Sunday, September 30, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 179 - Puttin on the Hitz

Tonight, we dust off our uniforms, clean our cleats, and grab another pack for our season break.

For this break, I have a pack of 2006 Topps Series 2. I think this is the last of these, but I snagged it from the office in the dark, so you never know...

Raul Ibanez - Mariners
Michael Cuddyer - Twins
Jorge Sosa - Braves
Gary Sheffield - Yankees - Hit Parade
Work hard, get cards promo
Brad Thompson - Cardinals
Reggie Abercrombie - Marlins

Wow! That Hit Parade looks incredible. Very nice card!! I am typing this using the ipad app... Hope the photo comes out okay...

Saturday, September 29, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 178 - Ripken Chills Out

I cannot believe how empty the big ol' box of cards is getting... It is exciting and sad all in one, much like the baseball season itself.

Tonight, I've got a pack of 1997 Pinnacle Hobby (Not the "NEW" ones) and we will see more of these before this is over - either as a random selection or as part of the grand finale on the last day.

Andres Galarraga - Rockies - East Meets West
Brady Anderson - Orioles - East Meets West

Cal Ripken, Jr - Orioles
Henry Rodriguez - Expos
Roberto Alomar - Orioles

Eric Young - Rockies
Derek Bell - Astros

Paul Sorrento - Mariners
Royce Clayton - Cardinals

Joe Randa - Pirates

Three Orioles, Two Rockies... Wow, this is a team collector's pack for sure, assuming those were the teams you were pulling for.

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 177 - Better Late, right?

This is actually Friday's post, but it appears on a Saturday.  Welp, no "Iron Man" record for the 182 packs posts. Haha, like there was one.

Saturday's post will arrive later today.  So, for Friday, we have a pack of 1991 Studio, and it appears to be the last one of the season:

Rod Carew - Twins - Puzzle Piece (55, 56, 57)
Rich Gossage - Rangers
Storm Davis - Royals
Sam Horn - Orioles
Willie Randolph - Brewers
Roger Clemens - Red Sox
Bobby Bonilla - Pirates
Rob Dibble - Reds
Pedro Guerrero - Cardinals
Jeff Bagwell - Astros
Carlton Fisk - White Sox

Wow, this would have been a fun pack to open back in '19 for sure. What makes it fun today is the appearance of a few players that would ultimately go one to immortality in the BBHOF!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 176 - The last Thursday

This is it. Today marks the beginning of the end of season "for real."  You see, today is the last Thursday of the regular MLB season, and thus is the last Thursday post for 182 packs.  Wow.  It doesn't seem that long ago that I was writing the FIRST Thursday post.  What am I going to post in the off-season? Guess I'll just have to see what unfolds.

Speaking of unfolding, Manny Acta is out as the Indians manager. That's all fine and well, but there needs to be change higher up in the ranks.  Shapiro and Antonetti should be out of there as well. Things in Cleveland are not going to significantly improve until the leadership is ousted. Period.  I am glad to see that Sandy Alomar will be taking the reins during the interim, but he's just being set up for a fall if he stays on and upper management doesn't change.

Now that I've had my say, let's rip open a pack of wax! How about 1997 Pinnacle Hobby New?

Alex Rodriguez - Mariners - East Meets West
Ivan Rodriguez - Rangers - East Meets West
Roberto Alomar - Orioles
Chuck Knoblauch - Twins
John Valentin - Red Sox
Shawn Green - Blue Jays
Todd Walker - Twins - Checklist
Mike Piazza - Dodgers
Dante Bichette - Rockies
Bernard Gilkey - Mets

I love busting the "East Meets West" cards out of these packs. To make it even better, we have ARod and Pudge.  The rest of the pack shaped up pretty nicely, too.  They are all names from that era that I recognize (sorry, Bo). 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 175 - Almost Forgotten

Whew! I almost forgot to post tonight. I have a pack of 2006 Topps Updates and Highlights for your pack-busting pleasure:

Julian Tavarez - Red Sox
Jerry Hairston - Rangers
Jose Contreras - White Sox - All-Stars
Mickey Mantle - Yankees - MHR198
Endy Chavez -Mets, Yadier Molina - Cardinals - postseaon highlights
Joe Mauer - Twins - all-stars
Checklist 2 of 3

Hopefully I will remember to post a pic on Thursday!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 174 - Last of the Attax

Welcome to one of the last remaining Tuesday editions of the 2012 "182 Packs" break. Tonight, I pulled a pack of 2011 Topps Attax, and it looks to be the last of these in the box.  So, this is the last chance for this season for folks to snag some Attax they may need:

Ryan Howard - Phillies
Billy Butler - Royals
Tommy Hanson - Braves - Foil Insert
Jason Kubel - Twins
Evan Longoria - Rays
Chase Utley - Phillies

We start and end the pack with Phillies players. I have to say, the foil inserts are great-looking cards. Shiny!

