Sunday, May 31, 2009

Barry Larkin Collection 19: 1991 Upper Deck #353

Barry Larkin
Brand: Upper Deck
Card number: 353
The 1991 Upper Deck set is a gorgeous set - it's not hard to see why so many collectors favored early 90s Upper Deck over Topps (of course, the 1991 Topps set is rather nice too - but I think it was relatively stale at the time...) The '91 Upper Deck Larkin card features a fairly nice front photo (not sure what's up with the catcher's mitt in the photo, seems odd), and a second photo of Larkin on the reverse. While a decent card, there's a different Larkin card from this set that I like a lot more...

Saturday, May 30, 2009

2009 Topps Series 2 (Target) Pack 3 of 3

The third (of three) 2009 Topps Series 2 packs from Target. You can find the first pack here and the second pack on the blog A Pack to be Named Later of which I am also a contributor.

Let's dig in:

434. Detroit Power Authority (Guillen & Cabrera)
453. Javier Valentin

515. Gary Sheffield
520. Adrian Gonzalez
548. John Danks

552. Eric Byrnes
563. Francisco Cordero
576. Don Wakamatsu I love this photo. I think because Don looks like a Little League coach flashing the signs to the hitter and runners. It even looks like a house in the background at sunset - much like any Little League park might look like!

589. Ricky Romero
592. Fred Lewis
607. Jarrod Washburn

Topps Town:

TTT35. Prince Fielder

Well, at least this pack had a couple of Reds in it (even if there's no good reason why Javier Valentin is in the set as a Red). Still, that's better than nothing. Overall, I like Series 2 - it continues everything that was good in Series 1! The photography might even be better than the first series, apparently Topps sensed that Upper Deck was down and wanted to deliver the knockout blow.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Delivery Time! Trade with Adam from Thoughts and Sox

More mail - more cards knocked off my want list! This time, a package from Adam of the Thoughts and Sox blog showed up in my mailbox. I sent Adam some 2008 Upper Deck base cards, a few 2008 Upper Deck Timeline short prints, a 2008 Topps Allen & Ginter mini card, and a couple of other cards. In return, Adam sent me a bunch of goodies!

Adam sent me:

2009 Upper Deck:
These are the first Upper Deck cards from 2009 that I have! I decided that I needed to cut back on at least a few sets this year, so I chose the Topps base set to collect since I liked it better this year (of course, that was before I knew there were three different versions of the Topps base set...)
94. Chris Dickerson
99. Johnny Cueto (Some sort of parallel, numbered out of 99 on the front 16/99. I)

2009 Topps Heritage:
175. Tim Redding
266. Ricky Nolasco
302. Philadelphia Phillies

415. Jayson Werth

2009 Topps Heritage Chrome:
I really like the chrome set this year - but I'm not optimistic that I'll be able to complete it...they've been quite difficult to track down in trades!
C78. Kila Ka'aihue

Finally, in what is probably my favorite card of the entire trade, Adam threw in a surprise Barry Larkin card. The best part is that not only did I not have the card, I didn't even know it existed before opening the package! Thanks Adam - and rest assured, the Larkin card will get its own post as part of my ongoing Barry Larkin Collection series.

Thanks again Adam. As always, if anyone else would like to work out a trade, check out my want list and make an offer!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Getting Ready for eBay - Part 1

Now the that release for 2009 Allen & Ginter is around the corner, I've decided to try and sell off a few of my cards with the hopes of making enough cash to buy a box of A&G. As many of you know, I tend to collect a lot of sets (see my want list for proof of that)...which means I have a lot of cards from a variety of sets that I'll be posting on eBay in the upcoming week or two (if all goes well).

Of course, before I post on eBay, I like to offer up any of the cards here first for potential trades - if I can fill some of my want lists that's better than cash!

Without further delay, here are the first 7 cards that I plan to list before too long - all from 2009 Topps.

