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!

A Referral from Wax Pack Gods?

I just happened to notice a lot of traffic at my blog today and checked the referrals tab under my wordpress account. There was one from Wax Pack Gods.

It seems Mr. Hughes has compiled quite the list of baseball card collecting resources and blogs at this link – WAX PACK GODS.

This is awesome! Kudos to Mr. Hughes for piecing this all together!

Go check it out and perhaps discover your new favorite site!

1st Anniversary of Blogging Therapy

One year ago today I hit publish on my first blog post chronicaling my attempt at calming my mind post heart surgery thru baseball card collecting.

Some quick arithmetic shows me I posted 42 times this past year and was lucky enough to complete trades with 15 other collectors, some several times.

It’s been a little over two years since my heart surgery and I’ve noticed a tremendous improvement for me on the mental side of things.

I’m a stay-at-home dad so most of my daily tasks are centered around things without endings. There’s always going to be more dishes, more laundry, more accidents to clean up, more whining to endure, etc . . .

A few days ago my daughter was having a lovely breakdown and instead of getting stressed I grabbed a stack of 2004 Heritage and proceeded to put them in numerical order. By the time I was done her tantrum was also over and I completed a task.

I have a mathematical mind so being able to order a Heritage set centers me. There’s also a level a fulfillment that washes over me when I’m able to complete a set and look at all of the cards in the binder. The hobby is extremely calming for me.

At the end of the day, though, it’s just cardboard. This is a hobby I’m not expecting to make any sort of profit off of in the future. This is a hobby I simply enjoy doing. Baseball card collecting, along with  God, my family, and friends, has helped me carry on each and every day.

Thank you so much to all of my readers and trading partners. It’s truly a blessing to be able to connect with generous souls thru a common interest.

I’ll be holding my annual Heritage pack giveaway in a few weeks as a way to say thank you.

PSA time!

For several weeks after my heart surgery I was thoroughly convinced I was either dead or trapped in a dream because I was one of the lucky 25% of people who come down with delirium during recovery. No one is completely sure what causes it or what it even is but as someone who has endured it please take my advice – Don’t smoke, eat healthily, and get some exercise. My surgery was due to a genetic condition but most people have the ability to control their lifestyle to hopefully avoid heart problems.

Thanks for reading and here’s to another year of spending way too much money on pieces of cardboard!


Completed Pages and Troubles with WordPress

I few weeks back I tried for several days to complete a new blog post. The posts kept coming up as pages though.

I finally contacted the Support line and Simon hopefully fixed everything.

I’m going to keep this short to test things out.

Here are some completed player collection pages I’ve filled through trades recently.

Jose Canseco Topps 1

Fernando Fleer 1

Barry Bonds Topps 1

Thank you so much to everyone who has completed trades with me! I truly appreciate all the help and it’s nice to find a new home for the cards I don’t collect.

Fernando’s No-No – 25th Anniversary

ESPN classic was playing a replay of the game to commemorate the anniversary. I sat down and watched it.

I had no idea he pitched the no-hitter on June 29th. Today is my 36th birthday anniversary.

After spending the day at Minnehaha Falls with my mother and my kids,  watching one of my favorite pitchers pitch a tremendous game was serendipitous.

A few things that I noticed –

Stan Javier was playing center field for LA. Kirk Gibson was in Left. I think Gibson had an error in the first allowing Pedro Guerrero to take first. From then on Javier was catching several popups well into Gibson’s territory throughout the game. The ground he was covering was truly amazing. Gibson was taken out in the 8th and replaced with a defensive substitute.

Speaking of Guerrero – one of the announcers was amazed at how much Pedro had grown since he was drafted at 17 and weighed about 157 lbs. Guerrero claimed he beefed up by eating green bananas. I found this funny in light of the rampant use of steroids throughout the era.

Stan Javier also placed down a perfect squeeze bunt in the 7th or 8th inning to pad the lead a bit.

June 29th, 1990 was also the only time 2 no-hitters were thrown on the same day. Dave Stewart pitched the other for Oakland against Toronto. I guess the Toronto fans even gave him a standing ovation with one out remaining. That’s classy, Canada!

This was Fernando’s 1st no-hitter. He had never thrown a one-hitter prior to this one but he did have 8 2-hit games.

Thanks for reading.