Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008: A Year in Review

Happy New Year everybody. I would like to take the time to thank all of you for reading my humble little blog. In about half a year I've amassed over 5,000 hits and almost twice that in page views. I've completed close to 50 trades and I've gathered quite a few "followers". I'm extremely honored and thankful for all the support, comments, and feedback you have all given me. In honor of 2008, I played around with Windows Movie Maker a bit and developed a video montage of the best (and worst) of 2008. Enjoy.

**NOTE**
The video that used to be here had to be removed as it would no longer play.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Repack Holiday Goodness

My Christmas baseball card haul was quite impressive. My father got me a complete 1993 Topps and Topps Traded set. My brother picked up a a bunch of packs of high series Topps Heritage for me. My girlfriend surprised me with a blaster of Topps and my brother's girlfriend even gave me a repack pack.
It's that repack that I'll show here since the cards are a bit different than a lot of what I have opened lately.

Pack 1:
2005 Upper Deck ESPN Baseball

I was surprised by this pack - I had completely forgotten about this set even though 2005 wasn't that long ago. Looking back at my card binders, it turned out I must have bought three packs of this set since I had 27 different cards (each pack has 9 cards). I got the following:
5 - Randy Johnson
6 - Andrew Jones
9 - John Smoltz
27 - Ken Griffey Jr.
31 - Ivan Rodriguez
49 - Scott Podsednik
82 - Aubrey Huff
86 - Mark Teixeira


WG-19 - Web Gems - Nomar Garciaparra


Overall, not a bad pack - but I already had 4 of the cards! The Johnson, Smoltz, Griffey, and Podsednik cards were duplicates, so off they go into my bin of extras for trading purposes...

Pack 2:
2005 Skybox Autographics

This is a set that I didn't own a single card from. That's a rather rare thing for me...though I usually ignored Skybox so that probably explains things a bit.



23 - Miguel Cabrera
24 - Juan Pierre
38 - Derek Jeter

43 - Jim Thome
46 - Jake Peavy

Overall, I actually like the design of these cards - except for the big old fake shiny signature that is the card's namesake. This particular pack wasn't great (unless you like the Marlins in which 40% of the cards are Marlins...)

Pack 3:
2007 Fleer Ultra
This is a set that I did collect (at least somewhat). Looking through my binder, I have about 100 of the 250 base cards.


7 - Andrew Jones
69 - Dan Uggla (gold parallel)

79 - Reggie Sanders
173 - Ichiro

185 - Michael Young

Collection wise, I fared much better with this pack since I needed all of the cards I got!

Pack 4:
In a white envelope was the guaranteed "hit" of the repack. Opening it up, I got:
AS - BJ: Bobby Jenks Topps All-Star Game Stitches
I don't really know for sure what set this relic is a part of. It must be a late 2007 set since it features an all-star jersey patch...but that's all I know. Anyone out there have any idea?

Monday, December 29, 2008

Dinged Corners Asked - I Answer!

Patricia and Lucy over at Dinged Corners have posted a list of questions for fellow bloggers. After reading my answers, I highly recommend you check out their blog and answer the questions yourself!

1-If I didn't collect baseball cards, I'd collect:

Coins. My grandfather got me hooked on collecting coins many years ago. I don't have a huge collection, but if I run across a coin I haven't seen before I always make sure to pocket it and then add it to my collection when I get home.

2-My baseball heroes include one you probably wouldn't know from my blog or comments, and that person is:

Chris Sabo. I always like Sabo - at first because he was a Red who shared the same first name as me. Then because he had those goofy looking goggles...and finally, the 1990 World Series. I don't know what ever happened to him though.

3-Every New Years I resolve to __________ my collection.
Complete. I love making complete sets - so each year I try to complete more and more sets (both from the current year and from years past). Someday I'll post all the cards I need from a variety of sets, but for now I only have a few (that I'm relatively close to completing) on my want list.

4-If I could spend a day with one person from baseball history, it would be ________.
I think the best answer to this would be Jackie Robinson - but everyone has him as an answer, so he'd probably be sick of talking about baseball and things before it was my turn to spend a day with him. As such, I think I'd choose either Roberto Clemente or Babe Ruth. Clemente because he was a great player whom I know very little about and Ruth because from all accounts the guy liked to have fun - plus it would be neat to learn about players from Ruth's generation.

