Friday, April 29, 2016

PAD Circus - 020 - Where the A stands for Almost

Hello, everyone! So, it seems that this is the season of "almost." That is, the "A" in PAD has come to mean "Almost" - Packs-Almost-Daily Circus. Ah, well. The biggest thing to remember is that we're having fun (or I am anyway - haha!) and we have LOTS of packs to bust open!

Before we get to that, I am doing something different this season. Roughly once per month, I will be mailing out the cards to the managers. This will do two things: 1) Gets cards in your hands quicker, 2) Makes the process of sorting manageable. So, managers, I will be reaching out over the weekend to get updated mailing addresses!

This post will cover the 30-card Gypsy Queen pack I got for my birthday*:

Evan Gattis - Astros - RAZ (Wahoo!!)
Clayton Kershaw - Dodgers - Night Owl (Wahoo!!)
Starling Marte Walk-Off Winners - Pirates - Brian C (Wahoo!!)
Tommy Pham - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Nick Castellanos - Tigers - Ryan G (Wahoo!!)
Yu Darvish - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)
Justin Bour - Marlins - Bo Rosny (Wahoo!!)
Steven Matz Mini - Mets - Buckstore Cards (Wahoo!!)
Jackie Robinson Walk-off Winners - Dodgers - Night Owl (Wahoo!! x2)
Odubel Herrera - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Gregory Polanco - Pirates - Brian C (Wahoo!! x2)
Hisashi Iwakuma - Mariners - Cool Breeze (Wahoo!!)
Joc Pederson - Dodgers - Night Owl (Wahoo!! x3)
Arodys Vizcaino - Braves - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Stephen Piscotty Mini - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!! x2)
Carlos Delgado Power Alley - Blue Jays - Hockeykazi (Wahoo!!)
Carson Smith - Red Sox - T&S (Wahoo!!)

Congratulations to Night Owl for getting THREE cards and to Wilson who pulled TWO cards! I don't know if Matz is the face of Mets, but that is a promotional marriage made in advertising right there.

*Note: Since these were birthday cards/packs, I got first dibs on any player(s) I wanted to keep for my personal collection.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

PAD Circus - 019 - A Round for the Crowd

Hello, everyone! Thanks for dropping in to see what wax we are busting today! How about a little 1992 Fleer Ultra:

Jacob Brumfield - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!) 
Jeff King - Pirates - Brian C (Wahoo!!)
Mike Huff - White Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
Kent Mercker - Braves - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Casey Candaele - Astros - RAZ (Wahoo!!)
Carlos Hernandez - Dodgers - Night Owl (Wahoo!!)
Cliff Brantley - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Todd Worrell - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Bob Scanlan - Cubs - The Sons of Diagoras (Wahoo!!)
Curtis Wilkerson - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Jeremy Hernandez - Padres - Marcus (Wahoo!!)
Ted Wood - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Frank Viola - Red Sox - T&S (Wahoo!!)
Gary Wayne - Twins - gcrl (Wahoo!!)

Wow. No multi-hits in the entire pack! That is some good collation! Congrats to each of you that got a card from here today. Wahoo!!

Monday, April 25, 2016

PAD Circus - 018 - Two Two-fers, City Hall, and Tribecards!

Hello, everyone! First of all, if you haven't seen it yet, there is a poll on the right side of the blog. I want to buy some vintage packs (or card lots) and offer them up as part of PAD Circus. Be sure to choose your favorite decade(s)!

Next, I managed to forget to post a pack on Sunday. I'm not sure what happened there. Brain haze, I guess! So, let's rip a couple packs:

2013 Chipz

Playmat - Filler - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Albert Pujols - Angels - Angels In Order (Wahoo!!)
Jose Bautista - Blue Jays - Hockeykazi (Wahoo!!)
Joel Hanrahan Glow-in-the-Dark - Red Sox - T&S (Wahoo!!)
Giants Vinyl Sticker - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Pablo Sandoval - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)

Great players in here! Congrats, managers! I hope we pull an auto or other insert soon from these.

In the mean time, here is a pack of 2013 Hometown Heroes

Billy Butler - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Tino Martinez - Mariners - Cool Breeze (Wahoo!!)
Rick Aguilera - Twins - gcrl (Wahoo!!)
Chris Perez - Indians - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!!)
David Murphy - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)
Willie Wilson City Hall - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!! x2)
Juan Pierre - Marlins - BoRosny (Wahoo!!)
Mike Hargrove - Indians - Tribecards (Wahoo!!)

