Thursday, September 30, 2010

Group Break Sign-ups! Dodgers, Tigers, Cubs, Mariners, + More!

Another reminder for group break sign ups, still a bunch of teams left...

Teams still available as of this posting:

$15.00 per slot - and if all slots are claimed and paid for I'll add a full box of 1999 Pacific baseball to the group break!

* "National Expansionists" (Diamondbacks and Rockies) 
* "The Floridians" (Rays and Marlins)
* Chicago White Sox
* Chicago Cubs
* Detroit Tigers
* Los Angeles Angels
* Los Angeles Dodgers
* Milwaukee Brewers
* Pittsburgh Pirates
* San Francisco Giants
* Seattle Mariners
* Toronto Blue Jays

All team claims should be made on the original sign up page.

Nachos Grande Group Break - Plenty of Teams Left

All sign ups should be done on the original page (which is where you can find all the relevant details).  As of this posting, the following teams are still available.  Remember, if ALL the teams are claimed I'll add a fifth box into the group break!

$15.00 per slot:

* "National Expansionists" (Diamondbacks and Rockies)
* "The Floridians" (Rays and Marlins)
* Chicago White Sox
* Chicago Cubs
* Cleveland Indians
* Detroit Tigers
* Los Angeles Angels
* Los Angeles Dodgers
* Milwaukee Brewers
* New York Mets
* Pittsburgh Pirates
* San Francisco Giants
* Seattle Mariners
* Toronto Blue Jays

Nachos Grande Group Break #3 Sign Ups!

All the group break details can be found on this post.  It's now time to open up the sign ups.  Remember, leave a comment claiming your team(s) and then please pay immediately (or shoot me an email if electing to pay via cash).

Please send PayPal payments to:  fanofreds (dot) auctions (at) (gmail) (dot) (com).


The teams/slots:  ($15.00 per slot).
Note:  A few slots contain multiple teams for the same $15.00 price.

* "American Midwest" (Royals and Twins)     (Smedcards - Paid)
* "National Expansionists" (Diamondbacks and Rockies)  (Shelliebee - Paid)
* "California Pride" (Padres and Athletics)      (Smedcards - Paid)
* "The Floridians" (Rays and Marlins)  (Smedcards - Paid)
* "Canadian Beltway" (Expos and Nationals)   (Natscards - Paid)
* "Heart of Texas"  (Astros and Rangers)     (Daniel - Paid)
* Atlanta Braves  (PhaLe28 - Payment in Mail)
* Baltimore Orioles  (Ryanmemorabilia - Paid)
* Boston Red Sox  (PhaLe28 - Payment in Mail)
* Chicago White Sox  (Smedcards - Paid)
* Chicago Cubs  (Smedcards - Paid)
* Cinncinnati Reds (Nachos Grande - Paid)
* Cleveland Indians  (PhaLe28 - Payment in Mail)
* Detroit Tigers  (Smedcards - Paid)
* Los Angeles Angels  (Smedcards - Paid)
* Los Angeles Dodgers   (Nachos Grande - Paid)
* Milwaukee Brewers  (Smedcards - Paid)
* New York Mets (BABenny - Paid)
* New York Yankees  (Daniel - Paid)
* Philadelphia Phillies  (arfmax - Paid)
* Pittsburgh Pirates   (Nachos Grande - Paid)
* San Francisco Giants   (Nachos Grande - Paid)
* Seattle Mariners (David - Paid)
* St. Louis Cardinals  (Ike's Cards - Paid)
* Toronto Blue Jays  (Smedcards - Paid)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Nachos Grande Group Break #3 Information

Note:  I have ordered all the boxes that I'm about to reveal but they are not in hand yet.  Should anything change between now and the time my order arrives, I will give everyone a refund option should they choose.  I don't anticipate any problems of course, but fair's fair!
At 10:00 AM Thursday morning, I will open up the third Nachos Grande group break!  This one promises to be the best one yet - I'll be busting four* different boxes...before I share the product, here's how it will work.
*or perhaps five - see details below!

On the post Thursday morning, you should leave a comment with the team(s) you are claiming and then immediately pay via PayPal.  If you are someone who I have traded with in the past, I will accept an email if you'd rather pay by cash through the mail.  I will try to keep the post updated with which teams are claimed and paid for - unpaid for teams will be opened back up within a few hours.  I know there are plenty of teams out there that lots of people collect - this is my way of keeping things as fair as possible to all involved!

For a $15.00 per team buy in (price includes shipping, packaging, etc), you will get all** the cards of your claimed team from each box that I bust.  All pack rips will be done via scanning (as is usually my custom) or via video (unlikely given my work schedule, but maybe a few packs).
**To save myself a bit on shipping costs, I won't be mailing duplicates (if we get any) unless specifically asked for with your initial payment.

Now, the products that will be busted:

1 box 1997 UD Collector's Choice Series 2  (36 packs, 14 cards per pack = 504 cards)
I've enjoyed busting different years/series of the Collector's Choice set for each of my other group breaks - there are usually a lot of inserts plus plenty of base cards for all the teams!

1 box 2004 Topps Cracker Jack  (20 packs, 8 cards per pack = 160 cards)
The '04 Cracker Jack box is supposed to contain at least one relic or autograph on average.  I don't actually own many cards (if any) from this set - but I know it was a fairly popular set amongst those who could find it back when it came out.