5-What is your favorite kind of dog?

My parents have a Bernese Mountain Dog named Bacchus that I'm rather fond of. If not the Bernese, probably either a Lab or Golden Retriever.




6-Who is your favorite baseball player?
Barry Larkin is my favorite from "my generation." I also like most of the Big Red Machine, specifically Bench, Perez, Morgan, and Rose.

7. What is your favorite team?
In baseball, the Cincinnati Reds. In pro football, the Pittsburgh Steelers. In NCAA football, the Penn State Nittany Lions. In NCAA Basketball, I root for the University of Vermont and Penn State. I don't care much for the NBA, NHL, or Golf.

8-What is your favorite baseball movie?
I liked Field of Dreams (any son with a baseball loving father probably has this as a top 10 all-time movie) and 61*.

9-What is your favorite baseball book?
Baseball by Ken Burns. A great book that I read cover to cover.

10-What is your favorite card?
For sentimental reasons, probably my 1987 Topps Reds Leaders card. There are a lot of cards in my collection that I like a lot though!

Trade with Danny from Saints of the Cheap Seats

In my mailbox today was another package from the extremely generous Danny at Saints of the Cheap Seats. Danny and I worked out a small swap before the holiday season - which he proceeded to sweeten a bit by throwing in some more Cincinnati Reds cards.

I agreed to send Danny some of my Allen & Ginter inserts and a couple of Goudey Hit Parade of Champion cards, in return, Danny knocked some more cards off of my want list.

First, Danny sent me four more UD Spectrum cards. This is still an ugly set (I've said that before), but now I'm within 15 cards or so of having it complete. As a special bonus, one of the cards I needed was Ken Griffey Jr (as a Red) - it's always nice to get a card I need for a set AND have it be a Cincinnati Reds.


Danny also sent me a card of poor big-eared Luke Hochevar from UD Masterpieces (a much less ugly set). Besides those, he sent a pile of Reds cards, including:

1994 Pinnacle: Joe Oliver
1997 Pacific Collection: Willie Greene
1998 Pacific Collection: Brett Tomko
1999 Pacific: Eduardo Perez, Pat Watkins, Pete Harnisch, and Mike Remlinger
The Mike Remlinger card is special to me since Mike is one of the few Cincinnati Reds whose autographs I have acquired in person. Unfortunately for me, I had him sign my ballcap with a ball point pen and the signature has almost faded entirely away by now.


2000 Pacific Paramount: Mike Cameron, Greg Vaughn
2000 Fleer Ultra: Sean Casey, Pete Harnisch, Greg Vaughn, Eddie Taubensee, Scott Williamson, Dmitri Young
The Dmitri Young card has photography that makes Ultra feel like a higher end set.

Thanks again Danny. I will (hopefully) have your cards out to you next week - the holidays are a busy time, but after the 1st things settle back down into the normal routine for me. Anyone else want to trade? Check out my want list and make an offer!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Cincinnati Crapped in their Red Stockings for Christmas

The Cincinnati Reds have signed Willy Taveras to a two-year deal.

"Willy Taveras fills two significant needs for our ballclub, a speed base-stealing threat at the top of the order and superior defense in center field," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said in a statement. (source AP)

Three problems with this poop of a Christmas gift.

1. Taveras has been lousy in the field and relatively lousy at getting on base. Neither of those bode well for the Reds - Patterson 2.0 anyone?

2. Taveras has no power in a ballpark built for power. Why the Reds can't seem to remember that they built Great American for a certain HOFer named Griffey is beyond me. Power, left-handed bats have a field day in Great American - Taveras is neither of those.

3. Jocketty seems to be delusional, which scares me for the rest of the offseason and beyond. If he thinks that Taveras is a leadoff hitter - then he's been watching Patterson too long (and seriously, does Jocketty even watch baseball anymore?! Patterson was worse than atrocious...)

All in all, this one sucked. The Reds got rid of Dunn and now won't sign him (or so it seems). They won't sign Burrell (and really, why would they want him over Dunn anyhow?) They didn't even try to get a decent player (even that Nationals tried to land Tex before the Yankees showed up with suitcases full of unmarked bills).

*sigh*

I guess there's always next, next year.

