This week is Spring Break for my wife and we usually take a little trip-last year Dallas, year before Albuquerque, and this year North San Diego County, in particular Oceanside. Our plans were to originally drive down early last Friday but alas we couldn’t leave until the afternoon. So, good news is that we stopped at our usual hotel in Buellton for the night but not before a stop off at Figueroa Mountain Brewing.
After spending Saturday and Easter with our family we, as we usually do, took a little time out of our visiting the following day to hit a couple of breweries in Oceanside and Vista.
Last brewery of the day was Bear Roots Brewing in nearby Vista.
Tuesday was the last full day and we had a chance to hit one more brewery, which gives me a lifetime total of 470 visited (yep, I like good beer). Since we have visited almost every brewery in the tri-city area of Oceanside, Vista, and Carlsbad over the years it was exciting to hit the newly opened Urge Gastropub & Whiskey Bank/Mason Ale Works. Located in So' O’ (South Oceanside) this is a new from the ground up building breaming with industrial chic interior. Beers were among the best of the trip we tried among others the Coffee Stout, Saison, Gose, Session IPA, Red IPA, and Hoppy Brown. After a meal of bacon wrapped boursin cheese stuffed Medjool dates, Peruvian stuffed chicken, and carne asada street tacos I walked across the street to a “Sports/Gaming Card” store.
I don’t get a chance to go to many card shops so I was excited that this was located across from the brewery. While my better half waited for me I went to check it out. Walking in I should have known there would be very slim pickings. One young girl looking at Yu-Gi-Oh cards while the older gentleman/owner sat in the corner. The conversation went like this “What are you looking for?” “Cardinals” I answered, there are many transplant Redbird fans in the area, so I was hopeful but a simple scan of the shop would indicate one would be lucky to find any sports cards. “What is in the binders and boxes (10 massive binders and monster boxes)?” “Yu-Gi-Oh”, arrrr. I spotted some boxes and packs and checked them out. 1991 Conlon box anyone? Well I made a mercy buy of the following hobby packs- 2015 Topps Heritage High Numbers, 2015 Topps Heritage Minors, 2015 Topps Major League Debut, 2016 Donruss Series I, and 2015 Panini Contenders. So what did I get for $20?
What I did get that is worth commenting on-
2015 Topps High Number SP Devon Travis.
“As expected, Ward will begin the season in the low minors after an impressive 2015 campaign in which he slashed .348/.457/.438 with three home runs and six steals between the rookie and Low-A levels. The 22-year-old was a first-round pick in 2015, but it looks as though 2016 will be another developmental year for the Fresno State product.”
A couple of Cardinals, one former Redbird now Cub! 2015 Panini Contenders Old School Colors Stephen P and Big Mac, and 2016 Donruss Flashback Heyward.
At least I know the owner wasn’t pack searching as the Schwarber card was one of two cards in the pack. So they were fun packs to bust and I look forward to finding bargain boxes of the Panini products.