Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Grad-a-cuffs


I'm at a point of transition in my life right now.

As of a couple weeks ago, my community college career is officially over. And, although final grades for this semester aren't in yet, it looks like I'll be leaving with a 4.0 GPA.

The great person he is, my ever-generous dad let me pick out something from the shelves of my local Target as a little "graduation" present for my work at school.

In the end, I bypassed the three-pack Heritage and Gypsy Queen rack packs and went straight for the Opening Day blasters. I like what I've seen from the product thus far, and it was certainly better for the pack-busting mood I was in that day.

Ten bucks for 11 packs is hard to beat. To recap my pulls, I thought I'd provide a familiar blogosphere touch to this post. Although I've never participated, I've long wanted to do something "Gint-A-Cuffs" related around here.

So, for clarity, here's how my point system is going to work.

Player collection need -- +2
Mini-collection need -- +2
Insert or parallel -- +2
Cards for other bloggers -- +1
Doubles from past Opening Day breaks -- -1

Other points added or subtracted at my disposal.

Let's see which of these 11 packs reigned supreme.




Pack 1:

#5 Eric Hosmer (+0)
#197 Jhonny Peralta (Card for another blogger, +1)
#73 Ryan Vogelsong Blue Parallel /2013 (Parallel, +2...Player collection, +2...+4 total)
#M-1 "Mascots" Mr. Met (Insert, +2)
#60 Carl Crawford (Player collection, +2)
#43 Pedro Alvarez (Card for another blogger, +1)
#51 Elvis Andrus (+0)

+10 total




Pack 2:

#148 Alex Rios (Card for another blogger, +1)
#41 Dustin Pedroia (Player collection, +2..."Throwbacks", +2...+4 total)
#SC-16 "Superstar Celebrations" Mike Olt (Insert, +2..."Throwbacks", +2...+4 total) 
#180 Jason Heyward (Player collection, +2)
#69 Brett Gardner (Card for another blogger, +1)
#16 Jesus Montero (+0)
#219 Troy Tulowitzki (Player collection, +2)

+14 total




Pack 3:

#122 Aaron Hill (Player collection, +2..."Double Dip", +2...+4 total)
#45 Clayton Kershaw (Player collection, +2)
#BC-12 "Ballpark Fun" David Ortiz (Insert, +2...Card for another blogger, +1...+3 total)
#74 Jason Kipnis ("Double Dip", +2)
#98 Paul Goldschmidt (Double, -1)
#201 Ervin Santana (Player collection, +2)
#18 Jemile Weeks (+0)

+12 total




Pack 4:

#48 Ike Davis (Player collection, +2)
#215 Ivan Nova (Card for another blogger, +1)
#PH-2 "Play Hard" Bryce Harper (Insert, +2...Player collection, +2...+4 total)
#208 Jimmy Rollins (+0)
#36 Tommy Hanson (+0)
#30 Jayson Werth (+0)
#58 Chris Davis (Card for another blogger, +1)

+8 total




Pack 5:

#104 Tim Lincecum (Double, -1...Card for another blogger, +1...+0 total)
#68 Barry Zito (Player collection, +2)
#ODS-3 "Opening Day Stars" Miguel Cabrera (Insert, +2...Player collection, +2...+4 total)
#91 Adam Wainwright (+0)
#109 Ian Desmond ("Double Dip", +2)
#2 Ricky Romero (Card for another blogger, +1)
#62 Jason Kubel (+0)

+9 total




Pack 6:

#136 Ian Kennedy (Double, -1)
#99 Vernon Wells (Double, -1)
#BF-13 "Ballpark Fun" Albert Pujols (Insert, +2...Player collection, +2...+4 total)
#116 Norichika Aoki (Player collection, +2)
#130 Chase Headley ("Throwback", +2)
#183 Fernando Rodney (+1, just an awesome card)
#212 Pablo Sandoval (Double, -1...Card for another blogger, +1...+0 total)