Source:

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

It's the day before Christmas, and all throughout Blogger
People were posting their Christmas greetings for one another
The clever greetings were posted all over the place
With the hope that their readers would soon embrace

But I in my cap, with my brain still taking a winter's nap,
said but I'm not creative and I've got presents to wrap...

Merry Christmas to all - and to all - be safe!
(and may your stockings be filled with baseball cards)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Delivery Time! Mail from Peter at Dropped Third Strike

I was going to write about a pair of eBay I auctions I won last week where I nabbed a bunch of Goudey short prints in one and a bunch of the semi-short printed green back Heritage cards in the other...but then I received an envelope of cards from Peter at Dropped Third Strike that blew those purchases out of the water.

Awhile back, Peter and I completed a trade (you can read about it here and here). In the meantime, he updated his blog with a list of cards he had for trade, which I commented on since he had a bunch I wanted...

I actually forgot about the post, and I'm fairly certain I never sent him any cards (which I'll have to look through my collection to remedy that as you'll soon see), but Peter sent an envelope that contained cards from FOUR different sets that I needed...

First, he sent me one of the last two UD Baseball Heroes cards I needed, Mr. Barry Zito. The only other card I still need from that set is number 4.


Second, he sent me the last Goudey base card that I needed, #170 Wladimir Balentien. I had never heard of Balentien before...but after an exhaustive search looking for him I'll probably never forget him (though I'll also probably never spell his full name correctly without looking).


Third, Peter sent a nice stack of Upper Deck Spectrum. I still think this is an ugly set, but hey, I'm a glutton for set collecting and it was only 100 cards (of course, it was only 100 cards with 4 cards per pack...) Peter sent six of my remaining needs, including a nice Freddy Sanchez card. As a Reds fan, I always appreciate the "little teams" getting a bit of face time in card sets, especially small card sets.


Fourth, after the ugly (but desired) Spectrum cards, I received a bunch of gorgeous Upper Deck Masterpieces cards, including Card Yastrzemski (another name I need to look at to spell correctly!) I loved the Adam Dunn card...but I feel bad for Luke Hochevar... If his ears are really as big and if they really stick out that far I feel bad - and if they don't, what a terrible portrait of him!


Finally, hidden amongst the cards I asked for, Peter slipped in an autographed Edwin Encarnacion UD Goudey card. The Encarnacion is all around gorgous. I love the Goudey set, I'm a huge EE fan, and hey, it's an autograph of a Red! Better yet, it's an on card autograph - perfect!


Many, many thanks Peter. I'll try to look through your lists after the holidays and somehow package up something in return. And to everyone else, I invite you to look at my want list if you'd like to make a trade (and take a look at Peter's as well to help him out).

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Photoblogging: What Global Warming?

Listen to anyone on the Weather Channel (or perhaps Al Gore) and you'll hear tales of a phenomenon known as global warming. I can report to you that upstate Pennsylvania has not been hit by this "warming." In fact, according to the local weather man, we've been hit with colder temperatures and more snow precisely because of the warming. Say what?!

Enjoy a few "snowstorm before winter" pictures in place of my typical sport and baseball card posts...

It never hurts to have a stack of wood - just in case the power gives out...
I don't have anything clever to say about this - other than it looks like a postcard to me.



Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays to you and yours.
-fanofreds


Friday, December 19, 2008

Nearing Set Completions

It's a snowy day here - and I'm not going to attempt to leave my house until all is said and done (which, sadly, means no mail nor a trip to Wal*Mart to pick up a pack or two of cards). Instead, I'm busy looking over eBay and putting cards in binders. I'm tantalizyingly close on a few sets - if you happen to have any of the cards on my want list, I'd be extremely interested in working out a trade. I only need 2 more cards to complete my Baseball Heroes set, and I'm only a few cards away from a couple of other sets as well. I'm also closing in on '08 Heritage, I bought the last few "semi short prints" off of eBay yesterday, so I'm down to needing a few more short prints (and those "gimmick" cards that I'll probably never own).


Thanks to all who have already traded with me - and to those who are about to send me an email and/or leave a comment with a trade proposal!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Delivery Time! Trade with P.A. Blaylock from The Player to Be Named Later

I like mail. This time, it's a package from P.A. at The Player to Be Named Later. I sent P.A. some 2008 Allen & Ginter base cards, a few short prints, and a mini short print.