LPR-1: Babe Ruth

I like the "classic" feel that the design of the patch exudes (which makes sense I suppose since it is a reproduction of a patch design from 1921. Babe Ruth is one of the better players featured in the patch set - which is good for my wallet I hope.

LPR-5: Jimmie Foxx

Not a lot special about this particular patch - which is basically a summary of how I feel about Foxx. A good player, but not one that I'm particularly interested in.

LPR-15: Ted Williams

Here's the thing with these patch cards - what team do you associate this card with? Boston because it features Ted Williams or Cleveland because the patch was from the All-Star game in Cleveland and it features a giant, grinning Chief Wahoo?

LPR-27: Ernie Banks

I actually have two of this card, though I'll only be listing one on eBay. At least this particular card has the patch team match the player team, so this one's 100% Cubs!

LPR-29: Roberto Clemente

Clemente is one of the players I wish I had been able to see play live. However, this card is a lot like the Ted Williams card - a player of one team and a patch with a giant grinning Cleveland Chief Wahoo, this time from th 1963 All-Star Game.

LPR-37: Carl Yastrzemski

Another Red Sox with a patch displaying a different team's emblem. This time, it's the All-Star patch from the game in Atlanta.

LPR-45: Cal Ripken Jr.

And finally, in what might be the most boring patch (design wise), the 1983 World Series patch featuring Cal Ripken Jr.

Again, if you'd like to trade for any of these, please check out my want list and let me know. Otherwise, they'll be on eBay before too long where you can bid on 'em!

Delivery Time! Trade with Chris from Stale Gum

Another day, another yellow envelope in the mail! This one is from Chris, author of the Stale Gum blog. I sent Chris four 2009 Topps Heritage base cards plus a Target exclusive Ichiro Mayo insert card.

In return, Chris sent me:

2008 Topps Heritage:

661: Endy Chavez

TN9: Early Wynn / Jake Peavy

2009 Topps Heritage:

117: Micheal Bowden

163: Johnny Damon

NF1: Aswan High Dam

Thanks again Chris! If anyone else would like to work out a trade, check out my want list and make an offer!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Delivery Time! Trade with David from Long Fly Ball to Because

One of the greatest thing about writing this blog has been the wide range of readers and the corresponding trades that the readership brings. One of my latest swaps was with David from the Long Fly Ball to Because blog. He wrote about his end of the trade here, so I'll refer you there to see what I sent him.

In return, he sent me three more of the 2009 Topps black cards that I needed for my set. I'm getting exceedingly close to having all three Series I versions complete!

Here's what David sent me:

2009 Topps black (Wal*Mart) version:

48: Mike Napoli

98: Akinori Iwamura

277: Asdrubal Cabrera

Thanks again David! If anyone else would like to work out a trade, please check out my want list and make an offer!

2009 Upper Deck Goudey for Trade

The following 2009 Upper Deck Goudey cards are available for trade. Please check out my want list for the cards I am currently looking for. Thanks!

Last update: 6/26/15
Base Cards:

