Sunday, November 23, 2014

Barry Larkin Collection 316: 1994 Fleer - #414

Barry Larkin
Year:  1994
Brand:  Fleer
Card number:  414

The 1994 Fleer set is almost criminally underrated by most baseball card collectors.  I seriously have no idea why people don't hold this set in higher esteem.  I would guess that the fine folks that worked at Fleer in 1994 felt the same way...so as a big "F U" to everyone they unleashed this base set monster in the following year.

Turning our attention back to the 1994 Fleer set, you get a pair of nice images of Larkin (one on the front and one on the back) plus a large team logo on the front (which I love).  The biggest drawback to the design is the foil lettering for the name and position.  I wish card companies didn't love foil so much - it's difficult to read!  I also prefer my card numbers at the top of the card rather than the bottom...but even with those two minor quibbles this is a nice looking card!

Taking a closer look at this card, I think I could even be convinced to complete the 1994 Fleer set at some point in the future!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Trade Stack 62: I Don't Feature Many Twins...

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 serve...so 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:  11/22/14

Tonight's addition to the trade stack grows the pile to a total of eight cards.  We may not yet have reached the tipping point where someone simply says "screw it, that's a lot of cards" and offers up a trade...but I have a feeling we are getting close!  

In an effort to expedite the claiming process, today's card marks both a new team to the stack and a new set for the stack.  It's not often you have the chance to acquire a no-name catcher from the Twins in the form of a 1992 Fleer card.  

See, I knew I could sell you on the Trade Stack.

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

1992 Fleer:
220.  Lenny Webster - Twins


1992 Fleer Ultra:
192.  Hal Morris - Reds

1982 Topps:
776.  Mark Belanger - Orioles

2008 Upper Deck X:
Die-Cut Silver Parallel:
71.  Robinson Cano - Yankees

1987 Topps:
131.  Pirates' Team Leaders - Pirates

2012 Bowman Chrome:
146.  Elvis Andrus - Rangers

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 ??

Barry Larkin Collection 315: 1993 Upper Deck - #R13 - Reggie Jackson's Clutch Performers Insert

Barry Larkin
Year:  1993
Brand:  Upper Deck
Insert set:  Reggie Jackson's Clutch Performers
Card number:  R13

The Reggie Jackson's Clutch Performers inserts were seeded in Series 2 retail packs and hobby jumbo packs.  The set consists of 20 different players that Reggie Jackson (supposedly) selected as having performed well under pressure.

Personally, I'm not a fan of having another player's name (or fake signature) on a Barry Larkin card.  As such, the gold Reggie Jackson fake signature on the front basically ruins the front design for me.  Unfortunately, the news is even more dire on the reverse of the card because you are greeted by a black and white photograph of Reggie Jackson sporting his Yankees hat.  Yuck!

Keep the Yankees off my Barry Larkin cards please!

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Look Back at my 2014 New Year's Resolutions (One Month Left to Complete Them!)

Back in January, I made a short list of 2014 New Year's Resolutions that were specific to the blog and my hobbies.  With only a month left in the year 2014, I figured it would be a good idea to take a quick peek at my list and see if I:
A)  Have completed any of my original goals
B)  Have a shot at completing any goals that aren't yet done
or
C)  Totally suck at completing goals.

My first goal was to complete at least five sets from a list of 15 selected sets from my want list.  By my count, 14 of the 15 sets I had listed still haven't been reduced by even a single card.  This is about as close to a total fail as one could get in terms of completing a resolution.  Luckily, there is still another month...

My second goal was to grow my Barry Larkin Collection to at least 300 cards before the end of 2014.  Unlike my first goal, I actually completed this goal already (and then some)!  In fact, as of yesterday, I have posted 314 different Barry Larkin cards from my collection.  Even better, I still have another 100 Larkin cards fully scanned (front and back) waiting in my "to be posted" folder on my computer!  I'll be all set for this goal in 2015!

My third goal was to not lose money on my various hobbies.  I ended up not paying much attention to what I spent but I can safely say that I lost money since I basically didn't sell anything of note on eBay this year.  In fact, I didn't pull anything of note this year...  I had one of the worst years of opening Allen & Ginter's ever - so my hopes of breaking even were basically dashed back in July.

My fourth goal was to complete at least 100 trades with blog readers.  While the year isn't over, I'm sitting at a paltry 65 completed trades so unless there is a huge flurry of trade activity in December this will be another goal where I'll fall short.

My final goal was to expand the reach of my blog.  I don't have any good way of measuring that besides the fact that I have traded with a few new people this year and I did have a few new people join my Topps Stadium Club group break.  According to blog stats, I haven't seen a noticeable uptick in readership (but happily, I haven't seen a noticeable decline in readership either).

Looking back at my progress through 11 of the 12 months, I would say I have some serious work to do if I'm going to complete my original 2014 Resolutions.  In fact, I can say for sure that one of the five goals was met (the Barry Larkin Collection) completely.  I'll give myself a pass on the final goal - but that still leaves lots of trading and lots of acquiring cards from my want list as the two main outstanding goals to be completed in December.

Of course, I can't do that without your help - so please check out my want list and make an offer!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Trade Stack 62: Another Card on the Pile!

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 serve...so 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:  11/20/14

Trade requests have been way, way down lately (at least for me) which is probably because I haven't opened any new product (besides the Stadium Club group break) since Topps Allen & Ginter's came out.  I keep thinking that eventually I'll get a trade when someone finally decides to jump in on my Trade Stack - but the only way to have that happen is for me to continue to add cards to the stack!

As of this post, the Trade Stack is now up to 7 cards including a die-cut insert.  That's a pretty good haul for any one card off my want list, don't you think?

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

1992 Fleer Ultra:
192.  Hal Morris - Reds

1982 Topps:
776.  Mark Belanger - Orioles

2008 Upper Deck X:
Die-Cut Silver Parallel:
71.  Robinson Cano - Yankees

1987 Topps:
131.  Pirates' Team Leaders - Pirates

2012 Bowman Chrome:
146.  Elvis Andrus - Rangers

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 ??