Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Lin Update

Here is Tzu-Wei Lin card #104.  This is the 2017 Topps On Demand Mini Update Orange parallel, serial-numbered to 25.  With this addition, I need just the Blue and Gold parallels from this set.  Easier said than done unfortunately.  The Blue is numbered to ten and the Gold is a 1/1.  On the plus side, I already have the Red which was numbered to five, so anything is possible.

Monday, June 10, 2019

2019 Topps Big League Blaster #3

I am still trying to pull that elusive Gorkys Hernandez card.  I also have a large number of other Red Sox cards to pull.  So, here we go:  
Well, two cards is not bad, but I cannot imagine a more uninspiring couple cards to get.  I don't mind these Stat Kings cards, they certainly fit in my collection, but they are not my preference.  Oh well.

Here is the breakdown:
HOUSTON ASTROS: 5
PITTSBURGH PIRATES: 5
KANSAS CITY ROYALS: 4
MILWAUKEE BREWERS: 4
WASHINGTON NATIONALS: 4
OAKLAND ATHLETICS: 3
SEATTLE MARINERS: 3
BALTIMORE ORIOLES: 2
BOSTON RED SOX: 2
CLEVELAND INDIANS: 2
DETROIT TIGERS: 2
LOS ANGELES ANGELS: 2
MINNESOTA TWINS: 2
NEW YORK METS: 2
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES: 2
SAN DIEGO PADRES: 2
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: 2
TEXAS RANGERS: 2
TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 2
ATLANTA BRAVES: 1
CHICAGO WHITE SOX: 1
CINCINNATI REDS: 1
LOS ANGELES DODGERS: 1
MIAMI MARLINS: 1
NEW YORK YANKEES: 1
TAMPA BAY RAYS: 1
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS: 0
CHICAGO CUBS: 0
COLORADO ROCKIES: 0
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS: 0

The Astros are not shocking, but the Pirates at the top certainly is.  Boston is middle of the road again, but hey, at least they beat the Yankees.

Here's the update:
ATLANTA BRAVES: 51
LOS ANGELES ANGELS: 51
BOSTON RED SOX: 50
HOUSTON ASTROS: 49
NEW YORK YANKEES: 40
CLEVELAND INDIANS: 39
WASHINGTON NATIONALS/MONTREAL EXPOS: 39
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS: 35
CHICAGO CUBS: 34
NEW YORK METS: 34
OAKLAND ATHLETICS: 34
TAMPA BAY RAYS: 33
TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 33
PITTSBURGH PIRATES: 32
DETROIT TIGERS: 30
KANSAS CITY ROYALS: 30
MILWAUKEE BREWERS: 30
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES: 30
COLORADO ROCKIES: 28
LOS ANGELES DODGERS: 28
SEATTLE MARINERS: 28
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS: 27
BALTIMORE ORIOLES: 27
MINNESOTA TWINS: 27
CINCINNATI REDS: 25
SAN DIEGO PADRES: 25
TEXAS RANGERS: 25
CHICAGO WHITE SOX: 24
MIAMI MARLINS: 24
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: 19
OTHER: 2

There is now a tie at the top between Atlanta and the Angels.  The Red Sox are just one card down now.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Second 2019 Diamond Kings Blaster

Up next is the second Diamond Kings blaster I have bought this year.  I already explained why in the other post I like this set so much.

Here are the Red Sox:
Two, once again.  But in a box with just 35 cards, that is pretty decent.  I love the Jimmie Foxx card.  Another reason I like Diamond Kings so much is the use of retired players.  

Here are the updated team totals:
NEW YORK YANKEES: 5
DETROIT TIGERS: 4
WASHINGTON NATIONALS/MONTREAL EXPOS: 3
BOSTON RED SOX: 2
HOUSTON ASTROS: 2
OAKLAND ATHLETICS: 2
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES: 2
PITTSBURGH PIRATES: 2
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: 2
ATLANTA BRAVES: 1
BALTIMORE ORIOLES: 1
CHICAGO CUBS: 1
CHICAGO WHITE SOX: 1
CLEVELAND INDIANS: 1
COLORADO ROCKIES: 1
LOS ANGELES DODGERS: 1
MINNESOTA TWINS: 1
NEW YORK METS: 1
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS: 1
TEXAS RANGERS: 1
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS: 0
CINCINNATI REDS: 0
KANSAS CITY ROYALS: 0
LOS ANGELES ANGELS: 0
MIAMI MARLINS: 0
MILWAUKEE BREWERS: 0
SAN DIEGO PADRES: 0
SEATTLE MARINERS: 0
TAMPA BAY RAYS: 0
TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 0

Ugh, FIVE Yankees.  That's way too high of a percentage for these things.  That's just absurd. 

