Thursday, April 13, 2017

2014 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks (Again!)

With yesterday's pack it was fun to look up the status of a bunch of no-names. Here's more of the same.

Let's tear in.
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31 Michael Kopech
Is up with the AA White Sox affiliate Birmingham Barons and apparently throws some heat.

26 Foster Griffin
High-A Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals) with a 1-0 record and 0.82 ERA so far. Not too shabby.

21 Michael Chavis Minors Gold Prizm
High-A Salem Red Sox. Likes to keep injuries from his club.

22 Chris Ellis
AAA Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis) - Being part of this parent club, of course, ensures that Chris will eventually strike out every Brewer he faces for all eternity.

So the insert was pretty cool, and I gained a newfound appreciation for the logo of the Blue Rocks.

Pretty cool, but from my digging I found that Wilmington has a secondary mascot, Mr. Celery.

I want to go on a road trip with Mr. Celery. I wonder if he shares an affinity for any of my favorite car treats (Gummy Life Savers and beef jerky)? Either way, he won't even have to chip in that much for tolls. We will get all the babes.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2014 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks

I have a particular disdain for minor league cards. Just not my cup of tea. However, they are a bit more fun to open when they are a few years old. The possibility exists that you hit a guy you've actually heard of. Let's check in and see where the guys we pull are at in their careers.

Let's tear in.
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36 Isan Diaz
Diaz was part of the trade that sent Jean Segura (featured in yesterday's pack, coincidentally) to the Diamondbacks. Just last week, Diaz was promoted from the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to the High-A Carolina Mudcats.

64 Trace Loehr Prizm
Currently on the Class A Beloit Snappers, batting .083 in 12 plate appearances this season.

37 Jordan Montgomery
Today was the biggest day of Jordan's life so far. Not long ago, he was named the Yankees' fifth starter in a surprise announcement. Today he started his first major league game, pitching 4 2/3 innings and giving up two earned runs in an 8-4 Yankees victory over the Rays. He was not the pitcher of record, but he struck out seven batters. Pretty cool to get his card today.

37 Austin Cousino
Released by the Mariners while in single-A last year, Austin is not listed on any team's roster for the 2017 season.

Fun, interesting pack with guys at a variety of success levels.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

2016 Topps Bunt

Looks like we went 0-for-2016, everyone. Does anyone know that this blog still exists?

This pack came from a repack box I recently picked up at Target. Prior to this, I didn't even know Topps made a physical Bunt set. And no, you'll never be getting me to buy or collect digital images of baseball cards.

Let's tear in.
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95 Darryl Strawberry

99 Jason Kipnis
35 Wade Boggs
FF-10 Ketel Marte Future of the Franchise

75 Jose Berrios
158 Billy Hamilton
196 Jean Segura

Actually a very nice looking set. Huge logos in the background will do that. Nice mix of retired and current players. I would actually spend money building a set of this, if it came to that.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

1994 Flair Series 1

Let’s cut to the chase here. 1994 Flair is a set that’s stylin’ and profilin’. It’s a set worthy of the Flair moniker, although there can only be one true Flair. Ric Flair, that is. Today, we’re going to open a pack and see how each card measures up to the Nature Boy.

Let’s tear in.

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177 Pedro Astacio
Score: Woo! Woo!
The Dodgers’ proximity to Tinseltown is this card’s saving grace.

168 Andujar Cedeno
Score: Woo!
No literal connection between Andujar and Flair, but he looks good taking a cut, which Ric would approve of.

196 John Franco
Score: Woo! Woo! Woo!
I was listening to a podcast the other day where some video game guys were talking Mets baseball, and one of them could only name Gooden and Franco. This shows Franco had enough Flair in him to make a non-fan remember him.

82 Jimmy Key
Score: Woo!
Flair was from Tennessee, Key from Alabama. That’s all we have to hang our hats on. Plus, New York is the antithesis of Flair’s wrestling roots.

