Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Barry Larkin Collection 387: 1996 Select Certified - #41

Barry Larkin
Year:  1996
Brand:  Select Certified
Card number:  41

The 1996 Select Certified set is a Jekyll and Hyde set if you ask me.  The front of the card is pretty much hideous, boring, and all-around lousy (especially with the vertical font).  The back of the card, however, is interesting, different, and quite attractive.  I particularly like the Reds' logos in the background plus the unique statistical breakdown of Larkin's stats against all the other National League Teams.

I can't help but wonder if Pinnacle had two design teams working on this set - one for the front of the card and one for the back of the card (and I can only presume that those two design teams never bothered to talk to each other)!

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Baseball Card Breakdown Delivers the Son of God.

It's not everyday that you get a card featuring Christ in the mail.  But, I got one last week thanks to Gavin over at Baseball Card Breakdown.  Gavin and I did a quick trade which was a box topper for box topper.  I surprised Gavin with a few extra cards - and a Bipping - in order to make the swap more fun.  As for me, I got this beauty:

The above card is one of the box toppers from 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter's Pride of the People set.  I decided to forgo collecting all of this year's box toppers except for the Pride of the People set - so if you are trying for some of the other sets, I have quite a few available for trade!

Thanks for the great card Gavin - and if anyone else would like to trade, check out my want list and make an offer!

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Little League World Series - and Wishing It Came With Bubblegum!

As many of you probably know, the Little League World Series was this past weekend.

(I'm actually writing this post a few hours before the US & World Championships games occur on Saturday.)

I  work in Williamsport, PA (home of the Little League World Series) so the LLWS is very near and dear to my heart.  Even more exciting for me, one of the teams in the US Championship is a Pennsylvania team - and the head coach of that team is an alumni of the college I work for.

Suffice to say, I'm rooting for PA today!

Note:  A few years ago I took a bunch of pictures when I was at the LLWS - if you want to experience it that way, feel free to check out this old post!

While I bide my time waiting for the game to start, I figured I should try to get through some of the mail that piled up over the past week or so - after all, last week was the first week with all the students back at college so by the time I got home from work each night, I was exhausted!

Today's packages is a PWE stuffed with goodies courtesy of Jeff over at Wish They Still Came With Bubblegum.  Jeff and I completed a simple little trade (you can read about his end of the deal here).

The best part of the trade with Jeff was probably that he finished off my 2015 Topps Archives base set for me by sending me the final two cards that I needed.  Who were the two toughest cards to track down?  None other than Joe DiMaggio and Yoenis Cespedes!

In addition, Jeff helped me out with a couple of my 2015 Allen & Ginter wants - though I still have a lonnnnnngggggg way to go with that set!

First up from that set, one of the Healthy Body mini cards - this one being the Vibrating Belt Machine.

According to the card back, the vibrating belt machine was supposed to "shake off the extra pounds without the need for actual exercise."  Sure seems like a good idea, too bad it didn't work!

Another new mini for me - this time from the insect insert set.

Topps usually focuses on big creatures so getting a set called A World Beneath Our Feet is kind of refreshing.  In an fun coincidence,the scientific name of the bug is Photuris Pensylvanica - perhaps a good omen for the PA LLWS team later today?!

Finally, Jeff sent a couple of random Reds to fill out the PWE.

The Gapper card is really only of note for what I found on the backside of the card.

Why does a non-signature card have that little blurb on it?  In case it is hard to read on the device you are using to view my blog - the card back says - and I quote - "The signing of all autographs is witnessed by a Topps representative to guarantee authenticity."

Why is that line there?  That's the big question that I have for now...a question that is only trumped by the question of "Can the PA team win today?"

Thanks for the great trade, Jeff!  As for anyone else, if you'd like to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

2015 Gint-a-Cuffs: Pack 24 (The BIG Hit!)

I saved this pack until last just because...well, because my streak of not pulling a rip card out of a case of Ginter is finally over!

Points so far: 134.2

Pack 24:

40.  J.J. Hardy
131.  Josh Reddick
Starting Points:  SP-21.  Aroldis Chapman (+2 insert, +1 favorite team = +3)
Regular back mini:  109.  Troy Tulowitzki
Double Rip Card:  DRIP-8.  Joe Mauer & Kennys Vargas #34/50  (+15 double rip!)

Pack total:  18 points
Final Box Score:   152.2 points

For the moment, I will NOT be ripping that rip card.  Instead, I'm going to try and flip it on eBay to recover much of the cost of the case.  If that doesn't work, I reserve the right to rip the card and count the contents for my Gint-a-Cuffs score!


The above paragraph was written when I originally did all the scanning and basic skeleton of the post (before any rules for Gint-a-Cuffs were posted).  I wanted to get my entire case busted with the spoils on eBay ASAP so as to be able to recoup some of my investment.  The double rip card did indeed end up selling - so I have no idea what was inside (and therefore, I missed out on a lot of possible extra points).  That said, I think my decision was a good one because even with the double rip card my box is clocking in 4th place out of the seven boxes whose scores are currently (as of the time I'm writing this post) on the Gint-a-Cuffs page.

There's always next year.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Trade Stack 68: I'm Watching the LLWS - so How About a Future Stars Card on 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:  8/29/15

I'm writing this post after watching Japan down Mexico in a well-played International LLWS game.  In a few minutes, I'll be glued to the television while rooting for the PA team.  That said, let's throw another card on the Trade Stack just to see if anyone is interested in swapping cards!

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

2007 Upper Deck Future Stars:
16.  Aramis Ramirez - Cubs

2011 Topps:
Topps Town (Series 1):
TT-2.  Dan Haren - Angels

2015 Topps Archives:
168.  Mark McGwire - Athletics

2015 Topps Allen & Ginter:
194.  Zack Cozart - Reds

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:  ?? cards by ??