Here are the updated totals:
ATLANTA BRAVES: 50
LOS ANGELES ANGELS: 49
BOSTON RED SOX: 48
HOUSTON ASTROS: 44
NEW YORK YANKEES: 39
CLEVELAND INDIANS: 37
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS: 35
WASHINGTON NATIONALS/MONTREAL EXPOS: 35
CHICAGO CUBS: 34
NEW YORK METS: 32
TAMPA BAY RAYS: 32
OAKLAND ATHLETICS: 31
TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 31
COLORADO ROCKIES: 28
DETROIT TIGERS: 28
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES: 28
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS: 27
LOS ANGELES DODGERS: 27
PITTSBURGH PIRATES: 27
KANSAS CITY ROYALS: 26
MILWAUKEE BREWERS: 26
BALTIMORE ORIOLES: 25
MINNESOTA TWINS: 25
SEATTLE MARINERS: 25
CINCINNATI REDS: 24
CHICAGO WHITE SOX: 23
MIAMI MARLINS: 23
SAN DIEGO PADRES: 23
TEXAS RANGERS: 23
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: 17
OTHER: 2

The top three are now neck and neck.  The Yankees move back into the Top 5.  The Tigers made the biggest jump.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

2019 Topps Big League Blaster

There are two cards that I really want from Topps Big League.  The first is a Highlights card of Brock Holt, celebrating his cycle in the ALDS against the Yankees.  The second is the first Red Sox card of Gorkys Hernandez, who has yet to actually play in a game with the Red Sox and might end up being a zero-year card.  With these two cards in mind, I bought my second Big League blaster.

No Hernandez and though I did pull a Holt card, it was not the right one.  Still, this was a hell of a good blaster for my Red Sox collection.  
Six cards, including an insert of Mookie Betts and a blue parallel of J.D. Martinez.  I love the photo on the Holt card.  Dustin Pedroia makes an appearance and it seems more and more unlikely that he will ever return from injury.  There are also appearances from David Price and Eduardo Nunez.

So, how did the Red Sox do?  Here's the breakdown:
BOSTON RED SOX: 6
CHICAGO CUBS: 5
CHICAGO WHITE SOX: 4
HOUSTON ASTROS: 4
LOS ANGELES ANGELS: 4
MILWAUKEE BREWERS: 4
NEW YORK METS: 4
WASHINGTON NATIONALS/MONTREAL EXPOS: 4
LOS ANGELES DODGERS: 3
OAKLAND ATHLETICS: 3
PITTSBURGH PIRATES: 3
CINCINNATI REDS: 2
COLORADO ROCKIES: 2
DETROIT TIGERS: 2
NEW YORK YANKEES: 2
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES: 2
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS: 1
ATLANTA BRAVES: 1
BALTIMORE ORIOLES: 1
CLEVELAND INDIANS: 1
KANSAS CITY ROYALS: 1
MIAMI MARLINS: 1
MINNESOTA TWINS: 1
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS: 1
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: 1
TAMPA BAY RAYS: 1
TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 1
SAN DIEGO PADRES: 0
SEATTLE MARINERS: 0
TEXAS RANGERS: 0

Boston finishes first.  Damn impressive. 

Here is the updated total:
ATLANTA BRAVES: 49
LOS ANGELES ANGELS: 49
BOSTON RED SOX: 46
HOUSTON ASTROS: 42
CLEVELAND INDIANS: 36
NEW YORK YANKEES: 34
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS: 34
CHICAGO CUBS: 33
TAMPA BAY RAYS: 32
WASHINGTON NATIONALS/MONTREAL EXPOS: 32
NEW YORK METS: 31
TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 31
OAKLAND ATHLETICS: 29
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS: 27
COLORADO ROCKIES: 27
KANSAS CITY ROYALS: 26
LOS ANGELES DODGERS: 26
MILWAUKEE BREWERS: 26
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES: 26
PITTSBURGH PIRATES: 25
SEATTLE MARINERS: 25
BALTIMORE ORIOLES: 24
CINCINNATI REDS: 24
DETROIT TIGERS: 24
MINNESOTA TWINS: 24
MIAMI MARLINS: 23
SAN DIEGO PADRES: 23
TEXAS RANGERS: 22
CHICAGO WHITE SOX: 22
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: 15
OTHER: 2

A little interesting stuff going on at the top.  The Angels have tied the Braves for first.  The Red Sox make some gains here. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

2019 Donruss Hanger Pack

Here is a hanger pack of 2019 Donruss.  I was still hoping for that Brock Holt Highlights.  It has not happened yet:
Technically, I pulled two Red Sox, but the other one was a duplicate.  It still gets counted for the breakdown though. 

