Tuesday, June 30, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 96-99 - Pinch Hit Donruss Packs

Well, yesterday was a thing that has happened. I hope you all aren't going to expect Beeg Mojo Heetz in every post now. Let's switch gears and open up some Donruss from 2005. That's the last time you could get  Donruss with logos on them. Don't worry, it won't be too much of a shock - Donruss still had gaudy too-busy colorful awful designs back then too! I'll start with a set that had a gaudy too-busy colorful awful pretty design: 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings.

Jason Schmidt - Giants - Free Agent
Carlos Delgado - Blue Jays - New Jersey Hadsalls (Wahoo!!)
George Brett - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Alex Cintron - Diamondbacks - Free Agent
Brian Giles - Padres - Free Agent

Look at that design. LOOK AT IT. It's a terrible baseball card design! but it's so preeeeeeetty. How does Donruss do that?!  Notice also the dreadful design on cover boy George Brett's insert card. This is what happens when you value the placement of relics more than the picture on the card. Get used to seeing George in this post, Donruss threw a big ol' pile of money at him in 2005.

Up next is a pack of 2005 Playoff Absolute with a wrapper that might actually be appropriate for a 2015 Donruss product!

Bobby Crosby - A's - Free Agent
Bobby Abreu - Phillies - Thorzul (Wahoo!!)
CC Sabathia Blue foil - Indians (Wahoo!) - Bo Rosnys (Wahoo!!)
Carlos Lee - Brewers - Illinois Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Carlos Beltran - Phillies - Wilsons (Wahoo!!)

Bobby Crosby ruined a perfect pack! Oh well, now a lucky person gets a chance to draft him and get one of these beautiful Playoff cards for their very own. I spent about 15 minutes trying to think of a joke to make fun of this design but I got nothin' so these cards are obviously beautiful then. I mean, what even is this?? And blue foil on top of it! Ack, let's move on before these cards hypnotize me and make me become its evil minion. 2005 Zenith to the rescue!

Mike Sweeney - Royals - Free Agent
Jeremy Bonderman - Tigers - Free Agent
Mosaics - Dontrelle Willis, Mike Lowell, AJ Burnett - Marlins - Northampton Therapists (Wahoo!!) - Free Agent - Free Agent
Delmon Young - Devil Rays - Saitama Sushi (Wahoo!!)

I have no idea how Donruss didn't get a license in 2006. We got our first pinch hit Multi-Player card, and boy was it confusing looking up the manager for that one. Northampton Therapists is happy now but one of you mischievous persons can attempt to snatch Dontrelle away from him in the draft! MUAHAHA!!!  I'll let --David clean up that mess though.

Ok, three packs in and we have 14 cards. Curses! 15 cards or bust! Let's open another one, this time from 2008. 2008 Donruss Threads!


Dale Murphy - Braves - Cobb County SuperChickens (Wahoo!!)
Nick Weglarz - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent
Sean Doolittle - A's - Free Agent
Brent Brewer - Brewers - Free Agent
George Brett - Royals  - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)

this is unlicensed Donruss and there are logos on the cards? Why'd Upper Deck get the chop from MLB then? I WANT MY 2010 GOUDEY! Ok, I think Donruss might have gotten in trouble for this set too but I don't remember because that was like 100 years ago. I got my first card though! Ironically it's a card I got bipped with a few years ago, but I can add it to the pile now. There's plenty of Free Agents for you all, anyone who wants to see what Sean Doolittle looked like before he turned into a lumberjack might want to put Sean high on their draft list. The post ends with a card of George Brett, which is very appropriate.

Up next: I forgot! Fleer stuff I think!

Monday, June 29, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 92-95 - Pinch Hit Topps Packs

Day one of my pinch hitting week went well, let's stick with some Topps products today. Most of the packs I'm ripping this week came out of a box of wax packs that I had used on one of those 'Pack-a-day' blogs or were supposed to be ripped on one of those blogs or I ripped it and put it in a box and forgot about it. Let's start it off with a product I despise and all the cool kids love: Bowman Chrome. Specifically, the 2005 edition.

Danny Core First Year - Blue Jays - Free Agent
Roger Clemens - Astros - Thoughts and Sox (Wahoo!!)
Mark Teixeira - Rangers - Bo Rosnys (Wahoo!!)

Two outta three ain't bad but three lousy cards isn't enough for a pack of baseball cards! A proper pack of cards has 15 cards and cost 35 cents! Ok, in 1981 it did. Well, I'm in charge now and it's 1981 week on the blog. We're opening packs until we hit 15 cards! Onward with some 2006 Bazooka!

Bartolo Colon Blue parallel - Angels - New Jersey Hadsalls (Wahoo!!)
Frank Thomas Bazooka Rewind Game Used Bat - White Sox - Play at the Plates (Wahoo!!)
Jimmy Rollins Comic - Phillies - Night Owls (Wahoo!!)
Tadahito Iguchi - White Sox - Joliet Convicts (Wahoo!!)
Joe Saunders - Angels - Free Agent
Preston Wilson - Nationals - Wilsons (Wahoo!!)
Carlos Lee - Brewers - Illinois Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Michael Young - Rangers - Play at the Plates (Wahoo!!)

