Patrick here… back with my wrestling referee shirt!

The first ever Topps Tier One Checklist Battle Royale is just getting started and we already have our first elimination. As a punishment for a bad throw yesterday, a play that ruined Clayton Kershaw’s chance at a perfect game, all other 59 cards ganged up and threw the Hanley Ramirez Bat Knob card over the third rope!

This will be a costly error as the first elimination is also one of the crown jewel of the complete checklist. Eliminating a 1/1 Bat Knob card as the first casualty hurts me a lot, but it has to be done!

First ever elimination: Hanley Ramirez Bat Knob card!

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Not The Actual 2014 Hanley Ramirez Bat Knob card, but one from a previous year sold on eBay

As the remaining 59 cards watch the eliminated Ramirez card walk away from the ring, we are reminded of what almost happened yesterday. Kershaw came this close to perfection and registered a no hitter! By the way, how is a pitcher less perfect when the runner is on base because of a throwing error. Then again, the other way to see this is that a perfect game often is 95% pitcher and 5% fielders! Many great pitchers like Steve Carlton never achieved perfection. Carlton did not even register a no hitter in his illustrious career! As if taking their queue from this fact, three pitcher cards walk to the Carlton Prodigious Patches card and grab the legend from all angles, trying to eliminate the Hall of Famer. The Livan Hernandez Acclaimed Autograph card, the Tim Lincecum Bat Knob and the Randy Johnson/Pedro Martinez Montreal Expos themed card team up and try to throw the Carlton card over the third rope. As if reacting to protect a fellow Phillies pitcher, the Cliff Lee All Star Relic card runs to the rescue… unfortunately arriving too late as the Steve Carlton Prodigious Patch card is thrown over the rope and to the ground.

Second elimination: Steve Carlton Prodigious Patch Card.

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Coming in strong from his unsuccessful save rescue, Cliff Lee All Star Relic clothesline the Livan Hernandez Acclaimed Autograph out of the ring!

Third elimination: Livan Hernandez Acclaimed Autograph.

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Good thing for me as Hernandez is a player from the dark days of my beloved Expos. He represented What Was instead of What Could Have Been! Cliff Lee himself is part of the Expos alternate future history as he was traded away from their farm system when they acquired Bartolo Colon in 2002.

(Don’t you all act like you didn’t know there was going to be a strong Expos story to this Battle Royale thingy!!!)

Tonight’s episode ends with the Cliff Lee All Star Relic Card looking for vengeance against the Randy Johnson/ Pedro Martinez dual autographs! That is what we call a CliffLeeHanger folks!

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Tonight’s Elimination Recap:

1- Hanley Ramirez Bat Knob Card eliminated by the other 59 cards as a Kangaroo Court punishment for screwing with the Kershaw Almost Perfect Game!

2- Steve Carlton Prodigious Patch Card eliminated by the Randy Johnson/Pedro Marrinez Dual Autograph card (two former Expos properties on a single card), the Livan Hernandez Acclaimed Autograph card and the Tim Lincecum Bat Knob card.

3- Livan Hernandez Acclaimed Autograph Card eliminated by the Cliff Lee All Star Relic as a retribution for the Carlton job!

Tomorrow: two cards eliminated on Twitter and one in Prime Time on waxcracker.com!

(eliminated card pictures are not my actual box hits, only the final survivors will be my revealed hits!)

Still in the Topps Tier One Checklist Battle Royale:

1 Anthony Rizzo New Guard Autograph
2 Billy Butler Acclaimed Autograph
3 Billy Hamilton Autograph Dual Patch Relic
4 Bo Jackson Autograph
5 Buster Posey Autograph Relic
6 C.J. Wilson Acclaimed Autograph
7 Carlos Baerga Acclaimed Autograph
8 Christian Yelich New Guard Autograph
9 Cliff Lee All Star Relic
10 David Ortiz Acclaimed Autograph
11 David Wright Bat Knob
12 Dennis Eckersley / Dave Stewart Dual Autograph Relic Book
13 Didi Gregorius New Guard Silver Ink Autograph
14 Dylan Bundy / Manny Machado / Adam Jones Triple Autographs
15 Edwin Encarnacion Relic
16 Enny Romero New Guard Autograph
17 Eric Davis Red Ink Autograph
18 Freddie Freeman Autographed Prodigious Patch Relic
19 Gary Sheffield Relics Legend
20 Graig Nettles Acclaimed Autograph
21 Hanley Ramirez Bat Knob
22 Jason Heyward Acclaimed Autograph
23 Jay Bruce Autographed Bat Knob
24 Jeff Bagwell Acclaimed Autograph
25 Jim Rice Acclaimed Autograph
26 Joey Votto Relic
27 John Smoltz Acclaimed Autograph
28 Jorge Posada Autographed Bat Knob
29 Jose Abreu New Guard Autograph
30 Jose Bautista Autograph Relic
31 Julio Teheran New Guard Autograph
32 Lee Smith Acclaimed Autograph
33 Livan Hernandez Acclaimed Autograph
34 Madison Bumgarner New Guard Autograph
35 Mariano Rivera / Jorge Posada  Dual Autographs
36 Mark McGwire Autograph
37 Matt Davidson New Guard Autograph
38 Matt Williams Red Ink Autograph
39 Max Scherzer Prodigious Patches
40 Miguel Cabrera Acclaimed Autograph
41 Mike Greenwell Acclaimed Autograph
42 Mike Olt New Guard Red Ink Autograph
43 Mike Schmidt Autograph
44 Nomar Garciaparra Relics Legend
45 Ozzie Smith Autograph
46 Peter Bourjos New Guard Autograph
47 Prince Fielder Relic
48 Rafael Palmeiro Acclaimed Autograph
49 Randy Johnson / Pedro Martinez Dual Autographs
50 Rickey Henderson Autograph Dual Patch Relic
51 Robinson Cano All Star Relic
52 Steve Carlton Prodigious Patches
53 Tim Lincecum Bat Knob
54 Tim Raines Acclaimed Autograph
55 Troy Tulowitzki Relic
56 Wade Boggs Autograph Relic
57 Wil Myers New Guard Autograph
58 Wilin Rosario New Guard Red Ink Autograph
59 Willie Mays Autograph
60 Yoenis Cespedes Triple Swatch Relic