1 box 2000 Fleer EX (24 packs, 3 cards per pack = 72 cards)
This box should contain one autograph for sure plus the chance for a relic card.  It also has a bunch of numbered inserts.  Much like the '04 Cracker Jack set, I don't think I ever bought a single pack of Fleer EX so this will my first time ripping EX packs!

1 box 2003 Topps Bazooka (24 packs, 8 cards per pack = 192 cards)
The '03 Bazooka box claims to contain three relics plus an assortment of interesting inserts including comics, stamps, and standups.  There is also a piece of gum in each pack, but no worries, I won't be sending any of that putrid stuff with your cards...

So, to recap:  
That's a total of four boxes being broken with a total number of cards just a little shy of 1000 (928 to be exact).  There should also be at least one autograph, three relics, plus at least one more hit guaranteed.  There should also be a fun assortment of inserts, a few numbered cards, and plenty of funky cards thanks to the Bazooka and Collector's Choice boxes.

If that wasn't enough for you, IF all the teams get claimed (and paid for of course), I will throw in another box...  1999 Pacific baseball.  The Pacific box contains another 36 packs with 10 cards per pack (I believe) which would bring the total card count in the group break to 1,288 cards!

Hopefully that sounds good to everyone!  I picked what I hope was a nice range of years/products that many of us didn't collect...and tried to keep the price affordable while still providing some hits, autos, and other goodies.  Remember, sign ups will go live tomorrow morning on my blog at 10:00 AM EST.

Any questions, ask in the comments below!

Reds Clinch!

The Reds are finally going to the playoffs!  For the first time in 15 years, there will be baseball played in October in the great city of Cincinnati (baseball version only since I'm a Steelers fan)!

Unfortunately, after watching the last three innings or so of the Reds game (and seeing Bruce's first pitch, bottom of the ninth homer), I had to spend the rest of the evening grading work for my classes...which means you don't get any further analysis from me today.

I will mention, there was a nice turnout of preliminary interest in the group break - I should be able to announce all the boxes I plan to include later this evening (waiting for official confirmation of stock since I'm ordering the boxes online)....stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Another Nacho Grande Group Break Coming Soon!

I've recently ordered a bunch of boxes in order to hold another group break.  My first two group breaks were great successes, and with the growth of my blog, I'm optimistic that I can actually fill up the group break this time around.

I'm not quite ready to announce what boxes will be involved (and I probably won't until they are actually in hand), but I'm looking at doing the following:

5 different boxes from an assortment of years (1997 - 2004).  Some of the boxes will have guaranteed "hits", others will have a chance at autos/relics and at least one will be more for base cards and inserts rather than autographs or swatches of cloth.  I'm hoping to get at least 20 of teams claimed (not counting the Reds which I'll take).  The end result should be probably 50 cards (or more) per team - so this won't be a group break for the faint of heart!

Assuming I can get at least 20 teams claimed, the price per team should be about $14.00 or $15.00 after shipping.  Hopefully that all makes sense - and more importantly, that people are interested!

Any questions, comments, etc, leave 'em in the comments below.  I won't take team sign-ups quite yet - but I would like to gauge interest.   For instance, if $15.00 is too much, I can keep a box for myself and then lower the group price accordingly.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Delivery Time! Trade with Blog Reader Todd

A few days ago I received an email from a blog reader offering to send me some cards off of my want list for "future considerations."  Never one to turn down acquiring cards I need, I immediately accepted!

In a refreshing break from the usual Allen & Ginter and other late '00s cards, Todd sent me a bunch of 1985 Topps cards that I still needed and some 1991 Score cards that I wanted!

Amongst the fifteen 1985 Topps cards were the following:

546.  Brent Gaff

This card is the perfect example of a mid 80s baseball card.  Slightly fuzzy photo, hair out of control, and of course, a moustache.

779.   Nick Esasky

A Red that I didn't have - and a card that I needed for me set - double bonus!

Amonst the seven 1991 Score cards was this gem that I had never seen before:

815.  Ryne Sandberg - Man of the Year

The photo has the exact right amount of cheesiness in it for me to love it!

Thanks a lot Todd!  And, as always, if anyone else would like to trade, check out my want list and make an offer!

Reds' Magic Number Down to One!

Although the Reds have an off day today, if the Cardinals lose the Reds will be the second National League team to assure themselves of a spot in the playoffs.  With the usual caveat of not counting your chickens before they hatch, it'd be nice to see the Reds end up with the second best record in the National League (at least) in order to avoid Philadelphia in the first round...

The Joey Votto mini card featured is from Kerry over at Cards on Cards and came as part of a surprise package full of Reds (including a few Barry Larkin cards that I didn't own)!  Kerry won a contest on my blog back when the Reds pooped their pants in their first big series with the Cardinals.  Luckily for me, the Cardinals proceeded to poop their pants in almost every series since then...which should be just enough for the Reds to sneak into the playoffs and hopefully rediscover the offense that has been dormant for most games within the past three weeks.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Delivery Time! Group Break Cards from Colbey

I recently participated in a group break (claiming the Reds) over at Cardboard Connections.  I was hoping to nab a few new Larkin cards that I didn't previously own - and I wasn't disappointed.  Of course, you'll have to wait to see most of the Larkins as they will (slowly) be featured in my ongoing Larkin Collection series.  That said, I'd still like to show off a few of the cards I got.

I didn't hit it big with inserts or hits, in fact, not a single true "hit" and only one insert...which is shared between two other teams, so I guess that means I got one-third of an insert.

