1/2-Priced Blasters… from Target?!?!

But they never have ANY cards on sale.  They did on Sunday Sunday Sunday though, so I got some 2008 stinkers they finally got desperate enough to slash the price on: 2008 Bowman football and pretty f*ckup 2008 Stadium Club baseball.  I can get behind those for $10 instead of $20, so I did.  Let’s see how I did.

2008 Bowman Football (7 packs, 5 cards per pack, guaranteed jersey per blaster)

I should mention that, being mostly rookies, I’m not going to know very many of these guys, because in four weeks this year I’ve probably seen twice as much football as I saw all of last year.  With that said, here’s

Pack 1

125 Andre Fluellen Lions RC

139 Bryan Kehl Football Giants RC

152 Zack Bowman Bears RC- Keeper!

157 Chaz Schilens Raiders RC Gold Parallel

BC32 Paul Hubbard Browns RC Chrome

Pack 2

56 Chad Ochocinco (Johnson)

46 Larry Johnson

99 Dallas Clark

245 Tavares Gooden Ravens RC Gold Parallel

BC27 Jack Williams Broncos RC Chrome

Scoring Drive ad- They still put these in packs? 😮

Pack 3

56 Chad Ochocinco (Johnson)- I

46 Larry Johnson- Got

99 Dallas Clark- Bipped!

52 Michael Turner Gold Parallel

BC18 Justin King Rams RC Chrome

Checklist 1 of 3

Scoring Drive waste of tree.  Seriously, they killed a tree to make these stupid ads!

Now I understand why topps makes you open their blasters from the bottom… at least they kicked me a jersey and parallel of a starting QB this time.

Pack 4

170 Joe Flacco Ravens RC- Sadly it wasn’t this starting QB.

225 Sam Baker Falcons RC

238 Calais Campbell Cardinals RC

228 Sedrick Ellis Saints RC Gold Parallel

BC9 Brad Cottam Chiefs RC Chrome

Scoring Drive blah blah blah.  Just know there was one in every effin pack. :/

Pack 5

256 Shawn Crable Patriots RC

232 Dre Moore Bucs RC

247 Philip Wheeler Colts RC

124 Tom Zbikowski Ravens RC Gold Parallel

BC4 Duane Brown Texans RC Chrome

Pack 6

159 Timothy Hightower Cardinals RC- Tim Hightower = badass, Timothy Hightower = NERD!!

156 Jerome Felton Lions RC

147 Kenneth Moore Lions RC

167 Brian Brohm Packers RC Gold Parallel

BC39 Jalen Parmele Dolphins RC Chrome

Pack 7

18 Jeff Garcia- Most underrated QB ever?

31 Marion Barber

175 Josh Johnson Bucs RC Blue Parallel #ed 184/500- I didn’t say it was an amazing starting QB.  He’s starting now though, so that’s pretty cool.

23 Tarvaris Jackson Gold Parallel

BC30 Justin Tryon Redskins RC

The jersey was in it’s own separate lil cello pack, and it was…

DJ-JL Jake Long Draft Day Jersey- An offensive lineman, but I’m not complaining.  He’s quality.

2008 Stadium Club (8 packs, 5 cards per pack)

The odds were pretty astronomical with 1:60 packs being the easiest pull for ANYTHING.

