Thursday, November 26, 2015

Trade Stack 69: Give Thanks for a Trade Stack Addition!

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:  11/26/15

The current Trade Stack will have seven cards after today's Turkey Day addition to the pile!  Will it be enough for someone to finally claim the Stack?  Let's find out by introducing today's card.

Today, we dip into the Bowman well and live to tell about it!  How about a 1st Bowman Card of one of the Pirate's best young hurlers?  That's right, this is your chance to nab a Gerrit Cole card (along with the six cards in the stack which include a gold parallel, a Roberto Alomar card, and a shiny Red Sox card).  Hurry and claim the stack before someone else does!  Once it's gone, it's gone!

Remember, you get the entire Trade Stack in exchange for at least one card off of my want list!

2012 Bowman:
BP86.  Gerrit Cole - Pirates

1993 Upper Deck:
315.  Checklist - Will Clark - Giants

2012 Bowman Chrome:
181.  Adrian Gonzalez - Red Sox

2001 Fleer Tradition:
278.  A.J. Burnett - Marlins

2015 Topps Archives:
53.  Roberto Alomar - Indians

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

2010 Topps:
US-244.  Mike Redmond - Indians
Gold parallel:  #1503/2010

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:  ?? by ??

Happy Thanksgiving!!

From my family to yours:  Happy Thanksgiving!

PS:  Never mind the two grey-haired people sitting there.  If you'd like the full story of this set, click on over to my LEGO-centric blog (found here).

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Delivery Time! Blog Reader Rob Sends Me the Key to the City!

I'm still working my way through my stack of trade envelopes that managed to accumulate on my desk over the past several weeks.  Today, we take a look at an envelope from blog reader Rob (who I don't believe has a blog, though I may be mistaken).  Rob wanted some of the Rocky base cards from this year's Ginter set...and in return he was able to knock three of the Keys to the City insert cards off of my want list!

I enjoy the Keys to the City cards a lot, so I'm happy to be three cards closer to completing the set.  In fact, I now am only missing five cards from the set (1, 3, 6, 8, and 10).  If you have any available, let me know!!

Of the three cards, I think the Las Vegas Welcome Sign is my favorite.  That's truly an iconic image (seen it pretty much every movie which has Vegas as a destination)!  The Willis Tower used to be called the Sears Tower...and I think it's funny that people still have to describe it that way (giving Sears some extra advertising for free).  Finally, the Portland Light Head is a lighthouse that sits 100 feet above water at the entrance to the Portland Harbor.  The lighthouse used to be lit with 16 whale oil lamps and happens to be the oldest lighthouse in Maine (a state with plenty of lighthouses given the rocky coast)!

In addition to the three Keys to the City, Rob also dropped a few Larkin cards in the envelope for me.  While none were new to my collection, I can't complain about getting another card showing Larkin getting Bonds out at second while turning a double play!

Thanks for the great trade Rob!  And, as always, if anyone else would like to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Delivery Time! Bubba Brings the X (as in Ginter X)!

I've been blogging here at Nachos Grande on Blogger's platform since 2008.  In that time, I've written thousands of posts (over 5300 and counting) and had over 800,000 visitors come through mi casa.  As a side effect of all that traffic, I've completed trades with hundreds of different people (and usually more than one trade) - so it means a lot when I say I have another favorite blog trading partner to add to my list of great traders...  Matt from Bubba's Bangin' Batch of Baseball Bits.

Matt and I completed our first trade February of this year...but we didn't stop there.  From February 2015 until now we've actually sent a total of nine packages back and forth!  That's pretty impressive for such a short time.

Even better (for both of us), we each like to collect Allen & Ginter and so most of our trades have somehow involved our favorite brand of cards.

The latest envelope to show up in my mailbox certainly carried on with that theme as Matt sent me eight cards, all from Allen & Ginter X.

If you haven't heard of that set, it's basically the regular Allen & Ginter set except all the base cards have a black background rather than white.  And you could only buy it online.

So yeah, I didn't bother with the set but luckily for me, Matt did.  And even luckier, he decided to send a big stack of the Reds my way!

A fun game to play with those eight cards:

How many will be Reds at the start of the 2016 baseball season?

We can safely rule out Marlon Byrd because he was actually shipped off mid-season.  Starting at the top, I'd say there is 20% chance they trade away Cozart and a 0% chance of trading Mesoraco (he is trying to come back from injury, they'd be selling super low).  In the middle row, we already discussed Byrd but I'd say that a trade of Phillips has a 50% chance of occurring.  I don't think anyone wants Hamilton and nearly non-existent OPS so I'll say 0% chance there.  In the bottom row, I think Chapman is likely to be traded, let's say 85% while Bruce has a better than 50/50 shot of landing on a new team (60% I'd say).  That leaves us with Votto - arguably the Reds' best player and, perhaps, best trade chip (if a team can convince their owner/fans/etc that Votto's long-term contract won't be an albatross around their collective necks).  Personally, I think super long contracts are stupid...and in this case that will mean Votto will stay put (5% of being traded).

So there you have it, my predictions for the Reds' off season.  I also predict that the Reds will be terrible in 2017 - you can carve that one in stone unfortunately.

Thanks for the cards Matt (especially since they were all new Ginter cards for my collection)!  The black backgrounds definitely make the images pop!  As for anyone else, if you'd like to trade be sure to check out my want list and then make an offer.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Delivery Time! Club PWE! (An Exercise in Being Thankful)

Last night, I began the process of trying to clean off my desk by posting the a trade envelope that had been sitting there for months.  Today, I return with another two envelopes (though both of these haven't been sitting on my desk for quite as long).

Jeff (from 2 by 3 Heroes) runs a great blog - and as a service to other bloggers out there, he also runs a program that he calls Club PWE.  Basically, Club PWE is Jeff's way of sending out a PWE full of cards to people at various points throughout the year.  I'm one of the lucky recipients of Jeff's much so that I ended up with two envelopes in under a month.

We should probably take a look at what Jeff sent my way - and in the spirit of giving thanks (after Thanksgiving is very soon), I'm going to find something to be thankful for with each of the four cards I chose to scan.

Johnny Cueto:

I'm thankful that I got to see Cueto be a great pitcher for a few years while wearing the Reds' uniform.  I'm also thankful that the Reds didn't put huge money on Cueto and instead traded him to the Royals for a bunch of prospects.  Cueto is a great pitcher, but he has way too many moving parts to make him a safe (or even a reasonable) bet if you are trying to hand out a big money contract.  And, of course, there's the whole "chant Cueto's name" if Cueto is the opponent in your ballpark and he seems to get totally flustered.

Adam Dunn:

I'm thankful for the Big Donkey, even if most Reds' fans would prefer to forget about the big lug.  Dunn provided a lot of power (and a lot of strikeouts) in the Reds' lineup...but I always respected for seemingly trying hard every game even during the years where the Reds completely stunk up the joint.

Pat Moran:

I had no idea who Pat Moran was until I got this card but I'm thankful that card companies (at least occasionally) put some different faces in their sets so that I can learn something.  I don't need two hundred different cards of Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle, getting guys like Moran is a nice thing once in awhile.  I'm also thankful for the retro card phase that hit the hobby about a decade or so ago - many of my favorite sets to this day have a retro vibe to them.

Todd Frazier:

I'm thankful the Reds still have one or two players worth watching (Votto being the other).  I'm not entirely convinced that Frazier will be a Red by the time the season starts (or even by the time you read this post), but I'm thankful for now!

And, of course, I'm thankful for generous bloggers such as Jeff who continue to produce great blog content (and great trades)!