In return, I recieved almost half of the remaining UD Spectrum cards that I needed for my set. I'm still not sure why I bothered trying to complete this set (but at least I chose Spectrum and not Upper Deck X as my token "hideously ugly set" right?) Only a few more cards to go until I close the proverbial binder on this set...




Thanks for the trade! And if anyone else wants to set up a trade, check out my want list and make an offer!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Delivery Time! Trade with Stephen at The Easy Life

Another day, another package in the mail (and isn't it great to have a package in the mail?!) This time, the package was from Stephen at The Easy Life. Stephen and I traded once before, and hopefully, we will trade again soon as they seem to work out quite well for both of us.


This time, I sent Stephen a pile of Upper Deck Baseball Heroes (over 60 I believe) plus some New York Mets. In return, Stephen sent me a few cards off my want lists PLUS my first current Cincinnati Reds autograph ever!


Here's what I got:



2008 Goudey: Barry Sanders and Michael Jordan. I'm still working on this set, the overwhelming number of short prints has proven to be quite the task to try and find...whether on eBay or via trades, so I'm always ecstatic when someone has one (or more) to trade me. As an aside, I still need ONE more common card from the Goudey base set, #170. I would be grateful to anyone who has one to send me.




2008 Goudey Hit Parade of Champions: Magic Johnson, Patrick Roy, Manny Ramirez. I don't about this little (in card size) set. Some days I like it, other days I don't. Either way, I'm over halfway there to completion.




2008 Topps Series 2 relic: Adam Dunn. Sure it's just a blank white swatch of cloth - but it's a Cincinnati Red swatch of cloth! I never, ever seem to pull Reds relics, so this card was much appreciated and will be treasured for sure. The card is still in the protective wrapper as well, always nice.




2007 Upper Deck Elements Autograph: Bronson Arroyo. A Reds autograph in the same trade! Bronson has been Jekyll and Hyde since coming to the Reds - but this card is quite nice. It even shows Bronson's famous "toy soldier" leg kick. I don't believe I've ever seen any Upper Deck elements card from 2007 - they seem like they are kind of neat.




Thanks again Stephen! And if I ever pull any more Mets relics or autos, you'll be the first to know.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Blog Bat Around - Collection Centerpiece

Sports Cards Uncensored is hosting another Blog Bat Around and I figured I ought to give it a whirl.

The topic is: What item is the centerpiece of your collection?



Obviously this is a difficult question. Centerpiece can be interpreted in a number of ways. For instance, what's my most valuable card (no idea), most valuable set (no idea), or even most valuable insert (again, no idea). Centerpiece can mean what item do I show off the most or display most prominently (none really). Centerpiece can mean what item did I build my entire collection around, whether that is a certain team or player (again, none). In all the strict definitions of what a centerpiece can mean, I pretty much struck out swinging as they say.



So what is my centerpiece? I think that question doesn't have a good answer. But if you rephrase it to what does my collection center on I probably have a more satisfactory answer, and that is sets.



I began collecting cards when my dad used to buy me a pack or two from the grocery store in the late 80s. By the early 90s, the card companies were producing more cards than they could ever sell - but that was ok by me since I used to get 1991 Score packs 4 or 5 for a dollar at the supermarket - and as a kid, that's awesome.
I will mention that this 1987 Topps Reds Leaders card (dinged corners and all) is (and will always be) one of my all-time favorite cards. This is the first card I specifically recall my father giving me, and I treasured it from that day forward.


By the mid '90s I was older and cards weren't on the top of my list. In fact, they really weren't anywhere on my list (girls and sports, now those were things that were on my list at that time!). I might have bought a pack or two, but nothing like I do now.



My college years saw me slowly creep back into card collecting. Although I didn't buy a lot of wax, I was able to purchase a few boxes off of eBay (sell any valuable "pulls") and then keep the rest at a relatively low to free net cost. As such, I have a lot of early 2000s cards, but almost nothing of value!



After a few years of paying back college loans, I bought my first pack of 2007 Topps Heritage. From then on, it's been nothing but set chasing for me. Last year, I managed to buy enough cards to complete the 2007 Topps Heritage, Topps Heritage Chrome, and 2007 Allen & Ginter sets. Those were the first sets that I ever completed by hand, and so I believe they are the trio of centerpieces in my collection.



