Thursday, January 10, 2008

Top 5 Pulls of 2007 #1

Enough with the distraction of what the dad from A Christmas Story would call "politics slop," it's time for some real card stuff. I realize that it's the tenth day of 2008, so I can't hold back my top pull of 2007 any longer.

Card: 2007 Topps Allen & Ginter #RC47 Prince Fielder Rip Card (16/99)
From: Hobby Box

Self-restraint. This is the personality characteristic I needed to practice after pulling this card. As my fiancee points out on a weekly basis, I have something in my head that, come mealtime, tells me to stop eating before I become painfully full. This allows me to maintain about the same weight I was at when I was 18. Luckily, the same servo kicked in when it came to Prince here. On another blog (mine was just in its infancy at the time), I announced that I had gotten this card, and then asked whether or not to rip it. The response was overwhelmingly in favor or tearing this mother open to see what's inside. It was a tough couple of nights, but maybe it was a box of 1990 Donruss that got me through the shakes, the dry heaves, and, worst of all, the sweats.

Lesson learned, kids: When you're ripping, stay away from the hard stuff, or you won't respect yourself in the morning.

In any case, the card still stands as it was packaged, unripped. It may stay that way for decades. During that time, I encourage all of the other 98 holders of this card to tear it wide, wider than the cavernous depths at the junction of a porn star's thighs.

As newer readers might not know, this blog originates out of Milwaukee. With Topps' stated odds of 1:12 boxes containing any rip card whatsoever, I consider myself extremely lucky to pull the emerging star from my home team. I only hope that 2008 will contain a few pulls to rival this one.


dayf said...

Wow, you held off on opening it, eh? I'm impressed. I thought I had self control for never opening my 1997 Pinnacle Inside Gold Chipper Jones can, but that's nothin' compared to this!

AlbuqwirkE said...

I wonder what gloriousness is contained within...

Jeff said...

I think the 2006 cards could be "x-rayed" by holding them up to a really bright light. Supposedly they fixed this in 2007, but who knows? I guess that's sort of the fine line between pack searching and hedging your bet. Regardless, it's an awesome pull, and odds are that eventually your intact Fielder will seel for more than just about any card you can pull from it.