Friday, May 31, 2013

9th Draft and Twas the Night before Vaca!

Hey everyone!  The 9th Draft is now open!  I hope I have the players entered correctly. I feel like it is a bit of a short list, so if I am missing anyone, let me know and I'll add them in the next draft.

Here is the draft link:

My family is heading out to Colorado sometime between 4am and 5am! Should be a lot of fun!  Here's a pack to tide you over. There may be a "pack on the run" break on Saturday - I may post while someone else is driving!

Appropriate for our traveling, here is a pack of 2013 Gypsy Queen.

Coco Crisp - A's - Free Agent
Matt Cain Dealing Aces - Giants - Adam Smith (Wahoo!!)
Derek Jeter Glove Stories - Yankees - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Jonny Gomes Mini Black (104/199) - Red Sox - Free Agent
Jon Jay - Cardinals - E_Rose (Wahoo!!)
Jason Motte - Cardinals - Kerry Biggs (Wahoo!!)

Back-to-back Cardinals for one of my favorite couples out there! Congrats, Erin and Kerry!!

Sorry no scan, though. :-(

Time to get packin!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: Not authorized by MLB...

Hey, everyone!  Tonight, I have a pack of 2010 Upper Deck Series 1. It is NOT authorized by MLB or its member teams. There 18 cards per pack, however.

Franklin Gutierrez - Mariners - Free Agent
Pedro Viola Star Rookie - Reds - Free Agent
Everth Cabrera - Padres - Free Agent
Todd Helton - Rockies - Free Agent
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - Rangers - Free Agent
Colby Rasmus - Cardinals - Free Agent
Joel Zumaya - Tigers - BP_Weber (Wahoo!!)
Scott Feldman - Rangers - Backstop.Cards (Wahoo!!)
Miguel Cabrera Biography - Tigers - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Kevin Youkilis Supreme - Red Sox - Ajpca (Wahoo!!)
David Riske - Brewers - Free Agent
Wes Helms - Marlins - Thorzul (Wahoo!!)
Robert Ray - Blue Jays - Free Agent
Pedro Feliciano - Mets - Free Agent
Bronson Arroyo - Reds - Matthew.T.Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Adam Wainwright - Cardinals - Kerry Biggs (Wahoo!!)
Albert Pujols/Adam Wainwright Cardinals Checklist - Matthew.t.wilson/Kerry Biggs (Wahoo!!/Wahoo!!)
Scott Hairston - A's - Free Agent

Wow! There are a LOT of free agents in this pack! There are also a nice mix of giveaways, too. The Youkilis card is certainly supreme! Nice score there! Very cool that we have a card that could go to one of two managers. We'll see how that plays out at the end of the season!  Over all, a nice mix of cards.

Remember: I am going on vacation starting this weekend. I am going to try to get this week's Free Agent Draft going before I leave, but it may not happen. Also, pack opening will be sporadic at best during the next week. I do plan to bust wax while on vacation, though. Frankly, I think it'll be fun!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: Lunch Break

Hey everyone! I figured I would do a lunchtime pack break today. This time, I've got a pack of 1994 Donruss Triple Play. 12 cards per pack.

John Jaha - Brewers - Free Agent
Tony Gwynn - Padres - Backstop.Cards (Wahoo!!)
Sammy Sosa - Cubs - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)
Darryl Hamilton - Brewers - Free Agent
Kevin Brown - Rangers - Free Agent
Roberto Mejia - Rockies - Free Agent
Greg Maddux - Braves - Captain Canuck (Wahoo!!)
Willie Greene - Reds - Free Agent
Jose Guzman - Cubs - Free Agent
Andy Benes - Padres - Free Agent
Billy Ashley Rookie Revue - Dodgers - Free Agent
Damoin Easley - Angels - BP_Weber (Wahoo!!)

The Rookie Revue cards are kinda cool. I actually like the look of the "stenciled" lettering. It's a simple effect, but adds something different to the cards of the 90's for sure.  Congrats to the successful managers this round!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: Giant Champions

Hey everyone! Our softball girls took a tough loss this evening. I have to say watching (and helping to coach)  pre-teen girls is a whole different world than boys! Hopefully, we'll get 'em next game!

I won a box of 1984 Donruss Baseball Champions on eBay not long ago, and the box arrived today! I'm not sure I've seen these cards before. I'll have to look through my collection.

Let's see what's in one of the packs. 5 over-sized cards and a Duke Snider puzzle in each pack.

Duke Snider Puzzle - Dodgers - 31, 32, 33 - Mark Aubrey (Wahoo!!)
Jeff Burroughs - A's - Free Agent
Fred Lynn - Angels - Ajpca (Wahoo!!)
Tom Seaver - Mets - Paul Hadsall (Wahoo!!)
Wade Boggs - Red Sox - ScottCrawfordOnCards (Wahoo!!)
Reggie Jackson - Angels - Dayf (Wahoo!!)

On the back of each card, Donruss compares the modern-day (of the time) player with their historical counterpart. For example, Reggie is compared to the career home runs of Hank Aaron.  Boggs is pitted against Ted Williams in Batting Average.  Many of the players featured on the front in the set would be the featured players on the back if there were such a set today!  Looks like our friend, Mark, is going to walk away with a box worth of Snider puzzle pieces. Talk about your guaranteed hit!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: Draft Results and a Pack to Go With Them

Good evening, everyone! I hope everyone got to spend the holiday with friends and/or family. We had a nice cookout and hung out for most of the day. Then, this afternoon, Emily had softball practice. I helped out in the field, and was called out by the head coach for not giving it my all. Well, that changed, and I am pretty sure the lesson here is that I am in no shape for Indians Fantasy Camp yet (financially or physically). So, I am getting my baseball workouts by proxy in order to prepare for the eventuality that I will be at Indians Fantasy Camp one day!

I don't know how everyone else will feel about it, but I really enjoyed the 20-man draft pick. For the mast part, everyone got at least two players. There are exceptions, of course.

Here is the Randomized order:

 Here are the names sorted randomly before the draft:

These are the final results of the draft:

And, here is the full manager/player list updated:

Tonight, I've got a pack of 2006 Topps Series 2. 12 cards per pack.

