Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Delivery Time! Vintage is Awesome.

Everyone's favorite Mark in the blog-o-sphere has graced my household with another PWE full of vintage-y goodness.  This isn't any old vintage either - it's Cincinnati Reds vintage!

Tommy Helms

The black borders of the 1971 Topps set don't tend to hold up well over time but the card design is quite sharp.  Even better, the photo of Helms features a great cameo of a pair bright yellow light towers.  

Tony Perez

You can't go wrong getting a Tony Perez card in the mail!  The 1973 Topps set might not have any black on the front of the card but it does have a black border on the reverse (and much like the '71 Topps black borders chipping is quite evident).  As for the card itself, I like that the photographer must have made Perez pose for a photo in the middle of the bullpen since you can clearly make out a pitcher warming up right behind Tony.

Clay Carroll  

Our third and final card in the PWE is a 1970 Topps card featuring Reds' pitcher Clay Carroll.  I don't own nearly as many 1970 cards as I do 1971s and 1973s so this one was much appreciated as well!

Thanks for the great PWE Mark - and I hope the Trade Stack made it to you right before my move to my new place.  I'm pleased to say this is my first trade post since my move - so if anyone reading wants to hook me up with more cards please check out my want list and make an offer!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Barry Larkin Collection 304: 1993 Jimmy Dean - #2

Barry Larkin
Year:  1993
Brand:  Jimmy Dean
Card number:  2

The Jimmy Dean card set consists of 28 different cards including one lone Cincinnati Red (Larkin!).  The front of the card features a decent action shot (with the Reds' "C" logo Photoshopped out of the image).  In fact, the only logo on the front of the card is that of the Jimmy Dean sausage company.

The backside of the card includes a classy black and white sketch of Larkin along with career statistics (both of which I like).  For a set that couldn't use team logos, this is a solid offering (and much nicer and classier looking than the 1991 Jimmy Dean set).

Monday, October 27, 2014

Trade Stack 62: The World Series Competitors Square Off in the Trade Stack!

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  10/27/14

I began the 62nd Trade Stack with one of the World Series teams (Royals) but didn't get a single bite.  Perhaps by adding in a Giants' card I'll get someone to nibble on the stack?

If you want the stack, remember - all you need to do is offer up any one card from my want list.  

1993 Topps:
10.  Will Clark - Giants

2008 Upper Deck Goudey:
88.  Billy Butler - Royals

Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  You must leave a comment on the trade stack post in order to claim the card - no more claims via email!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!

Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 01:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 02:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 03:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 04:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 05:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 06:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 07:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 08:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 09:  6 cards by bwsmith25
Stack 10:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 11:  1 card by Patrick
Stack 12:  5 cards by Matt B.
Stack 13:  4 cards by Steve G.
Stack 14:  3 cards by ShaneK
Stack 15:  7 cards by Ryan G
Stack 16:  1 card by longlivethewho
Stack 17:  4 cards by hiflew
Stack 18:  4 cards by Potch
Stack 19:  2 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 20:  5 cards by by Play at the Plate
Stack 21:  5 cards by BA Benny
Stack 22:  1 card by IkesCards
Stack 23:  8 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 24:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 25:  2 cards by Jeff P.
Stack 26:  10 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 27:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 28:  7 cards by ThingsAreFunnerHere
Stack 29:  3 cards by TheBrooklynMet
Stack 30:  4 cards by Adam C.
Stack 31:  10 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 32:  8 cards by Josh D.
Stack 33:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 34:  1 card by Potch
Stack 35:  9 cards by Cool Breeze
Stack 36:  11 cards by Kev 
Stack 37:  6 cards by Tunguska
Stack 38:  12 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 39:  8 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 40:  1 card by Kyle4KC
Stack 41:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 42:  1 card by AdamE
Stack 43:  1 card by madding
Stack 44:  10 cards by Commishbob
Stack 45:  1 (almost complete) puzzle by Baseball Dad
Stack 46:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 47:  5 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 48:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 49:  9 cards by Swing and a Pop-Up
Stack 50:  9 cards by Commishbob
Stack 51:  3 cards by Need More Cardboard
Stack 52:  1 card by Play at the Plate
Stack 53:  12 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 54:  4 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 55:  9 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 56:  2 cards cards by Joe Frecker
Stack 57:  4 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 58:  2 cards by Chunter
Stack 59:  9 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 60:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 61:  13 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 62:  ?? by ??

Sunday, October 26, 2014

It's All Over (the Fat Lady is Singing)! (2014 Topps Stadium Club Group Break)

It's finally time to unveil the contents of the final mini box of the break.  Of course, if you checked my blog yesterday you may have already seen the video for the final mini box but now let's take a look at the full contents.

Adam Jones - Orioles
Chris Archer - Rays
Eric Hosmer - Royals
Jackie Robinson - Dodgers
Shin-Soo Choo - Rangers
Wil Myers - Rays
Roberto Clemente - Pirates
Chris Owings - Diamondbacks
Christian Yelich - Marlins
Madison Bumgarner - Giants
Babe Ruth - Yankees
Andre Dawson - Cubs

Mariano Rivera - Yankees
Marcus Stroman - Blue Jays
Alex Guerrero - Dodgers
Mike Piazza - Dodgers
Brian Dozier - Twins

Paul Goldschmidt - Diamondbacks
George Springer - Astros

Carlos Santana - Indians
Jose Altuve - Astros
Jose Canseco - Athletics
Koji Uehara - Red Sox
Roy Halladay - Blue Jays
Ty Cobb - Tigers
Adrian Gonzalez - Dodgers
Albert Belle - Indians

Inserts & Parallels:

Beam Team:  Adam Wainwright - Cardinals

Field Access:  Derek Jeter - Yankees


Gregory Polanco - Pirates


The good news is that we finally got a new autograph.  The bad news is we didn't pull any super mojo autographs.

I have to say, Box #2 was disappointing for most group break participants (in the sense that almost every base card and two of the three autographs were duplicates).  On the other hand, we DID pull a case hit in Box #2 (congrats White Sox) which in my eyes does redeem the box.  I can't complain about pulling a $70-80 card (according to eBay, not Beckett) in the box - plus the three autographs.

I hope everyone has enjoyed their time with the break.  I will be including some assorted team cards from my own collection to help flesh out some of the team stacks.  I also included a bunch of other packs in the break - go to my YouTube Channel to watch me open up all the packs in the break in case you missed any!

By the time you read this post, I should have some of the group break cards packaged up.  I plan to make trips to the post office throughout the week with the goal of getting everyone's cards out to them by the end of the week.  Thanks for playing along - and if you have ideas for a future group break let me know in the comments below!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Final 2014 Topps Stadium Club Mini Box of the Group Break!

It's time to unveil the final mini box of the group break.

Later this weekend (if all goes well), I'll have the final written report - including my thoughts on the set as a whole.  For now, enjoy the last video!