Okay, how cool is that!? Both Enamel Rods and I each pulled a Triber!! Wahoo!! That Wilson City Hall card is very cool! Plus, it garnered VC Royals a two-bagger!  Congratulations to each manager pulling some cardboard out of the pack.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

MailBox: Forgotten Cards from 2x3 Heroes

I couldn't find a post where I mentioned these cards from 2x3Heroes, so I will assume they've been sitting here, patiently waiting for me to scan them in and thank their gracious sender.

There is some seriously good stuff here! The one that puzzles me is the Crisp card. It shows him in a Cleveland uni, but everything else says Boston. So... Is the game-used from Boston or Cleveland? I know it doesn't matter, and yet, it feels like it should, if only for the sake of continuity. I mean, what if the uni is from Cleveland? Is that why he is shown wearing the Tribe uni? What if it is from Boston? Is that why everything other than the picture says Boston? See, these are things that run rampant in the space between my ears.

In the meantime, we have other cool things like the Stadium Club Black, the Green Topps, the Pronk relic, the Sportflics Wahoo, and the other goodies in here!

A *VERY* belated THANK YOU to 2x3Heroes for these!

PAD Circus - 017 - Super Sunny Saturday!

Hey, everyone! I don't know what the weather is doing in your neck of the woods, but here in LA (er, Lower-Arkansas), it is SUPER SUNNY! So, let's enjoy the sun with some serious pack busting! How many? I dunno. Let's find out:

First up, the 30 cards from the 2016 Donruss pack I got for my birthday:

Jason Kipnis - Indians - Tribecards (Wahoo!!)
Bryce Harper - Nationals - CaptKirk42 (Wahoo!!)
Josh Donaldson - Blue Jays - Hockeykazi (Wahoo!!)
Felix Hernandez - Mariners - Cool Breeze (Wahoo!!)
Jake Arrieta D82 - Cubs - Sons of Diagoras (Wahoo!!)
Max Scherzer - Nationals - CaptKirk42 (Wahoo!! x2)
Colby Lewis - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)
Madison Bumgarner - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Chris Davis - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)
Ketel Marte Rookies - Mariners - Cool Breeze (Wahoo!! x2)
Todd Frazier - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)
Carlos Martinez - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Kevin Kiermaier Bat Kings 12/99 - Rays - TSHenson (Wahoo!!)
Mark Melancon - Pirates - Brian C (Wahoo!!)
Dexter Fowler - Cubs - Sons of Diagoras (Wahoo!! x2)
Stephen Piscotty Rated Rookie - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!! x2)
Billy Hamilton - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!! x2)
Ben Revere - Blue Jays - Hockeykazi (Wahoo!! x2)
Manny Machado - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!! x2)
Prince Fielder - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!! x2)
Alex Rodriguez Diamond Kings - Yankees - BoRosny (Wahoo!!)
Andres Galarraga - Expos - Scott Crawford on Cards (Wahoo!!)
Pedro Martinez - Red Sox - T&S (Wahoo!!)
Stephen Piscotty Studio - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!! x3)
Carl Yastrzemski - Red Sox - T&S (Wahoo!! x2)
Nolan Ryan - Mets - Buckstore Cards (Wahoo!!)
Alex Reyes Prospects - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!! x4)
Mariano Rivera - Yankees - BoRosny (Wahoo!! x2)
Salvador Perez - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Eduardo Rodriguez - Red Sox - T&S (Wahoo!! x3)

WAHOO!! Scott Crawford on Cards snags his first card of the season! Nice! Wow! Look at all the multi-hits! That is awesome! Congrats to everyone that pulled cards out of this pack.

If you didn't pull any cards, don't worry, I'm opening another one:

2014 Goodwin Champions:

Larry Bird - Basketball (though shown playing golf, go figure!) - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!!)
George McClellan - General - FREE AGENT
Kordell Stewart Mini - Football - FREE AGENT
Johnny Manziel - Football - FREE AGENT

Congrats to Enamel Rods for getting the only currently-owned card out of the pack! Haha! We also get to add another new category to the mix: Generals!