Monday, September 24, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 173 - A Pair of Twins

Whew. Monday is over.  The advantage to keeping busy at work: the day FLIES by! The smart person would get home, bust open a pack of cards, then be ready to settle in for the evening. I am not the smart person. Instead, I wait until the day has nearly passed completely and THEN the pack-busting post comes to life. Ah, such are the ways of the procrastinator.

As it is, we have only NINE DAYS left in the regular season. Just nine days. And this is the second-to-the-last Monday to boot.  It almost too much to bear. Let's rip one: 2006 Topps Series 2

The wrapper says there are 6 cards. If we score a relic, there will be four cards. Let's take a look:

Luis Castillo - Twins
Johan Santana - Twins
Russ Ortiz - Diamondbacks
Bobby Jenks - White Sox
Yorvit Torrealba - Rockies
Michael Young - Rangers

Welp, we pulled six. No relics.  A couple of Twins. Hey, that's a pun or irony or something. Castillo's picture shows him in a warmup jacket. Really? THAT'S his card photo? Yeesh.

Dupes, Trips and a Bobblehead from BaseballDad!

If you are a regular reader of Baseball Dad's, you know that he recently attended an Indians game in which he was given THREE Gaylord Perry Bobbleheads, just for talking to a family sitting at a table.  I am the amazingly blessed recipient of one of those!

The Gaylord Perry Bobblehead (er, still in the box, but he will be freed upon the completion of this post!):

Also included in the package are a group of 1990 Leaf Indians:

One of my all-time favorite sets from Upper Deck: The B.A.T. "Heroes of Baseball" fold-outs.  Baseball Dad included four of them, featuring Indians greats:

You want to know how one person can have an immediate and lasting effect?  Joe Charboneau. He played one full season and part of another, but was taken out of baseball due to back problems. Yet, his name is synonymous with 80's Indians baseball. How many other one-year players can say that?

One of my favorite parts of most of the packages that Jack sends me: The Batter Up! from the game(s) he attended.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate these. Very cool!

Thank you, Baseball Dad!  I am returning the favor with a few things soon (er, well, after the '182 packs')!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 172 - Top 10 Countdown?

Wow.  We've hit the final ten days of the 2012 regular baseball season.  The cool part is that I have more than 10 packs of cards still left in the Big Ol Box, which should be renamed these days.  That means I will open all the remaining packs on the final day of the regular season.

But, we still have a little further to travel before that happens, so let's enjoy the pack we've got here on the 172nd day of the season: 1996 Leaf Hobby.

Tony Gwynn - Padres
Gregg Jefferies - Phillies
Pete Schourek - Reds
Brian Jordan - Cardinals
Reggie Sanders - Reds
Jeff King - Pirates
Greg Colbrunn - Marlins
Andy Pettitte - Yankees
Orlando Merced - Pirates
Yamil Benitez - Expos
Ozzie Guillen - White Sox
Dave Nilsson - Brewers

Wow! Great way to lead off the pack - Tony Gwynn!  Some well-known team leaders in there and a few fan favorites, too.  Naturally, there are folks I've never heard of - and if those are extras, well, Bo may very well end up with them.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 171 - G-J-J-Just Bustin Wax

Hey there, folks! Welcome back to another edition of "182 Packs!"  Thanks for dropping by to see what we've got going.  I know some folks check in to see if their chosen player/team/selected criterion-based card(s) appear, while others just stop by to join the fun. I appreciate everyone who takes a look at what we've got going on around here.

Tonight, I've got a pack of 2005 UD First Pitch.We have a 1:720 chance of finding a Signature Stars card, according to the pack. Let's see if we hit pay dirt today:

Geoff Jenkins - Brewers
Justin Morneau - Twins
Justin Germano - Padres - Star Rookies
Jason DuBois - Cubs - Star Rookies
Mike Mussina - Yankees

Well, no autograph, but we did pull a couple Star Rookies cards. Only 11 more days left in the regular season. In a sick, demented kind of way, I am going to miss these daily posts after the regular season comes to an end.  Sure, there will be posts - just not every, single day.

