Friday, July 31, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 135 - Ginter? I hardly knew 'er!

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen, our first pack of 2015 Allen and Ginter of the season! I stopped by "The Walmarts" (as it is often called down here for some reason) and grabbed a blaster box yesterday. Let's see what we have in Pack Numero Uno:

Ryan Braun - Brewers - Thorzul (Wahoo!!)
Zach Britton - Orioles - Free Agent
Yoenis Cespedes - Tigers - Pedersejs (Wahoo!!)
Lucas Duda Starting Point - Mets - New Jersey Hadsalls (Wahoo!!)
Shelby Miller Mini - Braves - Maddings (Wahoo!!)
Kelia Moniz - Surfer - Free Agent

Congratulations, managers! Our first Ginter nets us four hits and two free agents. I knew nothing about the surfer before I opened the pack and I know I know just above nothing about her. In today's world, that means I am now qualified to go on a news program and serve as an expert commentator. As for the other cards, those Starting Point cards are kinda cool.

Since I bought a blaster, we'll be seeing more A&G for sure. And, of course, I am participating in this season's Gint-A-Cuffs, so we will have a whole hobby box chock full of 'em before long.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 133-134 - One-Card Pack?

Hey everyone! Welcome to today's pack breaks or is it packs break? I am busting two packs, so whichever applies, go with that one. One pack, though, only has one card, I think. I'm not sure. Let's take a look.

First up, we have one of PatP's custom 2015 Series 2 packs. You know what that means: MOJO!

Tyler Clippard - A's - Free Agent
David Price - Tigers - TS Hensons (Wahoo!!)
Grady Sizemore - Phillies - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
AJ Griffin - A's - Free Agent
Jake Arrieta - Cubs - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Trevor Cahill 2013 Archives Game-Used Relic - Diamondbacks - Thoughts and Sox (Wahoo!!)
Dee Gordon - Marlins - Free Agent
Wilmer Flores - Mets - New Jersey Hadsalls (Wahoo!!)
Devon Travis - Blue Jays - Free Agent
AJ Pollock - Diamondbacks - Free Agent

Congratulations to Thoughts and Sox! What a great pull! We also extend out our hands in congrats to the other folks who pulled players from this pack.

Now, let's see what we have next. The pack says it is a 2015 Exclusive First Home Run Commemorative Relic Card. But, I believe this is another PatP custom, so I'm not sure what we'll find. Here we go...

Jason Grilli 2015 Topps Regular - Braves - Pennsylvania BCs (Wahoo!!)
Peter Bourjos 2015 Topps Regular - Cardinals - Super Dupermen (Wahoo!!)
Manny Machado metal MLB logo insert - Orioles - RJBreeze (Wahoo!!)
Robbie Grossman 2015 Topps Regular - Astros - Free Agent
Skip Schumaker 2015 Topps Regular - Reds - Free Agent

Brian tricked us! Hahaha, but in one of the coolest ways possible. That MLB batter logo is incredible. I am not a fan of manufactured relics usually, but that shiny piece of metal is fantastic! Congratulations, RJBreeze! And, as a surprise, congrats go out to the other two who pulled cards from a pack I thought was only going to have a single card in it. Can't complain there!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 124-132 - Busting Wide Open

Hello there, folks! I have LOTS of packs still left to open during the season, thanks to the generosity of readers who sent stuff for us to open!  Let's break open a bunch of packs. I don't even know how many it will be. I'll just start ripping and see where we stop. I will post this page after each pack, so it will keep updating as I rip packs. Why not, right? All scans will appear once all packs have been ripped.

1990 Donruss:
Carl Yastrzemski Puzzle 1, 2, 3 - Thoughts and Sox (Wahoo!!)
Brian Harvey - Angels - Free Agent
Jerry Reed - Mariners - Play at the Plates (Wahoo!!)
Terry Steinbeck - A's - Free Agent
Mike Fitzgerald - Expos - Eastern Virginia Mutts (Wahoo!!)
Kevin Mitchell All-Star - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Alex Sanchez - Blue Jays - Free Agent
Jerome Walton - Cubs - Free Agent
Mike Schmidt All-Time Great - Phillies - Eastern Virginia Mutts (Wahoo!! x2)
Matt Nokes - Tigers - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Jim Corsi - A's - Free Agent
Mike Kingery - Mariners - Free Agent
Ozzie Guillen - White Sox - Free Agent
Jamie Moyer - Rangers - Eastern Virginia Mutts (Wahoo!! x3)
John Olerud - Blue Jays - Kazis (Wahoo!!)
Tom Foley - Expos - Free Agent
Paul Molitor MVP - Brewers - Illinois Jafronius (Wahoo!!)

Wow! The Mutts ran away with that pack! Congratulations to EVM and to everyone else that pulled players from this one. The Molitor card was the bottom card, so it has a bit of Donruss wax and paper still attached to it.

2013 Topps Update Series:
Daniel Bard - Red Sox - Free Agent
Daisuke Matsuzaka - Indians (Wahoo!) - Alecs All-Stars (Wahoo!!)
Wade Davis - Royals - Free Agent
Brian Bogusevic - Cubs - Free Agent
Jason Giambi Gold (0326/2013) - Indians (Wahoo!) - Saitama Sushi (Wahoo!!)
Evan Longoria Postseason Heroes - Rays - TSHensons (Wahoo!!)
Rafael Betancourt - Rockies - Free Agent
Jose Iglesias - Tigers - Free Agent
Francisco Rodriguez - Orioles - New Jersey Hadsalls (Wahoo!!)
Zoilo Almonte - Yankees - Free Agent

Hey, we pulled a couple of nice inserts there! Congrats on adding those to your piles. Hopefully, you need those for your PCs.

Let's keep ripping!