This year, I decided that three sets wasn't enough to try to complete, so I'm working on a ton, including Stadium Club, Heritage (and all of its inserts), Allen & Ginter (and all of it's insert sets), Allen & Ginter mini set, Baseball Heroes, Goudey (and it's insert set), and Masterpieces. While I'm not optimistic that I'll ever finish all of those sets, it has been fun to try and work out trades for the various missing pieces - and that's where this blog originated from.



You see, I for the past three years, I was a regular blogger over at Sporting News. However, a series of unfortunate events, coupled with nonstop petty squabbling over stupid things, forced me to vacate my Sporting News blog. From there, I moved to Blogger and I haven't looked back. Many of my good "blog friends" from Sporting News also found new homes at roughly same time, so we were pretty much the only visitors on each others blogs for awhile. However, one day I posted about baseball cards and "Woah" there was an entire blogosphere full of people interested in baseball cards and (better yet) trading baseball cards...



My blog has slowly transformed from a place to post about the Cincinnati Reds to a place to post about my Reds, baseball cards, cooking, and whatever else I feel like talking about for the day. While my blog certainly isn't among the most popular out there, nor does it look like I'll ever retire off of my AdSense income (all $7.87 of it), I've enjoyed my time spent writing my blog and reading others (and all the resulting trades and comments).



I'm sure that if I continue buying cards that someday I'll pull a card that I will be able to claim as my "centerpiece". In fact, I had a card in my possession once that would fit that bill (an autographed Hank Aaron card that I got from a hobby shop pack on vacation), but I was young and the $300 off of eBay seemed like more fun than having an autograph sit around while I was in college (before you judge, realize those textbooks are expensive!). Perhaps some day I'll pull another Hall of Fame auto or relic, but until then, my centerpiece will be my sets that I've collected - and hopefully my centerpiece will continue to grow and, at the same time, provide years of exitement and fun for myself and others.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Delivery Time! Trade with Ryan from Trader Crack's Card Blog

It was another exciting mail week where I recieved a bunch of different packages from fellow bloggers. One of the packages was from Ryan at Trader Crack's Card Blog. Awhile back, I sent Ryan an Upper Deck base card he needed, Allen & Ginter insert, and a bunch of Montreal Expos cards.


In return, Ryan knocked a few more cards off my want list, including:



2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces - Alex Gordon. I love this set and hope to complete it soon. The short prints may be out of reach (I haven't checked eBay to see what they go for there though).




2008 Allen & Ginter mini A&G back: Stevie Willaims and Rampage Jackson. Another favorite set, I'm getting tantalyzingly close to completing the mini set (regular backs).




1997 Collector's Choice: For some reason, I loved this set when it came out. I only own one series I card (must have got it in a repack of some sort), but I am quite close to having the entire second series. Of the three cards that Ryan sent me, the McGwire is my favorite - that would have been a nice pull back in the day. Of the three cards, it is also interesting that two of the players are now baseball outcasts - something that is unfortunately going to be said about a lot of players from the late 90s and early 00s I think.



Thanks again to Ryan, if anyone else wants to set up a trade, please check out my (contantly updated) want list. Thanks!

For Trade: 2008 Upper Deck Goudey

2008 Upper Deck Goudey (available for trade):
Updated: 1/06/09

Base (for trade): 1 (3), 3 (2), 6, 8 (6), 10 (3), 12 (2), 13 (6), 20, 21 (2), 22 (5), 25 (3), 27 (2), 29 (2), 30, 33, 34 (5), 35, 36 (5), 37, 38, 39 (4), 47, 48 (3), 50, 51 (3), 53 (3), 58, 60 (6), 61, 62 (6), 64 (3), 65 (5), 70 (2), 72 (2), 73, 74 (5), 76 (2), 77 (2), 79 (2), 81, 82, 84 (2), 85, 86 (2), 88, 90 (2), 91 (5), 95, 100 (2), 103 (2), 105 (4), 107 (3), 112 (8), 114 (2), 116 (3), 117 (5), 125 (3), 126 (4), 128, 129 (3), 131 (2), 133, 134, 138 (4), 140 (4), 141 (3), 142 (3), 143 (4), 145, 147 (2), 151 (3), 152 (4), 155 (3), 157 (3), 160, 164 (7), 165, 166 (4), 168 (2), 169 (5), 173, 176 (2), 178 (3), 180, 181 (3), 182, 183 (2), 185 (2), 190 (6), 192 (3), 193, 194 (2), 195 (4)

Hit Parade of Champions (for trade): HPC-14, HPC-19 (note slight roller marks on HPC-19)

Contact me at fanofZZreds.auctZZions@gmail.com, (remove the ZZ’s) to set up a trade! You can find the link to my want list here.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

My Auctions - Ending Today (with bonus for blog readers!)