This is a Medalists insert card featuring Maddux, Rijo, and Swift - the top three "based on statistical performance over the past two seasons" according to the back of the card.  I have no idea why they didn't just go with one year, but hey, it was the mid-90s, anything went when it came to baseball cards...

...Speaking of which...

1996 Topps Laser - #73 Hal Morris

I had never seen nor heard of Topps Laser before...but the only crazy thing missing from this foilish, die-cut monstrosity is the spelling of laser with a "z".  Topps Lazer, yeah, that'd have been the ticket.

Of course, the group break wasn't just crazy cards, there were some relatively plain cards such as this nice one of former Reds' great, Jose Rijo.

And a more modern card of Johnny Cueto (pictured just to get a rise of Cardinal fans)....

And, last but not least, an Edinson Volquez from Upper Deck Icons.  I do have a question about this card, is this how all the UD Icon cards looked (a sort of shiny, textured foil look) or is this some sort of Upper Deck parallel special?

Thanks a lot for hosting the group break Colbey - I certainly can't complain about my cards...especially since I nabbed a few brand new Larkins!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Delivery Time! Trade with Colbey from Cardboard Collections

A few weeks ago (or maybe more), I completed a trade with Colbey from Cardboard Collections.  At the same time, I joined Colbey's group break nabbing the Reds with the hopes of adding to my Barry Larkin Collection.  The entire package, both trade and group break, showed up in a box the other day and let me say, it was a fun box to open!

First, the trade portion.
Here's what I got:

2010 Topps:
Cards Your Mother Threw Out
CMT-22.  Johnny Bench

It's always a nice surprise to get a Red AND have it be a card that I needed for a set I'm collecting.  I don't generally look at the missing card players until close to the end of set completion, so I was pleasantly surprised to learn this was card #22 in the set!

2010 Topps Allen & Ginter:
Regular Mini:
345.  Stephen Drew
I'm about halfway through collecting the regular back mini set but it seems almost all trades have dried up.  I guess I'll have to turn to eBay to try and finish off the set...

World's Biggest:
WB1.  Blue Whale

This marks the last of the five retail blaster World's Biggest cards.  Since I spent so much on hobby boxes of Ginter this year, I didnt' allow myself to buy a single pack nor I've got to give a big thanks to all the traders out there who helped me complete the first five retail cards.  I've still got the next twenty cards on my want list...but I'm not sure I have the energy nor desire to chase the cards with much enthusiasm.

AGA-DM.  Daniel McCutchen

As someone who roots for the Pirates (except when they play the Reds of course), I know that this is the wrong McCutchen to have the autograph of.  Even so, it's still a cool card and another great addition to my "hits" collection of Ginter cards!

AGA-GS1.  Glenn Singleman

Although the photo makes it look like Singleman is being launched out of a cannon or something, he's actually a base jumper.  I will say I find it surprising that his signature is that'd think for a guy who will (probably) never be featured on a trading card again he would have at least wanted a legible signature!

I'll show off a few of my favorites from the group break portion of cards next time!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Delivery Time! Part 3 of the Trade with Nick

This is part three of a gigantic trade I recently completed with Nick.  You see part 2 here.  For the final part of the trade, Nick sent me three relics from 2010 Allen & Ginter that I still needed plus a Ryan Zimmerman autograph from the set.  I've debated about chasing all the autographs as well as the relics, so being able to nab one of the better baseball autographs in the set was a nice bonus!

2010 Allen & Ginter:
AGA-RZ.  Ryan Zimmerman

AGR-GS.  Grady Sizemore

AGR-PF.  Prince Fielder

AGR-UJ.  Ubaldo Jimenez
I really like the fact that this swatch isn't just plain white or gray.  

Thanks to the three relics from Nick, I now have 47 unique relic cards from the 2010 set.  Out of the 47 relics, I have 27 jerseys - and of those 27 jersey cards, 15 are either plain white or gray.  The other 12 are either a different color (like the Jimenez above) or have a pinstripe on them.  However, my most interesting relic from the set isn't a baseball player at all - it's a card of Hans Florine and a piece of his rope.

If you happen to have one (or more) that I don't have, let me know and hopefully we can work out a trade!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Allen & Ginter Trades

I believe I replied to every trade proposal in my inbox.  If you are still looking for Allen & Ginter base cards, short prints, minis, and/or inserts - check out my "for trade" list and then make an offer based on my want list!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Working on Getting Allen & Ginter Trades Done

If you sent me an email trying to acquire some of my Allen & Ginter cards for trade at any point and you don't get a reply from me tonight, that probably means I deleted it accidentally when checking my mail with my stupid phone...   Please send again!

I'll be sending emails all night long and packaging up cards as I hear back from you guys.  It's time to trade away my huge pile of Ginter cards!

Barry Larkin Collection 66: 1996 Score "Star Struck" #362

Barry Larkin
Year:  1996
Brand:  Score
Subset:  Star Struck
Card number:  362

The '96 Score set marked the end of my Score brand buying days.  This particular Larkin card is a good example of why I ended up shying away from the brand and turning to other companies.  While the theme of the card "star struck" and the design of the card technically fit, the subset as a whole really doesn't fit in with the Score set.  In fact, while comparing the Star Struck cards to regular base cards, the Star Struck cards almost look cheaper...that fake star background looks like MS-Paint and the 1.5 line skip on the back means there is relatively little text compared to the regular base cards in the set.  I'm also not a fan of the photo Score used on the back of the card, it looks like Larkin is more constipated than "star struck."