1988 Donruss Cello Fat Pack (lots of cards, so I'm just typing lowercase - haha!)
kevin gross - phillies - night owls (wahoo!!)
sammy stewart - indians (wahoo!) - free agent
tim crews - dodgers - free agent
bill dawley - cardinals - free agent
rance mullinkins - blue jays - free agent
r.j. reynolds - pirates - captkirk42s (wahoo!!)
dennis martinez - expos - illinois jafronius (wahoo!!)
set checklist #200 - captkirk42s (wahoo!! x2)
rafael santana - mets - free agent
frank williams - reds - free agent
steve farr - royals - ventura county royals (wahoo!!)
stan musial puzzle 7,8,9 - wilsons (wahoo!!)
stan musial puzzle 55,56,57 - wilsons (wahoo!! back-to-back!)
bob knepper - astros - idaho astros (wahoo!!)
mark knudson - brewers - free agent
mike alredete - giants - wilsons (wahoo!! x3)
willie randolph - yankees - gcrls (wahoo!!)
dave righetti - yankees - pedersejs (wahoo!!)
rob nelson - padres - free agent
john moses - mariners - free agent
bob boone - angels - free agent
bentio santiago diamond kings - padres - the balking dead (wahoo!!)
set checklist #400 - captkirk42s (wahoo!! x3)
don sutton - angels - free agent
randy bush - twins - free agent
ozzie guillen - white sox - free agent
mike griffin - orioles - free agent
al pedrique - pirates - free agent
greg swindell - indians (wahoo!) - free agent
bob stanley - red sox - free agent
don robinson - giants - arpsmith (wahoo!)
darryl strawberry - mets - northampton therapists (wahoo!!)
pete incaviglia - rangers - pedersejs (wahoo!! x2)
mackey sasser rated rookie - pirates - free agent
jim lindeman - cardinals - free agent
jeff parrett - expos - free agent
willie upshaw - blue jays - saitama sushi (wahoo!!)
jose guzman - rangers - free agent

Whoa, we had several folks battling it out to be the hit king here. Wilsons went back-to-back then pulled a 3rd card, captkirks42s grabbed 3 cards, and pedersejs snap up a couple. In the meantime, lots of other folks were able to get cards as well. But, man did we add a bunch of cards to the free agent pile - though, some of those are actually in the current draft).

I still have LOTS of those 1991 Upper Deck packs that were donated to us, so I will rip open...four... in this one section:
john barfield - rangers - free agent
bob walk - pirates - pennsylvania bcs (wahoo!!)
george bell - blue jays - kazis (wahoo!!)
matt young - mariners - kentucky quarrys (wahoo!!)
francisco cabrera - braves - captain canucks (wahoo!!)
steve wilson - cubs - free agent
chris hoiles - orioles - free agent
jose offerman - dodgers - jennings64 (wahoo!!)
jack howell - angels - free agent
bip roberts - padres - free agent
mark grace - cubs - illinois jafronius (wahoo!!)
keith miller - mets - free agent
dave stewart checklist - a's - arpsmith (wahoo!!)
chuck knoblauch - twins - idaho astros (wahoo!!)
allan anderson - twins - eastern virginia mutts (wahoo!!)
shawn boskie - cubs - free agent
brook fordyce top prospect - mets - dominic fdny (wahoo!!)
kelly gruber checklist - blue jays - free agent
orel hershiser - dodgers - enamel rods (wahoo!!)
kevin appier - royals - free agent
walt weiss - a's - saitama sushi (wahoo!!)
billy hatcher - reds - free agent
steve howard - a's - free agent
wes gardner - red sox - free agent
mike moore - a's - captkirk42s (wahoo!!)
marquis grissom - expos - cobb county superchickens (wahoo!!)
dave justice - braves - saitama sushi (wahoo!! x2)
ed whitson - padres - backstop cards (wahoo!!)
jim gantner - brewers - bo rosnys (wahoo!!)
mike benjamin - giants - free agent
montreal expos team logo - captkirk42s (wahoo!! x2)
scott radinsky - white sox - free agent
mike marshall - red sox - free agent
orel hershiser - dodgers - enamel rods (wahoo!! x2, double)
david wells - blue jays - kazis (wahoo!! x2)
dale murphy - phillies - cobb county superchickens (wahoo!! x2)
jesse barfield - yankees - idaho astros (wahoo!! x2)
lee smith - cardinals - ventura county royals (wahoo!!)
craig wilson - cardinals - free agent
wally whitehurst - mets - free agent
tony fernandez - blue jays - pedersejs (wahoo!!)
greg colbrunn top rookie - expos - free agent
bobby thigpen - white sox - soxfan4life (wahoo!!)
roger salkeld top prospect - mariners - free agent
mike benjamin - giants - free agent
chuck knoblauch - twins - idaho astros (wahoo!! x3, double)
wilfredo cordero top prospect - expos - free agent
garry templeton - padres - saitama sushi (wahoo!! x3)
otis nixon - expos - idaho astros (wahoo!! x4)
harold baines - a's - saitama sushi (wahoo!! x4)
shane mack - twins - free agent
henry cotto - mariners - free agent
fred lynn - padres - dominic fdny (wahoo!! x2)
rafael ramirez - astros - captain canucks (wahoo!! x2)
mark lemke - braves - captain canucks (wahoo!! x3, back-to-back!)
rick sutcliffe - cubs - enamel rods (wahoo!! x3)
oil can boyd - expos - thorzul (wahoo!!)
mike devereaux - orioles - kentucky quarrys (wahoo!! x2)
bill landrum - pirates - free agent
wayne edwards - white sox - soxfan4life (wahoo!! x2)
white sox team logo - the balking dead (wahoo!!)

Is that the longest streak of single hits we've had!? We went 14 hits before the Sushi managed to pulled a second player. That is awesome! And, once that was done, we went on a tear of hits, with several folks getting doubles! We had a LOT of managers who had multiple hits - lots of x2 and x3 with the idaho astros and saitama sushi duking it out for a tie with 4 hits each!

