Friday, September 30, 2016

Eight more packs to go, packs 17-24

Running = 78.6 points

Pack 17:
+2 Numbers Game
+1 Favorite Team
-1 George Lopez
+2 Mini Short Print (Yankee)

4 points

Running = 82.6 points


Pack 18:

+5 FSRB
+2 Numbers Game
+2 Mayors

9 points

Running = 91.6 points


Pack 19:

+2 Natural Wonders
+1 Favorite Team
+2 A&G back mini

5 points

Running = 96.6 points 


Pack 20:

Womp womp.

0 points

Running = 96.6 points 


Pack 21:

+2 Ferocious Felines
-1 Yankee

1 point

Running = 97.6 points 


Pack 22:

+22 Framed Mini Red Autograph!! If only it was of Kyle Schwarber. Or any Cub or FP
+2 Numbers Game
+3 Mini FP List
-1 Yankee

26 points

Running = 123.6 points 


Pack 23:

+1 Falcon 9 Rocket
+2 Subways & Streetcars

3 points

Running = 126.6 points


Pack 24:

Finally, the card I was hoping I would find in my box!

+2 Laureates of Peace

2 points

For a close, but not close enough total of...

128.6
points

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Churning another one out tonight, packs 11-16

The kids are asleep, after all. :)

Running = 39.6 points

Pack 11:
George Brett Numbers Game, Brandon Drury base, Dexter Fowler base

+2 Numbers Game
+2 FP List
+1 Favorite Team

5 points

Running = 44.6 points


Pack 12:
Clayton Kershaw base, Cole Hamels base, Roger Clemens base, Victoria Falls Natural Wonder, Melky Cabrera A&G back mini
+2 Natural Wonders
+2 FP List
+2 FP List
+2 A&G back mini
-1 Yankee

7 points

Running = 51.6 points


Pack 13:
Babe Ruth Baseball Legends, Billy Burns A&G back mini

+1 Legends (Yankee)
+2 A&G back mini

3 points

Running = 54.6 points


Pack 14:
Kole Calhoun relic, Billy Williams Numbers Game, John Lackey base, Addison Russell base
+5 FSRA
+3 Numbers Game (Favorite Team)
+1 Favorite Team
+1 Favorite Team

10 points

Running = 64.6 points


Pack 15:
Jackie Robinson Baseball Legends, Steve Schirripa base, Welington Castillo Short Print A&G back mini 
+2 Legends
+1 Schirripa
+5 Short Print A&G back

8 points

Running = 72.6 points


Pack 16:
Evan Longoria Numbers Game, Gary Sanchez base, Pulpit Rock Natural Wonders, Steve Cishek mini short print
+2 Numbers Game
+2 Natural Wonders
+3 Mini Short Print
-1 Yankee

6 points

Running = 78.6 points

We'll just keep right on keeping on here with...

Packs 5-10

Running = 22.6 points

Pack 5:
Mike Piazza Numbers Game, Mark Teixeira base, Cave of the Crystals Natural Wonder
+2 Numbers Game
+2 Natural Wonder
-1 Yankee

3 points

Running = 25.6 points


Pack 6:
Masahiro Tanaka base, Mike Greenburg base
+1 Mike Greenburg
-1 Yankee

0 points

Running = 25.6 points


Pack 7:
Jason Heyward Numbers Game, Nolan Ryan Baseball Legends, Don Mattingly base
+3 Numbers Game Favorite Team
+2 Legends
-1 Yankee

4 points

Running = 29.6 points


Pack 8:
Luke Jackson base, Brett Gardner base, Jake Arrieta mini
+2 FP list
+1 Mini Favorite Team
-1 Yankee

2 points

Running = 31.6 points


Pack 9:
Kenta Maeda base, David Ortiz Numbers Game, Hector Rondon base, Andre Dawson base, Colin Cowherd base, Aroldis Chapman base
+2 Numbers Game
+2 FP list
+1 Favorite Team
+1 Favorite Team
-1 Yankee
-1 Cowherd

4 points

Running = 35.6 points


Pack 10:
George Brett Baseball Legends, Troy Tulowitzki Numbers Game
+2 Numbers Game
+2 Legends

