Sunday, August 31, 2014

Retail GAC Pack 1-3

Well after not having great hits in the hobby box I though to myself is it worth the extra $$$? So why not GAC retail version.

I know we have all seen many A&G posts so I will be looking at three packs at a time and spotlighting my favorite point cards.

Pack 1. 14 points! Nice Start.

Brandon Philips SP +2 points

World's Capitals Bangkok +2 (+4)

A mini Flag back Ricky Henderson! Sweet horizontal card hand #ed 19/25. +10 points (+14)

Pack 2. +4 points

Another great horizontal card-these are some of the most attractive cards I have seen in sometime-and it is the "Wizard" FT +1 (+15)

Another Cardinal. A mini Miller is another +1 (+16)
Pack 2 ends with Strasburg Pastimes +2 (+18)

Pack 3. +0 Damn Yankees. 
Pastimes Miggy gets me 2 points (+20)

Then the pack became a Yankees' hot pack with a mini Tanaka (-1) and a Posada (-1)




Hee'ssss Back! Yep Yadi is back.

I haven't had a chance to blog since Yadi came back.  Thunbs up!
Since coming back in three games he has went 5 for 13, 2 RBI, 1 Run Scored and and 1 caught stealing.
Welcome back Yadi!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A posting that has been delayed.

My man Wes, and fellow Cardinals' fan, over at Fantastic Catch sent me a nice stack of Redbirds. I had been focusing on GAC VI and haven't had a chance to blog it and give him props. So here is a selection of cards from his stack-which included some Yadi's I needed! Many thank yous Wes!


Oh sweet Yadi, you will back soon-but for the love of gosh don't push yourself! Two cards for the Yadi PC!
 Several colorful Redbirds in the stack!

As many of you know I am fond of Upper Deck and love these "vintage" issues.
Pacific is another card company I really enjoy. Here is a 1999 Omega Edgar Renteria.

A litte Silent George. I loved to watch him hit. He'd was tall and lanky and looked a little stiff-but man could he hit the cover off the ball. We get used to stances and swings that look complicated and forget the beauty of a simpler approach. Thanks again Wes!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Retail GAC Experiment

OK so in a moment of work related stress I purchased a retail box of 2014 A&G.
It arrived a couple of days ago and I will be comparing how I did versus the hobby box. Understanding the required three hits per box should put the retail box at a disadvantage. However, perhaps is doesn't?  Please stay tuned to find out (I also want to recognize many of us are Gintered out) but this will probably be the only Ginter I will purchase the rest of the year, excepting for Yadi of course.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Better than a Blaster #7

I thought I would go about this BTB a little differently. Instead of reviewing a Cardinals' card lot I thought I would share with you a recent transaction that went south, then north, for me. I purchased a lot of Cardinals' cards described here:

"400 Ct. St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Card Lot - Assorted Players, Years, and Brands

Every possible name brand included.Years range from 1977-2013. There are no duplicates in lot. Cards are NMT/MT condition.  Buyer must pay within 5 days of auctions end. Item ships via priority flat rate small box. We do not charge one penny for shipping over what the post office does. Any questions feel free to ask." $9.99 plus shipping.

Well let us say this wasn't accurate-look friends I am not an a-hole. I am honest to a fault and honorable so I expect this from others too. Please read the exchange below.

First message to seller-he doesn't accept returns hence this initial case opening note from me.

Me. "Adjust your descriptions. Had I known of course I wouldn't have purchased."

Seller. ""I am unsure what your issue is with the cards? You were sent 400 cards all cardinals with no doubles with varying years. What is the issue? We have never had anything but happiness from our customers on the product they receive?"

Me. "The description is as follows "Every possible name brand included.Years range from 1977-2013. " The oldest cards in this lot are 1986 Donruss and Fleer and the newest are 4 2003 Fleers, I wouldn't have purchased this lot at the price being asked, I would have bid on the lot at much much lower price."

Seller. "9.99 is the lowest price on this lot so you could not have bid lower. item states years range and they are within that range. you have also had these cards for over a week and now all the sudden don't like them? once you have cherry picked them. I don't think so. we are open honest and up front and have never had any complaints check our feedback, all positive. I believe if you are truly just unhappy that is because your expectations are not realistic. if others had complained I could see but we have sold hundreds of these lots and never ever a complaint about the product. "

OK this set me off-also, please note that I am studying to be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (AKA Licensed Mental Health Social Worker). So this is my response after being accused of stealing.

Me. "Well, I just unpacked them on Tuesday since until then I have not had the chance to do so-and how dare you accuse me of cherry picking them-you are accusing me of stealing-your description was incorrect-what I received were two boxes of 99% junk wax. No way had this been the accurate description I would have bid on it-and what others leave as feedback isn't of concern to me. Perhaps they received what was described or didn't believe they should say anything-in fact if you want to speak to dishonesty this lot was dishonest and you should have and would have known since you put it together-as you can see if have looked I buy several lots such as these and this was the most inaccurate of descriptions."

I wan't done as I became more upset at being accused of stealing.