Now that we have that out of our system, how about a couple custom packs? First up, one from PatP - 2013 Opening Day-ish:
joe orsulak 86 donruss - pirates - free agent
asdrubal cabrera 2013 archives - indians (wahoo!) - jacksonville jobu (wahoo!!)
steve farr 88 donruss - royals - ventura county royals (wahoo!!)
billy hatcher 89 topps - astros - free agent
brett cecil tristar prospects plus pro debut - blue jays - kazis (wahoo!!)
milwuakee brewers franchise history - free agent
tom candiotti 89 topps - indians (wahoo!) - arkansas tribecards (wahoo!!)
rafael betancourt - rockies - free agent
andrew mccutchen 2013 archives - pirates - pennsylvania bcs (wahoo!!)
dwight gooden all-star 88 topps - mets - northampton therapists (wahoo!!)

I love the mix of players and cards in this custom pack. Hey, I even managed to snag a player! Wahoo!!

If you haven't seen your name come up yet, here's hoping the last pack of the day brings good fortune your way!

Our last pack of the day comes from BoPacks!
fernando ramsey 93 ud - cubs - free agent
rick aguilera 92 score select - twins - jacksonville jobu (wahoo!!)
chad mottola 93 ud top prospect - reds - free agent
calvin murray 93 ud top prospect - giants - free agent
mark carreon 93 ud - giants - free agent
howard johnson 93 ud - mets - free agent
cris carpenter 93 ud - marlins - maddings (wahoo!!)
dickie thon 93 ud - brewers - free agent
kelly gruber 93 ud - angels - free agent
white sox mini logo - the balking dead (wahoo!!)
yankees mini logo - stealing home (wahoo!!)
wally joyner 90 Ames All-Stars - angels - alecs all-stars (wahoo!!)
richard batchelor rookie - 94 fleer ultra - cardinals - free agent
ozzie guillen 07topps - white sox - free agent
hank blalock 07 topps - rangers - play at the plates (Wahoo!!)
rudy law 93 topps - white sox - free agent
scott tedder 89 star blue - white sox - free agent
greg becker 89 star red - cardinals - free agent
mike simms 89 star red - astros - free agent
brett butler 92 score all-star - dodgers - jacksonville jobu (wahoo!! x2)
rich renteria 94 fleer - marlins - free agent
tommy herr 88 donruss - cardinals - night owls (wahoo!!)

That is the way to end the day - on a hit! That Ames oddball is pretty slick as is the Brett Butler big headed card. Congrats to everyone that pulled players today! If your name didn't come up, hopefully you'll pull cards in the next break!

I'll post scans later today (Saturday).

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 24, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - Draft Update

Managers, please check your email. I set up the draft for this past week and then promptly forgot to tell anyone! Lovely. So, we will have TWO drafts this week. I sent an email to all managers with the info for the first draft that will run late on July 31st.  I will have another draft that will run on Saturday, August 1st.

I will revisit the No Skunk lists to who is up this draft and next.

Later tonight (Friday, July 24), I am busting a BUNCH of packs to help fill up the 2nd draft's free agent pool. Either that, or we'll have a ton of cards to be added to manager stacks! Either way, we win.

Be looking for a mega break later tonight. In fact, I may do it "live" and simply update the page after each pack or so. You never know with me.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 123 - The Captain Goes Back-to-Back!

Hey there and welcome! Tonight, I have a PatP custom, but this one is a 2015 Series One pack. Let's see what cardboard goodness awaits:

aroldis chapman 2015 donruss - reds - nachos grande (Wahoo!!)
mike schooler '90 UD - Mariners - Free Agent
ron darling diamond kings 87 donruss- mets - captkirk42s (Wahoo!!)
miguel montero 2013 archives - diamondbacks - free agent
joc pederson 2015 donruss - dodgers - play at the plates (Wahoo!!)
scott coolbaugh 90 donruss - rangers - ventura county royals (Wahoo!!)
jacoby ellsbury 2013 archives - red sox - captain canucks (Wahoo!!)
rafael ramirez 89 fleer - astros - captain canucks (Wahoo!! back-to-back!)
paul molitor 94 sportflics - blue jays - illinois jafronius (Wahoo!!)
everth cabrera 2015 donruss - padres - jennings64 (Wahoo!!)

Congratulations to the Captain for getting back-to-back cards! Congrats to everyone else that got cards, too! We only had two free agents here.

Speaking of free agents, I will send out the draft list for this week. Sorry it is late!

Monday, July 20, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 122 - #ShowYourHits Shirt Off His Back

Good evening, everyone. I hope you had a great Monday! I've started a new online radio program with a couple colleagues: We broadcast live each Wednesday from 3p-4p CST, but you can hear previous shows by going to the link and clicking on Showreels. We talk educational technology and have special guests nearly every week. It's been a TON of fun getting back into the "radio" world.

Maybe I need to start up a Tribecards Radio program! Haha!

Well, until then, you're stuck with me opening packs. Tonight, we have another custom from Brian!

Ender Inciarte - Diamondbacks - Free Agent
Jose Abreu - White Sox - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Max Scherzer - Nationals - Idaho Astros (Wahoo!!)
Torii Hunter - Twins - Jennings64 (Wahoo!!)
Jose Pirela - Yankees - Free Agent
CC Sabathia 09 A&G Jersey Relic - Yankees - Bo Rosnys (Wahoo!!)
Jarrod Parker - A's - Free Agent
Luke Hochevar - Royals - Free Agent
David Freese - Angels - Wilsons (Wahoo!!)
Kevin Gausman - Orioles - Jacksonvilee Jobu (Wahoo!! x2)

The Jobu lead off and then finish out the pack! Nice work! Meanwhile, how about that Sabathia jersey card!? That's what I'm talking about. Brian has done a killer job putting these custom packs together! Thanks again!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

#PackADailyCircus 120-121 - Draft Results and Two Packs

Hey everyone! I went to my cousin's wedding on Saturday and by the time we got home, I got out of my clothes and went straight to bed. I don't even remember getting out of my clothes, actually. No, I hadn't had too much to drink - I gave up drinking going on 25 years now), it was almost midnight and we'd had a long day.

