Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: My son goes vending and we bust a pack

My son went with some friends to see a movie. While there, they played games and such. He said there was a vending machine with baseball cards in white cardboard sleeves for a quarter. He put in a quarter and got a John Olerud card. He tried again. A different John Olerud card. An yet again, he tried his luck. You guessed it, a third, different, John Oledud card.  Hedging his bets, he placed the last of his quarters from that dollar in and pulled the handle. Yup, a different John Olerud card. Seriously, vendor dude? You are the one putting this crap together, can't you at least pretend to collate!? Now, my sone did get a bonus card. When he pulled one of the sleeves out of the machine, it had a 1995 Fleer Ultra Gold Medallion Extra Stars football card: Derrick Thomas. The card made the whole Olerud scam worth it. I don't collect football, but that is one nice specimen of cardboard!

john Olerud-ness aside, let's open a  pack of cards! How about 2004 Topps Chrome series One. Four cards per pack. Man, four cards!? Let's hope this small pack packs a punch:

Juan Pierre - Marlins - ScottCrawfordOnCards (Wahoo!!)
Checklist printed on thick card stock, pretending to be an insert
Juan Pierre - Marlins - ScottCrawfordOnCards (Wahoo??)
Mark Buehrle - White Sox - 2x3Heroes (Wahoo!!)
Octavio Dotel - Astros - Free Agent

So, in a pack of four cards, we pull TWO Juan Pierres!? What the fruit, man? I guess my son's dealings with the Olerud epidemic rubbed off on this pack. Well, certainly congrats go to Scott! And, to 2x3 as well. We did manage to add a free agent to the pile, but something just seems very wrong - very, very wrong.

I have no idea why the two Pierre cards scanned so differently... Hmm... Yeah, strange things are afoot at the Circle-K...


  1. I've got Olerud in the player draft LOL

  2. I think the shiner Pierre is actually a refractor! It might say that under the card number on the back.

  3. I concur with Sir Alec.. I believe the one Pierre is a refractor.

  4. If I third the motion does that make it official?

  5. The ayes have it, and I've got a Pierre refractor! Dope!

  6. I took a look, and sure enough! The word "REFRACTOR" appears above the card number!! Wow!1 That is way cooler than my original conclusion. Teaches me to read the BACKS as well as the fronts...