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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June Quarry Group Break - Box #4 1998 Pacific Aurora

Here we go with the final regular box from the June Quarry Group Break.

Before we continue, there is a bit of news to pass along.  Yesterday's Eisenhower pull has me excited beyond belief...so much so that I want my team (just the Rockies not every unpurchased team) to be involved in the randomization as well.  I figured since I counted the Rox to get a bonus included it was only fair that I get a shot at that beauty too.  In order to keep everything on the up and up I contacted a fellow blogger not involved in the break to conduct the randomizations and post them on his site after the break is finished (Thursday afternoon-ish).  Dennis from Too Many Grandersons stepped up and will be giving away the Ike (and the Madison) to someone then.

Now that the news is out of the way...we will move on to weather



And now sports (in the form of cards).  Let's start off with I LOVE PACIFIC.  Sure, there were way too many parallels, but the inserts are so creative and just great.  I picked up this box of 1998 Pacific Aurora off eBay for a good price and knew it had to be in the break.  The base set is very similar to 1997 Topps with red (AL) and green (NL) borders.  There is also 1 guaranteed Pennant Fever insert per pack.  The Pennant Fever insert has serially numbered colored parallels as well.  There are several other inserts that are sweet looking, but let's quit jabbering and view the results.

The Box (featuring Tony Gwynn)

The Pack (36 of these in the box)

On with the show.

pack one
160 Rondell White - Expos
112 Mark Grace - Cubs
13 Rafael Palmeiro - Orioles
70 Jay Buhner - Mariners
32 Manny Ramirez - Indians
Pennant Fever
5 Nomar Garciaparra - Red Sox

pack two
196 Shawn Estes - Giants
116 Sammy Sosa - Cubs
174 Curt Schilling - Phillies
182 Gary Gaetti - Cardinals
66 Ben Grieve - Athletics
Pennant Fever
3 Alex Rodriguez - Mariners

pack three
20 Jason Varitek - Red Sox
141 Richard Hidalgo - Astros
156 Mark Grudzielanek - Expos
17 Nomar Garciaparra - Red Sox
Pennant Fever
22 Javy Lopez - Braves
On Deck Laser Cut
11 Derek Jeter - Yankees

pack four
4 Cecil Fielder - Angels
88 Rusty Greer - Rangers
129 Bobby Bonilla - Marlins
149 Mike Piazza - Dodgers
185 Ray Lankford - Cardinals
Pennant Fever
24 Ken Griffey Jr. - Mariners

pack five
78 Rolando Arrojo - Devil Rays
165 Brian McRae - Mets
44 Jermaine Dye - Royals
110 Rod Beck - Cubs
93 Jose Cruz Jr. - Blue Jays
Pennant Fever
37 David Justice - Indians

pack six
75 Jamie Moyer - Mariners
1 Garret Anderson - Angels
131 Charles Johnson - Marlins
105 Chipper Jones - Braves
Pennant Fever
14 Ben Grieve - Athletics
On Deck Laser Cut
5 Nomar Garciaparra - Red Sox

pack seven
29 Dwight Gooden - Indians
83 Paul Sorrento - Devil Rays
94 Carlos Delgado - Blue Jays
31 Kenny Lofton - Indians
155 Fernando Vina - Brewers
Pennant Fever
49 Bernie Williams - Yankees

pack eight
193 Ruben Rivera - Padres
126 Todd Helton - Rockies
51 Marty Cordova - Twins
135 Moises Alou - Astros
7 Ken Hill - Angels
Pennant Fever
35 Frank Thomas - White Sox

pack nine
40 Bip Roberts - Tigers
194 Quilvio Veras - Padres
173 Scott Rolen - Phillies
76 Alex Rodriguez - Mariners
Pennant Fever
46 Greg Maddux - Braves
Pennant Fever Copper Parallel
23 Jose Cruz Jr. - Blue Jays   #’d 10/20

pack ten
109 Walt Weiss - Braves
172 Desi Relaford - Phillies
198 NAMELESS 2nd BASEMAN - Giants
106 Ryan Klesko - Braves
170 Doug Glanville - Phillies
Pennant Fever
25 Mark McGwire - Cardinals

pack eleven
5 Chuck Finley - Angels
100 Devon White - Diamondbacks
133 Edgar Renteria - Marlins
163 John Franco - Mets
11 Joe Carter - Orioles
Pennant Fever
30 Hideo Nomo - Dodgers

pack twelve
46 Jeff Montgomery - Royals
55 Terry Steinbach - Twins
127 Darryl Kile - Rockies
119 Damian Jackson - Reds
86 Juan Gonzalez - Rangers
Pennant Fever
13 Paul Konerko - Dodgers