So, I just ran the draft for this previous week. Let's take a look!

Here is what things looked like after setting the NO SKUNKS and randomizing everyone else:

Then, we ran the draft, and here is how everyone fared. I really wanted Asdrubal. Dang it.

Congrats to everyone that participated! I hope you managed to snag a player or two for your collection!

Tonight, I have two packs of 1991 Upper Deck:

Ron Darling - Mets - CaptKirk42s (Wahoo!!)
Gary Redus - Pirates - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Dave Hollins - Phillies - Free Agent
Chris Gwynn - Dodgers - Free Agent
Dave Martinez - Expos - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!! x2)
Dave Henderson - A's - Free Agent
Bip Roberts - Padres - Free Agent
Eric Plunk - Yankees - Alecs All-Stars (Wahoo!!)
Shawn Boskie - Cubs - Free Agent
Mel Rojas - Expos - CaptKirk42s (Wahoo!! x2)
Chris Hoiles - Orioles - Free Agent
Dennis Cook - Dodgers - Free Agent
Jim Deshaies - Astros - Free Agent
Jeff Parrett - Braves - Free agent
Minnesota Twins Team Logo - Free Agent
Gary Scott - Cubs - Saitama Sushi (Wahoo!!)

Congratulations to CaptKirk42s and Ventura County Royals for each scoring two hits from this pack! Saitama Sushi and Alecs All-Stars snuck in there to grab a couple cards. I am surprised BIP is a free agent! Welp, I guess someone is getting Bipped here soon!

Geronimo Pena - Cardinals - Maddings (Wahoo!!)
Brent Mayne - Royals - Free Agent
Phil Plantier - Red Sox - Free Agent
George Bell - Blue Jays - Kazis (Wahoo!!)
Edgar Martinez - Mariners - Backstop Cards (Wahoo!!)
Set Checklist 101-150 - CaptKirk42s (Wahoo!!)
Frank Viola - Mets - New Jersey Hadsalls (Wahoo!!)
Ivan Calderon - White Sox - SoxFan4Life (Wahoo!!)
Alan Mills - Yankees - Jennings64 (Wahoo!!)
Tom Gordon - Royals - Nachos Grandes (Wahoo!!)
Jesse Barfield - Yankees - Idaho Astros (Wahoo!!)
Randy Myers - Reds - New Jersey Hadsalls (Wahoo!! x2)
Walt Terrell - Tigers - Free Agent
Wes Chamberlain - Phillies - Free Agent
Steve Farr - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Los Angels Dodgers Team Logo - Stealing Home (Wahoo!!)

Well, lookie there! Congrats to the Hadsalls for pulling two cards. Congrats to everyone else for scarfing up most of the rest of the pack! This pack is like a mirror image of the other one. Weird, eh!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 115-119 - It's a Pack-A-Palooza!

I've been so far off and out of my pack-busting game lately, I thought I would jump in with a slew of packs today. Let's ramp up our player stacks and, hopefully, build a nice-sized pile of free agents to be drafted.

Here we go!

1996 Fleer White Sox
Tony Phillips - White Sox - Idaho Astros (Wahoo!!)
Dave Martinez - White Sox - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Ron Karkovice - White Sox - Free Agent
Roberto Hernandez - White Sox - Free Agent
Chris Snopek - White Sox - Free Agent
Lyle Mouton - White Sox - Free Agent
Darren Lewis - White Sox - Free Agent
White Sox Team Logo - Free Agent
Matt Karchner - White Sox - Free Agent

Well, we started off with a couple hits, but then whiffed. On the other hand, we've certainly kicked off the free agent pile with a bang!

1991 UD
Tom Pagnozzi - Cardinals - Free Agent
Henry Rodriguez - Dodgers - Illinois Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Gene Larkin - Twins - Free Agent
Omar Vizquel - Mariners - Alecs All-Stars (Wahoo!!)
Dick Schofield - Angels - Kazis (Wahoo!!)
Ramon Martinez - Dodgers - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!!)
BJ Surhoff - Brewers - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
Scott Lusader - Tigers - Free Agent
Ted Power - Pirates - The Balking Dead (Wahoo!!)
Andre Dawson - Cubs - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Craig Wilson - Cardinals - Free Agent
Chili Davis - Angels - Arpsmith (Wahoo!! x2)
Alex Fernandez - White Sox - Free Agent
Johnny Ray - Angels - Idaho Astros (Wahoo!!)
Baltimore Orioles Team Logo - CaptKirk42s (Wahoo!!)

There we go! Arpsmith grabs two hits and several other folks add cards to their stacks. We pulled a couple free agents, one of which I've never heard: Lusader. He's new to me.

