Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Blogger Issues...

I think a bunch of us are having an issue updating (and saving) our blog rolls.  I know mine won't allow me to add a bunch of new blogs to it - and I don't quite yet have 300 blogs on my blog roll which is what I thought that maximum was...
Annoying "saving" but really stalling...

A bigger annoyance for me lately though is that my comments on various blogs seem to disappear.

For instance, I know I left a comment on Dime Boxes post here (and now it's gone) and on Bonus Cantos post here (which is also gone).   Over the last few days, I've left posts on plenty of other blogs that have also disappeared into the nether...  It's annoying - and probably frustrating for blog author's if they don't get to realize that people are indeed commenting on their stuff.  Can you guys see my comment on either blog?  Maybe it's an issue on my end?  I don't know, but it's really bugging me right now.

Delivery Time! Cards from Tomahawk Chopping

A few days ago, I sent out a ton of packages, including a couple of "just because" packages to other card bloggers.  A day or two later, I end up with my own "just because" package - this one courtesy of Derek over at Tomahawk Chopping.  Derek sent me one of the 2012 Larkin cards:

And a trio of Reds minis.

Thanks for the free cards Derek - and if you see some sort of Braves something-or-other on my blog at some point, let me know you are interested!  As for everyone else, if you want to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Less Than 40 Minutes Remain!

That's right, there are less than 40 minutes remaining to bid on my auctions on eBay.  All proceeds go to the "Buy MLB: The Show" and "Buy a Lot of Allen & Ginter" funds.  I promised my wife I'd sell some cards to make the money for Ginter...unfortunately for me, the best cards I have to sell are all currently for sale so I need something good to happen in the final 35 minutes or so.  Thank you in advance for your support!

Right now, I have the following for sale on eBay (all auctions end extremely soon)!  I'd love it if you'd check out my auctions.  Note:  The items with the strike through them have already been purchased via Buy-It-Nows.

  • Aroldis Chapman printing plate 
  • Whitey Ford printing plate
  • Francisco Liriano rip card (unripped)
  • Jered Weaver rip card (unripped) 
  • 2 different no number Allen & Ginter minis 
  • Dustin Pedroia Topps 2011 sparkly short print
  • Wii game:  De Blob
  • Wii game:  Tiger Woods Golf
  • PS3 game:  MLB: The Show 11
  • PS3 game:  NCAA Football 11
  • PS3 game:  Call of Duty:  Black Ops 

Thank you for your support.  At least you know if you bid on my stuff you will end up with quality merchandise (something that can't always be guaranteed on eBay it seems)!

Help Nachos Grande!

I've decided that I need to try and sell of some of my various cards (plus some video games) in order to have enough money to purchase two things in the upcoming months:
1.  The new MLB:  The Show game for the PS3
2.  A case of Allen & Ginter 2012  (a guy can hope, right?)

Right now, I have the following for sale on eBay (all auctions end today)!  I'd love it if you'd check out my auctions.  Note:  The items with the strike through them have already been purchased via Buy-It-Nows.

  • Aroldis Chapman printing plate 
  • Whitey Ford printing plate
  • Francisco Liriano rip card (unripped)
  • Jered Weaver rip card (unripped) 
  • 2 different no number Allen & Ginter minis 
  • Dustin Pedroia Topps 2011 sparkly short print
  • Wii game:  De Blob
  • Wii game:  Tiger Woods Golf
  • PS3 game:  MLB: The Show 11
  • PS3 game:  NCAA Football 11
  • PS3 game:  Call of Duty:  Black Ops 

Thank you for your support.  At least you know if you bid on my stuff you will end up with quality merchandise (something that can't always be guaranteed on eBay it seems)!

Complete Set Chronicles: 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter: Baseball Highlight Sketches

The 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter set had a few full-sized insert sets.  One of those sets was the familiar Baseball Highlight Sketches set.

Alpha:

The Baseball Highlight Sketches set begins with the first highlight of the new year - the Twins opening of their new stadium.  Unfortunately, after card number 1 the rest of the highlight cards are not in chronological order.

Omega:

The final card in the the 25-card set is of Ichiro celebrating his 10th straight 200+ hit season.  As with many art sets, the drawings are a bit hit or miss - including this Ichiro who looks more like Jose Bautista to me...

Card design:

The cards are fairly well designed and all feature a nice write-up on the back with details of the highlight in question.  I don't care for the layout of the horizontal cards but that's a fairly minor quibble as there are only six (out of twenty-five) in the set with the horizontal design.