So close to a perfect pack! Although I'd guess Play At The Plates thinks this pack is pretty darn perfect. That's still only 11 cards, let's rip open a forgotten pack of 2008 Topps Co-Signers that fell behind the couch.

Matt Cain - Giants - RJBreezes (Wahoo!!)
Johan Santana - Mets - Northampton Therapists (Wahoo!!)
Jermaine Dye - White Sox - Free Agent
Alfonso Soriano - Cubs - Bo Rosnys (Wahoo!!)
Felipe Paulino Autograph #175/400 - Astros - Free Agent
Brian McCann - Braves - Captain Canucks (Wahoo!!)

Unclaimed autograph! Remember that one for the draft, kiddos. Topps has treated the Circus goers very well with a relic and an autograph card! Let's see if the good luck holds in a BONUS PACK:

how mysterious
Manny Ramirez - Red Sox - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Ichiro - Mariners - Illinois Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Mickey Mantle - Yankees - Eastern Virginia Mutts (Wahoo!!)

Perfect pack!!! There were bonus cards in Wal-Mart boxes of 2008 Topps featuring portraits by Dick Perez. I'm so happy today went so well, now if I get lazy and forget to post the rest of the week I won't feel too bad.

Ok, ok I won't be lazy. How about some Donruss tomorrow?

Up next: Zenilute Diamond Threads

Sunday, June 28, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 91 - Pinch Hit Jumbo Pack

Howdy everyone, David here - no not that David, the other one - the one with too many baseball cards.
No, the OTHER David with too many baseball cards, the one with a blog. um. The one with a blog that shows lots of cards of players from a team who was in the 1995 World Series. No, the National League one.  Ugh, forget it, call me dayf. I'm the guy who's let his blog go to seed while he was fooling about on Twitter as some guy named @CardJunk. Yeah! The idiot who's always tweeting about monster movies and soccer and cartoon horses! That one! You got it! --David's on vacation this week so I'm filling in on the pack opening thing. So let's open a pack!

 2002 Topps Series 2 Jumbo pack!

 So here's the 411 on this pack: a dozen years or so I picked up this jumbo pack at a deep discount at the flea market. Having failed to pull any Mojo Hitz I put the pack in a box and forgot about it until after I had completed my 2002 set. So now I'm passing the savings on to YOU!

1952 World Series Game 3 Ticket contest thingy
Billy Koch - A's - Saitama Sushi (Wahoo!!)Kip Wells - Pirates - Free Agent
Steve Karsay - Yankees - Alecs All-Stars (Wahoo!!)John Rocker - Rangers - Free Agent
John Vander Wal - Yankees - Free Agent
Alex Ochoa - Brewers - Free Agent
Troy O'Leary - Rangers - Free Agent
Ismael Valdes - Rangers - Free Agent
Rondell White - Yankees - Free Agent
Scott Elarton - Rockies - Free Agent
Tony Clark - Red Sox - Free Agent
Joe Mauer Draft Picks - Twins - Play at the Plates (Wahoo!!)
Kenny Lofton - White Sox - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Jose Canseco - Expos - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
Mo Vaughn - Mets - Free Agent
Albie Lopez - Braves - Free Agent
Woody Williams - Cardinals - Free Agent
Todd Helton Gold Glove - Rockies - Kentucky Quarrys (Wahoo!!)
Brad Ausmus Gold Glove - Astros - Backstop Cards (Wahoo!!)
Tsuyoshi Shinjo Gold #0932/2002 - Giants - Free Agent
Timo Perez - Mets - Joliet Convicts (Wahoo!!)
Omar Vizquel - Indians (Wahoo!) - Alecs All-Stars (Wahoo!!)
AJ Burnett - Marlins - Free Agent
Julio Lugo - Astros - Wilsons (Wahoo!!)Dee Brown - Royals - Free Agent
Jacque Jones - Twins - Free Agent
Kris Benson - Pirates - Free Agent
Robb Nen - Giants - Free Agent
Darin Erstad - Angels - Free Agent
Shawn Wooten - Angels - Free Agent
Freddy Garcia - Mariners - Eastern Virginia Mutts (Wahoo!!)Jay Payton - Mets - Free Agent
Andy Benes - Cardinals - Backstop Cards (Wahoo!!)Dave Mlicki - Astros - Free Agent
Neifi Perez - Royals - Free Agent
Jose Ortiz - Rockies - Free Agent
Nick Bierbrodt - Brewers - Free Agent
Josh Beckett - Marlins - GCRLs (Wahoo!!)

