Friday, September 26, 2014

Gint-A-Cuffs VI: FINISH HIM!

*insert Mortal Kombat music and sound effects*

Alright, 6 packs left. Lets DO THIS!

Pack 19:

Giancarlo Stanton
George Brett
Marashino "Cherry" Tanaka : -1
Matt Harvey
Michelle Kang
Ken Griffey Jr SP : +2
PPs Miguel Cabrera : +2
Mini SP Ian Kinsler : +3

Pack Total: +6
Running Total: +140

Analysis: Got my first SP mini! Yay!

Pack 20:

Ryne Sandberg
Felix Doubront
Shin-Shoo "Choo Choo!" Choo
Carlton Fisk
Ozzie Smith
Tim Raines
Natural Wonders Sailing Stones of Racetrack Playa : +2
A&G Flag Back Mini of Salvador Perez : +10

Pack Total: +12
Running Total: +152

Analysis: Flag back mini. 'Nuff said.

Pack 21:

Craig Kimbrel
Cal Ripken Jr.
Anthony Robles
James Shield
Andre Dawson
Sony Gray SP : +2
PPs Anthony Rizzo : +2
Mini SP of Paul Konerko : +3

Pack Total: +7
Running Total: +159

Analysis: Yeah, I'm getting tired... these posts need to be spread out over days, not crammed into a single night. Ouch!

Pack 22:

Felix Hernandez
Chuck Todd
David Wright : +2
Nick Castellanos
Jordan Burroughs
Darryl Strawberry
PPs Chris Sale : +4 (PP, FP)
Mini Matt Moore

Pack Total: +6
Running Total: +165

Analysis: Heeyyyy, check it out! Two FP's! That's like... more than the rest of the box! Or at least tied to it. Weak sauce...

Pack 23:

Willie Stargell
Eddie Matthews
Aramis Ramirez
Polar "I'ma Survivor!" Vortex SP : +2
PPs Starlin Castro : +2
*Bonus Hit!!!* Cyan Printing Plate of Giancarlo Stanton : +14
Mini A&G Back Jim Calhoun : +2

Pack Total: +20
Running Total: +185

Analysis: Hey! Can't complain about a bonus hit! I guess those jacked up boxes can sometimes go in your favor, or something? If I can some out squeeze 15 points out of this last pack... yeah, that's not happening.

Pack 24:

Vladimir Guerrero
Didi Gregorius
Brian McCann
Yu Darvish : +2
Jorge Posada : -1
Mike Mussina SP : +1 (SP, Yankee)
PPs David Ortiz : +2
Mini Larger Than Life - Davy Crockett : +3

Pack Total: +7
Funning Total: +192

So there you have it kiddos. Another failure of a year, minus some cool hits. Next year... there is a special surprise. Lets just say I already know who my favorite player is going to be. Mark my words!

Analysis: So, picking Felicia Day probably wasn't the BEST pick in the world, I could have done better with a different pick I suppose. Ugh. Like, Jim Rice as my favorite player would have given me 60 points vice 20. That would have been nice, right? I'll just dream on.

Obligatory Picture:

Also, I found proof of my terrible relic... and other missing cards. Enjoy?

Selfie (With previously unpictured box topper...):

I'm enthused. I promise.

FINAL SCORE: 197 (Adjusted for Selfie)

That's all for this year. Until next time, keep it in the family.


Gint-A-Cuffs VI: Round 4!

OK... some more fun times to be had! I think I'll condense this into 2 posts to meet the time limit. So... 6 packs of fun!

Pack 13:

Jedd Gyorko
Mike "Glub Glub" Trout
Adam Schefter
Carl Crawford
Worlds Capitals Buenos Aires, Argentina : +2
Full-Sized Relic of Austin "I'm also not a real champion" Weinerschke : +8 (I think)
Mini A&G Back Maria Gabriela Isler : +2

Pack Total: +12
Running Total: +89

Analysis: I believe I get full points for the Weinerschke relic. Since the rules specify BASE cards and MINIS are at a -1 disadvantage, and he is not a Yankee (though he really ought to be...) I believe I get full points. Correct me if I am wrong, Commish!

Pack 14:

Wade Boggs
Willin Rosario
Brett "I Hate Yankees" Gardner : -1
Craig Biggio : +2
Bob Gibson
Chuck Klosterman : +1
Worlds Capitals Taipei, Taiwan : +2
Mini of Judah Friederlanderlichihatethisguy

Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +93

Analysis: Ugh, that Judah guy showed up again. I hate that guy. Also, weak pack. Not going to break 200 at this rate anymore. Be lucky to break 150!

Pack 15:

Andrew McCutchen
Fergie Jenkins
Patrick Corbin
George Kell
Fairs and Festivals Dia De Los Muertos : +2
Framed Mini-Relic of Jim Rice : +20
Mini Where Nature Ends - Sandro Botticelli : +3

Pack Total: +25
Running Total: +118

Analysis: Boom! Nice little pickup there. Those framed mini relics are about two per case, so yeah. Would have been nice to have gotten a FP or something out of it, but we'll take Mr. Rice!

