Sunday, February 28, 2010

Barry Larkin Collection 44: 2006 Fleer Greats of the Game #4

Barry Larkin
Year:  2006
Brand:  Fleer
Set:  Greats of the Game
Card number:  4

The 2006 Fleer Greats of the Game set is one of my favorite sets that I've "discovered" long after its release.  I'm a sucker for almost any set featuring old-time ballplayers...and then throw in my favorite player (Larkin) and the set basically can't go wrong!  That said, the base cards themselves aren't overly exciting, though I do like the full career statistics!  This particular Larkin card features Barry as he completes his swing, most likely lining a double up the middle past a diving Cub.

Note:  I'll be posting my review of the 2006 Fleer Greats of the Game set this week!  I've busted a couple of boxes but haven't gotten around to writing the post..that changes this week!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Blog Scheduling Alert!

Tomorrow morning I'm leaving central Pennsylvania for a three-day, two night ski trip at Whiteface, Lake Placid, New York.  I've been to Lake Placid once before, but never during the winter!  I'm excited to try out a great ski mountain...not to mention the home of the 1980 Olympics!


It's been awhile since I've had the change to go skiing (two years) so I'm obviously looking forward to the trip.  However, that does mean that I'll be away from the blog (and email) until probably next Wednesday... so any trade proposals, comments, etc. will all have to wait.  Have a good beginning of the week everyone - and hopefully I'll have some fun stories from the mountain when I return!


If anyone out there has been to Whiteface to ski before, I'd love to hear your stories/opinions on things!

Delivery Time! Trade with Matthew from Baseball Card Spot

Awhile back, Topps disappointed me by sending a Buchholz autograph instead of an Allen & Ginter autographed that I redeemed.  However, my disappointed quickly turned into happiness thanks to a plethora of trade offers from a number of different blog readers, including Matthew from Baseball Card Spot.  In the end, Matthew's offer of a bunch of cards off my want list won out.  It turned out that we were able to make a larger trade, I sent him the Buccholz auto, a Jay Bruce relic, and a small pile of Red Sox.  In return, he sent me the following:

2009 Topps:
World Baseball Classic:

BCS10.  Derek Jeter
BCS21.  Phillippe Aumont

The last two cards that I needed for this particular insert set.  I don't exactly like the set, but it's nice to have it finished.  I went a little overboard trying to collect all the inserts from last year's base Topps set...I won't be doing that this time around (or so I tell myself right now).

Legends of the Game:LG-AP.  Albert Pujols
LG-AR.  Alex Rodriguez
LG-GM.  Greg Maddux
LG-IS.  Ichiro
LG-PM.  Paul Molitor
LG-RJO.  Randy Johnson
LG-TGL.  Tom Glavine
LG-TH.  Trevor Hoffman

I'm only missing six of the Legends of the Game cards now...almost done with this insert set as well!

2009 Allen & Ginter:
Mini:

110.  Kevin Youkilis

Slow and steady wins the race, another Allen & Ginter mini card off the want list.

N43.
N43-JH.  Josh Hamilton

The N43's were box toppers, which means they are tough to find...and seemingly tough to collect.  This is the first N43 that's been traded to me in about 6 months!  I may never finish off that particular set (unless I resort to eBay I suppose).

Relics:
AGR-RD.  Ryan Doumit

AGR-JT.  Jim Thome

A couple more Allen & Ginter relics to add to my collection.  I need to find a master list of the subjects in the relic set to see who I'm still missing.  I'm sure there's a ton I don't yet have!

In additon to the cards off my want list, Matthew also threw in some assorted Reds cards.  Among my favorites:
A pair of Francisco Cordero Topps gold parallel cards (2008 & 2009)

A couple of 2008 Topps Co-Signers.  I don't think I've ever seen these particular cards before.  I'd like them a bit better of the team logo in the background was colored, but they are still fairly spiffy. 

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

Friday, February 26, 2010

Delivery Time! Cards from the Don over at My Past Time, I Love It!

It be a snowicane outside (or, if you prefer, snowmageddon)...but that doesn't stop the mail.  (Actually it might, I'm not sure.  This package arrived last week.)

The Don over at the My Past Time, I Love It blog sent me a bunch of different Reds cards, most of which I didn't already have.  Let's take a look at some of my favorites!

First, BIP!

Second, a chrome version of Johnny Bench from Topps Archives, it's easily one of my favorite cards I've gotten in a trade!

Third, a card of Jose Rijo, one of my favorite Reds from the early 90s.

And finally, a few more Barry Larkin cards for my Larkin Collection.  Each of these will get their own proper write-up in due time.

Thanks a lot Don!  I owe ya one!  And if anyone else would like to work out a trade, check out my want list and make an offer!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

2010 Topps: For Trade

Last update:  Note:  This list is no longer up-to-date.  Please contact me if interested in trading!
All the cards that I'm looking for can be found on my want list.

For now, please either leave your trade proposals in the comments section OR email me.  I won't be able to respond to ANY trade proposals until mid-week next week (I'll be skiing in Lake Placid this weekend). 