All righty then! Lots of managers got cards and there's some surprisingly good players for the next draft. I'm not sure how a replica 1952 World Series ticket is going to play in OOTP but I'll leave that for David to sort out. Here's your winner cards:

Up next: howzabout some Bowzooka Signers? Or something like that.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 90ish - From Hillsboro, TX

Hello, everyone! Thanks for stopping by. This post is coming from Hillsboro, TX, where we opted to stop for the night. I hate that I could not get the OOTP game updated before we left. UGH!

Well, since we'll have to wait for OOTP action to resume, we still have packs to bust. Because of the incredible storm that blew through our town Friday night, I wasn't able to post a pack. This is the pack that would have been opened. 2015 Heritage:

Hector Rondon - Cubs - GCRLs (Wahoo!!)
Jason Castro - Astros - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
John Farrell - Red Sox - Free Agent
Ivan Nova - Yankees - Bo Rosnys (Wahoo!!)
Conor Gillaspie - White Sox - SuperDupermen (Wahoo!!)
Luis Aparicio Looie Get Loose Flashback - Orioles - Joliet Convicts (Wahoo!!)
Danny Duffy - Royals - Free Agent
Lloyd McClendon - Mariners - Saitama Sushi (Wahoo!!)
Derek Norris - A's - Backstop Cards (Wahoo!!)

#PackADailyCircus - Rain Delay

Due to MAJOR storms in my area, there will be no pack break. I am also not able to update the OOTP game. UGH!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 088/089 - Finally, a draft around here! And, we're busting a couple packs.

Hey everyone! I finally ran the June 21 draft. The managers/Players list is updated. Man, can I give yet another THANK YOU to JoshD for his work on all that!? Of course I can! THANK YOU! You have no idea how much time his Excel program saves me now. The drafts run quickly (er, once I actually run them) and the managers/players list generated from the results of each draft makes it super simple to port those into the list.

Okay, let's see the randomized list and the draft results:

Congratulations, managers! I don't know how anyone else feels about the NO SKUNK implementation, but I think it finally adds an element of "fairness" to the drafts.

Okay, let's bust some wax:

2015 Gypsy Queen

Nathan Eovaldi - Yankees - Free Agent
Larry Doby - Indians (Wahoo!) - Arkansas Tribecards (Wahoo!!)
David Eckstein - Angels - Free Agent
Anibal Sanchez Mini - Tigers - ProwlingCats (Wahoo!!)
Carlos Gomez - Brewers - GCRLs (Wahoo!!)
Derek Holland - Rangers - Play at the Plates (Wahoo!!)

3-for-5 and I scored a hit! Love it! Congrats to the other three managers as well. Gotta love the minis, man.

1991 Upper Deck

Scott Coolbaugh - Rangers - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Kurt Miller - Pirates - Free Agent
Rafael Palmeiro Checklist - Rangers - Play at the Plates (Wahoo!!)
George Brett - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!! x2)
Lee Stevens - Angels - Free Agent
Jody Reed - Red sox - Free Agent
Brook Jacoby - Indians (Wahoo!) - Arkansas Tribecards (Wahoo!!)
Kurt Miller - Pirates - Free Agent
Paul Gibson - Tigers - New Jersey Hadsalls (Wahoo!!)
Mike Moore - A's - CaptKirk42s (Wahoo!!)
Darrin Fletcher - Phillies - Free Agent
Eric Davis - Reds - Northampton Therapists (Wahoo!!)
Ray Lankford - Cardinals - Maddings (Wahoo!!)
Mike Bell - Braves - Free Agent
Mickey Hatcher - Dodgers - GCRLs (Wahoo!!)
Pittsburgh Pirates Logo Sticker - Pirates - Eastern Virginia Mutts (Wahoo!!)

Congratulations, everyone! I am actually surprised we are still pulling free agents from this series. haha! I think I could open a pack of 91 UD per day and we'd still finish the season with more to open. We got a LOT of them donated to us. I'll take all day, any day!

I still have some work to do in OOTP. I *WILL* have an updated game before I leave on vacation! I will, dang it!

#PackADailyCircus: Next week, we're bringing in a pinch hitter!

As happens every year around this time, my family will be taking a summer vacation! This year, we're headed to San Antonio and Dallas. Usually, I just try to post from the road trip, busting packs, etc, as I can.

This year, @cardjunk (most of you know as dayf) offered to "pinch hit" while we are away, and I quickly agreed to the offer before he had time to stop and think about it.

So, from Sunday, June 28 through Saturday July 4, dayf will be busting packs and making posts on my behalf. I'll still be checking in, but mostly as a reader.

I appreciate dayf stepping in while my family heads into the hot, humid depths of the heart of Texas. Oh yeah, while we're out, we will be catching a Rangers game in Arlington!

As a matter of drafting: First, I am behind this week. Seems to be the usual lately and I am hoping that this vacation will help kick my butt in gear. We will postpone the next draft until after I get back. It should be quite a doozie since we're talking two full weeks of pack breaks.

