Thursday, June 30, 2016

PAD Circus - 062 - Three for Thursday!

Good day, everyone! Hope things are cruising along in your neck of the woods. The Indians, at the time of this writing, have won TWELVE games in a row!! WAHOO!! Let's Go Tribe! On the other side of the League, the Cubs are having a heckuva season!

I listened to an audio story not along ago called "The Last Pennant Before Armageddon" by WP Kinsella in which the end of the world depends on the Cubs winning the World Series. Great tale!

Well, in honor of it NOT being the end of the world just yet, I am ripping open a couple packs:

1981 Fleer:

Charlie Spikes (with gum attached) - Braves - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Rick Sutcliffe - Dodgers - Night Owl (Wahoo!!)
Mike Jorgensen - Mets - Buckstore Cards (Wahoo!!)
Bob Boone - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Dan Schatzeder - Tigers - Ryan G (Wahoo!)
Gary Weiss - Dodgers - Night Owl (Wahoo!! x2)
Ray Burris - Mets - Buckstore Cards (Wahoo!! x2)
Tug McGraw - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!! x2)
Butch Hobson - Red Sox - Thoughts & Sox (Wahoo!!)
Carney Lansford - Angels - Angels in Order (Wahoo!!)
Manny Mota - Dodgers - Night Owl (Wahoo!! x3)
Jim Lentine - Tigers - Ryan G (Wahoo!! x2)
Mike Torrez - Red Sox - Thoughts & Sox (Wahoo!! x2)
Dave Frost - Angels - Angels in Order (Wahoo!! x2)
Jim Kern - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)
Mickey Hatcher - Dodgers - Night Owl (Wahoo!! x4)
Glenn Hoffman - Red Sox - Thoughts & Sox (Wahoo!! x3)

Wow! Almost everyone that pulled a card pulled more than one card! That is crazy!! Congratulations, managers! Tug McGraw was one of my favorite pitchers when I was kid. Heck, there are several of my childhood "favorite players" in this pack: Sutcliffe, McGraw, Lansford, Mota, Hatcher... Those were some of the players that I collected back in those days. What a great trip down memory lane.

2015 Stars and Stripes Longevity:

AJ Cole Longevity - Nationals - CaptKirk42 (Wahoo!!)
Zack Collins Longevity - White Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
Xavier LeGrant Longevity - College Ball - FREE AGENT
Trenton Clark Longevity (Red Text?) - Brewers - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Lucas Sims - Braves - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)

Some of those guys we have seen before. Some were hard to match up with a team. In fact, LeGrant didn't seem to have been drafted so far as I can tell, so I created a new category for college-aged players not yet drafted.

2014 Goodwin Champions:

Jim Kelly - Football - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Jimmie Rodgers Mini - Singer - Dayf (Wahoo!!)
Oyster Burns - Brooklyn Bridegrooms - FREE AGENT
Blake Bortles - Football - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!! x2)

The Royals open and close the pack! Nice job! I was surprised that we pulled a baseball player from a team I have never heard of. So, that will be a new team in the Free Agent pool! Dayf gets a special mention for grabbing the only other card in the pack!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

PAD Circus - 061 - a-MAYS-ing Catch!

Hey, everyone! Today I thought I would rip open another 2016 Series 2 pack from the box I got for Father's Day. Let's see what we've got!

Jason Castro - Astros - KAZ (Wahoo!!)
Devin Mesoraco - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)
Leonys Martin - Mariners - Cool Breeze (Wahoo!!)
Peter O'Brien - Diamondbacks - Alec (Wahoo!!)
TJ McFarland - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)
Dustin Ackley - Yankees - Bo Rosny (Wahoo!!)
Willie Mays Hallowed Highlights - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
David Wright MLB Debut - Mets - Buckstore Cards (Wahoo!!)
Zach Duke - White Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
Eduardo Nunez - Twins - gcrl (Wahoo!!)
MLB Show Code Card - Filler - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)

Monday, June 27, 2016

PAD Circus - 060 - Prime Time!

Hey, everyone! I hope everyone is having a great Monday! Let's rip a pack 'o wax!

How about a pack of 1990 Fleer:

Deion Sanders - Yankees - Bo Rosny (Wahoo!!)
Terry Mulholland - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Julio Franco - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)
Derek Lilliquist - Braves - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Will Clark/Kevin Mitchell Dynamic Duo - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Scott Terry - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Scott Bailes - Indians - Tribecards (Wahoo!!)
David Cone - Mets - Buckstore Cards (Wahoo!!)
Jeff Ballard - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)
Bill Krueger - Brewers - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Mike Macfarlane - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Dave Magadan - Mets - Buckstore Cards (Wahoo!! x2)
Brook Jacoby - Indians - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!!)
Rolando Roomes - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)
Roger Clemens Players of the Decade - Red Sox - Thoughts & Sox (Wahoo!!)
Padres Team Sticker - Padres - Marcus (Wahoo!!)

