Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Gint-a-cuffs II: a familiar finish


It's time to put this box of A&G out of its mis-er-ee.

With no hope of victory and virtually no hope of another hit, I am officially in Detroit Lions mode -- play out the string and hope for a No. 1 draft choice next year.

Last year I finished with 268 points. That would be damn fine this year, but I think it's a little more difficult to score this time around. I am at 150.6 with three packs to go, and there is no way I am breaking 200 -- which seems to be the indicator of top 5 box in Gint-a-Cuffs II.

So let's see what assortment of bones, stars and champeeens I can pull from Packs 22-24:

PACK 22

1. #172 - Ian Desmond (0 points)
2. #22 - Lucy (0 points) Real name: Australopithecus Afarensis. I can see why she changed it.


3. #170 - Adrian Gonzalez (2 points, favorite player list). Nice card. Team playing over its head. But at least they're still not bastards like the Giants.

4. #147 - Cristian Guzman (0 points)
5. #77 - Ricky Romero (0 points). Same photo used on his 2009 Chrome card.


6. #332 - Ricky Nolasco (2 points, SP)



7. #3 - Ryan Braun (2 points, favorite player list + 2 points A&G ad mini, 4 points total)


8. #262 - Zack Greinke (3 points, black border mini). LOOK AT THIS! My missing mini materialized as an "extra mini" in Pack 22! Oh, I take back all that bad stuff I said about you Topps. Can we be friends again? I guess I have no choice, huh? You're all I've got.


9. #TDH27 - Ken Griffey Jr., This Date in History (1 point + 2 points for favorite player list, 3 points total)

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Pack 22 total: 14 points
Total so far: 164.6 points

My last hurrah.

PACK 23

1. #94 - Luke Hochevar (0 points). Royals all over the place now.


2. #185 - X-Rays (1 point). Bones all over the place, too.


3. #274 - Nick Markakis (2 points, favorite player list)

4. #195 - Sergio Santos (0 points)
5. #42 - Mark DeRosa (0 points)
6. #133 - Nelson Cruz (0 points)


7. #313 - Ryan Doumit (6 points, SP A&G ad back)


8. TDH14 - Justin Verlander, This Date in History (1 point)

Pack 23 total: 10 points
Total so far: 174.6 points

Making a Lance Armstrong-like charge: valiant and admirable, yet pathetic and doomed at the same time.

PACK 24

1. #10 - Gary Stewart (0 points). Pogo stick guy.
2. #161 - Luis Durango (0 points)
3. #241 - Derek Lowe (0 points)
4. #250 - Magglio Ordonez (0 points)
5. #164 - Kyle Blanks (0 points)
6. #69 - Clay Buchholz (0 points)


7. #WGWS8 - John Milton (4 points, Wordsmith's mini). Holy smokes, for a moment there, I thought I was going to have my first scoreless pack AND go an entire box without a wordsmith's card.


8. TDH39 - Torii Hunter, This Date in History (1 point).

Pack 24 total: 5 points

GRAND TOTAL: 179.6 POINTS

And that does it.

Like last year, the last pack fizzled and like last year I went just about the whole second half of the box without pulling a Dodger.

I'm sure that this is about as average a box as there is. I got exactly what I was promised but not a fraction more.

So, what's ahead for A&G and me?

Well, I've got to finish off the set, of course. And find a binder and pages for it.

I'm fairly certain that, unlike last year, I won't be buying a second box. I will probably go the blaster/trade route like I did in 2008. It was more successful and more fun. The blasters seem to have a lot more promise this time, too.

I've got to find out exactly what I have and compile a want list. And, of course, I've already got some trade offers that I need to handle.

Anyone care to wager on when I finish off the set?

I am going to say: November 16.

Exactly 20 days after the Dodgers win the World Series.

Shut up.

5 comments:

  1. Not a terrible box--that's probably around where I'll finish. I pulled a Kershaw mini black border and it yours if you don't already have one.

    Hopefully next year we'll fare better.

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  2. I have been following Gint-A-Cuffs and have felt that this year's set was pretty yawnstipating. But that Greinke card is a force to be reckoned with. Holy schnieke.

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  3. I think November 16, 2020 is a good goal to finish your set by. It's well doable.

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  4. I think you finish before that. Probably two days after the Rangers beat the Dodgers in Game 7. If you can do it, so can I!

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  5. I agree with the blasters. The boxes were fun, but a blaster seems to give you one of each mini set, give or take, plus a black border or A&G back and a regular mini or two. I had as much fun ripping the two blasters I bought as the two boxes, even though I knew I already had most of the cards in the blasters.

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