Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fat pack wars

At Walmart the other day, and they had restocked their clearance cards. Lots of blasters of 2016 Topps (ick), Score football (yuck), hanger boxes of 2016 Topps (see: ick) and other none interesting discounted items. There was a fat pack of 2016 Allen and Ginter, and since they also refilled the current product, I picked up a pack of the 2017 offering.

So let's pit them head to head and see who wins the battle. Each pack comes with 14 cards, so we can have a pretty even fight. The scoring will just be subjective to my whim on each head to head match up.

Right out of the pack we have the late Jose Fernandez up against Joey Bats. When you put the sets side by side, I am reminded that 2016 looks better. 2017 isn't horrible, but a step down from last year. And man, that Fernandez is riding high. Is that......

YES!!!!! Just like the Gravitational Waves card, Jose is miscut!!!! Holy moley what a nice start. Jose was going to get the win anyway, but sealed it being miscut. Ditto with science over Andrew Miller. So current score is '16 with two and '17 with zero.

Hmmm. Tough one here. Papelbon is also miscut, but gotta love the specs on Urias. Ok, the Dodger puts 2017 on the board.

Side note: here is the backs of those three cards. Only I can be this excited over crappy cards.

In a battle of who has a better left side of the face, I think I'll give the nod to Healy. The seriousness of his expression beats out Steinberg. Plus, I never liked that goofy logo Topps put on the non-baseball players in 2016. Had potential, but never really worked. All tied up 2-2.

Rookie card of former White Sox Frankie Montas against Jonathan Villar. Both players are Dominican, by the way. I think Villar's not looking at the camera is a bit unsettling, so 2016 goes back into the lead.

Adam Jones against a fence loaded with locks. Jones was a lock for a while as an All Star, but has had a couple bad years. The locks take it, tying the score back at 3.

First inserts have Josh Donaldson against Anthony Rizzo. Still hate the Cubs. 2016 back in the lead.

The other inserts put parrots against fish. The Mascots insert is fun, but the fish cards scream Allen and Ginter. Hard to bypass those, so we are tied yet again.

All the minis go into battle at the same time to get an odd number so we will have a winner in this war. I needed the mayor and the Molitor. 2017's are meh. 2016 noses back in front.

Franenset or not, buybacks that are NOT A&G do not belong in A&G!!!! Also, that Trea Turner was one of three cards I need to finish 2016. Down to two cards needed, which is also the same size as the lead 2016 has in this war.

Easiest battle:a mustache that grand trumps all. 7-4 is the lead now. By math, this war is finished, but let's play it out.

Ex White Sox Marcus Semien against Maikel Franco. Now unlike the Villar card, Franco looking away is far less creepy, plus I needed the Franco for the set build. 7-5.

Final cards pit Chris Archer against Brooke Hogan. Now, I can't stand the Hogans. Sure, Hulk was the man at one time, but I use that is the VERY past tense. He was a jerk worker in wrestling and a bigger jerk away from it. And I have to admit, the feud Archer has with the Astros Orbit is brilliantly funny. But I am going to give the nod to Hogan for two reasons. First, I needed the card and second - #feminism.

And there you have i......wait, what?

2017 BONUS CARD!!!! Yup, I think the buyback landed me a 15th card in the 2017 pack. And it's a White Sox. So that brings the final score to 7-7 and DAMMIT!!!!

(goes to Walmart for 2 more packs)


  1. {goes to Walmart for two more packs}

    The perfect solution! 😁⚾

  2. Haha! To Be Continued...

    As much as I enjoy the buybacks I'm glad to see they don't count them toward the number of promised cards in Allen & Ginter. Just wouldn't be right.

  3. Haha...yes, you must break the tie with an overtime round. I'm not a fan of miscuts but I'm glad someone appreciates them. If you had pulled a World's Dudes insert I would have scored this for 2017. But I like most of the 2016s you pulled, even with the miscut cards.

  4. Ya can't even make room in your heart for Riz? Man you South Siders. ;)

  5. I bought zero of each when they came out but this was pretty neat. Thanks for sharing.

    PS: If you need a home for that Reds buyback, look no further.

  6. Was just listening to that song on Spotify during 2nd period. Sadly... only a handful of my students had heard it before.

  7. Man... I was applauding you for thinking ahead and grouping the minis together. And, I would say it ultimately backfired, but buying two more packs sounds like the best possible outcome ever. Well done!

  8. Now this is a war I can get behind. That Anderson is a nice pull. I'm pretty sure the only card here that whomps Rizzo is Gravitational Waves. ;)

  9. Adam Jones loses to a picture of locks? A PICTURE OF LOCKS!?!? I'm filing a formal protest.

  10. Looking forward to the next episode!

  11. That Molitor mini..hummmm..does things to me

  12. i'll take a parrot any day. Miscuts with today's technology, I would think to be more rare. These cards are drawn to you.

  13. I've got some miscut cards you might be interested in - just posted about them on my blog and Jon (Penny Sleeve) pointed me in your general direction. Let me know if you're interested and I'll get a PWE out to you. I can send some White Sox as well.

  14. This post is funny as hell. I love it!