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Blog Sponsorship & Nachos Grande Review: Rachael Ray Skillets!

I'm pleased to announce that I have recently agreed to my second product review as part of an agreement with the CSN network of online retailers.  The retail shops under the CSN umbrella include over 200 different stores, all of which sell a variety of products including such things as modern bedding, cookware, and office desks.

That means that as of this posting, I have now managed to finally "get" something out of my humble little blog, in this case, a couple of free products to review from CSN.  I've also received that free Reds t-shirt a couple of weeks ago, which means I've made more "income" in the last month with my blog than I have for over two years of having Google Ad Sense on the blog.  Obviously, a few more sponsorship opportunities and you'll never see those Ad Sense ads again (of course, with the low click rate, most of you already don't see them)!

The first product that I was able to review from the CSN online stores was a pair of Rachael Ray Porcelain Skillets (in green):

The product was shipped in an efficient manner and arrived in excellent condition.  The skillets themselves are heftier than my cheaper, older skillets (which is great I think) and are a bit brighter green color than I thought the product photo suggested. From the product description, you can see that the skillets are oven safe with silicone handles and from personal experience I can tell you that the skillets clean super easily!  In fact, it's no exaggeration that I'll be using my new Rachael Ray skillets as much as possible whenever I try and concoct some kind of skillet dinner (such as this Shrimp & Sausage Skillet recipe that I showcased about a year ago on the blog).

At a list
price of $55.00, I'd say the price is a bit high but CSN does have the skillets marked down 36% ($20.00 off) which makes the pair of skillets much more reasonably priced.  I may not be a master chef, but I do cook enough to know when I'm dealing with a nice piece of cookware, and for the price, these skillets are exactly that!

Neither Rachael Ray herself, nor that delectable outfit pie come with the skillet.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Delivery Time! Largest Trade Ever with Nick from Cardboard Overload - Part 2

This is part two (of three) detailing a recent trade with Nick from Cardboard Overload.  I already detailed the details of the trade in post one, so let's get to the good stuff - cards knocked off my want list!

2010 Allen & Ginter:
Base:  139
I actually needed this card in order to complete my second full set of Allen & Ginter - the one that I need to figure out what the heck to do with.  Suggestions welcome.
This Day in History:  21.
I also needed the TDiH card in order to complete my second set of that insert set - which will go nicely with the extra complete set of Ginter that I have.
Regular mini:
285.  Alex Rodriguez
Another regular mini that I no longer need - unfortunately for me, there are still a whole bunch of them that I do need!

World's Wordsmiths:
WGWS13.  John Bunyan
WGWS14.  Plato

With the acquisition of the two Wordsmiths, I've now completed that mini set.  I'm finally at the point where I am able to knock off entire sets off the want list, that's excellent!
Monsters of the Mesozoic:
MM4.  Velociraptor

I am now only missing one dinosaur card from the set, #14.  If you have it, I'd love to work out a trade!
World's Biggest:
WB2.  Skyscraper

2009 Topps:
Topps Town Gold:
TTT32.  David Wright
TTT34.  Dustin Pedroia

I really have no idea why I bothered to try and collect this parallel of a completely useless set...but alas, sometimes I can't help myself!
Legends of the Game:
LG-MS.  Mike Schmidt
LG-TG.  Tony Gwynn

LG-WB.  Wade Boggs
I think it should be made illegal for insert cards to be labeled with only letters - I hate not knowing exactly how many cards are in a set (or the order they should go in) without having to consult some outside reference.

2009 Goudey:
213.  Joe DiMaggio
215.  Ted Williams
222.  Ozzie Smith

237.  Jim Rice
250.  Patrick Roy
260.  Michael Jordan
261.  Cal Ripken Jr.
267.  Ozzie Smith
274.  Johan Santana
289.  Ken Griffey Jr.

I was happy to acquire some more Goudey cards, I don't think anyone has offered me '09 Goudey since a month or so after the set launched.  I guess the Goudey line wasn't exciting enough for people to buy (and thus have cards to trade). 

And finally....

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces:
103.  Jack Morris
104.  Rod Carew
114.  Willie Stargell

In what can only be described as an embarrassment to my card collection, I still haven't completed one of the most loved modern sets of all time.  However, thanks to the three short prints Nick sent me, I'm now only missing eleven cards from the set.

Thanks a lot Nick, and as always, if anyone else would like to trade, check out my want list and make an offer...and stay tuned for part three of the trade coming soon!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

2010 Allen & Ginter: Base (#200 - 300) For Trade!

I've finally managed to collate (and type) the last 100 base cards available for trade.  As always, I will be keeping my list up to date on my Allen & Ginter For Trade page.  As of this posting, I will begin taking trade requests for Ginter base cards, plus anything else that I have that you may want!  All you have to do is check out my want list and make an offer!

