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 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??? ;)


  1. Haha, I like that. It shows the value in not buying the wax. Not as fun, I guess, but I paid just under double what you did, ended up with 6 relics, alot less base cards and some other pretty cool inserts & minis. Now, I got two dud boxes, so the argument could be your gambling - sometimes you get something way more valuable. But I don't think this product had the value - it seems like very few people got a great hit they could flip to put a significant dent into what they paid for their box / case.

  2. I like the way you think!

  3. Well, you got me there. But I like fun, too.

  4. Way to get the most bang for your buck! Cool post. Unfortunately you didn't get to enjoy the thrill of a John Lackey or Billy Butler relic though.