Saturday, August 31, 2013

Good Listia or Bad Listia?

As anyone who has used Listia knows, the website can be quite awesome.  For a few credits (no monetary value guaranteed), you can add to your collection.  Sometimes you can score some nice vintage cards, other times maybe you add to your LEGO collection.  Listia can also be great for tracking down random cards of your favorite player (such as this Barry Larkin).

On the flip side, Listia can also be frustrating. Sometimes people don't pay, other times they don't send what they are supposed.  And still other times they send their shipping address except it turns out to be a fake address (which makes no sense whatsoever).

Luckily, today's tale of "Good Listia or Bad Listia" falls firmly on the side of Good Listia...even if it was a bit slow.  It took about a week for the seller to say he shipped my card - and about a week and a half for me to actually receive it, but I'm happy to report it arrived (and it arrived safely which is also important)!

Behold!

Yeah, another new addition for my rapidly growing Barry Larkin Collection.  This is a cool little insert with an acetate window (I wish Topps would experiment more with stuff like this - things like their Gallery of Hereos set from this year's Archives should be proof that collectors still like "weird" things on occasion).

I'll have a proper post when this card gets added to my collection - but that'll probably be awhile as I haven't been scanning Larkin cards lately...maybe I should get on that this weekend instead of doing school work and lessons.  Speaking of things you should do, check out this contest over at It's Like Having my Own Card Shop.  Even if you don't win, you are bound to learn something!

Makin' a Card Purchase from JustCommons.com: Part III

Over the past couple of days, I've slowly delved into a recent purchase from JustCommons.com.  As I mentioned before, this is a 40+ card purchase - all of which were from my want list.  It feels good to be able to knock some stuff off the 'ol list, lately all it seems that I've been doing is adding sets to the list.  Anytime I can shorten my want list I'm happy.

Today, we look at three more sets that I'm working on.  I didn't manage to totally complete any of the following sets, but I am inching closer (and in two of the three sets, I'm real close to finishing 'em off).

We begin with the undisputed worst of the three sets.

2009 Topps Town Gold:
Who collects this crap (besides me obviously)?

Yes.  I collected the Topps Town set and it's totally pointless parallel set.  Happily, I'm now within one card of having the gold parallel set complete (all I need is card #TTT29).  At that point, I can delete Topps Town from my want list and simply pretend it never happened.

Also, it's hilarious (to me) that two of the three remaining gold pointless parallels were of Astros.  There's some sort of universal poetry goin' on there.

2000 Topps Stadium Club:

Unlike the Topps Town set, I actually still like the Stadium Club set quite a bit.  I was able to land three more singles - nothing spectacular (unless you are a Braves fan I guess).

Finally, we end the post on a high note - a set that seems to be almost universally loved:

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces:

I needed five cards to finish off the '08 Masterpieces set.  Unfortunately, JustCommons didn't have all five, but they did have three of 'em.  I guess I'll take 60% for now.  For the record, here are the cards I still need:
2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Wants:Base: #108, 115
As for the cards that I now own:

99.  Ken Griffey Jr.

This was a bit of a surprise to me that I still needed this one simply because I would have thought that I'd acquire this in one of the "bunch of random Reds" trades that I've done over the years.  After all, 2008 was a long time ago, I would have thought I'd have acquired this by accident if nothing else.  Since that didn't happen, it instead becomes my favorite card of the JustCommons purchase!

105.  Tom Seaver

The Griffey Jr. card gets top billing in my book, but I have to admit I like this card a lot as well.  Seaver pitched before my time so I didn't get to see him live but I still enjoy grabbing his cards when I can.  For some reason, he's on a mental list of players that I'll subconsciously collect.

118.  Bob Gibson

Well, not every card can be awesome.  Actually, I take that back.  Gibson is pretty cool even if he's a stupid Cardinal.  I hate buying cards of Cardinals almost as much as cards of Yankees...but even I can turn a blind eye when A) I need the card for a set and B) it's a freakin' legend like Bob Gibson.

