Monday, January 22, 2018

2000 Fleer Tradition: Packs 21 & 22: Cal Ripken Collection Shows Up

Another Monday begins...but at least I still have some unopened packs to help me get through the day.

Pack 21:
72.  Brady Anderson
75.  Carlos Febles
89.  Carlos Delgado

109.  Steve Finley
163.  Darryl Kile
168.  Andy Pettitte

177.  Marquis Grissom
212.  Warren Morris
357.  Pittsburgh Pirates
Who to Watch:  8.  Russell Branyan

This was an awesome pack in that I got three new cards for my set (I also needed the Febles prior to the box break beginning but that's now a double from within the box). 

That brings my total number of cards needed up to 25 through 21 packs.  Let's rip one more and hope for more good news!

Pack 22:
29.  Arizona Diamondbacks
52.  Wayne Gomes

57.  Greg Maddux
154.  Ivan Rodriguez
157.  Andy Benes
221.  Jason Giambi
257.  Darin Erstad
261.  Carlos Beltran
408.  Todd Hundley
Cal Ripken Collection:  1963 Fleer design

I only needed the Gomes, but I had to scan the Ripken because it is pretty neat.  I'm not trying to complete the full Ripken insert set (they are seeded a rather tough 1:30 packs).  That said, the card is probably a keeper on its own.

Total cards needed so far:  26.  Not bad through 22 packs.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Trade Stack 87: Stupid Patriots

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: 1/21/18

I just finished watching the end of the Patriots/Jaguars game.  As a Steelers fan, I normally would have wanted the Jaguars to lose...except Jacksonville was playing the Patriots and I always want the Patriots to lose, pretty much no matter what.  When New England pulled out the win, my allegiance automatically switched to whoever wins in the NFC for the Super Bowl.  Enough football talk though, baseball is nearly here!  Let's celebrate the imminent arrival of America's past time with another addition to the Trade Stack...and it's a very American addition to the pile indeed (as you'll see when you scroll down)!


Remember, you can claim the current Trade Stack in exchange for at least one card off my want list (or anything LEGO since I've been getting more and more into collecting LEGO as well)!

2013 Panini USA Baseball Champions:
46.  Riccio Torrez
48.  Brett Mooneyham

1998 Upper Deck Retro:
59.  Brad Fullmer - Expos
60.  Rondell White - Expos

2003 Fleer Box Score:
71.  Ichiro - Mariners

1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated:
Great Shots:  8.  Derek Jeter - 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:  4 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 76:  14 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 77:  15 cards by Dayf
Stack 78:  29 cards by Chris
Stack 79:  26 cards by John H.
Stack 80:  14 cards by David G.
Stack 81:  3 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 82:  6 cards by Matt S.
Stack 83:  26 cards by Gavin
Stack 84:  1 card by Gavin
Stack 85:  29 cards by arpsmith
Stack 86:  10 cards by Henry
Stack 87:  ??  by  ??

Delivery Time! Cards from Jimmy!

Jimmy, of the defunct (?) blog S.Mack Talk, was one of the recipients of my Season of Giving that I held over the holiday break.  While I didn't expect or require anything in return for the cards I sent out, many people like Jimmy did in fact send something back my way.  In Jimmy's case, it was a great PWE full of cards that I needed for my 2015 Topps Stadium Club set - a set that I should be able to complete thanks to another trade that is due to arrive any day now!

Jimmy sent me 9 cards that I needed for my set - but a couple of them are true highlights that are worth scanning for the blog (okay, okay, any card I need for my set is a highlight, but you know what I mean)...

That Jimmy Rollins is clearly modeled on some famous photograph of another Dodger (maybe Jackie?) that I can sort of picture in my head...but not quite recall.  Anyhow, it's pretty cool - and it fits in well with the feel of the Stadium Club set.

The other card that I liked a lot also happened to be a Dodger (I feel gross saying that)...

That's Zack Greinke presumably asking an umpire if he actually gets to walk to first.  Zack looks completely confused here - and while confusion happens on the baseball field all the time, it's not all that often that the confusion is documented on a baseball card for all of eternity.

Thanks for the PWE Jimmy!  And, as always, should anyone else have some cards that I need - I'd love to work out a trade.  Be sure to check out my want list!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

2000 Fleer Tradition: Packs 19 & 20: Keep on Rolling

The box of 2000 Fleer Tradition that I've been working on since early January has 36 total packs.  Today, we rip packs 19 and 20.  Prior to today's rip, we've found 19 cards that I've needed in 18 packs.  That's not terrible given how few cards remain in the set that I actually need...but I would like to have that ratio inch up a bit higher in an honest bid to complete the entire base set (and, if I'm really lucky, an insert set or two as well).  Let's see how we do today!

Pack 19:
1.  AL Home Run Leaders

40.  Matt Williams
97.  Montreal Expos
123.  Erubiel Durazo

188.  Jeff Cirillo
204.  Tom Gordon
242.  Cole Liniak & Jose Molina
334.  Desi Relaford
387.  Todd Zeile
Who to Watch:  11.  Ben Davis

Alright, I landed the first card in the set which I needed (and that's exciting because card #1 in any given set seems to often elude me for whatever reason).  In addition, I needed the Durazo card - which bumps my total number of cards needed up 21 through 19 packs.  That's a better ratio...let's keep it going!

Pack 20:
23.  Gary Bennett
50.  Fernando Tatis
132.  Jose Lima
144.  Dmitri Young
147.  Edgardo Alfonzo
196.  Vinny Castilla
247.  Philadelphia Phillies
339.  David Justice  (That's the third time I've pulled this card in this box.  Sheesh)
340.  Juan Encarnacion

385.  Jamie Moyer

Awesome - another needed base card. That's now 22 cards needed through 20 packs...and there's a chance that I could actually finish off my set yet!

*Note:  The Edgardo Alfonzo card was needed when I started this box break - but I already pulled it in a previous pack so it doesn't count as a needed card twice.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Barry Larkin Collection 579: 1990 Star - #9

Barry Larkin
Year:  1990
Brand:  Star
Card number:  9

The ninth card of the eleven card 1990 Star Barry Larkin set features one of the better photographs of the set.  I also like the back information - a quick glance at all of Larkin's individual game "bests."  For example, as of the time of the set, Larkin's best home run output in a single game was only one but his best hits total was four (done 4 times).  He also had a 21 game hitting streak back in 1988.  Pretty cool - and different from what you got on the card backs of most other sets at the time.  This is easily one of my favorite cards in the set!