While I don't normally do this, I figured it wouldn't hurt to "pimp" my own auctions on eBay that end Sunday evening. If one of my readers wins any of my auctions, I'll try to throw in something extra as a thank you (just mention that you are a reader when you send payment).

I usually only sell a few things at a time. For this round of auctions, I have:

Yankee Stadium Legacy cards, Allen & Ginter minis (basically all my extras since the trade offers for these has slowed to a crawl), a Dick Perez complete set of Topps Heritage, a bunch of Chrome cards, and some Upper Deck Goudey short prints.


In other news, I've been working on some thank you posts that will be up over the course of the week...and in a couple of hours I'll be glued to the television watching my Steelers take on their bitter rivals, the Ravens.

...and as always, if you want to set up a trade take a look at my want list and make an offer!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

MLB Hot Stove: Reds Sign Arthur Rhodes

According to the Dayton Daily News, the Reds have signed left-handed reliever Arthur Rhodes to a 2-year, 4 million dollar contract pending a physical.


In other news, the Reds still have no offense and thus, probably won't need Arthur to be all that good regardless. . .

Sources:
http://www.homeruncards.com/imagesrc/rhodesudfe.jpg
http://www.daytondailynews.com/o/content/shared-gen/blogs/dayton/cincinnatireds/entries/2008/12/11/rhodes_agrees_to_sign_with_red.html?cxntnid=red-121108

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Topps Stadium Club - Thank you Target!

You never know what you might find at the big box stores...


Yesterday, I headed to the mall to purchase my final Christmas present (I can't believe I'm done shopping either). On the way back, I decided I ought to reward myself for being so diligent in my shopping so I stopped in at Target to see what baseball card goodies I could find.

Most of the packs looked "searched", so I avoided those. Instead, I picked up a retail box of Topps Stadium Club (the more of this set I buy, the more of it I want). I took the single $19.99 box up to the counter and prepared to charge it to my credit card. The cashier was completely disconnected from her job...she mumbled $23.16 and I swiped my card without paying attention (apparently I was also disconnected from reality).

As I walked back to my car, it slowly dawned on me that I just paid $3.17 in taxes (that's almost 16%!) Needless to say, I wasn't happy - but it was cold and I figured oh well...however, a quick look at the receipt turned my disappointment into "wow!" It seems I was mistaken - I got charged $2.99 for the box, not $19.99... Apparently the cashier said three sixteen, not twenty-three sixteen as I thought I heard.

Now, that wasn't the only good news for me with the box. You see, I almost never pull autographs. I probably bought 20 Allen & Ginter retail boxes and at least 2 hobby boxes this year, all without seeing a single autograph. I bought countless retail boxes of Goudey without an auto (though I did pull one auto of Noah Lowry in my hobby box of Goudey...of course you are guaranteed an auto with hobby boxes of Goudy...)

With that in mind, I said to myself "I bet I pull an autograph from this box, despite the horrendous odds, it's been that kind of box."

Lo and behold, I was correct (and seriously, who says "lo and behold" anyway...I don't even know where that came from as I typed it.)

I pulled a gorgeous Beam Team autograph of Delwyn Young.



Scans don't do these cards justice - I love the stained glass effect, if you hold them up to the light you can see through the cards. I absolutely want to collect more of these.

As for the rest of the box, nothing spectacular. I got a nifty shot of Albert Pujols (nifty in the fact that it is basically a shot of infield dirt). Albert's card is one of seven First Day Issue cards in the box (one per pack).


I also pulled a card of Chipper Jones that was interesting in that the shot appears to be of Chipper (failing) to break up a double play. I say failing because it appears the two Pittsburgh Pirates in the background are running back to their dugout.
Quick question for other collectors out there. Is there a first day issue version of each card? Is there more than one first day issue per card - because in my limited buying I have two different first day issues of J.R. Towles.



