Monday, November 28, 2016

I'm Back, I'm Back! (Happy Thanksgiving & Happy Birthday to Me!)

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  I know that I had a nice day.  To be more precise, I had a nice week since I was off Wednesday through Friday.  Since I had a few days, my wife and I headed up to Vermont to have Thanksgiving with my grandmother (who is in a assisted living home) and then my wife and I continued further north to Burlington, VT - one of my favorite cities to visit.
On the way to Vermont (don't worry, I wasn't the one driving)

On our trip, I managed to get a lot of my Christmas shopping done (and I got a bit more done online this weekend including a couple of eBay purchases for my Secret Santa).

Despite all the fun (and it was a fun holiday weekend), I still had a lot of work to accomplish as well - something that I pretty much worked on all day on Sunday.  I only have two weeks remaining to teach classes this semester (plus a week of finals after that) so the super crushing work load is going to ease up soon!

Until then, my blogging will probably be sporadic at best - but since I'm here now, how about I rip another one of my 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated packs.  It's almost impossible to believe that I've taken this long to rip a box of baseball cards...but alas, it's true!  I am down to the final three packs...here's one of them now.

Pack 22:

5.  Jason Dickson
39.  Joe Carter
110.  Dante Bichette
161.  Will Clark
Covers:  8 of 12 CC.  Brooks Robinson

Great Shots:  Derek Jeter

That's my second Covers insert card in this box (the other was the sweet Joe Morgan card I pulled a number of packs...and weeks...ago)!

According to my want list (which I need to update in terms of this set...something I plan to do when I finally rip the last two remaining packs), I needed the Great Shots mini poster of Jeter...and that's it.  I wasn't planning on collecting the entire Covers insert set (mostly because no one probably has any for trade and I don't plan on continuing to buy boxes of this product hoping for two cards from a single insert set).

I hope to be back soon with more blog content...I just celebrated my birthday about a week and half ago and I have some birthday loot to share here as well.

It'll all happen in due time.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Trade Stack 77: Is 1989 Vintage? Young, Galarraga, & More (13 cards total!)

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: 11/27/16

I'm back with another addition to the Trade Stack - and once again, I'm adding multiple cards to make up for my slow posting as of late.  This time around, I have three 1989 Topps stickers cards going on the stack...including cards of Andres Galarraga, Robin Yount, and Bob Boone.  The Galarraga and Yount cards both have stickers on the back side (but the Boone does not - those stickers are lost to the ether...or something).

Remember that you get this card plus all the others in the Trade Stack in exchange for at least one card off of my want list.

1989 Topps Stickers:
21.  Robin Yount - Brewers
22.  Bob Boone - Angels
36.  Andres Galarraga - Expos


2011 Topps Town:
TT-11.  Chris Young - Diamondbacks
TT-13.  Chase Utley - Phillies
TT-46.  Joey Votto - Reds


2013 Topps Heritage:
132.  Rickie Weeks - Brewers
214.  Jan Segura - Brewers
267.  Marco Estrada - Brewers
283.  Wily Peralta - Brewers


2001 Fleer Tradition:
262.  Glenallen Hill - Cubs
339.  David Justice - Indians


2014 Topps Stadium Club:
Die-Cut Legends:
LDC-7. Cal Ripken, Jr. - Orioles



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:  ?? by ??

Sunday, November 20, 2016

I Hit 1,000,000 Blog Visitors!

At some point in the past 24 hours, my humble little blog surpassed the 1,000,000 visitor mark!  I want to thank each and every one of you (whether you've visited once or a thousand times) for making this blog what it is.  I wouldn't be still writing here at Nachos Grande if it weren't for all of you.

My blog will probably be pretty quiet for a couple more weeks...but then hopefully I can get back into the swing of things.  Until that time, have a very happy Thanksgiving...and keep on readin'!


Piazza is in there Somewhere...

I have four packs remaining in my 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated box...and since I've been opening this box up for the better part of a month and half now, I think it's time for me try and finish off the box!

Here's the next pack.

Pack 21:

57.  Scott Brosius
137.  Tony Clark
146.  Paul Molitor
172.  Ken Griffey, Jr.
Great Shots:  Mike Piazza

Paper checklist

Not the most exciting pack - though I did need the Piazza mini poster so I'll still call it a win!  I'm looking forward to updating my want list when this box is completed...I should be much, much closer to having the full set (and fingers still crossed that I actually will get the entire set completed).