295 Checklist
Score: Woo! Woo!
Checklists usually suck, but this one features Greg Maddux, baseball embodiment of “To be the man, you’ve got to beat the man.”

216 Mark Dewey
Score: Woo!
This Dewey guy is the baseball equivalent of a jobber.

234 Trevor Hoffman
Score: Woo! Woo! Woo!
Flair: WWE Hall of Fame
Hoffman: Could get in Baseball Hall of Fame, if voters ever got their act together about relievers.

242 Bryan Hickerson
Score: 0

213 Milt Thompson
Score: Woo!
They both have a nice set of teeth?

133 Mark Wohlers
Score: Woo! Woo! Woo! Woo!
With a bunch of extra o’s in his name, Mark could be Wooooooooooooohlers. And sometimes that’s all you need.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

2014 Topps Series 2

More from the repack box.

Let's tear in.
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540 Ike Davis

458 Vinnie Pestano
468 Wilin Rosario FS (I've noticed that Topps has been much more liberal with the Future Stars imprint as of late. Not everybody is a B.J. Surhoff, guys.)
645 Wilson Ramos (Can't argue with a Cardinal being tagged out on a card.)

359 Sean Rodriguez
338 Carlos Santana Red Hot Foil

340 Casey McGehee
549 Hank Conger
437 Alex Wood
426 Koji Uehara
539 Trevor Bauer
341 Mike Moustakas

More fun than is allowed by law.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

2013 Bowman Platinum

The theme of this pack of cards is "What's the Point?" I picked it up inside a $7.99 Fairfield repack box on Friday after work. The reason I was at Target was to pick up a birthday present for my daughter to give to a kid whose party was today. However, my daughter put herself in a horrible mood right before the party and didn't want to go. Long story short, we walked into the party, dropped off the gift, turned around, and headed home. To reiterate, "What's the Point?"

Let's tear in.
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BPP77 Matt Davidson

TP-JB Javier Baez
What's the point of inserts in a set like this?

40 Stephen Strasburg
Really, what's the point of this?

BPP19 Byron Buxton
My Twins fan brother-in-law has actually traveled to see Buxton play in the minors. I didn't have the heart to tell him that Buxton will eventually play a huge part in knocking the Twins out of the playoffs as a member of the New York Yankees at some point in the future. Again, what's the point?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

2015 Topps WWE

Over the last couple of years, I've slowly gotten back into WWE wrestling. I think it's the unique type of fandom that the sport demands that has made it attractive to me. A combination of scripted drama with the possibility of actual surprise is an intriguing one, and for this reason, I plunked down $1.99 at my local Target.

Let's tear in.
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42 John Cena

He gets a bad rap from serious fans, but I can't help but like the guy. They say he's there for the kids to have someone to cheer for, but I appreciate what he brings to the ring. His ring entrance music is the best in the business, in my opinion.

7 Big E

Currently representing for The New Day, a group of clowny also-rans that are downright embarrassing to watch. Automatic FF when I'm watching RAW on the DVR.

41 Jimmy Uso

Part of another snooze-inducing tag team. The WWE's tag division is an absolute joke, a far cry from the days of Demolition and the Road Warriors.

55 Nikki Bella

Fitting I get one Diva in a pack, just like you get one Divas segment per show. Nikki is the less attractive of the Bellas. Fact.

66 Rusev

This guy never disappoints. The Russian schtick is enjoyable, and I love it when he gets enraged and starts shouting in rapid Russian (or Bulgarian, possibly, his true heritage). Looking forward to another match with Cena, though that storyline looks as if it's gone by the wayside at the moment.

Crowd Chants 6 "This is Awesome!"

Fun idea for an insert, but I wish I had gotten someone with a little more pop.

Hulk Hogan 6 Faces Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania IV

What's that, two inserts in this retail pack? Can't go wrong with that. Hogan rules.

So I have to say I think I'll be buying more of these. I like the use of the 2015 Topps baseball design, and with a small set, I think completion won't be all that difficult. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go listen to the Cheap Heat podcast.