Gint-A-Cuffs X: Packs 9-16

Time to keep ripping along in our GAC adventure with the second of three parts.  As a quick recap, I ended the first part with 36 known points and 2 unknown cards as the commissioner didn’t have points assigned to them yet (updated total is 45).  Still, it’s time to keep on truckin’ as they say and open a few more packs in what will surely be a losing effort.  Need more Cubs in these packs.

Pack 9

Cochise mini (+2 mini insert +2 because the Commissioner says so =+4)
Mimas (+2 insert)

These Indigenous Heroes inserts are supposed to be 1:10 packs, but I’m pretty sure this was the only one in the box.  I did get the mystery mini and the flag, so it’s evening out.  Also pretty nice I got the one that was worth extra points.

Pack Total: +6
Running Total: +51

Pack 10

Russell(+1 Favorite Team)
Nelson Cruz Home Run Challenge (+1)
Freeman World Talent (+2 insert)

The Home Run Challenge are on per box and I really wish it weren’t a cross-product thing.  I with the whole contest was handled differently instead of picking a specific day for a specific player.  I just miss Crash the Game and Predictors.

Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +55

Pack 11

Hicks (-1 For being in the set even though I don’t know who he is)
Yugoslavia (+3 Flag mini)
Paradise Island (+2 beach insert)

A second flag in the box (1:50 odds, remember).  The beaches are much more common and honestly, they’re just not my thing.  They’re better than the natural wonders from last year if only because they lack a colored border.  Beaches may be visually interesting in person, but it is tough to capture that in pictures with these photo effects tacked on top.

Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +59

Pack 12

Contreras (+1 Favorite Team)
Mahle Framed Auto (+7)
Kaline (+2 Fantasy Goldmine insert)

Yay! A Cub!  Oh, and an autograph.  I’m afraid I don’t know much about the Reds rookie and I’m afraid I don’t feel much like looking him up.  Still, it’s a pretty nice signature in a pack that is my new highest.

Pack Total: +10
Running Total: +69

Pack 13

Henderson (-1 For not being in the right uniform)
Harper (+2 Favorite Player list)
Clemente Mini (+2 A&G Back)
Phobos (+2 Moon insert)

I’m getting some really good A&G backs in this box – Maddux, Ohtani and Clemente.  Still too many Yankees.  Sad, because I know Rickey is shown as an A in other cards in the set.  Are we ready to debate where Harper will land next year?

Pack Total: +5
Running Total: +74

Pack 14

Tanaka (+2 insert1 For being part of an evil empire)

Another pack where I only get one scoring card, and the third time I’ve pulled a Yankee insert that halves my points.  Boo!

Pack Total: +1
Running Total: +75

Pack 15

Heyward (+1 Favorite Team)
Matsui (-1 For showing his retired ass on here)
Larkin (+2 Favorite Player list)
Pre-Game Meal (+3 Baseball Superstitions Insert)
Modern Baseball (+2 Equipment insert)

The baseball superstitions are probably my favorite mini insert of this year.  You know there’s a Wade Boggs mention on the back without even looking.  It pairs well with the equipment full size insert, but I wish the minis were a bit more common.

Pack Total: +7
Running Total: +82

Pack 16

Wagner mini (+2 A&G Back)
Molina World Talent (+2 insert)

The last pack of this run gets me sort of close to the 100 point mark.  I have no idea what a good score is going to be, but it seems like I’m doing alright.  Not great, but alright.  I still have one more hit to go, so all bets are off.

Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +86

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