Saturday, April 07, 2018

Three Blaster War: The Conclusion!

This is it, the final pack out of each of the three blasters.

Overall standings:
Target 2:  57 points
Target 1:  39 points
Walmart:  33 points

It's going to take some work to pass the Target 2 blaster...but perhaps one of the other two boxes has a little something special in store.  Let's find out together.


16.  Luis Severino
40.  Zack Greinke
64.  Cole Hamels
159.  Travis Jankowski
160.  Chad Bettis
242.  Daniel Murphy

My wife loves Murphy so +2 for that.  Unfortunately, that Yankee Severino will cancel out those gains (-2).  And that's about it for that pack for Walmart...unless the other two packs are full of negative scoring cards, Walmart is eliminated.

Pack total:  2 - 2 = 0 points
Blaster Final Score:  33 points

Target 1:

4.  Lucas Giolito
101.  Jed Lowrie
117.  Starlin Castro
151.  Xander Bogaerts
214.  Manny Margot
258.  Hector Neris

I'll give +1 for the Bogaerts since I like the photo but otherwise this was also a dull pack to end the blaster.

Pack total:  1 point
Blaster Final Score:  40 points

Target 2:

14.  Yoenis Cespedes
87.  Anthony Rizzo
210.  Domingo Santana
255.  Roberto Osuna
310.  Mariano Rivera
Bazooka back:  276.  Homer Bailey

Wow.  So, Target 2 brought the heat in the final pack despite already having a commanding lead.  The bad news is that I have to deduct 2 points for the Rizzo (Cubs) and four points for the Rivera (Yankee) but the Rivera is a short print that's worth 24 points before the Yankee deduction.  I also have to give +1 for the neon green orange sleeve that Cespedes is rocking...but all of that pales in comparison to the Bazooka back card (1:57 packs) of a Cincinnati Red!  That's 28 points for the Bazooka plus another 10 for being a Reds hit.

Pack total:  -2 - 4 + 24 + 1 + 28 + 10 = 57 points
Blaster Final Score:  114 points

Well, that ended up being no contest.

Overall standings:
Target 2:  57 points
Target 1:  40 points
Walmart:  114 points

That sure was a lot of typing and scanning...but I think it was a fun exercise and it really let me enjoy the cards by truly looking each one over as I went through.  The best news was that I didn't get a single base duplicate card (even though I did get a couple of the special parallels as duplicates).  I also ended up with a short print in each blaster which was awesome and totally unexpected - as was the pair of logo swap cards.  All things considered, this isn't the last of 2018 Gypsy Queen that you'll see on my blog - easily one of my favorite editions of Gypsy Queen to date!


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