2. Max Scherzer
3. Stephen Drew
6. Dan Haren
7. Chris Young
8. Brian McCann
9. Jeff Francoeur
10. James Parr
13. Chipper Jones
18. Nick Markakis
22. Jason Bay
23. Josh Beckett
28. Jacoby Ellsbury
29. Jason Veritek
33. J.D. Drew
42. Carlos Zambrano
43. Rich Harden
44. Geovany Soto
46. Ken Griffey Jr.
48. Jim Thome
50. Alexei Ramirez
55. Dave Concepcion
56. Joey Votto
61. Grady Sizemore
63. Victor Martinez
65. Dexter Fowler
66. Garrett Atkins
66. Garrett Atkins
67. Troy Tulowitzki
69. Curtis Granderson
70. Carlos Guillen
78. Josh Johnson
79. Carlos Lee
80. Roy Oswalt
82. Lance Berkman
85. Alex Gordon
88. Jered Weaver
91. Garrett Anderson
92. Torii Hunter
94. Clayton Kershaw
102. Brad Penny
104. Kirk Gibson
105. Alcides Escobar
106. Bill Hall
106. Bill Hall
107. Mat Gamel
112. CC Sabathia
113. Ryan Braun
117. Nick Blackburn
117. Nick Blackburn
118. Joe Mauer
124. Jonathon Niese
126. Jose Reyes
128. Johan Santana
129. A.J. Burnett
129. A.J. Burnett
136. Chien-Ming Wang
137. Mariano Rivera
138. Joba Chamberlain
139. Jason Giambi
141. Greg Smith
141. Greg Smith
142. Marlon Byrd
142. Marlon Byrd
143. Johnny Damon
147. Mark Teahen
148. Jack Cust
149. Kurt Suzuki
150. Bobby Crosby
152. Lou Marson
153. Chase Utley
153. Chase Utley
154. Jimmy Rollins
155. Ryan Howard
160. Edwin Encarnacion
161. Nate McLouth
162. Ryab Doumit
163. Adrian Gonzalez
165. Jake Peavy
172. Tim Lincecum
173. Matt Tuiasosopo
174. Ichiro
175. Felix Hernandez
176. Erik Bedard
177. Ryan Ludwick
178. Albert Pujols
185. Carl Crawford
186. Scott Kazmir
188. James Schields
189. Josh Hamilton
190. Ian Kinsler
190. Ian Kinsler
194. Travis Snider
195. Vernon Wells
196. Alex Rios
197. Ryan Zimmerman
198. Shairon Martis
200. Cristian Guzman

Green Mini Cards:
24. Justin Masterson
32. Daisuke Matsuzaka
56. Joey Votto
59. Kelly Shoppach
69. Curtis Granderson
80. Roy Oswalt
146. Jeff Baisley
147. Mark Teahen
173. Matt Tuiasosopo
Green Mini Short Print:
223. Tony Gwynn
291. Alfonso Soriano

Blue Mini Cards:
35. Clay Buchholz
62. Travis Hafner
83. Kila Ka'Aihue
155. Ryan Howard
Blue Mini Short Print:
297. Jim Thome

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

2009 Topps Series 2 (Target) Pack 1 of 3

My local Target finally got some 2009 Topps Series 2 cards... It's strange, every time I go to Target I'm the only one that's ever in the card aisle - and yet, the new cards keep disappearing off the store shelves (I haven't seen Topps Series 1 blasters in over a month)...the Topps Heritage blasters were gone and there was only one 2009 Upper Deck Spectrum box left (and it was "hidden" in the back of the shelf).

Anyhow, thanks to the gravity feed display, I was able to pick up my first three packs of 2009 Topps Series 2. Here's the first pack:

340. Joe Mauer
354. Mike Aviles

Notice the big ugly white box behind the Topps trophy on the Aviles card. I think Topps forgot to fix that before sending the cards to print!
389. Garrett Olson
472. Bill Hall
479. Brad Nelson
488. Ozzie Guillen
549. Randy Winn
614. David Murphy This is my favorite card of the pack - the enormity of the ball park and the excitement of the homerun are captured perfectly in this still frame.
631. Colby Rasmus
640. B.J. Upton

Topps Town:

TTT48. Mark Teixeira

Not the best pack I could envision opening to begin my quest of series 2 cards...not a single Red or even overly interesting card. At least the Topps Town cards seem a bit more like a baseball card since they have a team logo on them - I like that.

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

A few days ago, I posted a list of doubles for the 2009 Topps Heritage set with the hopes of trading some of my extras for cards I actually needed. Dan, of the excellent Saints of the Cheap Seats blog, was one of the first to contact me with a potential trade.

I agreed to send Dan 5 Heritage base cards, 1 short print (Halladay), and 1 insert (Aparicio / Taveras) in return for 3 Heritage base cards and 2 Heritage Chrome cards. Dan, however, went above and beyond that sending me a yellow envelope full of cards that I needed (plus some extra Reds which I always like getting)!