Kevin Youkilis - Red Sox - Ajpca (Wahoo!!)
Jose Castillo - Pirates - Free Agent
Ryan Howard - Phillies - Sngldddy (Wahoo!!)
White Sox vs Indians Opening Day (Wahoo!)
Rich Aurilia - Reds - AdamSmith (Wahoo!!)
Curtis Granderson - Tigers - BPWeber (Wahoo!!)
Paul Konerko - White Sox - Jccsst (Wahoo!!)
Tony Clark - DBacks - DonSherm (Wahoo!!)
Ramon Hernandez - Orioles - Free Agent
Scott Hatteberg - Reds - Free Agent
Dan Uggla - Marlins - CattleRustler (Wahoo!!)
Pat Burrell/Mike Lieberthal Philly Phanatics - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)/Free Agent

Congrats, managers! I believe we've seen several of these cards before, so managers will have some duplicates here. Speaking of, I've been asked about trades. I will be working out the trading program after I get back from vacation. And, speaking of vacation, my family and I are heading to Colorado in June. When we go, I still plan to run the daily breaks, but the Free Agent Draft will most likely be put on hold.  I'll just have to see how that all goes.

Tribecards from Outer Space: CardCowboy, anyone?

UPDATE: CardCowboy is CattleRustler - which I had actually assumed, but wanted to be sure given the mix-ups I've already had thus far! Haha!

I was all set to run this week's draft, when I discovered a name in the draft list that I hadn't seen before: CardCowboy. If you're out there, CardCowboy, or if any of my other readers/managers know CardCowboy, drop me a line to clue me in. If it is someone who signed up but is using a different name now, then I'll run the draft with it in there. But, if it was a drive-by drafting, well, I'm afraid I'll have to remove the name so I can a proper draft.

To that end, I have several folks that signed up originally, but have never participated in any drafts.  If you signed up for the pack-a-day break, you are still in the giveaway even if you have not picked any players yet. Just jump on during any free agent draft with your registered email address so I can verify and you're in the game!  Here is a list of folks with no players assigned from what I can tell:


I am setting the cut-off for CardCowboy info and for other registered managers for tonight at about 8pm CST. At 8pm, the draft will be closed and I will run it so I can post results.

Thanks for your help!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: A pack, Yet Another Draft Update and a bubbleope from gcrl

Thanks to Jafronius for finding an error in the draft. Cliff Pennington should not be in this week's draft. I managed to skip him when assigning players to their managers last time. So, those of us that picked Pennington this time will just have him removed from our lists.

On another note, I received a bubbleope from gcrl the other day! In it, a whole bunch of 1983 Fleer Indians stickers! I also got a bunch of A's stickers, too. I'm sure there was a contest or break or something I signed up for and had forgotten about (I do that a lot).  The back of one A's checklist actually has the Astros players listed. Rickey Henderson (on the actual A's checklist version" is listed as "Rick Henderson." I don't think ANYONE has ever called him "Rick," have they!?

He also included a few other Indians cards and a pack of 2013 Topps stickers! I busting that for the season break right here!

The 2013 pack has 8 stickers.

Robinson Cano - Yankees - BrownPG (Wahoo!!)
Jim Johnson - Orioles - Free Agent
Roy Halladay - Phillies - Akgonzolyn (Wahoo!!)
Ricky Nolasco - Marlins - Free Agent
Dinger Rockies Mascot - Free Agent
Giants Puzzle piece (#277)
Justin Smoak - Mariners - Prowlingcat (Wahoo!!)
Ian Kinsler - Rangers - JRBeasley (Wahoo!!)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: Two Tribers and a Baby

Good evening, folks! Or, Good Morning, if you happen to be reading this in the AM instead of the late PM when I'm writing it.  Either way, we're here to rip open a pack of cardboard and see what we can add to our card stacks!

Tonight, I've got 2001 Fleer Ultra. 10 cards per pack.

Jeff Kent - Giants - Samuel Pair (Wahoo!!)
Andruw Jones - Braves - Captain Canuck (Wahoo!!)
Vladimir Guerrero - Expos - gcrl (Wahoo!!)
Kenny Lofton - Indians (Wahoo!) - Workman (Wahoo!!)
Danny Graves - Reds - Free Agent
Russell Branyan - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent
Ardian Beltre - Dodgers - JRBeasley (Wahoo!!)
Ron Coomer - Twins - Dawgbones (Wahoo!)
Aaron Sele - Mariners - Free Agent
Richard Hidalgo - Astros - FanOfReds (Wahoo!!)

The Aaron Sele card is the best pic, in my opinion. Anytime you can get a player pictured with his kiddo on a card is a winner in my book.  We also pulled TWO Tribers in that pack. And, one of them is a free agent! I know my 1st round pick next week... Er, assuming, of course, I remember to list him. Haha! Man, just when I think I have this year's break giveaway under control, I let go of the wheel.  Ah well, the main point is that we're having fun, right?

Tribecards from Outerspace: UPDATED DRAFT

Hey everyone! I should have known better than to try and rush a draft yesterday. As many of you discovered, a whole slew of players (namely those from the 2013 box break) were left off the draft.

Well, I have a plan to make it up to you.  I have updated the draft list and I am expanding the draft to include TWENTY picks. That's right, you can choose up to 20 players to try and draft.

Managers, you have a choice:

1. Leave your current draft picks as they are and call it good.


2. Fill out the NEW, UPDATED draft form and have those picks override your previous selections.

The old form is now closed. If you filled out the old 8th Draft Form, your selections will be used in the upcoming draft unless you fill out the new form.  If you fill out the new form, your old entries are automatically replaced with your new ones. 

My apologies for the mix-up.

Here is the UPDATED Draft Form with 20 picks:

Friday, May 24, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: 8th Draft and a pack of cards

Hey everyone! The 8th Free Agent Draft is up and running! We've got 43-ish names to choose from, some of which have been there since we started this whole thing! Talk about being picked last...