4 points

Running = 39.6 points

Gint-A-Cuffs 2016, packs 1-4

Life as the mother of two young children has gotten the best of me, so I'm going to need to keep my Gint-A-Cuffs posts brief! A quick look at the contents of my box reveals quite a few Yankees, so I'm holding out only the smallest flicker of hope. Here goes nothing.
Box Loader:
Anthony Rizzo Box Loader
7.6 (+4 Box Loader Set x1.9 multiplier for FP list + my favorite team)

Running: 7.6 points


Pack 1:
Roger Clemens Numbers Game, Great Barrier Reef Natural Wonders, Betsy Hodges U.S. Mayors
+2 Numbers Game
+2 US Mayors
+2 Natural Wonders
6 points

Running= 13.6 points


Pack 2:
Reggie Jackson Baseball Legends, Randy Johnson Numbers Game, Rick Klein base, Aroldis Chapman mini
+2 Numbers Game
+2 Legends
-1 Rick Klein
-1 Yankee
2 points

Running= 15.6 points


Pack 3:
Dellin Betances base, Cole Hamels black-bordered mini
+6 Mini Black-bordered from FP list
-1 Yankee
5 points

Running = 20.6 points


Pack 4:
Greg Bird base, Brad Boxberger black-bordered mini
+3 Mini Black-bordered
-1 Yankee
2 points

Running = 22.6

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Gint-A-Cuffs, 2015! Part II

...and so it does

Pack Thirteen:


Carlos Santana
Michael Wacha
Dalton Pompey
Jorge De La Rosa
Mike Mills Mini
Starting Points Alex Rodriguez (+2 Starting Points)
Mark Teixeira (-1 Yankees)
10th Anniversary Buy Back Alexander Cartwright (+3 Full-Sized Buy Back)

Pack Total: +4

Running Total: +63

Pack Fourteen:


Scott Kazmir
Billy Butler
Pedro Alvarez
Starlin Castro Patch (+6 Full-Sized Relic)
What Once Was Believed Alchemy (+2 What Once Was Believed)
Chase Headley (-1 Yankee)
Carlos Beltran Black Bordered Mini (+3 Black Bordered Mini, -1 Yankee)

Pack Total: +10

Running Total: +73

Pack Fifteen:


Nick Markakis
Yovani Gallardo
Evan Gattis
Rocky Balboa
Aaron Hill
Justin Verlander
Ancient Armory Claymore (+2 Ancient Armory)
Jake Lamb A&G Back Mini (+2 A&G Back Mini)

Pack Total: +4

Running Total: +77

Pack Sixteen:


Aaron Paul
Jose altuve
Austin Jackson
Carlos Gonzalez
Jon Niese
Hunter Pence
Starting Points Jonny Cueto (+2 Starting Points)
Jhonny Peralta A&G Back Mini (+5 SP A&G Back Mini)

Pack Total: +7

Running Total: +84

Pack Seventeen:


Garrett Richards
Desmond Jennings
Brian Windhorst
Adam Wainwright
Dexter Fowler
Freddie Freeman
Starting Points Stephen Strausburg (+2 Starting Points)
Brian McCann Mini (-1 Yankee)

Pack Total: +1

Running Total: +85

Pack Eighteen:


Matt Harvey
Greg Holland
Lonnie Chisenhall
Jonah Keri
Wade Miley (+1 My Favorite Team)
Didi Gregorious (-1 Yankee)
Ancient Armory Shuriken (+2 Ancient Armory)
Freddie Freeman A&G Back Mini (+2 A&G Back Mini)

Pack Total: +4

Running Total: +89

Pack Nineteen:


Zack Cozart
Brody Stevens
Jeff Mauro
Jacob DeGrom
Alex Gordon
Wei-Yin Chen
Great Scott! Fingerprints (+2 Great Scott!)
Hunter Pence Black Bordered Mini (+3 Black Bordered Mini)

Pack Total: +5

Running Total: +94

Pack Twenty:


Giancarlo Stanton
Matt Holliday
Will Middlebrooks
Yordano Ventura
Drew Storen
Leonys Martin
Addison Russel Mini
Starting Points Pablo Sandoval (+2 Starting Points)

Pack Total: +2

Running Total: +96

Pack Twenty One:


Fall of the Berlin Wall
George Springer
Fernando Rodney
Brandon Phillips
Shelby Miller
Jose Fernandez
Great Scott! Continental Drift (+2 Great Scott!)
Drew Storen A&G Back Mini (+2 A&G Back Mini)

