Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Check Out My Cards: Putting a Serious Dent in Archives!

I'm back with another round from my recent Check Out My Cards purchase.  As I've mentioned previously, I made it my mission to try and pick up cards from sets that were nearly complete in my collection.

One such set was the 2013 Topps Archives set.

Prior to my purchase from COMC, I needed two base cards (both short prints).  After my purchase?

Base set complete!

That's an awesome feeling - and while I don't know why it took me so long to track down two relatively small name players, I'm still happy to have both Daulton and Sid tucked away in my binder.
Since I was checking out various cards from the 2013 Archives set, I also nabbed two of the final three All-Star insert cards that I was missing.

Now all I need is the Cal Ripken card and I'll have that set complete as well!

For what it's worth, here is what I'm still missing out of 2013 Archives, mostly Gallery of Heroes cards which no one seems to want to part with (and I don't blame you, they are gorgeous cards)!

2013 Topps Archives Wants:
Gallery of Heroes:  BR, CR, DJ, MC, MR, MT, RC, SK, TW, WM, YB
All-Star:  CR
1972 Basketball Design:  JB (Johnny Bench)

I'm still not quite done showing off my purchases - but I do think that this is it from the year 2013.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 514: 2000 Bowman - #4

Barry Larkin
Year:  2000
Brand:  Bowman
Card number:  4

I'm on record multiple times stating that I don't generally care for the Bowman brand of baseball cards.  I've never been into speculating on rookies - and couple that with a design that is generally forgettable (at best) and you have all the ingredients for a set I'll avoid at all costs.  That said, I'm a sucker for each and every new Larkin card - even the Bowman cards!

For my money, the 2000 Bowman set is a perfect example of how forgettable Bowman can be.  I probably scanned this card a year or so ago...and when I loaded the scan to write today's post I thought to myself "have I seen this card before?"

So much gray...coupled with a boring photo that might as well be used by a company that can show team logos...  Just.  Ugh.

Even worse, there are parallels in this set.  Parallels that I don't yet own including a Retro/Future parallel (Larkin is a veteran in the set so he gets the retro treatment) and a gold parallel (the most boring of all Topps parallels, though that one is numbered out of only 99 which means it'll be hard to track down).

Monday, March 27, 2017

Check Out My Cards: When Not Quitting isn't Necessarily a Good Thing

The other day I mentioned that I made a decent sized purchase from Check Out My Cards.  Today, I'm here to show off the single set that I bought the most cards from...and it's probably not one that you would guess.

Did you guess 2013 Topps Chrome

I didn't think so.

Here's what I bought:

The good news is that those base cards (finally) finished off my set.  The bad news is that I think 2013 Topps Chrome hasn't aged all that well.  Truth be told, I'm not nearly as interested in this set as I used to be...and yet, there I went and dropped a bunch of coin to finish it off just so I wouldn't have to stare at it sitting on my want list any longer.

I think something might be wrong with me sometimes!

Side note:  I found the selection of players that I was "missing" to be sort of interesting...looks like a lot of people aren't willing to necessarily part with the "superstars" (and Wacha for some reason)!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Check Out My Cards: Club 3000, Wild Mascots, and a Serially Numbered Larkin!

A week or so ago, I placed an order at Check Out My Cards with the goal of shortening my want list a bit without breaking the bank.  In total, I ended up ordering 25 cards for a final price of $39.19.  That seems sort of steep until you consider that many of the cards that I bought were short prints, inserts, or simply fairly old (and thus hard-to-find via trades)!

I thought it would be fun to slowly show off my haul over the next few days - and we might as well begin with the set that I already mentioned that I bought:  a pair of 2000 Fleer 3000 Club cards.

As I mentioned in a post a couple of days ago, I ended up receiving the Steve Carlton card in a surprise I went from having no copies of that card to having two copies in under a week's time.  I'm more than happy to trade away the extra Carlton, especially if the result is me landing one of the other cards that I still need for the set:

2000 Fleer Club 3000 Wants:
Note:  These were seeded in various Fleer brands from 2000.
ULT = Ultra, MYS = Mystique, SHO = Showcase, FOC = Focus
BG Bob Gibson MYS
CR Cal Ripken, Jr. MYS
DW Dave Winfield MYS
LB Lou Brock SHO
NR Nolan Ryan SHO

From there, let's jump to 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter where I was able to nab the final two cards that I needed for the full-sized (retail only) Mascots in the Wild set.

I'm obviously happy to knock off a full set from my want list...and it's even better since it is an Allen & Ginter set (my favorite brand)!  I like the Mascots in the Wild set quite a bit...but I don't particularly like that it was a retail only insert.  Shenanigans like that make me wonder if should even purchase hobby boxes (especially since I don't collect rip cards or most of the "hobby only" stuff).

To finish off today's portion of my COMC haul, here's the only Barry Larkin card I bought:

It's nothing special (though it is serially numbered out of a "mere" 9799).  I didn't own it though, so I bought it since it was cheap!

I'll have more of my haul in the upcoming days - including some more sets that I was able to finish, some minis I needed, and dinosaurs!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Trade Stack 78: 19 Cards so Far: Let's Add an Unopened Pack to the 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: 3/25/17

I'll be honest, I don't have any idea what the pack is that I'm adding to the current Trade Stack.  Well, I do know the name of the pack, but I don't know what the cards look like.  You do get 10 of them...and one of them is a "rare" card* so that's gotta be something, right?  

*1 rare card on average according to the pack wrapper.

Remember, you get all of the cards in the Trade Stack in exchange for one (or more) cards off of my want list.

2012 Upper Deck Super Squad Hero's Destiny:
Unopened Pack:
Sorry for the bad scan.  It's an unopened blister pack.

1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
Silver Signature parallels:
31.  Jim Pittsley (Pirates)
222.  Tom Candiotti (Dodgers)

1995 Flair:
118.  Eddie Zambrano (Cubs)
186.  Ravelo Manzanillo (Pirates)

2016 Panini Diamond Kings:
84.  Josh Donaldson - Blue Jays

2010 Topps Chicle:
112.  Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox):

1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
110.  Ron Gant (Reds)

1991 Upper Deck:
94.  Barry Bonds (Checklist)
1991 Score:
868.  Barry Bonds

1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
36.  Trey Beamon (Pirates)
84.  Juan Gonzalez (Rangers)
267.  Paul Sorrento (Indians)
434.  Jose Rijo (Reds)

2000 Fleer Tradition:
381.  John Jaha (Athletics)
397.  Gregg Olson (Diamondbacks)
404.  Pete Harnisch (Reds)

2014 Topps Allen & Ginter:
38.  Don Sutton (Dodgers)
69.  Johnny Cueto (Reds)

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Football:
Framed Black Border:
62.  Marvin Harrison - Colts

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

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:  9 cards by Nick
Stack 63:  9 cards by buckstorecards 
Stack 64:  7 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 65:  2 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 66:  10 cards by Roger
Stack 67:  14 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 68:  5 cards cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 69:  17 cards by Steve D.
Stack 70:  2 cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 71:  8 cards by defgav
Stack 72:  24 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 73:  1 card by NIght Owl
Stack 74:  3 cards by David
Stack 75:  4 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 76:  14 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 77:  15 cards by Dayf
Stack 78:  ?? by ??