Me Part 2.  "Actually your math is as poor as your description since I opened the package 6 days after receiving them not two weeks."

Me Part 3.  "Upon further reflection you are, according to Freud, projecting your subconscious awareness the lot description was deceitful on to me as a defense mechanism by accusing me of dishonesty. Why not describe the lot as a variety of cards from 1905-2014, or 1890-2014, or event 1940-2014 the accuracy of the range isn't important according to you."

Seller. "lol I am not projecting anything was simply stating that is why we do not do exchanges or returns. we are unable to verify that cards have not been swapped. also these are mixed lots and some will get them see if there is the certain cards they need and then send back. like I said no ne has ever been unsatisfied other then you so I am going to have to believe that it is just you. I am aware that these lots have tons of different sets, years, players in them. and at less then 3 cents each I do not feel any bit of deceit. I feel that just like all my other customers say I am selling good quality lots. Maybe you should look at your unrealistic expectations. Or you could have asked questions first. you do know that there is a pic there with Yankees cards if you were so concerned why not address any issues before hand. "

Me. "Perhaps I am the only one who received 400 junk wax cards, but none the less I did-when expectations were based on cards being between 1977 and 2013 per the description, If you look at my purchase history you will see there aren't any other issues so I believe we are at an impasse."

After this I kicked the case to the next level and received a refund. Some times you loose sometimes you win.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Final Pack of GAC VI. Pack 24

I have had a blast participating in this extravaganza and I appreciate being allowed to do so. So much so I ordered a retail box (sorry the three hits I got in the hobby box weren't worth the extra $$$) and will have a little GAC retail style.

Pack 24
Having a wee bit of an off year but he gets me +2 for SP. (+168)
Little Lions Japanese Bobtail +3 (+171)
An old school athlete +1 (+172) Last card of the pack to get me a chance to take it all home.
I live in an area claimed by the Giants as "theirs" which is crap because MLB blacks out the A games, I would watch them more than I can now. SP +2 (+174). The best card and best photo 
Plus 5 (+179) Perhaps the only time this season the Reds will finish ahead of the Cards.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Gint-A-Cuffs Pack 23

I am getting sleepy and I am not up to a selfie so I am going to post only pack 23 tonight.
D'Bag strikes again. I can't stand Braun either (not 'cause he cheated but because he tried to destroy a guy's life) but this idiot costs me a point -1 (-159)
Love the old Senators I really wish the Nats would have went with the Senators name but perhaps because the Congress is not as highly thought of as they once were this wasn't possible SP +2 (+161)
The only Roach I want in my house is the Urban Flora and Fauna Mini SP +5 (+167). I am not going to win it this year but I am not going on the very bottom.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Gint-A-Cuffs Packs 21 & 22

Last four packs on the way but tonight packs 21 and 22

Pack 21 (this is really pack 22)
A good start to the scoring, though he hasn't been scoring as much as could Marp FT +1 (+151).
Festivals and Fairs nets me another 2 points +2 (+153) 
Yu bet he gets me a total of 4 points for FP (+157)

Pack 22 (really 21)
All good things must come to an end- Where Nature Ends Botticelli +3 (+160)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Gint-A-Cuffs Packs 19 & 20

Watchin' the Birds and the Fins again-

Pack 19 
Chris Sale of the South Siders and FP is worth +2 (+144)
At Least the second and only other point card in the pack is a Wacha SP +3 (+147).

Well this pack could have been worse or better. I hear of these things called Rip cards what are they Unicorns?

Pack 20 

Omar are you giving the Italian Fascist salute? FP +2 (+149)
A native St.Louisan and subject of STL MLB player of the week post, but still a Yankee -1 (+148)
Festivals and Fairs Holi +2 (+150)

Only a three point pack.

There is always next year.

OK, as I "watched" the game last night between the Fish and the Birds I realized that I have been experiencing the stages of grief about this year's team and season. They just aren't a playoff team.

DABDA.

Denial-I start to get excited about the Boys then I watch last night's game and the series between them and the other Birds this past weekend. I have been in denial about how average they are.

Anger-I am angry, how can a team be one of the best hitting teams last year to one of the worst this year? Ditto for pitching.

Bargaining- If I stop watching them they will do better, so I need to stop watching them a la 2011. Not true, no use bargaining.

Depression-I was depressed about this season for the last week or so.

Acceptance-This morning I have accepted this season is lost.

That is the  stages of grief in a nutshell.









I am with you little Cardinal Nation kid, you will stop crying when you hit the acceptance stage.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Gint-A-Cuffs Packs 17 & 18

Upwards on onwards-not sure why I bother rushing home to watch the Cards-as they are down in the first by two.

Pack 17.
Short Print Josh Donaldson +2 (+136)
The Babe costs me -1 (+135)
This guy costs me another point -1 (+134)
A Marp A&G back FT +3 (+137)

At least I got a Cardinal outta this pack.

Pack 18 
I upload this card as the Cards tie the game Pastime's Joey Batts FP +4 (+141)
Natural Wonder Giant's Causeway is another +2 (+143)
Mo costs me a point -1 (+142)