.]
Wayne Comer - Free Agent - [Had a perfect 1.000 postseason... One at-bat netting a single.]
Pat Dobson - Free Agent - [Former Triber (after his Tigers days). Thought he had been drafted. Huh.]
Bill Freehan - Free Agent - [11 All-star games, 5 Gold Gloves, and a World Series win. Dang!]
Ernie Harwell (Announcer) - Free Agent - [Wayne State University is building a stadium in his honor. Awesome!]
John Hiller - Free Agent - [Found interesting, conflicting info regarding ERA+ etc. Feel free to research.]
Al Kaline - StealingHomes (Wahoo!!)  - [Whew! I was afraid these were all going to be free agents!]
Fred Lasher - Free Agent - [Played for the Indians for part of a season. I'll have to see if there is a Tribecard for him.]
Tom Matchick - Free Agent - [His walk-off home run ultimately helped push the Tigers to being the champs.]
Eddie Mathews - Dayfs (Wahoo!!) - [Sweet! Another claimed player!]
Dick McAuliffe - Free Agent - [I could not determine if he is related, by marriage, to Christa McAuliffe.]
Denny McLain - Free Agent - [He's had a rough go of things ever since leaving the majors - drugs, embezzling, death of his daughter...]
Don McMahon - Free Agent - [Former Triber, passed away while pitching batting practice with the Dodgers. He died doing what he loved to do.]
Jim Northrup - Free Agent - [Hit five grand slams in 1968. Holy cow!]
Ray Oyler - Free Agent - [A Seattle DJ created a fan club for him even before he played one game for the Pilots. It's a pretty funny read. (Wikipedia... I know, I know)
Daryl Patterson - Free Agent - [Could not determine if he is related to Ken Patterson, or how]
Jim Price - Free Agent - [Wow, they had a LOT of Catchers...]
Joe Sparma - Free Agent - [Shook hands with Mickey mantle then struck him out. Classic.]
Mickey Stanley - Free Agent - [Any relation to Fred?]
Dick Tracewski - Free Agent - [Played 8 years, appeared in 3 World Series. Nice!]
Jon Warden - Free Agent - [Played one MLB season. He was a Tiger. Traded to the Royals, never played, yet his Baseball-Reference pic shows him as a Royal. Fail.]
Don Wert - Free Agent - [Later involved in a weird play where he went back to tag up and was passed by a teammate during what should have been a grand slam. Ah, the stuff you learn online...]
"The Noid" - Avoid The Noid - Free Agent - [Back has $1 off coupon for Domino's at Tiger Stadium. It expires October 20, 1988, so you better hurry!]

Congrats to StealingHomes and Dayfs for grabbing cards out of this one. We'll have a bunch a free agents, for sure!

I scanned the front of one card and back of the other so you can see what they look like:

Sunday, August 31, 2014

#PackADailyCircus - Winding Down the OOTP season, Current draft, Busting a pack

Hello, everyone!

I noticed something the other day: The MLB season ends on Sept 28. Our OOTP simulated season ends on August 25. Because of the gap (the OOTP game is set in 2013 because I started the simulated games before the new version of OOTP came out), this is how the end of the season will go in terms of pack breaks and simulated games:

  • Pack busting will run through September 28, 2014. This giveaway has always been about the regular MLB season, so I will continue to break packs until the season is over.
  • After the last MLB game of the regular season, we will hold a final draft for all renaming players/cards. This will include fillers and inserts that we've uncovered along the way as well. Why not, right?
  • The OOTP playoffs will be played each day after the MLB regular season ends: So, starting on September 29, 2014, I will begin posting daily results for the OOTP season. These will be screen shots of results/standings, most likely. 
  • The OOTP World Series will run immediately following the OOTP playoffs - I am not going to run the OOTP World Series along side the MLB World Series. That's too much to handle in the way of timing, etc. Plus, there is no guarantee that either would end up being played in tandem anyway (wildcards, short/long series, etc).
  • The OOTP World Series Winner will receive a "prize pack" with several goodies in it. The contents of the prize pack will be revealed at the start of the OOTP World Series, so stay tuned for that later!
I think that's it as far as the season goes.