Congratulations, everyone!! Special shout out to Buckstore Cards for pulling two Mets! We also grabbed an Indians card for each of us, Enamel Rods - Wahoo!!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

PAD Circus - 059 - Days Go By! PAD Stuff from gcrl!!

Holy smokes! Where did the days go!? My last post was launched on Wednesday, though it was supposed to be a Thursday post. That's still a couple days since my last break. I suppose that's what happens when vacation comes around and you don't schedule posts ahead of time. Ah well.

My family is home after an awesome trip to Houston and Galveston!

First of all, THANK YOU to gcrl for the box of cards I received in the mail. All I've done so far is open it and read the note. I cannot wait to see what goodies are in there! I'll be sharing those later this weekend, plus there is a box of "Buyback/Repack Stuff" for PAD Circus. I can;t wait to see what's going on in there... No, really. I can't wait.  Let's rip that puppy open!

Wow! There are a LOT of cards in there! I will spread this box out over a couple of posts during the season.

I will start with some 2014 Chipz:

Justin Verlander Glow-in-the-Dark - Tigers - Ryan G (Wahoo!!)
Paws Mascot - Tigers - Ryan G (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)
Tigers Vinyl Sticker - Tigers - Ryan G (Wahoo!! x3, Back-to-Back-to-Back!!!)
Yoenis Cespedes - A's - Dayf (Wahoo!!)

WOW! Three Tigers Chipz! That is very cool!! Congratulations, guys!

Next, I grabbed a random stack of cards out of the box. Let's see what we have:

Charlie Moore - Brewers - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Doug Drabek - Yankees - Bo Rosny (Wahoo!!)
Bobby Witt - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)
Jack Howell - Angels - Angels In Order (Wahoo!!)
Ray Knight - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)
Darryl Strawberry - Mets - Buckstore Cards (Wahoo!!)
Ron Darling - Mets - Buckstore Cards (Wahoo!! x2 Back-to-Back!!)
Paul Zuvella - Yankees - Bo Rosny (Wahoo!! x2)
Jackie Gutierrez - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!! x2)
Dennis Boyd - Red Sox - Thoughts & Sox (Wahoo!!)
Sid Fernandez - Mets - Buckstore Cards (Wahoo!! x3)
Eric Bell - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!! x3)
Barry Larkin - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)
Steve Sparks - Brewers - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!! x2)
Jeff Schwarz - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!! x4)
Joe Orsulak - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!! x5, Back-to-Back!!)
Greg Harris - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Jay Bell - Indians - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!!)
Dennis Rasmussen - Padres - Marcus (Wahoo!!)
Orioles Team Leaders - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!! x6)

WOW! I don't know if gcrl assembled this box of cards or if things just happened the way they did, but SIX cards for Pedersej! Nice! For that matter, we had several folks with multiple pulls in there! Congratulations to everyone that grabbed some cardboard here. If you didn't get any, don't worry! There are still LOTS of cards in this box!

For Father's Day, I received a 10-pack box of Topps 2016 Series 2. As with all my "holiday" gifts, I get first bids on any pulled cards and the rest I share with you. Here's one of those packs:

Chris Archer - Rays - TSHenson (Wahoo!!)
Cliff Pennington - Angels - Angels in Order (Wahoo!!)
Jason Heyward - Cubs - Sons of Diagoras (Wahoo!!)
Jeff Samardzija - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
James Pazos - Yankees -Bo Rosny (Wahoo!!)
Carlos Rondon Future Stars - White Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
Steven Matz Record Setter - Mets - Buckstore Cards (Wahoo!!)
Carlos Correa MLB Debut - Astros - RAZ (Wahoo!!)
Topps Bunt Free Pack - Filler - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Didi Gregorius - Yankees - Bo Rosny (Wahoo!! x2)
James Shields - Padres - Marcus (Wahoo!!)

Congrats to Bo for getting two cards here! The Matz card looks very cool. I like those Record Setter card designs. It was cool pulling Correa after having recently watched him play in Houston, Congrats to everyone!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

PAD Circus - 058 - Bustin wax by the ocean

Okay, technically, I'm busting wax from the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston, TX. I can't referncevmanagers, so that will be done after we get back. Some folks I know from memory, so I will try to post those as I go. 