See my want list for the cards I'm missing from the set.

2008 Topps Stadium Club cards I have for trade (update 12/10/08):
Regular issue: 4 (2), 7, 11 (2), 13, 17, 22, 25, 26, 29 (2), 31, 32, 37, 55, 59, 61, 65, 68, 76, 77, 79, 83, 89, 98, 101 (2), 104 (2), 106, 109, 112, 115, 116, 118, 124, 130, 149

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Delivery Time! Trade with Dan from Saints of the Cheap Seats

I traded with Dan from Saints of the Cheap Seats once before with great results. Last week, Dan sent me an email saying he had some cards on my want list...and a few days later the cards were sitting in my mailbox - all without me finding anything to trade Dan! Needless to say, I'm extremely grateful for the cards - and I will be scouring Dan's want list to see what cards I can send back to return the favor.


Many thanks to Dan for:

27 different mini (base) Allen & Ginter cards I needed

3 different mini (short print) Allen & Ginter cards I needed




1 World's Icon mini card I needed (Beowulf). I love the World's Icon set - and I'm only missing a few more...



Thanks again - and check your mail later this week...a package will be on the way!


Anyone else want to trade? Check out my want list and make an offer!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Delivery Time! Trade with Peter at Dropped Third Strike

I've been swapping a lot of Allen & Ginter cards lately, so my latest trade with Peter from Dropped Third Strike was a refreshing change of pace. I sent Peter a pile of Goudey cards (you can read about his side of the trade here)...he sent me a pile of UD Baseball Heroes and UD Spectrum cards. In fact, thanks to Peter, I am only two cards away from the complete UD Baseball Heroes set!




Thanks again Peter! If anyone else wants to set up a trade with me, check out my want list and then make an offer!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

MLB Hot Stove: Reds deal Homer Bailey to White Sox (?)

According to Dayton Daily News, the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a trade prior to baseball's annual meetings. The Reds have agreed to trade one-time superstar prospect Homer Bailey for the White Sox power hitting veteran outfielder Jermaine Dye.


The deal works for the Reds because they desperately needed a right-handed power bat. The deal works for the White Sox because they get (possibly) a great, young pitcher...assuming Duncan can "fix" Homer's supposedly poor attitude and turn him into a pitcher, not a thrower.

Other terms of the deal (if any) have not been announced. It is unknown how much (if any) cash will trade hands - most likely Chicago has to eat some of Dye's contract...but then again, knowing how the Reds deal (3 million for Corey Patterson anyone?), perhaps they decided to throw a couple million Chicago's way for no reason.


Sources:
http://www.daytondailynews.com/s/content/oh/story/sports/pro/reds/2008/12/07/ddn120808spredsweb.html
http://www.bestsportsphotos.com/images/PF/05DyeJermaine02.jpg

Delivery Time! Trade with Brian at Waxaholic

After sorting through my pre-Thanksgiving Day trades and updating all my want lists, I received another round of trade proposals, including one from Brian at Waxaholic.

I sent Brian some Allen & Ginter cards he needed - and in return he sent me a bunch of mini A&G cards I needed as well as a couple of Reds and some hockey cards (gotta love the Canadians eh?!) You can read about his side of the trade on his blog.

What I got:

18 mini Allen & Ginter (regular back) cards

1 pack of 1999/2000 Upper Deck NHL Gold Reserve Hockey - I got two cards of Wayne Gretzsky (which basically means I got two cards of players I know! They are nice cards though I must say.)
8 assorted Cincinnati Reds cards, including:
1990 Fleer Barry Larkin (one of my all-time favorite players)

1987 Donruss Eric Davis (loved him as a Red)
1982 Topps Johnny Bench and Johnny Bench "in action" cards. The '82 set is a great set!
1985 Topps (?) All-Time Record Holders of Frank Robinson and Pete Rose. I actually don't know what these are from exactly - anyone have some insight for me?
1982 Fleer Tom Seaver. Seaver was one of the best pitchers ever, great card.
2004 Fleer Greats Johnny Bench. This is a gorgeous set - I don't think I have ever seen these cards before...anyone have information on this set too?

Thanks again Brian! It was a great trade for the Allen & Ginter minis alone - the rest of the cards were simply a nice bonus... I'll have to start gathering cards for our next trade!