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Gint-A-Cuffs: Packs 5-8

Pack 5:

#283 Mike Aviles
#5 Luke Hochevar
#276 Michael Phelps
#220 Suez Canal (-1)
#145 Todd Wellemeyer
National Heroes #NH2 Haile Selassie I (+5)

National Pride #NP36 Yovani Gallardo

Total: 4. Ho hum…

Pack 6:

#233 John Lackey
#222 Akinori Iwamura
#111 Jason Giambi
#156 Jayson Werth
#252 Lastings Milledge
#324 Wladimir Balentien SP (+5)

Mini A & G Back #92 Joe Mauer (+5: 3 for the Favorite, 2 for the card back if I did that correctly)

National Pride #NP37 Johan Santana

Total: 10

Pack 7:

#265 Paul Konerko
#240 Hank Blalock
#285 George Kottaras
#284 Kenshin Kawakami
#AGA-JRI Juan Rivera Autograph (+15)

Black Bordered Mini #88 Brad Penny (+3)

National Pride #NP38 Mariano Rivera (+6 Favorite)

Total: 24. My best pack so far!

Pack 8:

#124 Donald Veal (who may or may not be boycotted by PETA)
#183 Pedro Feliz
#146 Rich Harden
#36 Joba Chamberlain (-1)
#313 Jeff Francis SP (+5)

Baseball Highlights Sketch Card #AGHS24 Mariano Rivera (+3)

Mini #194 Brandon Morrow
National Pride #NP39 Shin-Soo Choo

Total: 7

Running Box Total: 85

Gint-A-Cuffs: Packs 1-4

Yes, the man who only opens old wax has signed up for Gint-A-Cuffs, finally has a box in hand, and is ready to do battle! Let’s get right to it, shall we?

N43 Boxtopper:

#N43-TL Tim Lincecum (+10)

Pack 1:
#185 Dustin Pedroia (+2)

#99 Chris Duncan
#140 Loren Opstedahl
#173 Francisco Rodriguez
#66 Alex Rodriguez (-1)
#132 Anna Tunnicliffe
Mini #262 Magglio Ordonez
National Pride #NP32 Rich Harden

Total: 1. Yikes.

Pack 2:
#2 Zack Greinke
#57 Frank Evans (+2)

#224 Tim Lincecum (+2)

#76 Brandon Phillips
#325 Dioner Navarro SP (+5)

Baseball Highlights Sketch Card #AGHS23 Brad Lidge (+3)

Mini A & G Back #124 Donald Veal (+2)

National Pride #NP33 Hanley Ramirez (+4)

Total: 18.
Now, that’s more like it!

Pack 3:

#267 Melvin Mora
#221 Brandon Webb
#46 Brian Roberts (+2)

#117 Blake DeWitt
#297 Kolan McConiughey
#49 Ubaldo Jimenez
Mini #184 Chris Young
National Pride #NP34 Nick Markakis (+4)

Total: 6. Well, that was a very “Beardy-riffic” pack, now wasn’t it?  Unfortunately, it only added up to 6 points for me.

Pack 4:

#193 Khalil Greene
#175 Alfonso Soriano
#219 Nate McLouth
#235 Roy Oswalt
#15 Alfred Nobel
#311 Gavin Floyd SP (+5)

Mini #115 Ryan Doumit
National Pride #NP35 Manny Ramirez

Total: 5

Running Box Total: 40

2009 Topps Heritage Blaster!

The local WalMart finally got some blasters in and I couldn’t resist. Here’s a quick recap of the goods.

Base set: I pulled 59 base cards without duplicates. However, none of these base cards were of the shortprinted variety. If anyone is looking for certain players/teams, I’ll be happy to send them out.

News Flashback: John F. Kennedy

Then and Now: Whitey Ford/C.C. Sabathia

Chrome: Lou Marson (1131/1960)

Clubhouse Collection: J.D. Drew jersey

All in all, not a bad little blaster. It was a little unusual to not see any SPs, but considering the fact that I’m not committed to completing the set, it didn’t bother me much. It was nice to pull a relic as well, especially one containing a swatch with a little personality to it. Everything from this box will be available for trade.

Boredom Blaster: 2009 Topps

I know, I know. A blaster of 2009 Topps doesn’t exactly qualify as an “oldschool break,” but I just had to see for myself what the fuss was all about. Overall, I was much more impressed by this box than the Upper Deck blaster I busted a couple weeks ago. Here’s what I pulled:

Base set: I pulled 65 base cards without a single dupe. I didn’t anticipate them having a black border (or background, should’ve noted this earlier). The cards came out very clean and without dings and roller marks that several cards from UD did.

Toppstown: Brandon Webb, Evan Longoria, Johan Santana, Hanley Ramirez, Alex Gordon, Jake Peavy, Nick Markakis, Justin Morneau, and Ryan Howard. I also pulled a gold of Nick Markakis. I don’t particularly care for these, but at least they’re at least a little interesting this year. Anybody need codes?

Topps Gold (/2009): Rich Harden. The tradition continues.

Turkey Red: Shane Victorino, Ervin Santana. I have mixed feelings about Turkey Red. Overall, I’ve never really been into these cards, with the exception of 2007’s set, which I loved. I’m not unhappy that they’ve become an insert in this year’s Topps though. They certainly could’ve found something worse.

Legends of the Game: Walter Johnson, Roberto Clemente.
I think I may have found the first insert set I want to complete in 2009.

Historical Commemorative Patch (Boxloader): Ernie Banks (1962 ASG). While I loathe manufactured, non-GU letter patches (even if they ARE signed), these patch cards are pretty decent. The makeup of these cards remind me a little of those patches used in 2003 Sweet Spot Classic with the key difference being the fact that these cards commemorate past All-Star and World Series games rather than contain a mere simple team logo. A couple of other scans (along with the complete checklist) were posted on A Cardboard Problem last week. I’d have to give Topps the “thumbs up” on this set, as well as the flagship in general.

Ehh…What the Hell? A 2009 UD Blaster!

Tonight, I stopped by WallyWorld to pick up a couple things (some extra bubble mailers for the group break, among others) when I decided to check out the blasters there for the first time in a while. Among the new blasters were 2009 UD, Topps Mayo (no comment), and American Heritage. I think I made the right choice. Here’s what I pulled:

Base: 65 of them. I’ve put a few of them aside for some people that were involved in my group break. If you people are reading this:

Night Owl – I’ve got 6 Dodger cards here coming your way.
Sooz – I have a Jeter Highlights (card 466) that I’ll throw in with the others.
Mr. Maniac Conspiracy Theorist (Joe) – I have 2 Reds from this set I’ll send your way (plus more) whenever you decide to send me your address.

YSL: Mike Mussina #6677, “A-Fraud” #6729
NOTE: I will only trade these for other YSL cards. If anyone working on the set can send me some dupes, let me know. Otherwise, they’re going to charity.

1975 OPC: Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran, Felix Hernandez

Starquest: Johan Santana (Blue Uncommon), Ryan Braun (Gold Rare)

Rivals: Jose Reyes/Jimmy Rollins

USA Baseball: Harold Martinez

Historic Firsts Predictors: N.L. wins A.S.G.

20th Anniversary Retrospective: Wayne Gretzky #362

UD Game Jersey: Ian Kennedy