As you can see from this post (plus the previous two), I managed to do quite well in terms of whittling down my want list.  However, you haven't seen all the cards yet - stay tuned for even more sets that I've managed to acquire cards for.

Friday, August 30, 2013

2013 Topps Allen & Ginter FOR TRADE!

You can find the list of what I need here.

2013 Topps Allen & Ginter for trade:
Last update:  6/27/15

Base:  Lots, just ask!  

Base short prints:  301, 304, 305, 310, 311, 316, 317, 318, 318, 320, 321, 322, 324, 324, 327, 327, 327, 328, 329, 331, 332, 332, 332, 333, 333, 335, 336, 338, 340, 341, 342, 344, 344, 345, 345, 347, 349, 350

Across the Years:  (ATY-??):  AC, AG, AJ, AJ, AR, AR, AR, CG, CJW, CK, CKW, CKW, CL, CRJ, DB, DM, DP, JA, JB, JBR, JC, JP, JRY, PF, PG, PG, RAD, RB, RH, RHO, TB, WS

Civilizations of Ages Past:  (CAP-??):  AZ, BYZ, MES, OL, OL, PH, SWA, VK

Curious Cases:  (CC-??):  H

One Little Corner:  (OLC-??):  HAU, MK, MK, MY, SDN

Palaces & Strongholds:  (PS-??):  ALH, ALH, BP, BP, PNP, PP, SB, SB, TA, TM, TP, TP, VSL

Martial Mastery:  (MM-??):  AMZ, AMZ, AP, AP, AP, AP, AZ, AZ, GD, GD, GD, KN, KN, RM, SM, SM, SM, SP, SP, VK, VK, VK, ZU, ZU, ZU, ZU

Heavy Hangs the Head:  HHH-KL (King Louis XIV)

Famous Finds:  FF-CA (The Cave of Altimira)

Peacemakers:  PM-NM (Nelson Mandela)

Wonders of the World (cabinet box topper card):  WOW-6 (Colossus of Rhodes), WOW-21 (Victoria Falls)

Oversized Boxloaders (cabinet box topper card):  OB-GS (Giancarlo Stanton), OB-JH (Josh Hamilton)

Makin' a Card Purchase from JustCommons.com: Part II

Yesterday, I showed off the first part of a large purchase from JustCommons.com.  Today, it's time to take a look at the next batch of cards.  I bought cards from a variety of sets in the order (after all, my want list is fairly extensive) but the one set that I focused on (for reasons admittedly unknown even to me) was the 1999 Fleer Ultra set.

Out of the 44 cards that I purchased, 15 of them were from the '99 Ultra set.  I managed to whittle my want list for the set down to exactly one common plus a few short prints!
1999 Fleer Ultra Wants:Base:  74, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 248, 249, 250
Here are (some of) the newest additions to my collection:

20.  Vladimir Guerrero

I would say that Coca-Cola got their money's worth from their advertisement on the outfield wall.  I'm not enough of a sleuth to figure out what ballpark this is, though I will say it doesn't necessarily scream astroturf to me.

147.  Damion Easley

This could have been an awesome photograph - but for some unknown reason Fleer slapped the hideous foil name on top of the action.  A terrible move that ruined what would have been a pretty cool card.

186.  Dan Wilson

Night Owl has a feature where he highlights unsung players who have had a nice run of cardboard photos.  I think I'd nominate Dan Wilson, I feel like he often has cards that have me do a double take.  Then again, I haven't done one ounce of research so what do I know?

209.  Karim Garcia

Garcia appears to be attempting to throw the baseball into the third deck...  Also, his right arm and wrist look like they might be broken.  This card definitely wins the "most awkward photo" award for my purchase.

214.  Checklist (Frank Thomas)

Yeah, I bought a freakin' checklist.  What can I say, I needed it...and it happens to be numbered as part of the set.