Other:

As with any set with only 25 cards, not all the MLB teams are represented.  However, the selection is a bit worse when you consider the Phillies, Reds, and Giants all got two cards and the Yankees ended up with four highlights.  That only leaves 15 cards for the remaining 26 MLB teams to fight over.

Overall: 

I like the concept of the Highlight cards because they do serve as a nice "yearbook" for each MLB season.  Looking back at the set, it was fun to recall some of the moments that I happened to catch on TV (especially Bruce's walk-off home run).  That said, the poor decision to make some of the cards horizontal coupled with some rather dubious sketches does drag the overall score down a bit.  I give the set a 7.0/10.

For completion, here is the entire set (in order):

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Trade Stack 37: A Rookie Cup Joins 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)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  2/28/12

The star power in this particular trade stack is really beginning to add up.  First, it was a Spanish version Contreras card, then a Delmon Young, then a shiny Joey Votto, and now a rookie cup Andre Dawson.  At this rate, a few cards from now you'll be getting the likes of Mays, Mantle, and Ruth!  Of course, I'm not sure the trade stack will stay unclaimed long enough, but I guess time will tell.  

Good luck - as always, the first to leave a comment stating which card (or cards) they will send me from my want list gets the full stack.  

2011 Topps Lineage:
197.  Andre Dawson - Expos  

2011 Topps:
Diamond Stars:
DS-5.  Joey Votto - Reds  

2008 Upper Deck:
569.  Delmon Young - Twins
  

2003 Donruss Estrellas:
Precision de Lanzamiento:
PP-1.  Jose Contreras - Yankees 

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:  ?? by ?? 

Delivery Time! Trade with Kevin from Bonus Cantos

One of my greatest trade catalysts is the Trade Stack series that I run on my blog.  Kevin, from the Bonus Cantos blog, recently claimed a trade stack (Stack #36 to be specific).  The 36th stack had 11 cards on it that all went to Kevin...what did I get in return?

A Derek Jeter card.

Yep, I traded 11 cards for a Derek Jeter Topps Town card.  Sometimes I'm not the brightest...  But you know what?  I needed that Jeter - because I was dumb enough to try and collect a set that most people consider to be a trash card (and seriously, how is it that I still need two cards from this set)?!  No one but me collects it as fas as I know, what do the rest of you do with those cards anyhow?  Sheesh.

But I digress.

The trade stack works because I get a card that I need - and I get rid of some extras that I don't need...or if not extras, at least cards that I'm not planning on collecting.  And for that, I thank everyone who has claimed a stack so far!

Oh yeah, Kevin also threw in a couple of free cards including this 2012 Topps '87 Mini of Jay Bruce.

Since I decided not to buy any packs of the 2012 Topps set, this card is much appreciated...and is clearly the real highlight of the trade package!

Do you have any cards from my want list?  If so, let me know and hopefully we can work out a trade too!

Complete Set Chronicles: 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter: Hometown Heroes

Welcome to another Theme Week:  2011 Allen & Ginter Complete Sets post.  Today, we take a look at the largest of the various insert sets in the 2011 set (not counting parallels), namely the Hometown Heroes set.

Alpha:

The first card in the set is Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants.

Omega:

Topps designated Travis Snider to serve as card #100 - the final card of the set.  According to the back of Snider's card, his high school coach also mentored Grady Sizemore in American Legion ball.

Card design:

I happen to like the design of the cards for the most part.  The real highlight of the design is the text on the back of the card.  For the vast majority of the cards in the set, I learned something new...and what more can you ask for from an insert set?

Other: 

Unlike most sets, there isn't much in the way of excitement or variety here.  All 100 cards look basically the same.  On the other hand, the familiarity is kind of nice because you can tell at a quick glance through the binder pages which players hail from a town near yours (if you care about that sort of thing).

Overall:

For a set that is basically a one-per-pack filler, there are certainly worse options out there.  Unless you a true trivia expert, you will definitely learn a few things about baseball, it's athletes, and even geography by reading the card backs of all 100 subjects.  It's not glitzy or exciting (and at one-per-pack the set feels a bit like filler), but even so I'll give it a 7.5/10 for the educational aspect.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Complete Set Chronicles: 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter

I've already highlighted my complete 2008 Allen & Ginter set - now it is time to take a look at the 2011 Allen & Ginter set.  If you check the '08 set and compare it to the '11 set, you'll notice that the majority of the set set-up remains the same despite the three year difference.  There are still a majority of baseball players in the base set with a few "world's champions" thrown in for good measure.  Unlike the 2008 set, the 2011 set does not feature any landmarks, buildings, or other odd-ball things.  Only people are represented on the 350 base cards.