Pack Total: +4

Running Total: +100

Pack Twenty Two:


Dilson Herrera
Micah Johnson
Yunel Escobar
Lakey Peterson Mini
Adrian Beltre (+2 Any Favorite Player)
Menagerie of the Mind Pegasus (+2 Menagerie of the Mind)
David Wright Framed Mini Relic (+8 Framed Mini Relic, x1.7 Modifier for Any Favorite Player)

Pack Total: +17.6

Running Total: +117.6

Pack Twenty Three:


Kurt Suzuki
Chris Tillman
Bartolo Colon
J.D. Martinez
Erick Aybar
Christian Bethancourt
Yasiel Puig Mini
Starting Point Madison Bumgarner (+2 Starting Point, +2 Any Favorite Player)

Pack Total: +4

Running Total: +121.6

Pack Twenty Four:


Jordan Zimmermann
Trevor Rosenthal
Jason Hammel
Coco Crisp
Yasmani Grandal
Michael Cuddyer
Mini Philae Probe (+1 Commissioner’s Pick Mini)
What Once Would Be Robot Housekeepers (+2 What Once Would Be)

Pack Total: +3

Final Total: +124.6


So, like I said, I'm not sure Gint-a-Cuffs was a good plan this year. This score could very well be considered an abject failure. I didn't even manage to get a card of my sister-in-law, Megan Kalmoe, in my box! Oh well. It was still a thrill to open another box of Ginter all my own!

Happy collecting, all!

Gint-A-Cuffs, 2015! Part I

So, I undertook Gint-A-Cuffs again this year. I'm not sure it was such a good plan. As the mother of a 21 month old little boy, I barely had enough time to open my box, let alone score it before September 30th! But score it I did, with just 24 hours to spare. So let's make this quick and dirty, shall we?

Box Topper:



Rusney Casillo Box Loader (+4 Box Loader, +1 Favorite Team)

Box Topper Total: +5

Running Total: +5

Pack One:


Malala Yousafzai
Adam Jones
Robinson Cano
Hyun-Jin Ryu
Jared Weaver
Torii Hunter
Starting Points Eric Hosmer (+2 Starting Points)
Birds of Prey California Condor Mini (+2 Bird of Prey)

Pack Total: +4

Running Total: +9

Pack Two:


Mike Olt
Josh Reddick
Jose Abreu
Maikel Franco
Jake Lamb
Gregory Polanco Mini
Starting Points Robinson Cano (+2 Starting Points, -1 Yankee)
Michael Pineda (-1 Yankee)

Pack Total: +0

Running Total: +9

Pack Three:


Michael Morse
Adam LaRoche
Lucas Duda
Henderson Alvarez
Ardolis Chapman
Steven Souza Jr.
Michael Cuddyer Mini
Menagerie of the Mind Zombie (+2 Menagerie of the Mind)

Pack Total: +2

Running Total: +11

Pack Four:


Jake Marisnick
Yu Darvish
Christian Yelich
Matt Cain
Joc Pederson
James Murray
Ian Desmond Mini (+3 Short Print Mini)
Starting Points Sonny Gray (+2 Starting Points)

Pack Total: +5

Running Total: +16

Pack Five:


Alex Cobb
Brandon Crawford
Dustin Ackley
Chase Utley
Jimmy Rollins
Addison Russel
Magnates, Barons, and Tycoons Mini Flagler (+2 Magnates, Barons, and Tycoons Mini)
Menagerie of the Mind Centaur (+2 Menagerie of the Mind)

Pack Total: +4

Running Total: +20

Pack Six:


Trevor May
Sal Vulcano
Joaquin Benoit
Yan Gomes
Francisco Liriano
Magna Carta (+1 Commissioner’s Pick)
Ancient Armory Catapult (+2 Ancient Armory)
A World Beneath Our Feet Green-Striped Dragonfly Mini (+2 A World Beneath Our Feet)

Pack Total: +5

Running Total: +25

Pack Seven:


David Cross
Shin-Shoo Choo
Paul Scheer (-1 Commissioner’s Bane)
Anthony Rizzo (+2 Any Favorite Player Base)
Pablo Sandoval (+1 My Favorite Team)
Bryce Brentz (+1 My Favorite Team)
Great Scott! Large Hadron Collider (+2 Great Scott!)
Michael Pineda Black Bordered Mini (+3 Black Bordered Mini, -1 Yankee)