225.  Season Crowns:  Travis Lee

I bought two of the Season Crowns short prints.  The other (not pictured) was of the cheater Alex Rodriguez.  It pained me to add the card to my cart, but I did it.  In other news, these are lame short prints.

I've still got a second team bag full of cards from JustCommons that are waiting to be sorted and scanned.  I promise not to show any more from '99 Fleer Ultra - but I will highlight some Turkey Red, Topps Heritage, and even Upper Deck Masterpieces.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Trade Stack 53: The Stack Grows to Four!

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:  8/29/13

Right now, my desk at home is an absolute disaster.  I have no fewer than 15 piles of cards on my desk, plus two bunches of LEGO (and MegaBlocks) stuff plus things like pens and pencils and work stuff (plus a couple of bills).  I definitely need to get things cleaned up - I can't even do my grading for my classes at my desk right now.  I don't think taking a single card from one of the many piles on my desk and adding it to my current trade stack will help all that much - but it certainly won't hurt.  Not to mention, you gotta start somewhere, right?!

As usual, you can check out all the cards in the stack by scrolling down...and you get 'em all for any ONE (or more) cards off my want list!

1999 Pacific Aurora:
41.  Magglio Ordonez - White Sox

1991 Donruss:
321.  Rob Dibble (Reds)

2013 Topps Allen & Ginter:
273.  Alcides Escobar - Royals

2009 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee:
506.  Toronto Blue Jays (team checklist)


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:  ?? by ??

Makin' a Card Purchase from JustCommons.com: Part I

One of the things that I've been told about my want list is that I am looking for too many old and/or esoteric stuff.  There's a bunch of short prints and inserts on my list from sets that people seemed to have long ago rid themselves of.  How to remedy that (without simply deleting the sets from my want list)?  Well...make a purchase!

I've bought from CheckOutMyCards before (which was fine) though I find their search a bit clunky.  This time, I decided to give JustCommons.com a try.  In the end, I don't think either site was totally number one...JustCommons was easier for me to search, but I think they might be more expensive (and in some case, quite a bit more expensive).  They did have a better selection in terms of many of the sets that I'm still working on though.

In the end, I bought 44 cards for a cost of $26.65.  That comes out to about sixty cents per card which isn't outrageous, especially since I got few inserts and short prints in that group.  Over the next few days, I plan to show off my purchases (and, perhaps, in the process spur on a trade or two in case you realize you have some cards from one - or more - of the sets lying around unloved by you that I might still need)!

Today, we look at two sets - 1997 UD Collector's Choice and 2008 UD Timeline.

From the 1997 UD Collector's Choice set, I ordered a pair of "Big Shots" insert cards that I needed plus a Stick-Ums sticker card.  Unfortunately, JustCommons had an inventory error and the Stick-Ums card order was unable to be filled (they did refund me the $.30 for the card).

Despite not being able to inch any closer to completing the Stick-Ums set, I did get closer to finishing off the rarer insert set from 1997 Collector's Choice - the Big Shots set.

My first Big Shots card was a of Larry Walker.

For the most part, I like the photography on the Big Shots set (after all, this was a set celebrating photography).  That said, the Walker card isn't all that great.  Still, as a set collector you need 'em all whether you like 'em or not.

The second Big Shots was decidedly cooler:  Tony Gwynn with serious bling:

Yeah, six rings - how often do you find that on a baseball card?!  Actually, there might be seven rings since at the time Gwynn was the owner of seven NL batting championships.  Good stuff!

The other set (for this post anyhow) is 2008 UD Timeline.  The Timeline set was fun when it was released, but quite honestly, I'm almost 100% sick of it now.  That said, I've put so much effort, time, and money into completing the short print laden set that I actually feel guilty for giving up now.  Thanks to my JustCommons purchase, I got four cards closer to completing the cursed set.

