Complete Set Chronicles
Take a look at some of the sets that I've completed. This is a (slow) work in progress - more sets will be added as time permits!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Here's what Paul sent me:
1. Carlton Fisk
9. Bruce Sutter
10. Don Sutton
20. Chet Lemon
46. Gary Woods
192. Howard Johnson
282. Shawn Abner
402. Pat Pacillo
411. Bobby Cox
415. Ron Darling
418. Ken Landreaux
440. Fernando Valenzuela
444. Tony Phillips
498. Ed Romero
506. Frankling Stubbs
507. Ray Fontenot
538. Keith Moreland
539. Aurelio Lopez
552. Chris Codiroli
555. Bob Stanley
Many thanks Paul! And, as always, if anyone else would like to work out a trade, check out my want list and make an offer!
Friday, October 30, 2009
First, I saw box full of "Fan Pak" packs. A cheap pack with six different things in it - sounds good enough for me to try out...even if that savings is from a result of not spelling the word "pack" correctly on the wrapper.
For a little fun, I decided to purchase to "Fan Paks" and have a pack war with them. Scoring will be more arbitrary than usual...and if you've seen past pack wars, you know the scoring is extremely arbitrary to start with!
First the closest thing to typical baseball cards:
Top Story 09. Vladimir Guerrero (o points. I never disliked Vlad, but I've never really liked him either.)
Top Story 23. Rick Ankiel (1 point for his nice comeback after his disastrous pitching career, but then -1 point for being a Cardinal, so 0 points overall.)
Top Story 07. Red Sox World Series Champs: (ooh, not a good start pack two. I don't like the Red Sox much - and the '04 season is a big reason why the Red Sox are almost as annoying as the Yankees today. Minus 4 points.)
Top Story 16. Ichiro: Ah, that's better. I never minded the Mariners - and Ichiro is a fun player to watch. +1 point.
Pack 1: 0 points
Pack 2: -3 points
Ouch, the "Fan Pak" has been a "Dud Pak" so far.
Next, each pack contained two pop up cards:
Jose Reyes (Ugh, a Met. Reyes isn't my least favorite Met, but still, he calls New York home... Minus 2 points for that.)
Carlos Zambrano (Heh, a Cub and a Met in the same pack. Not cool "Fan Pak", not cool. Minus 1 point.)
Jimmy Rollins (Hey, a Phillie! +1 point for that, +1 more point as an extra incentive to beat the Yankees in the World Series. Total +2 points)
Brian Roberts (The Orioles have always been a team I have no problem rooting for. It's a shame that they've only managed to be marginally better than the Reds this decade... +1 point for Mr. Roberts.)
Pack 1: -6 points
Pack 2: 0 points
Oh my. There might be a reason why these
packs paks were only $1.99 each...
And now for the first of the one-ofs, a MLB Trivia & Mini Games card:
Pack 01: The front of the card has a zoomed in picture of the Red Sox logo (minus 1 point), a triple play question that includes 2 (out of 3) questions from pre-1900 trivia (old history is cool, +2 points for that), and a "name that mascot" challenge dealing with the Tigers (+1 point, +1 more because I didn't know the Tigers mascot's name was Paws.) The back includes the full Red Sox logo (minus another point), a Did You Know dealing with the difference between Spring Training Leagues (yep, I did know, minus 1 for not teaching me anything new), and a Baseball, Paper, Scissors icon in the top right corner of Scissors (0 points). If that icon was Spock it would have been an automatic win for pack 1 - just sayin'. Grand total: +1 point.
Pack 02: The same basic information as the card in pack 1, so let's briefly summarize the points. (Oriole logo on front, +1. Trivia where the Reds is an answer, +3. Name the Pirates mascot, +1. On the back, full Oriole logo +0, Did You Know factoid about the mud - I did know but it's actually interesting, +1. Name of the Pirate's mascot - Pirate parrot, seriously? That's dumb...minus 1. Paper for the Baseball, Paper, Scissors thing...guess I need to give Pack 1 an extra two points because Pack 1's scissors beat Pack 2's paper. Total for pack 2: +5 points. Revised pack 1 totals: +3 points.
Pack 1: -3 points
Pack 2: 5 points
And finally, tattoos - because of course you don't can't possibly have a Fan Pak without tattoos!