2016 Hertiage Value Pack:

Sean Doolittle - A's - Dayf (Wahoo!!)
Kenley Jansen - Dodgers - Night Owl (Wahoo!!)
Phillies Team Card - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Erick Aybar - Braves - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Jeff Samardzija - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Pedro Severino/Travis Tartamella NL Rookie Stars - Nationals/Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Carlos Beltran - Yankees - Bo Rosny (Wahoo!!)
Seth Smith - Mariners - Cool Breeze (Wahoo!!)
Blake Swihart - Red Sox - Thoughts & Sox (Wahoo!!)
Mike Leake - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!! X2)
Coco Crisp - A's - Dayf (Wahoo!! X2)
Delino DeShields Jr - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)
Nathan Karns - Mariners - Cool Breeze  (Wahoo!! X2)
Cubs Team Card - Cubs - Sons of Diagoras (Wahoo!!)
Sonny Gray - A's - Dayf (Wahoo!! X3)
Yu Darvish New Age Performers - Rangers - Play at the Plate  (Wahoo!! X2)
Roberto Clemente/Miguel Cabrera Then&Now - Pirates/Tigers - Brian C (Wahoo!!)
Jadon Hammel - Cubs - Sons of Diagoras (Wahoo!! X2)
Shawn Tollenson - Rangers - Play at the Plate  (Wahoo!! X3)
Kyle Hendricks - Cubs - Sons of Diagoras  (Wahoo!! X3)

Wilson takes the multi-player card by random decision as does Brian C. Congrats everyone, from Galveston!!

If the fonts look all out of whack, I have no idea why. Something about posting from the app, I guess.

PAD Circus - 057 - I can see clearly now...

Today, let's rip open a pack o' Pinnacle! Maybe we'll get something totally unexpected. Maybe not. I never know, but I am always hopeful.

2013 Pinnacle:

Felix Hernandez - Mariners - Cool Breeze (Wahoo!!)
Ryan Howard - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Manny Machado - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)
Henry M Rodriguez - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)
Felix Hernandez Clear Vision Shutout - Mariners - Cool Breeze (Wahoo!! x2, Double-ish!)
Mark Trumbo - Angels - Angels in Order (Wahoo!!)
Ryne Sandberg - Cubs - Sons of Diagoras (Wahoo!!)
Mike Napoli - Red Sox - Thoughts & Sox (Wahoo!!)

Okay, I need to start hoping for the unexpected more often! That Hernandez Clear Vision is freakin awesome! I love die cards, especially with something added. Wow!! Congrats to Cool Breeze! Congrats to everyone else that grabbed some cardboard out of here as well!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

PAD Circus - 056 - Where's Ponch and John when you need them?

Yeah, you old schools are playing the theme song in your head right now... A couple of guys on motorcycles, keeping California's highways free from hooligans... No? Well, we've got Chipz anyway!

2013 Chipz:

Playmat - Filler - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Jay Bruce - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)
Alex Rodriguez - Yankees - Bo Rosny (Wahoo!!)
Madison Bumgarner Gold - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Giants vinyl sticker - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)
Yu Darvish Silver - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)

Wow - I feel like Yukon Cornelius!! Silver AND Gold!! Yeah, I guess this post as that retro TV thing going...

Monday, June 20, 2016

PAD Circus - 055 - Get on the EXPRESS!

Welcome to Monday! Sure, I might be on vacation right now, but is that going to stop me from ripping open wax? Of course not!

2013 Hometown Heroes:

Kent Hrbek - Twins - gcrl (Wahoo!!)
Cole Hamels - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
John Kruk - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)
Terry Pendleton - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Bill Buckner - Dodgers - Night Owl (Wahoo!!)
Nolan Ryan Nicknames (Ryan Express) - Astros - RAZ (Wahoo!!)
Albert Pujols - Angels - Angels in Order (Wahoo!!)
Paul Konerko - White Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)

Congratulations, Dawgbones! Back-to-Back pulls! That Ryan Express card is pretty cool! And, a special congrats to RAZ for pulling an Astros card because while on vacation, my family plans to take in an Astros game for the first time! Wahoo!!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

PAD Circus - 054 - ...When the dealin's done...

Hello, folks! Welcome to another day and another pack break! Let's see what's in store for us today:

1992 Fleer Ultra Series 2:

Rafael Ramirez - Astros - RAZ (Wahoo!!)
Dave Hansen - Dodgers - Night Owl (Wahoo!!)
Barry Jones - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Bob Tewksbury - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Lance Blankenship - A's - Dayf (Wahoo!!)
Rico Rossy - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Rich Rodriguez - Padres - Marcus (Wahoo!!)
Dave Burba - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Tim Naehring - Red Sox - Thoughts & Sox (Wahoo!!)
Jarvis Brown - Twins - gcrl (Wahoo!!)
Todd Frohwirth - Orioles - Pedersej (wahoo!!)
Scott Brosius - A's - Dayf (Wahoo!! x2)
Kenny Rogers - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)
Tony Perezchica - Indians - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!!)

Wahoo!! Pulled a Triber at the very end! Dayf grabbed two A's players here! Congrats to everyone for grabbing more cardboard for their respective stacks!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

PAD Circus - 053 - Draft Oversight and More Wax!