Here is the breakdown:
PITTSBURGH PIRATES: 3
TAMPA BAY RAYS: 3
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS: 2
ATLANTA BRAVES: 2
BOSTON RED SOX: 2
HOUSTON ASTROS: 2
LOS ANGELES ANGELS: 2
SAN DIEGO PADRES: 2
CHICAGO CUBS: 1
CHICAGO WHITE SOX: 1
CLEVELAND INDIANS: 1
KANSAS CITY ROYALS: 1
LOS ANGELES DODGERS: 1
MINNESOTA TWINS: 1
NEW YORK METS: 1
NEW YORK YANKEES: 1
OAKLAND ATHLETICS: 1
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS: 1
SEATTLE MARINERS: 1
TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 1
BALTIMORE ORIOLES: 0
CINCINNATI REDS: 0
COLORADO ROCKIES: 0
DETROIT TIGERS: 0
MIAMI MARLINS: 0
MILWAUKEE BREWERS: 0
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES: 0
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: 0
TEXAS RANGERS: 0
WASHINGTON NATIONALS/MONTREAL EXPOS: 0

The Pirates and Rays are the surprise winners this time around.  Once again, Boston came in a tie for second place.  Lots of teams failed to gain ground.

Here is the updated breakdown:
ATLANTA BRAVES: 48
LOS ANGELES ANGELS: 45
BOSTON RED SOX: 40
HOUSTON ASTROS: 38
CLEVELAND INDIANS: 35
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS: 33
NEW YORK YANKEES: 32
TAMPA BAY RAYS: 31
TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 30
CHICAGO CUBS: 28
NEW YORK METS: 28
WASHINGTON NATIONALS/MONTREAL EXPOS: 28
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS: 26
OAKLAND ATHLETICS: 26
COLORADO ROCKIES: 25
KANSAS CITY ROYALS: 25
SEATTLE MARINERS: 25
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES: 24
BALTIMORE ORIOLES: 23
LOS ANGELES DODGERS: 23
MINNESOTA TWINS: 23
SAN DIEGO PADRES: 23
CINCINNATI REDS: 22
DETROIT TIGERS: 22
MIAMI MARLINS: 22
MILWAUKEE BREWERS: 22
PITTSBURGH PIRATES: 22
TEXAS RANGERS: 22
CHICAGO WHITE SOX: 18
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: 14
OTHER: 2

The top seven teams all stayed in the same place.  The Rays leapfrogged the Blue Jays, and very little else changed all that much. 

Monday, May 27, 2019

2019 Diamond Kings Blaster

Over the next few days, I will have posts up for more pack breaks.

Up first is a 2019 Diamond Kings blaster.  This has been one of my favorite sets for the last few years and I usually have some decent luck with packs.  This was my first attempt at the set this year. 

Here are the Red Sox:
For a box with just 35 cards, two Red Sox is pretty decent.  The Betts is an insert, so that is even better. 

Here is the team-by-team breakdown:
LOS ANGELES ANGELS: 3
NEW YORK YANKEES: 3
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS: 3
WASHINGTON NATIONALS/MONTREAL EXPOS: 3
BALTIMORE ORIOLES/ST. LOUIS BROWNS: 2
BOSTON RED SOX: 2
HOUSTON ASTROS: 2
KANSAS CITY ROYALS: 2
LOS ANGELES DODGERS: 2
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES: 2
SEATTLE MARINERS: 2
COLORADO ROCKIES: 1
DETROIT TIGERS: 1
NEW YORK METS: 1
OAKLAND ATHLETICS: 1
PITTSBURGH PIRATES: 1
SAN DIEGO PADRES: 1
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: 1
TAMPA BAY RAYS: 1
TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 1
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS: 0
ATLANTA BRAVES: 0
CHICAGO CUBS: 0
CHICAGO WHITE SOX: 0
CINCINNATI REDS: 0
CLEVELAND INDIANS: 0
MIAMI MARLINS: 0
MILWAUKEE BREWERS: 0
MINNESOTA TWINS: 0
TEXAS RANGERS: 0

A lot of teams failed to get a card, including the Braves.  The Yankees, Angels, Cardinals and Nats combined for the lead.  Boston came in one slot below them.