Let's dig in and see what Dan sent me:

2009 Topps Heritage:
68: Edwin Jackson
83: Derek Jeter
124: Jason Motte

2009 Topps Heritage Chrome:
C26: Vladimir Guerrero
C72: Asrian Gonzalez

2009 Upper Deck Spectrum:
11: Josh Beckett
86: Erik Bedard

2008 Upper Deck Timeline:
110: Edinson Volquez
177: Joey Votto

190: Homer Bailey
236: Johnny Cueto

2009 Topps (Black border):
29: Jerry Hairston Jr.

2009 Topps (Gold parallel):
54: Dusty Baker

2008 Topps Chrome:
196: Joey Votto

2008 Topps Chrome Refractors:

92: Adam Dunn
150: Homer Bailey

2009 Bowman:
BP77: Sean Conner

2007 Bowman Chrome:
BDPP98: Joey Votto

Thanks again Dan! If anyone else would like to work out a trade, check out my want list and make an offer!

Barry Larkin Collection 18: 1991 Topps #730

Barry Larkin
Year: 1991
Brand: Topps
Card Number: 730

This is the second Barry Larkin card in the 1991 Topps set (his all-star card was the other). As I've mentioned before, I believe that 1991 Topps set is an under-appreciated set! This particular Larkin card doesn't exactly scream "awesome photo" though I am somewhat intrigued by the background structure - this must have been a spring training photo shoot.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Last Call for the Contest

Quick reminder: Today is the last day you can enter my contest - there's only 9 participants so far...

Happy Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Contest Reminder and Sign Ups

Reminder - I've opened up the next month's MLB Division Leaders contest. See the sign up page here - win free stuff!

In other news - Happy Memorial Day everybody. I enjoyed my first campfire last night, and the first grilled food of the summer for lunch!

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Contest Results and NEW CONTEST!

Just about a month ago, I posted a contest asking you to pick the 6 division leaders for May 24. Since we are only 1 day away, it's safe to assign any division leader with more than a 1.5 game lead for the purposes of the contest. As of tomorrow, the Tigers, Rangers, Phillies, and Dodgers are all guaranteed to be in first place (alone). Only the AL East and NL Central could see a change at the top between today's games and tomorrow morning.

So, how did everyone do using just the preliminary 4 division "winners"?

NL East: New York Mets
NL Central: Chicago Cubs
NL West: LA Dodgers
AL East: Boston Red Sox/New York Yankees (tie)
AL Central: Detroit Tigers
AL West: Oakland A's

Grand Cards
NL East: Mets
NL Central: Cardinals
NL West: Dodgers
AL East: Red Sox
AL Central: Tigers
AL West: Mariners

night owl
NL East: Marlins
NL Central: Cubs
NL West: Dodgers
AL East: Red Sox
AL Central: White Sox
AL West: Mariners

Captain Canuck
Red Sox

NL East: Florida Marlins
NL Central: St. Louis Cardinals
NL West: LA Dodgers
AL East: Boston Red Sox
AL Central: Chicago White Sox
AL West: Seattle Mariners

White Sox Cards
NL East: Marlins
NL Central: Pirates
NL West: Dodgers
AL East: Blue Jays
AL Central: White Sox
AL West: Angels


NL East: Phillies
NL Central: Cardinals
NL West: Dodgers
AL East: Red Sox
AL Central: Twins
AL West: Rangers

NL East: Marlins
NL Central: Cardinals
NL West: Dodgers
AL East: Red Sox
AL Central: Royals
AL: West: Mariners

Karmic Boomerang
Red Sox

NL East: Phillies
NL Central: Reds
NL West: Giants
AL East: Red Sox
AL Central: Royals
AL West: Angels

AL East: Toronto
AL Central: Minnesota
AL West: Seattle
NL East: Philadelphia
NL Central: Pittsburgh
NL West: Los Angeles