Reds (Oh yeah. Finally a Reds related something for pack 1. +5 points.)
Homer! (Chicks dig the long ball right? +2 points)
Weird Baseball icon thing: (Eh, this doesn't do anything for me. 0 points)
Yankees (Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. -3 points)
Brewers (Booooo. -1 point)
Strange MLB logo (Booooooring. 0 points)
Pack 1: 4 points
Pack 2: 1 points
So there you have it! Pack 1 pulls off a crazy win thanks to the Reds tattoo. I'm not sure these two "Fan Paks" were really meant for me though - not a single actual card of a player that I'm a fan of. Oh well - it was fun... Everything listed is available for trade - check out my want list and make an offer.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
It's been an interesting transition - I started blogging over at Sporting News a few years ago - but a lot of drama combined with shoddy customer service convinced me to start my own blog. After that, it slowly morphed from a outlet for me to offer commentary on the Reds to a full blown baseball card blog with the occassional post on cooking, origami, or whatever else struck my fancy that day.
I started this blog on June 17, 2008. After a bit of a slow start, it really began to take off....
And now that I'm firmly entrenched in my second year here at Nachos Grande, I'm happy to report that I'm averaging about 3,000 viewers a month.
Of course, I wouldn't still be blogging after all this time if I didn't have great readers who regularly trade with me and/or comment on my blog entries - so for that, I'd like to offer up a heartfelt thank you to everyone who's ever stopped by my blog!
As for future posts, I'm getting ready to post a second round of "Clunkers" - hopefully within the next couple of weeks. I'm also still trying to complete a plethora of sets, so if you have anything on my want list I'd love to try and work out a trade.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I was able to unload a couple of clunkers (a 2009 Topps Gold Joba Chamberlain and a 2008 Topps Chrome XFractor of Phil Hughes, plus a few assorted Yankees for good measure) in return for two cards off of my want list...
2009 Topps Heritage
460. Cleveland Indians Coaches
BF6. Frank Robinson
Not only did I need this card, but it's a Red! Extra awesome in my eyes!
That trade worked out well for me, I got rid of a bunch of Yankees AND I was able to acquire two more cards from my 2009 Topps Heritage set. I still have a bunch of 2009 Topps Heritage cards available for trade and I still need quite a few more. Thanks a lot Sooz! And, as always, if anyone else would like to work out a trade, check out my want list and make an offer!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
One of the trades that I neglected to write up is from Tim over at the Great Sports Name Hall of Fame blog. Tim sent me a bunch of 1991 Score cards that I needed in exchange for "future considerations." Well, his future considerations have been fully considered and will be in the mail this week - as for my end of the deal, here's what Tim sent me:
445. Andre Dawson
480. Fred McGriff
523. Jack Clark
528. Greg Vaughn
677. Donovan Osborne
741. Rico Brogna
752. Randy Hennis
756. Phil Clark
813. Mosies Alou
825. Ozzie Smith
Many thanks Tim (and I promise, your package will be in the mail this week)! If anyone else would like to work out a trade, check out my want list and make an offer!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Subset: Black Gold
Card number: 11
The 1993 Topps set holds a special honor in my personal collection - it's the first set I can recall buying cards for and hoping to "pull" something special, in this case, a Black Gold card. Of course, my luck when it comes to pulls out of packs is usually pretty poor so I never did experience the joys of cracking a Black Gold card. However, years later my father gave me a complete set of 1993 Topps, including the Black Gold insert set - you can imagine my excitement when I found out that I had TWO Black Gold cards featuring Barry Larkin!
Of course, while the cards were rare, in hindsight they aren't overly special. In fact, the front of the card is almost downright boring with a big splotch of black taking up the majority of the card (I know, I know, black gold, black dominates the card, etc. I don't care, it's still boring). The back of the card features a second photo of Larkin with what can only be described as rather horrible photoshopping - eesh, why a bright white border around part of Mr. Larkin?!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Well, the other day a yellow envelope appeared in my mailbox from Greg and I knew that it must contain a relic card. After eagerly opening it up, I was surprised by finding a few other extras that Greg threw in, including an Allen & Ginter mini I needed, a 1991 Score card that I needed, and a super sweet Pacific die-cut Barry Larkin card that I had never even seen before, let alone owned!