Let's see what we can pull from a pack of 2013 Triple Play:

Robinson Cano - Yankees - BoRosny (Wahoo!!)
Kevin Youkilis - Yankees - BoRosny (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)
Josh Johnson - Blue Jays - Hockeykazi (Wahoo!!)
Justin Verlander - Tigers - Ryan G (Wahoo!!)
Anthem/Fly Over - Triple Play Traditions - FREE AGENT
Albert Pujols All-Star - Angels - Angels In Order (Wahoo!!)
Albert Pujols Sticker - Angels - Angels In Order (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)

Wow! Two managers go back-to-back! Awesome stuff! Congrats, everyone!

Ok, how about some Topps Big? Why not!

88 Glossy Inserts Offer - Fillers - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Barry Larkin - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)
Tom Herr - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Larry Herndon - Tigers - Ryan G (Wahoo!!)
BJ Surhoff - Brewers - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Pete Incaviglia - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)*
Gary Carter - Mets - Buckstore Cards (Wahoo!!)*
Jose Canseco - Oakland A's - Dayf (Wahoo!!)

Excellent! Man, we pulled some great names from the past here! Hope these let some of you take a trip down memory lane. Congrats, managers!

*Note: I had previously assigned Incaviglia and Carter to the wrong teams - obviously, the sun got to me. Those have been fixed. Thanks to Buckstore Cards for the heads up!
**Note: Cards were scanned at 100dpi, so they may seem a bit fuzzy.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

PAD Circus - 016 - Some Birthday Cards

Hey, everyone! As many of you know, I like to share the wealth when it comes to cards. So, today, I am sharing some of the cards I got for my birthday. These actually came inside the cello pack of 2016 Gypsy Queen. I guess "cello" isn't right so much as it this was a hanger with 3 packs and 5 framed parallels.

These are the 5 framed parallels:
Addison Russell - Cubs - Sons of Diagoras (Wahoo!!)
Jung Ho Kang - Pirates - Brian C (Wahoo!!)
Carlos Rodon - White Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
Edwin Encarnacion - Blue Jays - Hockeykazi (Wahoo!!)
Jose Bautista - Blue Jays - Hockeykazi (Wahoo!! x2 Back-to-Back!!)

Wow!! Back-to-Back Blue Jays! Nice pull for the kazis! Also want to send out congrats to the other folks snagging cards for/from my birthday!! Yes, you actually will get those cards.

For those curious, I received the following baseball card packs/boxes:

2016 Gypsy Queen Hanger - 3 packs, 5 framed inserts
2016 Panini Donruss fat pack - 30 cards
2016 Topps Big Box - 10 packs of 10 cards plus a Commemorative Coin Card

Now, the way birthday/Christmas cards work is this: I keep the cards I want for my PC and the rest get added to the PAD Circus piles. You can kick all the dirt at me you want, but they are MY cards. Haha! I sound like a little kid.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

PAD Circus - Birthday Delay

Hello, everyone! Today (Wed) is my birthday, so no packs will be opened. Er, well, I opened packs, but they are ones I got for my birthday! I will have a separate post about some of those in a day or so.

Enjoy the evening off. I am!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

PAD Circus - 015 - DRAFT DAY!! And pack bustin

Hello, everyone!! Well, only a few days late, but I finally got things in order for the first free agent draft and we have the results!

First, we have the random order:

Now, in case you've forgotten, the draft runs TOP-DOWN for Round 1, then BOTTOM-UP for Round Two, lather rinse repeat.

Thus, after the draft is run, we have:

I know we did not have a lot of choices, but that is the nature of things this season. Hopefully, you either got the category you wanted or you are able to snag something from the next draft!

Welcome to Captain Canuck! Glad to see you were able to snag a category and hopefully we can get you more cards during the season!

The current card count can be found HERE! It should be accurate up to, and including, this posts cards. Note: I may have miscounted along the way, so if somethign seems off, don't worry - I will recheck to be sure, especially the cards that are more "category" than team.

Now, we have a pack to bust for today!

2013 Goodwin Champions:
Walt Frazier - Basketball - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!!)
Michael Jordan - Basketball - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)
Baby Face Nelson - Gangster - FREE AGENT
Tony Dorsett - Football - FREE AGENT

Wow! Congrats to Enamel Rods! You may be splitting Tribers with me, but you are racking up the Basketball cards. We also add two new categories! Wahoo!

