Thursday, May 24, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - 050 - 10-pack Milestone

The Big Five-Oh!  We've hit fifty days of the baseball season, folks!  That kind of milestone calls for something special.  So, I am cracking open TEN packs today! Wahoo!  I reached in and randomly selected ten packs.  For the purpose of this post, I am grouping any similar packs together.  It should make following along a bit easier.  Guess we'll see!

First up: 3 packs of 2006 Topps Opening Day

Nick Johnson - Nationals
Chien-Ming Wang - Yankees
Bryan Bullington - Pirates Rookie
John Koronka - Cubs
Walter Young - Orioles Rookie
Albert Pujols - Cardinals
Nick Johnson - Nationals SI Kids

Melvin Mora - Orioles
Zack Greinke - Royals
Joe Mauer - Twins
Nick Johnson - Nationals (Hey, a duplicate!)
Chien-Ming Wang - Yankees (I see a pattern here)
Bryan Bullington - Pirates Rookie (Uh, the exact pattern)
Nick Johnson - Nationals SI Kids (you are kidding, right?)

Johan Santana - Twins
Scott Rolen - Cardinals
Miguel Tejada - Orioles
Michael Young - Rangers
David Ortiz - Red Sox
Lyle Overbay - Blue Jays
Roy Oswalt - Astros SI Kids

Talk about bad colation. Those first two packs were spot on once you hit Johnson.

Next up, 4 packs of 1986 Donruss ML All-Stars oversized and pop-ups:

Hank Aaron puzzle 4, 5, 6
Graig Nettles - Padres - Pop-up
Damaso Garcia - Blue Jays
Darryl Strawberry - Mets
Dan Petry - Tigers

Hank Aaron puzzle 61, 62, 63
Tony Gwynn - Padres - Pop-up
Dan Petry - Tigers (There's a double!)
Tony Pena - Pirates
Rickey Henderson - Yankees

Hank Aaron puzzle 31, 32, 33
Terry Kennedy - Padres - Pop-up
Tim Raines - Expos
George Brett - Royals
Nolan Ryan - Astros

Hank Aaron puzzle 52, 53, 54
Tommy Herr - Cardinals - Pop-up
Cecil Cooper - Brewers
Scott Garrelts - Giants
Don Mattingly - Yankees

Man, did we pull some whoppers there!  And, I believe more than few cards we've seen before!  That is good news for the folks patiently waiting on the duplicates lists!

Now, let's jump to a pack of 2010 Bowman Chrome.  Three whole cards in each pack... Wow.

Chone Figgins - Mariners
Alfonso Soriano - Cubs
Chris Schwinden - Mets - 1st Bowman

Well?  Whatcha think about that one?  I'd say 1-for-3, but I could see 2-for-3 being argued.  Who is Schwinden?

The next pack is a Tri-Star Hidden Treasures Chase Repack.  This is the one where you could find the Wagner T206. Right.

Mike Kingery - Mariners - 1986 Fleer
Alex Hernandez - Marlins - 1997 Score
Alex Hernandez - Marlins - 1997 Score (Not a typo. They were stuck together.)
Mike Schooler - Mariners - 1990 Topps
Rickey Henderson - A's - 1991 Star Yellow Front

The Henderson is awesome.  If it weren't for the break, this would go in my "Non-Tribers" collection. Congrats to the winner of that one!

The final pack for the 50th day of baseball goes to 2005 Fleer Ultra.  Let's see what we've got in here:

Livan Hernandez - Expos
Al Leiter - Mets
Cliff Floyd - Mets
Greg Maddux - Cubs - Follow the Leader
Jose Reyes - Mets (Okay, really, how many Mets can be in one pack?)
Ichiro Suzuki - Mariners
Scott Podsednik - Brewers - Gold Medallion Die Cut Code Card
Tony Batista - Expos

Certainly some big names in that pack.  One "hit" was the Gold Medallion 1:3 packs. Works for me.  A lot of Mets showed up in this pack.


  1. Chris Schwinden is a AAAA pitcher who's fastball isn't that fast and who's curveball doesn't curve very much. But he's young and cheap, so look for him to start games for the Mets again this year real soon - his numbers this year so far: 0-1 2 GS 8.0 IP 11.25 ERA 3 BB 1 K 4 HR allowed. Yikes.

  2. Ah, thanks for the insight. Great research!