It all comes down to this. Can we overcome the bearded one? Since the Code has already been cracked, this is the only hope we have left for this product. Sitting in 8 little powder blue packs. Cuff it up, muthacuffers!!!!
104 Mahlon Duckett (+2) – I believe the only Negro League player left to pull is Zapp
115 Trevor Hoffman
52 Gavin Floyd
160 Derrek Lee (+1 FT) - Aside from the hits, this box has been lacking on the Cubs cards, hasn’t it?
169 Felix Hernandez
328 Jered Weaver SP (+2)
TDH24 Joey Votto This Day in History (+1 +2 FP = +3) - Lou Brock sets the stolen base record. The kid is not amused as he knows Rickey Henderson is right around the corner. Followed by Willy Mays Hays.
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Pack Total: +8 (and again, missing the mini!!!)
163 Raul Ibanez
9 Kelly Kulik – Professional Bowler
200 Lance Berkman
36 Victor Martinez
276 Daniel Runzler
343 Brad Penny SP (+2)
259 Scott Feldman mini
TDH1 Chase Utley This Day in History (+1 +2 FP = +3) – The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk make flight a possibility for everyone except for those scrubs in the minors. They have to ride the bus.
Pack Total: +5
125 Hideki Matsui – thankfully no longer a Yankee
241 Derek Lowe
250 Magglio Ordonez
145 Jim Thome
123 Mariano Rivera (-1 for still wearing #42)
329 Troy Glaus SP (+2)
14 Shane Victorino A&G Back mini (+2)
TDH64 Josh Hamilton This Day in History (+1) – Charles Lindbergh completes his Trans-Atlantic flight. Baby and “hop” to follow.
Pack Total: +4
31 Miguel Montero mini – Whaaa? A mini at the front of the pack? Too bad it’s a non-scoring one.
211 Johnny Strange – Mountain Climber – This pack IS strange
197 Johnny Damon (-1 for being a caveman looking mub)
146 Carlos Lee
77 Ricky Romero
AGA-JW Josh Willingham Auto (+15) – I really know nothing about the guy, but I’m plenty happy to see his pulse scrawled in blue on this card.
89 Joel Pineiro A&G Back mini (+2) – 2 minis in the pack and an auto. Things are looking up!
TDH75 Mariano Rivera This Day in History (+1 -1 Blankity Blankees = 0) – President Johnson sets up the Warren Commission. That worked out.
Pack Total: +16
262 Zack Greinke
259 Scott Feldman
311 Chone Figgins SP (+2)
AGA-HP Hank Presswood Autograph (+15 +2 Negro League = +17) – Wow! Just….wow! Not only did we get two autos in the box. Not only were they in back to back packs, but one of them was Hank Presswood! You really can’t get much cooler than that.
NA46 – Ring Tailed Lemur – Madagascar (+2) – That movie was “enh.”
TDH34 Troy Tulowitzki This Day in History (+1) – Already got this one in the box. That’s not going to take away from the glory of the Presswood!
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Pack Total: +22
28 Felipe Lopez
271 King Tut – Egyptian Pharaoh/Classic song
138 Javier Vazquez (+2 FP -1 bad Yankee pickup)
182 Chris Carpenter
19 Tommy Hanson
273 David DeJesus
307 Akinori Iwamura SP mini (+3)
TDH20 CC Sabathia This Day in History (+1 -1 Damn Yankee = 0)
Pack Total: +4
70 Joey Votto (+2 FP)
205 Meb Keflezighi – Marathon Running Champ
154 Juan Francisco
127 Albert Pujols – I like that he’s worth nothing in this contest!
298 Jorge Cantu
AGHS15 David Murphy Baseball Highlight Sketch (+3) - This picture is not kind to Mr. Murphy
MM9 Apatosaurus (+4) – These cards look nice, but this one shows that the standardized rocks and volcano setting take up way too much room. There’s hardly any space left for this giant dino with that massive rock in the foreground.
TDH17 Joe Mauer This Day in History (+1 +2 FP = +3) – The American Revolution begins. The original “Shot Heard ‘Round the World.”
Pack Total: +12 – Not a bad total for a pack with no hit!
Pack #24 – It’s do or die time!
20 Sacagawea – Interpreter & Guide – Future commemorative plate subject
216 Jordin Sparks – Pop Singer – Her father was in the NFL, so I guess this is close…
147 Cristian Guzman
136 Garrett Jones
126 Chipper Jones
336 Hiroki Kuroda SP (+2)
171 Michael Young Black Border mini (+3 +3 FP mini = +6)
TDH11 Jason Bay This Day in History (+1) – Magellan sets sail to circumnavigate the globe.
Pack Total: +9
Grand Total: +70.6 +54.6 +80 = +205.2
Alright, so unless Beardy is disqualified for using a corked 25 pack box, it’s not going to win the competition, but it’s still a very respectable showing. I wouldn’t be surprised to see us amongst the top ten or possibly five. The box we opened on video came in very close second, but was still below 200 points. Surprisingly, out of the six we opened, that was the only one with any Ryan Howard cards (our choice for Favorite Player). I thought he’d be much more prevalent. I was also hoping to see him show up in N43 form, but alas.
We hope you enjoyed this foray into all things Ginter. We now return you to regularly scheduled programming…which will include a video box break and full review of 2010 Allen & Ginter. What do you mean other cards exist?