Friday, September 21, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 170 - Only 12 Remain

I feel like I should be singing the "12 Days of Christmas" about now. We are down to 12 days left in the regular season. Wow. Just 12 days. I can't imagine how packs we've opened and how many cards we've seen along the way.  Okay, I don't have to imagine - I could just tally them up.

Instead, I'm popping open another pack! How about 2007 Topps Regular.  These are in a 22-card (with gum) cello rack pack.

Ivan Rodriguez - Tigers - Gold Glove
Joey Gathright - Royals
Armando Benitez - Giants
Zach Duke - Pirates
Jose Lopez - Mariners
Cole Hamels - Phillies
Brian Fuentes - Rockies
Noah Lowry - Giants
Miguel Montero - Diamondbacks
Miguel Batista - Mariners
Magglio Ordonez - Tigers
Lyle Overbay - Blue Jays
Carlos Delgado - Mets
Luke Hudson - Royals
Livan Hernandez - Diamondbacks
John Koronka - Rangers
Johnny Damon - Yankees
Johnny Estrada - Brewers
Jorge Posada - Yankees
Josh Johnson - Marlins
Javier Vazquez - White Sox
Jason Michaels - Indians - WAHOO! Go Tribe!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 169 - Last of Stadium Club

As we get closer to the end of the baseball season, we also face the reality that some of the brands are dwindling down to their last pack. Such is the case with tonight's pack pull: 1998 Stadium Club Hobby The Evens.  Tonight brings the final pack of these that I own.  We've seen plenty of them during the course of the season.  maybe next season, I'll find a good deal on the "Odds" version.

And so, the final pack of '98 Stadium Club Hobby yields:

Marty Cordova - Twins
John Wetteland - Rangers
Sandy Alomar Jr - Indians - WAHOO!!
Francisco Cordova - Pirates
Kevin Tapani - Cubs
Raul Mondesi - Dodgers
Tim Naehring - Red Sox
Jorge Fabregas - Diamondbacks - Expansion
Mike Lowell - Prime Rookies
Checklist 2 of 2

Wahoo!! Pulled a Tribecard in the very last pack of this brand/year! That is the way to finish them off. I also realized while typing this: I have not labeled each day's break with the pack(s) busted that day. It makes searching a little hard. It also makes it hard to search when I type the WRONG date of the packs I'm trying to find.  Oh well, live and learn.  I was trying to see how many of these were doubles. Guess I'll find out when I start sorting!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 168 - Doc in the house!

Welcome to Wednesday! We're inching closer and closer to the end of the 2012 regular baseball season and also closer to Fall.  It's hard to believe how empty the Big Ol' Box is looking these days, especially compared to those first days of pack busting. 

Since we gotta keep moving forward, tonight's pack comes from 1997 Pinnacle Hobby:

Andres Galarraga - Rockies - Clout
Wilton Guerrero - Dodgers
Mike Cameron - Marlins
FP Santangelo - Expos
Frank Thomas - White Sox
Alan Trammell - Tigers
Pat Hentgen - Blue Jays
Dwight Gooden - Yankees
Ernie Young - A's
Kevin Elster - Rangers

I really like the retro uniform in the Trammell card. Very cool. The Clout cards are nice addition, though not really too different from the base set. How can you complain about any pack from which you pull a Doc!? Well, I can't!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 167 - Internet Attax

Once again, our internet connection at the house is ridiculously slow due to line noise, monkeys in tress, or whatever other reason CenturyStinks, I mean CenturyLink, comes up to explain how they can't even manage to roll out a whole 1.5Mbps...

Anyway, tonight's pack is a 2011 Topps Attax. I keep pulling these, even though I keep thinking I've reached the end of them. Maybe they're like rabbits.

Jacoby Ellsbury - Red Sox
Brennan Boesch - Tigers - Foil Insert
Cole Hamels - Phillies
Ichiro - Mariners
Colby Rasmus - Cardinals
Ian Stewart - Rockies

I'll post pics on Wednesday. The foil inserts are really nice-looking cards. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

182 Packs of baseball - Day 166 - First Pitch?

Wow, this is the 3rd to last Monday of the season. It is so hard to believe we have come so far in our daily pack opening fiesta! I am looking forward to separating the cards, sorting them into the various picks and pans based on sign-ups.

I do need to ask if dayf also wanted me to include "Phillies" with his pony request, or was that straight up horses?  If memory serves, I've only come across one horse: the Rangers mascot.