2010 Allen & Ginter:
Base for trade:

200, 200, 200, 200, 200, 200, 200, 200, 201, 201, 201, 201, 201, 201, 201, 202, 202, 203, 203, 203, 203, 203, 204, 204, 204, 204, 204, 205, 205, 205, 206, 206, 206, 206, 206, 207, 207, 207, 207, 208, 208, 209, 210, 210, 210, 211, 211, 211, 212, 213, 213, 213, 213, 215, 215, 216, 216, 216, 216, 217, 217, 217, 217, 218, 218, 218, 218, 218, 218, 218, 219, 219, 219, 219, 219, 219, 220, 221, 221, 221, 221, 221, 221, 221, 221, 222, 223, 223, 223, 223, 223, 223, 223, 223, 224, 224, 224, 224, 224, 224, 225, 225, 226, 226, 226, 226, 227, 228, 228, 228, 229, 229, 229, 229, 229, 229, 229, 230, 231, 231, 232, 232, 232, 233, 233, 233, 233, 233, 233, 233, 233, 234, 234, 234, 235, 235, 236, 237, 237, 237, 237, 237, 238, 239, 239, 239, 239, 240, 240, 240, 240, 240, 240, 240, 240, 241, 241, 241, 241, 241, 241, 241, 241, 242, 242, 243, 243, 243, 243, 243, 243, 244, 244, 244, 245, 245, 245, 245, 245, 245, 245, 246, 247, 247, 247, 247, 247, 247, 247, 248, 248, 248, 248, 248, 248, 248, 249, 249, 249, 250, 250, 250, 250, 250, 251, 251, 251, 251, 251, 252, 252, 253, 253, 253, 253, 253, 254, 254, 254, 254, 254, 255, 255, 255, 255, 255, 256, 256, 257, 257, 257, 258, 258, 258, 259, 261, 261, 261, 262, 262, 263, 263, 263, 263, 264, 264, 264, 264, 264, 265, 265, 265, 266, 266, 266, 266, 266, 268, 268, 268, 268, 268, 268, 268, 268, 268, 268, 269, 269, 269 269, 269, 269, 269, 269, 270, 270, 270, 271, 271, 271, 272, 272, 272, 272, 273, 273, 273, 273, 273, 273, 274, 274, 274, 274, 274, 275, 276, 276, 276, 276, 276, 276, 276, 277, 277, 277, 278, 279, 279, 282, 282, 282, 282, 282, 282, 283, 283, 283, 283, 284, 284, 284, 285, 285, 285, 285, 286, 286, 286, 287, 287, 287, 288, 289, 289, 289, 289, 289, 290, 291, 291, 291, 291, 291, 292, 292, 292, 292, 292, 293, 293, 293, 293, 294, 295, 295, 295, 296, 296, 296, 296, 296, 296, 296, 296, 297, 297, 297, 297, 297, 297, 297, 298, 298, 298, 298, 298, 299, 300, 300, 300, 300, 300

Delivery Time! Largest Trade Ever with Nick from Cardboard Overload - Part 1

Question:  What do you get when you have two people who both busted a case of Ginter looking to complete their chosen subsets?

Answer:  One huge mother of a trade.

I sent Nick (from Cardboard Overload) a whole bunch of minis, including insets, bazookas, no numbers, some other stuff - I'll let him choose whether or not to detail his side of it.  In return, Nick sent me a plethora of Ginter cards off my want list.  Let's dig in and see what cards I now get to knock off the 'ol want list!

2009 Allen & Ginter:
Cabinet Cards:
CB4:  Japan Advances to Final

CB7:  Signing of the Constitution of America

It's been awhile since anyone offered me boxloaders from the '09 Ginter set.  Obviously, I was quite happy to acquire two more Cabinet cards - I'm now at exactly 50% of the 2009 Ginter Cabinet set...though the chances of me actually completing the set are probably fairly small.

2010 Allen & Ginter:
Cabinet Card:
NCCB3:  Hoover Dam

Unlike the '09 set, I've now completed the 2010 Allen & Ginter Cabinet card set!  The Hoover Dam card eluded me for the longest time but now it is mine, mine, mine!  I must say, between the two years, I'm actually glad I have the 2010 Cabinet set complete - I like the Engineering Achievements set much better than the World Baseball Classic cards!

N43-JM.  Joe Mauer

Thanks to the Mauer safely in my hands, I am now only missing one N43 card and I'll have the entire Ginter boxloader set!  If anyone has an Evan Longoria N43 sitting around from 2010, please let me know!

So far, the trade is simply getting warmed up - this was only the box topper portion!  Join me next time when I present part 2.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Barry Larkin Collection 65: 1995 Topps #350

Barry Larkin
Year:  1995
Brand:  Topps
Card number:  350

Another one of the "strange" Topps base set designs, the '95 set appears to have shiny crayon-drawn border around fairly nice photography.  This particular Larkin card features a great photo of a catcher in action, unfortunately, the card is supposed to be showcasing Larkin!  The back of the card features full career statistics as well as a large mug shot of Larkin (with the appearance of being on a scoreboard) along with  little tiny photo of Larkin in the field...the tiny photo is completely swamped by all the larger things going on (mug shot, paragraph text, and career statistics).  Although I actually don't care for most of the individual elements of the card, the entire design comes together surprisingly well.  So surprising, in fact, that I actually like this particular Larkin card quite a bit!

Friday, September 17, 2010

I've Got Nothin'

Lately, I've got nothing to say...

Work has been getting busier now that I'm giving exams in my classes.

My students (I think) gave me some sort of nasty head cold that is finally starting to go away.

The Reds are close to clinching a playoff berth, yet playing some of the worst baseball they've played all year.

To the best of my knowledge, there isn't a baseball card release scheduled anytime soon that I'm excited for - and not that it would matter now that I can only get cards at Wal*Mart.

