Friday, May 29, 2015

Group Break 'Winnings'

I broke down and bought an entry in Nachos Grande's group break awhile back. I do that maybe once a year because that's about how long it takes for me to forget that I swore to myself that my 'group break days' are behind me.

I snagged the Orioles and the sets in question were Bowman, a Panini set, Gypsy Queen, Topps Opening Day and Topps Museum. Chris opened and included some bonus packs as well.

That card up top is the fanciest card I 'pulled'. A mini chromey Bowman of Oriole minor leaguer Chance Sisco. I'll be the first to admit that I don't follow the Orioles minor leaguers very closely so it's no surprise that I don't know Sisco. But checking on him shows that he had a very hot ride through the lower levels of 'A' ball but has hit a snag this season, hardly playing and hardly hitting when he does play. Maybe he's hurt. I hope it's just a bump in the road.

The other Bowmans included these:

Currently injured Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey.

Daniel Alvarez, another up and comer.

JJ Hardy. I picked him up in my fantasy draft and waited for him to come off the DL. But when he did he didn't do enough fast enough so I let him go. Dropping one of your favorite players is the first sign you are taking fantasy baseball seriously.

Chris Davis. Over the last three days he's hit a homer about every twenty minutes. That's good.

Christian Walker. He's at AAA right now. And doesn't appear to be an immeriate threat to Chris Davis' job. Maybe some day.

The last of that group are cards of Carl Yastrzemski's grandson, Mike. I had a brief 'Hey, how ya doing?' encounter with him this spring in Ft. Meyers. Seemed like a nice enough kid. And he played in each of the Orioles games I saw down there. I hope he has a future in Charm City.

I received a trio of Panini Diamond Kings. Always good to add a Machado card.

Another Christian Walker card.

Topps Opening Day cards are next. I don't pretend to understand what the Opening Day set is all about but the 2015 design is sort of growing on me. I know a lot of folks love it so I figure I've been the odd guy out. But it's winning me over. I think seeing a bunch of Orioles in a row helps.


Tillman either gets better or the Orioles have no chance of winning even the AL East.

This one has chrome lettering. I guess that's special? But the fact that it's a card of Tommy Hughes makes it less special.

I also got a bunch of Gypsy Queens. I'm on the fence on this set, too. But they are Orioles so they are fine.

Two different Ripken minis.

Satchel Paige, posing in Yankee Stadium.

I got two sizes of Chris Davis. The mini represents his 2014 season, the other his 2013 season.


And someone I'd describe as a 'frenemy'.

And Chris tossed in some vintagy things.

The 2007 cards are from a year I wasn't collecting. In fact I was barely checking the Orioles. In 1991 I was following baseball but I'd gotten burned out on cards.

I was shut out on the Topps Museum box which was to be expected. Not many cards in a box I think.

So there you have it. Group Break 2015.


  1. FYI: The one Ripken mini is a short print only available in the mini boxes in Gypsy Queen hobby boxes.

    1. Bingo. Well, that's cool.I need to start putting these minis in a binder. Gotta grab some pages to fit at the show this weekend.