Friday, August 5, 2011
Gint-A-Cuffs, Wrigley Wax Style
I've enjoyed reading the Gint-A-Cuffs battles among the bloggers over the past three years. But I've always been on the sidelines because, well, because I'm a cheapskate. I just can't bring myself to buy a hobby box....
....knowing that I won't end up with a complete set and knowing that I'll be getting hits of non-Cubs.
So I've always gone the route of buying sets and relics off of Ebay. While I miss the excitement of ripping through 24 packs, I also skip the disappointment of doubles and the lack of Cubs.
This year, just for the heck of it, I decided to see how I would have fared in Gint-A-Cuffs with the stuff that I did buy. First, I went to Blowout Cards to see what they were getting for a hobby box of 2011 Ginter. It was going for $78 per box. Then, I came up with a list of what I bought that equaled that price. For $82.95 I got a complete set of 2011 Ginter including the short prints, the Hometown Heroes set, the Baseball Highlights Sketches set, and 8 of the 11 Cubs relics cards.
The next step was to head to the official Gint-A-Cuffs rules for the scoring to see how I did. Here's what I came up with:
Base Cards -- 153 points
11 points -- +1 Your favorite team base cards..I got all 11 Cubs
4 points-- + 4 Your favorite player base card...Starlin Castro
48 points-- +2 Other favorite player base cards...I got the favorites of the 24 participants
-11 points-- -1 Any Yankees card...got all 11 Yankee base
100 points-- +2 Short Print base card....I got all 50
-4 points-- -1 for Holtz, Turasi, McEnroe, and Auriemma
+4 points-- +1 for Solo, Mullins, Petty, and Vitale
+1 point-- +1 for Chuck Wollery
Mini Cards -- 0 points
Other Inserts -- 260 Points
93 points-- +1 Hometown Heroes (-1 Yankees)...100 cards - 7 Yankees = 93
71 points-- +3 Baseball Sketches (-1 Yankees)..(25 cards x 3) - 4 Yankees = 71
96 points-- +10 Relics, and 1.2 multiplier for favorite team...(8 Cubs x 10) x 1.2
Box Toppers / Loaders -- 0 Points
GRAND TOTAL....413 Points
The rules also state that all cards that score points must be shown on the blog. That is going to be a little tough, so I'm going to improvise.
There, that's the binder will all of the cards. The relics are here. The rest of the pictures are of a random page from the binder of base cards, SPs, Sketches, and Hometown Heroes.
I think that 413 points is a pretty decent total. Did I win??? ;)