UPDATE: Please see the updated post regarding the 8th draft:

My oldest son graduates from High School tonight and my wife and I will be chaperons at the all-night after party at the school. Yes, all night. Kids will be locked in and get to go home at 6am on Saturday. If you're the praying type, please pray for us. We'll need it.

In the meantime, something to keep you busy for a bit: a pack of 2008 Upper Deck First Edition Update. 10 cards with one foil Starquest card in every pack. Any Free Agents will be in next week's draft.

Brad Penny - Dodgers - Free Agent
John Smoltz - Braves - Captain Canuck (Wahoo!!)
Curt Schilling - Red Sox - Brauer (Wahoo!!)
Grady Sizemore - Indians (Wahoo!) - IrishTribeFan (Wahoo!!)
Chris Carpenter - Cardinals - Kerry Biggs (Wahoo!!)
Willy Mo Pena - Nationals - Free Agent
Delmon Young - Twins - Free Agent
Khalil Greene - Padres - Backstop Cards (Wahoo!!)
Cliff Floyd - Rays - Free Agent
Joe Mauer Starquest Common- Twins - BSnider (Wahoo!!)

Hmm, Cliff Floyd is a free agent?? That seems a bit weird to me. Oh well, this has been something of a weird season for players in this break. Congrats to managers picking up cards for their stacks o' wax!

Bourn Supremacy... Miscut for a Misplay

I created a miscut '76 in honor of Bourn's home run assist for Miguel Cabrera's home run. Enjoy.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: Three-for-Thursday

Good evening, folks! My wife and I spent a very nice evening that started with supper at my Mom's place with my Aunt and Uncle from Pittsburgh and then we went to my son's Baccalaureate program.  Afterward, I sprung for 1/2-price Sonic shakes all-around.

Now, it is time to rip open some wax!

Let's start with 1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier. 7 cards per pack.

Scott Sanderson - Yankees - Free Agent
Lance Dickson - Cubs - Free Agent
Gary Carter - Dodgers - Paul Hadsall (Wahoo!!)
Ryne Sandberg - Cubs - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)**
Pedro Guerrero - Cardinals - Netchuc (Wahoo!!)**
Alex Fernandez - White Sox - Free Agent
Dwight Evans - Orioles - Free Agent

Say what!? Dwight Evans is a free agent!? Holy cow, that is awesome!  Congrats to the managers with player pulls!

** The Sandberg and Guerrero cards were sealed together. There is a zig-zag pattern where it looks like the pack sealer missed and bonded the two card together. They have been separated, but there is obvious damage to both. Sorry folks!

The second pack tonight is 2007 Upper Deck First Edition. 10 cards per pack.

Ruddy Lugo - Rays - Free Agent
Joaquin Arias - Rangers - Free Agent
Marcus Thames - Tigers - Free Agent
Bobby Jenks - White Sox - Free Agent
Chad Cordero - Nationals - Von.Spalding (Wahoo!!)
Michael Cuddyer - Twins - Free Agent
Ken Griffey Jr - Reds - Patrick Smith (Wahoo!!)
Bill Hall - Brewers - Thorzul (Wahoo!!)
Brad Radke - Twins - Free Agent
Nomar Garciaparra Pennant Chasers - Dodgers - Ajpca (Wahoo!!)

Oh, man, that Pennant Chaser is a cool card. It has a neat modern look but with a throwback style. I know that seems contradictory, but I can't think of another way to describe it. You'll have to see for yourself.

The third pack tonight is 2006 Topps Series 2. 12 cards per pack.

Curt Schilling - Red Sox - Brauer (Wahoo!!)
Johan Santana - Twins - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)
Russ Ortiz - DBacks - Free Agent
Michael Cuddyer - Twins - Free Agent
Cliff Lee - Indians (Wahoo!) - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Scott Podsednik - White Sox - Free Agent
David DeJesus - Royals - Josh Denhartog (Wahoo!!)
US Constitution Nathaniel Gorham
Ian Kinsler - Rangers - JRBeasley (Wahoo!!)
Mark Woodyard - Tigers - Free Agent
Rob Mackowiak - White Sox - Free Agent
Aramis Ramirez/Derrek Lee Cub Corners - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)

Well, that worked out for Pedersej that both featured players on the Cubs Corners card are HIS players! Nice score on the Cliff Lee for Dawgbones, and a big congrats to the other managers who added a few more cards to their respective collections!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: Break out the Lumber

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen! Hope everyone is doing well tonight. Tonight, we're opening a pack of 2006 Fleer. 10 cards per pack. Let's see if we pull any inserts, especially since they aren't listed on the wrapper. Anyone's guess.

Bill Hall - Brewers - Thorzul (Wahoo!!)
Jacque Jones - Cubs - Free Agent
Cesar Izturis - Dodgers - Free Agent
David Wright - Mets - Paul Hadsall (Wahoo!!)
Laynce Nix - Rangers - Free Agent
Alex Rodriguez Lumber Company - Matthew.T.Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Pedro Martinez - Mets - Ajpca (Wahoo!!)
Michael Young - Rangers - BSnider (Wahoo!!)
Ben Sheets - Brewers - Free Agent
Frank Thomas - Athletics - Brauer (Wahoo!!)

Congratulation, managers!  This pack had a nice spread of players and we get to add a few more players to the free agent mix!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: Draft and Packs

Sorry for yesterday, folks. Just too pooped to post anything of significance. Today, we've got the 7th Free Agent Draft and a few packs to make up for it!

Here is the list of managers randomized:
Here is the list with choices before the draft took place:

And here are the final results of the draft:

Congrats to the managers that did a better job than I did in picking your drafts! I thought I had a solid shot at several. So much for that! Haha!

Current Player/Manager list:

Now, let's rip some wax:

2013 Gypsy Queen. 6 cards per pack.

Jurickson Profar - Rangers - IrishTribeFan (Wahoo!!)
Jim Johnson - Orioles - Free Agent
Yadier Molina Mini - Cardinals - E_Rose (Wahoo!!)
Ryan Braun Sliding Stars - Brewers - Thorzul (Wahoo!!)
Gio Gonzalez - Nationals - Wicked4Life (Wahoo!!)
Adrian Gonzalez - Dodgers - Dominicfdny (Wahoo!!)

