Saturday, June 20, 2009

Pack Thirty-Five

Pack 35 +0
(duplicates are indicated by bold text)
394 Ivan Calderon
515 Jeff Hamilton
622 Slugging Sophomores (Wally Joyner/Cory Snyder)
547 Gerald Perry
558 Jim Dwyer
445 Glenn Davis
380 Mike Morgan
647 Major League Prospects (Chris Gwynn/Peter Smith)
51 Doyle Alexander
492 Ruppert Jones
468 Greg Harris
88 Jeff Leonard
278 Storm Davis
590 Shane Mack
363 Kevin Romine


Ok. I can accept this. Two packs of doubles out of the whole box (assuming the final pack isn't full of doubles). That's not so bad, really. Yes I've lost two full packs, which is annoying as hell, but that's only 30 cards.

Here's hoping the last pack isn't a big let down.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Pack Thirty-Four

Pack 34 +14
215 Bobby Meacham
322 Barry Bonds
13 Kent Hrbek
AS11 Jack Clark
658 Checklist
126 Ernie Whitt
262 Ross Jones
45 Tony Pena
351 Dwight Evans
189 Bob McClure
616 Sammy Stewart
436 Manny Trillo
394 Ivan Calderon
515 Jeff Hamilton
622 Slugging Sophomores (Wally Joyner/Cory Snyder)

Where should we start...

Sammy's from my neck of the woods and now he's in prison.

The look on his face says "Hey baby, Sammy's gonna rock your world..."

Hey look! Barry Bonds doesn't look like an asshole.

I know it's the Pirates' logo, but Bonds' wristbands look kinda like the Triforce from Zelda.

Well after seeing three of these in the first nine packs, this is first one I've seen since. Now I'm not sure if I'll bother trying to complete this insert set. I'll throw them in my want list when the box is finished, but I don't think it'll be a priority.

This particular card looks really strange because of the way the bat is cut off.

They really could have done so much better with the All Star inserts. But you can't always get what you want.

Both Snyder of Joyner put up some great numbers in their rookie season and followed suit and did well in their second seasons.

Looking at him standing next to Cory Snyder, Wally really looks like a Wally. He looks like he's about 12 years old.

Two more. So far so good.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Pack Thirty-Three

Pack 33 +15
294 Terry Steinbach
580 Joey Cora
358 Al Nipper
136 Keith Hernandez
222 Tim Stoddard
152 Tim Teufel
11 Greg Gagne
309 Mike Maddux
605 Joe Carter
239 Barry Larkin
636 Tried and True Sluggers (Mike Schmidt/Gary Carter)
453 Dave Meads
406 Fred Manrique
415 Andre Dawson
163 Rob Deer

Here's another pretty good pack nearing the end of the box.

Well well well... Gary Carter looks like he's taken too much ecstasy and Schmidt's face says "please get me away from him... he's touching me."

Even if it is an awkward, at best, card, it's always nice to see two Hall of Famers on one card.

And here's a guy that will be in the Hall:

Does anyone know if Larkin ever signs TTM? He's one that I'd really like to have an autograph of, and since he's working with MLB Network there should be a good address for me.

This is a great looking card with the red jersey and red in the border.

And here's one that probably should be in the Hall:

This is a great shot at Wrigley. Dawson is taking off out of the box and I really like how in focus the clumps of dirt are.

Three to go.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Pack Thirty Two

Pack 32 +15
454 Craig Reynolds
381 John Moses
32 Curt Ford
63 Bill Madlock
495 Gary Lucas
479 Ruben Sierra
82 Scott Garrelts
276 Jose Canseco
576 Shawn Abner
366 Jeff Sellers
130 Gary Carter
218 Willie Randolph
332 Bob Kipper
16 Tim Laudner
297 Luis Aguayo

Here I am back after a few days off to finish the box. This pack gets us back on track after that pack full of doubles.

Gary looks disappointed about something that happened. Maybe he let the game tying run cross the plate.

Here's a nice looking shot of Ruben Sierra taking off from home. He looks like he's stepping on his bat though.

But the real reason I'm showing this picture is the wrist bands. Who is that on the bands? I ask because way back in pack number 1 we saw another pair of similar wrist bands.

Any ideas?

And finally, Jose Canseco. This would have been one of the big pulls of the box back in 1988, and it's a good looking card. But look at his bat. It looks like it's bent in half... a little curvature is always natural, but...

That's it for tonight. We're almost there.