Pack 16:

Snoop "Snoop-A-Loop!" Lion : -1
Derek "I'm Glad You're Retiring... YANKEE" Jeter : -1
Paul Molitor : +2
Justin Upton
Bert Kriescher
Rickey Henderson
Natural Wonders Moeraki Boulders : +2
BB Mini Gio Gonzalez : +4 (BB, FT)

Pack Total: +6
Running Total: +124

Analysis: Wow, that was a volatile pack. More scoring cards than non-scoring cards. Naturally there are two negative cards in there. Yay.

Pack 17:

Wil Myers
Alex "Roid"riguez : -1
Rodger "Roid" Clemens
Justin Verlander
Chris Archer
Chris Carpenter
Fairs and Festivals Pingxi Lantern Festival : +2
BB Mini Lou Brock : +3

Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +128

Analysis: I hate Alex Roidriguez. That is all.

Pack 18:

John "THE MAN" Sullivan : +1
Johnathan Schoop
Jordan Zimmerman : +1 FT
Dwight "Doc" Gooden
Jay Bruce
Salvador Perez
Air Supremacy V-22 Osprey : +2
Mini Trevor Rosenthal

Pack Total : +4
Running Total: +132

Analysis: At least I got a plane!

So that brings us to the 2/3rds point and into the home stretch... a LOT of scoring cards this round, so I might break it up into 2 pics. I guess I have a little hope left... 6 packs? Sure, we got this...

Obligatory Picture(s):

Also... it would appear as though my crap-relic didn't make it in the picture. You'll have to believe me... because... why would I lie and say I pulled that pile of junk if I didn't? ANYONE would be better than him... anyone...

Keep it in the family.


Gint-A-Cuffs VI: Round 3!

Aaaand we're back! Lets get to it! Spoiler: I get a hit.

Pack 9:

Tom Seaver
Josh Hamilton
Duke Snider
Mann Rameriz
World Capitals Athens, Greece : +2
Full-Sized Relic of Judah "... I got Nothin'" Friedlander: +8
Mini A&G Back Felicia Day : +7

Pack Total: +17
Running Total: +61

Analysis: Yeah, I'd like to point out that the lovely Queen of the Nerds is worth almost as much as that weird relic guy. Seriously, why is he in this product? I'm sure someone has heard of him and/or likes him... just not me.

Pack 10:

Wilmer Flores
Desmond "I have no number!" Jennings
Bryce "Atta Boy!" Harper : +1 FT
Al Kaline
Kevin Clancy
Willy Peralta SP : +2
PPs Joey Votto : +4 (PP, FP)
Mini Jose "Heck Freakin' Yeah!" Abreu

Pack Total: +7
Running Total: +68

Analysis: Yeah, now we're rolling. Plus, I really enjoy the Abreu mini. That's one expensive mini to have to buy...

Pack 11:

Laura Phelps Sweatt
Glen Waggoner
Clayton Kershaw
Eric Hosmer
Ryan "I'ma Cheater!" Braun
Allen Craig SP : +2
PPs Justin Masterson : +2
Mini A&G Back Jay Bruce : +2

Pack Total: +6
Running Total: +74

Analysis: Wooo, on the way to over 100 points! We might make it kids!

Pack 12:

Steve Delabar
Greg Maddux
Iron Sheik : +1
Warren Spahn
Jason "Not Fidel" Castro
Justin Masterson
Fields of Yore Shea Stadium : +2
Ginter Code Card

Pack Total: +3
Running Total: +77

Analysis: Well, I guess we know where that extra mini came from in that previous pack! Hah! Stupid packing errors...

Well, not bad for half way through the box. I have hope yet... or not. We still have 12 packs to go... a lot could happen! Or a lot could not happen. Who knows. You tell me! Or stick around and find out... something like that.

Obligatory Picture:

Check back tomorrow for the continuation!

Keep it in the family.


Gint-A-Cuffs VI: Round 2!

Ahhh hahahaha! This is what I should have done before...

WELCOME BACK Gint-A-Cuffs readers, because lets face it -- I don't actually have any readers. I figured out how to schedule these to post in the future, so I can just do them all at once. Woohoo! Time to just knock this all out and get the misery over with... We'll just get straight to it!

Pack 5:

Fred "Scruff" McGriff (OK, that's a bit of a stretch...)
Mike "I met this guy!" Zunino
Buster "Bust A" Pose-y
Andrelton Simmons
Dominic Brown
Stephen Strausburg SP : +3 (SP + Fav. Team)
PPs Carlos Gonzalez : +2
Mini Prince Fielder

Pack Total: +5
Running Total: +26

Analysis: Got my first Nationals player! I believe last year I waited until Pack 17 or something for my first Favorite Team... hence my change in favorite teams. Jerks. A solid showing, lets keep it up. Not enough to break 200, but hey...