1987 Topps Cello (48 cards!)
Lou Whitaker All Star - Tigers - Pennsylvania BCs (Wahoo!!)
Nick Esasky - Reds - Free Agent
Steve Balboni - Royals - Free Agent
Mike Fischlin - Yankees - Free Agent
Randy St. Claire - Expos - Free Agent
Juan Agosto - Twins - Kentucky Quarrys (Wahoo!!)
Kirk McCaskill - Angels - Saitama Sushi (Wahoo!!)
Jesse Barfield - Blue Jays - Idaho Astros (Wahoo!!)
Rich Bordi - Orioles - Free Agent
Brook Jacoby - Indians (Wahoo!) - Arkansas Tribecards (Wahoo!!)
Rafael Santana - Mets - Free Agent
Rick Mahler - Braves - Free Agent
Jim Winn- Pirates - Free Agent
Bob Horner - Braves - Free Agent
Paul Molitor - Brewers - Illinois Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Randy Bush - Twins - Free Agent
Bob Welch - Dodgers - Free Agent
Bob Melvin - Giants - Jennings64 (Wahoo!!)
Joe Price - Reds - Free Agent
A's Leaders - Oakland A's - Free Agent
Doug Corbett - Angels - Free Agent
Pat Corrales - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent
Dennis Powell - Dodgers - Free agent
Dave Righetti Record Breaker - Yankees - Pedersejs (Wahoo!!)
Bill Gullickson - Reds - Free Agent
Jimy Williams - Blue Jays - Free Agent
Len Matuszek - Dodgers - Free Agent
Bobby Meacham - Yankees - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Carmen Castillo - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent
Jim Fregosi - White Sox - Free Agent
Dwight lowery - Tigers - Free Agent
Tom kelly - Twins - Free Agent
Chris Speier - Cubs - Free Agent
Andy Allanson Rookie All-Star - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent
Tim Stoddard - Yankees - Free Agent
Dave Schmidt - White Sox - Eastern Virginia Mutts (Wahoo!!)
Gary Ward - Rangers - Play at the Plates (Wahoo!!)
George Hendrick - Angels - Free Agent
Steve Buechele - Rangers - Play at the Plates (Wahoo!! x2)
Dan Quisenberry - Royals - Free Agent
Jose Canseco Rookie All-Star - A's - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
Ozzie Smith - Cardinals - Maddings (Wahoo!!)
Todd Worrell Record Breaker - Cardinals - Free Agent
Mike Birkbeck - Brewers - Free Agent
Johnny Ray - Pirates - Idaho Astros (Wahoo!! x2)
Tommy John - Yankees - GCRLs (Wahoo!!)
Gary Lucas - Angels - Free Agent
Eric Davis - Reds - Northampton Therapists (Wahoo!!)
Keith Hernandez All-Star - Mets - Free Agent
Bill Campbell - Tigers - Free Agent
Tom Brunansky - Twins - Maddings (Wahoo!! x2)

Hey there! A few folks managed to get multiple hits and I even scored a player! Congrats to everyone who took home a card here. We actually had a pretty nice distribution.

1991 UD
Bob Tewksbury - Cardinals - Super Dupermen (Wahoo!!)
Tony Pena Sr - Red Sox - Free Agent
Jerome Wilson - Cubs - Free Agent
Chuck Crim - Brewers - Free Agent
Danny jackson - Reds - Free Agent
Chuck Finley - Angels - Alecs All-Stars (Wahoo!!)
Fred McGriff - Blue jays - Backstop cards (Wahoo!!)
Steve Karsay - Blue jays - Alecs All-Stars (Wahoo!! x2)
Cory Snyder - indians (Wahoo!) - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!!)
Casey Candaele - Astros - Arkansas tribecards (Wahoo!!)
Lloyd Moseby - Tigers - Kazis (Wahoo!!)
Junior ortiz - Twins - Free Agent
Bernard Gilkey - Cardinals - Wilsons (Wahoo!!)
Steve Karsay - Blue Jays - Alecs All-Stars (Wahoo!! x3)
Nolan Ryan Baseball Hoeroes - Rangers - Saitama Sushi (Wahoo!!)
Montreal Expos Team Logo - CaptKirk42s (Wahoo!!)

Well, Alecs All-Stars snag three hits by grabbing Karsay twice in the same pack. Seems weird that Jackson and Junior are on the free agent list. Guess we'll take care of that soon!

Upper Deck Red Sox Team Pack (25 cards)
Manny Ramirez 07 Series 2 - Red Sox - jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
David Ortiz 07 UD Masterpieces - Red Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
Dustin Pedroia 07 Series 1 - Red Sox - RJBreeze (Wahoo!!)
Coco Crisp 07 Series 2 - Red Sox - Idaho Astros (Wahoo!!)
Daisuke Matsuzaka 07 Artifacts - Red Sox - Alecs All-Stars (Wahoo!!)
Josh Beckett 07 Series 2 - Red Sox - GCRLs (Wahoo!!)
JD Drew 07 Series 2 - Red Sox - Maddings (Wahoo!!)
Mike Lowell 08 Series 1 - Red Sox - Free Agent
Kevin Youkilis 07 Series 2 - Red Sox - Free Agent
Julian Tavarez 08 Series 1 - Red Sox - Free Agent
Carlton Fisk 07 SP Legendary Cuts - Red Sox - Thoughts and sox (Wahoo!!)
David Ortiz 07 Future Stars - Red Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!! x2)
Manny ramirez 07 Series 1 - Red Sox - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!! x2)
Hideki Okajima 08 Series 1 - Red Sox - Thorzul (Wahoo!!)
Curt Schilling 07 Future Stars - Red Sox - Alecs All-Stars (Wahoo!! x2)
David Ortiz 07 Series 1 - Red Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!! x3)
Bobby Doerr 07 Masterpieces - Red Sox - Eastern Virginia Mutts (Wahoo!!)
Wade Boggs 07 SP Legendary Cuts - Red Sox - Northampton Therapists (Wahoo!!)
Jonathan Papelbon 07 Series 1 - Red Sox - Thoughts and Sox (Wahoo!! x2)
Manny Ramirez 08 Series 1 - Red Sox - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Carlton Fisk 07 Masterpieces - Red Sox - Thoughts and Sox (Wahoo!! x3)
Curt Schilling 07 Series 1 - Red Sox - Alecs All-Stars (Wahoo!! x3)
Cy Young 07 Legendary Cuts - Red Sox - Thoughts and Sox (Wahoo!! x4)
Carl Yastrzemski 07 Masterpieces - Red Sox - Thoughts and Sox (Wahoo!! x5, Back-to-Back!)
Daisuke Matsuzaka 08 Series 1 - Alecs All-Stars (Wahoo!! x4)

Wow! Thoughts & Sox and Alecs All-Stars battled it out through the whole pack. T&S hung in there though, not only garnering the most hit in the pack, but also managed to go back-to-back! Congratulations to all of you that got cards from this pack, and especially to those of you who snagged multiple cards here. How is Youkilis still a free agent?? That seems impossible. I've searched my documents, though, and it seems to be true. I am still shaking my head.

Well, that wraps that up! We pulled about 68 hits and 53 free agents. Not bad at all.

