9.12.2009

When a pack is ALMOST good. Your input needed.

So, welcome to the Has This Ever Happened to You? Department. We went to pick up a couple items at Kmart before heading over to the local nursery for some North Star Cherry trees to plant near our garage, so of course while wandering toward the drug counter we nabbed a bargain repack thingy. (Last year's cards are so cheap at Kmart now that it makes us want to study the Dalai Lama's teachings about the value of Patience so we can wait until next year to buy all this year's cards there next year.)

Anyway, one of the ingredients was a pack of Baseball Heroes. As you can see, it started out as Something Good. For under Tony Gwynn there seemed to lurk a /#499 emerald card. Yay! Right? Except it was one of Those Players that we include in our Unwanted But Inevitable Pull category. So, we need you please to guess who the unwanted player is in this case. (I don't think we've named that player yet in any post.) Who is depicted on that green baseball card?

Whoever provides the correct answer can either a) have the card, in case the player is not in your UBIP category, or b) tell us how you'd like us to creatively, er, eliminate the card, if you catch our drift, and we'll post either a video of the event or a scan of the results, depending on the level of diabolicality involved. Please, no wagering.

There were other cards that were less disappointing. For instance, also in there were some '07 Upper Deck First Edition cards. We have a weakness for their insistent non-glossiness. In the one above, we like that in the background, there seems to be a search on for a four-leaf clover. By the way, at Kmart we also found a packet of size #000 bubble mailers, so we can finally mail out a card that we promised to The Great and Awesome GCA and a couple Chippahs to You Know Who. We just can't bring ourselves to mail baseball cards in Plain White Envelopes, even though we put them in toploaders, hence the delay. Since a dozen #000s are now in hand, we can send out the Emerald (plus whatever else fits) quickly and efficiently.
Here's a Russell Martin that further proves Night Owl's contention that the guy simply doesn't take a bad picture. He is what scientists refer to as A Photogenic Catcher.
We confess that we've always liked these prospect cards from '07 Bowman Heritage. Everyone else seems to use them as packing material. Don't you love the name Whit? Do you think he wears chaps and cowboy boots when he's not on a baseball card? Do you think he says politely, "It's not WIT, ma'am [or sir]. Name's WhhhhhhhIT."

Shiny. Not shiny. Which is better? Are you kiddin' me?

And we conclude with a slack-jawed Mark Texeira and the very true caption, "adapts well to new digs."

Don't forget to tell us who you think is on the Disappointing Emerald card.

27 comments:

Brian said...

I'm guessing Clemens.

Thorzul said...

My guess: Pat Burrell

FenwayFrank said...

I received one of those numbered Emerald cards a few months ago and it was Eric Chavez. I don't buy packs too often, but for some reason I've had him come up as a serially numbered insert on several occasions and I'd definitely put him on my unwanted but inevitable list.

My guess for that card would be...Jermaine Dye

night owl said...

I know this is your pack, not mine, but if it was my pack, the pull would definitely be: Carlos Lee.

(I like the Eric Chavez mention, too. He's right up there in Unwanted Pulls).

Jeremya1um said...

Miguel Cabrera?

JD's Daddy said...

Miguel Tejada

Dinged Corners said...

Although these are all letdown-ish names, so far none is it.

packaddict said...

Manny Ramirez?

BASEBALL DAD said...

How about Milton Bratley (Bradley).

dkwilson said...

Chris Young of the D-Backs?

SpastikMooss said...

Jason Giambi (clueless haha)

dayf said...

Vernon Wells.

I know what you mean about half off blasters, I just found an 08 Heritage High Numbers on the cheep and got my own disappointing low numbered hit.

SpastikMooss said...

Follow up - if no one guesses, make the card a paper snowflake. We used to make paper snowflakes by folding paper a few times and then making little snips into the paper. Or orgami.

Also, I don't know if you two noticed, but my site is having a giveaway. You're welcome to join in the fun!

Dinged Corners said...

Here's a hint, sort of: as far as we've been able to determine, he does not curve the bill of his cap.

SpastikMooss said...

Is it George Sherrill? He's the only non curver I can think of.

Thorzul said...

Edinson Volquez!

McCann Can Triple said...

I want to guess Kris Medlen, but the cards where from 08.


Hmmmm....

White Sox Cards said...

Brian McCann?

The Gooch said...

I'll guess Brian McCann and his impaired vision.

Dinged Corners said...

These answers are forming a great post idea, so thank you. We have to mention that we like Brian McCann so that would have been an okay emerald for us. Ok, so here's one more hint: the player has the same initials as Lucy's favorite Met!

dayf said...

Someone has to end this...

Dontrelle Willis

SpastikMooss said...

can't believe we haven't guessed this - dontrelle willis

SpastikMooss said...

haha curse you dayf. Beat me by 8 minutes!

Dinged Corners said...

You are correct, sirs! dayf, would you like the card, or would you like to pick its method of eradication? if the latter, you must come up with something even more compelling than turning it into an origami snowflake.

dayf said...

My method of eradication was going to be this suggestion:

Find an X-acto knife. Cut out the middle portion of the card as carefully as possible, with a curve if you can find one. Find a photo of a player you like or have Lucy draw one. Fit the subject of the card in the window (might be tricky with the head sticking up) and line it up with the window. When the photo is aligned, take a blank card like one of those inserts in retail packs that has the security thingy stuck to it and paste it to the front half to affix the photo. Create your own card back. Now you have a 1/1 art card serial numbered out of 500.

However, I like Dontrelle even if he has sort of gone all Fidrych on us and I'd feel bad if I ordered one of his cards to be mangled. So, um, I dunno. I'll send you some mangleable Heroes if you want to try the art project.

dayf said...

And yes, Dontrelle is inevitable in repack boxes. The last one I got had a jersey card in it. I saw the number before the name and thought DW? David Wright? Dave Winfield? Nope. Dontrelle.

Dinged Corners said...

We shall do both. We'll send you the Dontrelle Emerald Hero, unmangled, so he can become a baseball card version of a chain letter. When there's a school break/lull, we WILL take on that art project.