Sunday, August 28, 2016

Night Owl Delivers: Tradition, Perspectives, Clubs, and a Mini!

Over the past week or so, I made a conscious decision to try and get caught up with all my trade envelope posts.  I, more or less, tackled the envelopes in LIFO order (or Last In, First Out order for you non-computer science folks).  That leaves me with one of the last in packages - and it is a nice one from Night Owl (I already showed off a different Night Owl package that arrived after the one I'm about to show off)!

Anyhow, my weird ordering aside, let's take a quick look at what everyone's favorite owl sent me.  To start with, N.O. included a note saying "7 years later and still finding stuff off your want list."  It's amazing to think how many trade packages that I've sent out over the years - in fact, by my count this is the 75th envelope that has either gone from my house to Night Owl's or vice versa!!  

So what could there possibly be left to trade between the two of us?  Turns out, quite a bit!  In fact, Night Owl made a dent in FOUR different sets on my want list.

First up, 2016 Topps - Perspectives insert.

For the second year in a row, I bought some Topps Series flagship...and then quickly tired of it.  Once again, I won't be chasing Series 2 at all...just like last year (which leaves me with a binder full of only Series 1 - something that definitely bothers the OCD in me)!  I also, for reasons that are sort of unknown now, decided to try and collect the Perspectives insert set (and only the cards from Series 1).  I guess it's too late to turn around if you have any series 1 Perspectives cards lying around, I still need a bunch (against my better judgment).

From a set that I don't know why I'm collecting it to a set that I definitely know why I'm collecting it!  That would be 2015 Topps Stadium Club - and I'm collecting it because it's an awesome looking set!

Night Owl sent me three cards that I needed, but I'm only showing off the Chase Utley card where he is trying to channel his inner Alex Rodriguez and stare creepily with a reflection nearby.  

Next, a pair of Dodgers that I needed from the 2000 Fleer Tradition set. 

One of the nice things about trading with team collectors is that they are bound to accumulate a bunch of duplicate cards of their team (since people like to throw in extra team cards in trades many times).  Occasionally, that works out well for me as a set collector - I can scoop up the extras!  (It's also why I sometimes list my needs by player as well as number - it is an effort to appeal to team collectors as well as set collectors!)

And finally, we end with a Honey Badger.

That's a 2014 Allen & Ginter mini card - and it's much, much appreciated because 2014 Ginter seems to have all but dried up in terms of trading prospects.  Heck, even 2016 Ginter trading has been much slower than in past years!  The Honey Badger now brings me to a mere two cards away from completing this set (the others being Piranha and the Cone Snail).

Many thanks for yet another successful trade, Greg!  And, as always, should anyone else wish to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Barry Larkin Collection 468: 1997 Score - #538 - True Grit - Hobby Reserve Parallel

Barry Larkin
Year:  1997
Brand:  Score
Subset:  True Grit
Card number:  538
Parallel set:  Hobby Reserve

You know it's just getting goofy when I need six lines in the introduction in order to adequately describe the Larkin card at hand.  This particular card is part of the True Grit subset (which I already showed the "base" version of) except it gets a gold stamp making it a Hobby Reserve version.

You see, back in 1997 Score released its flagship set in two series.  The first series got a decent parallel set called Premium Stock (of which you can probably guess what the "catch" is).  Larkin's regular base card got the Premium Stock treatment since it was part of Series 1 (I wrote about that card here).  The Hobby Reserve cards are printed on a slightly better stock than the regular base cards (but it is inferior to the Series 1 parallels).  There is also still a big, dumb gold stamp on the card front...though at least the stamp is a bit smaller in size than the Premium Stock stamp in series 1...(a small victory).

Other than that, there isn't much else to say about this card - it is simply yet another pointless parallel that I feel the need to track down since I'm a Larkin completionist.  Yes, I definitely hate myself sometimes.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Expanding the Collection: Trying for Another 2007 Allen & Ginter Mini Set! (Snakes!)

A few days ago, I showcased one of the newest sets that I decided to try and complete for my personal collection.  That set was the Flags of All Nations from 2007 Allen & Ginter (post 1 and post 2).  Now, it is time to show off one more set that I've decided to work on from the 2007 A&G set:  The World's Deadliest Snakes!

The Snakes set was a stealth insert (I believe) back in '07.  In fact, I attribute a lot of my love of Ginter to this particular set - I pulled a Snake card back in the day and thought it was cool to get something that wasn't listed on the pack wrapper at all.  Of course, back then I ended up selling the card to help pay for a portion of my box...a decision that stinks now but it was necessary back then!

As I mentioned, there are only five cards in the set - and with today's card being my first card from the set I'm already 20% done!  I should note that the Snakes were case hits back in 2007 - so I doubt I'll be adding any more to my collection any time soon...but hey, you never know - and I have to start somewhere if I am to every finish off every single Allen & Ginter mini insert from the entire series of cards!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Trade Stack 75: Shiny, Sparkling Diamonds!

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: 8/25/16

Tomorrow, I am getting up even earlier than normal in order to get down to the college where I work to help the first-year students move in to their home away from home.  That's right, my college has faculty help with the move-in crew (on a volunteer basis).  Before I hit the proverbial hay tonight, I wanted to add another card to the Trade Stack - surely someone will want the pile soon (there's a 2016 Allen & Ginter card in there already)!

So, what did I add this time around you ask?

Well, after searching high and low for something interesting, how about a 2011 Topps Diamond parallel?  I'm STILL working on my own parallel set (though it's almost complete) - maybe it is time for you to start your set!?

Here's what I need out of the 2011 Diamond parallels, just in case you have some available:
2011 Topps Wants:Diamond Parallels:  306, 339, 369, 380, 381, 400, 408, 424, 462, 534, 537, 548, 550, 573, 579, 612, 640, 652, 657

Remember that you get this card plus all the others in the Trade Stack in exchange for at least one card off of my want list.

2011 Topps Update:
Diamond parallels:
US155.  Eric Hosmer - Royals (Rookie Card)

2000 Fleer Tradition:
286.  Jason Varitek - Red Sox

2015 Panini USA Baseball Stars & Stripes:
79.  Nick Travieso - 18U National Team

2016 Topps Allen & Ginter:
209.  Andrew Miller - Yankees

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:  8 cards by defgav
Stack 72:  24 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 73:  1 card by NIght Owl
Stack 74:  3 cards by David
Stack 75:  ?? by ??

Barry Larkin Collection 467: 1997 Pinnacle Mint - #27 - Bronze Parallel

Barry Larkin
Year  1997
Brand:  Pinnacle Mint
Card number:  27
Parallel set:  Bronze

The 1997 Pinnacle Mint set is a confusing mess of a set (a line I seem to repeat for a bunch of different late 90's sets)!  The set was only 30 cards in size - but there was also three parallel versions of each base card (bronze, silver, and gold) AND there were coins produced of each player.  Of course, since it was the late 90s, each coin has various parallels as well (brass, nickel-silver, 24K gold plated brass, solid silver, and solid gold).  The solid silver coins were limited to only 20 while the solid golds were one-of-ones.

For me, I only own the bronze parallel from the Pinnacle Mint set - at least as of this posting.  The regular base cards have a big hole where the Reds' logo is on this card.  I guess the idea was to slot the appropriate coin in the hole...and then somehow display the entire contraption?  Weird...and it isn't hard to see why this set failed to become popular.  Still, as a player collector I do feel the need to try and track down what I can out of this set...(and that makes me feel like a true sucker since abysmal sets like this shouldn't be rewarded with purchases...not even twenty years after the fact)!