Now, as for this week's draft:
  • I mistakenly listed Andrew Lambo as a free agent. He is owned by the BCs. I removed Lambo from everyone's list and shifted the choices up accordingly. Sorry for the inconvenience or confusion.
  • The Workmans attempted to draft Chris Carter, but he is already owned by the BoRosnys. You two keep me on my toes!
  • We had a couple shut-outs this week: Wilsons and Trhdds. Better luck next time!
Let's see how it went down (Click any image to see full-size version):

Since we have 30 participants this week and the draft was supposed to take place on the 30th, I figured I would randomize the list 30 times. You never know with me:

This is the list of folks after the sorting in random order:

And here is the final breakdown

Remember, the draft snakes, so Round 1 goes DOWN the list, Round 2 goes back up starting at the bottom, lather rinse repeat. I'll get the name entered into OOTP this weekend and I will send out the new draft list as well!

Now, let's bust some wax!

1998 Donruss with Stan Musial Puzzle. [Hmm, this pack opened WAY too easily. Not sure if this was tampered with or just old.]

Stan Musial Puzzle 19, 20, 21 - Cardinals - JediJeffs (Wahoo!!) - [Smart move, picking players featured on Donruss puzzles! This piece shows off some of his stats.]

Bob Boone - Angels - Free Agent - [I'm old, so his name always reminds me of Pat Boone. For you kids out there, Pat was a country singer.]

Pete Incaviglia - Rangers - Free Agent - [Surprised at this one. Mainly in that we hadn't busted him out of a pack before. Someone should do an MLB spoof of "The Princess Bride" and have the Vizzini character say "Incavilia" over and over.]

Joey Meyer - Brewers - Free Agent - [Obviously, this season was top-heavy with newer cards. Meyer is wearing a patch on his arm that says, "Sully." This is too early to reference Monsters, Inc and/or the Hudson River plane crash.]

Jose Canseco - A's - Kazis (Wahoo!!) - [He may be young in this pic, but his look is that of someone who has seen the future and isn't happy about it.]

Tom Foley - Expos - PlayAtThePlates (Wahoo!!) - [I only remember Foley from his days as a Pirates player, not to be confused with Tim FOLI, who also player with the Bucs.]

Bud Black - Royals - Backstopcards (Wahoo!!) - [This was back before he played for the Indians. At the time of this card, he had played 5 seasons with the Royals and had a career 3.70 ERA.]

Mickey Hatcher - Dodgers - Free Agent - [Wow. I was surprised to see him unclaimed. Guess that goes back to the whole "top-heavy with newer cards" thing. Such is the way of randomly picking packs, eh]

Dave Winfield - Yankees - Arpsmiths (Wahoo!!) - [Winfield is one of my favorites. In addition to the Indians cards I have, there are several in my "non-Tribers" collection.]

Todd Benzinger - Red Sox - Free Agent - [To me, he looks a bit like Orel Hershiser in this pic. Maybe not.]

Jeff Robinson - Tigers - Free Agent - [I don't know anything about him. However, this exact card was used as the image for his page.]

Robin Yount - Brewers - Thorzuls (Wahoo!!) - [Freakin' Yount!! Nice! I never have to look to see who has him on their roster. I believe for each of these seasonal breaks, he has gone to Thorzul. It's something of a tradition - or, if I am wrong, then it should have been a tradition. or something.]

Tom Niedenfuer - Orioles - gcrls (Wahoo!!) - [I know this is awful to say, but every time I see his name, I can't help think about Star Wars and Nerfherders.]

Ivan Calderon Diamond Kings - White Sox - JediJeffs (Wahoo!!) - [If memory serves, each team got to submit their own pick for inclusion in the DK series. Makes you wonder why the Sox (or anyone) picked Calderon over Baines. Thoughts/input from any of you?]

Checklist 138-247 (#200) - [Checklists will be a free agent draft item in the very last draft of the season. Winner takes all the checklists busted this season. Congrats or condolences, whichever applies.]

Vince Coleman - Cardinals - Maddings (Wahoo!!) - [Coleman is by far one of my all-time favorite Cardinals! Glad to see him in here today.]

Lee Smith - Cubs - PTownToms (Wahoo!!) - [He played for 18 years, and even with a couple 4+ and 5+ seasons, still finished his career with an overall 3.03 ERA. Nice pull.]

Congratulations, folks! Several of you have more cards for your collection and we have a few free agents to add to the mix as we approach the playoffs in OOTP!

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!