Thursday, June 28, 2012

192 Packs of baseball - 085 - Ozzie sings opera?

I love to read articles about the "death of the hobby." Why? Because, those article are generally written by clueless yahoos. Sure, card collecting has changed over the century-and-a-quarter that it's been around, but wouldn't one expect things to change during the course of 130+ years!? Besides, in order for there to be a death of ANY hobby, that means no one does it anymore. Sorry to burst your bubble there, crack reports, but there are still many, many folks who enjoy the thrill of holding a piece of cardboard in their hands featuring players they know and love or they will never remember.  That *is* the heart of the hobby. For the most part, it always has been.

Now, let's bust some wax: 2006 Topps Series 2

Brad Asmus - Astros
Yadier Molina - Cardinals
Ozzie Guillen - White Sox

Jason LaRue - Reds
Roberto Hernandez - Pirates
Dustin McGowan - Blue Jays

I'm "old school." I like these cards because the backs feature stats over the course of the players' careers. I am not a numbers guy, but I enjoy seeing how a player has risen, or fallen, over his MLB history.

Each day of the regular baseball season, I am busting open a pack of baseball cards.  These are packs that I have laying around and/or that I have purchased recently on a whim.  I list the cards in the pack and scan in some of them.  I shoot for 9 cards, but sometimes I may scan more, other times fewer.  It all depends on how things hit me in that particular pack.  Oh yes, there will be duplication.  I have a TON of packs from certain brands/years.  I will, however, try to mix things up throughout the season.

For those keeping score, I know there are not actually 182 GAMEDAYS in the 2012 season.  I am counting ALL the days between Opening Day and the last day of the regular season.  Frankly, it's easier that way.  Thanks for playing along.

Also, you are welcome to claim teams/players (Max 3 total). Rules are at the following:

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