Sunday, May 1, 2016

PAD Circus - 021 - Big. Fleer. Heroes.

Hello, everyone! First of all, THANK YOU for your continued support and understanding in regards to previous giveaways. Man, you folks have amazing compassion!

Second, going back through the cards from 2014 has been a very cool trip back in time. I had forgotten how many cool autos, game-used, and players we pulled. That Jim Rice autographed card is one of the coolest things ever - Congrats again to FDNY on that one! If you want to revisit that gem, the link is at the end of this post!

Third, let's rip some wax!! I am opening a pack of 1988 Topps Big, a pack of 1992 Fleer Ultra and a pack of 2013 Hometown Heroes. Let's get ripping:

1988 Big:
Company Store T-Shirt Offer - Filler - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Dwight Evans - Red Sox - T&S (Wahoo!!)
Stan Jefferson - Padres - Marcus (Wahoo!!)
Terry Steinbach - A's - dayf (Wahoo!!)
Ozzie Guillen - White Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
Ron Guidry - Yankees - BoRosny (Wahoo!!)
Jeff Musselman - Blue Jays - Hockeykazi (Wahoo!!)
Kevin Bass - Astros - RAZ (Wahoo!!)

Congrats, everyone! It's cool to see some of these players from back when I was... a year past high school graduation. Wow... Time flies, man.

1992 Fleer Ultra:
Joey Cora - White Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
Damon Berryhill - Braves - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Pete Incaviglia - Astros - RAZ (Wahoo!!)
Eric Davis - Dodgers - Night owl (Wahoo!!)
Curt Schilling - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Bernard Gilkey - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Dave Smith - Cubs - The Sons of Diagoras (Wahoo!!)
Mike Munoz - Tigers - Ryan G (Wahoo!!)
Craig Lefferts - Padres - Marcus (Wahoo!!)
Dave Righetti - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Wayne Housie - Red Sox - T&S (Wahoo!!)
Pedro Munoz - Twins - gcrl (Wahoo!!)
Brady Anderson - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)
Bruce Walton - A's - Dayf (Wahoo!!)

Some of you got cards from both packs! That is always lots of fun from my end - hope it is for you, too. Congrats, everyone!!

2013 Hometown Heroes:
Pete Rose - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)
John Franco - Mets - Buckstore Cards (Wahoo!!)
Joe Charboneau - Indians - Tribecards (Wahoo!!)
Jody Davis - Cubs - The Sons of Diagoras (Wahoo!!)
Carlton Fisk - White Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
Jake Peavy - Padres - Marcus (Wahoo!!)
Tom Browning - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!! x2)

I have to say, I love pulling Pete Rose cards from modern-day packs. Awesome score, Grande - plus, you pulled TWO cards from this pack! I love the Joe-Joe card I pulled, of course! Wahoo!!  Congrats to everyone that snagged some cards today!

**SCANS WILL BE POSTED Monday evening, as this is being posted at 11:30pm on Sunday!

Top 5 Baseball Card Counts (does not include non-baseball):
Nachos Grande - 14
Jafronius - 13
Wilson - 13
T&S - 12
BoRosny - 12
Arpsmith - 12
CaptKirk42 - 12

Okay, that's actually 6, but that's because of the 4-way tie with 12 cards. Remember, you can see counts here.

Jim Rice Auto plus LOTS more from 2014 "Crapload of Stuff:"

PAD Circus Update - Throwback to 2014, 2015

Hey, everyone! Unfortunately, I did not bust any wax on Saturday. I spent the day pre-sorting 2014 cards then started sorting them to their managers. I have mentioned that I suck at this side of things, right?

My plan is to send out at least the 2014 cards by May 7th. I hope to also have the 2015 cards done by then as well. We'll just have to wait and see how it all goes. I had actually started the sorting in various stages previously, but got everything messed up - only within their respective years. At least I can keep the different giveaways apart from each other, even if the rest of the sorting is something of a disaster.

A HUGE thank you to my wife who helped me with a chunk of sorting!! Sunday should prove to be productive in terms of getting things laid out.

I will be reaching out to managers of the 2014 2015, and 2016 PAD Circus programs to make sure I have current mailing addresses. If you are participating in the 2016 giveaway, I will send all sorted cards thus far in your direction in one package.

In 2014, I had some cards with SERIOUS creasing. Please remember that they were creased BEFORE they were in my possession (Ex:

Thanks again for your patience. For what it's worth, when my wife realized I was sorting cards from two years ago... well... it wasn't pretty. She's on your side on this one. Then again, I'm on your side as well.

I have mentioned that I suck at this side of things, right?