None of this really has anything to do with tonight's pack that I know of. Then again, my random ramblings sometimes seem to have an effect on the cards in any given pack. Let's see how we do with 2006 Upper Deck First Pitch:

Angel Berroa - Royals
Alfonso Soriano - Rangers
David Wright - Mets - Goin Deep
Reggie Sanders - Cardinals
Brian Roberts - Orioles

Nope, no mojo magic there, though the Wright card is a very nice insert.  Did Berroa ever play for the Angels? Now, that would be cool - to play for the team for which you share a first name. Hmm, that would be a fun study: Players whose first name matched (or closely matched) the team for which they played: Jay, Ray, Angel, Astro... Well, maybe not him.

I thought I would try something different with the photo placement. Whatcha think?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 165 - Back in the Highlights Again

The Indians won today. The Steelers won today. The Pirates has their rears handed to them. Ah well, two out of three ain't bad.

What's even better? How about busting open another pack of baseball cards? Oh, yeah!

I've got a pack of 2006 Topps Updates and Highlights:

Edwin Jackson - Rays
Marco Scutaro - A's
Kenny Rogers - Tigers - All-Stars
Mickey Mantle - Yankees - HR124
Miguel Cabrera - Marlins - HR Derby
Miguel Tejada - Orioles - HR Derby
Checklist 2 of 3

Saturday, September 15, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 164 - Wild hogs

Well, the Razorbacks helped Alabama with their Saturday afternoon workout.  This is not a rebuilding year for the Hogs. It is a "we don't know how to handle that little brown thing full of air" year. I spent much of the afternoon watching my son play Battlefield 3 on his XBox. In fact, as I type this, i don't even know the final score of the Razorbacks game. I'm a fan, but sometimes, you just have to walk away from the screen. I learned that from decades of being an Indians fan.

Some people question my honest look at the Tribe. How can anyone who is a true fan of any team not be willing to look things over and know what's good, bad, or ugly? As I said, I have been a fan of the Indians for decades.  In fact, in a couple years, it will have been FOUR decades.  I know when they are good, when they are great, and when they, "suck balls."  Any true fan should be willing to admit it when their team free falls.  Does it mean I love the team any less? Nope. it just means we get another try next season.

On the upside, there are still plenty of games left in the regular season.  At Tribecards, that translates to more packs still to open!  Like this one: 2005 Fleer Ultra Retail.

Corey Patterson - Cubs
Melvin Mora - Orioles
Dontrelle Willis - Marlins
 Matt Morris - Cardinals
Flair Promo Card
Todd Helton - Rockies
Bobby Crosby - A's
Dave Bush - Blue Jays - All-Rookies
Mike Lieberthal - Phillies Promo Card

The Dave Bush All-Rookies has bronze lettering. I don't know if all the A-R cards do or if that is some kind of insert. Anyone with more knowledge (and quicker access to a catalog) than I have is welcome to chime in.  The fonts in general on these look like something someone found online and decided to use in a card set.  Of course in 2005, that is very likely.

Friday, September 14, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 163 - Going in for the Attax

Heya, folks! Here we are with another Friday edition of "182 Packs!" Tonight, I am busting open a pack of 2011 Topps Attax. They have these at many of the Dollar Tree stores around the state, so I still a few packs from my last binge buying session.

Raul Ibanez - Phillies
Michael Cuddyer - Twins
Josh Johnson - Marlins - Foil Insert
Brian Roberts - Orioles
Matt Kemp - Dodgers
Hunter Pence - Astros

Nice to get a cool foil insert. I think several of these are duplicates, but I would have to go check. and, I will.  Eventually.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 162 - Going Platinum

Popcorn! Peanuts! Get your ice cold drinks! Cotton candy! Souvenirs here! Get your wax! Come on folks, step on up!

Today's dose of cardboard heaven comes from 2005, when Fleer was actually Fleer.  We're join' Platinum:

Chipper Jones - Braves
Ivan Rodriguez - Tigers
Omar Vizquel - Indians - WAHOO!! Tribe Time Now!
Brett Boone - Mariners
Jacque Jones - Twins

Oh, man, this is a great re-pack pack! Scored an Indians card, plus we pulled a Chipper and a Pudge. Boone and the "other" Jones aren't too shabby either.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 161 - Happy Birthday to my wife!

Happy Birthday to my wife!! WAHOO!! I love her more and more every single day, and a big part of that comes from the fact that she understands my card habit.  Though, her equivalent is shoes. Haha!