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Another Year Older...

Yesterday was my birthday - my 34th to be exact and I must say it was a good day (other than having to work of course)!  I ended up with a ton of LEGO goodies - plus the new Paper Mario game for the WiiU.

At this point you probably are going back to re-read my age...I did say 34, not 8 (despite what my gifts might otherwise suggest)!  The one thing I didn't get this year was anything baseball related...and that's pretty much right on par for how I've been in terms of baseball cards these days.

I really wasn't enamored with much in the way of baseball cards this year (besides going all-in on Allen & Ginter of course).  Since then though, I've been swamped with work and my hobbies were one of the first things that I had to put on the back burner.

All that said, I'm still planning on coming back strong in terms of my blog - and with only about three more weeks remaining in the semester, I hope to get back on the blogging saddle soon!

For now, I'm off to watch some more college football and generally relax...and then tomorrow it is time to do even more school work as I prepare for the final three weeks of the semester!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Smile, Chipper. You are on Candid Camera.

My 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated is finally nearing the end...today's pack is the 20th (out of 24 total) in the box.

Pack 20:
21.  Joe Roa
76.  Chipper Jones

131.  David Cone

175.  Will Clark & Mark McGwire
Great Shots:  Mark McGwire
Paper Checklist (that shouldn't count as a card but it does)

Two more base cards that I needed (the two I scanned).  Otherwise though, a pretty dull pack (though the Chipper Jones is nice enough I guess).

Monday, November 14, 2016

Barry Larkin Collection 487: 1998 Pinnacle Epix - #12 - Moment Insert - Emerald Parallel

Barry Larkin
Year:  1998
Brand:  Pinnacle Epix
Subset:  Moment
Parallel set:  Emerald
Card number:  12

The 1998 Pinnacle Epix set is a disaster to try and explain...so here's Baseballcardpedia's best attempt:
1998 Pinnacle Epix is a multi-tiered, multi-fractured, 72-card, cross-brand insert set. Randomly inserted in 1998 Pinnacle packs at the rate of one in 21, 1998 Score packs at 1:61 and 1998 Zenith packs at 1:11, the 24 players included in this set were featured on four different cards to commemorate (in ascending order of scarcity) their greatest play, game, season and moment. Each card was specific to a particular brand. To obtain all the cards for each player in this fractured insert set, one had to open Pinnacle, Score and Zenith packs. A final selection of Epix cards was slated for inclusion in 1998 Pinnacle Certified, but the manufacturer went bankrupt before that product shipped.
Each card is available in three different colors: Orange, Purple, and Emerald. Approximately 70% of all Epix are Orange, 20% Purple, and 10% Emerald. According to Pinnacle Brands, only 30 copies of each Emerald Moment card were produced although the cards are not serial-numbered.
Emerald Moment is the most rare while Orange Play is the least rare.
Printing plates for some cards also exist but it is unclear how these were distributed.
Phew!  That's a lot to digest - and I'm not even sure I'm 100% certain on all of it!  From what I can tell, the card that I own is one of the Epix Moments card in the Emerald (rarest) variety.  Amazingly, I don't own any of the other Pinnacle Epix cards - whether that be the other parallels of the Moment card OR any of the other versions (Play, Game, or Season).  Maybe someday I'll make a concerted effort to track the rest of the cards down seeing as how the one card that I do own is pretty nice looking!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Rooting for Iowa...and Ripping Packs of Baseball Cards!

I'm typing this post while I sit here watching the beginning of the Michigan / Iowa game.  As a Penn State fan, I have to root for Iowa in this one...Penn State still has an outside shot at the Big 10 title game thanks to their win over Ohio State a couple of weeks ago (and since PSU squeaked by Indiana today).

I'm guessing that many of loyal baseball card readers don't care much about college football...so here's something you might care about:  Another pack out of my 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated box!

Pack 19:
68.  Edgar Renteria
82.  Bobby Bonilla

115.  Raul Mondesi

174.  Mike Piazza
Cooperstown Collection Covers:  7 of 12 CC.  Joe Morgan

Great Shots:  Darren Daulton

Woo!  This is the only Reds' card in the 12 card Cooperstown Collection Covers insert set (cards seeded 1:12 packs).  I'm super pumped to get this card for my collection (it's a great looking - magazine covers make for great baseball cards).