Friday, April 29, 2016

PAD Circus - 020 - Where the A stands for Almost

Hello, everyone! So, it seems that this is the season of "almost." That is, the "A" in PAD has come to mean "Almost" - Packs-Almost-Daily Circus. Ah, well. The biggest thing to remember is that we're having fun (or I am anyway - haha!) and we have LOTS of packs to bust open!

Before we get to that, I am doing something different this season. Roughly once per month, I will be mailing out the cards to the managers. This will do two things: 1) Gets cards in your hands quicker, 2) Makes the process of sorting manageable. So, managers, I will be reaching out over the weekend to get updated mailing addresses!

This post will cover the 30-card Gypsy Queen pack I got for my birthday*:

Evan Gattis - Astros - RAZ (Wahoo!!)
Clayton Kershaw - Dodgers - Night Owl (Wahoo!!)
Starling Marte Walk-Off Winners - Pirates - Brian C (Wahoo!!)
Tommy Pham - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Nick Castellanos - Tigers - Ryan G (Wahoo!!)
Yu Darvish - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)
Justin Bour - Marlins - Bo Rosny (Wahoo!!)
Steven Matz Mini - Mets - Buckstore Cards (Wahoo!!)
Jackie Robinson Walk-off Winners - Dodgers - Night Owl (Wahoo!! x2)
Odubel Herrera - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Gregory Polanco - Pirates - Brian C (Wahoo!! x2)
Hisashi Iwakuma - Mariners - Cool Breeze (Wahoo!!)
Joc Pederson - Dodgers - Night Owl (Wahoo!! x3)
Arodys Vizcaino - Braves - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Stephen Piscotty Mini - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!! x2)
Carlos Delgado Power Alley - Blue Jays - Hockeykazi (Wahoo!!)
Carson Smith - Red Sox - T&S (Wahoo!!)

Congratulations to Night Owl for getting THREE cards and to Wilson who pulled TWO cards! I don't know if Matz is the face of Mets, but that is a promotional marriage made in advertising right there.

*Note: Since these were birthday cards/packs, I got first dibs on any player(s) I wanted to keep for my personal collection.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

PAD Circus - 019 - A Round for the Crowd

Hello, everyone! Thanks for dropping in to see what wax we are busting today! How about a little 1992 Fleer Ultra:

Jacob Brumfield - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!) 
Jeff King - Pirates - Brian C (Wahoo!!)
Mike Huff - White Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
Kent Mercker - Braves - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Casey Candaele - Astros - RAZ (Wahoo!!)
Carlos Hernandez - Dodgers - Night Owl (Wahoo!!)
Cliff Brantley - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Todd Worrell - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Bob Scanlan - Cubs - The Sons of Diagoras (Wahoo!!)
Curtis Wilkerson - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Jeremy Hernandez - Padres - Marcus (Wahoo!!)
Ted Wood - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Frank Viola - Red Sox - T&S (Wahoo!!)
Gary Wayne - Twins - gcrl (Wahoo!!)

Wow. No multi-hits in the entire pack! That is some good collation! Congrats to each of you that got a card from here today. Wahoo!!

Monday, April 25, 2016

PAD Circus - 018 - Two Two-fers, City Hall, and Tribecards!

Hello, everyone! First of all, if you haven't seen it yet, there is a poll on the right side of the blog. I want to buy some vintage packs (or card lots) and offer them up as part of PAD Circus. Be sure to choose your favorite decade(s)!

Next, I managed to forget to post a pack on Sunday. I'm not sure what happened there. Brain haze, I guess! So, let's rip a couple packs:

2013 Chipz

Playmat - Filler - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Albert Pujols - Angels - Angels In Order (Wahoo!!)
Jose Bautista - Blue Jays - Hockeykazi (Wahoo!!)
Joel Hanrahan Glow-in-the-Dark - Red Sox - T&S (Wahoo!!)
Giants Vinyl Sticker - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Pablo Sandoval - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)

Great players in here! Congrats, managers! I hope we pull an auto or other insert soon from these.

In the mean time, here is a pack of 2013 Hometown Heroes

Billy Butler - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Tino Martinez - Mariners - Cool Breeze (Wahoo!!)
Rick Aguilera - Twins - gcrl (Wahoo!!)
Chris Perez - Indians - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!!)
David Murphy - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)
Willie Wilson City Hall - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!! x2)
Juan Pierre - Marlins - BoRosny (Wahoo!!)
Mike Hargrove - Indians - Tribecards (Wahoo!!)

Okay, how cool is that!? Both Enamel Rods and I each pulled a Triber!! Wahoo!! That Wilson City Hall card is very cool! Plus, it garnered VC Royals a two-bagger!  Congratulations to each manager pulling some cardboard out of the pack.