pack thirteen
109 Walt Weiss - Braves
19 John Valentin - Red Sox
41 Justin Thompson - Tigers
84 Kevin Stocker - Devil Rays
10 Brady Anderson - Orioles
Pennant Fever
15 Sandy Alomar Jr. - Indians

pack fourteen
56 Todd Walker - Twins
37 Tony Clark - Tigers
99 Travis Lee - Diamondbacks
166 John Olerud - Mets
152 Marquis Grissom - Brewers
Pennant Fever
18 Ryan Klesko - Braves

pack fifteen
18 Pedro Martinez - Red Sox
43 Johnny Damon - Royals
34 Omar Vizquel - Indians
142 Wilton Guerrero - Dodgers
97 Andy Benes - Diamondbacks
Pennant Fever
19 Juan Gonzalez - Rangers

pack sixteen
77 David Segui - Mariners
199 Robb Nen - Giants
190 Steve Finley - Padres
76 Alex Rodriguez - Mariners
Pennant Fever
50 Randy Johnson - Mariners
On Deck Laser Cut
3 Greg Maddux - Braves

pack seventeen
118 Lenny Harris - Reds
132 Derrek Lee - Marlins
164 Todd Hundley - Mets
158 F.P. Santangelo - Expos
146 Raul Mondesi - Dodgers
Pennant Fever
2 Derek Jeter - Yankees

pack eighteen
137 Derek Bell - Astros
90 John Wetteland - Rangers
47 Hal Morris - Royals
113 Lance Johnson - Cubs
73 Randy Johnson - Mariners
Pennant Fever
21 Roger Clemens - Blue Jays

pack nineteen
161 Edgardo Alfonzo - Mets
48 Dean Palmer - Royals
111 Jeff Blauser - Cubs
61 Paul O’Neill - Yankees
189 Ken Caminiti - Padres
Pennant Fever
7 Ivan Rodriguez - Rangers

pack twenty
15 B.J. Surhoff - Orioles
35 Enrique Wilson - Indians
23 Ray Durham - White Sox
91 Jose Canseco - Blue Jays
169 Ricky Bottalico - Phillies
Pennant Fever
27 Jaret Wright - Indians

pack twenty one
3 Darin Erstad - Angels
160 Rondell White - Expos
46 Jeff Montgomery - Royals
175 Jose Guillen - Pirates
58 Derek Jeter - Yankees
Pennant Fever
8 Cal Ripken Jr. - Orioles

pack twenty two
42 Jeff Conine - Royals
78 Rolando Arrojo - Devil Rays
167 Rey Ordonez - Mets
150 Jeromy Burnitz - Brewers
9 Roberto Alomar - Orioles
Pennant Fever
34 Tim Salmon - Angels

pack twenty three
87 Tom Goodwin - Rangers
185 Ray Lankford - Cardinals
81 Dave Martinez - Devil Rays
74 Edgar Martinez - Mariners
136 Jeff Bagwell - Astros
Pennant Fever
45 Pedro Martinez - Red Sox

pack twenty four
196 Shawn Estes - Giants
39 Brian Hunter - Tigers
108 Greg Maddux - Braves
89 Ivan Rodriguez - Rangers
Pennant Fever
29 Joe Carter - Orioles
On Deck Laser Cut
2 Chipper Jones - Braves

pack twenty five
124 Ellis Burks - Rockies
152 Marquis Grissom - Brewers
6 Todd Greene - Angels
54 Brad Radke - Twins
25 Frank Thomas - White Sox
Pennant Fever
44 Darin Erstad - Angels

pack twenty six
27 Sandy Alomar Jr. - Indians
50 Rick Aguilera - Twins
177 Al Martin - Pirates
5 Chuck Finley - Angels
147 Hideo Nomo - Dodgers
Pennant Fever
28 Roberto Alomar - Orioles

pack twenty seven
15 B.J. Surhoff - Orioles
104 Andruw Jones - Braves
138 Craig Biggio - Astros
170 Doug Glanville - Phillies
33 Jim Thome - Indians
Pennant Fever
39 Jim Edmonds - Angels

pack twenty eight
90 John Wetteland - Rangers
26 Robin Ventura - White Sox
69 Kenny Rogers - Athletics
87 Tom Goodwin - Rangers
21 Mo Vaughn - Red Sox
Pennant Fever
10 Chipper Jones - Braves

pack twenty nine
179 Kevin Young - Pirates
115 Henry Rodriguez - Cubs
42 Jeff Conine - Royals
102 Andres Galarraga - Braves
Pennant Fever
23 Jose Cruz Jr. - Blue Jays
On Deck Laser Cut
8 Larry Walker - Rockies