Maybe, if I can find the time, I'll host another group break least that would give me an excuse to buy some packs...even if I wouldn't be keeping them. 

It's like I have a case of the Mondays, but on a Friday.  And that, my friends, is just all kinds of wrong.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Delivery Time! Trade with Blog Reader Tim

Although this blog post won't go active until some time Thursday morning, I'm currently writing it late on Wednesday night while alternating between my scanner and a box of tissues.  I've got what I fear is the start of a cold (many of my students seem to be sick - and all of the students who meet me during my office hours seem to be sick - it's almost like a student conspiracy to make me miss class).  Anyhow, I'm tough so I'll "gut out" a trade post tonight...which means that hopefully I'll have enough energy to type up the last 100 Ginter base cards for trade tomorrow.  After I get the last batch of base cards up, I'll start honoring trade requests!

Enough blabber, let's see what cards I was able to knock off the want list thanks to Tim.

2010 Topps:
Peak Performance:
PP-64.  Josh Hamilton
PP-75.  Jermaine Dye
PP-77.  Curtis Granderson

I'm now almost done with the Peak Performance set - in fact, I only need card #89.  Upon finding the missing card, this insert set will be one of the largest insert sets that I've successfully completed...though it still pales in scope (and difficulty) to my complete 2007 Topps Heritage Chrome set that I built.

Cards Your Mother Threw Out:
CMT86.  Paul Molitor
CMT96.  Randy Johnson
CMT112.  Andre Ethier

I'm only missing a few of these now (specifically:  CMT- 1, 3, 22, 29, 30, 33, 44, 47, 66, 106, and 111).  It's beginning to look like a race to the end - will I finish off the insert set before people stop buying 2010 Topps cards (and thus having trade bait for me)?  I'd say I've got a 50/50 chance of finishing off the set via trades before the year is up.

Thanks a lot Tim for the trade - and as always, if anyone else would like to trade, check out my want list and make an offer!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

2010 Allen & Ginter: Base (#100 - 199) for Trade

It's time for me to bite the proverbial bullet and type up all my base cards available for trade, this is the middle third of the base set...#s 100 - 199.  As always, you can find all the 2010 Ginter cards that I have for trade on my blog...and while you are at it, check out my want list and let's make a deal!

2010 Allen & Ginter:
Base (100 - 199):
100, 100, 101, 101, 102, 102, 102, 102, 104, 104, 104, 104, 105, 105, 105, 105, 105, 106, 107, 107, 107, 109, 109, 109, 109, 110, 110, 110, 110, 110, 110, 110, 112, 112, 112, 113, 114, 114, 114, 115, 115, 115, 115, 115, 116, 116, 116, 116, 116, 118, 118, 118, 118, 118, 118, 118, 118, 119, 119, 120,120, 120, 120, 120, 121, 121, 121, 121, 123, 123, 123, 123, 123, 123, 125, 125, 125, 125, 126, 126, 126, 126, 127, 127, 127, 129, 129, 129, 129, 130, 131, 131, 132, 132, 132, 132, 132, 132, 132, 133, 133, 133, 133, 133, 133, 133, 134, 134, 134, 134, 135, 135, 136, 136, 136, 136, 138, 138, 138, 138, 138, 138, 138, 140, 140, 140, 140, 141, 141, 141, 141, 141, 142, 142, 143, 143, 143, 143, 144, 144, 144, 145, 145, 145, 145, 145, 145, 145, 146, 146, 146, 146, 146, 146, 146, 147, 147, 147, 147, 148, 149, 149, 152, 152, 152, 152, 153, 153, 153, 153, 153, 153, 154, 154, 154, 154, 154, 154, 154, 155, 155, 155, 155, 155, 155, 156, 156, 156, 156, 157, 157, 157, 157, 157, 157, 157, 157, 157, 158, 159, 159, 159, 159, 159, 160, 160, 160, 160, 160, 160, 160, 160, 162, 162, 162, 162, 163, 163, 163, 164, 164, 164, 164, 164, 164, 165, 165, 165, 165, 165, 167, 167, 167, 168, 168, 168, 169, 169, 169, 169, 169, 170, 170, 170, 170, 170, 170, 172, 172, 172, 172, 172, 176, 176, 176, 177, 178, 178, 178, 178, 178, 178, 178, 178, 178, 179, 179, 180, 180, 180, 180, 180, 180, 180, 181, 182, 182, 182, 182, 182, 182, 182, 182, 183, 184, 184, 185, 185, 185, 186, 186, 186, 186, 186, 186, 186, 189, 189, 189, 189, 189, 189, 189, 191, 192, 192, 192, 192, 193, 193, 193, 193, 193, 194, 194, 194, 194, 194, 195, 195, 195, 195, 196, 196, 196, 196, 196, 196, 196, 196, 197, 197, 197, 198, 198, 198, 198, 198, 198, 199, 199, 199, 199, 199, 199

Phew.  That's now 200 (plus the 50 short prints) that I've typed up...  The last 100 base cards for trade will be posted shortly...probably the next time I have the energy to sort and type up that many numbers!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Winning Record

Last night marked a historic night for a generation of Reds' fans...  For the first time since 2000, the Cincinnati Reds will finish the regular season with a winning record.  In fact, the last time the Reds had a winning record their lineup consisted of 8 position players all out of the game of baseball ( Barry Larkin, Aaron Boone, Dmitri Young, Ken Griffey, Jr., Benito Santiago, Sean Casey, Pokey Reese, and Dante Bichette) and a manager no longer in the game (Jack McKeon).