Very cool cards, folks! Nice grabs for each manager!

Next up, 2007 UD Future Stars Baseball. 4 cards per pack.

Howie Kendrick - Angels - gcrl (Wahoo!!)
Josh Beckett - Red Sox - Free Agent
Ryan Howard - Phillies - Snglddy (Wahoo!!)
Gary Sheffield - Tigers - ScottCrawfordOnCards (Wahoo!!)

Seriously?? Beckett is an unclaimed player? That seems odd. I will go back and double-check to make sure we don't have another "Santana Incident" on our hands. Otherwise, I can him going for high-claim next go-round.

And, finally, let's do some 1989 Topps. 15 cards per pack.

Eric Davis Reds Leaders - Reds - pedersej (Wahoo!!)
Checklist 133-264
Kent Hrbek - Twins - Free Agent
Frank DiPino - Cubs - Free Agent
Craig Worthington - Orioles - Free Agent
Floyd Youmans - Expos - Free Agent
Candy Sierra - Reds - Free Agent
Mike MacFarlane - Royals - Free Agent

Uhhh... So, our pack had EIGHT cards in it?? I call rip off. I was duped, man. I'd rather have folks take the the stars and put in commons than to just take out half the cards and leave me with nothing. If memory serves, this was part of a CardsOne deal. I'll email them and let them know I got gypped. In the event I am asked to return the pack in order to get a replacement, I will keep everyone posted.

Wow, congrats to Pedersej for pulling the only player out of the pack with a manager! Checklists will be randomly inserted at the end of the season, in case I forgot to mention that before.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: Delay in the Game

Hey folks. We've got a delay in the pack-busting. On the upside, I helped coach a double-header double-victory for my little girl's softball games tonight!

I will get the draft and bust a couple extra packs on Tuesday.

On a much more somber note: My thoughts and prayers go out earnestly to those who have been affected by the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma and surrounding states. May those hurt and affected find peace ultimately through everything that has happened.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: Or Monsters-U...

Hello baseball cardboard fans! Welcome to a Sunday Night edition of pack-busting. Remember, the Free Agent Draft is open until some time on Monday, so get in your picks now!

Tonight's pack: 1991 Leaf Awesome All-Stars. 5 Stickers per pack. At least, I think they are from 1991.

There is a write-up on the back of some of these, so I will include those.

  • Awesome Checklist (Card 71)
  • Oliver the Ump - "Oliver has been an umpire in the Major Leagues for many years. He has the amazing ability to make a call BEFORE it actually happens. His lack of vision does not keep him from knowing just where the play is going to happen."
  • Harry the Hypnotist - Puzzle on back
  • Shell-Shocked Shawn - Puzzle on back
  • Stubby Stan - Puzzle on back

Er, so there was a write-up on the back of ONE of these... These will be randomly inserted into manager's packs at the end of the season.

The Carlos Santana Mystery: SOLVED!

Thanks to the memory and/or sleuthing skills of IrishTribeFan, the Carlos Santana mystery has been solved! Back in the 2nd draft (not the free agent one, the one where we added more people to our picks), IrishTribeFan picked Carlos Santana but it was marked RED instead of green. Or, at least that's the best I can figure at this point.

As best as I can figure, no one else had picked Santana - not even me, d'oh! Or, if they had, it was AFTER IrishTribeFan's place in the draft.

Therefore, IrishTribeFan gets Carlos Santana cards, and that player will not be in next week's draft.

I appreciate the follow-up and double-checking! That should not happen in the future because I have since changed the way I do the drafts, but things can fall between the cracks.  If you notice something not quite right, please let me know so I can check into it and get it fixed, if it needs fixing.  This is a perfect example.

Later today, I'll bust open a pack or two!

Thanks for playing along and keeping me straight!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: A Big Ol Blaster Box

Hey everyone!  The other day, I stopped by Wal-Mart to grab lunch from the Subway in there and naturally migrated toward the card aisle. After looking over the situation, I opted to grab a blaster box of 2013 Topps.  I'm opening the whole box, all 72 (roughly) cards right here!  Since there are so many cards, I will expand my usual scan offering to include ALL the hits and maybe key Free Agents.  This should be fun!

Luis Ayala - Orioles - FREE AGENT
Adrian Gonzalez - Dodgers - Dominicfdny (Wahoo!!)
Joey Votto - Reds - FanOfReds (Wahoo!!)
Paul Konerko - White Sox - Jccsst (Wahoo!!)
Jacoby Ellsbury - Red Sox - Ajpca (Wahoo!!)
Justin Upton - DBacks - Dayf (Wahoo!!)
Kyle McClellan - Cardinals - FREE AGENT
Denard Span - Twins - FREE AGENT
Brandon Lyon - Blue Jays - FREE AGENT
Travis Ishikawa - Brewers - Akgonzolyn (Wahoo!!)
Hiroki Kuroda - Yankees - FREE AGENT
Michael Saunders - Mariners - FREE AGENT
Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, Adrian Beltre - Jafronius, eg9460, JRBeasley (Wahoo!!)*
Matt Holliday - Cardinals - E_Rose (Wahoo!!)

Angel Pagan - Giants - FREE AGENT
Mike Trout - Angels - eg9460 (Wahoo!!)
Chase Utley - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Zack Cozart - Reds - FREE AGENT
Jered Weaver Green Foil - Angels - GoBlue2112 (Wahoo!!)
Tom Seaver Chasing History - Mets - Paul.Hadsall (Wahoo!!)
Mike Trout Chasing the Dream - Angels - eg9460 (Wahoo!!)
Josh Hamilton Cut to the Chase Die Cut - Rangers - JRBeasley (Wahoo!!)
Lou Gehrig Mini 1972 - Yankees - GoBlue2112 (Wahoo!!)
Million Dollar Chase Card**
Dan Uggla - Braves - CattleRustler (Wahoo!!)