Let's rip some wax:

1996 Leaf Hobby

Cliff Floyd - Expos
Derek Jeter - Yankees - Gold Leaf Rookie
Chipper Jones - Braves
Brady Anderson - Orioles
Ramon Martinez - Dodgers
Tim Salmon - Angels
Ken Griffey Jr - Mariners - MVP Contender
Andy Ashby - Padres
Julian Tavarez - Indians - WAHOO!!
Rico Brogna - Mets
Rondell White - Expos
Denny Neagle - Pirates

Wahoo! Tribecards hit! Love getting Indians cards to show up in these breaks. I am 99% sure I have this one, so it will go into the pile for Tim!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 160 - Never Forget

It's hard to believe September 11, 2001 was eleven years ago today.  I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing (at work, ultimately watching in disbelief, shock and horror). I've seen many different bumper stickers, profile pictures, t-shirts, etc that say, "9/11: Never forgive, Never forget."  I agree with the latter part of that statement. But, "Never forgive?" No way. I believe we have to forgive in order to release that ugly, nasty negative energy from our bodies. We never forget, though, because (for me), remembering is a way of honoring those who lost their lives. For me, it is like Pearl Harbor, Challenger, and Columbia: remember those who gave everything, even when they didn't know they were going to.

I don't have any "Americana" themed packs for today.  The closest I have are 2006 Opening Day and a pack of 2008 Trading Card History Hobby Starter Pack.  So, here we go:

Opening Day:

Ben Sheets - Brewers
Brayan Pena - Braves
Randy Johnson - Yankees
Steve Finley - Giants
Mark Prior - Cubs
Livan Hernandez - Nationals
Jim Edmonds - Cardinals - SI Kids Max Action
Work Hard, Get Cards Promo

I cannot help but think of Brian Regan's routine regarding the way people spell their names when I look at Brayan Pena...

Trading Card History Starter:

Ryan Howard - Phillies
David Wright - Mets
Chin-Lung Hu - Dodgers
Jimmy Rollins - Phillies
Ken Griffey Jr - Reds

I've posted about these before.  This is an extra pack I found laying around, so I threw into the mix. Why not, right?

Monday, September 10, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 159 - No bricks at Glaus houses

This marks the start of the end, really. There are only three more "Monday" posts left in the 2012 regular MLB season. In a way, things are winding down.  Who really has a chance of pulling it out and grabbing a playoff spot? Is it your favorite team? Has your team basically clinched a spot?

Well, I can say this: You know we're gonna rip open some wax!

How about a pack of 2006 Topps Updates & Highlights:

David Wells - Padres
Matt Diaz - Braves
Mike Piazza - Padres - Highlights 400th HR
Barry Bonds - Giants - Home Run History
Troy Glaus - Blue Jays - Home Run Derby
Aaron Harang - Reds, Jake Peavy -Padres, John Smoltz - Braves - Strikeout Leaders
Work hard, Get Cards Promo Insert

Not a bad pack at all. I still have to come up with my randomization method for cards with multiple teams shown.  I may have kind of contest or something. Nah, I'll probably just flip the card like when I was a kid: "Okay, front is Harang, back is Peavy in the first round. Then whoever wins, Smoltz will be back for the last round. Whoever wins, wins." - That's about what I would have said.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 158 - Red, White, and Who?

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Ladies and gentlemen, rev your engines! We've got mind-blowing pack busting going on here, but it only happens on Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Okay, sure, it happens EVERYDAY during the regular season, but we have to have some fun around here, right?

Today's pack comes to us from Fleer: 1994 Fleer Ultra Series II

Keith Garagozzo - Twins
Jack Morris - Indians - WAHOO! Let's Go Tribe!
Rick Krivda - Orioles
John Valentin - Red Sox
Jody Reed - Brewers
Gary DiSarcina - Angels
Javier Lopez - Braves
Bobby Jones - Mets
Derek Parks - Twins
Checklist - No clue who is on it
Bill Wegmen - Brewers
Jose Vizcaino - Mets
Tom Marsh - Phillies
David Justice - Braves - Ultra All-Star

Wow. I have no idea who some of these folks are. Granted, I am not a walking baseball encyclopedia, either. Garagozzo? Krivda? Marsh? Well, hopefully you team fans/smarter collectors have an idea. I do know Jack, though - contrary to popular belief.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 157 - Almost a triple double

Wow, including today, there are only 26 days left in the regular season. It's hard to believe we are this close to pulling the tarp over the 2012 season. Oh, sure, we've got playoffs, championships, and the World Series ahead of us in the "real world."  But, here, just 26 days of pack-busting fun before I review the list and start sorting the goodies.

