Good evening, ladies and gentlemen! I hope everyone enjoyed the All-Star Game last night. Kipnis knocked in an RBI! Very cool stuff there. Tonight's pack comes from the same year my son was born. If that doesn't help, then it is the same year "Toy Story" first took the world by storm. No? Lightning McQueen's racing number? How about the year in which Hideo Nomo won ROY? Okay, how about the year the Indians faced the Braves in the Powwow Series? And, boy did the Indians get pow'd. wow! Tom Glavine was the series MVP. Well, if you don't have it by now, I'll just tell ya:
1995 Topps Series 1. It's a Power Pack with 15 cards.
Rafael Belliard - Braves - Captain Canuck (Wahoo!!)
Felix Fermin Spectra Light Foil - Mariners - Free Agent
Frank Rodriguez Future Stars - Red Sox - Davidinark (Wahoo!!)
Robert Mejia - Rockies - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)
Chuck Carr Stolen Base Leader - Marlins - Free Agent
Chuck Knoblauch - Twins - Free Agent
Gene Schall (Phillies), Scott Talanda (Brewers), Harold Williams (White Sox), Ray Brown (Reds) 1995 Prospects - Free Agents (all four!)
Scott Servais - Astros - Free Agent
Rene Arocha - Cardinals - Free Agent
Richie Lewis - Marlins - Free Agent
John Wetteland - Expos - Free Agent
Eric Plunk - Indians (Wahoo!) - Thorzul (Wahoo!!)
Barry Bonds - Giants - Sngldddy (Wahoo!!)
Ryan Klesko - Braves - Free Agent
Steve Buechele - Cubs - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)
Wow, we had a LOT of free agents come out of that pack. I didn't even remember having Rodriguez on my team. haha! Those crazy drafts for ya, I suppose! I looked back through, and it was a Fleer card from his Twins days a few years after the "future stars" card came out. Cool. Congrats to the managers snagging players from this pack, too! I was surprised that Knoblauch was still available.
Speaking of availability, I've had a couple managers ask about holding another "Open Draft" where you could fill in your own choices like we did at the beginning. Chime in: What do you think? Would it be helpful and/or fun to have a 10-player fill-in draft? The hardest part at this point would be making sure no one had already picked the player. That would be on me, though. I would not expect you to keep up with who has whom on their team. Anyway, leave a comment and let me know...
Okay, I'm chomping at the bit here. These Archives cards I bought the other day are just staring at me from the Big Ol' Box. I gotta rip one open...
George Brett - Royals - Josh Denhartog (Wahoo!!)
Jim Palmer - Orioles - Sngldddy (Wahoo!!)
Carlos Beltran - Cardinals - Paul Hadsall (Wahoo!!)
David Wright - Mets - Paul Hadsall (Wahoo!!)
Johnny Bench All-Star 83-JB - Reds - Stealing Home (Wahoo!!)
Johnny Cueto - Reds - Dayf (Wahoo!!)
Ryan Zimmerman - Nationals - Tim_Gretchen (Wahoo!!)
A.J. Burnett - Pirates - Free Agent
Oh, man. I thought we were going to hit for the cycle! Danged Burnett. Haha! Paul knocked a back-to-back, though! That's always a fun way to bust a pack. In fact, a big congrats to all the managers who added cards to their piles! It's weird to think that the players we see today could very well be the "Archives" cards 20 years from now...