Saturday, September 26, 2009

Goodwin 8-pack!


Last night I ripped eight packages of Goodwin. I normally would only do one or two at most, and have now paid the price by scanning in every single card in order to appease your voyeurism, so you don't have to go out and spend your hard earned money on these. I am actually enjoying this set quite a bit, so I really don't mind taking the time to share them!

Why did I rip so many? Turns out that pack ripping is associated with stress relief! Yeah, true dat. Since I am on bloodthinners (again, another story for another day) I can't drink (well at least more than a couple), so basically Call of Duty and pack ripping are my release from the real worlds.

Why stressed? Well, starting yesterday I begin my capstone project for my Masters degree. I have been slowly working my way through the program for the last five years, and this is the end of the road. And its gunna be a bumpy road. Learning to balance work, family, hobby, and sports is going to be precarious at best, so I figured that it is best to just shelve my troubles for the night and open up a few packs!

Pack #1

Matt Garza. Yet another TB pitcher that gave the Red Sox kittens last season. This season? Not so much.

Dick Allen. Classic Phillies third baseman

HIT! Cole Hamels Jersey. Perfect addition to my phenoms, and to top it off a Tim Lincecum mini card in yet another contorted position.
Pack #2

Mini Garza! Equally hated, 1/3 the size.
Cal Ripkin Jr Gypsy mini - AKA Black-bordered mini. I have never heard of this he the one that used to do backflips all the time? That dude was cool!

Another retrospective card of the White Sox World Series team that plowed through the Red Sox, but announced the arrival of Jonathan Papelbon. And of course the Great One. You know, the guy with the wife with the betting problem.

Pack #3
Start out with a couple of Florida boys, Hanley Ramirez and Evan Longoria. When you look at the revolving door which is the SS position for the Red Sox, you wish you had this guy back. But without him, Beckett and Lowell would not have been around to help the Red Sox with a Championship.
Evan Longoria is just a straight up stud.

Cap Anson! At first I was hoping that this was a buyback card or at least redemption for a buyback card, but alas this is a subseries called Citizens of the Day. Unlike Ginter, I do like the subseries that I have seen thus far and would love to work some trades with you to get more of these.
Holliday! Celebrate...the fact that you were lucky enough to get traded to a contender. See you in the Series Mr Holliday!

Francisco Liriano Mini - I pull more of this guys Twins card than any other Twin. Do they have other players?

Pack #4
Following the tradition Yankee in each pack I pull a Joe Pepitone. It says he was amongst the leaders in HR's for three straight years, hitting a career high 31 in 1966! Kinda puts things in perspective, eh?

Some poker women. Took second place at Ladies Night in 2005.

OOPS, I just hit delete one too many times and erased Koji Uehara and some mini...too lazy to retrieve the shot...apologies.

Buffalo Bill Cody! Has anybody ever been to Cody, Wyoming and been to the Buffalo Bill Cody Gun Museum. It is quite the spectacle with more firepower than you can possibly imagine. Gatling guns galore!

Pack #5

Joe Alexander, Bareback Flying Horse Riding Champion

Brandon Webb - Tough breaks for him this season, but still a dynamic pitching talent.

Tony Blaair - Stuck his neck out there to support Bush and ultimately suffered the consequences of doing so. Nice of Upper Deck to rub it in.

Hockey Player Mini! Hamilton Gypsy Back Mini!

Pack #6

Thank Goodness, more Yankees. Here is an extremely unflattering imaging of Joe DiMaggio scratching himself. Nice work UD.
Hunter Pence and fluffy clouds.

Ah, the Poker Brat Phil Helmuth, self-proclaimed best poker player ever. I get irritated with guys like Phil that get upset because you did not play the hand the way he thinks it is supposed to be played. Too many players get so wrapped up in the "proper" way to bet, that they lose track of their own game and ultimately get beat.
YAZ! Right on, finally another Red Sox has appeared. Hit a little dry patch after the Lowrie auto...

Joey Votto Mini! I dig the camo uniform. I was unaware that any other team than San Diego breaks these out from time to time.

pack #7

Carmona, Grienke (phenom, future Cy Young??) and A Tiger Retro card.

Nice couple of minis here, Price and Gomez Gypsy back.

Pack #8 (the finish line!)

Eck, Big Z and Matt Ryan fluffy clouds card. Dang, Zambrano is a big dude, fills up the whole card. No room for a single fluffy cloud, so throw some curtains behind him instead!

The dodo bird. Does anybody know how rare this card is? bird.....thanks everybody, I am here all week.

Chad Billingsly Mini!

What is blazes? More cards? Hmm, maybe I opened nine packs? I dunno, I always forget to carry the one...

Joe Lewis - heeeeee-Ya!

Ian Kinsler - One of a number of rising star 2nd basemen . I remember when the only 2B anybody could think of was Chase Utley, nowadays the position is flush and Kinsler has had an amazing year, even though he has been injured a tad this year.

Phil Niekro and his 3342 career K's

A yankee of a different color is still a yankee.
And finally a foil version of Joakim Soria. Another great story of a pitcher marooned in KC. I like him though and this is my first foil card to boot!

Thanks for hanging in there!


  1. Would you be interested in trading the Ripken Gypsy Mini? Please let me know.

    Great DODO!

  2. If you don't end up set building, please trade me for the Longoria.