Pack Total: +7

Running Total: +32

Pack Eight:


Mike Foltynewicz
Carlos Rodon
Koji Uehara (+1 My Favorite Team)
Shane Victorino (+1 My Favorite Team)
Starting Points Adrian Gonzalez (+2 Starting Points)
10th Anniversary Framed Mini Buyback Scott Hatteberg (+4 Framed Mini Buyback)
First Lady Barbara Bush Mini (+2 First Lady Mini)

Pack Total: +10

Running Total: +42

Pack Nine:


Glen Perkins
Mike Moustakas
David Price
Kyle Seager
What Once Would Be Mail By Parachute (+2 What Once Would Be)
Zach Lowe Patch (+6 Full-Sized Relic)
First Ladies Harriet Lane Mini (+2 First Lady Mini)

Pack Total: +10

Running Total: +52

Pack Ten:


Darren Rovell
Julie Foudy
J.J. Hardy
Kole Calhoun
Thunderlips
Cliff Lee
Albert Pujols Mini
Starting Points Adam Wainwright (+2 Starting Points)

Pack Total: +2

Running Total: +54

Pack Eleven:


Jeff Samardzija
Alexei Ramirez
Todd Frazier
Rick Porcello (+1 My Favorite Team)
Joe Buck (-1 Commissioner’s Bane)
Dellin Bentances (-1 Yankee)
Starting Point Yoenis Cespedes (+2 Starting Point)
James Shields A&G Back Mini (+2 A&G Back Mini)

Pack Total: +3

Running Total: +57

Pack Twelve:


Joe Mauer
Buck 65
Nelson Cruz
Gerrit Cole
Tyson Ross
Starting Points Edwin Encarnacion (+2 Starting Points)
10th Anniversary Buy Back Reggie Jackson (+3 Full-Sized Buy Back, -1 Yankee)
Stephen Drew Mini (+3 SP Mini, -1 Yankee)

Pack Total: +6

Running Total: +63

To be continued...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sweet Relief: Packs 21-25

My last five packs held my third relic, a People on Bicycles mini, and an Ad Back Favorite Player that pushed me over the top for my goal. I was so excited to pull that Quadracycle for Two. Ryan tells me that the Bicycles set is a lot rarer than the other mini sets, and, as he collects all of them, I was pleased as punch to make this contribution to his collection for 2013.

Pack 21:

Ted Williams
Manny Machado
Mike Minor
Justin Upton
Jered Weaver
Tommy Hanson SP (#301) +2
Martial Mastery: Vikings +3
(Mini) Chase Headley SP (#336) +3

Pack Total: 8

Running Total: 167

Pack 22:

Bobby Doerr
Eddie Murray
John Smoltz
Paul Goldschmidt
Albert Pujols
Jackie Robinson
Dester Fowler
Across the Years: Bryce Harper +4 (+2 ATY, +2 FP)
People on Bicycles Mini: Quadracycle For Two +5

Pack Total: 9

Running Total: 176

Pack 23:

Prince Fielder
C.J. Wilson
Tyler Skaggs
Dylan Bundy
Across the Years: Aroldis Chapman +2
Relic: McKayla Maroney +10

(Mini) Andrew McCutchen SP (#335) +3

Pack Total: 15

That is one sparkly looking relic!

Running Total: 191

Pack 24:

Mike Olt
Ben Zobrist
Jayson Werth
Panama Canal
Olivia Culpo +1
R.A. Dickey FP +2
Across the Years: Chris Medlen +2
A&G Ad Back Mini: Hiroki Kuroda +1 (+2 Mini, -1 Yankee)

Pack Total: 6

Running Total: 197

Pack 25:

Jason Motte
Bob Gibson
Yasiel Puig
Brian Kelly
Shawn Nadelen
Carlton Fisk SP (#306) +2
One Little Corner: Centaur +3
A&G Ad Back Mini: R.A. Dickey + 5 (+2 Mini, +3 FP)

Pack Total: 10

Running Total: 207 + 4 for the Printing Plate ruling.

Box Total: 211!

That puts me ahead of Ryan's score this year by 37 points, for those keeping track. We'll have to wait and see what The Commissioner makes of my box' score, but I'm happy to have achieved my stated goal. Cheers!