Red Sox
White Sox

Dinged Corners
NL East: Mets
NL Central: Cardinals
NL West: Dodgers
AL East: Blue Jays
AL Central: Tigers
AL West: Mariners

...and last, myself:
NL East: Florida Marlins
NL Central: Cincinnati Reds
NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers
AL East: Toronto Blue Jays / Boston Red Sox (tie)
AL Central: Chicago White Sox
AL West: Texas Rangers


If nothing else, I guess that ought to be proof that:
a) Collectively, we still have no idea what is going to happen even one month later, and
b) picking division leaders isn't as easy as at least I thought it would be!

As you can see, NO one picked even the 4 division leaders that are set in stone - let alone the two undecided division leaders.

And so, the best thing I can think of (since I didn't expect this to happen!) is to open the contest up again for the next month.

Pick the 6 division leaders (or more in case of a tie for division lead, you must note that in your picks). The contest will remain open until May 31. The contest will end on July 1 (i.e. who will be leading each division after the June games are done)? As before, the first person who comments with the correct predictions AND who leaves a way for me to contact him or her will be the winner.

Good luck - and here are my picks for what they are worth:
NL East: Phillies
NL Central: Reds
NL West: Dodgers
AL East: Red Sox
AL Central: Tigers
AL West: Angels

I'll try to make the prize will be cards of each of the 6 division leading teams or something else equally awesome if I happen to not have anything interesting from the 6 division leading teams (relics, autographs, etc.)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Delivery Time! Trade with Brandon

A quick trade with Brandon netted me all the remaining 1991 Topps baseball cards that I needed except for eight (I still need: 35, 366, 384, 511, 592, 684, 774, 781). In return, I sent Brandon a huge stack of 2008 Upper Deck Goudey cards.

Out of all the cards I got, this was by far my favorite:

I love the hand on the base and the display of hustle (the batting helmet is still in the air even)! I also love that there doesn't appear to be anyone else in the vicinity, why was Mack sliding with such for anyway?

Thanks again Brandon! If anyone else would like to work out a trade, check out my want list and make an offer!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Repack! Gems of the Game...pssh.

Walked into my local Wal*Mart looking for some Series 2 Topps. Walked out of Wal*Mart with a blaster of Goudey and repack box "Games of the Game" which loudly advertised 16 assorted MLB packs.

Digging in, I got:

1 pack of 2008 Spectrum
1 pack of 2007 UD Masterpieces
1 pack of 2007 Fleer Ultra
1 pack of 2006 Hidden Treasures "World's Greatest Card Chase"
1 pack of 1989 Donruss
1 pack of 2007 Topps Series 2
1 pack of 2007 Topps Updates & Highlights
1 pack of 2004 Fleer Ultra Update
1 pack of 2008 Upper Deck First Edition
1 pack of 2008 Topps Series 1
1 fat pack of 2006 Upper Deck Series 2
1 jumbo pack of 2006 Topps Series 2
2 packs of 2007 Upper Deck Series 2
2 packs of 2007 Upper Deck Series 1

Overall, I was actually impressed by the diversity of packs within the box. I was expecting a box full of 1987 Topps packs - that's usually my luck...but at least this box yielded a nice variety. How did I do with any individual pack? You'll have to stay tuned to A Pack to be Named Later as I've been posting single pack breaks there for a couple of weeks now!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Barry Larkin Collection 17: 1991 Topps #400

Barry Larkin (All-Star)
Brand: Topps
Card number: 400

The 1991 Topps set is completely undervalued in my humble opinion. This set was arguably Topps best base set of the '90s (not that that is saying a whole lot). This particular card isn't an example of a great photo, but it's still a decent card. Like most Topps base cards, the back of this card is full of statistics - this one features the 1990 leaders in hits (in which Larkin was number 4 in the National League).