Monday, April 18, 2016

PAD Circus - 014 - The wind comes from the author's head space

Hey, everyone! Due to a slight issue of Tribecards Headspace, the draft is a bit delayed. It should run with results on Tuesday. Sorry about that! I forgot a step or three when setting up the draft program for a new season. Eh, all kinks to be worked out!

So, let's rip into some wax!

2015 USA Stars and Stripes:
LT Tolbert Longevity - Mets - Buckstore Cards (Wahoo!!)
Justin Garza Longevity - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Tyler Naquin Longevity - Indians - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!!)
Trea Turner Game Gear Longevity - Nationals - CaptKirk42 (Wahoo!!)
Jameson Taillon - Pirates - Brian C (Wahoo!!)

Wow!! That Turner Game Gear is sweet! Congrats on that puppy! Nice pull for Enamel Rods, too - grabbing a Triber! Wahoo!! Congrats to each of you snagging cardboard out of this pack today!

How about another? We've got TONS of packs!

2013 MLB Chipz:
Playmat - Filler - FREE AGENT
Billy Butler - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Mark Teixeira - Yankees - BoRosny (Wahoo!!)
Jonathan Papelbon Glow-in-the-Dark - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Elvis Andrus - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)
Rangers Vinyl Sticker - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)

Wahoo!! Congrats to PatP for going Back-to-Back there! Haha, that is the second time you've done that with Chipz *AND* it is the same player/sticker! WHAT!?! Yup. Wow, pulling duplicate Chipz. That's wild! Congrats to everyone else getting a Chipz chip out of this, too!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

PAD Circus - 013 - Packs from Buckstore

Hey, everyone! In my previous post, I revealed a couple of unopened boxes that were sent to us from Buckstore Cards! Let's rip a pack of each!

1988 Topps Big Series One:
John Kruk - Padres - Marcus (Wahoo!!)
Alvis Davis - Mariners - Cool Breeze (Wahoo!!)
Cal Ripken Jr - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)
Steve Sax - Dodgers - Night Owls (Wahoo!!)
Paul Molitor - Brewers - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Ellis Burks - Red Sox - T&S (Wahoo!!)
Luis Polonia - A's - Dayf (Wahoo!!)
Company Store T-Shirt Card - Filler - FREE AGENT

Man, seeing these players sure takes me back in time! It's great to be opening some older packs, thanks to Buckstore Cards! Wahoo!! Congrats to you guys who pulled cards from here.

 Let's see what we get from a pack of 1992 Fleer Ultra II
Mark Leonard - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Phil Plantier - Red Sox - T&S (Wahoo!!)
Greg Gagne - Twins - gcrl (Wahoo!!)
Gregg Olson - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)
Randy Ready - A's - Dayf (Wahoo!!)
Floyd Bannister - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)
Omar Vizquel - Mariners - Cool Breeze (Wahoo!!)
Steve Howe - Yankees - Bo Rosny (Wahoo!!)
Pete Schourek - Mets - Buckstore Cards (Wahoo!!)
David Wells - Blue Jays - HockeyKazi (Wahoo!!)
Todd Benzinger - Dodgers - Night Owls (Wahoo!!)
Alex Cole - Indians - Tribecards (Wahoo!!)
Von hayes - Angels - AngelsInOrder (Wahoo!!)
Darryl Hamilton - Brewers - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)

Hey! HockeyKazi gets their first card! Wahoo!! Wow, a several of you pulled cards from each pack! That's always cool. I love it when someone who sent cards to us pulls a card from a pack they sent, too. Congrats to Buckstore Cards. And, to top it off, I pulled a Triber!

Buckstore Cards Delivers Tribecards, Boxes for PAD Circus!

Hey there, everyone! After I got back from the conference, I had a box waiting for me. It was from Buckstore Cards (Mets) and WOW what a surprise!

Inside the box, we have TWO (2) boxes of cards for the PAD Circus: 1988 Topps Big Baseball and 1992 Fleer Ultra Series 2!

Not only were there two box of cards, but there were two team bags of cards. I picked out a couple scans worth just to show the cool variety of cards. There were many more than this in the box:

But, wait! There's more! Not only were there a couple stacks of great Indians, but there were also some top-loader Tribers!