Hey everyone! Thanks to CoolBreeze for bringing the following to my attention: I forgot to send an email to managers about the previous free agent draft. I posted it on here, but I usually send an email to managers as well. For whatever reason, that part of it slipped my mind!

My apologies to those of you that did not realize there had been a third draft.  I will make sure to send the email out for now on! That was just "operator headspace" on my part.

Let's rip into some wax:

2015 Stars and Stripes Longevity:
Robert Refsnyder Longevity - Yankees - Bo Rosny (Wahoo!!)
Nick Madrigal Longevity - Indians - Tribecards (Wahoo!!)
Mark Vientos Longevity - High School - Ryan G (Wahoo!!)
Thomas Eshelman Crusdade - Astros - RAZ (Wahoo!!)
DJ Stewart - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)

Congrats everyone! I had not heard of Madrigal, so I was surprised to find out he is a Triber (or will be one day)! As I have said before, those Crusade cards are amazing!

Friday, June 17, 2016

PAD Circus - 052 - Premier Edition (Hint: It's NOT O-Pee-Chee)

Hello, everyone! Recently, I managed to scoop up three packs of a "Premier Edition" product. I will open one of those packs now and the others will show up at some point during the season.  These were some of my favorite cards when they came out, mainly because they were not Topps. There was nothing wrong with Topps, but seeing something different in the boxes at my local "dairy store" (what we called it) brought a new excitement to our neighborhood collectors.

Let's roll back the clock and rip open a pack of 1981 Fleer!

Frank White (gum stuck on) - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Joe Charboneau - Indians - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!!)
Scott McGregor - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)
Ed Farmer - White Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
Rich Murray - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Gary Gray - Indians - Tribecards (Wahoo!!)
Tippy Martinez - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!! x2)
Tony LaRussa - White Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!! x2)
Earl Weaver - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!! x3)
Lou Whitaker - Tigers - Ryan G (Wahoo!!)
Mark Corey - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!! x4)
Ross Grimsley - Indians - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!! x2)
Lee May - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!! x5)
Dan Petry - Tigers - Ryan G (Wahoo!! x2)
Rick Burleson - Red Sox - Thoughts & Sox (Wahoo!!)
Tony Perez - Red Sox - Thoughts & Sox (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)
Gary Roenicke - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!! x6)

WOW! Congratulations to Pedersej! I can't believe we pulled SIX Orioles from one pack of cards. That is crazy! That is also 80's collation from Fleer - Haha! Congrats also go out to those folks who still managed to pull more than one player out of this one. And, of course, I have to give a nod to those of us that managed to get anything at all, given the multi-card handouts going on here. We also managed to pull only cards that had no error/variations.  What a fun walk back in time!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

PAD Circus - 051 - All About The Rod(s)man

Howdy! Since I am getting pretty excited about doing another free agent draft before the end of June, I thought I would try to up the ante. Let's see if we can get some free agents added to the stack.

2013 Goodwin Champions:
Larry Johnson - Basketball - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!!)
Ray Allen - Basketball - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)
Jeremy Lamb - Basketball - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!! x3, Back-to-Back-to-Back!!!)
Dennis Rodman - Basketball - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!! x4, Back-to-Back-to-Back-to-Back!!!!)

What the-!?!? Wow!! Just... WOW! Congratulations, Enamel Rods! I never would have thought we'd see a pack of Champions with ONLY basketball players in it! I'm calling this one a Grand Slam Perfect Pack! Or something. I mean, holy smokes. That is freakin awesome.

As tempted as I am to rip another pack for the sake of "trying again," I just can't. This one stands on its own. Wow!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

PAD Circus - 050 - A tall order...

Hello and welcome to another day of pack-breaking work! Okay, okay, bad pun, I know.

2013 Triple Play
Jose Altuve - Astros - RAZ (Wahoo!!)
Jose Reyes - Blue jays - Hockeykazi (Wahoo!!)
Nick Swisher - Indians - Tribecards (Wahoo!!)
Eric Hosmer - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Ryan Howard - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Yu Darvish Sticker - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)
Jeter Eye Blacks - Yankees - Bo Rosny (Wahoo!!)

I thought we were going to see a pack of all Jose's! That would actually be a funny thing for a company to put together - one pack where each player has the same first or last name. Well, we did get an Indians player out of it! Wahoo!! No one got multiple cards, so that means more cards for each manager!

This is one of the tallest scans I've done... In terms of how narrow it is, or something:

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

PAD Circus - -049 - Draft Results and A Pack of Wax

Hey, everyone. Well, as things would have it, a MAJOR storm blew threw and flooded the roads that lead to my office. So, they had to shut things down today. So, I got myself turned around - I was almost to the office when the call went out that everything was flooded - and came home.