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

2009 Upper Deck Goudey Blaster

I went to Target today with the hopes of finding some early packs of Topps Series 2 or at the very least, another old school blaster of Topps Series 1 since I'm still missing quite a few of those. Unfortunately, there were no 2009 Topps to be found (except the plain white bordered ones...but I'm done with that set)!

However, never one to leave a card aisle without at least something, I picked up a pair of 2009 Upper Deck Goudey blasters, moving my total number of Goudey blasters up to three...which is probably enough to seriously consider collecting a set I told myself I wouldn't.

What'd I get? Glad you asked...


11. Tom Glavine
13. Chipper Jones
14. Kelly Johnson
16. Jeremy Guthrie
23. Josh Beckett
26. Michel Bowden
35. Clay Buchholz
37. Derrek Lee
38. Kosuke Fukudome

40. Alfonso Soriano
47. Nick Swisher
48. Jim Thome
49. Jermaine Dye
59. Kelly Shoppach
60. Fausto Carmona
61. Grady Sizemore
62. Travis Hafner
64. Cliff Lee
71. Gary Sheffield
73. Magglio Ordonez
74. Justin Verlander
83. Kila Ka'Aihue
84. Joakim Soria
85. Alex Gordon
95. Cory Wade
97. Russell Martin
98. Scott Elbert
100. Andre Ethier
102. Brad Penny
103. Takashi Saito
110. Yovani Gallardo
115. Denard Span
120. Francisco Liriano
121. Kevin Slowey
122. Delmon Young
127. Carlos Beltran
132. Ian Kennedy
133. Phil Coke
134. Phil Hughes

139. Jason Giambi
145. Carlos Gonzalez
146. Jeff Baisley
156. Greg Golson
158. Shane Victorino
163. Adrian Gonzalez
170. Wade LeBlanc
175. Felix Hernandez
180. Troy Glaus
181. Bob Gibson
182. B.J. Upton
186. Scott Kazmir
187. Carlos Pena
194. Travis Snider
199. Lastings Milledge

Short Prints:

204. Jack Morris
249. Bobby Orr

275. Josh Hamilton

35 4-in 1s:
Red Border:
35-15: Papelbon, Soria, Hoffman, and Rivera
35-87: McCann, Doumit, Martin, and Mauer

Blue Border:
35-67: Ortiz, Howard, Fielder, and Giambi


80: Roy Oswalt
137: Mariano Rivera
297: Jim Thome

Upper Deck Retrospective
556: North Carolina Tar Heels

Monday, May 18, 2009

Photo Blogging: PNC Park - Cardinals vs. Pirates

I spent most of last week in Pittsburgh - and you can't go to Pittsburgh and not make time to visit beautiful PNC Park.

I decided to go to the Tuesday night Pirates game against the St. Louis Cardinals. At the time, my Reds were 2 games behind the Cardinals, so a Reds win coupled with a Cardinals loss would mean good things for the Reds!

First inning, already 1-0 Cardinals thanks to an Albert Pujols homerun. At this point, I thought the Pirates had possibly already lost. Oh how wrong I was!

Ryan Ludwick on base - shortly afterwards Ludwick ended up having to leave the game after hurting himself in the outfield.

Nice view of the city from my seat. In fact, I don't think there is a bad view anywereh in the ballpark!

Not exactly difficult to find good seats in Pittsburgh... The lady standing there is a worker - but she wouldn't let ANYone move down...even in the later innings - despite the fact that they only sold one ticket to the entire block of seats.

The one lady that was sitting there left for food, giving me a perfect view of the out of town scoreboard.

Back to the game, it's now 7-1 Pittsburgh!

Pujols in the field.

Pujols watching another Pittsburgh hit head into the outfield.

Near the end of the game...

The PNC Park concourse on the way out... And after the evening was over and the Pirates won 7-1, the Reds were only a game back. Too bad they proceeded to get swept by the Padres later in the weekend...

Overall, I love going to PNC Park. Great views, lots of good food, and most of all, good prices!