Now that a winning record has been secured (and let's face it, that was the main goal for the 2010 Reds), it is time to focus on bigger and even better things - namely a NL Central crown.  Thanks to the Cardinals loss, the Reds' magic number for the division is now 13!

Monday, September 13, 2010

2010 Allen & Ginter - Base #1 - 99 For Trade

I mentioned awhile ago that I have a TON of 2010 Allen & Ginter for trade - including three boxes full of base cards.  In the interest of getting my lists out there as soon as possible...while not driving myself crazy typing tons of numbers, I present the first third of the base cards that I have for trade.

Please note:  I will keep an up-to-date list of ALL 2010 Allen & Ginter cards that I have for trade here, including base cards as I type them up.

2010 Allen & Ginter for trade:  #1 - 99
1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 18, 18, 19, 19, 19, 19, 19, 19, 20, 20, 20, 20, 20, 21, 21, 21, 21, 21, 22, 22, 22, 22, 22, 22, 23, 24, 24, 24, 24, 24, 25, 25, 25, 25, 25, 25, 28, 28, 29, 29, 29, 29, 30, 30, 30, 30, 31, 31, 32, 32, 32, 32, 32, 32, 32, 32, 33, 33, 33, 33, 33, 34, 35, 35, 35, 35, 35, 36, 36, 36, 36, 36, 38, 38, 39, 39, 39, 39, 39, 40, 41, 41, 41, 41, 42, 42, 42, 42, 42, 42, 42, 43, 43, 44, 44, 44, 44, 44, 45, 46, 48, 49, 49, 50, 51, 51, 51, 51, 51, 52, 52, 52, 52, 52, 52, 52, 52, 52, 52, 52, 53, 54, 54, 55, 56, 57, 57, 57, 57, 57, 57, 59, 59, 59, 59, 59, 60, 61, 61, 61, 61, 63, 63, 63, 64, 65, 65, 65, 65, 65, 65, 68, 68, 68, 68, 68, 68, 68, 68, 69, 69, 69, 69, 69, 69, 70, 70, 70, 71, 71, 71, 71, 71, 71, 72, 72, 72, 73, 73, 74, 74, 74, 74, 76, 76, 76, 77, 77, 77, 77, 77, 77, 77, 78, 78, 78, 78, 79, 79, 79, 79, 79, 79, 79, 79, 80, 80, 80, 80, 80, 81, 82, 82, 82, 83, 83, 83, 84, 84, 84, 84, 84, 84, 84, 84, 85, 85, 85, 85, 86, 86, 86, 86, 86, 86, 86, 86, 87, 87, 88, 90, 90, 90, 90, 90, 92, 92, 92, 92, 92, 92, 93, 93, 93, 93, 94, 94, 94, 94, 96, 97, 97, 97, 98, 98, 98, 98, 98, 98, 99, 99, 99, 99, 99, 99

Phew!  As you can see, it's going to take me awhile to get #s 100-299 up.  Again, check out all the cards I have available for trade on my 2010 Ginter For Trade page...and then check out my want list to make an offer!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Quick Hits: Complete Set Questions

I haven't bought any baseball cards since my case of Allen & Ginter - but that doesn't mean I don't want to...  However, before I can purchase cards again, I need to do something to earn a little extra spending money - and that leads me to a few questions for you all:

1.  Do you try to collect complete sets (via packs, eBay, trades, etc) or would you rather purchase a complete set in one shot?
2.  How do you display your complete sets?  Does it matter if the set is a "junk wax era" set versus a vintage set?
3.  Do you ever try to sell your complete sets?  If so, where?
4.  Is the idea of being a set collector the "pure" type of baseball card collector or the "fool" type? 
5.  How many complete sets do you have?
6.  What's the most difficult set you've ever completed?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Barry Larkin Collection 64: 1992 Topps Stadium Club - #100

Barry Larkin
Year:  1992
Brand:  Topps Stadium Club
Card number:  100

The Stadium Club brand was a favorite of many collectors for much of the 90s, but I can't say that I was a huge fan of the line.  This particular Larkin card sums up my feelings toward the 92 TSC set perfectly.  It's got full-bleed, yet mostly boring photography on the front and weird (seemingly useless) stats on the back.  Finally, while I think it's kind of a cool idea to feature the player's rookie card, it really strikes me that it's only a marketing ploy by Topps.

Of all the Larkin cards that I've scanned and written about thus far, this one (surprisingly) ranks near the bottom.  That's alright though, they can't all be awesome right?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Delivery Time! Trade with Justin from The Hopeful Chase

When I started my blog, I had no idea about a couple of things:
1.  I've enjoyed writing it.  This year especially, I've managed to produce at least one post almost every day - and in many cases more than one post per day.
2.  It's been great to acquire cards.  As my blog has grown, so has readership - and with more readership has come many, many more trade opportunities.  In fact, this latest trade with Justin marks the 100th trade envelope that I've mailed out since January of this year!

Speaking of the trade, let's see what Justin (from the Hopeful Chase) sent me:

2010 Topps:
Vintage Legends:
VLC14.  Mel Ott

Now that Mr. Ott is safely tucked away in my set binder, I'm only missing one Vintage Legend card (#9).

