The final eight packs of the group break are here.
4 Topps Gold Label.
4 Fleer Tradition.
I'll be pitting one pack from each set against the other in a brawl to the death*. Winner takes all**.
*here death is defined as "the end of the boxes."
** here all is defined as "nothing but pride."
Let's get it on!
We begin round 1 with Fleer Tradition. The Tradition packs hold 10 cards (as compared to Gold Label's 5 cards) so there's a built in advantage if you believe in quantity trumping quality. We shall see.
Mike Sweeney - Royals
Brian Anderson - Royals
Sean Burroughs - Padres
Starting out with two Royals and a Padre isn't exactly a good way to inspire a lot of confidence in winning the round.
Andruw Jones - Braves +4 for a decent card of a decent player.
Trio prospects SP: R. Harden (Athletics), M. Neu (Athletics), G. Geary (Phillies) +10 SP but -5 for having two different teams represented as part of the trio of prospects. Total for card: +5
Jason Giambi - Yankees -2 Yankees (because Gint-a-Cuffs would say so)
Miguel Batista - Diamondbacks
Frank Thomas - White Sox +10 very nice!
Aubrey Huff - Rays
Manny Ramirez - Red Sox +5, I like the photo.
Pack total: 22 points
22 points seems like a solid total - Gold Label will have to average over 4 points per card in order to win the round. Let's see if they can do it.
Alex Gonzalez - Marlins
Jim Thome - Indians +5 for Thome
Bob Abreu - Phillies
Orlando Hernandez - Yankees -2 for being a Yankee
Magglio Ordonez - White Sox +10 because I like the big photo a lot!
Pack total: 13 points
And there you have it - Round 1 goes to Fleer Tradition with a 9 point margin of victory (just in case I need a tie-breaker at the end).
Feel free to agree or disagree with my choices (though mind you that your opinion will not sway the outcome of the challenge)!
no. 644 - jim stewart
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