Jered Weaver - Angels - GoBlue2112 (Wahoo!!)
Rickie Weeks - Brewers - FREE AGENT
Ryan Zimmerman - Nationals - Tim_Gretchen (Wahoo!!)
Yu Darvish - Rangers - CattleRustler (Wahoo!!)
Tim Lincecum - Giants - E_Rose (Wahoo!!)
Alex Gonzalez - Brewers - Akgonzolyn (Wahoo!!)
Austin Kearns - Marlins - FREE AGENT
Jordan Pacheco - Rockies - Prowlingcat (Wahoo!!)
Scott Feldman - Rangers - FREE AGENT
Bronson Arroyo - Reds - FREE AGENT
Craig Breslow - Red Sox - FREE AGENT
David Lough - Royals - FREE AGENT
Luis Perez - Blue Jays - FREE AGENT
Paco Rodriguez - Dodgers - FREE AGENT
Roy Halladay Checklist - Phillies - Akgonzolyn (wahoo!!)
Mike Olt - Rangers - FREE AGENT
Dustin Ackley - Mariners - Prowlingcat (Wahoo!!)
Jeremy Hellickson - Rays - Josh Denhartog (Wahoo!!)

Jason Isringhausen - Angels - FREE AGENT
Daniel Hudson - DBacks - FREE AGENT
Kyle Seager - Mariners - Prowlingcat (Wahoo!!)
Matt Thornton - White Sox - FREE AGENT
Jonathan Broxton - Reds - FREE AGENT
Derek Lowe - Yankees - FREE AGENT
Ryan Braun, Giancarlo Stanton, Jay Bruce - Thorzul, BConrad, Dan Houck (Wahoo!!)*
Miguel Cabrera, Josh Hamilton, Curtis Granderson - Jafronius, JRBeasley, BP_Weber (Wahoo!!)*
Michael Moore - Nationals - FREE AGENT
Giants Team Card
Ryan Howard Blue Border - Phillies - Snglddy (Wahoo!!)
Dustin Ackley Blue Border - Mariners - Prowlingcat (Wahoo!!)
Jeremy Hellickson Blue Border - Rays - Josh Denhartog (Wahoo!!)
Jason Isringhausen Blue Border - Angels - FREE AGENT
Daniel Hudson - DBacks Blue Border - FREE AGENT
Chris Capuano - Dodgers - Bo Rosny (Wahoo!!)
Jose Altuve - Astros - Samuel Pair (Wahoo!!)
Todd Frazier - Reds - FREE AGENT
Matt Carpenter - Cardinals - FREE AGENT
Wade Davis - Rays - Bo Rosny (Wahoo!!)

Daniel Murphy - Mets - Paul Hadsall (Wahoo!!)
Jurickson Profar - Rangers - IrishTribeFan (Wahoo!!)
Alex Rodriguez Checklist - Yankees - Matthew Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Melky Mesa - Yankees - FREE AGENT
Hank Aaron Chasing History Foil - Braves - Dayf (Wahoo!!)
Sandy Koufax Chasing History Foil - Dodgers - Mark Aubrey (Wahoo!!)
Jackie Robinson Chasing History Foil - Dodgers - E_Rose (Wahoo!!)
Carlos Santana Chasing History Foil - Indians (Wahoo!) - FREE AGENT

First of all, congrats to all the managers that got hits in the pack! Wow!! Second of all, I was surprised by some of the Free Agents in here: Isringhausen, Weeks, Kearns, Santana!? Wow. I double-checked several lists to make sure that was right. As far as I can tell, it is.  Next week's Draft will be another tough contest for sure.

The die-cut card is a phenomenal bit of cardboard, as are the blue border parallels, the Chasing History Foils and the mini Aaron. Man, this was a great blaster to bust open - well, mostly. I feel a bit jaded that I managed to score NONE of the cards in this box.

*Wow! All three depicted players are under management! It'll be fun to see which manager ends up with the card!
**Not sure how to handle these. I will probably just randomly insert them with other oddball stuff. Winner keeps the code for his/her own benefit. If you win the Million, I'd appreciate at least a mention. Haha!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: Extra Innings Free Agent Draft

Hey folks! Sorry for the late posting tonight, but to make it up, I am extended the Free Agent Draft deadline to Monday, May 20.

Here is the draft form:

*NOTE: Some cards were still on my scanner. Some of the free agents from those cards may not have made the list this week. We'll get them next week. (Turns out, just Tejada missed the list this week) Also, Philip Hughes is misspelled as "Houghes" in the list. I will fix that in the actual player list.

By popular request, I will open the oddball packs throughout the season and those cards will be randomly distributed among the managers! Should be a lot of fun!

Here's a taste: 1995 Phil Rizzuto The National Pastime. 7 cards per pack.

Cincinnati American Association
Boston BBC
Great Fielding
John McGraw - Giants - Hey! An actual named player!
Game Card
Street & Smith Sport
Barker's Advertising Book

Interesting cards... What else is there to say? How about: What a neat way to look back at some of the very early history of the sport we love to collect bits of cardboard representations?

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: Stars, Rookies, and Oddballs oh my!

Wow, we have been having another round of torrential rains here in LA! Er, that's "Lower Arkansas," in case you might be thinking of other "LAs" around our nation.  I will get to the pack-busting in a moment, but first I have a question regarding some of the packs I have.

I have packs of Phil Rizzuto Chromium, which are all-chrome, but basically depict things ABOUT baseball and not any particular players, though I suspect there could be some actual named ones in the set.  I also have packs of "Gross Out Awesome All-Stars" which depict cartoonish nameless players. Well, they have names, but not actual player names. I also have Looney Tunes Comic Ball featuring Reggie Jackson and Nolan Ryan. Yes, those are the only actual players depicted along side various cartoon characters.

What should I do with these? Do you want me to open them up and list them as free agents like regular players? Should I open them up and have a 'special' OddBall contest/giveaway apart from the season breaks? Should I NOT open them and come up with a way to give away the unopened packs? Is there some other way you'd like to have these cards handed out? I am up for suggestions.

While you ponder the fate of these oddball packs, have a look at what we're opening tonight. 1998 Score/Pinnacle Rookie/Traded with All-Star Epix inserts. 20 cards per pack.

