OK, so never mind about the 200th post contest. I have plenty to send out as I was already doing, and Night Owl has one going anyway. I just have to sit down and bang out a couple more good posts and pack some packages and finish putting my rooms back together. So in the meantime here's one that has been in Draft mode for a little while.
Finally got it out of my system a couple weeks ago now. Stopped at Target after pool to get a cardboard fix. (Not that I really needed one with all the stuff I've been ordering online and winning on eBay lately). Picked up a pack of Heritage, even though I wasn't intent on collecting the set at all. I keep looking at Opening Day packs in various forms and then putting them back thinking I might as well order a hobby box and get a whole set, otherwise, I'll just be spending twice as much.
So when I opened the pack, the base case scenario would have been to get one of the inserts for my PC guys (that I ended up buying at the show on the 24th). No luck, but it's only one pack so no biggy. The only insert I got was the Stanton All-Star.
When I look over the selection of players, I actually didn't do too bad. Mike Trout, (who I seem to have developed a knack for pulling now that I complained about it a year ago) leads off the roster, and is joined by Andrew Miller, Jason Kipnis - Palmer's partner on three inserts, and Severino, sort of, if you like the Yankees. Perdomo is a short print.
Then we have Starling Marte, Alex Gordon (is he a star or just the funky SP in 2006?), and CarGo, who is the last card (#400) before the short prints start. I've also seen the Billy Hamilton card on a lot of Heritage posts.
And finally, there's Charlie Blackmon. Not a bad level of star power in this pack.
The thing that struck me initially, though was that there seemed to be a LOT of west coast teams in this pack. I'm over here near DC and Baltimore and the majority of these guys were way out west.
Except for the [required?] Yankees, aren't there a lot of eastern teams missing? Ok, it's a random sample, but out of the 20 cards that come in the pack, let's compare the ratio of east to west here.
AL East - 2 Yanks
NL East - 1 Brave
AL Central - 2 Indians, 1 Royal, 1 White Sox
NL Central - 2 Reds, 1 Pirate
AL West - 2 Angels, 1 Ranger
NL West - 3 Rockies, 2 Padres, 1 Diamondback, 1 Giant
2 to 1 to 4 to 3 to 3 to SEVEN. Rockies fans - Where You At?? NL West For The Win! Double the west coast fun!
Hey Fuji and Tom, do you guys get a lot of Orioles, Nationals, Rays, Jays, and Phillies in most of your packs out there?
Well, I know the Rockies and Marlins fill every pack made, but still....
Anyway. Let me know if you need any of these. When I do the set, it'll probably be a couple years from now with a big base starter lot like most of the others I'm building already, so these are all availalble.