**Pictures will be posted over the weekend**

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 114 - Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday! Er, that is aimed at my daughter who officially earned the title of "teenager." We surprised her, or well, tried to surprise her, while she is away with friends. Unfortunately, we ended up spoiling the surprise because we had to ask for directions (not exactly right, but close enough for a public post).

In any case, because of our surprise trip, I didn't get a post in on Tuesday. So, here we go! This is a BoPack!

Midre Cummings 93 UD - Pirates - Free Agent
Mark McGwire 93 UD Award Winner - A's - Wilsons (Wahoo!!)
Ricky Jordan 93 UD - Phillies - Free Agent
Greg W Harris 93 UD - Padres - Free Agent
Chico Walker 93 UD - Mets - Free Agent
Junior Felix 93 UD - Marlins - Saitama Sushi (Wahoo!!)
Bob Ojeda 93 UD - Indians (Wahoo!) - Kentucky Quarrys (Wahoo!!)
Rod Beck 89 Star Yellow - Giants - Free Agent
Larry Luebbers 93 Ultra - Reds - Free Agent
Jim Leyland 06 Topps - Tigers - Free Agent
Jim Leyland 07 Topps - Tigers - Free Agent
Jose Cruz 80 Topps - Astros - Free Agent
Ron Stephens 89 Star Blue - White Sox - Free Agent
Anthony Barron 89 Star Yellow - Free Agent
Wally Joyner 95 Stadium Club - Royals - Alecs All-Stars (Wahoo!!)
Tony Gwynn Sr 90 Score Dream Team - Padres - Backstop Cards (Wahoo!!)
Dave Valle 94 Fleer - Mariners - Free Agent
Joe Sambito 82 Donruss - Astros - Free Agent
Wally Joyner 93 Triple Play Action - Royals - Alecs All-Stars (Wahoo!! x2)
Dave Stieb 92 Score Select - Blue Jays - Cobb County Superchickens (Wahoo!!)

I love these custom packs from folks! Talk about walking down memory lane. How about a 1980 Topps? Or the Dream Team Gwynn? Or maybe a Triple Play Action game card? Yeap, we got 'em all here. Congratulations to Alecs All-Stars for getting two hits and to each of the other managers who pulled players for their stacks here. On the other side, we have a lot of fresh faces for the next free agent draft.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 113 - Mojo Rays Do Not Burn!

Hey everyone! Hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday! Today, I have another custom PatP pack for ya:

Mark Buehrle - Blue Jays - Northampton Therapists (Wahoo!!)
Robbie Grossman - Astros - Free Agent
Kyle Gibson - Twins - Bo Rosnys (Wahoo!!)
Micah Johnson - White Sox - Free Agent
Matt Szczur - Cubs - Free Agent
Jimmy Rollins - Dodgers - Night Owls (Wahoo!!)
Jonny Gomes 08 UD Series 2 Jersey - Rays - Thoughts and Sox (Wahoo!!)
Cameron Maybin - Padres - Free Agent
Matt Clark - Brewers - Free Agent
Rafael Montero - Mets - Free Agent

Wahoo!! What a sweet jersey card for Thoughts and Sox! I actually like the way UD did their jersey cards: big player photo, little jersey. It's hard to believe Jimmy Rollins is still kickin it, too. I feel like he's been around forever, even though it's only (haha, "only") been about 15 years.  Congrats to everyone pulling managers today.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 112 - Still Playing catch-up - BIG Hall-of-Famers!

Hey, everyone! After a visit to the doctor to rule out some kind of freak summertime flu, I was given some VERY strong meds which rendered me useless (but entertaining, if you ask the family) thus I was in no condition to post. We aren't sure what I have, but at least I am recovered enough to bust open some wax. What better way to get back into the swing of things that to break open a pack of 1990 Topps BIG! Er, before i do: I will roll out a draft this weekend and I am seriously hoping to have us caught up with OOTP before the weekend gets away from me. Yes, I know, i said that before...

Dennis Eckersley - A's - Illinois Jafronius (Wahoo!!) - Now THAT is how to kick things off, for sure! How about a little Eck action!!

Willie Wilson - Royals - Free Agent - Another surprise free agent. Welp, he'll be in the hunt for sure if I can verify his eligibility!

Andre Dawson - Cubs - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!) - Another great pull, another HOF'er! This is a BIG pack, indeed.

Jeff Hamilton - Dodgers - Free Agent - According to the back, he loves(-ed) bowling. "Here, I prefer strikes" it says. So witty, those Topps writers.

Mike Gallego - A's - Free Agent - The second A's player to make an appearance. This one is up for grabs.

Pat Tabler - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!) - Unfortunately for our third hit, he was never even considered for the HOF. But, it makes a great card to add to the VC Royals stack!

Eric Davis - Reds - Northampton Therapists (Wahoo!!) - Davis was considered for the HOF in 2007, but fell very, very short of getting enough votes. Like Tabler, though, this card makes for a nice addition to the Therapists collection.

Billy Spiers - Brewers - Free Agent - "Bill" as he listed in several online venues was never invited to the HOF ballot. As a side note, according to the back of his card, in 1986 he hit .418 for the Alaska League. Talk about your hot streak... (I'm trying to hone my Topps writing skills, you see?)

Congrats to HOF-nabing managers and to the other who will get some cool cards for their collections!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - Lagging behind... Worth the wait!? You AUTO believe it!

Hey there folks! I don't know what breath-clogging spell Dallas cast upon me, but it has absolutely taken me for a loop - and not the good kind that my kids and I experienced at Sea World in San Antonio over vacation.

In any case, I missed Monday's post without even realizing it. Man, does this sound like whining? Haha, in my current state, it does. So, enough whining. Let's get ripping!