WOW!! All of the cards I got were awesome! THANK YOU so much to Doug at Buckstore Cards! WAHOO!! Now, before I end this post, I do have to admit something to you: The autographed Andre Thornton is one of my favorites in the whole box. The 3d Thome is a very close second, but I grew up watching Thornton and I am still geeking out over that card. Super!

Oh yeah, is it just me or could Ashton Kutcher play Super Joe in a movie!? Oh, and how about Ray Liotta play Hargrove? Just sayin...

Stay tuned - a PAD Circus post with a pack from each box is coming up later!

Friday, April 15, 2016

PAD Circus - 012 -

Goooooooood morning, everyone! Let's finish off this box of 2016 Gypsy Queen. Hopefully, we can help some folks out that haven't pulled anything yet.

Pack one:
Giancarlo Stanton - Marlins - FREE AGENT
Todd Frazier - White Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
Ian Desmond - Nationals - CaptKirk42 (Wahoo!!)
Logan Forsythe Mini - Rays - THenson (Wahoo!!)
Corey Dickerson - Rockies - Infield Fly Rule (Wahoo!!)
Julio Teheran - Braves - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)

Congrats to Timothy for getting his first Rays card of the season! Congrats to each of the other managers as well. Some of you are pulling are from nearly every pack we've busted so far. Wow!!

Let's see what's in the next pack:
Lance McCullers - Astros - Raz (Wahoo!!)
Mookie Betts - Red Sox - T&S (Wahoo!!)
Jake Odorizzi - Rays - TSHenson (Wahoo!!)
Ian Kennedy Mini - Padres - Marcus (Wahoo!!)
Mark McGwire Power Alley - A's - Dayf (Wahoo!!)
Desmond Mesoraco - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)

Man, folks are getting some great players and cool cards! That McGwire card is nice looking. How does Topps decide which uniform in which to feature certain players? That's something I think would be neat to find out.

While we ponder, here is pack number three:
Jason Kipnis - Indians - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!!)
Victor Martinez - Tigers - Ryan G (Wahoo!!)
Matt Adams - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Jason Heyward Mini - Cubs - Sons of Diagoras (Wahoo!!)
Sparky Anderson - Tigers - Ryan G (Wahoo!! x2)
Curtis Granderson - Mets - Buckstore Cards (Wahoo!!)

Hey, hey! Sons of Disgoras step into the game with a Cubbie! Congrats! Then, Ryan G snags a 2-fer! Great stuff, folks! Congrats to Enamel Rods for grabbing the Tribe card here as well! To refresh memories, Enamel Rods and I are splitting Indians cards in one-for-you, one-for-me style. In retrospect, I think that would have been a fun way to do the entire season - maybe next year! Haha!

Okay, let's rip open the final pack from the Walmart blaster:
Adrian Beltre - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)
Carlos Rondon - White Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
Miguel Cabrera - Tigers - Ryan G (Wahoo!!)
Mike Trout Mini MVP - Angels - Angels in Order (Wahoo!!)
Anthony DeSclafani - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)
Rob Refsnyder - Yankees - BoRosny (Wahoo!!)

Wow! That Trout MVP is sweet! I love the look of that one. Congrats to each of you grabbing some 'board outta here this morning!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Talkin Tribecards - 002 - Shiny Goodness!

PAD Circus - 011 - Three-for-Thursday

Good morning, folks! Well, it is early in the morning where I am anyway. I thought it would be fun to bring back the "3-for-Thursday" pack bust I did off-and-on last season. I have so many packs this season, we should have no problem doing that each week this season!

Let's rip some wax (and, as mentioned in the last post, these will all be 2016 Gypsy Queen):

Carlos Martinez - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Justin Verlander - Tigers - Ryan G (Wahoo!!)
Mike Trout - Angels - AngelsInOrder (Wahoo!!)
Tony Perez Mini Foil SP - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)
Mike Minor - Braves - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Jose Peraza - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!! x2)

That's the first Tigers card and the first Angels card we've pulled this season!  Congrats to you two! That freaking Perez mini is VERY cool! And, Nachos Grande snags a 2-fer here for the trouble. Awesome stuff!

Here is our second pack:
Francisco Lindor - Indians - Davidinark (Wahoo!!)
Tom Murphy - Rockies - InfieldFlyRule (Wahoo!!)
Yasiel Puig - Dodgers - Night Owl (Wahoo!!)
CC Sabathia Mini - Yankees - BoRosny (Wahoo!!)
Nolan Arenado Glove Stories - Rockies - InfieldFlyRule (Wahoo!! x2)
Ken Giles - Astros - Raz (Wahoo!!)