I figured since I had the day out of the office, I had a chance to run the latest draft! So, here is what we have. Oh, before we start, you should note that I forgot to update the draft teams with current manager names. The end results in the actual Manager List are assigned correctly. I'll have that fixed for the next draft.

Choices as submitted:

Randomized Order:

Final Results:

 Congratulations, managers! I will run the next draft in a couple weeks! We've got quite a head start on categories.

Now, let's rip open today's pack:

1990 Topps:
One (1) busted up stick of 27 year-old gum - TRASHED
Checklist 3 of 6 - Checklists - FREE AGENT
Kevin Bass - Astros - RAZ (Wahoo!!)
Delino DeShields - Expos - Scott Crawford on Cards (Wahoo!!)
Nelson Santovenia - Expos - Scott Crawford on Cards (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)
Eric Davis All-Star - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)
Juan Agosto - Astros - RAZ (Wahoo!! x2)
A. Bartlett Giamatti - Commissioner - FREE AGENT
Joel Skinner - Indians - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!!)
Topps Sweatshirt Offer - Filler - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Scott Fletcher - White Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
Les Lancaster - Cubs - Sons of Diagoras (Wahoo!!)
Marty Pevey - Expos - Scott Crawford on Cards (Wahoo!! x3)
Tom Browning - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo! x2)
Cris Carpenter - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Art Howe - Astros - RAZ (Wahoo!! x3)
Jeffrey Leonard - Mariners - Cool Breeze (Wahoo!!)
Mickey Tettleton - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)

Wow! Congrats to each of you and to those of you getting multiple pulls - Scott Crawford on Cards and RAZ grabbed three each! We also got a Triber in there for good measure. Wahoo!! I was surprised that we added two free agents as well. What!?

OOPS! I forgot to trim those... Well, dang.

Monday, June 13, 2016

PAD Circus - 048 - Poor Planning On My Part...

Hey, everyone! Well, due to my own poor planning, I will run the most recent draft on Thursday, June 16 in the evening. I am teaching a couple workshops on Tuesday and then heading to a cool Education Conference on Wed and Thurs! If you are interested, you can catch my live, ongoing coverage each day from 8a-4p or so at Ill be with my co-host, Jeff, as we talk to vendors, presenters, and passersby!

Now that the commercial is out of the way, let's rip wax!

1988 Big Series One
Topps T-Shirt Offer - Filler - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Neal Heaton - Expos - Scott Crawford on Cards (Wahoo!!)
Kent Krbek - Twins - gcrl (Wahoo!!)
BJ Surhoff - Brewers - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Kal Daniels - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)
Gerald Perry - Braves - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Barry Larkin - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!! x2)
Mike Schmidt - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)

Congratulations, managers!! Nice job of the Grande to snag two Reds from the pack! Sorry there are no scans, but my internet is acting all kinds of wonky, and all I get is typing. (And, actually, I am hoping this even saves... Yoy)

Saturday, June 11, 2016

PAD Circus - 047 - Stepping Up, First Pitch, Foil and more!

Hello, everyone! This post will feature a Fat Pack from the 2015 Topps Series Two. If memory serves, this came as part of a repack box I bought. There are 36 cards in here, so hopefully, we will see a little something for nearly everyone. For the folks with teams that predate the ones found in 2015, I do have something up my sleeve for you. But, that will be later in the season.

Rafael Ynoa - Rockies - Infield Fly Rule (Wahoo!!)
Freddy Gavis - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Jason Rogers - Brewers - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Matt Adams - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Jimmy Nelson - Brewers - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!! x2)
Carlos Carrasco - Indians - Tribecards (Wahoo!!)
Cleveland Indians Team Card - Indians - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!!)
John Holdzkom - Pirates - Brian C (Wahoo!!)
Collin McHugh - Astros - RAZ (Wahoo!!)
Justin Smoak - Blue Jays - Hockeykazi (Wahoo!!)
Jayson Werth 1st Home Run - Blue Jays - Hockeykazi (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)
Jonathan Lucroy - Brewers - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!! x3)
Marcell Ozuna - Marlins - Bo Rosny (Wahoo!!)
Kyle Hendricks - Cubs - Sons of Diagoras (Wahoo!!)
Jeurys Familia - Mets - Buckstore Cards (Wahoo!!)
Danny Santana - Twins - gcrl (Wahoo!!)
Justin Masterson - Red Sox - Thoughts & Sox (Wahoo!!)
Trevor Plouffe - twins - gcrl (Wahoo!! x2)
Ross Detwiler - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)
Tyler Matzek - Rockies - Infield Fly Rule (Wahoo!! x2)
Jairo Diaz - Rockies - Infield Fly Rule (Wahoo!! x3, Back-to-Back!!)
Martin Maldonado - Brewers - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!! x4)
Caleb Joseph - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)
Craig Kimbrel - Braves - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Joe Panik - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Maicer Izturis - Blue Jays - Hockeykazi (Wahoo!! x3)
Brad Ziegler - Diamondbacks - Alec (Wahoo!!)
Denard Span Gold 852/2015 - Nationals - CaptKirk42 (Wahoo!!)
Lonnie Chisenhall Checklist Rainbow Foil? - Indians - Tribecards (Wahoo!! x2)
Joey Votto Stepping Up - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)
Melissa McCarthy First Pitch - Actress - Buckstore Cards (Wahoo!!)
Yusmeiro Petit - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!! x2)
Chris Tillman - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!! x2)
Corey Hart - Pirates - Brian C (Wahoo!! x2)
Hector Noesi - White Sox - Dominic FDNY (Wahoo!!)
Billy Butler - A's - dayf (Wahoo!!)