This is a custom pack from Brian (Play at the Plate) that he gave us during our meet-up. I can't wait to see what's in here:

Anthony Desclafani - Reds - Free Agent
Eduardo Nunez - Twins - Eastern Virginia Mutts (Wahoo!!)
Will Venable - Padres - Free Agent
Chase Anderson - Diamondbacks - Free Agent
Asdrubal Cabrera - Rays - Free Agent (Umm, hmm...)
Victor Martinez - Tigers - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Lance Broadway 2007 Highlights AUTO - White Sox - New Jersey Hadsalls (Wahoo!!)
Tyson Ross - Padres - Backstop Cards (Wahoo!!)
Brett Bochy - Giants - Free Agent
Andrew Chafin - Diamondbacks - Free Agent
Milwaukee Brewers Team Card - Brewers - Free Agent

All the cards are 2015 except for the autograph. Speaking of.. WHOA! Man, what a cool card! Congrats to the Hadsalls for that gem. Let's also give a shout out to the other managers who added cards to their stacks, too. I am very, very surprised that Asdrubal is a free agent. I will double-check once my head is cleared up, but so far he is wide open for the taking.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 109/110 - GCRL packs em in

Hello, everyone!

Before I go any further, I want to give a H-U-G-E shout out to dayf for taking over the reins this past week while I was on vacation! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate you offering to post while I enjoyed time with the family and got to meet Play at the Plate!

Sorry I did not post on the 4th, but I ended up with some kind of cold or something and was basically knocked out from the time we got home until about 2pm on Sunday.

When I got back, I had a bubbleope from GCRL! Inside, a stack of Indians cards (wow, I am soooo behind on posting the great cards folks have been sending me!) and several packs for us to open.

So, tonight, I am opening one pack of 1996 Fleer Dodgers and one pack of 1996 Fleer White Sox!

Brett Butler - Dodgers - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Todd Worrell - Dodgers - Free Agent
Mike Piazza - Dodgers - Illinois Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Antonio Osuna - Dodgers - Free Agent
Hideo Nomo - Dodgers - Night Owls (Wahoo!!)
Ramon Martinez - Dodgers - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!!)
Todd Hollandsworth - Dodgers - Free Agent
Greg Gagne - Dodgers - GCRLs (Wahoo!!)
Delino DeShields - Dodgers - Free Agent
Tom Candiotti - Dodgers - Arkansas Tribecards (Wahoo!!)

Congratulations, managers! It's always good to see the person who sent the packs pull a players, and I am always partial to any pack that adds a player to my own stack!

Let's try some White Sox:

Ron Karkovice - White Sox - Free Agent
Roberto Hernandez - White Sox - Free Agent
Alex Fernandez - White Sox - Free Agwnt
Jason Bere - White Sox - Free Agent
Robin Ventura - White Sox - Free Agent
Danny Tartabull - White Sox - Captain Canucks (Wahoo!!)
Chris Snopek - White Sox - Free Agent
Lyle Mouton - White Sox - Free Agent
Darren Lewis - White Sox - Free Agent
Chicago White Sox Team Logo - Free Agent

Robin Ventura is a free agent? I checked all my files and it seems that is so. That just seems weird. Same with Cuddyer from the other day. I looked and came up empty. Well, thanks to the Captain for saving us from a shut out pack!!

Friday, July 3, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 106 -108 - Pinch Hit Weirdo Packs

Wahoo! This week's almost over! In case you missed it, fearless leader met one of the managers today, so go check it out! If you didn't miss it, go click on it again and boost the blog numbers. Today is WEIRDO day on Pack A Daily Circus. Because after a week or ripping and working I'm feeling a bit squirrelly. We've got three oddball packs from 1995-2002 that didn't fit in with the other posts. It's the Island of Misfit Packs! First up, some SUPER HIGH END PREMIUM PRODUCT - 1995 Select Certified!

Mike Mussina - Orioles - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Orlando Miller Rookie - Astros - Free Agent
Darren Daulton - Phillies - Eastern Virginia Mutts (Wahoo!!)
Barry Larkin - Reds - Nachos Grandes (Wahoo!!)
Jon Nunnally Rookie - Royals - Free Agent
Kirk Gibson - Tigers - Pedersejs (Wahoo!!)
Mike Piazza Checklist - Dodgers - Illinois Jafronius (Wahoo!!)

Blogger is celebrating Weirdo day by rotating the wrapper even though it's right side up on my hard drive. The wrapper is actually really nice, it's a little cardboard box with a slidey part that protects a clear plastic wrapper holding 6 foily-shiny premium cards + 1 checklist. Managers nabbed some pretty good cards out of this one although the rookies are still up for grabs!

Next up a really weird one... 2001 Royal Rookies

Mark Roberts Futures - White Sox - Free Agent
Bert Snow Boys of Summer - A's - Free Agent
Todd Helton Amazing - Rockies - Kentucky Quarrys (Wahoo!!)
Alex Rodriguez Wall Street - Mariners - Bo Rosnys (Wahoo!!)
Travis Dawkins Blue Chips Promo - Reds

Woohoo! The two best players got snagged by managers! I know almost nothing about this set other than:
1) Every card looks completely different
2) Most cards are minor leaguers no one's heard of
3) These ugly silver packs were all over repack boxes about 10 years ago
4) You could pull an AUTOGRAPH (lolnope)
5) You can very easily find these autographs in junk boxes now
6) They put promo cards in wax packs??
Yeah this set is weird.

That pack may have been too weird. Let's have a perfectly normal pack full of well-designed good looking cards. That happen to be En Espanol.

Manny Ramirez Poster - Red Sox - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Jason Kendall - Pirates - Free Agent
Charles Johnson - Marlins - Free Agent
Barry Zito - A's - Illinois Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Nomar Garciaparra - Red Sox - Thoughts and Sox (Wahoo!!)
Rodrigo Rosario Novato - Astros - Free Agent
Manny Ramirez Nacion de Origen - Red Sox - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)

Man-Ram Caliente Paquete! Jobu comes through with a poster and an insert! This really is a great looking set and if you ever find a set or some packs I highly recommend picking it up. There's three cards here you can pick up if you choose. 