2010 Topps Allen & Ginter:
Regular mini:
111.  Josh Willingham

I love the Allen & Ginter set - which is probably obvious to anyone who has read my blog at all since July of this any time I get a card I need from the set I'm happy!  In this case, Justin provided me with the aforementioned mini card plus a couple of other mini inserts...

National Animals:
NA15.  Giant Panda

World's Wordsmiths:
WGWS15.  Confucius

And finally, a new autograph for my collection:
2010 Topps National Chicle Auto:
NCA-JF.  Juan Francisco

I'm not a real big fan of the Chicle set - but this is a nice autograph.  And the best part, it's on card!   I do find it interesting that Juan's signature makes his first name appear to be long and his last name appear to be short.

Thanks a lot Justin!  And, as always, if anyone else would like to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Delivery Time! Surprise Cards from Chuck at HamRamMobtown

I've almost made it to the bottom of the pile of envelopes that I want to show off - which means there is another Cards for Clunkers on the horizon.  However, before I get to that - let's take a look at a surprise package of cards from Chuck over at the HamRamMobtown blog.

Chuck had accumulated a bunch of cards off my want list - which he graciously mailed me without prior I'll be gathering up some Hanley Ramirez cards plus other assorted Marlins for him soon!  Until then though, let's take a look at some of the goodies that I got:

2009 Topps Allen & Ginter
N43 Boxloader
N43-DM.  Daisuke Matsuzaka

I may be focusing most of my current searches on the 2010 Ginter set, but that doesn't mean I don't want to finish off the few cards that I need from last year's edition!

2009 Topps Heritage:
693.  Chris Coghlan
FB-03.  Randy Johnson
Rookie Performers:
RP-09.  Chris Coghlan

2010 Topps:
Legendary Lineage:

Peak Performance:
65, 92
Vintage Legend:

2006 Fleer Greats of the Game:
STL-SC.  Steve Carlton
CHC-MG.  Mark Grace
NYY-JD.  Joe DiMaggio
DET-AK.  Al Kaline

DEC-MS.  Mike Schmidt

Chuck also sent me some assorted Reds cards, including a Dave Concepcion relic:

And a nice little stack of other Reds cards, including the three below that I didn't previously own.

Thanks a lot Chuck!  And, as always, if anyone else wants to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Is Anyone Still Working on their Allen & Ginter Base Set?

I'm curious - I have a ton of base duplicates but I haven't bothered to type them up and post them on my "2010 Allen & Ginter For Trade" page.  If there is interest, I can get a full list up there before the end of the week. 

In other news, I just packaged up trades #98 and #99 for the year!  That means the next person to trade with me gets to be my trade #100.  Sorry no prize but you get eternal bragging rights or something.

That is all for now.

Stay tuned for another Cards for Clunkers coming up before too long!

Delivery Time! Trade with Samuel

First, let me apologize for my blog being quite stagnant lately.  It's been all I can do to post trade packages - I've been running on empty in terms of much new content.  However, I'm hopeful that will change - after all, I've still got an extra complete set of 2010 Allen & Ginter to figure out what to do with...

That said, it is time to take a look at another trade package!  This particular trade was interesting because it involved five relics (from three different sets/years)...  Since I don't buy much "high end" stuff, I don't often have a trade involving that many hits!

Here's what I got:

2010 Allen & Ginter:
This Day In History: 
TDH15.  Manny Ramirez
It turns out I got this card twice, so this is an extra.  I'm getting close to having three full sets of the This Day in History set - two of which will be for trade (I'm keeping the other one of course).
Regular mini:
301.  Gaby Sanchez

I'm still missing a whole bunch of the regular back minis - but every card I get makes me closer to completion...  I'm always happy to knock Ginter minis off my want list as they are both difficult to find for trade AND amongst my favorite sets every year!
AGR-BR.  Brian Roberts

It's strange for me to NOT have pulled a Brian Roberts relic by now.  He's usually the one player that I can count on pulling - well, him and Clayton Kershaw.
AGR-MK.  Meb Keflezighi

It's odd that both Meb and Matt Kemp have the exact same card number.  The purist in me doesn't like that one bit.  With these two relics, I now have 44 different 2010 Allen & Ginter relics!

2009 Topps American Heritage Heroes Edition:
56.  USO
64.  Susie Walking Bear Yellowtail
71.  Henry Bergh
89.  John Quincy Adams

94.  Nellie Bly
Woah, a flashback to a set that was all the rage for about three weeks and then completely disappeared from the blogs!  Unfortunately for me, I never did complete the set during its peak - so now I'm left scrounging for cards (if you have any, I still need the following base cards:  #58, 63, 80, 105, 117, 125).
American Heroes Relic:
AHR-GRR.  Col. Gordon R. Roberts

I traded away one relic from this set for another - not because I really wanted the Roberts but because Samuel wanted my relic more.  This card is for trade if anyone is interested - preferably for an Allen & Ginter relic, a Cincinnati Reds relic, or another relic that I can turn around and trade to someone else!

Finally, I also got a couple of 2010 Topps cards:
Cards Your Mother Threw Out:
CMT-51.  Albert Pujols
CMT-52.  Kevin Youkilis

I've almost completed the entire Cards Your Mother Threw Out set - I only need #1, 3, 22, 29, 30, 33, 44, 47, 66, 86, 96, 106, 111, 112).

Thanks a lot Samuel for the trade - and as always, if anyone else would like to trade, check out my want list and make an offer!