Wow!! Several folks pulled 2, 3 even 4 cards! We had a couple cool inserts in there as well. As luck would have it (or whatever chosen method of how the universe works), I ended up with the Chisenhall foil card. That Span Gold is very cool! Congrats to each of you that added wax to your stacks!

Before the Magic Wears Off

I realize I am about to jinx things, but I can't hold back any longer!

Friday, June 10, 2016

PAD Circus - 046 - Getting Hook'd and a Bag of Chipz

Okay, let's face it: Some of us are dying to see what is in the pack of "Hook" cards that Bo Rosny sent to us for the Circus. I have no idea what category these cards are going to end up in. The better point worth pondering is how many folks are going to try and claim them. Hahaha! Of course, I am saying this before opening them, which means I am probably going to want them all - karma and all that.

We'll open some baseball as well!

1991 Hook
Pan vs Hook Swordfight - Movie Sticker - FREE AGENT
The Revealing Reflex - Swashbucking - FREE AGENT
Small Hope for the Hopeless - Kids on Cards - FREE AGENT
Good Morning, Neverland - Pirate Ships - FREE AGENT
Tragic Transformation - Hoist the Flag - FREE AGENT
Business or Family Man - ??? - FREE AGENT
Fighting Back-to-Back - Swashbucking - FREE AGENT
Assault of the Flying Tomatoes - Kids on Cards - FREE AGENT
Getting Down to Business - Hoist the Flag - FREE AGENT

Well, now... I decided to use "Swashbuckling" for pirate-related fight scenes, discerning it from "Fencing." Since A&G has a "Hoist the Flag" series, I thought I would include Hook-specific cards in there with the other pirates of that set. The card with Robin Williams on the phone? Yeah, I have no idea what to do with that one. Feel free to toss ideas in the comment section. As for the sticker, I figure we will end up with more movie packs (because several of you have that kind of sense of humor), so I went with "Movie Sticker."

Okay, let's open a "Bag of Chipz!" What's in a bag of Chipz? Why, several packs of 2013 Chipz, of course. How many? I dunno yet. But, we can't just have one, as the saying goes... (scan of all these Chipz appears at bottom of post)

2013 Chipz
Playmat - Filler - VC Royals (Wahoo!!)
Evan Longoria Magnet - Rays - TSHenson (Wahoo!!)
Jason Motte - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Nick Swisher - Indians - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!!)
Ben Zobrist Gold - Rays - TSHenson (Wahoo!! x2)
Rays Vinyl Sticker - Rays - TSHenson (Wahoo!! x3, Back-to-Back!!)

WOW!! Congrats to TSHenson for pulling THREE items! Not only that, but they were all insert/specials! How cool! That magnet was an interesting bit to figure out which one was actually magnetized. Yeah, okay, so it took me longer than a 3rd grader to figure it out, but part of my slow learning was the fact I was mesmerized by the concept. I probably shouldn't admit a lot of things online, huh... Hey, we pulled a Triber, too! Congrats everyone!

Next pack:
Playmat - Filler - VC Royals (Wahoo!!)
David Ortiz - Red Sox - Thoughts & Sox (Wahoo!!)
Tim Lincecum Glow-in-the-Dark - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Yu Darvish - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)
Ryan Zimmerman Gold - Nationals - CaptKirk42 (Wahoo!!)
Nationals Vinyl Sticker - Nationals - CaptKirk42 (Wahoo!!)

If it didn't sound so derogatory, I'd start using the acronym YANCz when we pull Nationals Chipz (Yet Another Nationals Chipz). It is crazy how many of these CaptKirk42 is going to end up with. I'm betting he ends up with the full team set plus inserts (minus autos, though that could change for sure!). That is wild! Well, congrats to him and everyone else who grabbed some Chipz from this one. Let's keep munching:

Next pack:
Playmat - Filler - VC Royals (Wahoo!!)
Yadier Molina Glow-in-the-Dark - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Huston Street - Padres - Marcus (Wahoo!!)
Padres Vinyl Sticker - Padres - Marcus (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)
Ben Zobrist - Rays - TSHenson (Wahoo!!)
Cliff Lee - Phillies - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)

Congratulations, managers! That is a cool Yadi! TSHenson adds the base version of the gold Zobrist from the first pack. Man, I want to pull an auto from these - or a relic - so badly. Let's try another pack or two.