Pack 1

112 Joey Votto Reds RC

31 Carl Crawford

37 Hanley Ramirez

76 Johan Santana

140 Max Scherzer D-Backs RC 1st Day Issue- Shoulda guessed.  Surprised I didn’t get Scherzer in the football blaster.

Pack 2

115 Brandon Boggs Rangers RC

68 Gary Sheffield

11 David Ortiz- Keeper if I don’t have it yet.

104 Gregor Blanco Braves RC

122 Jonathan Herrera Rockies RC 1st Day Issue

Such pretty pretty photography.  How could they have messed this up so badly? 😦

Pack 3

29 Delmon Young

4 Todd Helton

116 Johnny Cueto Reds RC

58 Jose Reyes

132 Kosuke Fukudome Cubs RC 1st Day Issue- Have it, so I can trade this one.

Checklist

Pack 4

73 Greg Maddux

52 Vernon Wells

88 Hideki Matsui

14 Prince Fielder

147 Radhames Liz O’s RC

Pack 5

131 Sean Rodriguez Angels RC

80 Ryan Braun

82 Manny Ramirez

56 Garrett Atkins

112 Joey Votto other Reds RC 1st Day Issue

Pack 6

119 Jed Lowrie Red Sox RC

1 Chase Utley

85 Matt Holliday

50 David Wright

107 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers RC

Pack 7

53 Josh Hamilton

133 Chin-Lung Hu Dodgers RC

125 Josh Banks Padres RC

13 Alex Rodriguez

125 Josh Banks Padres other RC 1st Day Issue

Checklist

Pack 8

109 Garrett Mock Nats RC

23 Thom Glavine- Eh, it’d almost make sense in this set.

142 Greg Smith A’s RC

74 Rich Harden- Keeper!

131 Sean Rodriguez Angels other RC 1st Day Issue

And that’s the end of this beautiful disaster set blaster.  Everything not a keeper is available for trade, as always.  For this set, I’m looking for all the Cubbies I don’t have, which is all of them except for Harden & the 1st Day Issue Fukudome, and all the legends except for Honus Wagner & the 1st Day Issue Babe Ruth (already got ’em).

I’m not feeling so well, but one final note before I go, after watching Monday Night Football I can say this with confidence: Aaron Rodgers > Brett Favre

Until our next…

Yesterday Sucked

But today was much better.  I’ll explain later.  As you will see this was written right after I got home last night.  I got tired and lost my focus and was going to put in the links when I woke up this morning, but didn’t get around to it until Saturday evening.  Awkward additions and subtractions to make it fit that timeframe probably abound, so sorry about that.

Things started out so promising.  I got a full night’s sleep (approximately 9 hours) without waking up once.  That just doesn’t happen for me.  I ALWAYS wake up enough to know I’m awake at least once EVERY… SINGLE… NIGHT.  But it didn’t happen.  My dumb ass should’ve seen the signs that today was gonna blow though (yeah it both sucked and blew).

Around noon I finally got around to go downstairs because I wanted to get the things I had to do today done and be home… at very least before nightfall.  Didn’t have enough change to make the call I needed to so I got some food at Quick Stop to break a $10.  Too late I realized I couldn’t even get through till after 1:30 anyway.  I decided to stay downstairs and read a recent ESPN the Magazine while a guy came into the pool room and bumped up the pop machine’s price to 60 cents (from $0.50), not finishing up and going back to call until about 2:10pm, because my dumb ass has no sense of time.

It just couldn’t be simple today, so I ended up having to walk most of the way over to the parents place.  I usually just tag along when they go out to get groceries to get my own.  Immediately I noticed my ankle bothering me, but it wasn’t all that bad.  I was running on annoyance anyway, so worse pain still wouldn’t have kept me from doing it.  There was, admittedly, a positive of walking 1 1/2 miles on a progressively more hurting ankle, and that is that I got a free McRib and a few french fries out of the deal.  That’s gotta count for something, right?

So after finally, mercifully getting over there I showered and put together my trade with Boxbusters, which should be on it’s way by tomorrow afternoon (it’ll be out Monday actually, because tape is needed to further keep it protected and closed apparently… bleh.  Bailey, yours will be on it’s way then too (same deal, sorry).  After giving up on going out quickly I chilled at Jacky Muffin’s with the rest of the usual suspects on the parents’ computer, and didn’t get around to reluctantly leaving to go shopping until almost 7pm.  The silver lining here, because I like to try to find some good amongst crap, aside from Jacky Muffin/nakama time, which is pure heaven, was all-too-rare civilized conversation with my brother and learning what Nintendo has in store for us in 2009.

Finally to Walgreens, which turned out to be 15 minutes I’ll never get back.  Then to Target, which was just ungodly fail.  Took way too damn long and I didn’t even buy anything, because I wanted to check Walmart.  My ankle is hurting like a b*tch at this point as well.  Finally made it to Walmart and picked up everything I intended to get there and plenty of other crap I didn’t need (wicked hahdore Legend of Zelda T-shirt, I’m looking at you).  Unfortunately the two things I was going to get at Target but wanted to check at Walmart first was total bustage, so back to Target.  Gwahh.

