Sunday, January 06, 2013

Curved Cards Don't Scan Well.

Today is significant for two reasons.
1.  It's my youngest brother's birthday (a big Happy Birthday to him)!
2.  It's my last day of winter break.  I start teaching again tomorrow.

While the first item might be cause for celebration, it's the second item that is weighing heavily on my mind.  My vacations always seem to fly by - and as usual, I didn't accomplish nearly the amount of things that I had hoped to.  That said, I did have a fairly productive break - especially in regards to my various hobbies.  I hope you are all enjoying my Pack Wars - there are only four packs remaining in the repack box!

Pack Wars II - Pack 17
2011 Topps - Series 2 (12 card pack):

It's our second-to-last pack of 2011 Topps in the repack box. You'd think at least one of the 2011 Topps packs could best the 2011 Allen & Ginter pack...but so far, no such luck.  Let's see if it changes this time.

636.  Chris Tillman - Orioles
For some reason, all the cards in this pack have a bit of warping to them.  That's annoying.  -1 for that.

428.  Brett Myers - Astros
Anyone want some Astros?  I didn't think so.  -1

446.  Brandon Beachy - Braves
I have no idea what I'm going to do with all these 2011 Topps cards.  I already had a full box of duplicates that I can't seem to get rid of.  At least this card is a Brave - a team that seems easier than some to rid myself of.  +1

387.  Danny Valencia - Twins
Another card from a team with (seemingly) few fans on the blogs.  -1

517.  Fred Lewis - Reds
I probably have enough copies of Lewis that I could bip someone.  Of course, I'd never actually do that...  +1 because it's a Red (but just barely).

656.  Raul Ibanez - Phillies
This is a boring pack, isn't it?  +0

528.  Bobby Abreu - Angels
Oh man, I haven't even found a card worth scanning yet.  +0

60 Years of Topps:  71.  Duke Snider - Mets

I'm guessing there's a chance that someone still needs this card at least - is anyone still working on the 60 Years of Topps set?  +2

Topps 60:  71.  Willie Stargell - Pirates

I don't mind getting inserts of Pirates - heck, I've even been known to pick-up the Pirates in group breaks on occasion.  +3

627.  Kyle Blanks - Padres
This isn't the "good" Blanks card, that comes in 2012.  +0

417.  Miguel Cairo - Reds
I'm too lazy to go back and look, but I think I had another pack of 2011 Topps from the repack box that had both Cairo and Lewis in it.  +1 but just barely.

545.  Jose Tabata - Pirates
Pretty sure I got him already too.  +0

Pack total:  5 points

Boy, that didn't feel like a 5 point pack...I would have thought it'd be in the negatives for sure.



Pack Wars II Current Standings:
+19:  2011 Allen & Ginter (6 card pack #1)
+16:  2011 Topps Series 2 (8 card pack)
+15:  2011 Topps Series 1 (12 card pack #2)
+14:  2011 Topps Series 1 (12 card pack #1)
+14:  2010 Topps Series 2 (12 card pack #1)
+12:  2010 Topps Series 2 (12 card pack #2)
+11:  2011 Topps Update (12 card pack #2)
+10:  2008 UD Timeline (6 card pack #1)
+09:  2008 UD Timeline (6 card pack #2)
+07:  2006 Topps Series 2 (6 card pack)
+06:  2011 Topps Update (12 card pack #1)
+05:  2011 Allen & Ginter (6 card pack #2)
+05:  2011 Topps Series 2 (12 card pack #3)
+04:  2011 Topps Series 1 (12 card pack #4)
+02:  1989 Fleer (15 card pack)
-05:  2011 Topps Series 1 (12 card pack #3)
-16:  2011 Topps Series 2 (12 card pack #2)

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