Next pack:
Playmat - Filler - VC Royals (Wahoo!!)
Brett Lawrie Glow-in-the-Dark - Blue Jays - Hockeykazi (Wahoo!!)
Josh Hamilton Silver - Angels - Angels in Order (Wahoo!!)
Angels Vinyl Sticker - Angels - Angels in Order (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)
Justin Upton - Diamondbacks - Alec (Wahoo!!)
Joe Mauer - Twins - gcrl (Wahoo!!)

Glow-in-the-Dark, sparkly Silver... We've got inserts all over the place coming out of these Chipz packs! Congrats to each of you that snagged a bit of plastic roundness out of this one.

Next pack:
Playmat - Filler - VC Roayls (Wahoo!!)
Paul Goldschmidt - Diamondbacks - Alec (Wahoo!!)
Diamondbacks Vinyl Sticker - Diamondbacks (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)
Josh Reddick - A's - Dayf (Wahoo!!)
Tim Lincecum - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Andrew McCutchen Glow-in-the-Dark - Pirates - Brain C (Wahoo!!)

There is a weird line across the McCutch Chipz... Almost like a perfectly straight pencil line. Very weird. I'm sure I've said this before, but I am very interested to see what the VC Royals do with all these playmats...

Next pack:
Playmat - Filler- VC Royals (Wahoo!!)
Rangers Vinyl Sticker - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)
Adrian Beltre - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!! x2 Back-to-Back!!)
Elvis Andrus Silver - Rangers - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!! x3, Back-to-Back-to-Back!!!)
Brian McCann - Braves - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Austin Jackson - Tigers - Ryan G (Wahoo!!)

WOW!! A triple B2B for PatP! That is awesome!! Congratulations! I have to say as cool as the gold Chipz are, the silver ones seem to shine/refract much better or more brilliantly. Great stuff!

Okay, one last pack for today...
Playmat - Filler- VC Royals (Wahoo!!)
Jacoby Ellsbury - Red Sox - Thoughts & Sox (Wahoo!!)
Carlos Gonzalez - Rockies - Infield Fly Rule (Wahoo!!)
Blue Jays Vinyl Sticker - Blue Jays - Hockeykazi (Wahoo!!)
Colby Rasmus - Blue Jays - Hockeykazi (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)
Jose Bautista Glow-in-the-Dark - Blue Jays - Hockeykazi (Wahoo!! x3, Back-to-Back-to-Back!!!)

WAHOO!! Another triple B2B! Congratulations, Hockeykazi! Good thing you left a couple Chipz for T&S and IFR - Haha! Great stuff, folks!

Okay, we're rolling down the top on the Chipz bag for today. There are still plenty of packs left in there, though, so we'll do it again at some point in the season. Thanks for coming along! Hope you enjoy the "snacks."

Thursday, June 9, 2016

PAD Circus - 045 - Bo Knows Tribe Cards, BoPacks, and Elvis??

Hello, folks! When I got home today, I had an over-stuffed envelope waiting in my mailbox! It was from Bo Rosny and inside were things I never imagined.

There were Tribe Cards, which is ALWAYS a treat for me! I cannot tell you how cool it is to get Indians cards in the mail from folks. Every time, I am like a kid in a candy store.

There were three BoPacks (custom packs put together by Bo), Donruss, Fleer, and Topps. The packs were a bit worse for the wear, adding to the charm:

As I mentioned, there were Tribe Cards! But, there were also Hook cards and Elvis cards...
I can only imagine Bo is all too happy to supply some much needed non-baseball for the breaks. I truly never thought we would be busting Hook and/or Elvis here. But, I'm not one to shy away from a challenge, so we will rip those puppies at some point!

THANK YOU so much, Bo, for the cool Indians and the packs for the Circus!!

Now, let's rip into one of these BoPacks!
Curtis Granderson 07 Topps - Tigers - Ryan G (Wahoo!!)
Mark Quinn 99 Bowman - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Shawn Estes 02 Fleer Tradition - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Craig Simpson - Hockey - Hockeykazi (Wahoo!!)
Dennis Rodman - Basketball - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!!)
Chris Webber Crash the Game Silver - Basketball - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)
Team Best Top Prospects Filler - Fillers - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Baby Dinosaur - Dinosaurs TV - FREE AGENT
Earl Dinosaur - Dinosaurs TV - FREE AGENT
Venus Williams - Tennis - FREE AGENT
Jessica Burke - Fencer - FREE AGENT
Eddie Pope - Soccer - FREE AGENT
Johann Olav Koss - Speed Skater - Play at the Plate (Wahoo!!)
Tom Dolan - Swimmer - FREE AGENT
Vreni Schneider - Olympian (Alpine Skier) - Captain Canuck (Wahoo!!)
In a Trance - Funky Facts - FREE AGENT
Hypno - Pokemon - FREE AGENT

Hahahaha, well, what an interesting pack we have here! First off, congratulations to anyone/everyone that pulled ANYTHING from this pack. I can tell these are going to be fun! We have a bunch of new free agents for the draft! Pokemon? Dinosaurs? Welp, things are about to get wild at the Circus.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

PAD Circus - 044 - Just one? How can it be?

