Yesterday's (well it was supposed to be yesterday anyway) fifth took me out of the running for the victory more than likely, but I am still plugging along with a fairly strong set of packs here.
Total from first two days - 76 pts
159 Shawn Michaels (0 pts)
35 Adam Dunn (0 pts)
58 Alcides Escobar (0 pts)
269 Derrek Lee (0 pts)
bhs2 Jay Bruce Highlight Sketches (+2 pts FP list, +3 pts HS insert) +5 pts total
328 Chris Johnson SP (+2 pts SP)
pp5 The Hare Portraits in Penultimacy (+3 PP mini)
ff10 USS Monitor Floating Fortresses (+2 FF insert)
Pack total - 12 pts
Running total - 88 pts
I just don’t like the Highlight Sketches cards. I am sure they have their fans, but when the base card is basically a sketch…what is the point of a sketch insert? The Shawn Michaels card is pretty cool and, for me, the best non-baseball card I have pulled SO FAR.
225 Jack LaLanne (0 pts)
6 Micky Ward (0 pts)
77 Rafael Furcal (0 pts)
26 Edwin Jackson (0 pts)
71 Chris Perez (0 pts)
304 Madison Bumgarner SP (+2 pts SP)
wmf7 The Man in the Iron Mask World's Most Mysterious Figures (+3 pts WMF mini)
ff1 HMS Victory Floating Fortresses (+2 FF insert)
Pack total - 7 pts
Running total - 95 pts
Did anyone see the DiCaprio version of The Man in the Iron Mask? Anyone? The Victory is, of course, from the famed Battle of Trafalgar which ultimately led to the defeat of Napoleon a couple of years later. I know a little about the battle, but naval battles is not my milieu in history.
197 Jay Bruce (+2 pts FP list)
153 Scott Cousins (0 pts)
57 Derek Jeter (-1 pt DAMN Yankee)
4 Jhoulys Chacin (+1 pt Rockies)
AGR-JLO Jed Lowrie Framed Relic
235 Cole Hamels Mini (+2 pts FP list)
hh30 Dexter Fowler Hometown Heroes (+1 pt Rockies,+1 pt HH insert) +2 pts total
Pack total - 16 pts
Running total - 111 pts
There is a lot going on here in this pack. Every card except one (DAMN you Scott Cousins) was involved in a score of some sort. Obviously, the best two for me are the two Rockies. Which bring the total score up to Rockies 7 Yankees 3…I love that. Jed Lowrie is not exactly on my collecting list. From other boxes I have seen, specifically Spankee’s, this entire set consists of a whole lot of Red Sox relics.
263 Mark Trumbo (0 pts)
201 Andrew Romine (0 pts)
25 Nelson Cruz (0 pts)
127 James Loney (0 pts)
163 Ian Kennedy (0 pts)
316 Manny Ramirez SP (+2 pts SP)
261 Carlos Pena Mini A&G Back (+2 pts AG back)
mmf37 John Deere Minds the Made the Future (+2 pts MMF insert)
Pack total - 6 pts
Running total - 117 pts
Are we sure Manny is a short print? This is the second appearance for him in my box after the black border mini (Yes Zakwin this one is yours if you want it). Coming from an old farming community, the John Deere is kind of cool. You cannot walk down the street in this town without seeing several John Deere caps at any given time. However, I think they named this set wrong. These are the minds that made the PRESENT. The mind that will make the future are not famous yet and I don't think some of these accomplishments will have as much of an impact in the future as in the past and present. That being said , they were ALL brilliant for their time.
34 Pedro Ciriaco (0 pts)
242 Cheryl Burke (0 pts)
261 Carlos Pena (0 pts)
90 Roy Halladay (0 pts)
192 Carl Pavano (0 pts)
332 Luke Hochevar SP (+2 pts SP)
103 Andres Torres Mini A&G Back (+2 pts AG back)
HH38 Andre Ethier Hometown Heroes (+1 pt HH insert)
Pack total - 5 pts
Running total - 122 pts
A “meh” pack ends the day here. Two of my scoring cards involve a Dodger and a Giant, so I am not exactly thrilled with this pack. Eric, if you need the Hochevar…let me know. <Sarcasm mode on> This pack also ends my lifelong dream of having a card of a non-athlete from Dancing with the Stars. <Sarcasm mode off> I think it is cards like this that is the main reason I never gravitated toward A&G in the past.
Not a bad fifth here with a total of 46 points and STILL two hits to go including tomorrow’s which I am hoping will pay for a second box (if both parties agree).