Hobby Box Break – 2016 A & G part 4 – Gint-A-Cuffs VIII

75% of the box done and I have 87.3 points in this years Gint-A-Cuffs. Let’s see how the box wraps up.

Pack 19.


The Casilla mini is a SP for +3 and the Bench Insert gives another +2 which is quickly cancelled out by the two Yankees.

90.3 Points

Pack 20.


+3 for the black Andrus mini and another +2 for the Sale insert, and Kluber is on the favorite player list +2 but those Yankees keep popping up for another -1.

Point total 96.3 – 96.3 FM is the radio station of the MN Twins!

Pack 21.


No Yankees! Hurray. Votto gives +2 for being a favorite player.

98.3 points.

Pack 22.


Subways & Streetcars is a mini set I shan’t be collecting but it gives me +2. I will be piecing together the Natural Wonders, though. +2. Mr. Ichiro 3000 bumps me up another +2

104.3. I’ve broken a hundred!

Pack 23.


My final hit is another plain Relic +5, but there’s a mini Yankee -1.

108.3 points.

Pack 24.


Finishing up the box we have a measly +2 for the Stargell insert.

So, depending on any new amendments to the rules it looks like my Gint-A-Cuffs VIII points total sits at 110.3


Hobby Box Break – 2016 A & G part 3 – Gint-A-Cuffs VIII

Half-way thru my box and my Point Total stands at 43.

Here you can read Part 1 and Part 2 . Gint-A-Cuffs competition can be found here.

However, the Commissioner of Gint-A-Cuffs ruled that the Numbers Game inserts will be worth 2 points each. I pulled 6 in my first 12 packs so my point total now sits at 55.

Pack 13.


Luke Jackson gives me +2 as a Favorite Player and the Baseball Legends also adds 2. Zoinks! It’s a Yankee though -1. Up to 58 points

Pack 14.


Ferocious Feline +2, Numbers Game +2, Yankee -1.

61 Points.

Pack 15.


Natural Wonders +2, Schirripa +1.

64 points.

These posts may be getting pretty boring. My apologies. I’m trying to hurry up and finish it before the MIA/ COL game starts since I want to watch Ichiro get his #3000.

Pack 16.


SANO! +1 for being a Twin. Tanaka -1 for being a Yankee. Numbers Game +2, Baseball Legends +2, and an A&G backed mini +2 that is also a SP +3.

73 points.

Pack 17.


My 2nd relic is on the Favorite Player list! Votto gives me a nice 8.5 points.

81.5 pts

I also noticed in the rules post that I get an additional 2.8 for my Rizzo box loader. I’ll add that now.

84.3 points

Pack 18.


Eaton is on the Favorite Players Lists +2, Bird is a Yankee -1, Numbers Game +2.

87.3 is where I stand with six more packs to go.


Hobby Box Break – 2016 A & G part 2 – Gint-A-Cuffs VIII

Here are the next six packs of my hobby box break for the Gint-A-Cuffs competition.

7th pack.


After the first quarter of the box my points stand at 19. Cowherd gives my a negative but Drury (Favorite Player List), Natural Wonders, and an A&G back mini each bump me up +2. Point Total = 24

8th Pack.



9th Pack.


The Mayor mini and Natural Wonder give me a total of +4 = 28 PTS.

10th Pack.


Laureates of Peace mini is a nice pull (1:38) and is worth +2 but gets cut in half since I pulled my first Yankee! 29 points total.

11th pack.


My first relic hit is worth +5 and the SP mini gives me +3. Points = 37.

12th Pack.


My favorite player makes an appearance! Kershaw gives me +4 but there’s another Yankee to deduct 1. The Price is a black-bordered mini though so that gives me another +3.

Half-way thru my box and my Point Total stands at 43.

At this time only one person has posted their total on the Leader Board. That total is 81 so I’m on pace to surpass that. However, there are a total of 17 participants so chances are someone will get a nice hit to pop them over 100.

Thanks for reading!

Hobby Box Break – A & G 2016 -Gint-A-Cuffs VIII

2 x 3 Heroes recommended I join a fun little competition called Gint-A-Cuffs. This is the VIII installment and I believe the winner and the last place loser each will take home a shiny box of 2016 Allen & Ginter. Sign-up ended a few days ago and now I need to post the break of my 2016 A & G box, tabulate my score, and see how I fare in the battle. FIGHT!


This is the first current year of Allen & Ginter for me. I think about 2-3 months ago the sets peaked my interest and I’ve decided to collect starting at 2011.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!


A player I collect! Awesome! This box loader puts me at 4 pts. I’ll have to check with the commissioner to see if I get a bonus since he’s on the Favorite Player List.


My first card pulled. Simply design, thick card stock, and a newness for me give this set high marks in my book. Other’s have been collecting A & G for ten years and are not too impressed with this year’s design. I like it, though.


Here are the base cards from my 1st pack. According to the rules pulling Rick Klein give me a negative point so I’m now at 3.


Ist insert. This is a cool little set that lists players from the same team and other greats who wore the same number. No points for Gint-A-Cuffs, though.