Hello, everyone! In this post, we are busting open just one pack of cards. I know, I know. I haven't "Lay's Potato Chip"-ped in a while. But, this time, we're doing one pack. Let's see what we rip open from our big ol box o wax:

1988 Topps Big
Company Store Sweatshirt Insert - Fillers - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Brook Jacoby - Indians - Enamel Rods (Wahoo!!)
Lance McCullers - Padres - Marcus (Wahoo!!)
Dwight Goodwn - Mets - Buckstore Cards (Wahoo!!)
Brook Jacoby - Indians - Tribecards (Wahoo!!)
Brian Downing - Angels - Angels in Order (Wahoo!!)
Marty Barrett - Red Sox - Thoughts & Sox (Wahoo!!)
Bo Jackson - Royals - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)

I believe that is the first time we pulled the same player from a pack that went to two different managers! And, it is a Triber to boot! Wahoo!! Congrats to my fellow Indians manager, Enamel Rods. Congratulations to the others that got cards from here as well! VC Royals pulled two cards, but for two different categories! This was one crazy pack.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

PAD Circus - 043 - Tribe Card from Mark and Bustin Wax!

Hello, everyone! You'll be happy to know that we had power restored around midnight or so - or that's what I was led to believe since I had been long since catching zzzs by then.

I came home from work to find a very nice greeting card in the mail with two cards stuck inside!

The one on the left is a 1968 Topps Game card of Steve Hargan! I am 99.9% sure that I do not already have this card. This is one I am pretty sure I would remember because it is so unique. It is one of the coolest cards I've seen!  THANK YOU, MARK!!

Included with the Hargan was this 1990 Stars and Stripes Ron Wolfley card. Now, it could have simply been filler, sure. But, you see, our friend Mark A (Sons of Diagoras) usually has some kind of ulterior motive in mind. So, let's see if we can figure this one out.

  • The card is simply filler acting as a reinforcement piece.
  • Wolfley plays for the Cardinals, which used to be in St. Louis, which is not far from where I live (comparatively speaking... It's about 7 hours drive, give or take.
  • It's a Stars and Stripes, which we have busted a lot of the latest incarnation on here lately.
  • Wolfley's last name closely resembles that of the school mascot for the town in which I live. They are the Curley Wolves. 
I placing bets on the last one there. Hopefully, Mark will clue us in!

Again, THANK YOU for the Indians card!! WAHOO!!

Let's rip some wax!

2013 Chipz:
Playmat - Filler - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Brandon Phillips - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)
Dustin Pedroia - Red Sox - Thoughts & Sox (Wahoo!!)
BJ Upton Gold/Silver? - Braves - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Gio Gonzalez - Nationals - CaptKirk42 (Wahoo!!)
Nationals Vinyl Sticker - Nationals - CaptKirk42 (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)

I cannot tell if that Upton is gold or silver. The front looks silver but the back looks gold. I will leave that for Jafronius to decide! Congrats to each of you that grabbed a Chipz item from here. Special shout out to CaptKirk42 for getting yet another Nationals combo Chipz! That is crazy!! I'm looking forward to busting some autos or relics!

2015 Bowman:
Jon Singleton - Astros - Raz (Wahoo!!)
Daniel Corcino - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!!)
Marcell Ozuna - Marlins - Bo Rosny (Wahoo!!)
Sal Romano Chrome - Reds - Nachos Grande (Wahoo!! x2)
Alex Reyes - Cardinals - Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Yasmany Tomas - Diamondbacks - Alec (Wahoo!!)
Ozhaino Albies Top100 - Braves - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Chih-Wei-Hu - Twins - gcrl (Wahoo!!)
Taylor Williams Chrome - Brewers - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!!)
Jason Rogers - Brewers - Jacksonville Jobu (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)

Wow! Nachos Grande and Jacksonville Jobu get 2 hits each with Jobu pulling back-to-backs!  Awesome! The rest of the pack was a nice smattering of cards for lots of folks!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Update - We have no power!

Well, here's a fine how-do-ya-do: Most of the town where I live is without power. So.. No packs tonight (Monday night). PAD Circus will resume Tuesday evening, hopefully.

In the meantime, here's a meme to tide you over: