Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Gint-a-Cuffs: Pack 24: This is It (with a Final Hit)

The final pack of my Gint-a-Cuffs box is here.

Box total so far:  98 points (plus box loader and unnanounced mini TBD)

Pack 24:
130.  Gary Sanchez (-1 Yankees)
234.  Adam Wainwright
284.  Ian Kinsler
299.  Adam Jones
Fantasy Goldmine:  FG-19.  Ted Williams (+2 points)
Regular mini:  48.  Manny Margot
Framed relic:  MFR-KB.  Kris Bryant (+6 points x 1.7 favorite player list = 10.2 points)

Pack total:  11.2 points
Box total so far:  109.2 points (plus box loader and unannounced mini TBD)

The favorite player status of Bryant made for a great pack to end Gint-a-Cuffs on.  At this point, I am only waiting on the commish's decisions for the two cards that I haven't yet scored.  If I had to guess, I'll say my final box total will be somewhere near the 115 - 120 point mark.  I have no idea if that will be enough for me to claim victory this year...so far as I've seen, most people have not yet posted their Gint-a-Cuffs results.  If nothing else, I can at least set the bar for others to leap over!

UPDATE!  The Commish has spoken.  My box loader is +6 and my mini is +4.  Therefore, I almost cracked the 120 barrier - 109.2 points total.

In hindsight, I defnitely should have chosen my "hot box" as my Gint-a-Cuffs box.  That box was better in terms of the hits (for Gint-a-Cuffs scoring anyhow since my Rip Card was a Yankee).  Oh well, that's the way the cookie crumbles when you have to choose one box ahead of time!  I do have the entire box being opened on video but with the hot box bonus of +20 points (and with at least one person having a hot box for the contest), I am quite certain that I am out of the running already.  Still, it's always fun to play along - and at least now I can safely say that I've updated my want list to include what I am still missing from this year's Gint-a-Cuffs!

Box Total (FINAL):  119.2 points.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Gint-a-Cuffs: Pack 23: It's Almost Over...but Wait - What in the World is this Mini?

Today's second-to-last pack in the box holds the most confusing card of the entire box (at least to me).  When I opened up the pack originally, I had no idea what the card was...or who it was depicting.  In fact, I didn't understand a single thing about the card! 

Now I have some answers at least, but first, let's look at the entire pack's contents.

Box total so far:  96 points (plus box topper TBD):

Pack 23:
27.  Sean Manaea
39.  Trea Turner
165.  Ben Zobrist
173.  Nolan Arenado
244.  Orlando Arcia
319.  Harrison Bader
Baseball Equipment of the Ages:  BEA-17.  Baseball Donut (+2 points)
Unannounced mini:  MS-2.  Benjamin Geaux-Homme  (?? points)

Pack total:  2 points (plus MS mini?)
Box total so far:  98 points (plus box topper and MS mini)

Until I know what the mini is worth in terms of points, I can't really comment on the overall success of that pack.  Assuming the mini is worth at least a couple of points, this would at least push me over the 100 point threshold which was my original target goal.  I still have one pack remaining - and it holds my third and final hit.  However, before we get to the final pack let's talk a moment about that mini card.

It turns out that Mr. Geaux-Homme was "signed" by the Asbury Park Football Club back on May 24, 2017.  If you don't believe that, you can verify my story via the club's Twitter feed.  The only problem with this?  Asbury Park Football Club is a fake soccer team, with a fake stadium (which just so happens to have a very real card in this year's base Allen & Ginter set).  The other two cards in the unannounced mini set are also related to the fake soccer club (or at least I think so - I don't either of the other two cards myself).

Kind of a fun gag by Topps to include the Asbury Park stuff - and if you are interested, I found this article that describes the entire enterprise.

And with that, we are down to one pack remaining.  See you soon for the thrilling (?) conclusion of this year's Gint-a-Cuffs box.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Trade Stack 93: 2018 Allen & Ginter is on the Stack!

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

New rule:  Please note that shipping large packages to Canada (or overseas) has become too expensive, at least when it means that all I am getting in return is a single base card.  If you happen to want me to ship to a place not in the US, please contact me first.  Maybe we can work out a larger deal that will make the increase in postage worthwhile.  I am sorry for that as I have a number of great traders in Canada but I have no control over what the USPS charges for shipping!

The Trade Stack:
Last update: 9/16/18

I spent a good chunk of today organizing my 2018 Allen & Ginter cards - and with it, I've updated my want list to include all that I am still missing (which is a ton of inserts, both full-sized and mini).  For today's addition to the Trade Stack, I'll send some 2018 Ginter love your way with one of my duplicate inserts.  

Remember, you can claim the current Trade Stack in exchange for at least one card off my want list (or anything LEGO since I've been getting more and more into collecting LEGO as well)!