Yeah, A-rod, Ian Kennedy, Jason Bay, and B.J. Upton.  Not a single guy in that group that I'd actually want to pay money to acquire...and yet...I did.  What a sucker I am huh?

For 2008 UD Timeline, I'd love to work out a trade if you have any of the few remaining cards that I need.
2008 Upper Deck Timeline Wants:
Base: #235, 300, 308, 336, 341, 345, 356, 361, 363, 366, 373, 374, 375
I'd happily trade two, three, or more of my duplicates from the set for even a single card that I need from the above list.  Heck, I'd do just about anything to finish this set off once and for all!

There will be more from this purchase in upcoming days - including some short prints and some cards that actually did make it so I had a fully complete set!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Quick Swap with Paul (The Hazards of the Mail)

I have a giant stack of mail next to my desk that is simply waiting to be opened, scanned, and sorted.  Grabbing one at random, I chose a small envelope from blog reader Paul.  Paul and I recently completed a quick little trade which helped me knock a few cards off of my want list.  While that's the good news, there is one piece of bad news that I'll start with (I hate ending a post on a sour note after all).

This is a white paper parallel of Adrian Beltre from the 2013 Gypsy Queen set.  

Unfortunately, this card arrived creased in half.  That's despite the fact that Paul had carefully placed each of the cards in the trade envelope inside of a penny sleeve and toploader.  Moral of the story?  Sometimes mysterious things happen during transit that are of no fault of the original sender.  I know I've been on the other end of that once or twice as well.  

Now if only I could find a collector of creased cards!

Moving on to happier additions to my collection, Paul helped me a bit with the Gypsy Queen base set...

...as well as with the sliding stars insert set.

Finally, Paul threw in a couple of Reds inserts that I needed from the 2013 Topps set.  

I've had amazingly luck thus far tracking down the Reds from the base set - which is awesome since I didn't buy a single pack of 2013 Topps flagship.

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

The Benefits of Gint-a-Cuffs...

I may have had a complete dud of a box (in terms of Gint-a-Cuffs scoring - not to mention hits).  However, there was a bit of good news with my Gint-a-Cuffs box.

Those little markers?  They were placeholders in my binder after sorting my case.  Yep, that's ten cards out of my box that I needed for my set.  That's not bad considering I had the entire base set already!  If you have some extra Ginter lying around, please check out my want list!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Gint-a-Cuffs V: The Final Box Results and Total Score!

To date, my Gint-a-Cuffs box has scored a total of 161 points.  That's not a bad total if I had only opened something like ten packs.  Unfortunately for me (but fortunate for the other competitors), I've actually opened all but the final two packs.

However...I have one hit remaining.  Could I have been slow playing this entire box just to slap down a monster card at the end and blow the Gint-a-Cuffs leader board out of the water?  Or, did the box simply suck?  Let's find out together.

Pack 23:
28.  Paul O'Neil (-1 Yankees)

121.  Hiroki Kuroda (-1 Yankees, again)
Yankees don't deserve to have their scans straightened out.

126.  Jon Niese
138.  Anibal Sanchez
171.  Chad Billingsley
238.  Ryan Braun
ATY-MT.  Mike Trout (+2 for Across the Years)

Reg. mini:  195.  Derek Norris

Pack total:  0 points
Running total:  161 points

Hahaha.  Really, that's all you can do is laugh.  What a horrendous pack.

Pack 24:
38.  Johnny Bench (+1 Reds)

123.  Matt Garza
133.  David Ortiz
177.  Joe Morgan (+1 Reds)

ATY-TT.  Troy Tulowitzki (+2 Across the Years)

Codes, Ciphers, & Cryptographs:  The Voynich Manuscript (+5 for being special in the eyes of the commish)

AGR-DP.  David Price (+10 relic)

Pack total:  19 points
Box total (Final):  180 points

That 180 points puts me pretty much in last place, or else really close to last.  I think this box was one bicycle card (or even the Voynich Manuscripts card away from being just about the worst box I've ever opened, at least of Ginter).  Terrible, awful, and no good!

