Saturday, December 16, 2017

Season of Giving Giveaway: Still Some Teams Remain!

I've been working hard at packing up and sending out my Season of Giving packages over the past few weeks.  Some folks have already received theirs (and if you happen to write a post about it feel free to leave a link here so that I can be sure to see it).  At the moment, I'm up into the double digits in terms of the total number of packages that I've sent out...but I still have plenty more baseball cards looking for a loving home!

In fact, if you happen to collect any of the following teams and would like a package full of cards of your team, let me know!

Available teams:

Braves
Phillies
Nationals/Expos
Marlins
Pirates
Brewers
Reds
Dodgers
Padres
Diamondbacks
Rays
Orioles
Tigers
Royals
Twins
Mariners
Rangers
Angels
Athletics
Astros

Friday, December 15, 2017

Trade Stack 86: The Giancarlo Stanton Edition

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 serve...so 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: 12/15/17

No one wanted Giancarlo Stanton cards when he was a Marlin because nobody wants Marlins cards.  However, now the Stanton has joined the Evil Empire, his cards are surely going to skyrocket.  Here's your chance to get a higher end card of Stantons for the low, low cost of at least one card from my want list.  

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)!


2015 Topps Museum Collection:
23.  Giancarlo Stanton - Marlins


2017 Topps Gallery:
52.  Paul DeJong - Cardinals
Artist card:  Mayumi Seto


1999 Just:
1. Hector Almonte - Kane County Cougars
3.  Ryan Anderson - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
210.  Ntema Ndungidi - Frederick Keys

1981 Fleer:
197.  Dave Concepcion - Reds
200.  Tom Seaver - Reds

2012 Topps Heritage:
Clubhouse Collection relic:
CCR-JS.  James Shields - Rays


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:  ?? by ??

Flashback Friday: 2017 Topps Update Pack Rip!

It's been awhile since I've done a Flashback Friday post (my last two happened in October of this year).  What better time to resurrect a "barely there" blog theme (five total Flashback Fridays prior to today's post spread out over a three year span definitely counts as "barely there").

Anyhow, for today's Flashback Friday we are going all the way back to the end of summer 2017.  Alright, so that isn't that far back - but in all fairness I never bought (or opened) a single pack of 2017 Topps Update which is what I have for us today.  The pack itself came from an eBay seller as a throw in, so anything good that I might find in it is purely bonus!

So how'd I do?  Here's the video version...

...and because I know some of you prefer scans, here's the big "hit" of the pack:

That's yet another Aaron Judge rookie.  Topps is obsessed with Judge (which was too bad because his presence in this year's edition of Allen & Ginter made those boxes unaffordable for).  I am still hoping to create my own Frankenset of non-Reds eventually, so I think this card is in the running for a spot in that set.

Another card from the pack that will probably make its way to my Frankenset (when/if I ever get around to working on it) is this awesome Jose Altuve card.

Altuve is definitely my favorite non-Reds player in MLB right now...so I'm always happy to acquire his cards.  In fact, I've been toying with the idea of making an Altuve PC to go along with my Larkin PC.  I guess I have a thing for middle infielders (makes sense since I played second base primarily in Little League back in the day)!

All in all, that was a fun little pack rip.  I don't have any strong desire to open any more packs from 2017 Topps Update...but I'll never turn down the chance to rip a free pack!  Oh and if you were wondering, the Ariel Hernandez, the Jose Ramirez and the Yoan Moncada cards also both may make their way into my Frankenset eventually.  The rest of the cards are already in their respective team's trade piles.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Trade Stack 86: 2017 Topps Gallery Joins 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 serve...so 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: 12/14/17

I was finally able to organize my new 2017 Topps Gallery cards enough so that I could post a proper want list for the cards that I need.  I also was able to see what duplicates I ended up with...and that's what makes up the addition to today's Trade Stack!  More specifically, I'm putting up one of my duplicate base cards (perhaps it is one you need for your set) and one of the Featured Artist cards of the artist that drew the image on the DeJong card.  

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)!

2017 Topps Gallery:
52.  Paul DeJong - Cardinals
Artist card:  Mayumi Seto


1999 Just:
1. Hector Almonte - Kane County Cougars
3.  Ryan Anderson - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
210.  Ntema Ndungidi - Frederick Keys

1981 Fleer:
197.  Dave Concepcion - Reds
200.  Tom Seaver - Reds

2012 Topps Heritage:
Clubhouse Collection relic:
CCR-JS.  James Shields - Rays


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:  ?? by ??

Barry Larkin Collection 567: 1997 Leaf - #11 - Knothole Gang insert

Barry Larkin
Year:  1997
Brand:  Leaf
Insert set:  Knothole Gang
Card number:  11

This is definitely one of the more unique cards in my Barry Larkin Collection.  The front of the card is meant to evoke memories of staring through a knothole in a wooden fence in order to watch as a baseball game.  With today's security, I'm not sure you can ever get that close to a game but the sentiment certainly works! 

The back of the card has an extremely brief write-up about Larkin...and the serial number of the card (my copy happens to be copy 1058 out of 5000)!  Alright, so it isn't the rarest of cards out there...but it's still pretty cool (and definitely unique).  I'll give Leaf props for this one, it's a winner in my book!

One note:  There is apparently a different version of this card out there with a Promo/5000 stamp rather than the actual serial number.  Since I'm a sucker for all Larkin variants, I'm definitely interested in trying to track that version down some day as well!