Gint-A-Cuffs VIII: Packs 19-24 – Last Hit(s)

I’ve waited long enough to close this out.  6 more packs.  1 more promised hit.  Unknown chance for actually winning.

Let’s tally this up and see where the cards fall.  (Please don’t let the cards fall. We don’t want dinged corners.)

Pack 19

Pack 19

Jacoby Ellsbury (-1 for signing a big deal with a big team)
David Wright (+5 Full Sized Relic)
Hector Rondon (+1 Favorite Team)
Tom Glavine (+2 Numbers Game)
Tom Murphy (+3 Short Print Mini) 

Back to back ten point packs.  A relic and an SP mini really takes the edge off of that “missing” 8th card.  With 5 cards left, I’m in pretty good shape, even though this is the last promised hit in the box.  My hope was to hit 100 at least, and it would take a miracle for that to not happen.

Pack Total: +10
Running Total: +99


Pack 20

David Wright (+2 Favorite Players List)
Ben Zobrist (+1 Favorite Team)
Aroldis Chapman (-1 for being a terrible excuse of a human being and making me hate the Cubs)
Vinny G (+3 Black Bordered Non-SP mini)

So, I’m not sure why there’s a member of the Jersey Shore in Ginter, but he’s giving me points and it’s better than getting a card of Chapman for multiple reasons, so I can’t complain too much.  Over the 100 point hump already.

Pack Total: +5
Running Total: +104

Pack 21

Pack 21

Brandon Drury (+2 Favorite Players List)
Babe Ruth (+2 Baseball Legends)
Jim Rice (+2 Numbers Game)

I haven’t discussed the Numbers Game inserts yet.  This is my last chance.  It’s an interesting concept, but I wish there was only one player per number.  I also wish that the backs told you who had that number retired in general, not just if it was retired for that player’s team.  I do like seeing who else has worn that number (again on the not-pictured back).

Pack Total: +6
Running Total: +110

Pack 22

Pack 22

Hector Olivera (+2 A&G Back mini)

Hey, look…another asshole player.  Olivera was released by the Padres following a trade from the Braves after considering his domestic abuse situation.  Granted, his situation is different in that he was actually arrested.  Sad that doesn’t translate into negative points.

Pack Total: +2
Running Total: +112

Pack 23

Pack 23

Jason Heyward (+30 = +25 Autographed Single-Subject Book Card x 1.2 Favorite Team bonus multiplier)

Hmm?  What’s that?

Oh, this little thing?  It’s just one of the top ten greatest personal pulls in my life is all.  I know that not too many products have book cards, but obviously this is my first ever book card.  It’s pretty fascinating and slightly awkward and possibly less fragile than my mind is treating it.

I don’t collect Heyward (have considered it, despite the down year), but I currently have no plans to get rid of this guy.  Some cards transcend typical collections and this is currently in that boat.

Pack Total: +30
Running Total: +142

Pack 24

Pack 24

That’s right, we still have one more pack to get through.

Okay, that’s done.  No scoring cards in the pack in either direction – the only one in this batch of 6.  Somehow, I’m okay with this.

Pack Total: +0
Final Total: +142

Pack 23...again

Pack 23…again

You know I couldn’t let this post end without showing the other side of the book card, right?  I guess it’s a little disappointing there’s no “patch” on the right side, and I know some people are totally anti-sticker autos, but I don’t mind either of these.  Win or lose GAC, this box was a huge personal win for me.

Good luck to everyone in the contest and may you find spoils that make you happy, or can be traded/sold for cards that make you happy!

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