Alpha:

Carlos Gonzalez leads off the set which is a nice selection since he doesn't usually receive as much hobby love as players like Pujols, Jeter, or A-rod (the '08's recipient of the first card).  The 2011 Allen & Ginter cards' most noticeable design feature is the small box in the lower right corner with the team logo in front of the team color.

Omega:

As with the majority of the Allen & Ginter sets, the first 300 base cards are regular cards while cards 301 - 350 are short prints.  Joe Mauer was given the honor of being the final card (and thus, final short print) in the 2011 set.

Card Design:

As noted above, the 2011 card design did feature team logos which was a first for Ginter.  In another twist, there wasn't a single non-baseball player short print in the set (which I also believe was a first).  Perhaps collectors complained too much about pulling a short print of a natural landmark?

Scattered throughout the set are a variety of horizontal cards, and as in years past, they are quite nice.  One of my personal favorites in the set is the Brandon Phillips card above.

The backs of the cards look virtually identical to previous years with the statistical numbers spelled out as usual.  Non-baseball players get a brief bio on the backs of their cards.

Other:

Speaking of the non-baseball players, Topps included one President in the base set (George W. Bush) and one card that featured two people (Prince Charming William and Katie Middleton).

Topps also included quite a few more female subjects, including the likes of Hope Solo, Heather Mitts, and the rather busty Jo Frost.  If Topps was going for more eye candy (for male collectors at least), I guess they succeeded (I showed off some of that eye candy in a previous theme week).

Overall:

When you make another year of a set with as many followers as Allen & Ginter has, it is probably quite difficult to continually top your previous year's output.  That said, while I appreciate some of the small changes that Topps made, I also miss a few of the quirks of the previous years (landmarks and inanimate objects specifically).  I would say that it is a good base set, but definitely not a great base set (and nowhere near as good as the 2008 edition).  I give the set an 8.0 out of 10. 

Delivery Time! Trade with Blog Reader Brad

One thing that I've noticed when trading with people is that the closer and closer I get to completing a set, the more anxious I am to acquire those final few cards.  Case in point - 2011 Topps Lineage Stand-Ups.

Before my recent trade with blog reader Brad, I only needed two of the stand-ups.  Now, that total is down to one (if you have Alex Rodriguez' Stand-Up card please let me know)!

How did I end up with the Aaron card?  A small stack of Griffey Jr. cards and a slightly larger stack of Frank Thomas cards.  It was kind of fun in an "old school trade" kind of way - you know, the 'ol "here's a pile of this guy for the card of that guy" routine.

Thanks for the trade Brad - and as always, if anyone else would like to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

PS:  If you are looking for the Theme Week post, the first one will be a bit later today (around lunch time on the East Coast).  Enjoy!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Announcing: The Next Theme Week at Nachos Grande!

It's time to announce the next theme week (for the week of Feb. 27 - Mar. 2):

2011 Allen & Ginter Complete Set Week! 

That's right, all week will be dedicated to the brand that is easily my favorite year in and year out.  Although the 2011 set wasn't quite as strong as previous years (in my estimation anyhow), there were still quite a few cool things about the set.  Join me all week as I take a look at the various sets that I've completed...and perhaps land the final few cards that you need for your own set as well! 

Delivery Time! More Cards from All Tribe Baseball

This is the third trade package that I've featured from Jack over at All Tribe Baseball in the last couple of weeks.  We've sent each other quite a few packages lately, often in spurts.  In fact, I recently sent a pair of envelopes his way in the span of two or three days.  I guess that's the downside to mailing small packages - lots of mail.  Of course, it's also a positive because it's always more fun to open the mailbox and see a package full of cards waiting for you!

For this package, Jack hit a few more cards from my want list:

First, another three diamond parallels from the 2011 Topps set.

The diamond parallel set has proven to be elusive, but my want list slowly being whittled away by all you friendly traders out there!

Next, a set that hasn't been offered up in trade much at all (which has surprised me):  2011 Bowman Platinum.

I got a blaster of Platinum for Christmas so I figured I might as well try and complete the base set.  Flash forward two months and I'm barely any further along than I was on Christmas morning.   Jack sent me a pair of cards that I needed - Jayson Werth and Matt Holliday.

I still need a bunch of cards from the base set - if you have any of the following let me know.
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 39, 40, 41, 43, 46, 47, 49, 50, 51, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 73, 75, 77, 78, 79, 81, 82, 83, 85, 86, 88, 89, 90, 93, 94, 96, 97, 99
As usual, Jack also managed to find me another Barry Larkin card for my collection...

...and a few assorted Reds with my favorite being this X-Fractor of t-shirt stealing Mike Leake.