+9 total




Pack 7:

#95 Daniel Murphy (Card for another blogger, +1)
#125 Bartolo Colon (Double, -1)
#PH-25 "Play Hard" Alex Gordon (Insert, +2...Player collection, +2...+4 total)
#127 Edinson Volquez (Card for another blogger, +1)
#46 Zack Greinke (Player collection, +2)
#153 Andre Ethier (Player collection, +2)
#81 Miguel Cabrera (Double, -1)

+8 total




Pack 8:

#53 Addison Reed (Card for another blogger, +1)
#54 Starlin Castro (Player collection, +2)
#SC-14 "Superstar Celebrations" Chipper Jones (Insert, +2...Player collection, +2...+4 total)
#199 Craig Kimbrel (Double, -1...Card for another blogger, +1...+0 total)
#56 Josh Hamilton (Player collection, +2)
#59 Matt Harvey (Card for another blogger, +1)
#170 Stephen Strasburg (Double, -1)

+9 total




Pack 9:

#37 Jurickson Profar (+0)
#192 Josh Beckett (Double, -1...Card for another blogger, +1...+0 total)
#142 Jarrod Parker Blue Parallel /2013 (Parallel, +2)
#M-2 "Mascots" Phillie Phanatic (Insert, +2)
#28 Prince Fielder (Player collection, +2)
#179 Wade Miley (+0)
#11 Hanley Ramirez (Double, -1...Card for another blogger, +1...+0 total)

+6 total




Pack 10:

#101 Adeiny Hechavarria (+0)
#200 Evan Longoria (Player Collection, +2)
#ODS-6 "Opening Day Stars" Robinson Cano (Insert, +2...Card for another blogger, +1...+3 total)
#70 Danny Espinosa ("Double Dip", +2)
#202 Jason Motte (+0)
#152 Brian Wilson (Double, -1...Card for another blogger, +1...+0 total)
#113 Carlos Gonzalez (Card for another blogger, +1)

+8 total




Pack 11:

#71 Victor Martinez (Player collection, +2)
#123 John Danks (Player collection, +2)
#120 Alex Rodriguez Blue Parallel /2013 (A-Rod, -10,000...Parallel, +2...Card for another blogger, +1...-9,997 total)
#M-3 "Mascots" Mariner Moose (Insert double, -2)
#19 Joey Votto (Player collection, +1)
#14 Josh Willingham (Card for another blogger, +1)
#75 Trevor Cahill (+0)

-9,993 total

There you go.

Overall, I'd say I picked a pretty good blaster.

On my "Grad-A-Cuffs" scale, the first trio of packs I opened looked to be the three best of all. The +14 rating of pack #2 came out on top.

As far as singles go, I think the "Play Hard" Bryce Harper was my absolute favorite pull. Incidentally, it came out of one of the lower-rated packs from the bunch.

A-Rod's unfortunate appearance cemented the last pack's place at the bottom of the barrel.

In the end, you could say this little blaster proved to be a bit of a good luck charm. After I got home that afternoon, I found the acceptance letter from my hopeful four-year university waiting in my mailbox.

Not even A-Rod could quell my happiness that day.

Yup, in both hobby and non-hobby matters, things are looking up here in "Dime Boxedonia".

I couldn't be happier.

7 comments:

AdamE said...

Curious what blogger gets the Ortiz? (hint, hint)

gcrl said...

So where are you headed?

Mike said...

That Fernando Rodney card is indeed awesome!.....

Jeff Wilk said...

Holy crap I need that Olt celebration card! Curse you COMC!

Jeff said...

A) congrats on the acceptance
B) you were right when you had a post about having lots of player collections
C) is it me, or does Alex Gordon actually look like George Brett in that photo?

TTG said...

I loved the scoring on the last pack.

Ana Lu said...

Wow! The first packs were good enough for the rest.
I think this year OD looks pretty good. Love the inserts. But that's all about the OD.