Speaking of: If you have signed up to participate, please send me your mailing address so I will know where to send them.  I will let you know now: I have no timeline for delivery. I'd like to have everything sent out by the end of the World Series, but I can't promise that. My "far goal" (No, I don't have the sword, though I did find a cool remake!) is Christmas.

Let's focus our attention a little closer here: How about a pack of 2005 UD MVP!

Jorge Posada - Yankees
Jeff Kent - Dodgers
Bobby Abreu - Phillies
Hideki Matsui - Yankees
Eric Gagne - Dodgers
Luis Aparicio - White Sox - Batter Up!

Man, I was pulling for a Phillies card to finish the pack. That would have been a three-team pack of six cards.  Lucky for White Sox fans, though, Aparicio saved the day.

Friday, September 7, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 156 - UnCommonly Good

It's Friday Night... I just got paid... I'm a party hunter...

Most of you probably have idea what I'm talking about there. That's okay! We've got a pack of cards to bust open, and we ALL know what that means.

How about a fat, juicy pack of 2008 UD Series 2:

Brett Myers - Phillies
Felix Pie - Cubs
Jon Lester - Red Sox
Jason Michaels - Indians - WAHOO! Go Tribe!
 Lance Berkman - Astros
Francisco Rodriguez - Angels
Odalis Perez - Nationals
Robinson Cano - Yankees
Pat Neshek - Twins
Ben Broussard - Rangers
Reggie Abercrombie - Astros
Tadahito Iguchi - Padres
Livan Hernandez - Twins
Brian Barton - Cardinals
Nick Swisher - White Sox - Checklist
David Ortiz - Red Sox - Season Highlights
Mariano Rivera - Yankees - Stadium Legacy
Vladimir Guerrero - Angels - Starquest UnCommon

Wow, lots of cards! Many same-team cards in here, which is always a plus. Best of all, we've got an Indians player in the crew! Wahoo!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 155 - Going Deep

Here we are folks! Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at today's pack of the day for the regular 2012 season. Oh, sure, that's a pretty badly-formed sentence, but I think the grammar police have their hands full over on Facebook and Twitter.

Tonight, I pulled a short pack. It has five whopping cards in it (according to the info on the pack). Let's see just what kind of baseball goodness we can pull from a pack of 2006 Upper Deck First Pitch. The pack says, "Look for an insert in every pack." Hmmm:

Scott Feldman - Rangers
Manny Ramirez - Red Sox
Derrek Lee - Cubs - Goin' Deep
Edgar Renteria - Red Sox
David DeJesus - Royals

Welp, the pack did lie: 5 cards and one was an insert.  I've noticed that many of the packs I've busted are laden with teammates.  This pack, of course, featured the Red Sox in that role.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 154 - He's right here, Ray.

I wonder what Cal Ripken endured when he suited up on the days he wasn't feeling well.  There had to be days when he was sick, sore, worn-out - yet he suited up and got the job done.  They make very few like that anymore.

What does that have to do with tonight's pack? Nothing, really. Just another random thought from Tribecards Dave...

We've got 2011 Topps Attax:

David Ortiz - Red Sox
Raymond - Rays - Mascot
Jon Lester - Red Sox
Alfonso Soriano - Cubs
Albert Pujols - Cardinals
Franklin Guiterrez - Mariners

Not a bad pack, considering. And, we pulled a fun mascot, too.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

182 Packs of Baseball - Day 153 - Last name same as the first

Sometimes, everyone else in the house has gone to sleep before I post a pack busting. In those times, I venture into the "home office" where the big ol' box of cards sits and I reach into the box - completely in the dark.  Tonight is one of those nights.

I ended up with a pack of 1997 Pinnacle Hobby NEW.  Let's see what cardboard goodness lies ahead:

Frank Thomas - White Sox
Mariano Rivera - Yankees
Albert Belle - White Sox - AURA
Terry Steinbach - Twins
Michael Tucker - Braves
Johnny Damon - Royals
Tim Naehring - Red Sox
Andres Galarraga - Rockies
Damon Buford - Rangers
Nomar Garciaparra - Red Sox - Rookie

That Belle card stands out! Man, I love those Aura inserts. Johnny Damon doesn't even look like himself on that Royals card.  Of course, you'll have to wait until I can scan in the cards to see those, and others. Ah well, more to look forward to, right?