Wednesday, February 18, 2009


I am not cut out to be a blogger, I will just enjoy my time collecting and reading others blogs. So long.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

1984 Topps Rack Pack

I had never really been a huge fan of this set, until i broke this pack open on Saturday night. Looking at the cards with more of an apprectiation now of just how mice this set looks and less of an emphasis on how much I can sell a PSA 10 for on Ebay, has now made this probably one of my favorite sets of the 80's, and one that I am going to try and finish off this summer now. So after ripping 72 packs of the set that should have been aborted, I had great fun tearing through this pack with my grandfather looking at some cards of the guys I remembered collecting as a kid.

366 Padres Team Leaders
203 Matt Keough
48 Julio Franco - Everyones favorite journeyman in his first regular base set Topps card.

13 Scott Holman
44 Jim Morrison
534 Pete O'brien
598 Rusty Kuntz - Every joke has already been said about this poor guy. Here is a great article on him

45 Jerry Mumphrey
696 Pirates Leaders
124 Damaso Garcia
604 John Lowenstein
177 Jerry Hairston
386 George Hendrick All Star
174 Juan Berenguer
32 Bobby Ramos
484 Ozzie Virgil
489 Dave Von Ohlen
208 Jose Oquendo
608 Bobby Johnson
271 Moose Haas
465 Mookie Wilson
654 Bob Bailor
339 Roy Lee Jackson - He looks pissed

427 Rick Leach
610 Steve Sax
360 Willie Randolph
309 Tony Phillips - His best years would come much later. During the "steroid era", hmmm.

520 Bob Boone
378 Bob Brenly
560 Carlton Fisk - Three catchers in a row, saving the best for last.

153 Dick Tidrow
493 Mike Norris
55 Dave Concepcion
641 Mike Richardt
765 Ken Forsch
476 Tom Tellmann
460 Dave Winfield - He either homered or hit a can of corn.

20/22 Gary Carter Glossy All-Star - Never a fan of these growing up, but I am excited to get them all now.
137 Earned Run Average Leaders
601 John Tudor
466 Gene Garber
498 Rich Gedman
518 Greg Walker
600 Rod Carew - Rod looks intense even playing first base.

492 Tucker Ashford
204 Bobby Meachem
722 Bob Welch
532 Eric Show - R.I.P. even if you did bean "The Hawk".
525 Willie Wilson
638 George Vukovich
711 AL Active Career Hits Leaders
745 Dennis Eckersley - Hall of Famer number 4 in this pack.
543 Craig McMurtry - Holy shit it is Napoleon Dynamite with a moustache.

302 Barry Bonnell
52 Paul Splitorff
678 Chris Spier

All in all this wasn't the greatest pack for star power, but I had a lot of fun opening the pack. final rating 6.5/10.

Friday, February 6, 2009

1988 Donruss Goodness Part 7

So I cracked open that 2nd wax box I had. I think I got more dups then cards I needed. I was expecting that though, I did pull a Glavine finally though. This will be my final post on this topic for a while as I have no more packs to open. Here is my wantlist for the set.



Sunday, February 1, 2009

1988 Donruss Goodness Part 6

I just couldn't do that pack by pack breakdown anymore...I was killing off my one reader, myself. Anyway, packs 19-36 were a lot of the same but I did pull 2 Mark Grace rookies. I have yet to pull a Roberto Alomar or Tom Glavine rookie. I have started to collate the set and I expect to be around 200 cards short, so it looks like I get to rip another box. Sweet!

1988 Donruss Goodness Part 5

Well after a 3 pack of shit, this box needs to redeem itself quick. Lets see if we can finally pull a Glavine or Grace and make this worth my time.

Packs 13,14,15

Pack 13 brings us back with both of the Bash Brothers! A regular base Jose Canseco and a Mark McGwire DK graced the wonderful innards of this wax pack. Also, two of my favorite cubs from the 80's were in there, Rick Sutcliffe and Keith Moreland.

Pack 14 gives us the base card of Mark McGwire and the DK Checklist. Yeah, it is sad, a checklist was worth mentioning.

Pack 15 Kirby Puckett and Dale Murphy MVP's where the highlights. The last 7 cards were all dups. Damn!

Again, you have all seen these, I will save the pictures.

1988 Donruss Goodness Part 4

So here we are again for our latest installment of my 1988 Donruss Wax Pack Opening Extravaganza.

Packs 10,11,12:

Pack 10 yeah this was a complete pack of shite. The biggest stars in the pack were Chuck Finley and Rick Reuschel. Nothing more can be said of this pack except that it sucked.

Pack 11 another craptastic pack. Joe Carter and Dave Winfield were the only minor stars in this pack. Too bad I don't need Winfield. I did get a Tony Fernandez DK though, which I needed.

Pack 12 man I should have just kept these wrapped in the pack. A Kal Daniels DK ends up being the "hit" of the pack.

No pictures for this post, it doesn't deserve the time it takes to take and resize one. Pathetic!

1988 Donruss Goodness Parts 2 and 3

Another day and some more 1988 Donruss to rip open. Lucky me. See I have all this other great stuff to open, but I won't allow myself to do it until I am done with 88 Donruss and done sorting my 1985 Topps into numerical order. Okay here we go.

Summary: Packs 4,5,6:

Pack 4 gave me hall of famer Wade Boggs, a Jose Mesa rookie, and a Paul Molitor Diamond Kings. What it also gave me were duplicates of Calvin Schiraldi and Kem Caminiti though, so 4 packs in I know have dups of 3 players.

Pack 5 was by far the most solid pack in terms of star power so far. It included Don Mattingly, Eddie Murray, and a Ripken Baseball Family card. Again though, in classic Donruss fashion I received duplicates of Mark Langston, Harry "Who the fuck are you" Spilman, and Lance Johnson.

Pack 6 well I pulled the "hit" rookie of the set in this pack, Gregg Jeffries. Well at the time it was the hit rookie, now that would probably fall to Mark Grace or Tom Glavine, but at the time this came out, that was a big money card (for me who was 7 or 8 ripping this stuff as a kid). I also pulled a Paul Molitor MVP and Bert "Why am I not in the hall of fame" Blyleven. But to keep the tradition of duplicates going i pulled dups of Mel Hall, Mike Schmidt MVP, Jose Gonzalez, and Buddy Bell. That brings our duplicate count to 9 after 6 packs. Great Ratio.

Summary: Packs 7,8,9:

Pack 7 starts off with a bang! First card in the pack is newly inducted hall of famer Rickey Henderson. A couple of cards later is a Rated Rookie of Jack McDowell, who was a good pitcher for the White Sox for a little while. Only 1 dup in this pack and that was Reds "great" Ted Power.

Pack 8 wow this takes the cake as the worst pack yet. Biggest star is Carlton Fisk who actually was one of my favorite players growing up. Other than that, an Ivan Calderon Diamond King was the only other card of note. Duplicates included Neil Allen and Bob Boone.

Pack 9 ends the day with another decent pack. Included is a Barry Bonds 2nd Year and a George Brett. Also included was a Billy Hatcher Diamond King. I am wondering what the hell was the criteria to be a Diamond King in this set. Billy Hatcher, Devon White, Ivan Calderon, as Diamond Kings, Really? WTF?