One Man's Thoughts on Sports Card Collecting

Thursday, February 10, 2011

On FIRE at Pack Wars~!

First, a message to Old Man Winter:

20 inches of snow last week, and now we've had single digits with negative wind chills since Monday.....

Now, on to much happier matters.

I went to my second Pack Wars a couple weeks ago, and boy did I have a hot hand!  While I didn't get any one hit that makes you say "wow," just the sheer number of patches and autos I pulled was amazing.  At one point I think I pulled a hit out of 5 straight purchases (buying just 2 or 3 packs each time).  The highlights are below:

We'll start with a couple from 2010 Panini Certified:

Bernie Kosar Game Used Jersey Patch, #082/250

Jordan Shipley NFL Players Rookie Premiere Jersey Patch and Auto #421/599

Next, an auto from 2010 Panini Gridiron Gear of one of your SUPER BOWL CHAMPION Green Bay Packers!:


Switching over to baseball, a nice pull from 2010 Topps T206:

Jimmy Rollins Mini Jersey Patch, with Pinstripe~!

A card I won in a price-guessing contest:

1960 Fleer Baseball Greats, in surprisingly good shape!

And finally, 3 cards of guys that hopefully make it to the bigs one day:

This one came from 2010 Topps Pro Debut Series 2.  Greg Halman is an outfielder in the Seattle Mariners organization.  Last year he hit .243 with 33 HRs and 80 RBIs for AAA Tacoma.  He spent the last week of the season with the Mariners last year.

2010 Bowman Platinum Auto Refractor, #150/199

Justin Marks was drafted out of the University of Louisville by the Oakland A's in the 3rd round of the 2009 draft (he was previously drafted in the 37th round of the 2006 draft by the Red Sox).  He was named Big East Pitcher of the Year for 2009.  He appears to have not had much success in two stops at Single-A Stockton and Kane County, going a combined 6-13 with a 4.87 ERA in 129 innings, but it was only his first year of pro ball.  This past November he was part of a trade that sent him and pitcher Vin Mazzaro to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for outfielder David DeJesus.

2010 Bowman Platinum Auto Patch Refractor, #136/740

Noe Ramirez is currently a junior with Cal State Fullerton.  He is ranked 28th on Baseball America's 2011 Top 100 College Draft Prospects.  As part of the 2010 USA Collegiate National Team he had 9 relief appearances, logging 5 saves and recording a 2.70 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 13.1 innings of work.  He struck out the side in the 9th inning of a 3-pitcher no hitter against Korea on July 15, 2010.

The scans of the Justin Marks and Noe Ramirez cards don't really do justice to how nice these look in person, both are very shiny refractors.

I also pulled a Prince Fielder mini, a Prince Fielder Bronze T206 parallel, and a Jordy Nelson rookie from 2008 Topps football.
I may be going to another Pack Wars event this week, but I'll be hard pressed to top this haul~!


  1. Wow that is impressive. I think I pulled that same Burnett rookie Auto this year. Nice Certified pulls too!

  2. Hey did you steal that cat from one of my blogs? :) I stole him too.

  3. Heh, actually yes I did. I tried to find something different that would fit, but ultimately that picture summed up my mood too perfectly to pass up. :)

  4. As a Mariners fan who's been to some Rainiers games, that is a nice looking Halman card.