I had wanted to run the OOTP and draft last night, but I was a slacker. No other way to say it. I'll run it tonight (Wednesday) and get things ready for dayf to step in and bust packs starting Sunday.

Thanks again, @cardjunk!

Monday, June 22, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 086/087 - Two-hander After Father's Day

Hello, everyone! I hope you enjoyed Father's Day either with your father or in remembering your Dad if he has gone on from this world - as mine did in 2007.

Since I took the day off from posting Sunday, I am going to post two packs today. I've got a 2015 Heritage and a custom BoPack. Let's start with the BoPack!

Quick note: I will run the draft and the OOTP game late Tuesday. Sorry for the delay!

Ray McDavid 1993 UD - Padres - Free Agent
Chicago Cubs Mini Round Logo Sticker - Cubs - Free Agent
New York Mets Mini Logo Sticker - Mets - Free Agent
Victor Martinez 2007 Topps - Indians (Wahoo!) - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Storm Davis 1993 UD - A's - Free Agent
Matt Smith 94 Stadium Club - Royals - Free Agent
Huston Street 2012 Topps - Padres - Kentucky Quarrys (Wahoo!!)
Darrell Coles 93 UD - Blue Jays - Free Agent
Dave Stieb 93 Pinnacle - White Sox - Cobb County SuperChickens (Wahoo!!)
Vernon Wells 2003 UD SuperStars - Blue Jays - Illinois Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Darryl Strawberry 93 UD - Dodgers - Northampton Therapists (Wahoo!!)
Bill Gullickson 93 UD - Tigers - Free Agent
Bill Van Landingham 94 UD Diamond Debuts - Giants - Free Agent
Rick Aguilera 93 UD - Twins - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!! x2)
Eric Karros 93 UD - Dodgers - Night Owls (Wahoo!!)
Rick Sutcliffe 1991 Topps - Cubs - Free Agent
Keith Anderson 89 Star Yellow - Pirates - Free Agent
Todd Crosby 89 Star Red - Phillies - Free Agent
Jim Byrd 89 Star Blue - Red Sox - Free Agent
Orel Hershiser 94 Stadium Club - Dodgers - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!!)
Al Simmons 87 HyGrade - various - Free Agent
Stan Musial puzzle card (641) 88 Donruss - Cardinals - Wilsons (Wahoo!!)

Wow, what an interesting collection of players in here! We've got superstars and folks most of us have never probably heard of. That is what makes this hobby so much fun. Congratulations to Jobu for getting two hits and to everyone else that grabbed cards as well!

Let's take a look at this 2015 Heritage pack:

Jean Segura - Brewers - Free Agent
Jimmy Rollins - Dodgers - Night Owls (Wahoo!!)
Jonathon Niese - Mets - New Jersey Hadsalls (Wahoo!!)
Joe Nathan - Tigers - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Dustin Pedroia - Red Sox - RJBreeze (Wahoo!!)
Yusmeiro Petit - Giants - Free Agent
Drew Hutchinson - Blue Jays - Jennings64 (Wahoo!!)
Lucas Duda - Mets - New Jersey Hadsalls (Wahoo!! x2)
Wilin Rosario - Rockies - ProwlingCats (Wahoo!!)

Sweet! Congratulations to the Hadsalls for grabbing two hits! That's two packs with two hits in a row! I love it when that happens. Congrats go out to everyone else scoring cards here, too. In fact, we only had two free agents. Looking good!

Father's Days Cards

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there!*

My kids celebrated by buying me cards for Father's Day. I got a STEAM card which I will use toward the purchase of Far Cry 4 now that I have a machine that can actually run it.

The other cards I got, though, were of the favorited cardboard variety. I got two blasters: 2015 Heritage and 2015 Bowman. In all, there were about 150 cards, roughly. These are a handful (er, okay, technically two handfuls or nearly two or something) of my favorites:

The top row (left to right) includes a Jason Kipnis Refractor, Lonnie Chisenhall, and and Giovanny Urshler. That Kipnis is freaking spectacular! For me, what makes it stand out more than most refractors is the Pepsi logo in the background. Not because it is Pepsi, but because it adds a very cool red, white and blue "patriotic" feel to the card. In fact, I had to do a double take to realize it was a logo. Very cool!

The middle row includes Carlos Carrasco, Taylor Dugas, and Starling Marte. Now, you may be wondering why I chose those two non-Indians cards. The Dugas is probably obvious: it's an out. Sure, it is a STICKER auto, but, it is still an auto. It's numbered 322/499. I cannot imagine having to sit there and write my name 499 times. No wonder it looks a bit rough by the time we get to 322. The Marte is classic baseball posturing. Well, in terms of close-up, low-angle, looking up at the player type stuff. I love the bat behind the head, staring off as if watching for a pitch look. And, yeah, it doesn't hurt that he's a Buc.