Pack 6:

Shelby Miller
Juan Segura
Dale Murphy
Alfonso "UGH" Soriano : -1
Jose "BOOYAH!" Abreu : Nothing, but it's actually worth something, so you know...
Enny Romero
Festivals and Fairs Holi Festival : +2
Mini Where Nature Ends - Diego Velaquez : +3
Ginter Code Card

Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +30

Analysis: Yeah, still averaging that stunning 5 points per pack. Not going to cut it... this is going to be ugly, isn't it?

Pack 7:

Mark "When did I get traded?" Trumbo
Sandy "I was in the Navy!" Koufax
Evan Gattis
Roberto Clemente
Deion Sanders
Jason Grilli SP : +2
PPs Jason Kipnis : +2
Mini Little Lions - Sphynx : +3

Pack Total: +7
Running Total: +37

Analysis: Yeeeehaw! Breaking away from the trend of the 5/pack average! Also, I always feel like I'm missing someone's FP... because there are 14 of them. Jeeze laweeze. Also, where is Miss Felicia Day? She's a geek, like me. Queen of the Nerds!

Pack 8:

Edwin Encarnacion
Dr. James Andrews
Jhoulys Chacin
David Price
Maria Gabriela Isler
Cliff Lee SP : +2
PPs Prince Fielder : +2
Mini Outlaws, Bandits, All-Around Ne'er Do Wells - Robin "Could the name of this insert set get any longer I don't think so!" Hood : +3

Pack Total: +7
Running Total: +44

Analysis: Excellent, breaking away! Now we're only on par to average what, 132 points or something? Go me go!

Obligatory Picture:

Ugh. Here we go! More posts to make!

Keep it in the family.


Gint-A-Cuffs VI: Round 1!

Hello Ginter Mafia!

You may be going, "GG, where the eff have you been?" Never fear, I have been quitting my job, moving a few hundred miles away, starting a PhD program and a few other things. You know, nothing big yo.

But yeah, seriously, it has been a little crazy and I've barely had time to actually move let alone trade and unfortunately not do my Gint-A-Cuffs post yet. Well, a timely reminder phone call from my lovely wife ended with, "DO YOU GINT-A-CUFFS POST!" to which I replied, "Just eyeballing it I'm pretty sure I lost." And she said she didn't care. So here goes nothing.


Box Topper: The U.S. Capitol (+5)

Running Total: 5

Analysis: So... yeah. That's about as lousy of a box topper as one can get. Yeehaw. You can see my enthusiasm for this box of Ginter growing by the minute. The only redeeming factor is that my favorite team, the Washington Nationals, reside more or less at the U.S. Capitol. That should be worth bonus points, right?

Pack 1:

Jackie Robinson
Reggie Jackson
Anthony Rizzo
Pedro Martinez
Julio Tehran
Adam Wainwright SP : +2
PPs Troy Tulowitzki : +2
Mini Hal Newhouser

Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +9

Analysis: Er, yeah. Fantastic start! I have avoided Yankees though, so I can say I'm 100% clean... for now. Yankees are the STDs of Ginter. The more packs you open, the more likely it is you're going to contract one. Yuck. There are no antibiotics for them, either!

Pack 2:

Michael Cuddyer
Andrew Lambo
Carlos "I suck so bad the Yankees had to sign me" Beltran : -1
Todd Frazier
Mike Napoli
Kyle Seager
World Capitals Jerusalem : +2
Mini Laura Phelps Sweatt

Pack Total : +1
Running Total : +10

Analysis: So, with this average of 2.5 points per pack, that will land us solidly in last place with a grand total of... less than 100. I am too ashamed to do math right now. Also, Yankees. Eww, what did I just say about Yankees?

Pack 3:

David "BIG PAPI" Ortiz
Jason "Not the Say Hey Kid" Heyward
Franciso Liriano
Mike Schmidt
Dan Straily
Barbed "WTF is this?" Wire SP : +2
PPs Justin Verlander : +2
Mini A&G Back Jered Weaver : +2
BB Mini Queen Victoria : +3

Pack Total: +9
Running Total: +19

Analysis: Ahhh, so its going to be one of THOSE boxes... where you get packs with multiple minis, then packs with no minis. I hate these boxes. I had a bunch of boxes like this last year! GRRRR! Feel the rage.... at least they were point-worthy minis.

Pack 4:

Matt Adams
Mariano "Didn't I Retire?" Rivera : -1
Brett Oberholtzer
Willie McCovey
Matt Besser
Tanner Foust : +1
Natural Wonders Giant's Causeway : +2
Mini Desmond Jennings

Pack Total: +2
Running Total: +21

Analysis: Right... so either it is going to be feast or famine. Lovely! BRING IT ON!

Obligatory Picture of Point Cards:

There we go, first post is up. The journey of 24 packs and a box toppers begins with a single post... THAT is some Gint-A-Cuffs wisdom you can take to the bank!

Keep it in the family.