More discount Allen & Ginter

2008AGMiniBlackburn2I’ve been working feverishly to catalog my collection so that trading can run more smoothly. Thus far I’m about 550 cards in, and I’ve not really scratched the surface. Anyway, that’s part of the explanation for my lack of posts lately. If you care to see the trade list, check out it out here. (<- link) I’ll eventually be using this Excel spreadsheet via Google Docs instead of a separate page on this blog. Most of the stuff listed there are inserts from the 90s through today. As I said, I’ve got a ton more to add, so stay tuned as I will update you every time I add another 100 cards or so.

So yeah, as the title of this piece suggests, I found some more discount Allen & Ginter at Target. These are 2008 packs that were marked down to $1.59 each and placed in the “Power Pack” boxes. I found 11 packs which means … DING DING DING … some searcher got to these early and removed one of the packs. Typically Target’s distributor delivers one or two Power Pack discount boxes per shipment. In each one are six packs of any given brand. In short, there should have been a total of 12 Allen & Ginter packs because this Target received a double shipment of discount packs.

I’ll say upfront that these packs reveal why pack searching these days is almost a waste of time. I’m sure the guy who got to these early is plenty happy with his Jeff Francoeur jersey cards; but I pulled something that not even the most savvy pack searcher could have found without opening the pack. Can you say Bazooka back!? Keep reading for the break …

Pack 1: Vlad Guerrero, Ben Sheets, Brad Hawpe, A&G Back MINI Billy Mitchell, Ginter Code Ad card, Oscar Wilde, Bigfoot

Buddy Christ has a baseball card.

Buddy Christ has a baseball card.

Pack 2: Freddy Sanchez, Brian Bannister, Billy Butler, MINI Rich Thompson, Chone Figgins, Rampage Jackson

Pack 3: Eric Byrnes, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Carlos Pena, BLACK MINI Pete Webber, Ginter Code Ad card, Kerir Strug, Bonnie Blair

The Godfather also has a baseball card.

The Godfather also has a baseball card.

Pack 4: Frank Thomas, Takashi Saito, Gary Mathews, SP Randy Johnson, BLACK MINI Jeff Niemann, USA Barry Zito, Davy Crockett

Pack 5: Jose Valverde, David Eckstein, Brian McCann, SP Kevin Youkilis,SP MINI Allen Fisher, USA Chase Utley, Checklist 2, Chin-Lung Hu

The arm of fisher's opponent here looks phallic.

The arm of fisher's opponent here looks phallic.Poor guy.

Pack 6: Trevor Hoffman, Wily Mo Pena, Rickie Weeks, MINI Chase Utley, USA Nick Markakis, Garrett Atkins, Jeremy Bonderman

Pack 7: Yunel Escobar, Miguel Cabrera, Jim Thome, Mini Billy Wagner, Ross Ohlendorf, Rich Thompson

Pack 8: Johan Santana, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, MINI WORLD’S DEADLIEST SHARKS Tiger Shark, Tadahito Iguchi, Jose Vidro

Solid pull from a retail pack.

Solid pull from a retail pack.

Pack 9: James Loney, Luis Gonzalez, SP Dave Roberts, SP MINI Brandon Wood, USA Ken Griffey Jr., James Fenimore Cooper, Johnny Cueto

Pack 10: Troy Glaus, Adam Dunn, Manny Ramirez, Kelly Johnson, Mini Carlos Guillen, Ginter Code Ad card, Golden Gate Bridge

Pack 11: Todd Helton, Melvin Mora, Prince Fielder, SP Phil Hughes, BAZOOKA BACK MINI Nick Blackburn 07/25, USA Jacoby Elsbury, Pablo Picasso

Suck it, pack searchers!

Suck it, pack searchers!

Comments: Beat the odds again. I love these Bazooka back mini cards, and the ballpoint pen numbering is just awesome. The minis are really what draw me to this set time and time again. While most of the minis aren’t worth a lot, I feel that they’re design and size kind of give it an authentic feel from more than a century ago. I’m also pleased to report that within these packs I was able to knock out three more cards from this ’08 set. I think I’m down to eight cards or so, five of which are shortprints.

2 Responses to “More discount Allen & Ginter”

  1. For a minute, I thought you pulled a whole bunch of black-bordered minis in those 11 packs. Then I realized the background the card was scanned on was black.

    I need to wake up before I start reading blogs.

  2. Two in 11 packs is pretty good. 🙂

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