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.

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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.

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Nothing.

9th Pack.

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

10th Pack.

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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.

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

12th Pack.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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2nd pack base. No points.

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Here’s a SP. Also, worth 0 points.

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

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Pack #3. Nothing to see here.

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Another SP. Moving on.

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

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The Reddick mini does me no good or evil.

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

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Another SP.

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

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

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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!

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Another Number’s Game.

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And a Pope mini.

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

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Yep.

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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 –

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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!

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I really like the box and pack design.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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These are available for trade.

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As is this!

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

FINAL TALLY –

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.

http://www.topps.com/collectibles/trading-cards/topps-now-featured/jake-arrieta-2016-topps-now-card-30-only-available-until-12-30-pm-4-23-16.html

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.

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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?

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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!

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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!

Fantasy Baseball Slots Available

One of the best times of the year is fast approaching – Fantasy Baseball season!

I’ve been playing in a friends’ league for the past 6+ years and we have one or two team slots available!

It’s a 5 x 5 Head-to-Head league with playoffs. There is a $20 buy-in and 1st and 2nd place are paid out at the end of the regular fantasy season as well as the fantasy playoffs.

Let me know if you are interested in joining and I can send you the link to the league!

Hobby Box Break #16 – 2016 Topps Heritage

Here we go! Heritage is my favorite set of the year and I picked up my box last night. Here’s what I pulled.

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Trout is on the box. That’s three years in a row that he’s been featured on the box. Congrats on the hat trick!

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My box topper was a ad panel. I’m not really a fan of these since they feature cards in the set. I’d prefer a buyback or one of the rarer pulls.

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Who wants it?

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These three packs are traveling to the three lucky fellas my kids and I pulled from a Crown Royale sack. Congrats and thanks for reading-  John H, Chris R, and Jeff W!

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My first card was this Reds team card. Frazier is currently a White Soxian(?), though.

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Short Prints! My budget keeps me from collecting these each year. I really like the Cano pic, though!  I think I have a few readers who collect the Master set so I’ll probably be dividing these out. Let me know if you’d like 1-2 of them!

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THOR gets a close-up! Sorry about the glare on these pics. I didn’t notice how bad it was until I started writing. I’m going to hang on to Noah since there are a few SP’s I’d like and he’s one. I think I should have received 8 total in my box so chances are one of the 3 packs I sent out has a shortie.

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I do collect the THEN & NOW, now (presently (at this moment in time)). I also collect Kershaw so I’m happy with this pull!

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I also enjoy the history lesson on each FLASHBACKS insert. I’ll need plenty of these to complete the sets!

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My favorite animal is a Tiger. This is actually a pretty simple but pleasing design. I don’t collect Relics, though, so this one is set aside for Julie at A Cracked Bat.

I just noticed that I didn’t pull any Chrome. Did they finally do away with it? I’m not really a fan so that’s nice if they did.

Final Tally-

170 – base (425)

11 – inserts

1- relic

1- ad panel

7 – SP

NO doubles!

I think I’m going to buy the base set off eBay since I didn’t really pull money card from this box that I could turn into another box.

Let me know if you can help me with some of the inserts, though!

2016 Topps Heritage Wantlist

Also, let me know if you need some of my base!

Thanks for reading!