Jimmy Key - Orioles - Akgonzolyn (Wahoo!!)
Jorge Fabregas - DBacks - FREE AGENT
Eric Davis - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)
Kevin Stocker - Rays - FREE AGENT
Ron Coomer - Twins - FREE AGENT
Brett Tomko - Reds - FREE AGENT
Rickey Henderson - Athletics - Patrick Smith (Wahoo!!)
Jermaine Allensworth - Pirates - FREE AGENT
Hideki Irabu - Yankees - FREE AGENT
Chipper Jones Spring Training - Braves - James.A.Haynes (Wahoo!!)
Sean Casey - Reds - FREE AGENT
Frank Catalanotto - Tigers - BoRosny (Wahoo!!)
Miguel Tejada - Athletics - FREE AGENT
Richard Hidalgo - Astros - FREE AGENT
Livan Hernandez - Marlins - FREE AGENT
Andres Galarraga - Braves - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)
Alan Benes - Cardinals - FREE AGENT
Fernando Tatis - Rangers - FREE AGENT
Larry Walker Complete Players - Rockies - E_Rose (Wahoo!!)
Jose Guillen - Pirates - FREE AGENT

Wow, some great players in this pack! Stars who would go one to be HOFers and Rookies that would become stars in their own right. Congrats to all the managers who scored (er, well, okay, slight pun intended) players in this pack!

Okay, now let me know what you think about the Oddball packs...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: Getting to know you

Welcome to Wednesday! The Indians and the Tigers battle it out for first place in the AL Central, while the Pirates have essentially found themselves sitting in mid-pack (still) in the NL Central. For what it's worth, both the Indians and the Pirates have the same win/loss percentage (.564), which I find rather interesting. Hope your favorite team(s) are doing well thus far this season.

Today, we're opening a donated pack of 2006 Topps Series 2. 12 cards per pack.

Joe Nathan - Twins - FREE AGENT
Kevin Millwood - Rangers - Captain Canuck (Wahoo!!)
Yadier Molina - Cardinals - E_Rose (Wahoo!!)
Ozzie Guillen - White Sox - Dayf (Wahoo!!)
Jason Lane - Astros - FREE AGENT
Morgan Ensberg - Astros - BoRosny (Wahoo!!)
Brad Halsey - Athletics - FREE AGENT
John Patterson - Nationals - FREE AGENT
Hanley Ramirez - Marlins - Wicked4Life (Wahoo!!)
Justin Verlander - Tigers - Don Sherman (Wahoo!!)
Sean Casey - Pirates - FREE AGENT
Astros Team Card

Well, this pack was certainly Astros-centric! I am starting to learn some of the players that belong to certain managers, too. For example, I knew when I saw Molina that Erin was the rightful owner without consulting the Access database. I also know that Verlander went to Don. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing, I just know that is how it is.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: That's My Boy!

Tonight, the Prescott, Arkansas, Athletic Department held their annual awards and Recognition Ceremony. My son received his 2nd year Letterman's jacket, was named "Most Improved Ballplayer" and snagged an All-District Honorable Mention! His Mother and I are incredibly proud of him!!


Tonight is a "Two-for-Tuesday" pack-buster!  First up, 2001 Topps Chrome. 4 cards per pack.

Mike Hampton - Mets - FREE AGENT
Armando Rios - Giants - FREE AGENT
Phil Dumatrait (Red Sox) and Adam Wainwright (Braves) - Draft Picks - FREE AGENT/KerryBiggs
Scott Heard (Rangers) and David Parrish (Yankees) - FREE AGENT/FREE AGENT

Well, we almost had a winner. We'll have to wait and see if Kerry gets the card at the end of the season or if someone else ends up with the Dumatrait/Wainwright combo.

The next pack is 2006 Tri-Star Prospects Plus Inaugural Edition. 5 cards per pack. Since I can scan all the cards in both packs at one time, I will post the full scan after this break.

Cliff Pennington - Kane County Cougars - FREE AGENT
Philip Hughes Protential - Trenton Thunder - FREE AGENT
Jonny Ash - Corpus Christi Hooks - FREE AGENT
Pedro Beato - Aberdeen Ironbirds - FREE AGENT
Gabriel Martinez - Montgomery Biscuits - FREE AGENT

Really? Hooks? Biscuits!? And, yes, the mascot really is/was a biscuit... Wow. That is certainly a new one on me.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: Workman for a livin'...

Come on in, folks! Grab a snack and a seat. Kick back for a little pack-busting entertainment. Today, we're featuring a pack of 1999 Pacific Crown Collection with 12 cards per pack.

Kenny Lofton - Indians (Wahoo!) - Workman41 (Wahoo!!)
Rick Aguilera - Twins - FREE AGENT
Jorge Posada - Yankees - FREE AGENT
Stan Javier - Giants - FREE AGENT
Roberto Petagine - Reds - FREE AGENT
Jeff King - Royals - FREE AGENT
Stan Javier - Giants - FREE AGENT (Duh, didn't we just see him!?)
Mendy Lopez - Royals - FREE AGENT
Chan Ho Park - Dodgers - FREE AGENT
Odaliz Perez - Braves - FREE AGENT
Richard Hildago - Astros - FREE AGENT
Manny Ramirez - Indians (Wahoo!) - Workman41 (Wahoo!!)

There we go, ladies and gentlemen! Start and end the pack with Tribers!! Of course, I didn't get one, but Workman snagged both of them, so that was a fun thing to see! In fact, he was the ONLY one to score cards from this pack, so a big WAHOO! goes out to Workman! Congrats!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Free Agent Draft 6

Hey everyone! Wow, this draft was much more intense than I think we have ever seen since the initial player picks.  Just to give you an idea:

  • Jered Weaver had 12+ picks
  • Shin-Soo Choo had 13 picks
  • Tony Perez and Fredbird tied at 14 picks each
  • Helms took top honors with 16 picks!
As a matter of housekeeping, Jered Weaver and Roberto Kelly have had their names fixed. These are reflected in the updates manager/player list.