In addition to the insert, I also needed both the Bonilla and the Mondesi for my set.  This was a good pack all the way around...and as I typed it up, Iowa just got a safety to make it an 8-2 game (Michigan still on top).

Will Iowa manage to knock off Michigan?  Will I manage to finish off my entire 1997 Sports Illustrated set by the time I conclude the ripping of the packs from my box?  Only time will tell...(although by the time this post goes live you'll know the answer to the Iowa question).

Friday, November 11, 2016

Nearly to 1,000,000 Visitors to Nachos Grande!

Back in August of 2016, I noted that I was nearing the 1,000,000 blog visitor milestone.  While I  haven't been nearly as active on the blog since August (I blame work for that - teaching a new prep is sucking up all of my "free" time), I did happen to notice that I'm probably within weeks, if not days, of crossing the 1,000,000 visitor threshold now!

In fact, as of the time I wrote this post (Friday evening, 11/11), Google says that I've had 994,667* visitors.

Based on my numbers from August 11 of this year, I've had 25,512 people visit since that day - or about 8,500 people per month.  If that rate continues, then I'm scheduled to cross the 1,000,000 milestone sometime before mid-December!

Part of me hopes that someone at Topps and/or Panini will see this and decide that I should be reviewing boxes of their product for them...and like any good reviewer, I'm happy to host giveaways, trades, etc. of the various products!  

For now though, all I can really do is try to keep my head above water at work...and hopefully carve out a bit of time here and there to keep updating my blog.  I certainly appreciate each and every reader over the years - and here's hoping the next 1,000,000 visitors doesn't take nearly so long to achieve!

*I had two more blog visitors in the time it took me to write this post.  994,669 and counting now!



Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Barry Larkin Collection 486: 1998 Leaf - #10 - Heading to the Hall (#0067/3500)

Barry Larkin
Year:  1998
Brand:  Leaf
Insert set:  Heading to the Hall
Card number:  10  (#0067/3500)

The Heading for the Hall cards have two versions - the "real" version as seen here (numbered out of 3500) and a "sample" version without any serial numbering (and with the word "sample" written across the back of the card).  The sample cards were given out to dealers as a way to promote Leaf's new product.  As of the time of this post, I don't own the sample version - but I do own the awfully nice "real" version!

In general, I don't hold the Leaf brand in high regard...but I must admit that I really do like the look of this card.  The front is shiny - and simple (but it works with the Hall of Fame theme).  Plus, Larkin did eventually get in the Hall of Fame so the card is fitting in that sense as well!  The back of the card has a nice write-up, plus the large (but unobtrusive) serial numbering at the bottom of the card.

For the Heading to the Hall set, I'd say Leaf created a winning design...too bad they couldn't do that more regularly (as an example see here)!

Monday, November 07, 2016

How Do You Collect a Set? By the Box? Buying Singles? Trading? Inquiring Minds Want to Know!

I'm curious.  If you wanted to collect a set - how do you go about doing so?  Do you buy the set in one fell swoop from a card shop (or, more likely for most of us, eBay)?  Do you simply buy all of the singles that you are missing?  Do you rely entirely on trading?  Do you buy boxes or packs and hope for the best?

Inquiring minds want to know!

I'm curious because I am currently working on the 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated box (along with a whole bunch of other sets).  For the SI set, I decided to take a risk and buy a full hobby box and hope for the best.  To date, I've been doing alright I think - I won't update my full want list until I have the entire box busted but it sure feels like I'm making good progress.  Of course, I won't know for certain until the box is completely ripped - so let's get another pack done today.

Pack 18:
19.  Dante Powell
67.  Manny Ramirez
135.  Juan Guzman

140.  Tim Naehring
152.  Jeff Cirillo

Great Shots:  Albert Belle

After all that talk about me doing fairly well with this box, I hit a pack where I only get one new card (the Guzman).  I guess not every pack will be awesome.  However, I must say that the one card that I needed IS pretty great - that's a spectacular spring training shot!

Sunday, November 06, 2016

1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated: How Is It that I Haven't Finished this Box Yet?!

I started opening my box of 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated weeks ago now...and here I sit, with another seven packs remaining in the box still untouched.  Luckily for me, I finally get a chance to rip another pack (and scan the contents of course).  Even better, this pack actually holds a couple of Reds - my first Reds' cards out of the box.

