Friday, June 16, 2017

Stupid Sexy Kershaw

I didn't have allergies of any kind (food, medicine, etc) until last spring when iI started to wake up congested with a runny nose. I honestly thought I just had a cold because what else could it be?  After this pattern of waking up congested continued for several weeks, it dawned on me; I developed allergies.  I did not know that was possible to happen as an adult.

I have not had myself tested for allergies but I'm 99% sure it's the pollen that makes me allergic.  I take over-the-counter allergy medicine, which does the trick, leading me to believe my suspicious are correct.

Other than "this sort of thing just happens," the only other culprit I can think of is that two years prior, I started spending a lot of time working in my yard.  Maybe all the weeding triggered something in my immune system? I'm not bothered while working out in the yard, even now, so it's hard to say.

This allergy season I had been trying to go at it alone but after sneezing throughout the day I decided I finally needed to start taking allergy medication.  While at the store Thursday evening I found one thing I am certainly not allergic too: opening up baseball card packs.

I was surprised to see these packs in the store because Series 2 was only released on Wednesday.  It's usually at least a week before new products show up in my grocery store.

I still do not care much for the 2017 design but Kershaw was calling out to me.  Stupid sexy Kershaw.

At $2 a pack, I bought two packs hoping for a nice rookie or insert.

Former Mariner Jabari Blash is currently trying to find his bat in AAA.  

Severino is pitching really well for the Yankees so far.  5-2 with a 2.75 ERA.  His strikeouts are up and his walks are down.

The two rookies of the pack.  I'm now happy when I see Padres cards.  Renfroe looks to be a mainstay in the Padres lineup for the future. 

The rainbow foil parallels are a slightly tougher pull than the gold parallels at 1:10 odds versus 1:7 odds. Nice and shiny in person.

The one insert of the pack is from Topps Salute.  This insert has no coherent theme with rookies, veterans, and legends all mixed together.  The only thing I like about the insert set is the photos of players in special game jerseys.  I think this is a Mets alternate uniform so if it is, this photo gets a pass from me.

That's it for pack 1.  Onto pack 2!

None of these names are jumping out at me.  I must not be paying enough attention to baseball this year. I can't blame it on these guys being from the NL either because there are only two NL cards.

I love the First Pitch inserts.  However, Ty Pennington is known for being a dick and Guaranteed Rate Field is a terrible name.  This card gets a huge thumbs down from me.

Speaking of terrible names, I'm worried that the Mariners will get a new, horrible name.  "Safeco Field" will cease to exist following the 2018 Season as Safeco has decided to let the naming rights expire.  We will get Amazon Prime Field? Starbucks Grounds? Costco Field with $1.50 hot dogs and soda? Windows 95 Stadium? Only time will tell.

I just pulled his base rookie so why not his 1987 insert rookie!

B-B-B-Bonus C-C-C-Card! It's a bronze stamped 1990 Topps Buyback.  A first round draft pick, Morris had a mediocre seven-year career in the Majors. I'm sure much as been said about this design already so I'm not going to rehash it.  I don't even know if I like or hate the design.

Nothing marvelous in these two packs but they scratched the itch for some new product.

Any and all of these cards are up for grabs! Just let me know.


  1. be fair, Starbucks Grounds would be a pretty sweet name... nothing to do with baseball, sure. But still excellent.

    1. Yeah that actually wouldn't be that bad of a name