2018 Topps Allen & Ginter:
World's Greatest Beaches:
WGB-5.  South Beach

2017 Topps Heritage:
24.  Ryan Schimph (Padres)
81.  Adam Rosales (Padres)
163.  Brett Wallace (Padres)
345.  Jarred Cosart (Padres)
358.  Padres Checklist (Padres)


1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated:
Great Shots mini poster:
7 of 25 GS.  Mark McGwire (Cardinals)


2018 Topps Gypsy Queen:
130.  Michael Fulmer (Tigers)


2009 Upper Deck Goudey
4-in-1:  (Green border parallel)

35-56.  Russell Martin (Dodgers), Brian McCann (Braves), Ryan Doumit (Pirates), Geovany Soto (Cubs)

If you want the stack, remember - all you need to do is offer up any one card from my want list.  



Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  You must leave a comment on the trade stack post in order to claim the card - no more claims via email!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!


Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 01:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 02:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 03:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 04:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 05:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 06:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 07:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 08:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 09:  6 cards by bwsmith25
Stack 10:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 11:  1 card by Patrick
Stack 12:  5 cards by Matt B.
Stack 13:  4 cards by Steve G.
Stack 14:  3 cards by ShaneK
Stack 15:  7 cards by Ryan G
Stack 16:  1 card by longlivethewho
Stack 17:  4 cards by hiflew
Stack 18:  4 cards by Potch
Stack 19:  2 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 20:  5 cards by by Play at the Plate
Stack 21:  5 cards by BA Benny
Stack 22:  1 card by IkesCards
Stack 23:  8 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 24:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 25:  2 cards by Jeff P.
Stack 26:  10 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 27:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 28:  7 cards by ThingsAreFunnerHere
Stack 29:  3 cards by TheBrooklynMet
Stack 30:  4 cards by Adam C.
Stack 31:  10 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 32:  8 cards by Josh D.
Stack 33:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 34:  1 card by Potch
Stack 35:  9 cards by Cool Breeze
Stack 36:  11 cards by Kev 
Stack 37:  6 cards by Tunguska
Stack 38:  12 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 39:  8 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 40:  1 card by Kyle4KC
Stack 41:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 42:  1 card by AdamE
Stack 43:  1 card by madding
Stack 44:  10 cards by Commishbob
Stack 45:  1 (almost complete) puzzle by Baseball Dad
Stack 46:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 47:  5 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 48:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 49:  9 cards by Swing and a Pop-Up
Stack 50:  9 cards by Commishbob
Stack 51:  3 cards by Need More Cardboard
Stack 52:  1 card by Play at the Plate
Stack 53:  12 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 54:  4 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 55:  9 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 56:  2 cards cards by Joe Frecker
Stack 57:  4 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 58:  2 cards by Chunter
Stack 59:  9 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 60:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 61:  13 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 62:  9 cards by Nick
Stack 63:  9 cards by buckstorecards 
Stack 64:  7 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 65:  2 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 66:  10 cards by Roger
Stack 67:  14 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 68:  5 cards cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 69:  17 cards by Steve D.
Stack 70:  2 cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 71:  8 cards by defgav
Stack 72:  24 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 73:  1 card by Night Owl
Stack 74:  3 cards by David
Stack 75:  4 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 76:  14 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 77:  15 cards by Dayf
Stack 78:  29 cards by Chris
Stack 79:  26 cards by John H.
Stack 80:  14 cards by David G.
Stack 81:  3 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 82:  6 cards by Matt S.
Stack 83:  26 cards by Gavin
Stack 84:  1 card by Gavin
Stack 85:  29 cards by arpsmith
Stack 86:  10 cards by Henry
Stack 87:  15 cards by Henry
Stack 88:  5 cards by Adam K.
Stack 89:  7 cards by TSHenson
Stack 90:  16 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 91:  1 card by Chris
Stack 92:  7 cards by defgav
Stack 93:  ?? by ??

Gint-a-Cuffs: Pack 22: The End is Nigh!

Update:  My Want List is now updated with what I am still missing from this year's Allen & Ginter set (hint:  it's a lot of inserts both full-sized and mini)!  Please check it out, I'd love to work out a trade.

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When we last left the Gint-a-Cuffs box, I was sitting at a cool 91 points (without counting the box topper's points).  I think I'll probably need to have a score closer to 120 to have any sort of shot at the Gint-a-Cuffs competition (I'm writing this post prior to see anyone's final box tally so that number is a guess).

Anyhow, let's see what the next pack holds.

Pack 22:
Box total so far:  91 points (plus box loader TBD)
25.  Andre Dawson
43.  Champ Pederson   (+1 point)
70.  Jason Heyward
185.  Joe Panik
239.  Evan Longoria
275.  Justin Verlander
A&G back:  171.  Rougned Odor  (+2 points)
World Talent:  WT-2.  Ronald Acuna, Jr.   (+2 points)

Pack total:  5 points
Box total so far:  96 points (plus box loader TBD)

Well, five points for a pack without a hit is decent enough.  96 points with two packs remaining (including my last hit) is also decent...though I don't know if it will be enough to put me over the top this year.  Only time will tell I guess!  Come back soon for the final two packs - any guesses on where I end up point total wise?

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Trade Stack 93: Adding 5 Cards to the Stack!