The bottom row features Sandy Koufax, Cliff Lee, and Ryne Sandberg. I chose Koufax because, well, it's freakin' Koufax. How could you NOT choose him!? Cliff Lee? Yeah, former Triber who was born and raised up I-30 from where I now live. And, Sandberg? See the Koufax comment. He has always been a part of my PC and it is very cool to get him on a card as a manager to add to that.

These nine guys, along with several of the others from the blasters, will go into my personal collection. Years from now, I hope I look at them and remember that my kids knew me well enough to get me cardboard for Father's Day.

*Note: I don't know why this didn't post *ON* Father's Day.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 084/085 - Frankly, I've been tearing up the town

Hello, everyone!

I did not post yesterday and I am posting VERY late today because, well, I've been ripping up the little town known as Los Santos. You might have heard of it. Eh, maybe not. Turns out, I have a 3-way split personality and each of them loves driving erratically, shooting up a bunch of people, and performing bizarre tasks for well-to-do thugs. Yes, I'm talking about GTA V for PC.

Is there a baseball stadium in GTA V? Hmm, I need to check that out.

In the meantime, here are two packs. One is 2003 Upper Deck Series 1 and the other is a custom pack in a 2015 Opening Day wrapper:

Eric Gagne - Dodgers - Free Agent
Carlos Lee - White Sox - Illinois Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Steve Cox - Rays - Free Agent
Aaron Boone - Reds - Jennings64 (Wahoo!!)
Magglio Ordonez - White Sox - Illinois Jafronius (Wahoo!! x2)
Marco Scutaro Star Rookie - Mets - Free Agent
Nomar Garciaparra - Red Sox - Thoughts and Sox (Wahoo!!)
Kirk Saarloos Star Rookie - Astros - Free Agent

Congratulations, Jafronius for getting two hits from the pack! Congrats as well to the other managers who scored hits. I was surprised Scutaro was still out there. I must be remembering from last season, I  guess.

The custom pack includes:

Placido Polanco 2013 Topps - Marlins - Free Agent
Shelby Miller 2013 Topps Archives - Cardinals - Maddings (Wahoo!!)
Roy Oswalt 2003 Topps Opening Day - Astros - Wastern Virginia Mutts (Wahoo!!)
Chris Davis 2015 Donruss - Orioles - Pedersejs (Wahoo!!)
Nolan Ryan 91 Donruss Highlights - Rangers - Saitama Sushi (Wahoo!!)
Kirk McCaskill 88 Donruss - Angels - Saitama Sushi (Wahoo!! Back-to-Back!)
Evan Longoria 2013 Topps Archives - Rays - TSHensons (Wahoo!!)
Richie Lewis 1993 Stadium Club - Marlins - Free Agent
Matt Shoemaker 2015 Donruss - Angels - Free Agent
Tom Wilhelmsen 2011 Topps- Mariners - Free Agent

Hey, hey! Sushi go back-to-back hits! Wahoo!! We also saw a nice collection of other managers get some cards too! Congrats to everyone.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 083/084 - Green with Envy

Hello, everyone! Thanks for tuning in after a short break yesterday. To make up for that, I am opening two packs today. Before we get started there, I wanted to let you know that I am starting to get the OOTP game caught up with current rosters, etc. That's going to take a couple days. I will also be sending out the draft for this week - nothing like being late AGAIN, eh!

First up: 2015 Heritage

Alex Cobb - Rays - Bo Rosnys (Wahoo!!)
Ryan Zimmerman - Nationals - CaptKirk42s (Wahoo!!)
Chris Coghlan - Cubs - Pedersejs (Wahoo!)
Michael Pineda - Yankees - Bo Rosnys (Wahoo!! x2)
Javier Baez New Age Performer - Cubs - Free Agent
Carlos Rivero/Dan Butler Rookie Stars - Red Sox - Free Agent/Free Agent
Chris Iannetta - Angels - Kentucky Quarrys (Wahoo!!)
Arismendy Alcantara - Cubs - Free Agent
David Peralta - Diamondbacks - Illinois Jafronius (Wahoo!!)

Congratulations, Bo Rosny, for getting to hits in this pack. And, congrats to the other managers who add more cards to their piles!

2013 Update:

Kevin Gregg - Cubs - Free Agent
Randy Choate - Cardinals - Free agent
Oliver Perez - Mariners - Free Agent
Jurickson Profar Rookie Card - Rangers - TSHensons (Wahoo!!)
Chris Colabello Green Foil - Twins - Jennings64 (Wahoo!!)
Justin Verlander Postseason Heroes - Tigers - Saitama Sushi (Wahoo!!)
Jonathan Villar - Astros - Free Agent
Shawn Kelley - Yankees - Free Agent
Yoervis Medina - Mariners - Free Agent
Ricky Nolasco - Dodgers - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)

Congratulations, everyone! That green Colabello is pretty cool! Nice one for Jennings64.

