Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What are the odds?

Contestant Matt, of Bubba's Bangin' Batch of Baseball Bits, recently purchased a case of this year's A&G.  He posted a close up of a hobby pack which includes the "Approximate odds per pack of finding" specific card subsets.

With much arm twisting I was able to wrangle permission from him to present that image here.

*Base Card Glossy Parallel 1:3,626

Base Card Mini Parallels
Allen & Ginter Back 1:5
Black-Bordered 1:10
No Number 1:73
*Brooklyn Back 1:146
*Wood 1:1,900
*Glossy 1:4,258
Short Print 1:13
Short Print Allen & Ginter Back 1:65
Short Print Black-Bordered 1:130
*Metal 1:2,219
*Printing Plate 1:415
*Cloth 1:433

Full-Size Relics
Version A 1:24
Version B 1:24

Framed Mini Relic 1:122
Ancient Rome Relic 1:1,110
*Ancient Rome Relic Silver Coin Parallel 1:70,496
Framed Mini Autograph 1:48
*Framed Mini Red Autograph 1:1,295
*Black Framed Mini Autograph 1:382
*Framed Allen & Ginter Originals 1:6,679
*Dual Player Book Card 1:6,475
*Single Player Book Card 1:1,627
*Cut Signature 1:45,319
*Rip Card 1:180
*Double Rip Card 1:720

Full-Size Inserts
Baseball Legends 1:5
Natural Wonders 1:5

Mini Inserts
U.S. Mayors 1:11
Subways and Streetcars 1:25
Laureates of Peace 1:38
Ferocious Felines 1:25
Skippers 1:288
Greenland Explorer 1:26,436

Framed Employee Edition Autograph 1:14,100

key: * = Sequentially Numbered

So, there you go.  This will help me greatly when I start to put together the points and complete the rules, which will probably happen at about 10pm this Sunday.  Maybe 11pm.

Monday, July 18, 2016

We have a sponsor!

Once again, Topps has agreed to sponsor this little thing called Gint-A-Cuffs.  And by "sponsor" I mean that they'll be supplying some of the prize material. 

A BIG thanks to them for that.

Last week they released the checklist (pdf file).  If history has taught us anything it is that the checklist is not complete.

I've started to work on the official 2016 rules.  Of course, I'll be needing some help.  A high resolution scan of the back of a hobby pack would be helpful.  You know, to get the odds.

Here's some relevant info on the start and stop of GAC.
The 2016 Gint-A-Cuffs contest will officially start at 12:01am, Eastern,  Monday August 1, 2016.  Participants can join until then.  The participants are to provide their own hobby box of Topps Allen & Ginter cards.

All cards that score points, either positive or negative, are to be shown on the participant's blog.  The participant shall keep a per pack score and a running total.  After having scored their whole hobby box, they shall comment on the Leader Board page.  Final scores shall be submitted no later than 11:59pm, Eastern, Friday, September 30, 2016.
So, I declare Gint-A-Cuffs VIII sign up officially open.  Hop over to the 2016 Participants page and leave a comment that you're in, the name of your Favorite Player and your Favorite Team.  I'll be updating the side column when you all start signing up.

And bribes are back.  Well, they never really went away.  Matter of fact, some relative of an Olympian still owes me.  Promises, promises.  And the Commissioner never forgets.  Well, I rarely remember.  Yeah, that's the ticket.

Did I already thank Topps for being a sponsor?  I did?  Okay.  It never hurts to do it again.