Father/Daughter Pack Wars pits my retail selection skills up against that of my two and a half-year-old daughter. We each select the same number of packs, and based on whoever has the best top five, a winner will be chosen. My daughter, once again picked out 2011 Bowman. I, after the Mavericks won the championship, decided to go with 2010-2011 Panini Classics. Here's what we got.
5.Troy Tulowitzki Finest Futures
4. Joe Mauer Gold
3. Josh Hamilton
2. Aroldis Chapman Gold
1. Ichiro Bowman's Best
The names were definitely there, with a base of 2010 AL MVP Josh Hamilton and gold parallels of Joe Mauer and Reds rookie Aroldis Chapman. The Tulowitzki insert was nice, too, but the big card of the pack was definitely the Ichiro. I love the Bowman's Best cards this year. The chrome works really well with the design and it reminds me of some of the inserts we saw int he late '90s, without going overboard.
5. Pau Gasol
4. Kevin Love
3. Derrick Rose
2. Oscar Robertson/Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Classic Combos
1. David Lee Timeless Tributes (2/25)
The cards were good. A few stars, including the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player. The big two were a beautiful-looking insert of Oscar and Kareem and, of course, the David Lee Timeless Tributes with an incredible low serial number. Being a casual fan, I'm not too familiar with Lee, but judging from how much the Warriors had to give up to acquire him a year ago, the guy must be pretty good.
This one was REALLY close. The Bowman had more inserts and parallels, as well as a great-looking Ichiro, but in the end, a card serial-numbered to 25 take it. It took me three tries, but I finally won a round.
The Score: Matt: 1 The Girl: 2