Thanks for all the great cards Jack!  As always, if anyone else would like to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

1997 Sports Illustrated: Packs 9, 10, and 11

I'm a sucker for sets with compelling photography which is one reason why I asked for this particular box as a gift.  By and large, the photography is excellent (as well it should be seeing how the Sports Illustrated name was slapped on everything)!

Pack 9:
10.  Jose Guillen - Fresh Faces
42.  Andres Galarraga - Inside Baseball
54.  Dmitri Young - Inside Baseball
98.  Reggie Sanders
124.  Cal Ripken Jr.

Mini poster:
Barry Bonds

 With all the old players that Topps puts in their sets nowadays, it is sort of amazing that there aren't more Cal Ripken Jr. cards.  Even though I was never an Orioles fan, I always enjoyed pulling Ripken cards (it must be the position).  He was no Barry Larkin, but he was pretty good.

Pack 10:
12.  Russ Johnson - Fresh Faces
43.  Rusty Greer - Inside Baseball

78.  Fred McGriff
134.  Pat Hentgen
156.  Kevin Appier

Mini poster:
Ryne Sandberg

Another good pack - the Greer photo is typical of the set (and excellent by the way)!  The Appier card is amusing both for the camera angle but also because there appears to be about 432 people in attendance, look at those empty stands!  Finally, the Sandberg poster is an instant classic - I like how the majority of the posters show the ballplayers having fun (and being a bit goofy).  They would look good hanging up in a young boy's room back in '97!

Pack 11:
40.  Darren Daulton - Inside Baseball

128.  Derek Jeter
148.  Frank Thomas
173.  Greg Maddux - SI Covers
Checklist (it's lame a paper checklist counts as a card)
Mini poster:
Alex Rodriguez

Two thoughts on this pack:
First, that Daulton card is awesome!  Poor guy looks like he barely avoided a 98 mph headhunting baseball.
Second, A-rod is a total douche even when he was a Mariner apparently.  Everyone else has a fun poster, A-rod has to get all "staring in the mirror" on us.  Of course, it wouldn't be the last time he pulled that stunt, now would it?

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Barry Larkin Experiment: Round 1L

Welcome to another edition of everyone's favorite Barry Larkin card competition.  Today, we need to take a look at some recent results (Round 1J to be precise) and then open up the voting for the next round, Round 1L!

Round 1J featured our first tie for first place of the voting!

The good news is that it's easy to know which two cards will move one, unfortunately, for future seedings I have to have one of the two cards be declared the winner.  Before I unveil my choice for the winner, I would be remiss if I didn't point out just how close the final vote was!  For the first time in any round, the difference between first place and fourth place was a mere 3 votes.  Sure, a cynic might claim that was only because of relatively poor voter turnout, but still...the facts are the facts, no matter how I choose to spin them!

Anyhow, I need a winner so I'm going to give the nod to the 1991 Score base card.  I appreciate and enjoy every Larkin relic in my collection - but when push comes to shove, I usually tend to choose the set with the more interesting (or visually pleasing) design.  1991 Score is a great set and deserves to have a representative in the next round for sure!

Before I unveil the next group of nominees, I want to remind you to vote for Round 1K if you haven't already.  I'd feel better about the group consensus if there were more than 15 votes for most of these polls!  With that out of the way, let's look at the next round.

Round 1L:

1991 Bowman silver slugger subset:

For some reason, I've never liked Bowman much...and that general disdain extends to the 1991 set for sure.  It's a boring set, a boring card, and frankly, if it weren't a card depicting Barry Larkin I probably wouldn't have ever given the card a second look.  I believe this card is part of the silver slugger subset (hence the gold foil at the top)...but that doesn't make it any better.  In fact, as you'll soon see, I think the subset card is worse than the regular base card!

2003 Topps T205 base:

Unlike the first nominee, this is easily one of my favorite Larkin cards displayed thus far in the competition.  A fairly simple design where the emphasis is on the subject matter rather than some sort of fancy foiling or over-the-top gimmickry.  I don't know how much other people like this set, but I could see the card moving on multiple rounds from now if things fell T205's way just a bit in terms of future competition.

1991 Bowman base:

Ok, another '91 Bowman shows its face in the same round.  If were doing all the voting that would mean that the other two cards would almost be guaranteed to move on.   That said, if there is a representative from '91 Bowman that does get to move on, it should definitely be this card.  The subset card is hideous, between the gold foil on the front and the huge block of ugly text on the back, that type of lazy card design should not be rewarded by anyone.  This card is at least a bit interesting, and I do appreciate the stats by team breakdown (even if it is ultimately meaningless).

