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!

Making a Comeback? Packs 17-20

Please allow me to apologize for the delay in these last two posts. I'm not going to offer any excuses, but will share that these next four packs greatly increased my enthusiasm for my Ginter box, which had been dwindling! Enjoy.

Pack 17:

A.J. Pierzynski
Yu Darvish
Desmond Jennings
Brett Lawrie
Jon Jay FP +2
Shaun Marcum SP (#320) +2
Palaces & Strongholds: Pena National Palace +3
Black Bordered Short Print Mini: Robin Yount (#322) +12

Pack Total: 19

Running Total: 147

Pack 18:

Jeff Samardzija
Robin Ventura
Todd Frazier
Jason Kipnis
Miguel Cabrera
Across the Years: Yu Darvish +2
(Mini) Mike Joy

Pack Total: 2

Running Total: 149

Pack 19:

Austin Jackson
Alexei Ramirez
Bill Buckner
Chris Davis
Craig Kimbrel
Bill Walton SP (#350) +2
One Little Corner: Jupiter +3
(Mini) Barry Melrose

Pack Total: 5

Running Total: 154

Pack 20:

Frank Robinson
Nick Swisher
Ty Cobb
Rod Carew
Dustin Pedroia
Across the Years: Ernie Banks +2
Peacemakers: Gandhi +3

Pack Total: 5

Running Total: 159

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Not So Sure Anymore: Packs 13-16

In brief summary of the next four packs - 14 points total. Ouch. And seeing how my competitors are doing hasn't given me a lot of confidence in my outcome here. But! It's not over until it's over. So we'll see how the last nine packs go.

Pack 13:

Mike Trout
Trevor Cahill
Brandon Beachy
Dan Uggla
Adam Jones
Andrew McCutchen SP (#335) +2
Martial Mastery: Amazons +3
A&G Ad Back Mini: Mark Teixeira +1 (+2 Mini, -1 Yankees)

Pack Total: 6

Running Total: 120

Pack 14:

Bert Blyleven
Cecil Fielder
Carlos Santana
Joe Morgan
Johnny Bench
Matt Garza
Across the Years: Ken Griffey Jr. +2
A&G Ad Back Mini: Ben Revere +2

Pack Total: 4

Running Total: 124

Pack 15:

Ian Kennedy
Kris Medlen
Brooks Robinson
Jim Rice
Duke Snider
Fergie Jenkins
Across the Years: Mark Trumbo +2
(Mini) Lou Brock

Pack Total: 2

Running Total: 126

Pack 16:

Dan Haren
Lance Lynn
Matt Moore
Derek Holland
Edwin Encarnacion
Jordan Zimmermann
Across the Years: Ian Kinsler +2
(Mini) Matt Harrison

Pack Total: 2

Running Total: 128

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Feeling a Bit Nervous: Packs 9-12

I'm feeling a bit conflicted over this next set of packs. While I'm not at all disappointed with what I ended up with (I finally found a Twin - in Ad Back Mini form to boot. And it's a nice set of inserts I'm ending up with here), the cards just did not garner the kind of totals I was hoping for in these four packs. 23 points does not bode particularly well for my 200 point goal. But such is life. On with it!

Pack 9:

Pelé
Grand Central Terminal
Bobby Bowden
Amelia Boone
Mike Richter
Josh Rutledge SP (#313) +2
Palaces & Strongholds: Alhambra +3
Inquiring Minds Mini: Baruch Spinoza +3

Pack Total: 8

Running Total: 99

Pack 10:

Michael Brantley
Ernie Banks
Alfonso Soriano
Frank Thomas
Joey Votto FP +2
Marco Scutaro  SP (#338) +2
One Little Corner: Saturn +3
A&G Ad Back Mini: Harmon Killebrew +3 (+2 mini, +1 FT)

Pack Total: 10

Running Total: 109

Pack 11:

Jose Reyes
Hyun-Jin Ryu
Hank Aaron
Matthias Blonski
Tommy Lee
Chris Mortensen -1
Across the Years: Babe Ruth +1 (+2 ATY, -1 Yankee)
Inquiring Minds Mini: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel +3

Pack Total: 3

Running Total: 112

Pack 12: (with only 7 cards)

Justin Upton
Mike Minor
Manny Machado
Ted Williams
Bert Blyleven
Across the Years: Nick Swisher +2
(Mini) Jayson Werth

Pack Total: 2

Running Total: 114

Monday, August 19, 2013

Gunning for 200 GAC points: Packs 5-8

Pack 5:

David Ortiz
Cal Ripken Jr.
Phil Niekro
Howie Kendrick
Jason Heyward FP +2
Bob Lemon SP (#311) +2
Palaces & Strongholds: Topkapi Palace +3
Inquiring Minds Mini: Immanuel Kant +3

Pack Total: 10

Running Total: 55

Pack 6:

Cecil Fielder
Carlos Santana
Joe Morgan
Johnny Bench
Matt Garza
Wei-Yin Chen SP (#305) +2
Civilizations of Ages Past: Romans +3
(Mini) Edwin Encarnacion

Pack Total: 5

Running Total: 60

Pack 7:

Jose Fernandez
Nick Saban -1
Adam Richman -1
Pope Francis I +1
Across the Years: Salvador Perez +2
Base Mini Framed Printing Plate: Johan Santana +23 - Based on a ruling from the Commissioner, Printing Plates will be counted as +27 points instead of +23. I will add the additional 4 points into my final total.


(Mini) Jose Bautista

Pack Total: 24

There is nothing disappointing about pulling one of my favorite Twins' printing plates out of a pack...aside from him playing for the Mets now.



Running Total: 84

Pack 8:

Ed O'Neill
McKayla Maroney
Robin van Persie
Kevin Harvick
Henry Rollins
Alex Rodriguez SP (#328) +1 (+2 SP, -1 Yankee)
Martial Mastery: Apache +3
Inquiring Minds Mini: Aristotle +3

Pack Total: 7

Running Total: 91