I come into this post with a very respectable 43 points. Let's see what I can add to that total.
It's not a great pack for the Hiatus team, but it could have been worse. First off, we have one of the generic full-size inserts from the Natural Wonders series, the Moeraki Boulders (which I have now learned are spherical, hollow boulders formed by calcite combining with sedimentation to create a natural cement-like -- and almost perfectly round -- boulders along the coast of New Zealand). That interesting formation is worth 2 points to me.
The other card is my first Yankee, Ivan Nova. Normally, that would mean "negative one" but Nova is a short print. Therefore, his card is still worth a point despite his general Yankee-ness. He still drags the pack down to just 3 points.
TOTAL POINTS: 46
After that pack, I'm hoping for a rebound.
That's not too bad.
We start off with Carlos Gomez, one of my favorite current Brewers who I'm sure would probably annoy the hell out of me if he weren't a Brewer. Since he is, I get 1 point. Next, I have a Jason Grilli Short Print, and his smiling face is hidden to display what really matters to us here -- the 2 points for the short print.
Then, the pack racks up another 2 points for the Giant's Causeway, an incredibly cool rock formation that I'd like to see someday -- perhaps as a part of this Viator tour that combines a whiskey tasting at the famous Old Bushmills Distillery with going to the rocks.
Finally, I get one of the 1 in 5 packs "Larger than Life" mini of Johnny Appleseed. I'm not sure where his seeds are, but this card gave me 3 points and a total of 8 points for the pack.
TOTAL POINTS: 54
Yes, that was better. Much better. One more pack, and that will be the end of this post. Let's see what's inside:
And Ivan Nova's ugly head rears again, this time in short-printed mini form. It's a normal type -- no other accoutrements -- so it's +3 for the short-print mini and -1 for the Yankee to net 2 points.
Otherwise, it's a short-print full-sized Harmon Killebrew for 2 points and a full-sized insert of Buenos Aires. My wife and I considered going to Buenos Aires for our honeymoon a few years ago; we decided instead to go to Spain. But that said, I've heard great things and awful things about the city -- they love steak and meat (great!) and they have bad crime problems in which tourists regularly are targeted (awful!) -- so we chose to go elsewhere.
Anyway, Buenos Aires here is a 2-point card, which brings the pack total to 6 points.
TOTAL POINTS: 60
If I could keep up this pace, I'd be on track for a very good box score. I doubt that that will happen, but I can hope.