 2006 Fleer Greats of the Game - Bronze Parallel

I believe this is the first instance of a parallel card of a base card that was already featured in a different round of voting. This particular card is bronze colored and serially numbered 251/299.  The previous round of voting (Round 1K) has the regular base card in it - it will be interesting to see if either (or both) cards make it to the second round.  As of the time I wrote this post, the base card in Round 1K was in a deadlock for second place...so it's still possible that both cards make it to the next round!

Those are your choices, now go vote on the sidebar!

Delivery Time! More Goodies from All Tribe Baseball

The good news about my trade posts is that I'm now (almost) caught up with packages from before the start of 2012.  Between graduate school last semester and work this semester, it seems like time has been of the essence...and I suppose it didn't help matters much that I decided to host two different group breaks this year both of which ended before the middle of February!

Anyhow, today's package is courtesy of Jack over at All Tribe Baseball.  As usual, Jack managed to find some cards from my want list, a few cool Barry Larkin cards, and a smattering of Reds.  Here are some of the highlights:

First, three more Gypsy Queen cards including the Miguel Cabrera short print.

The Gypsy Queen set has been driving me a bit crazy lately - plenty of offers have come my way but very few actual trades...so these cards are much appreciated!

Next, a pair of Diamond parallels from last year's Topps base set.

I'm inching closer to completing the set, there's still hope - but I know that I'll need your help since I'm done buying 2011 Topps cards...

As I mentioned, there were also a few Barry Larkin cards thrown in the pile - including this Kahn's odd ball card that I didn't previously own (which will definitely get it's own post in my Larkin Collection Series at some point).

And finally, a nice little pile of assorted Reds.  One of my favorites of the bunch were the Joey Votto UD Timeline card (another set that I'm close to completing but not quite there yet)!

The other favorite was the Joe Oliver 1997 Pacific card.

For whatever reason, I LOVE Pacific cards...but I can't seem to find any place to actually buy unopened boxes of the stuff.  It's sad really - and I'd love to use Pacific in some group breaks too but again, without being able to find unopened boxes that won't ever happen either!

Thanks for all the cards Jack, and as always, if anyone else would like to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Help Nachos Grande!

I've decided that I need to try and sell of some of my various cards (plus some video games) in order to have enough money to purchase two things in the upcoming months:
1.  The new MLB:  The Show game for the PS3
2.  A case of Allen & Ginter 2012  (a guy can hope, right?)

Right now, I have the following for sale on eBay and I'd love it if you'd check out my auctions.

  • Aroldis Chapman printing plate 
  • Whitey Ford printing plate
  • Francisco Liriano rip card (unripped)
  • Jered Weaver rip card (unripped) 
  • 2 different no number Allen & Ginter minis 
  • Dustin Pedroia Topps 2011 sparkly short print
  • Wii game:  De Blob
  • Wii game:  Tiger Woods Golf
  • PS3 game:  MLB: The Show 11
  • PS3 game:  NCAA Football 11
  • PS3 game:  Call of Duty:  Black Ops 

Thank you for your support.  At least you know if you bid on my stuff you will end up with quality merchandise (something that can't always be guaranteed on eBay it seems)!

1997 Sports Illustrated: Packs 6, 7, and 8

If you missed my recent Topps 2011 Trade Bait post, be sure to check that out...then come back and see what was in the next three packs out of the Sports Illustrated box!

Pack 6:
19.  Dante Powell - Fresh Faces
50. Dave Nilsson - Inside Baseball

89.  Bernard Gilkey
94.  Sammy Sosa
104.  Ray Lankford
Mini poster:  Deion Sanders

The Deion poster is a duplicate (already!) so that's a bit disappointing.  I suppose if I have to get a double it might as well be of a Red...but I don't really try to collect Deion cards so I'll put this poster up for trade.  As for Nilsson, am I the only one who didn't know he was called the "Thunder from Down Under"?  That's freakin' awesome.

Pack 7:
32.  Kevin Brown - Season Highlight
62.  Derek Jeter - S.I.ber Vision
143.  David Justice
155.  Jeff King
Checklist
Mini Poster:
Chipper Jones

What can I say about the poster - it's plenty goofy!  I bet there were kids back in '97 that hung it up on the wall though.

Pack 8:
13.  Andruw Jones - Fresh Faces
44.  Marquis Grissom - Inside Baseball
99.  Barry Larkin

125.  Mike Mussina
168.  Mark McGwire
Mini Poster:
Greg Maddux

 Woooooo!  Another new Larkin card for me, that makes me a happy guy!  I don't even care that two of three packs had a freakin' Brave poster (and the third poster was a duplicate)...