Daily Archives: December 10, 2008

3 Packs of 2008 Topss Updates & Highlights

I cannot tell you what possessed me to do this but for the first time in 16 years I bought a pack of baseball cards. 3 actually. This morning I needed to make a quick stop at Wal-Mart and was waiting on line to check out at register 21. Register 21 is where they keep all of the baseball cards and other sports cards. This time I reacted without hesitation and grabbed a pack. Then another. And then another.

I chose the 2008 Topps Updates and Highlights issue. I have seen many blogs criticizing the design of these cards, but I find them to be quite appealing. I have no idea what kind of goodies lie inside of this issue’s packs but I proceeded without caution to rip open all 3 of them. Here are the results.

Pack 1 – UH44 Ryan Sweeney, UH128 LaTroy Hawkins, UH74 Corey Patterson, UH152 Steve Trachsel, UH127 Combos – Michael Young & Derek Jeter, UH202 Josh Hamilton, UH118 Justin Morneau & David Ortiz, UH274 Albert Pujols, UH239 Milton Bradley, UH77 Ervin Santana, UH323 Jorge Velandia, WMDP23 Matt Holliday

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Pack 2 – UH91 Billy Buckner, UH247 Scott Podsednik, UH265 Tony Abreu, UH133 Tadahito Iguchi, UH232 Geovany Soto, UH167 Justin Morneua, UH18 Andy Phillips, UH244 Brandon Webb, UH191 Ian Kinsler, UH83 George Sherrill, UH197 Michael Young, UH197 Jason Varitek

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Pack 3 – UH175 Luis Vizcaino, UH187 Rod Barajas, UH67 Jamey Carroll, UH232 Edinson Volquez, UH196 Dan Uggla, UH106 Josh Hamilton & Carlos Quentin, UH54 Grady Sizemore, UH35 Hanley Ramirez, Uh52 Derek Jeter, UH311 Oscar Salazar, UH233 Grady Sizemore, WBC25 Kosuke Fukudome

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It was fun to rip open a few packs of cards.  But, the thrill of pulling out something I could add to my player collections obviously was not there.  Of all of the players I got, each one is new to my collection.  I may keep the Jeters and the Pujols card for my sons, but the rest are up for grabs.  If you see anything you need for your set, or team collection, or player collections just let me know and I certain that we will be able to work something out.

Who knows, I may buy more packs in the future.  But I am definitely a player collector!!!

1989 Score Andre Dawson

1989 Score Andre Dawson

Just another great example of Andre Dawson’s extreme concentration level while at bat…

So, what do you think on this swing?  Single, Double, something else???  It kind of looks like a check swing to me, but I cannot be sure….

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Ticket Stub #16 – Marlins vs. Pirates – 07/27/2005

 Ticket Stub #16 – Marlins vs. Pirates – 07/27/2005

Miami, FL – Dolphin Stadium

Marlins 3, Pirates 1

My buddy got 4 tickets in the ‘Coors Light Suite’ for this game.  Free ball game + free food + free drinks = ONE HELL OF A NIGHT!!!

I don’t really care for the Pirates, and truth be told I was unable to name many of their players before or during the game.  Jason Bay and Freddie Sanchez were the only 2 names that the more-than-casual baseball fan would probably recognize and I was in that boat as well.  However, I left the game with a new player to keep an eye on – Chris Duffy.  This kid hit a shot to the outfield and took off on the base paths, landing safely at 3rd base with a stand-up triple.  While at-bat I wasn’t too focused on him until I heard that lovely crack of the ball meeting the bat.  My first reaction was “WHOA” followed by a “Who hit that???”  Well, it was Chris Duffy and he was on his way to a 3-hit night.

The Marlins line-up was stocked with some nice talent.  Mike Lowell was one of my favorites, and players like Juan Pierre, Carlos Delgado, and Miguel Cabrera make for a pretty well-rounded line up.  On this night, it was Juan Encarnacion and Damian Easley that provided all of the fireworks that the Marlins would need to secure the win.

Pittsburgh Pirates AB R H RBI BB SO AVG NOTES
Lawton 4 0 1 0 1 1 0.278 SB
Duffy 4 0 3 1 0 1 0.360 3B
Bay 3 0 0 0 1 2 0.293 SB
Ward 3 0 0 0 0 1 0.267  
Torres 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.500  
Redman 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.259  
Meadows 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Mackowiak 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.269  
Sanchez 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.276  
Castillo 4 0 1 0 0 1 0.278  
Cota 4 0 1 0 0 2 0.247  
Wilson 2 1 1 0 2 1 0.232  
Duke 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Vogelsong 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.200  
Eldred 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.154  
  33 1 7 1 4 13    
                 
Florida Marlins AB R H RBI BB SO AVG NOTES
Pierre 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.278  
Castillo 4 0 1 0 0 1 0.310  
Delgado 3 0 0 0 1 2 0.294  
Cabrera 3 0 1 0 1 0 0.349  
Aguila 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.273  
Lo Duca 4 1 0 0 0 0 0.302  
Encarnacion 3 1 2 2 0 1 0.294 HR
Lowell 3 0 1 0 0 0 0.236  
Easley 2 1 1 1 1 0 0.244 HR
Valdez 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Vargas 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.250  
Alfonseca 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Harris 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.318  
Mota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Jones 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
  29 3 6 3 3 5