Larkin Collection 207: 1991 Post Cereal - #18

Barry Larkin
Year:  1991
Brand:  Post Cereal
Card number:  18

In the early 1990s, Post cereal issued a series of baseball cards each year that were inserted in various cereal boxes.  In 1991, the cards were fairly plain with a simple head shot on the front (complete with a photoshopped team logo).  The reverse showed career statistics and a had a facsimile signature - all in various shades of blue.

As someone who enjoys oddball cards, I can probably attribute that love to Post cereal.  Cereal cards were my first introduction to oddball card sets - and while I never treated them as the "same" as a Topps or Upper Deck set in my collection, I still enjoyed acquiring them (though this particular design is a bit lacking, even for an oddball set).

Monday, August 26, 2013

Hot Cards from Hot Corner Cards (A Top 10 List)!

Over the next week or so, I hope to get through the large stack of mail that's been piling up near my desk.  Since school started today, things should actually calm down a bit...the week before school starts is always the most hectic.  Anyhow, I know I have a bunch of emails waiting replies as well - I promise I'll get to them ASAP.  However, before I make any more trades, I need to sort through the various trades that have come in already.  One such trade was a big 'ol box of cards from Pat over at Hot Corner Cards.

Pat and I actually completed a pair of trades, but luckily neither of us posted the first trade on our respective blogs before the second trade was completed.  It makes for more interesting trade posts that way, now doesn't it?  Anyhow, you can read Pat's take on the swap here.

Pat sent me a bunch of awesome cards, but in the interest of trying to get through multiple trade packages this week, let's simply select my favorite ten from the trade and count 'em down (backwards of course).

#10:
2013 Archives:  
Tall Boy:
MT-GG. Gio Gonzalez

Pat sent me a great mix of assorted Reds (and Reds' hits as you'll see in a minute) and cards off my want list.  Since I appreciate both additions to my collection, you'll see a smattering of non-Reds in my Top 10.  After all, I'm a set collector first - nothing is more satisfying (in a baseball card sense) than finishing off a set that I've been working on!

#9:
2013 Gypsy Queen:
White border:
328.  Denard Span

The white border set is a parallel set that I decided to try and collect.  Any time I can inch closer, I'm happy!  I have to say, the white bordered parallels are simply gorgeous...I wonder why Topps doesn't make the regular base cards for Gypsy Queen like this - it would help to differentiate the set from the likes of Allen & Ginter (and to a lesser extent, Upper Deck's Goodwin).  You can start mailing me paychecks now Topps - I'm helping you out big time.

#8:
2011 Heritage Relic:
CCR-SR.  Scott Rolen

For all intensive purposes, Rolen may have been the key to the Reds' recent resurgence to prominence.  He was apparently a great leader in the clubhouse and on the field (though you can blame his error in the third game of the NLDS against the Giants as the breaking of the dam that caused the Reds to lose that series despite being up two games to none and playing at home).  No, I'm not bitter.

#7:
2013 Topps:
Emerald parallel:
161.  Bronson Arroyo

The Emerald parallels are quite pretty - probably even nicer than the diamond parallels from 2011 (a set that I'm still working on).  Arroyo is also one of my favorite current Reds so this card is extra nice.

#6:
1990 Topps:
404.  Craig Biggio

Oh sure, a 1990 Topps common probably wouldn't make anyone else's Top 10 list...let alone a '90 common of a freakin' Astro!  That said, this is one of the few remaining 1990 Topps cards that I needed - and that's reason enough for me to include the card in my Top 10!  Actually, Pat provided me the final four 1990 Topps cards that I needed for my set - which means I can finally knock a set completely off my want list!  *Happy dance!*

#5:
2013 Heritage:
CCR-DM.  Devin Mesoraco

I wasn't a huge fan of Devin last year, but he is beginning to grow on me (even if he still looks more like Golem than any person ought to).  Devin's had a pretty good year this year - and hopefully he'll continue to produce for the Reds in the years to come since he's part of the "young core."