Here is what we had for the draft:

The raw entries in the order people signed up:

The randomized list from

The full list of picks, set in the random order:

The final results from Free Agent Draft 6:

We had a LOT of folks pick the same players, and rank them high on their lists. We had several shut-outs, which happens each time. The only way around that is to pick all 10 slots and then pick folks you don't think will go early. Of course, the random order to draft position comes into play for sure!

Thanks for playing along! Here is the link to the updated manager/player list (with mascots):

Tribecards from Outer Space: Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the  mothers out there reading along! Okay, I would guess that on a good day, I'd have maybe one, two tops. But, it's the thought that counts, as my own mother often says.

I will run the Free Agent Draft later this evening (well, it'll be later tonight, really).  In the mean time, I am opening a pack of 1994 Topps Baseball Series 1 and a dime bag of cards that came with a deal I got from CardsOne back when I bought a bunch of these packs during one of their specials.

1994 Topps. 12 cards per pack.

Paul Assenmacher - Yankees - Captain Canuck (Wahoo!!)
Derrick May - Cubs - FREE AGENT
Shane Mack - Twins - FREE AGENT
Jose Lind - Royals - FREE AGENT
John Dopson - Red Sox - FREE AGENT
Rickey Gutierrez Gold - Padres - FREE AGENT
Jim Abbott - Yankees - P-Town Tom (Wahoo!!)
Roberto Mejia - Rockies - FREE AGENT
Lee Smith - Yankees - FREE AGENT
Dennis Boucher - Expos - FREE AGENT
Jose Valentin Future Star - Brewers - FREE AGENT
Matt Walbeck Future Star - Cubs - FREE AGENT

Well, we went 2-for-12, which is usually how my two favorite teams play during any given run. haha! Congrats to Captain and Tom!

Next up, the dime bag of randomness:

Tim Raines '90 Score - Expos - FREE AGENT
Ruben Sierra 87 Donruss - Rangers - JRBeasley (Wahoo!!)
Damon Easley 2003 Upper Deck - Tigers - FREE AGENT
Jason Lane 2003 Upper Deck - Astros - FREE AGENT
Vernon Wells - 2003 Upper Deck - Blue Jays - FREE AGENT
Alex Rodriguez 2003 UD Big League Breakdowns - Rangers - Matthew Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Tyler Yates 2002 Topps - Mets - FREE AGENT
Greg Sain 2002 Topps - Padres - FREE AGENT
Gary Sheffield 2002 Topps Chrome - Braves - FREE AGENT
Shawn Riggans 2002 Topps Chrome - Rays - FREE AGENT
Nolan Ryan 1991 Fleer Ultra Checklist - Rangers - Prowlingcat (Wahoo!!)
Wade Boggs 1987 Topps All-Star - Red Sox - Scott Crawford on Cards (Wahoo!!)
Dale Murphy 1987 Topps All-Star - Braves - Backstop Cards (Wahoo!!)
Joe Carter 1987 Topps - Indians (Wahoo!) - Trhdds (Wahoo!!)
Darryl Strawberry 1987 Topps All-Star - Mets - Community Gum (Wahoo!!)
Robby Thompson 1987 Topps - Giants- Adam Smith (Wahoo!!)
Phil Niekro 1987 Topps - Indians (Wahoo!) - Dayf (Wahoo!!)
Shea Hillenbrand 1999 UD Star Rookie - Red Sox - FREE AGENT
Will Clark 1999 Upper Deck - Orioles - BSnider (Wahoo!!)
Andruw Jones 1999 Upper Deck - Braves - Captain Canuck (Wahoo!!)
Rickey Henderson 1991 Fleer Great Performances - Athletics - Patrick Smith (Wahoo!!)
Dave Justice 1991 Fleer Great Performances - Braves - Patrick Smith (Wahoo!!)
Tyler Houston 1990 Topps - FREE AGENT
George Brett 1990 Topps - Royals - Josh Denhartog (Wahoo!!)
Bo Jackson 1990 Topps - Royals - Cardanathema (Wahoo!!)
Dave Parker 1990 Fleer - Athletics - Prowlingcat (Wahoo!!)
Sandy Alomar Jr 1990 Fleer - Padres - Dominicfdny (Wahoo!!)

Wow! Now, there is a great pack break. A whole bunch of cards (okay, a little more than 25) and most of them were snagged up! We did hit a few free agents that surprised me though. Based on what we've opened up just this weekend alone, it looks to be a pretty competitive draft this coming Friday!  Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: Silver (okay, chrome) and Gold...

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to a Saturday Night edition of TCfOS! Tonight, we're looking at the Home of the Rookie Card. Or, at least that is what it says on the pack. Let's see if that holds up.

2012 Bowman. 10 cards per pack, 2 of which are Chrome. Again, according to the pack.

R.A. Dickey - Mets - Mark Aubrey (Wahoo!!)
Starlin Castro - Cubs - Community Gum (Wahoo!!)
Bryan Brickhouse Chrome - Royals - FREE AGENT
Julio Rodriguez Chrome - Phillies - FREE AGENT
Matt Moore Gold - Rays - James.A.Haynes (Wahoo!!)
Xander Bogaerts - Red Sox - FREE AGENT
Tyler Austin - Yankees - FREE AGENT
Aramis Ramirez - Brewers - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)
Mike Moustakas - Royals - Josh Denhartog (Wahoo!!)
Trevor Cahill - DBacks - Wicked4Life (Wahoo!!)

Lookie there, folks! We've got a nice spread of players picked by several different managers plus a handful of Free Agents to go with them. Both Chrome cards turned out to be free for the taking next go-round, so we'll see who tries to snag either of those guys up.

Thanks for playing along! Tomorrow, at least at the time of this post, is Mother's Day! So, Here's a special Tribecards WAHOO!! for any of my readers who happen to be mothers and/or it goes out to each of your mothers! Without our Moms, we wouldn't be here to enjoy the pack breaks. More on Moms tomorrow, though. Have a good night and drive safely.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Were you following me?

If you were following me (@davidinark) on Twitter or if I was following you, it looks like we will have to reconnect. Twitter suspended my account (my address got "caught" in a group of spamming accounts). So, follow me and I'll follow you and we'll go round and round in circles.

Tribecards from Outer Space: One. Single. Solitary. Card.