Monday, June 15, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 082 - Drafting and Busting Wax

Hello, everyone!
  I ran the draft for June 14, so the Managers/Players list is updated. Here are the randomized start and results lists for those that want to check things out:

Random List (No skunks at top):

The results:

I am WAY behind in the OOTP game, so I will have that posted/updated sometime Wednesday. I would love to have it done Tuesday, but between my daughter's two softball games and picking my Mom up from the airport, I just don't see it happening. Then again, you never can tell with bees...

Tonight's pack bust comes from a cello pack of Donruss '89:

Luis Medina - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent
Diamond Kings Set Checklist #27 - Checklist - CaptKirk42s (Wahoo!!)
Frank Viola - Twins - New Jersey Hadsalls (Wahoo!!)
Eric Plunk - A's - Free Agent
Mike LaCoss - Giants - Bo Rosnys (Wahoo!!)
Willie Upshaw - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent
Tom Glavine - Braves - Captain Canucks (Wahoo!!)
Jose DeJesus - Royals - Free Agent
Doug Drabek - Pirates - Free Agent
Bob Ojeda - Mets - Kentucky Quarrys (Wahoo!!)
Dennis Martinez - Expos - Illinois Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Warren Spahn Puzzle 43, 44, 45 - Braves - Pedersejs (Wahoo!!)
Warren Spahn Puzzle 52, 53, 54 - Braves - Pedersejs (Wahoo!! Back-to-Back!)
Tom Bolton - Red Sox - Free Agent
Cory Snyder - Indians (Wahoo!) - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!!)
RJ Reynolds - Pirates - Free Agent
Mike Boddicker - Red Sox - The Balking Dead (Wahoo!!)
Shawn Hillegas - White Sox - Joliet Convicts (Wahoo!!)
Dan Gladden - Twins - Pedersejs (Wahoo!! x3)
Alvin Davis MVP - Mariners - Free agent
Checklist # 200 - Checklist - CaptKirk42s (Wahoo!! x2)
Andy Hawkins - Padres - Free Agent
Jack Morris - Tigers - The Balking Dead (Wahoo!! x2)
Bob Knepper - Astros - Free agent
Gene Nelson - A's - Free Agent
Hal Morris - Yankees - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Neil Allen - Yankees - Free Agent
Mike Aldrete - Giants - Wilsons (Wahoo!!)
Jack Savage - Mets - Free Agent
Rafael Ramirez - Astros - Free Agent
Steve Bedrosian Diamond King - Phillies - Captain Canucks (Wahoo!! x2)
Scott May - Rangers - Free Agent
Mickey Hatcher - Dodgers - GCRLs (Wahoo!!)
Van Snider - Reds - Free Agent

Wow! We had several folks with two hits and Pedersejs not only got 3 hits, but scored a back-to-back with a puzzle! Nice job. We've certainly got plenty of free agents to draft!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 081 - Pays to be a J

Hello! Welcome to another edition of the Pack-a-Daily Circus. Tonight, we are barely squeezing in a post before midnight, so let's get rippin!

1991 Upper Deck:

John Ericks - Cardinals - Free Agent
Terry Lee - Reds - Free Agent
Devon White - Angels - Free Agent
Lloyd Moseby - Tigers - Free Agent
Wally Backman - Pirates - Eastern Virginia Mutts (Wahoo!!)
Jeffrey Leonard - Mariners - Free Agent
Brett Butler - Giants - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Jose Urilbe - Giants - Illinois Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Tom Herr - Mets - Night Owls (Wahoo!!)
Mark parent - Padres - Free Agent
Jose Offerman - Dodgers - Jennings64 (Wahoo!!)
Lonnie Smith - Braves - Wilsons (Wahoo!!)
Ron Oester - Reds - Free Agent
Mike Walker - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent
Dodgers Team Logo Sticker - Dodgers - Stealing Home (Wahoo!!)

Congratulations, managers! We had a nice distribution of owned players and free agents. Three of you all have "J" in your team name. I have no idea if there is significance there, but I can make it sound like there should be, right?

Saturday, June 13, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 079/080 - Two Two Hitters!

Hello, everyone! I spent the day with family moving a truckload of furniture from Little Rock to various points south. Luckily, I had lots of help and spent the loading portion mainly directing traffic, though i certainly put in elbow grease where needed.

Tonight, though, I am opening two packs because I think I forgot to post one yesterday. Where are my brains?

So, we have a pack of Topps 2008 and a pack of Topps 2015 Opening Day.

2008 Topps
Jonathan Papelbon - Red Sox - Thoughts and Sox (Wahoo!!)
Johan Santana - Twins - Northampton Therapists (Wahoo!!)
Mike Piazza - A's - Illinois Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
CC Sabathia Gold (1153/2008) - Indians (Wahoo!) - Bo Rosnys (Wahoo!!)
Maicer Izturis - Angels - Free Agent
Delmon Young - Rays - Saitama Sushi (Wahoo!!)
Kei Igawa - Yankees - Free Agent
Justin Morneau, Johan Santana, Joe Mauer - Twins - KY Quarrys (Wahoo!!), Northampton Therapists (Wahoo!! x2), Play at the Plates (Wahoo!!)
Manny Ramirez, Kevin Youkilis - Red Sox - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!), Free Agent
Dontrelle Willis - Tigers - Free Agent

Congrats to the Therapists for getting two hits - with the same player! Also, congrats to you other managers who add cards to your piles as well!

