Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Trade Stack 61: Let's Up the Ante: A Rangers' Parallel Makes for an Even Dozen Cards in 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:  8/20/14

I believe my Trade Stacks would disappear a lot quicker if I actually updated them on a somewhat regular basis.  While I can't make that promise, I can promise that today's card is likely to interest somebody out there - so if you see a card you want in the stack, be sure to claim it quickly!  

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

2010 Topps National Chicle:
146.  Scott Feldman - National Chicle Back Parallel

2000 Fleer Impact:
139.  Jeromy Burnitz - Brewers

2012 Upper Deck Marvel Avengers:
52.  Loki (Thor)

2007 Topps Allen & Ginter's:
40.  Adam Dunn - Reds

2001 Fleer Futures:
192.  Oswaldo Mairena - Cubs

2011 Topps Allen & Ginter's:
164. Heather Mitts

2014 Topps Heritage:
163.  Wily Peralta

1994 Sportsflics 2000:
172.  Javier Lopez - Braves

2012 Bowman:
60.  Jordan Walden - Angels

2012 Upper Deck Marvel Avengers:
23.  Hulk

1991 Donruss:
127.  Fernando Valenzuela - Dodgers

2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants:
46.  Johnny Bench - Reds

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:  ?? by ??

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Delivery Time! Too Many Verlanders Sends Me a Stamp

My wife and I are in the middle of packing up our house in preparation for our move (which should be happening next month).  Despite the general uneasiness and confusion surrounding any move, I have still managed to find some time to keep up with the blog - and even more importantly, I've been keeping up with trades.

Today's post, however, is actually a surprise PWE from Dennis over at Too Many Verlanders.  Dennis dropped a single "card" (actually a stamp) in the mail for me saying that he saw the card at a show for cheap and thought of me.

I don't think there's a better feeling than that of having otherwise random strangers think of you and pick up and mail you goodies when they see something they think that you might like.

As for the stamp, it is a totally new piece for my Reds' collection.  I know virtually nothing about stamps - so in terms of who published this stamp and other information?  Well, I've got nothing.  What I do know is that's really quite nice - and getting a surprise package in the mail?  That makes it darn near perfect.

Many, many thanks Dennis!  As for anyone else, if you'd like to plan a trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekend Blaster! 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter's Fake Gint-a-Cuffs (Part IV)

Alright, alright.  So my "Weekend Blaster" ended up bleeding into Monday.  The last few packs of the blaster have been so bad that I figured Monday couldn't possibly make things any worse.  Let's see how I did tempting fate.

As a reminder, the blaster currently sits with a fake Gint-a-Cuffs score of -25 points.  Yes, that's a negative in front of the 25.  Only two blaster packs remain, they better be good.

Pack 7:
80.  Justin Verlander
I don't think Verlander has been nearly as good this year as he has in previous years.  Of course, that's a nearly impossible task so I guess I'll cut him a break.  +5
174.  Ben Zobrist
I was sort of hoping the Reds would acquire Zobrist to help play the infield while Brandon Phillips was out with his injury.  Instead, the Reds have tried to win with the likes of Skip Schumaker and other equally useless players.  -5 for disappointment.
271.  Chuck Klosterman
I had never heard of Klosterman - I'm clearly not reading enough GQ or Esquire (two places where Klosterman has written).  +5 for teaching me something new but -5 because why is a GQ author getting a card in Ginter?!  End result:  0 points
328.  C.J. Wilson
Short printed Wilson is worth 5 points.
Air Supremacy:  Sea Harrier FA2

Another insert that I needed, that's 20 points right there which helps this pack a lot!
Into the Unknown:  Francisco Pizarro

I think Pizarro was actually a pretty bad dude if I recall my history classes correctly.  That said, I needed this mini and that's all that matters for now.  +25 points!

Pack total:   +5 - 5 + 0 + 5 + 20 + 25 = 50 points
Blaster total so far:  25 points

Look at that!  We dropped the negative sign and now sit with positive 25 points heading into the final pack of the blaster.  Let's keep the positive points rolling!

Pack 8:
48.  Alex Rodriguez
UGH!  One of my all-time LEAST favorite players (and as Yankee no less).  -25 points.
60.  Ryan Zimmerman
I don't care for the Nationals all that much, but I have nothing against Zimmerman.  +5
122.  Craig Biggio
I always kind of like Biggio.  Plus it's nice to give the Astros a little love.  +10
234.  Roberto Clemente
I used to like the Pirates a lot more than I do now (in fact, Pittsburgh was my "second" team for years and years).  Unfortunately, just a taste of winning has turned the Pirates (and their blow-hard announcers) into prima donna baby whiners which I can't stand.  The Pirates hit more people than any other team and then cry and complain whenever their precious McCutcheon takes a fastball to the ribs (though they didn't seem to care that they knocked Goldschmidt out for the remainder of the season with an errant fastball).  All that said, Clemente doesn't suffer from any of the stink of the current Pirates. +10
Reg. mini:  140.  Matt Moore
Does anyone collect the Rays?  +0
Pastime's Pastimes:  Dustin Pedroia

Inserts are good.  +5
Code ad card
Dumb.  +0

Pack total:  -25 + 5 + 10 + 10 + 0 + 5 + 0 = 5 points
Blaster total:  30 points

Well, after 2 packs, the blaster had amassed 32 points.  At the halfway mark, the blaster had 33 points.  At the end of the blaster?  Only 30 points...and that's after making up a ton of points after suffering through packs 5 and 6!  Fake Gint-a-Cuffs was fun enough but I think I'm done with buying Ginter for this year.  Now it's time to trade - so check out my want list and make an offer!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Weekend Blaster! 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter's Fake Gint-a-Cuffs (Part III)

Welcome back to another fake Gint-a-Cuffs post.  I'm in the midst of busting my final (probably) blaster of 2014 Allen & Ginter's cards.  After the first two packs, my blaster had a score of 32 points.  After the next two packs, the score went up a single measly point to 33 points (which is where we currently stand).  Let's keep the ripping going - and maybe this time around we'll score more than one combined point!