Picked up my stuff and couldn’t pass up the Prime Paks hobby pack repack box.  6 hobby packs from recent times for $20.  Target packs have not been kind to me, but I’m a glutton for punishment it seems.  So finally back home… check that, place that I live.  Home is a place you feel comfortable and actually like.  This is… not home.  It’s after 10 f***ing 30 before I can finally get off my damaged ankle.  Lets bust some packs of baseball cards to put my mind at ease shall we?

Three retail packs (two Upper Deck X, one Baseball Heroes) from Walmart.

First pack’s XPonential was Victor Martinez (just the single X version, but a swank card nonetheless).  Nothing else of note.  One of the little pieces of the stupid lazy die cut card was still in it.  I popped it out and ate it.  What?

Second pack had a base Geovany Soto and XPonential X2 Manny Ramirez.  The universe hates me.  I popped out both pieces of the die-cut that were still in it and ate them.  Tasted better than lukewarm chicken taquitos.

Upper Deck Heroes.  This pack was talkin’ to me.  I just had a feeling there was something worthwhile in it when I picked it up.  Ichiro/Fukudome dual base card.  This is worth it because I collect both of them.  I wish I could tell Fukudome to relax at the plate.  It’s pretty clear he’s having issues up there.  Kinda almost jittery and not being patient like he was in the first half of the season.  Relax man, let the game come to you… it’s cliche, but just relax up there dude.

Now onto the six hobby packs from Target box (2006 Upper Deck Special F/X, 2006 Upper Deck Artifacts, 2006 Upper Deck Ovation, two 2003 Flair ~ wooooo!, and a 2003 Flair Greats ~ wooooo!!).

The regular Flair packs were all base.  Hee Seop Choi and Sammy Sosa are keepers.  The rest… meh.  And more stupid Dodgers to taunt me.  Come to think of it, Choi was a Dodger at some point.  Blah.  The cards look nice at least.

The Artifacts were all base and some Braves rookie that I don’t care about.  Joey Devine?  Any relation to TNA Jobber to the Stars Johnny Devine?

Ovation had another F***ing ManRam insert.  I got two different cards of so many guys.  Berkman, Abreu, Manny and Luis Gonzalez.  Maybe others, too tired to look.

Special F/X: Two for the base set I think.  I’m pretty sure I don’t have them.  I think I must be delusional to try and complete this base set.  Green parallel Zito checklist #’d /99, and a Dontrelle Willis insert I already had and sent to Mario when I sent the Miller SignaCut and Fergie auto.  I’m pretty sure it was in there.

Flair Greats had a SWANK Ron Santo base card, and a Nolan Ryan, and a Ripken, and a couple guys in black & white, which looks really trippy on this design, but one pack of all nifty base cards is not worth the price of admission, even with Santo.

This box sucked and wasn’t worth the money.  I wasn’t necessarily expecting a hit, but damn.  All base and worthless inserts.  Maybe I was expecting something.  Regardless, there’s $20 down the drain.  Unless you get lucky and pull a Carlos Quentin autograph, it really isn’t even remotely worth it.  I should’ve just picked up a box of Ultra SE off of eBay.  It wouldn’t have been that much more than the $24 + tax I spent (the Baseball Heroes pack was worth it).  I would’ve gotten at least as many cards and 5 hits.  Even if they sucked, it would’ve been nice to get a hit.  It’s been so long since I pulled one I’m not sure I even remember what they look like (yes I know I got two from Shane the other day, smartass).

Saturday will probably be bad too, because I have go out on this bum ankle again and deal with family as well.  But Sunday has some promise.  Since I have very few extra expenses this month, maybe I actually will try to get ahold of a box of Ultra SE in the near future.  Guaranteed hits are nice sometimes.  It may be a form of Victory by Default, but we already know that there are benefits to that.

Yesterday may have sucked, but today actually turned out to be nice.  Hope is always only a day away. 😉