2015 Opening Day
Kyle Seager - Mariners - ProwlingCats (Wahoo!!)
Jimmy Rollins - Dodgers - Night owls (Wahoo!!)
Zack Wheeler Foil - Mets - New Jersey Hadsalls (Wahoo!!)
Angels Stadium Stadium Scenes - Angels - Free Agent
Allen Craig - Red Sox - Maddings (Wahoo!!)
Jorge Soler - Cubs - ProwlingCats (Wahoo!! x2)
Chris Tillman - Orioles - Free Agent

Well, for a minute there, I thought we were headed for a perfect pack. Then, I thought maybe we'd have one shy of perfection. Two free agents blew that for us, but we'll see those show up in the next draft. In the meantime, congratulations to ProwlingCats for grabbing 2 hits! Congrats to everyone else with its here, too. Nice job!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 078 - Back to the Future

Good evening, everyone! Tonight, we are going back to the future. Well, sorta. We're stepping back a couple days to the Bowman Box break. That is finished now, so you can jump over there after you read through this post. The link to the Bowman post is at the bottom of this one.

Tonight, let's open a pack of 1991 Donruss with Willie Stargell Puzzle. This is a very small pack of cards. Wow!

Stargell puzzle 55, 56, 57 - Pirates - The Balking Dead (Wahoo!!)
Diamond Kings Set Checklist #27 (1-26) - CaptKirk42s (Wahoo!!)
Barry Bonds Diamond Kings - Pirates - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Storm Davis - Royals - Free Agent

Nearly a perfect pack! Well, we did pull two Pirates out of the pack, so that's cool in my book. Congratulations, managers!

Link to Bowman Box Break: http://www.tribecards.net/2015/06/packadailycircus-069-76-hanging-ten.html

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 077 - Skip two my Bowman?

Hello, everyone!

I managed to leave the box of 2015 Bowman at work - AGAIN! In my defense, I spent the day out of my office, broadcasting live online for a new program that a colleague and I have launched called EduTechGuys. We ran a live show from 8a-4p in the lobby of the venue hosting the Corwin Student Voice and Student Engagement Institute hosted by Southwest Arkansas Education Cooperative where I work. It was a LOT of fun! In fact, we will be doing it again for Day 2 on Thursday, June 11 from 8a-4pm CST. Feel free to listen in at radio.edutechguys.com.

For tonight, I am opening a pack of cards and on Thursday night, I will finish the box! In fact, when I get to the office tomorrow, I will go straight to my office, grab the box and put it in my car.

So, let's bust some wax!

1987 Sportflics:

Jesse Barfield, Harold Baines, Dave Winfield AL Best RF - Blue Jays, White Sox, Yankees - Idaho Astros (Wahoo!!), Saitama Sushi (Wahoo!!), Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)

Buddy Bell - Reds - Free Agent
St Louis Cardinals Team Logo - Cardinals - Free Agent
Houston Astros Team Logo - Astros - Free Agent

Jesse Barfield - Blue Jays - Idaho Astros (Wahoo!! x2 - Same Player!)

Wow! Idaho Astros manage to pull the same player from two different cards. That's pretty cool! Now, remember, multi-player cards will be randomly handed to one of the owning managers. But, for the sake of scoring hits, it counts! Congrats to each manager scoring a hit here!

Man, Sportflics sure do make for weird scans...

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 069-76 - Hanging Eight (Packs, that is)

Hello, everyone! Sorry I did not post last night (Monday), but I hit the bed early so I could rise before the roosters to take Mom to the airport. She's headed to my hometown of Pittsburgh to see family and friends. After I dropped her off, made sure she got through TSA, and left, I headed for Wally World to grab some wax. Today, I am opening an entire box of 2015 Bowman. Yeap, just for the heck of it!

NOTE: Due to an operator error on my part, I left my packs at the office so I cannot finish this post right now. I will finish it on Wednesday and post additional packs and pictures!

Tanner Roark - Nationals - Free Agent
Lonnie Chisenhall - Indians (Wahoo!) - Play at the Plates (Wahoo!!)
Adeiny Hechavarria - Marlins - Free Agent
Domingo Santana Chrome - Astros - Free Agent
Marco Gonzales Chrome - Cardinals - SuperDupermen (Wahoo!!)
Avery Romero - Marlins - Free Agent
Jen-Ho Tseng - Cubs - Free Agent
Hunter Renfroe Mini Chrome (refractor?) - Padres - Free Agent
Justin Nicolino - Marlins - Free Agent
Yan Gomes - Indians (Wahoo!) - Arkansas Tribecards (Wahoo!!)