Here's a sampling of what Greg sent me:
2009 Allen & Ginter:
AGR-DAW2: David Wright
165 Chase Utley
Black bordered mini:
266. Johnny Cueto
Sweet, another mini off my want list - and a black bordered Reds card that I didn't have. Thanks!
681. Dan Wilson
By my count, knocking this card off my want list means I only need another 2,423 1991 Score cards...or so it seems - this set is huge!
2009 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions:
145. Joey Votto
Dear baseball card companies. Please stop showing Joey Votto in that hideous camo jersey. Seriously. Thanks.
1992 Fleer Ultra:
186. Tom Browning
I've always been a sucker for this set, even though I probably only own about 30 cards from it. It seems remarkably classy for set born in the early 90s. Take from that what you will I guess.
Thanks a lot Greg! If anyone else would like to trade, please check out my want list and make an offer!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Well, Joe delivered the Reds - 24 of them, including two Barry Larkins (that I didn't yet own) and a bunch of other awesome cards! Here's a small sampling of what Joe sent me:
2003 Fleer Authentix
49. Adam Dunn
Here's the set that Topps was "inspired by" when they designed the 2009 Topps Ticket to Stardom. I haven't bought a single pack of Ticket to Stardom, but from all written accounts on the various blogs it seems that the Fleer set is a better all around set - especially in regards to card stock.
2004 Fleer Tradition
478. Trio Prospects (Sledge, Hall, & Claussen)
A quick look at those "prospects" and you can see why my beloved Reds haven't had a winning season this decade...
2004 Topps Cracker Jack
109. Austin Kearns
I missed this set when it came out - but I've been toying with the idea of buying a hobby box of it online. I hesitate because I'm worried no one has many of these left to trade (because I know I'll want to complete the set as soon as I start it)!
2007 Upper Deck Goudey
139. Brandon Phillips
Dear card companies, please don't ever make minis of this particular size again. I would prefer the Allen & Ginter / Goodwin Champions mini size to become the "standard" mini size. Thank you, that is all.
2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes
50. Johnny Bench
Oh sure, I have this set complete already - but anytime a Reds fan gets a Johnny Bench card in a trade he almost has to scan it and show it off!
Many thanks Joe - and good luck acquiring those last couple of cards for your set! As always, if anyone else would like to work out a trade with me, check out my want list and make an offer!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
2009 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions
45. Peyton Manning
114. Michael Jordan
141. Bobby Orr
24. O.J. Mayo
I certainly don't mind the occassional non-baseball card in my packs - but it seemed like quite a letdown when I opened that pack up and I didn't get a single card of a baseball player...That's the problem with only 4 cards in a pack Upper Deck, I hope you are listening!
In addition to the promised prize packs, Brian also sent over a generous sampling of Reds cards plus two 2008 Stadium Club cards that I still needed.
2008 Topps Stadium Club:
114 (version b): Michael Aubrey
144 (version b): Justin Ruggiano
Assorted Cincinnati Reds - including an autograph of former Red Rob Bell (with a very much unflattering photo) and a 2002 Topps Archive card of Cepeda, Mays, and Frank Robinson.
Many thanks Brian!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
2009 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions:
14. Donovan Bailey
41. Ted Williams
121. Dustin Pedroia
245. Rick Ankiel
Meh, 2 out of the 4 cards were Red Sox. Not much exciting in this pack, though I'll never complain about pulling a Ted Williams card - I love the "old timers" in new sets!
104. Nate McLouth
118. Bucky Dent
I love the Pirate logo on the front of the McLouth card. Did the Pirates ever use that as an official logo or did Upper Deck just throw it on there for fun? Questions need answers people.
AS-10. Giant Panda
Uhm, a panda? I didn't know this insert set existed until I opened up this little guy staring back at me behind a card of Bucky Dent. Still, I like eccentric so I like this card quite a bit!
68. Matt Ryan
I mentioned last time that I hadn't opened any packs of Goodwin until Brian sent me these. Although I've seen plenty of the cards featured on different blogs, I hadn't exactly made up my mind on whether or not I liked the set. After opening four packs, I think I put my finger on what I DO like about the set as well as what I DON'T like.