So here is the updated breakdown:
ATLANTA BRAVES: 46
LOS ANGELES ANGELS: 43
BOSTON RED SOX: 38
HOUSTON ASTROS: 36
CLEVELAND INDIANS: 34
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS: 32
NEW YORK YANKEES: 31
TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 29
TAMPA BAY RAYS: 28
WASHINGTON NATIONALS/MONTREAL EXPOS: 28
CHICAGO CUBS: 27
NEW YORK METS: 27
COLORADO ROCKIES: 25
OAKLAND ATHLETICS: 25
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS: 24
KANSAS CITY ROYALS: 24
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES: 24
SEATTLE MARINERS: 24
BALTIMORE ORIOLES: 23
CINCINNATI REDS: 22
DETROIT TIGERS: 22
LOS ANGELES DODGERS: 22
MIAMI MARLINS: 22
MILWAUKEE BREWERS: 22
MINNESOTA TWINS: 22
TEXAS RANGERS: 22
SAN DIEGO PADRES: 21
PITTSBURGH PIRATES: 19
CHICAGO WHITE SOX: 17
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: 14
OTHER: 2

The Angels made a little headway on the Braves, as did the Red Sox, though they lost ground on the Angels.  Lots of teams failed to do much.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Bowman and Big League Breaks

This is the last catch-up post for now.  I bought two jumbo packs of Bowman and a blaster of Big League.  Here are the Red Sox:
As you can obviously tell, there are no Bowman cards.  I did not pull a single Red Sox card from the Bowman packs.  It is made-up for somewhat in the Big League pulls with four Red Sox, though three of those all came in one pack.  So, it was a little frustrating.  That being said, I absolutely love the Mitch Moreland Nicknames card here.  Exactly the kind of card I love pulling.  An insert of a player without a lot of cards.  With the two Mookie cards, he is now at 200 cards in my collection.  An impressive feat. 

Here is the team breakdown:
SAN DIEGO PADRES: 10
ATLANTA BRAVES: 8
CINCINNATI REDS: 7
CLEVELAND INDIANS: 7
LOS ANGELES ANGELS: 7
MINNESOTA TWINS: 6
COLORADO ROCKIES: 5
MIAMI MARLINS: 5
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS: 5
BOSTON RED SOX: 4
DETROIT TIGERS: 4
HOUSTON ASTROS: 4
NEW YORK YANKEES: 4
TAMPA BAY RAYS: 4
CHICAGO CUBS: 3
LOS ANGELES DODGERS: 3
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES: 3
PITTSBURGH PIRATES: 3
SEATTLE MARINERS: 3
TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 3
WASHINGTON NATIONALS: 3
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS: 2
BALTIMORE ORIOLES: 2
CHICAGO WHITE SOX: 2
KANSAS CITY ROYALS: 2
MILWAUKEE BREWERS: 2
NEW YORK METS: 2
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: 2
OAKLAND ATHLETICS: 1
TEXAS RANGERS: 1

The Padres had a huge breakthrough, mostly on the strength of a very strong Bowman showing.  They do have a ton of prospects, so that was not terribly shocking.  Boston finished in the middle of the pack.  Not a great showing, but much better than I thought after the awful Bowman break.

Here are the updated totals:
ATLANTA BRAVES: 46
LOS ANGELES ANGELS: 40
BOSTON RED SOX: 36
CLEVELAND INDIANS: 34
HOUSTON ASTROS: 34
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS: 29
NEW YORK YANKEES: 28
TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 28
CHICAGO CUBS: 27
TAMPA BAY RAYS: 27
NEW YORK METS: 26
WASHINGTON NATIONALS/MONTREAL EXPOS: 25 (24 Nationals/1 Expo)
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS: 24
COLORADO ROCKIES: 24
OAKLAND ATHLETICS: 24
CINCINNATI REDS: 22
KANSAS CITY ROYALS: 22
MIAMI MARLINS: 22
MILWAUKEE BREWERS: 22
MINNESOTA TWINS: 22
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES: 22
SEATTLE MARINERS: 22
TEXAS RANGERS: 22
BALTIMORE ORIOLES: 21
DETROIT TIGERS: 21
LOS ANGELES DODGERS: 20
SAN DIEGO PADRES: 20
PITTSBURGH PIRATES: 18
CHICAGO WHITE SOX: 17
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: 13
OTHER: 2

I don't understand this Braves thing.  What the hell is going on?  Boston stays in third, but loses ground to the Angels.  The Padres made a huge leap out of the cellar, leaving the poor Giants in the dust.