Each pack contains a mini parallel but this also provides no point adjustment.


2nd pack base. No points.


Here’s a SP. Also, worth 0 points.


A mini US Mayors card gives me +2, though! I’m up to 5.


Pack #3. Nothing to see here.


Another SP. Moving on.


+2 for the Natural Wonders insert. 7 points for me.


The Reddick mini does me no good or evil.


Pack the fourth. Hamels (which auto corrected to “camels”) is a favorite player. +2 points rocking’ me to 9 pts.


Another SP.


+2 for a Baseball Legends insert. I love these types of sets. This Ginter box goes to 11.


And a Black-Bordered mini. +3 = 14 points.


Pack Five. Schwarber is a Favorite Player. +2 = 16 points. I’m wishing I would have picked Cubs as my favorite team. I think I’ve pulled 5 or 6 already and each would have been worth an additional point!


Another Number’s Game.


And a Pope mini.


6th pack. A Twin! Since I picked MN as my favorite team I get +1 for Perkins. 17 points.




A & G back on this mini gives me a nice +2. And I’m going to stop there on this post. After 25% of the box I’m standing at a respectable 19 points.

This is fun!

Hobby Box Break #17 – 2016 Gypsy Queen

I’ve been buying the 3 packs + 3 blue frame cards hangers at Target since the set came where I pulled this beauty –


It’s numbered 11/25 and should sell for somewhere between $30-100. Here’s the auction link – Schwarber auto.

With that pull I justified the purchase of a hobby box. Here’s my break!


I really like the box and pack design.


My first card. When I first saw the design a few months back I wasn’t too impressed but now I’m really digging the color and simplistic design. It reminds me of Greek or Roman Marble architecture


Six short prints all of retired players. I think Kenta Maeda was the only current player listed as a SP. I’m going to hang onto the Satchel Paige but the rest are available for trade. I also have 346 Alomar and 350 Seaver for trade.


I have a streak of pulling THOR SPs! In my 2016 Heritage box I pulled his regular SP and here I nabbed his action variant. I’m going to hang onto this as well.


I didn’t collect these in 2015 but I like the design enough to hold onto these this year. I do have a double of the Votto for trade, though.


Who wants to see some dingers?

I love this insert set! I think there are 30 total cards to collect (no Bonds, though!) so I’ll need some help! Let me know if you can help me out!


And since there are only ten to collect for this set I might as well go for it. I do have an extra Donaldson for trade if you need him.


I picked the Kluber box! Any fans out there? These could be part of a nice trade package for you!


My other two hits weren’t too exciting for me. I’ll gladly ship these out to you, too!


I’m collecting the blue Retail frames and will have my wantlist needs updated shortly. This purple will likely find it’s way to A Cracked Bat.


I don’t usually collect minis but these are awesome! I’ll need some help with these, too!


These are available for trade.


As is this!


These are from the mini box and are all photo variants. I’m going to keep the Ichiro but the others are for trade.


185 of 300 base

34 minis

26 inserts

Zero doubles!

My wantlist can be found here – 2016 Gypsy Queen!

Thanks for reading and God bless!

Topps Now – Arrieta’s 2nd No-Hitter

The past few years I’ve watched more Cubs games than Twins. This is partly do to my lack of Cable TV. I do get a monthly MLB.TV subscription once or twice a year and since the Twins are blacked out I watch the Cubs.

I think I started watching last night’s game around the 5th inning.

Since it was such a great game to watch I finally bit the bullet and bought a TOPPS NOW card.


Rather than pay $10 for a single card I opted for the 5 for $30 option.

I’ll probably post one on COMC in the next few months so that means I have three copies to send to trading partners.

Let me know if you’d like a copy and we can hopefully work out a deal!

Dances with Trade #8 – Bloggergraph

Time to catch up on trades.


Chris over at fanofreds.blogspot.com sent over some 2016 inserts, 2015 Archives, 2011 Lineage,  and some custom minis including the two shown! Is a custom autographed card of a blogger a Bloggergraph?


Julie over at acrackedbat.blogspot.com sent over some 2016 Inserts, 2015 Gypsy Queen, 2015 Archives, and several Kershaw and Jackson cards including the two shown. Clayton Kershaw and Bo Jackson are definitely my top two player collections and I don’t mind getting doubles. Whenever you need to pad out a package to me you can slip in some Kershaws or Bos!


Jared over at cmmdto.blogspot.com sent over some 2015 Gypsy Queen and some Kershaws including this 5 x 7 monster from 2015 Archives.

I’ve also completed a trade with Canadian blogger, Mike, from Not Another Baseball Card Blog.

As well as some trades with nolansdugout.blogspot.com and lifetimetopps.wordpress.com.

It’s been a busy year so far with trades! Thank you so much to everyone for your generosity and willingness!

I have a second call out for FANTASY BASEBALL enthusiasts! The league I’ve been in for the past 6+ years has an opening for one manager. Let me know ASAP if you are willing to join. The generic league info can be found at my previous blog post.

Thanks for reading and let me know if you’d like to trade!