Pack 17:
20.  Pokey Reese
50.  Dave Nilsson
52.  Billy Wagner

97.  Deion Sanders

107.  Kevin Elster

Great Shots:  Barry Bonds

I ended up needing three of the cards in the pack for my set that I'm working on - I'll take that happily.  I'm also happy that I finally got a chance to get back to my hobby - I've missed reading a lot of blogs in the past few weeks...but I am happy to report that as the semester winds down I should be back to blogging/reading/commenting in no time!

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Trade Stack 77: A Trio of Shiny Inserts Clad in Various Shades of Red.

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: 11/5/16

Hey hey, look who it is...  It's me!  That's right - I managed to sneak away from doing work long enough to write a post (and simultaneously watch some of the Ohio State game). As a Penn State fan, I find rooting for Ohio State to be tough - but I think it's in Penn State's long term interests for Ohio State to win tonight.  So, alas, I'm rooting for Ohio (don't tell anyone, it'll be our little secret).

What's not a secret is the Trade Stack.  In fact, after adding a quartet of Brewers (that drew very little interest), I'm coming back this time with a trio of shiny Topps Town inserts - with the theme of "teams that wear red."

Remember that you get this card plus all the others in the Trade Stack in exchange for at least one card off of my want list.

2011 Topps Town:
TT-11.  Chris Young - Diamondbacks
TT-13.  Chase Utley - Phillies
TT-46.  Joey Votto - Reds


2013 Topps Heritage:
132.  Rickie Weeks - Brewers
214.  Jan Segura - Brewers
267.  Marco Estrada - Brewers
283.  Wily Peralta - Brewers


2001 Fleer Tradition:
262.  Glenallen Hill - Cubs
339.  David Justice - Indians


2014 Topps Stadium Club:
Die-Cut Legends:
LDC-7. Cal Ripken, Jr. - Orioles



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:  ?? by ??

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Congrats to the Cubs...

In between writing exams and reading written essays, I made (some) time to watch the final game of the World Series last night.  I must admit that I was rooting for the Indians...but I'll still congratulate the Cubs on breaking their curse and winning it all.

Of course, the Cubs winning is probably extra bad for my Reds...you never want your divisional foes to get a World Series championship banner!

As for me, I'm still struggling with work - and that has left virtually no time for my hobbies.  I'm hopeful that I'll be able to return to "real" blogging soon (though what "soon" actually means is still up in the air).

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Barry Larkin Collection 485: 1998 Fleer Ultra - #180 - Gold Medallion Parallel

Barry Larkin
Year:  1998
Brand:  Fleer Ultra
Card number:  180
Parallel set:  Gold Medallion

The Gold Medallion parallels were seeded one per pack back in 1998 Fleer Ultra.  The parallel is (obviously) quite similar to Larkin's regular base card - except to Fleer's credit they made the parallel easy to differentiate (both by the card number, tacking on a "g", and with the small text on the back saying "Gold Medallion Edition").  In addition, the front of the card has a gold, speckled effect happening...so you really can't miss the parallel no matter you are sorting your cards (via card fronts or card backs).  That's how all parallels should be!

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated: Seriously Fleer. What the Bleep (AGAIN)?

A few days ago, I opened up a pack out of my 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated box that contained a SINGLE card (and it wasn't even really a card - it was a mini poster) - along with a paper checklist which Fleer counts as a card in this set (which is a different WTF discussion).

Anyhow, I had to hope that the one pack was an anomaly...but I can now report that it wasn't.  

Pack 16:

17.  Matt Morris

173.  Greg Maddux

Extra Edition parallel:  177.  Cal Ripken, Jr.  (#273/500)

Great Shots:  Ryne Sandberg

If you are counting at home, that's only four cards (out of a promised 6 cards that should be in the pack).  I guess if you combine packs 13 and 16, you do get a "full" pack, albeit one with two mini posters.  Another annoying thing?  That Maddux is a duplicate from within this box...unacceptable if you ask me.

On the bright side, I did land my second Extra Edition parallel of the box - and this one is a good once seeing as how it's Cal Ripken, Jr.  The other good news is that I did need that Matt Morris card...so at least this pack had some redeeming qualities!

Let's hope the rest of the box doesn't suffer from any more poor pack filling by Fleer!