The first two entries in my TMS-A-R contest came in the mail this afternoon. I received one from Thomas Harrington of Illinois, but first, this package from John Holland of John's Old School Breaks.
Because these two guys had the courage to send in their packages first, I'm giving them both a double points bonus. It pays to be an early bird.
With a name like Old School Breaks, I'm expecting a lot of "Old School" cards. Let's get cracking.
#1 1997 SPx Bound for Glory Mark McGwire (/1500)
1997 was back when SPx was still somewhat collectible. Seven Points
#2-20 Nine different 1998 Flair Showcase "Row 1" base cards
Livan Hernandez, Tony Gywnn, Paul Molitor, Travis Fryman, Gary Sheffield, Edgardo Alfonzo, Raul Mondesi, Fred McGriff, and Bernard Gilkey. 18 points
#11-13 Three different 1998 Flair Showcase "Row 0" base cards
These three base cards are all serial numbered: Sheffield, Mike Lieberthal, and Jim Edmonds. 12 points
#14 1998 Flair Showcase Wave of the Future Travis Lee
Waves of the Future were made of a thick clear plastic that had a glitter-enhanced oil embedded into the card. Trippy. Bonus points for a secret set card.
Five points + another five for being from a "secret set."
#15 1998 E-X 2001 Cheap Seat Treats Tony Clark
This card is die-cut to look like an old stadium seat, and has a flap that folds out. Five points
#16-18 Three 1999 Black Diamond Mystery Numbers inserts
All cards from this 30-card set are serial numbered to the cards set number, multiplied by 100. For example, the card of Jaret Wright John sent me is number 23 in the set, and is serial numbered to 2300. He also sent me Orlando Hernandez (/2600) and Andres Galarraga (/2900). 21 points
#19 1999 Skybox Thunder Unleashed Adrian Beltre
The Unleashed cards are made to look like a box of Wheaties. Five Points
#20 2000 SP Authentic Cornerstones NOE-MAH!
Like SPx before, SP Authentic is a set that has ceased to be collectible. The 2000 set was a pretty cool set though. Five Points
So there you have it. John of Old School Breaks puts up a score of 83 points. Add in the double-point early bird bonus, and John is your clubhouse leader with 166 points!