I was at AJ’s Sports Cards (in Vienna, VA) last week to purchase a shoebox for Chris and could not help but grab four packs of ’08 A&G. It’s a good thing I did, because I pulled an elusive Mako Shark mini card. Some may find the “World’s Deadliest Sharks” mini cards a bit gimmicky, but I like the sub-set and enjoyed pulling this card. I’m very excited to see what sub-sets will find their way into the ’09 A&G set. Personally, I’d like to see a SP set of famous ballparks. I enjoy trying to put the ’08 base set together, but I get tired of pulling “dupes” and getting minimum “hits” in return. I feel like the product runs it’s course after 2 hobby boxes and a blaster.
Thursday night, Chris, Drew, Woody, and I will be opening up 2 boxes of ’07 Fleer Ultra SE and 1 box of ’07 UD Masterpieces. Chris and I will be sure to post our hits ASAP.
The Twinkies still remain very quiet this off-season. I love that Kubel was signed for 2 years with a 3rd year option. He was a monster in the minors and his knee problem in ’04 really set him back; however, I feel like that is finally behind him and he is finding his power stroke again. In 463 at bats last year he hit 20 HRs, second on the team behind Morneau (23). This is the year Kubel becomes a household name, mark my words. In setup man news, Jesse Crain doesn’t want to see Minnesota bring in another reliever (i.e. Gagne). Crain said he feels like the job is his for the taking and I’m going to believe him. He is two years removed from his shoulder surgery and was throwing gas toward the end of last year.