This week's draft is up, and I will link to it again in this post, since I am doing two posts in one day. I already posted the draft link today. That's what I'm saying. Here's what else I'm saying: The pack we are opening today has one card in the pack. Yeap. One card.

If the card is a Free Agent, it will go into NEXT WEEK'S draft pick, and not this week's. Sorry, probably didn't need to shout there.

Today, I have a "pack" of 1996 Upper Deck SPx. 1 Holoview Perimeter Die-Cut per "pack."  Really? Did we buy this crap back then? I didn't.

Annnnnnd the winner is.........

Drum roll please......

Eric Karros - Dodgers - FREE AGENT

Well, dang. I was actually hoping someone was walking away with this today. Instead, this card will be entered into next week's Free Agent Draft.  Now, granted, the PSx cards are nice-looking, and conjure up memories of Pacfic cardboard ventures. But, one stinkin' card in the "pack?" How do you even call that a pack?  Well, there it is folks.

I didn't even bother to scan it in. I stole this image, online somewhere...

As a side note, this thing is actually a little freaky. The inset head shot follows you as you move the card around. And, that's not an exaggeration because the position of the player's ears change as you move the card. Yeah, it's creepy.

Oh, the draft is here:

Tribecards from Outer Space: Free Agent Draft

Good afternoon! At lunch, I decided to kick together the Free Agent Draft for the week! We've got a LOT of good players to choose from, so this could be one of the most competitive drafts we've had since the very first sign-up!

Here is the form. Good luck to everyone!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: Traveling...

Normally about this time, I do a "3-for-Thursday" kind of thing. Tonight, though, I am going to do a single pack of cards to help stretch out the inventory a bit. Haha!

Here's a pack I didn't even know I had... 1997 Best Autograph Series Minor League Cards. 5 cards per pack.

David Ortiz - Rock Cats - Dominicfdny (Wahoo!!)
Kerry Robinson - Arkansas Travelers (Cool!) - FREE AGENT
Jeremy Giambi - Lansing Lugnuts - FREE AGENT
Pat Cline - Orlando Rays - FREE AGENT
Wes Helms Autograph - Durham Bulls - FREE AGENT

First, congrats to fdny! Next, how cool that we pulled an Arkie, and finally, how great is it that every pack of these features an on-card auto!? Not a bad way to spend the evening. Oh yeah, and I happen to be reading "Greatest Show on Dirt" a novel about the Bulls. Nice!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: Bo Knows...

Hey, everyone! Hope your Wednesday went well. How are your favorite teams faring so far? Let's see, the Indians are currently sitting square in the middle of the Central Division. The Pirates are in 2nd place in their division. Not much else to say there, eh. So, let's rip open some wax!

Today is a pack of 2006 Topps Series 2. 12 cards per pack. This was part of a donation to the Tribecards giveaway.

Kris Benson - Orioles - Bo Rosny (Wahoo!!)
Frank Catalanotto - Blue Jays - Bo Rosny (Wahoo x2!!)
Kelvim Escobar - Angels - FREE AGENT
Nick Green - Rays - FREE AGENT
Derrek Lee - Cubs - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)
Omar Vizquel - Giants - GoBlue (Wahoo!!)
Chad Cordero - Nationals - FREE AGENT
Carl Pavano - Yankees - FREE AGENT
Sidney Ponson - Cardinals - FREE AGENT
Craig Monroe - Tigers - FREE AGENT
Tim Stauffer - Padres - FREE AGENT
Phillies Team Card

Congrats to Bo for snagging the first two cards out of the pack! GoBlue and Pedersej added a card each to their collections, too. Not a lot of names I recognize. Good thing this is last season where "Players Tribecards doesn't know" was an actual selection category!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: Two-for-Tuesday, Literally.

Howdy, folks! Well, any of you out there affected by the nationwide shutdown of Centurylink's Internet services!? I was, at the house. Our DSL was spotty at best for a while and then completely dead. When I finally reached customer service, they said there was a known outage. As the day progressed, word got out that this was a HUGE outage. Ouch.

Well, things are hopping now, so I am going to bust out a Two-for-Tuesday!

First up: 1988 Donruss. 1 puzzle and 15 cards per pack.

Stan Musial puzzle 22, 23, 24 - Cardinals - Stealing Home (Wahoo!!)
Terry McGriff - Reds - FREE AGENT
Steve Balboni - Royals - FREE AGENT
Scott Sanderson - Cubs - FREE AGENT
Chuck Finley - Angels - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Jeff Ballard - Orioles - FREE AGENT
Bob Welch - Dodgers - FREE AGENT
Mark Eichhorn - Blue Jays - FREE AGENT
Tim Teufel - Mets - FREE AGENT
Dave Stewart - Athletics - Akgonzolyn (Wahoo!!)
Claudell Washington - Yankees - dayf (Wahoo!!)
Von Hayes - Phillies - FREE AGENT
Les Straker - Twins - FREE AGENT
Dave Leiper - Padres - FREE AGENT
Luis Polonia - Athletics - Bo Rosny (Wahoo!!)
Scott Terry - Cardinals - FREE AGENT

We ended up with 1/3 of the items in the pack going out to managers. Not great, but that means a whole new slew of folks ready for the pickin's in the next free agent draft, right?

Our second pack today is 2013 Gypsy Queen. 6 cards per pack.

Frank Robinson - Reds - Andr340 (Wahoo!!)
Matt Cain No Hitters - Giants - Adam Smith (Wahoo!!)
Jayson Werth Glove Stories - Nationals - Brauer144 (Wahoo!!)
Jayson Werth Mini - Nationals - Brauer144 (Wahoo!!)
Mike Leake - Reds - FREE AGENT
Aroldis Chapman - Reds - Fan Of Reds (Wahoo!!)

Well, jumpin' Jehoshaphat  Three Reds and two Nationals in a pack of six cards!? Granted, Brauer scored a double-play (or a back-to-back, if you prefer... Or perhaps even a Two-for-Tuesday)! Certainly a lucky break. We did manage to find one free agent in the pack, but seeing as how the other cards panned out, it seems like a small consolation.