Hey! My first Indians card! Wahoo!! That Giles card shows Giles in Astros uni and says Astros on the front, but has him with the Phillies on the back. Interesting. Meanwhile, Infield Fly Rule snags a couple Rockies here! We are 2-for-2 in x2 packs. Can we make it another? Let's find out!

Pack number three:
Henry Owens - Red Sox - T&S (Wahoo!!)
Matt Kemp - Padres - Marcus (Wahoo!!)
Anibal Sanchez - Tigers - Ryan G (Wahoo!!)
Willie McCovey Mini Mint Border SP - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
JT Realmuto - Marlins - FREE AGENT
Brandon Drury - Diamondbacks - Alec (Wahoo!!)

Well, we did not get another 2-fer here, but we sure pulled some cool cards. I called the McCovey "mint" because I don't know what color Topps says it is and I'm too lazy to look it up. Haha! Congrats to everyone getting cards here.

Believe it or not, we still have several managers that have yet to pull any cardboard. We've not seen Cubs, Rays, Expos, or Blue Jays yet. We will, though! The season is still young.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

PAD Circus - 010 - On the road

Hello, everyone! Hope everyone is doing OK today. For the next couple of posts, I will be posting from the road. I am attending a conference, and will be posting at random times during the conference. Actually, more like after the conference and I am back at my hotel room. Ha ha! In any case, I had to buy a box of cards because I am an idiot, and I forgot to bring cards with me. For speed and ease, since some of these will be posted from my phone, I will add managers and photos as I can. Sorry!

But, that means good news for everyone getting cards! I bought a box of 2016 gypsy queen. 

Here is the first pack:

Koji Uehara - Red Sox - T&S (Wahoo!!)
Wilmer Flores Walk-off Winners - Mets - BuckstoreCards (Wahoo!!)
Maikel Franco Mini - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Jose Reyes - Rockies - Infield Fly Rule (Wahoo!!)
Robbie Ray - Diamondbacks - Alec (Wahoo!!)
Trea Turner - Nationals - CaptKirk42 (Wahoo!!)

Wahoo!! Congrats, folks! By the way, the box has 8 packs, so I will either bust all 8 packs or will buy some variety while I am here. You never know!

Monday, April 11, 2016

PAD Circus - 009 - Catching Up

Hey, everyone! Sorry I missed posting on Sunday. I got sidetracked hanging out with my son and acting a fool with him and his friends in the Discord voice chat we had going on. So, tonight, I will open two packs of cards to make up for it.

2013 Hometown Heroes
Craig Biggio - Astros - Raz (Wahoo!!)
Steve Avery - Braves - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Jose Altuve - Astros - Raz (Wahoo!! x2)
Ozzie Guillen - White Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
Dwayne Murphy - A's - Dayf (Wahoo!!)
Brandon Phillips Fan Friendly - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)
Jay Buhner - Mariners - Cool Breeze (Wahoo!!)
Marc Rzepczynski - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!!)

Wow! Congrats to Raz for scoring two cards out of this pack. And, congrats to a couple of you that scored your first cards of the season! Wahoo!! I will buy some more packs that are NOT from 2013 here soon. Haha, we sure have a lot of those. I did not realize I had bought so many boxes from that year. Well, it seems to be working out well for some of you, though, for sure!

2011 Americana
Bo Hopkins - Actor - FREE AGENT
Donna Pescow - Actress - FREE AGENT
David Carradine - Actor - FREE AGENT
Bill Pogue - Astronaut - FREE AGENT
Johnny Yong Bosch - Actor - FREE AGENT

Welp, that was a temporary bust. Why temporary? Because all of these folks will be claimed in the current draft, but no one walked with anything tonight. So...

Let's rip another:
2013 Chipz
Playmat - Fillers - FREE AGENT
Billy Butler - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Mark Teixeira - Yankees - Bo Rosny (Wahoo!!)
Michael Bourn Refractor? - Braves - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Elvis Andrus - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)
Rangers Vinyl Sticker - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)

That Bourn is VERY shiny with a radial "glow" about it. I mean, literally. The Chip reflects/refracts the light outward from the middle. It's pretty cool stuff!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

PAD Circus - 008 - Free Agent Draft is LIVE! (And we bust a pack)

UPDATE: Josh D discovered that I had forgotten to include "Singers" in the draft for this week. That was an oversight on my part! So, "Singers" will be in the next draft. Sorry, folks!

