Thursday, April 28, 2016

Trade Stack 71: How About Some Custom Minis?!

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:  4/28/16

Not all that long ago (maybe two months or so), I received another package from blog reader (and friend of mine) Ryan who is probably best known around the blogosphere for his custom cards.  Ryan sent me a big 'ol stack of cards (and some other cool goodies that I'll show off early next week).  Anyhow, as a bit a preview of coming attractions, I'm going to add FIVE custom cards to the current Trade Stack in a single post.  All five of the custom minis are created by Ryan - and all five are actually variations of base cards that exist in the set.

That's right.  Ryan's custom set has variations within it!  How many are there?  I actually don't know the answer to that...but I can tell you for sure that there are more than ten (based on what I've seen from the cards I've acquired).  The current stack will give you a good solid start towards completing your master set of Munnatawket minis...or you might just like a certain player and then use the rest for trade bait.  The choice is yours...but only if you claim the stack first (in exchange for at least one card off of my want list).

2014 Munnatawket Minis (custom cards - all variations):
9.  Wil Myers - Rays
15.  Giancarlo Stanton - Marlins
36.  Yoenis Cespedes - Red Sox
40.  Jose Bautista - Blue Jays
49.  Tim Hudson - Giants

1997 Pinnacle:
122.  Jim Edmonds - Angels
Sorry for the crooked scan!

2013 Topps Archives:
53.  Brandon Phillips - Reds

2011 Topps:
Topps Town:
TT-24.  Josh Johnson - Marlins

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:  ?? by ??

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What to Do When Your Team Trades a Player You (Sort of) Collect?

My poor, pitiful Cincinnati Reds are in the midst of a supposed rebuilding year.  I say supposed because from what I can tell they aren't really building anything...more like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic (Alfredo Simon anyone?).

Anyhow, for as rough as this MLB season is shaping up to be as a fan, it's also shaping up to be a tough one as a baseball card collector.  Many of my loyal readers probably know that I'm a set collector first, a Barry Larkin collector second, and then a Reds' collector a distant third...or at least that's always how I describe myself.

Did you know, however, that I actually have a healthy sampling of cards for a variety of other players?  For instance, I don't consider myself a Ken Griffey Jr. collector at all...and yet I still have a rather large stack of Griffey cards set aside.  The same goes for Adam Dunn, Joey Votto, and quite a few others.

One of those "others" was Todd Frazier.  In fact, I had this small stack all set aside for a slowly growing Frazier collection...

...and then Reds ended up trading him to the White Sox for (virtually) nothing.

So the question remains:  What does a guy do when a player you collect gets traded?  I really have no interest in acquiring Frazier-as-a-White-Sox cards...and so I guess I'll now throw these cards in with the rest of my random Reds cards.

What do you do in such a scenario?  Do you keep up with your players when they switch teams?  Am I just lucky that my actual favorite player of all-time (Larkin) spent his entire career wearing the Cincinnati jersey?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Barry Larkin Collection 446: 1997 Score - #538 - True Grit Subset

Barry Larkin
Year:  1997
Brand:  Score
Subset:  True Grit
Card number:  538

This is the second base card in the 1997 Score set for Barry Larkin (the other being his "regular" base card).  The True Grit subset featured 15 cards showcasing some of the best of the game at the time of the brand's release (so of course Larkin should be included)!

In terms of the photo choice, I can't say it's my favorite image of Larkin (is he fumbling the ball, trying to juggle, or perhaps playing hot potato)?  I also think the entire front of the card is too dark...and it's especially jarring in a stack of 1997 Score cards because the regular base cards are nothing but white!

The back of the card isn't much better because I find the text annoying to read - you have to skip over the space where the bats are to read across the eyes don't like doing that.  I'm naturally drawn to read "Barry, MVP in another Gold ed up the"...which of course makes absolutely no sense.

Bottom line?  Not my favorite Larkin card in my collection - but as a player collector I'm still happy to have it!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Delivery Time! The Home Run Apple Hits a Home Run for My Collection!

By now, most of my readers probably know that I'm avid LEGO collector.  In fact, I would hazard a guess that I've probably spent more money on my LEGO collection over the past 12 months than I have my baseball card collection (at least if you don't count Allen & one remaining baseball card weakness)!

One of the awesome things about my baseball blog is that I've been able to connect with other LEGO collectors out there (as well as plenty of baseball card collectors of course).  Today's trade is courtesy of Keith over at The Home Run Apple.

Keith contacted me a few weeks ago about a trade to help his kids out.  I don't have any kids to blame my LEGO addiction on, but the trade worked out for all parties.  I was able to send a pair of new LEGO minifigures over to Keith's house and Keith sent me a pair of figures for my collection.

The first minifig wasn't new for me - but with my custom LEGO hospital that I built, I wanted another pair of the awesome crutches piece!

I'll probably always love that banana shirt torso as well.

The second minifigure isn't of any particular interest to me but I needed it for my complete set of Series 15 minifigures.

Much like baseball cards, sometimes you feel compelled to collect stuff that you don't even like...

Many thanks for the trade Keith!  I hope your children enjoyed their figures...and I know that I'll enjoy mine!  As for anyone else, if you'd like to trade baseball cards (or LEGO), let me know!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Barry Larkin Collection 445: 2001 Topps Heritage - #283

Barry Larkin
Year:  2001
Brand:  Topps Heritage
Card number:  283

In 2001, Topps Heritage mimicked the legendary 1952 Topps set - and it did it very well (despite not maintaining the original's larger size of card).  The 2001 Heritage set is probably one of the more famous sets of the past couple of decades - in many ways it can be considered the set that started the "retro" craze which is still going strong now with the likes of Heritage (still), Gypsy Queen, the revival of all those Donruss brands by Panini, etc.

As for Larkin, he only got a single base card in the 2001 Heritage set (Larkin was left out of the Chrome set for some reason).  The good news for Larkin collectors is that this card is not short printed - everyone knows what a pain Heritage short prints are so it's a good thing Larkin avoided the "SP" tag.

The card itself is nice enough, you don't get a lot of Reds' spring training photos but that's what Larkin's photo looks like.  The back of the card is a nod to the '52 design, it's somewhat bare bones compared to modern cards but it was jarring in its "different look" back in 2001.

It's unfortunate that Topps has bascially milked the '52 set for all it is worth in the time since the 2001 Heritage release.  While I used to love the design of the '52 set (who didn't), I can honestly say the design is played out for me.  I have no desire to go back and actually try to collect the 2001 Heritage set (which is probably just as well since boxes of the stuff are pretty expensive these days)!  All that said, this is still one of the classiest looking Barry Larkin cards in my collection!