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

New rule:  Please note that shipping large packages to Canada (or overseas) has become too expensive, at least when it means that all I am getting in return is a single base card.  If you happen to want me to ship to a place not in the US, please contact me first.  Maybe we can work out a larger deal that will make the increase in postage worthwhile.  I am sorry for that as I have a number of great traders in Canada but I have no control over what the USPS charges for shipping!

The Trade Stack:
Last update: 9/15/18

I'm back with another update to the Trade Stack!  Today's addition is actually a five-for-one in that I'm adding five cards from one team and one set.  I think a lot of people like to go for "quantity" when deciding whether or not to claim a Trade Stack so hopefully the five new cards (plus the other goodies added earlier on) will be enough to convince someone to send at least one card from my want list my way!

Truth be told, I believe that the five cards added to today's Stack were actually "filler" cards sent to me by Baseball Card Breakdown.  He collects Padres and apparently he had too many of the Heritage Padres so he used some to protect other cards he was sending my way.  Now it's my turn to share the Padre love with someone else...or perhaps someone will want one of the earlier cards (and that cool mini poster) and jump in to claim the entire Stack!

Remember, you can claim the current Trade Stack in exchange for at least one card off my want list (or anything LEGO since I've been getting more and more into collecting LEGO as well)!

2017 Topps Heritage:
24.  Ryan Schimph (Padres)
81.  Adam Rosales (Padres)
163.  Brett Wallace (Padres)
345.  Jarred Cosart (Padres)
358.  Padres Checklist (Padres)


1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated:
Great Shots mini poster:
7 of 25 GS.  Mark McGwire (Cardinals)


2018 Topps Gypsy Queen:
130.  Michael Fulmer (Tigers)


2009 Upper Deck Goudey
4-in-1:  (Green border parallel)

35-56.  Russell Martin (Dodgers), Brian McCann (Braves), Ryan Doumit (Pirates), Geovany Soto (Cubs)

If you want the stack, remember - all you need to do is offer up any one card from my want list.  



Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  You must leave a comment on the trade stack post in order to claim the card - no more claims via email!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!


Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 01:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 02:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 03:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 04:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 05:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 06:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 07:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 08:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 09:  6 cards by bwsmith25
Stack 10:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 11:  1 card by Patrick
Stack 12:  5 cards by Matt B.
Stack 13:  4 cards by Steve G.
Stack 14:  3 cards by ShaneK
Stack 15:  7 cards by Ryan G
Stack 16:  1 card by longlivethewho
Stack 17:  4 cards by hiflew
Stack 18:  4 cards by Potch
Stack 19:  2 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 20:  5 cards by by Play at the Plate
Stack 21:  5 cards by BA Benny
Stack 22:  1 card by IkesCards
Stack 23:  8 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 24:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 25:  2 cards by Jeff P.
Stack 26:  10 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 27:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 28:  7 cards by ThingsAreFunnerHere
Stack 29:  3 cards by TheBrooklynMet
Stack 30:  4 cards by Adam C.
Stack 31:  10 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 32:  8 cards by Josh D.
Stack 33:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 34:  1 card by Potch
Stack 35:  9 cards by Cool Breeze
Stack 36:  11 cards by Kev 
Stack 37:  6 cards by Tunguska
Stack 38:  12 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 39:  8 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 40:  1 card by Kyle4KC
Stack 41:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 42:  1 card by AdamE
Stack 43:  1 card by madding
Stack 44:  10 cards by Commishbob
Stack 45:  1 (almost complete) puzzle by Baseball Dad
Stack 46:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 47:  5 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 48:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 49:  9 cards by Swing and a Pop-Up
Stack 50:  9 cards by Commishbob
Stack 51:  3 cards by Need More Cardboard
Stack 52:  1 card by Play at the Plate
Stack 53:  12 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 54:  4 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 55:  9 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 56:  2 cards cards by Joe Frecker
Stack 57:  4 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 58:  2 cards by Chunter
Stack 59:  9 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 60:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 61:  13 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 62:  9 cards by Nick
Stack 63:  9 cards by buckstorecards 
Stack 64:  7 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 65:  2 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 66:  10 cards by Roger
Stack 67:  14 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 68:  5 cards cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 69:  17 cards by Steve D.
Stack 70:  2 cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 71:  8 cards by defgav
Stack 72:  24 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 73:  1 card by Night Owl
Stack 74:  3 cards by David
Stack 75:  4 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 76:  14 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 77:  15 cards by Dayf
Stack 78:  29 cards by Chris
Stack 79:  26 cards by John H.
Stack 80:  14 cards by David G.
Stack 81:  3 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 82:  6 cards by Matt S.
Stack 83:  26 cards by Gavin
Stack 84:  1 card by Gavin
Stack 85:  29 cards by arpsmith
Stack 86:  10 cards by Henry
Stack 87:  15 cards by Henry
Stack 88:  5 cards by Adam K.
Stack 89:  7 cards by TSHenson
Stack 90:  16 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 91:  1 card by Chris
Stack 92:  7 cards by defgav
Stack 93:  ?? by ??