Hello, everyone! Our first Free Agent Draft of the season is here! If you're not familiar with how it works, let me give you the rundown:

  1. ANYONE can enter the draft. Just use the link below and fill it out! If you draft a category, you will be added to the Managers list for the rest of the season.
  2. You can only enter ONCE. If you enter more than once, only the most recent entry will count.
  3. In this draft, you may select up to three (3) different selections.
  4. The draft will be run in Serpentine style based on random ordering. This means that entrants will be randomized then put into the draft program. Once a category is awarded to a manager, the category is removed from the list and remaining selections move up in the draft. Think of how fantasy drafts work. If three people select Kluber, only the first person in the list gets him. The other people lose him as a pick, but their next pick moves up the list.
  5. The deadline to pick is FRIDAY, APRIL 15 at 11:59PM Central - Yeah, that's right, just taxes.
  6. If you win a category (or more), you get ALL the cards from that category, including cards already found in packs as well as from packs opened during the 2016 MLB season.
  7. If you have questions, leave a comment on this post at

Link to the Free Agent Draft:

Good luck and happy collecting!

Okay, let's rip some wax:
2013 Triple Play
Alex Rios - White Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
Matt Cain - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Aaron Hill - Diamondbacks - Alec (Wahoo!!)
Bryce Harper - Nationals - CaptKirk42 (Wahoo!!)
Matt Wieters - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)
Rated Rookie - Tattoos - FREE AGENT
National Anthem - Traditions - FREE AGENT

The two free agents from this pack will go on NEXT week's draft. We have two new categories: Tattoos and Traditions. As with other categories, if the card/item features a player on an MLB team, the item will go to the manager of that team.

Friday, April 8, 2016

PAD Circus - 007 - Dr. J, Richard Petty, Smoltz and more!

Hello, everyone! Sorry for the lat post today (Friday). Since we don't really have too many free agents lined up - granted, we have some, but still - I thought I would open a few packs that would most likely lend themselves to adding some free agents to the mix!

2014 Goodwin Champions
Jeremy Roenick - Hockey - FREE AGENT
Will Clark - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Paul George Mini - Basketball - FREE AGENT
Julius Erving - Basketball - FREE AGENT

Wow, only one baseball player and Arpsmith snags him! Great stuff! Unfortunately, we already have hockey and basketball in the free agent pool, so my plan did not work on this pack. Let's try another.

2013 Goodwin Champoins
Clyde Drexler - Basketball - FREE AGENT
Richard Petty - Auto Racer - FREE AGENT
Alen Hanson Mini - Pirates - Brian C (Wahoo!!)
Mark Messier - Hockey - FREE AGENT

Congrats to Brian who snags his first card of the season! We also added "Auto Racer" to the mix, so someone will get that card when the free agent draft opens up this weekend.

Okay, how about 2011 Panini Americana:
Luke Goss - Actor - FREE AGENT
Ralph Macchio - Actor - FREE AGENT
Willie Aames - Actor - FREE AGENT
Mitzi Gaynor - Actress - FREE AGENT
Daniel Roebuck - Actor - FREE AGENT

Well, geez. That pack was full of actors and actresses. For the record, I am listing those as separate entries. That way, the cardboard love can be spread out among even more people. Or something like that. It sounded better in my head than when I typed it out there...

Well, since these packs didn't really give the free agent draft the extra UMPH that I wanted, I'm going to rip open a pack of baseball cards and let some of you (and maybe me!) get some cards here:

2014 Chrome:
Chase Anderson - Diamondbacks - Alec (Wahoo!!)
Masahiro Tanaka - Yankees - BoRosny (Wahoo!!)
Daniel Webb - White Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
John Smoltz Heroes - Braves - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)

Congratulations to you guys! That Smoltz is a cool card! Stay tuned because the first free agent draft will be held on Saturday (I know, they are usually on Friday)!!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Talkin' Tribecards - A New VLog

Hey, everyone! I am starting a fun, new feature for the PAD Circus and for Tribecards in general. It's called "Talkin' Tribecards" and will be recorded each week during the season.

Here is the first episode for your viewing pleasure! haha!