Pack 5:
19.  Pablo Sandoval
The panda is a fun nickname.  +5
118.  Adam Schefter
ESPN has a lot of personalities that could potentially get cards in Ginter - Adam Schefter is not one that immediately comes to mind as deserving.  -5
155.  Yogi Berra
Even Yogi suffers from Yankee stink.  However, if you come to a fork in a road, take it.  Wisdom like that is impossible to ignore - and for that I'll give 'ol Yogi a few points despite his Yankee-ness.  +2
338.  Andy Pettitte
Another Yankee, but I have nothing but disdain for Pettitte.  Much like Clemens, Pettitte was a cheater and cheaters have no place in my Ginter set.  -30 but +5 for the short printedness since I'm a set collector.  Card total:  -25.
Reg. mini:  346.  Ivan Nova
Yet another Yankee, that makes three in this pack.  That alone is worth -20 points.  I'm not collecting the mini set this year so the fact that Nova is a short print is virtually meaningless to me.
Air Supremacy:  Hawker Hurricane

An insert that I needed!  Woo!  +20.

Pack total:  5 - 5 + 2 - 25 - 20 + 20 = -23 points
Blaster total to date:  10 points

Obviously that wasn't a successful pack.  Way too many Yankees.  Let's move on.

Pack 6:
11.  Nick Franklin
I know nothing about Franklin.  +0
(114)  Desmond Jennings
I'm assuming the fact that Jennings' card has no number is because of the Ginter code.  I do know that it's really annoying to have a base card without a number - especially for set collectors.  However, I'll give that a pass since I think the Ginter code is a fun addition to the Ginter brand.  +5
154.  Eric Hosmer
The Royals might as well be called the Vanillas in my world.  +0
267.  Kevin Clancy

I had never heard of Barstool Sports (where Clancy blogs) until reading the back of Clancy's Ginter card.  Like many people, I did go to the site and check it out (no link though, trust me).  I guess if you like headlines with things like "whoring selfies collide" or "naked bums of the day" or even "weekend boners" then the site is for you.  For me, I think Topps could have included a card of a slug or maybe even a boring stick and that would have been more appropriate.  I can only assume (hope?) that Barstool Sports paid good money to Topps to get in the set.  -50
Reg. mini:  282.  Salvador Perez
A vanilla mini!  +0
Pastime's Pastimes:  Adam Jones

I don't think this insert will save the pack even though it's worth a few positive points. +10

Pack total:  0 + 5 + 0 - 50 + 0 + 10 = -35
Blaster total to date:  -25 points


I guess getting a single point in the previous post was actually a good total.  Who knew?!  Let's hope the final two packs contain something good, otherwise this will be the worst Gint-a-Cuffs blaster in the history of the fake Gint-a-Cuffs.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Weekend Blaster! 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter's Fake Gint-a-Cuffs (Part II)

Yesterday, I began opening up one final blaster of 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter's cards.  In doing so, I began my own fake version of Gint-a-Cuffs where I assigned a point value to every card.  After the first two packs, the blaster was sitting at 32 points.  Let's see if we can gain more points today, shall we?

Pack 3:
94.  Lou Brock
Cardinal stink isn't so bad when it's old retired dudes that I never saw play live.  -1 point though for having to write the word "Cardinals."  Ok, -2 since I did it twice.
132.  Ted Williams

Why do I feel like we've seen this photograph 100 times before?  I refuse to do research today but I'm fairly certain my instincts are correct.  -10 for laziness on Topps' part.
158.  Carlton Fisk
Sure, Fisk's homer stayed fair but he still lost the World Series to my Reds.  WHY DON'T PEOPLE REMEMBER THAT?  -10 for fake glory.  Second place is still losing, right?
178.  Domonic Brown
I got nothin' on this guy.  +0
Pastime's Pastimes:  Clay Buchholz
More Red Sox...three in one pack is no good...only thing worse would be three Yankees or three Cardinals.  -10
Black bordered mini:  16.  Bartolo Colon

Are there any Mets fans left?  Is there some sort of irony intended by Topps by putting Colon on a mini?  So many questions, so few answers.  +5 just because a mini Colon is funny to me.

Pack total:  -2 - 10 - 10 + 0 - 10 + 5 = -27 points
Blaster total so far:  5 points

That pack didn't help much, did it?!

Pack 4:
44.  Ty Cobb
I'm sort of sick of Ty Cobb cards.  Who would've thought one would say that 15 years ago?  That's how overdone the "legends" have gotten thanks to Topps (and previously Upper Deck).  -5
201.  Paul O'Neil
If O'Neil was shown as a Red, this would be worth many positive points.  Instead, he's a stupid Yankee.  -10 but +5 since I never could totally dislike Paul.  Therefore, -5 total.
272.  Tim Raines
I guess we all needed another Expos' card in our collections?  +3 because why not.
322.  Paul Konerko
A short print is good - and I've always kind of like Konerko.  +10
Air Supremacy:  B-17 Bomber

I've heard of the B-17 Bomber - and it's an insert that I need so +20
A&G back mini:  Aramis Ramirez

I guess I need to start a new pile for Tony L.  That's two Brewers minis in this blaster.  +5 since it has a home.  

Pack total:  -5 - 5 + 3 + 10 + 20 + 5 = 28 points
Blaster total so far:  33 points

Well, collectively those two packs added exactly one point to the blaster total.  More packs to come at a later date!