Saturday, January 05, 2013

Reds Galore in the Pack War!

I have two boxes that I got for Christmas that I'm itching to bust...however, I told myself that I wouldn't open either box until after I finished the Pack War which I started a few days ago.  With that said, let's move right into the next pack.

Pack Wars II - Pack 16:
2010 Topps - Series 2 (12 card pack)

This is the second 2010 Topps pack (both from Series 2).  The first pack from the set scored a respectable 14 points - will this one do any better?

494.  Andrew Miller - Marlins
The 2010 Topps set seems like a much nicer set to me than the 2011 set.  I think it's because the cards feel more vibrant (both in terms of color and design).  +1

589.  Edinson Volquez - Reds
Alright, so Volquez never was my favorite pitcher (too much of a head case) but it's a Red...and Reds get rewarded in my Pack Wars.  +3

563.  Bronson Arroyo - Reds

Who saw that coming?  Back-to-back Reds...and one of my favorite current Reds pitchers no less!  +5 points for Bronson and his high leg kick.

590.  Ryan Howard - Phillies
Howard seems like a nice enough guy from what I hear...of course, I usually tune Philly fans out (you have to living in Pennsylvania).  +1

554. Ramon Hernandez - Reds

A three Reds pack?!  2010 Topps knows what it takes to win this thing.  +4

470.  New York Yankees
Then again, maybe not.  Boo Yankees.  -2

Cards Your Mom Threw Out:  65.  Duke Snider - Dodgers

Anyone need this one?  +2 because Dodgers are the easiest team to get rid of cards from.

History of the World Series:  23.  Cole Hamels

For the longest time, I needed this card.  I no longer need any cards from the 2010 set though (so this card, plus all the others on my have for trade list are available).  +1

Topps Town:  Max Scherzer - Tigers
Topps Town sucks.  -2

624.  Carlos Beltran - Mets
I didn't mind Beltran until he became a Cardinal.  He's no Cardinal here though, so he gets rewarded.  +1

562.  Carlos Quentin - White Sox
The AL Central is probably the only division in baseball where I don't hate at least one of the teams.  That's all I've got for Quentin.  +0

445.  Miguel Olivo - Rockies

Photos of catchers in full gear?  Cool.  Photos of catchers without the helmet on?  Not cool.  It looks like Olivo is getting ready for a paintball fight.  -2

Pack total:  12 points

Certainly not a terrible score - though it was less than the other 2010 Topps pack.  At this point, there are only four packs left who have a chance to take down the 2011 Allen & Ginter pack.


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)
+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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