PAD Circus - 006 - Ripken into a pack!

Hey there, everyone! Hope you all had a (or have if your day is just getting started) a great day. No matter what's going on in your world, you know things can always be made better with a little bit of cardboard! So, let's rip some wax:

2013 Pinnacle
Cal Ripken Jr - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)
Robinson Cano - Yankees - BoRosny (Wahoo!!)
Tyler Cloyd - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Didi Gregorius - Diamondbacks - Alec (Wahoo!!)
Greg Maddux Awaiting the Call - Braves - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Matt Cain - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Joe Mauer - Twins - GCRL (Wahoo!!)
Alex Rios - White Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)

Congratulations, managers! I love pulling greats like Ripken out of a pack. It instantly transports back to when I was kid. Since we are doing things differently this season, we've had several "Perfect Packs" opened up! I forgot to mention those before, probably because they will be much more common than in the past couple of seasons.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

PAD Circus - 005 - Want Chipz with that Philly?

Howdy, everyone! Today is Day 5 of the PAD Circus giveaway. Wahoo!! To give you a heads up, I have been keeping track of how many cards each manager gets throughout the season. I will post that after the first Free Agent Draft and it will be updated as I bust open packs. I think it will be fun to see which team/category ends up with the most (and least) cards. I should probably turn that into a contest of some kind. Well, since we've already started, I suppose it is a bit late for such things.

So, we will open a pack or two instead!

2014 Goodwin Champions (the THINNEST pack I think I've ever opened):
Bob Horner - Atlanta Braves - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Bill Walton Mini - "Basketball" - FREE AGENT
Grant Wood - "Painter" - FREE AGENT
Mike Richter - "Hockey" - FREE AGENT

Wow! Congrats to Jafronius for pulling the only baseball/drafted card out of the pack! The other cards will head to the Free Agent Draft.

Next up, 2013 MLB Chipz
Playmat - "Filler" - FREE AGENT
Robinson Cano - Yankees - BoRosny (Wahoo!!)
David Wright - Mets - Buckstore Cards (Wahoo!!)
Adrian Beltre Glow-in-the-Dark - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)
Jonathan Papelbon - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Phillies Vinyl Sticker - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!! x2 Back-to-Back!!)

Congratulations, managers! The folks that pull the vinyl sticker always get a "x2" and a "Back-to-Back," which serves as a nice bonus!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

PAD Circus - 004 - Another Three-Fer!? Stack of Wax!

Hello, everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed the second day of the MLB season. As the professional teams get their motors running, we are also headed out, continuing our quest for more cardboard.

Today, we've got 2013 Pinnacle (No, I have no rhyme or reason why so many of these are from 2013)

Adrian Beltre - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)
Zack Greinke - Dodgers - Night Owl (Wahoo!!)
Andrew Werner - A's - Dayf (Wahoo!!)
David Lough - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Pete Rose Hit King 4192 - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)
Aroldis Chapman - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)
Shin-Soo Choo - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!! x3, Back-to-Back-to-Back!!!)
Ryan Zimmerman - Nationals - CaptKirk42 (Wahoo!!)

What the heck!? Yet another 3-bagger for a lucky manager! It's crazy how many of these have so many players from the same team in the same pack. There is surely some weird collation going on.  Welp, Congrats to Nachos Grande and to the other managers who snagged some cardboard here today!

Monday, April 4, 2016

PAD Circus - 003 - USA Crusader

Hello, everyone! Welcome to Day Three! Wahoo!! Okay, so the weather may have gotten the best of the Tribe on their opener, we are more than ready to warm up to another pack of cards. Today, I have 2015 Panini Stars and Stripes Longevity. Since these are "Team USA" cards, I will attempt to match the player with the pro team they were first drafted. If I cannot figure it out, then.. umm.. I'll make something up.

Royce Lewis Longevity - "Brewers" - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Nick Travieso Longevity - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)
Matt Chapman Longevity - A's - Dayf (Wahoo!!)
Trey Killian Crusade - Rockies - Infield Fly Rule (Wahoo!!)
Kolby Allard - Braves - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)

Well, that took a bit of searching, but we managed to assign each of these guys to a team and manager!

I had not seen these cards (that I recall), so this was even more fun to bust open. The foil cards are very cool, but that Crusade card is a beauty for sure. Congrats to everyone grabbing one of these today!