One more day for me! Since tomorrow's a holiday and I am working AND going to a ballgame I'm not exectly sure when the Grand Finale will be posted but I'll post it eventually!

Meeting Play at the Plate!

This morning, I got to meet fellow card blogger, Brian, known as Play at the Plate! We spent some time talking work, card shops, and collecting/trading.

It was so cool to meet Brian and I hope we get to meet up again some time - maybe at a Rangers game.

Though I managed to show up empty-handed, he had a box of Indians cards for me and a box of his custom packs for the PAD Circus!

Thank You so much, Brian! It was great meeting you in person and can't wait to meet up again sometime.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 103 -105 - Pinch Hit Upper Deck Packs

All right. Rippin' packs. No fuss no frills. Solid. Just like Upper Deck. Here's 2007 SP Authentic.

Trevor Hoffman - Padres - Free Agent
Brandon Phillips Authentic Speed - Reds - Nachos Grandes (Wahoo!!)
Joe Nathan - Twins - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Roy Halladay - Blue Jays - RJBreezes (Wahoo!!)
Chris Carpenter - Cardinals - Wilsons (Wahoo!!)

One card away from a perfect pack and Trevor Hoffman is the guy who's not claimed yet?? I need to have --David double check the manager list because I'm doubting myself now. Nachos walks away with the insert card! Also notice that while the base card design has some similarities with the Fleer Patchworks cards from yesterday, I'm not making fun of Upper Deck. That's because I'm biased Upper Deck is cool, man.

SP Authentic was on the high-end of UD products in 2007. Let's open one from the low-end. 2007 Future Stars.

Carlos Delgado - Mets - New Jersey Hadsalls (Wahoo!!)
Dontrelle Willis - Marlins - Northampton Therapists (Wahoo!!)
Jon Garland - White Sox - Free Agent
Emil Brown - Royals - Free Agent
Chris Duncan - Cardinals - Maddings (Wahoo!!)

I'll be perfectly honest and admit I don't like this set. The green and bronze design doesn't look right, it's impossible to pull future stars in a product called Future Stars and the FS logo looks like a bootleg Tron light cycle game. We did get 5 cards in a 4 card pack though, so that's nice.

One last pack from 2007: One of my most favoritest sets ever! 2007 Goudey!!!

Jim Thome - White Sox - Arkansas Tribecards (Wahoo!!)
JD Drew - Red Sox - Maddings (Wahoo!!)
Jusin Verlander - Tigers - Saitama Sushi (Wahoo!!)
David Eckstien - Cardinals - Free Agent
Carlos Zambrano - Cubs - Thorzul (Wahoo!!)
Grady Sizemore - Indians (Wahoo!) - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Ray Durham - Giants - Free Agent
Michael Cuddyer - Twins - Free Agent

Wahoo!!! Tribecards finally got a card! And it's a White Sox player! I'm happy though because I got to rip a pack of weirdo mini sized cards with art deco backgrounds ganked from the 1934-36 Diamond Stars set! No perfect packs, but that just means more players for the draft.

Tomorrow: Pack a Day Circus goes a little weird.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

#PackADailyCircus - 100 -102 - Pinch Hit Fleer Packs

Oh wow, it is time to open up more packs again? It feels like I just opened packs yesterday! This is very difficult, I don't know how --David does it all year. All you ingrates get to the comments and thank him for doing this very difficult thing right now! Ok, you can go to the comments after I rip some packs. Let's mangle some oddball Fleer stuff. Fleer had a lot of oddball products in the early '00s, that might be one of the reasons they had no products in the late '00s. Here's some 2005 Fleer Patchworks.

Ichiro - Mariners - Illinois Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Johan Santana - Twins - Northampton Therapists (Wahoo!!)
Mike Sweeney - Royals
JD Drew - Dodgers - Maddings (Wahoo!!)
Carl Crawford - Devil Rays - Illinois Jafronius (Wahoo!!)

Illinois Jafronius bookended the pack with two hits! Patchworks' gimmick is it had relic cards with patches on them. Usually at least - some of the 'patch' cards from the inaugural set had no patches. We got no relics here so no problem! As you can see Donruss had some competition in the 'out-there' baseball card design department, but these look kinda nice if you stare at them for a while.

Let's go from futuristic design to a retro product. 2004 Fleer Platinum.

Nomar Garciaparra - Red Sox - Thoughts and Sox (Wahoo!!)
Al Leiter - Mets
Pat Burrell - Phillies
Esteban Loaiza - White Sox
Derek Jeter Platinum Portraits - Yankees - Bo Rosnys (Wahoo!!)
Erubiel Durazo Unsung Hero - A's
Corey Patterson - Cubs - Pedersejs (Wahoo!!)

Bo Rosny with the Mojo Jeetah! As you can see this set was loosely based on the 1984 Fleer design but took some liberties reinterpreting it for the modern age including color coding the border by team color. Lots of free agents here if you want to snag one.

That's 12 cards, we'll finish up the post with a pack of 2003 Fleer Focus Jersey Edition. Because everyone was jersey card crazy in the early 2000's.

David Eckstein - Angels
John Olerud - Mariners - Kazis (Wahoo!!)
Joe Randa - Royals
Tim Salmon - Angels
Randy Johnson Team Colors Jersey - Diamondbacks - Alecs All-Stars (Wahoo!!)
Manny Ramirez - Red Sox - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Randy Wolf - Phillies
Pedro Martinez - Red Sox - Thoughts and Sox (Wahoo!!)

Wahoo!! A Jersey card in Jersey Edition! I hope Alec's All-Stars is the guy hassling me on twitter because he hasn't gotten any hits. I'm sorry you haven't gotten hits! You should have bribed persuaded me to maybe stack the deck a little in your favor last week! It's too late now! Back to this pack, we have base cards with very busy borders and a jersey card with way too much going on but there's a purple pinstripe so no one cares about design. Look how angry Randy looks on that card. Grrrrr!

There are too many hits! I can't keep up. Let's see if I can make it to tomorrow and open up some Upper Deck stuff.