Two Indians cards in that pack! That mini Chrome is a very cool-looking card. We should be adding a bunch of free agents to the pot with these packs.

David Wright - Mets - New Jersey Hadsalls (Wahoo!!)
Jonathan Lucroy - Brewers - Thorzul (Wahoo!!)
Bryce Brentz - Red Sox - Free Agent
Mike Yastrzemski Chrome - Orioles - Free Agent
Chad Pinder - A's - Free Agent
Adrian Sampson - Pirates - Free Agent
Gabriel Quintana - Padres - Free Agent
Kevin Plawecki Chrome - Mets - Free Agent
Justin Turner - Dodgers - New Jersey Hadsalls (Wahoo!! x2)
Kyle Seager - Mariners - ProwlingCats (Wahoo!!) 

Great way to bust a pack! Start off with tow, end with two, stuff the middle with free agents including the grandson of Yaz!

Victor Martinez - Tigers - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Cory Spangenberg - Padres - Free Agent
Devin Mesoraco - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)
Rio Ruiz Chrome - Astros - Free Agent
TJ Chism - Mets - Free Agent
Jon Gray - Rockies - Free Agent
Jorge Mateo Blue 039/150 - Yankees - Free Agent
Jaycob Brugman - A's - Free Agent
Rob Kaminsky Chrome - Cardinals - SuperDupermen (Wahoo!!)
Josh Reddick - A's - Idaho Astros (Wahoo!!)

Congratulations, managers! That #'d blue border is pretty cool. I'm liking these Bowman cards - fun design, nice pics.

Anthony Ranaudo - Red Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
Anthony Rizzo - Cubs - Pedersejs (Wahoo!!)
Kevin Kiermaier - Rays - Idaho Astros (Wahoo!!)
Logan Moon Chrome - Royals - Free Agent
Nick Travieso Chrome - Reds - Free Agent
AJ Cole - Nationals - Free Agent
Gary Sanchez - Yankees - Free Agent
Aaron Sanchez Chrome Top 100 - Blue Jays - Free Agent
Andre Wheeler - White Sox - Free Agent
Alcides Escobar - Royals - Free Agent

Well, we started out strong and then fell off hard. Congrats to the three managers that snagged cards from this one!

Brad Ziegler - Diamondbacks - Free Agent
Jedd Gyorko - Padres - Free agent
Jorge Lopez Chrome - Brewers - Free Agent
Scott Schebler - Dodgers - Free Agent
Eric Haase - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent
Alcides Escobar Refractor - Royals - Free Agent
Aaron Slegers - Twins - Free agent
Touki Toussant Chrome - Diamondbacks - Free Agent
Rusney Castillo - Red Sox - Jennings64 (Wahoo!!)
Justin Morneau - Rockies - Kentucky Quarrys (Wahoo!!)

Wow! Talk about coming through in the clutch. Whew! We were close to getting shut out there for sure. Congrats to Jennings64 and KY Quarrys for saving our bacon!

Zack Greinke - Dodgers - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Jorge Soler - Cubs - ProwlingCats (Wahoo!!)
Dellin Betances - Yankees - Free Agent
Williams Perez Chrome - Braves - Free Agent
Francellis Montas - White Sox - Free Agent
Willy Adames - Rays - Free Agent
Joe Jackson - Rangers - Free Agent
Gabriel Quintana Chrome - Padres - Free Agent
Matt Barnes - Red Sox - Free Agent
Joey Votto - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)

Man, that looked like it was another strong start-fizzle, but Nachos Grande pulled one out at the end. Congrats to each of you for getting a player here!

Austin Jackson - Mariners - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)
Shin-Soo Choo - Rangers - Arkansas Tribecards (Wahoo!!)
Chris Owings - Diamondbacks - Free Agent
Austin Kubitza Chrome - Tigers - Free Agent
Nick Petree Chrome - Cardinals - Free Agent
Victor Reyes - Braves - Free Agent
Jorge Mateo - Yankees - Free Agent
Brandon Drury Chrome Mini - Diamondbacks - Free Agent
Trevor Frank - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent
Joc Pederson - Dodgers - Free Agent

Thankfully, we had two early hits from this pack, otherwise we would have been shut out! Congrats, you two for snagging a card each.

Danny Salazar - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent
Jarrod Saltamacchia - Marlins - Jennings64 (Wahoo!!)
Jacob DeGrom - Mets - Free Agent
Carlos Rodon Chrome - White Sox - Free agent
Jeremy Rhoades - Angels - Free Agent
Keury Mella - Giants - Free Agent
Roman Quinn - Phillies - Free Agent
Edmundo Sosa Chrome - Cardinals - Free Agent
Mookie Betts - Red Sox - Thoughts and Sox (Wahoo!!)
Matt Carpenter - Cardinals - SuperDupermen (Wahoo!!)

Nice finish after a 2nd-card hit to give us three players already drafted. Of course, that means we'll have plenty of free agents for the next draft!