I do like:
* The photos. Much more interesting (in general) than Allen & Ginter photos - though I'm a sucker for the A&G type card and never, ever would want Topps to change the basic formula.
* The minis. Another similarity to Allen & Ginter.
* The offbeat inserts. Seriously, a Giant Panda? That's cool - and it beats pulling some stupid crap like Upper Deck 20th Year Anniversary Commemorative Giant Set That No One Wants (or whatever they call it).
I don't like:
* The aforementioned Upper Deck giant insert set that plagues all their products. It's even worse than the Yankee Stadium Legacy because I at least had people who were willing to trade for the Yankee Stadium Legacy cards to take them off my hands.
* Only 4 cards in a pack. If I buy a pack of baseball cards, I expect to get some baseball players...seems like a fair assumption. However, with only 4 cards, it's awfully easy to feel cheated in the "baseball" department...and there are packs that exist with ZERO baseball players in it (hint: my last pack)!
* The thin card stock. I don't know why, but it feels "cheap."
* The backs of the base cards. Boring!
* The different levels of short prints. Ugh. I'm a set collector, so I'm used to tracking down short print after short print...but at some point enough's enough.
Once again, thanks a lot Brian!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Confused? You shouldn't be - at least, you won't be after the third part of the prize is posted!
Here's the first two unopened packs (which just so happened to be the first two packs of Goodwin Champions that I've opened this year)!
28. Brian McCann
67. Josh Beckett
148. David Price
213. Erik Bedard
79. John Lackey
66. Buffalo Bill Cody
160. Mike Parsons
120. Stephen Drew
Thanks a lot Brian! There's still plenty more prize cards to come though - so stay tuned!
As for my thoughts on Goodwin Champions:
1. Nice cards though it's impossible NOT to compare this set to Allen & Ginter - heck, there's even a mini card in each pack.
2. The biggest complaint - only 4 cards per pack, and only 3 base cards per pack.
3. The backs of the cards are boring. Yes, I still like to actually look at my cards - and a gray back with minimal stats, no color, no pictures...that's just boring. Even the team logos on the back are boring in a black outline form. Blech.
4. The minis are nice - I like minis...it's why I try to collect every mini in the Allen & Ginter set. So far I'm trying to be strong and not get sucked into Goodwin Champions too...
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Yankees 13th inning:
Cabrera safe at first on second baseman M. Izturis' throwing error, J. Hairston Jr. scored, R. Cano to second
There you go Angels - down 2 games to 0 thanks to a game ending error.
Maybe it's good my Reds never seem to make the playoffs, I was stressed out watching this game and I don't even like the Angels all that much (though they are certainly the lesser of two "evils" in this case).
Postseason predictions now that they are halfway over:
Phillies win in 6
Yankees win in 5
Phillies win in 6
Obviously* the best time to make sports picks is when you are angry.
*complete and total lie, unless my picks end up accurate in which case "I told you so."
Friday, October 16, 2009
Dan sent me a big 'ol stack of 1985 Topps, I'm slowly but surely whittling down my want list for that set. The '85 Topps set is one of the few Topps sets from the 80s that I don't have complete! He also threw in some Reds (including two Barry Larkin cards that I didn't yet own) and a couple of other cards from my assorted wantlists.
Here's a brief sample of some of the cards Dan sent:
2008 Upper Deck Timeline from my want list:
Assorted Cincinnati Reds:
I like the Sweet Spot cards. I have only ever bought one tin of the stuff (from Target) and wasn't impressed...but this is a nice card - I bet I would have bought more Sweet Spot had I actually pulled a player that I like.
Alright, I'm puzzled by this one - what set is it from? No matter, I love the card...I just need to figure out what set it is so that perhaps I can buy some more!
And finally, a couple of Topps Finest cards. I'm always thankful when people trade me higher end cards - I don't have any hobby shops near me to be able to pick up a pack or two of stuff like that...and there's no way I can ever buy a full box of this stuff, way out of my budget. Therefore, anytime someone sends me some "high end" Reds it's almost a 100% chance it'll be a card that I didn't have!
Thanks a lot Dan! If anyone else would like to trade, check out my want list and make an offer!