#4:
2013 Topps:
Relic:
CHR-BP.  Brandon Phillips

I told you this trade was awesome!  We are only at #4 on the list and there have already been a few different hits that could have been #1 on many other trade lists!  That said, this particular relic was a tough call - if it had been something besides boring white it probably would have placed even higher on this list since I love me some @datdudebp.

#3:
2013 Topps Archives:
Gallery of Heroes:
GH-BP.  Buster Posey

Sure, Posey provided the final dagger in the Reds' playoff chances with his grand slam last year - even so, I'll forgive him in this instance because the Gallery of Heroes cards are that good.  I absolutely love this insert set - and so must most of you since they've been extraordinarily rare in trades this year.

#2:
2004 Topps Fan Favorites:
86.  Ray Knight

If I ever have spending money for cards again (a big if after failing to break even on my Ginter case), I'd love to crack my own box of '04 Fan Favorites.  I think it's the card stock that really draws me to this set (as opposed to the more recent Topps Archives sets - though I am collecting those as well).

#1:
2013 Topps:
Manufactured Relic:
CP-25.  Joey Votto

Oh sure, a manupatch being number one on the list may be blasphemous to many - but for me this card is too awesome to ignore.  I love Votto - and I love the running man logo even more!  Combine the two on an affordable card and I'm sold.  Heck, even the colors of the background go well with the set - and there's a nice sized photo of Votto.  This is how a manupatch ought to be done!

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

Gint-a-Cuffs V: College Classes Start Today!

Today marks the official start of the 2013/14 academic school year.  My schedule this semester is basically the same as last year (two sections of Calculus I plus one section of The Mathematics of Games and Gambling).  I also run both sections of the Calculus I lab and I am a co-teacher for our capstone class.  It's a nice mix of majors, perspective majors, and non-math types each day - keeps things fresh and interesting for me.

In terms of the blog, the only thing that would make my Gint-a-Cuffs entry fresh and interesting is some sort of major goodness in the last few packs.  Right now, I've opened 20 packs and tallied a mere 145 points.  Is there any way possible that I could break 200 and make a run for the crown?  Let's find out...

Pack 21:
58.  Shin-Soo Choo (+1 for being a Red this year)

132.  Ryne Sandberg
207.  Troy Tulowitzki
240.  Mike Leake (+1 another Red)

253.  Mark Trumbo
327.  Yogi Berra (+2 for being a short print but -1 for being a stupid Yankee = +1 point)

OLC-HAU.  Haumea (+3 One Little Corner)

Reg. mini:  142.  Garrett Jones

Pack total:  6 points
Running total:  151 points

Oye.  I'm sick of getting the Haumea card, I think my case had three or four of that one which was super annoying since I didn't get the complete set in my case.  Poor distribution by Topps.  Speaking of poor things done by Topps, I still haven't gotten a response about my missing rip card.

Pack 22:
57.  Mike Olt
71.  Ben Zobrist
124.  Olivia Culpo (+1 for eye candy in a baseball card set)

151. R.A. Dickey (+2 favorite player)

198.  Jayson Werth
318.  Eric Hosmer (+2 short print)

MM-ZU.  Zulu (+3 Martial Mastery)

A&G back:  101.  Yonder Alonso (+2 for being a slightly rarer parallel)

Pack total:  10 points
Running total:  161 points

Well, pack 22 was decent (you need to average close to 10 points per pack to have a chance in Gint-a-Cuffs) but it might be a case of too little, too late.  That said, there are two packs remaining (and one of them holds my third and final hit).  Might I get super lucky and pull out a miraculous comeback?  Time will tell.