pack thirty
132 Derrek Lee - Marlins
121 Reggie Sanders - Reds
178 Doug Strange - Pirates
3 Darin Erstad - Angels
72 Ken Griffey Jr. - Mariners
Pennant Fever
12 Wade Boggs - Devil Rays

pack thirty one
77 David Segui - Mariners
168 Masato Yoshii - Mets
148 Chan Ho Park - Dodgers
161 Edgardo Alfonzo - Mets
22 Albert Belle - White Sox
Pennant Fever
41 Jim Thome - Indians

pack thirty two
142 Wilton Guerrero - Dodgers
45 Jeff King - Royals
95 Pat Hentgen - Blue Jays
137 Derek Bell - Astros
157 Vladimir Guerrero - Expos
Pennant Fever
17 Scott Rolen - Phillies

pack thirty three
30 David Justice - Indians
169 Ricky Bottalico - Phillies
62 Andy Pettitte - Yankees
118 Lenny Harris - Reds
101 Matt Williams - Diamondbacks
Pennant Fever
36 Moises Alou - Astros

pack thirty four
188 Kevin Brown - Padres
120 Barry Larkin - Reds
16 Steve Avery - Red Sox
97 Andy Benes - Diamondbacks
53 Otis Nixon - Twins
Pennant Fever
33 Larry Walker - Rockies

pack thirty five
140 Mike Hampton - Astros
57 Chili Davis - Yankees
186 Willie McGee - Cardinals
27 Sandy Alomar Jr. - Indians
8 Tim Salmon - Angels
Pennant Fever
32 Andres Galarraga - Braves

pack thirty six
117 Kerry Wood - Cubs
114 Mickey Morandini - Cubs
144 Eric Karros - Dodgers
176 Jason Kendall - Pirates
60 Tino Martinez - Yankees
Pennant Fever
47 Jose Canseco - Blue Jays


one per box shrink wrapped cube hit
1 Travis Lee - Diamondbacks
 FRONT & BACK

 TWO SIDES

TOP


I love all the Pacific inserts, and we got one extra Laser Cut than expected.  The cube hit was one of the worst names NOW, but remember Travis Lee was Bryce Harper in 1998.  It was a bit disappointing to not get any of the other two insert sets, but it is a mild disappointment.  The cards I decided to show off are mostly players on teams that you don't think of them playing with.  Joe Carter as an Oriole?  Chili Davis as a Yankee?  Cecil Fielder as an Angel?

Winners for the box
Diamondbacks
Braves
Indians
Blue Jays
Mariners

Well the DBacks are a winner yet again, even though it is a lesser name the cube is quite cool and is puzzling me on the best way to ship at the moment.  I'll figure something out.  This box belonged to Colbey and his Braves (and Mariners) getting 10 inserts including 2 of the laser cuts.  The Jays also got a good card with the Jose Cruz #'d to 20.  Once again, prospectors need to remember he was a hot rookie in 1998 too.

Losers for the box
Athletics
Brewers
Giants
Tigers
Padres

The A's had the fewest cards at 3, although one (Ben Grieve) was an insert.  No team really stood out as horrible in this box.  I only included the Padres on the list because Tony Gwynn was on the box cover and we didn't get any inserts of him, including the possible autographed #1s. 

Break total for this box ONLY
Angels                       9          0          3          0
Astros                       7          0          1          0
Athletics                    2          0          1          0
Blue Jays                   4          0          4          0
Braves                       7          0          7          0
Brewers                     4          0          0          0
Cardinals                    4          0          1          0
Cubs                          8          0          0          0
Devil Rays                  5         0          1          0
Diamondbacks            5          0          0          1
Dodgers                     7          0          2          0
Expos                        5          0          0          0
Giants                        4          0          0          0
Indians                       9          0          4          0
Mariners                     9          0          3          0
Marlins                       5          0          0          0
Mets                          8          0          0          0
Orioles                       6          0          3          0
Padres                        5          0          0          0
Phillies                        7          0          1          0
Pirates                        5          0          0          0
Rangers                      7          0          2          0
Red Sox                     6          0          3          0
Reds                          5          0          0          0
Rockies                      3          0          2          0
Royals                        9          0          0          0
Tigers                        4          0          0          0
Twins                        6          0          0          0
White Sox                  4          0          1          0
Yankees                      5          0          3          0

1 comment:

Colbey said...

See I was happy when I saw the Maddux card and then you went and pulled a Chipper too! And a card of the "Big Cat" Galarraga that I didn't have? Fantastic job!