Ok, Ok, I know I said yesterday that I probably wasn't posting anymore here. But I enjoyed that post so here's another one.
This is a pack of 2005 Topps Bazooka, which ridiculously says on the wrapper "Look for Barry Bonds cards inside!" Not autographed or game-used cards, mind you, just regular cards. WTF?
In case you don't remember how we score each card, check out my first Leader of the Pack post right here.
First I popped that 3-year old gum into my mouth and it was pretty good!
#93 Ted Lilly: Player who is starting to live up to the hype, 3/5. Photo is a posed shot with mostly just pale sky, leaving a bit to be desired, 2/5. At the time he was coming off an all-star year and appeared to be finally turning the corner, 3/5. No intangibles. Total = 8/20
#153 mini Aubrey Huff: lost in the garbage can with Tampa Bay when they were still a poor franchise, this guy is a great offensive player, 4/5. Photo shows him having just run across home plate but is otherwise pretty stark, 2/5. At the time he was coming off 2 great seasons in a row, 3/5, and as a mini card I'll give 2/5 on intangibles. Total = 11/20
#165 Bobby Abreu: this guy is immensely underrated and according to his B-R.com page already has just about average HOF Standards. 5/5 as a player. Photo shows him bunting up close which is cool, except that his face is half hidden. 2/5. At the time he was in the midst of his string of great seasons, 3/5. No intangibles. Total = 10/20
Silly Tattoo card
#139 Gold Chunk Omar Vizquel: He went from being a no-hit great fielder to a pretty good hitter (and then back to no-hit) but overall he's had a pretty good career, 3/5. This photo also shows bunting, but we can actually see his face, 3/5. At the time, this wasn't all that exciting a card, 2/5. As for intangibles, this card is basically just a gold parallel printed on very thick stock. Booooring but I'll give it 1/5. Total = 9/20
#143 Chris Carpenter: He recovered from a serious injury to become a Cy Young winner with the Cardinals. 3/5. The photo is fine although his face is a bit in the shadows. 3/5. At the time, Carpenter just had a great comeback year in 2004 and was about to win his Cy Young in 2005, 4/5. For intangibles, I'm giving him another point here due to his injury comeback. 1/5. Total = 11/20
#19 Mark Prior: We'll never know how good he might have been if he had stayed healthy. His final career numebrs are actually quite good, if only over 650 innings. 3/5. The photo is remarkably similar to Carpenter's in almost every way. 3/5. At the time, people were still hopeful that Prior was going to be a star, 3/5. And I give this card 1 intangible point, again because hype around Prior was still going at this time. Total = 10/20
#183 B.J. Upton: Tough to say how good this kid is as he hasn't been consistent yet. I'll give him a generous 3/5. The photo ain't bad, especially if you like Adidas. 3/5. At the time, this was a cool card to get as he was perhaps the most interesting rookie in the game, 4/5. And he gets a few points for intangibles, 3/5, as an interesting character who many thought (and still think) that he will be a star. Total = 13/20
There you have it, folks. B.J. Upton is your Leader of the Pack for this shot of 2005 Topps Bazooka.