Let's play America's missing for awhile game, Sox Or No Sox.
The rules are simple. We take one unopened pack of baseball cards that was randomly selected by yours truly. We then go through the pack card by card looking for those elusive White Sox cards.
Along the way, there are two tricky and abundant traps to look out for. The first trap is the Cubs card. While hailing from Chicago, it is definitely not a Chicago White Sox card. The second trap is the Red Sox card. While technically a Sox card, it is vastly different than a White Sox card. Both traps are not necessarily bad things, but they get in the way of the games true goal: to find White Sox cards.
1/2 point is awarded for each card in the pack. 1 point is deducted from the score for each trap card. 1/2 point is taken away for each pointless mirror card. 1 point is given for any parallel. 2 points are awarded for each relic or autographed card (only 1 point awarded for a relic or autographed trap card). 2 points are given for each White Sox card.
Our player in tonight's game is a 2010 Topps Chrome pack. The pack contains 4 cards and features Tim Lincecum on the wrapper. Very cool. Let's begin.
#1: Marco Scutaro - 15 - Boston Red Sox
Off to a wonderful start here. Minus one point!
#2: Tommy Hanson – 8 – Atlanta Braves
An X-Fractor! Plus 1 point!
Halfway through the pack. Scutaro... um yeah. Shiny, shiny Braves player. No Sox cards, one trap, nobody even close to Chicago. 2 cards left to go. Let’s see if we can get a White Sox card!
#3: Adam Jones – 10 – Baltimore Orioles
A very good player on a pretty poor team. Hopefully the Orioles will start to get better, along with my fortunes.
#4: Ken Griffey Jr. – 28 – Seattle Mariners
The Griffey era is sadly over.
OK, our pack opening is complete. This pack was so-so. At least an elusive X-Fractor managed to sneak in! There was a former White Sox player, albeit for just slightly over two months. As much as I like to think that Marco Scutaro shouldn't belong in an abbreviated set like this, here he is mocking me and taking away a point.
So, that’s ½ point for each card in the pack, -1 for the Red Sox card, +1 for the X-Fractor card.
Final score: 2 points
No White Sox cards in this game, but there's always next time on Sox Or No Sox.