Patrick back with an update on the ongoing Tier One Checklist Battle Royale!
As we left the action earlier this week, the Expos-Phillies Rivalry was still going on strong as the Randy Johnson / Pedro Martinez Dual Autograph card was fighting strong against the raging Cliff Lee All Star Relic!
Also, a mysterious quickster was believed to be responsible for sneaky attacks on unsuspecting cards. All finger were pointed at the Billy Hamilton Autographed Dual Patch Relic.
On Sunday, via Twitter, news came in the afternoon that the Didi Gregorius New Guard Silver Ink Redemption had been eliminated.
Well it turns out that the Battle Royale has a new subplot as the many young “New Guard” cards have started fighting amongst themselves, believing that if one could make it to the end, it was probably impossible for two of these to survive until the final bell!
From what was reported, the regular “blue-ink” Julio Teheran New Guard Autograph was responsible for Didi’s elimination. However, as the Teheran card was celebrating the elimination, a sneaky Christian Yelich New Guard Autograph came from behind and grappled hard to balance the Teheran card over the top rope and onto the ground.
We will have to keep an eye on these young cards as they are drawing blood at an incredible rate (lookup the checklist at the end of this post to see which of these card is still in the fight!)
And, as was the case for a few earlier eliminations… as the eyes were turned to the New Guard Autograph card, the mysterious quickster striked again and eliminated another former great of the game…
Well as you know if you’ve read the introductionary post of this Battle Royale, this is not only a simple series of post showcasing Tier One cards posted on eBay (although this is exactly where the eliminated cards are coming from…) but also a way to showcase the three (or four) cards I found in my own box of Tier One (these will be the Battle Royale winners!).
The previous Topps box opened around the Pool Table in the Fortin household’s mancave was a box of 2014 Topps Archives and one of the hit was good ol’ Carlos Baerga… so it would have been a weird surprise for me to hit this cool player in two consecutive boxes.
Seing the eliminated Baerga hit the floor reminded all veterans and legends that no one was safe! As everyone turned to the winded Billy Hamilton card (prime suspect in this series of quick eliminations) The Dennis Eckersley / Dave Stewart Dual Autograph Relic Book card pointed to the young speedster and called for everyone to team up against the young base steeler, reminding all that eliminating this card would be best for everyone! The Mark McGwire Autograph card was not going to wait and had already taken care of business… offering everyone the elimination they were asking for…
As soon as he hit the floor, eliminated, the Billy Hamilton Autographed Relic Dual Patch card started to argue for REDEMPTION (get it…?). Pointing to the other side of the ring as another legend had been eliminated during the commotion by the real guilty mysterious speedster who had just thrown Starter and Closer legend John Smoltz Acclaimed Autograph over the top rope and to the ground.
Redemption was complete for the poor Billy Hamilton card, as only one other card was standing on this side of the ring… an aggressive bat still swinging in the air fresh from the big hit delivered at the Smoltz card… At that point, it was clear that the real mysterious quickster was none other than…
… The Rickey Henderson Dual Patch Relic card!
Feeling betrayed by a former teamate, it took The Dennis Eckersley / Dave Stewart Dual Autograph Relic Book and the Mark McGwire Autograph card only a few seconds to avenge the poor accused Hamilton card…. and the last elimination of the eventful day was the Rickey Henderson card. Some will even mention seeing the Yoenis Cespedes Triple Swatch Relic landing a hand as a new faction of A’s player was formed in the ring.
It then took another 3 seconds for all rivalries to be renewed. The Cliff Lee All Star Relic grappled the Johnson / Martinez card and all the chaotic melee involving the New Guard Autographs raged on again.
Even the lowly non autographed relic card started fighting amongst themselves…taking a cue from the New Guard logic and realizing that only one of them, if any, was bound to survive!
Come back tomorrow night as three other cards will be eliminated from the remaining 46 fighters… and you never know what can happen during the day on Twitter @PFO76
Didi Gregorius Silver Ink New Guard Autograph eliminated by fellow New Guard Auto: Braves pitcher Julio Teheran
Julio Teheran New Guard Autograph eliminated by the Christian Yelich New Guard Autograph
Carlos Baerga Acclaimed Autograph eliminated by the mysterious speedster believed to be the Billy Hamilton Autographed Dual Patch Relic.
The Billy Hamilton Autographed Dual Patch Relic Redemption card eliminated on the orders of the Dennis Eckersley / Dave Stewart Dual Autograph Relic Book by the Mark McGwire Autograph card.
John Smoltz Acclaimed Autograph eliminated by the real mysterious speedster: The Rickey Henderson Dual Patch Relic card!
The Rickey Henderson Dual Patch Relic card eliminated by betrayed teammates: the Dennis Eckersley / Dave Stewart Dual Autograph Relic Book and the Mark McGwire Autograph card (with assist by the Yoenis Cespedes Triple Swatch Relic card).
The Remaining Fighters (eliminated cards appear scratched from the list)
|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|