Monday, July 9, 2012

Garza Gold Rush

Last week the mailman brought me my latest 2012 Gold Rush card...

....Matt Garza.  He's the third Cub out of the 100 Gold Rush cards, but the only one in Series Two.  Sandberg and Castro were included in the first series.

It will be interesting to see if the Cubs keep Garza or deal him for prospects.  He's still a couple years away from free agency, so that would be a reason to keep him.  But for a year there has been talk of him generating a lot of interest from other GMs.  I'm not sure what the big deal is.  In his time with the Cubs, his record is a mediocre 14-17.  He's under .500 for his entire career, though his ERA is only 3.88.

Back to the Gold Rush cards....there were 10,000 packs of 5 cards available with Series Two.  All it takes to get the pack is 50 wrappers from series two packs.  Spend $100, send the wrappers to Topps, and get five cards....such a deal.

No need to bother with the redemption, though.  Most cards can be snagged off of Ebay for a buck or so.

I haven't seen a checklist for the 50 Gold Rush cards from Series Two, so I did some searching on Ebay and put a checklist together.  The players on the 50 cards are from only 23 got completely shut out.  I guess I should be grateful that one Cub made the list.

The shutout seven teams were the A's, Astros, Indians, Pirates, Phillies, Rockies, and White Sox.

The breakdown for the teams included in the sets are:
1 player...Cubs, Mariners, Marlins, Padres, Red Sox, Reds, Twins
2 players....Angels, Braves, Brewers, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Nationals, Padres, Tigers
3 players...Cardinals, Mets, Orioles, Rangers, Rays, Royals, Yankees
4 players...Blue Jays, Giants

Here is the complete Series Two Gold Rush, sorted by team

78Ervin SantanaAngels
89Mike TroutAngels
69J.P. ArencibiaBlue Jays
58Brett LawrieBlue Jays
79Adam LindBlue Jays
62Rickey RomeroBlue Jays
91Craig KimbrelBraves
64Brian McCannBraves
68Aramis RamirezBrewers
63Rickie WeeksBrewers
97Bob GibsonCardinals
52Stan MusialCardinals
95Ozzie SmithCardinals
72Matt GarzaCubs
73Joe SaundersDiamondbacks
57Justin UptonDiamondbacks
75Dee GordonDodgers
55Duke SniderDodgers
86Madison Bumgarner  Giants
93Juan MarichalGiants
96Willie MaysGiants
71Pablo SandovalGiants
53Ken GriffeyMariners
61Giancarlo StantonMarlins
100  Gary CarterMets
65Ike DavisMets
59Jon NieseMets
74Gio GonzalezNationals
60Bryce HarperNationals
82Adam JonesOrioles
80Nick MarkakisOrioles
54Cal RipkenOrioles
66Yonder AlsonsPadres
92Elvis AndrusRangers
88Yu DarvishRangers
77Derek HollardRangers
76Jeremy HellicksonRays
56Evan LongoriaRays
85David PriceRays
87Clay BucholzRed Sox
94Johnny BenchReds
81Billy ButlerRoyals
67Alex GordonRoyals
90Eric HosmerRoyals
84Brennan BoeschTigers
83Rick PorcelloTigers
51Harmon KillebrewTwins
98Don MattinglyYankees
70Ivan NovaYankees
99Paul O'NeillYankees


  1. These lists are great! Thanks for the help! Just FYI, Madison Bumgardner should be listed as a Giant, not a Padre. Although that would be nice if they were able to get him!