2010 Topps For Trade:

Base:
1, 3, 4, 5, 9, 11, 11, 13, 13, 23, 23, 28, 28, 32, 33, 34, 35, 35, 39, 43, 43, 46, 51, 53, 54, 56, 59, 68, 69, 71, 73, 75, 77, 77, 81, 81, 89, 89, 99, 99, 101, 101, 102, 102, 106, 107, 110, 111, 111, 117, 119, 123, 123, 126, 126, 128, 128, 130, 134, 137, 138, 140, 142, 142, 144, 147, 156, 156, 159, 162, 162, 163, 170, 170, 174, 176, 176, 187, 191, 199, 202, 202, 206, 208, 211, 213, 213, 220, 221, 221, 225, 225, 227, 233, 234, 236, 243, 244, 250, 250, 256, 263, 265, 267, 267, 268, 275, 277, 277, 281, 284, 287, 290, 290, 292, 294, 297, 297, 298, 302, 306, 312, 315, 317, 317, 318, 325, 328

Gold Parallels (all #2010):
19.  Felipe Lopez  -  Brewers
21.  Cristian Guzman  -  Nationals
22.  Anthony Swarzak  - Twins
25.  Adam Jones  -  Orioles
63.  Josh Bard  -  Nationals
87.  Darin Erstad  -  Astros
93.  Joe Nathan  -  Twins
97.  Luis Durango  -  Padres
175.  Josh Hamilton  -  Rangers
177.  Adam Lind  -  Blue Jays
189.  Adrian Beltre  -  Mariners
193.  Shairon Martis  -  Nationals
195.  James Shields  -  Rays
237.  Brew Crew Knockout  -  Brewers
270.  Michael Brantley  -  Indians
306.  Milton Bradley  -  Cubs

Black Bordered Parallel (#/59):210.  Josh Beckett

When They Were Young:WTWY-AP.  Aaron Poreda - Padres
WTWY-AR.  Alex Rodriguez - Yankees
WTWY-CM.  Charlie Morton - Pirates
WTWY-CR.  Cody Ross - Marlins
WTWY-CS.  Clint Sammons - Braves
WTWY-DM.  Daniel McCutchen - Pirates
WTWY-DO.  David Ortiz - Red Sox
WTWY-DW.  David Wright - Mets
WTWY-GB.  Gordon Beckham - White Sox
WTWY-JB.  Jason Berken - Orioles

Cards Your Mother Threw Out (ORIGINAL BACKS):1978 - Nolan Ryan
1994 - Tony Gwynn

Turkey Red:
TR3.  Nolan Ryan
TR3.  Nolan Ryan
TR5.  Josh Beckett
TR12.  Manny Ramirez
TR13.  Yovani Gallardo
TR13.  Yovani Gallardo
TR15.  Hank Greenberg
TR16.  Ozzie Smith
TR20.  CC Sabathia
TR20.  CC Sabathia
TR23.  Mike Schmidt
TR24.  Clayton Kershaw
TR26.  Dexter Fowler
TR29.  Gordon Beckham
TR35.  Stephen Drew
TR35.  Stephen Drew
TR38.  Rick Porcello
TR46.  Babe Ruth
TR48.  Willie McCovey
TR50.  Pablo Sandoval

Tales of the Game:
TOG-2.  Babe Ruth
TOG-5.  Jackie Robinson
TOG-9.  Mickey Mantle
TOG-22.  Johnny Pesky
TOG-24.  Josh Hamilton
TOG-25.  New York Yankees

Legendary Lineage:
LL3.  Babe Ruth & Alex Rodriguez
LL8.  Tris Speaker & Grady Sizemore
LL13.  Reggie Jackson & Adam Dunn
LL17.  Cal Ripken & Derek Jeter
LL19.  Whitey Ford & CC Sabathia
LL21.  Hank Greenberg & Ryan Braun
LL23.  Jackie Robinson & Matt Kemp

History of the Game:
HOTG3.  National League Created
HOTG6.  President Taft Attends Opening Day
HOTG7.  Ruth Sold to the Yankees
HOTG9.  Lou Gehrig Replaces Wally Pipp
HOTG14.  First Hall of Fame Class
HOTG22.  Ryan Throws Seventh No-Hitter
HOTG23.  Ripken Breaks Gehrig's Streak

Topps Town:
TTT4.  Adrian Gonzalez
TTT5.  Evan Longoria
TTT7.  Josh Hamilton
TTT10.  Tim Lincecum
TTT12.  Miguel Tejada
TTT15.  Miguel Cabrera
TTT16.  Kevin Youkilis
TTT17.  Todd Helton
TTT18.  Vladimir Guerrero
TTT20.  Adam Jones

First Class Ticket to Topps Town:
FCTTT7.  Josh Hamilton
FCTTT7.  Josh Hamilton
FCTTT13.  Ryan Howard
FCTTT13.  Ryan Howard
FCTTT16.  Kevin Youkilis
FCTTT16.  Kevin Youkilis
FCTTT19.  Justin Upton
FCTTT19.  Justin Upton
FCTTT20.  Adam Jones
FCTTT20.  Adam Jones

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Delivery Time! Trade with Jeff from Card Junkie

Another dip into the mailbox, another yellow envelope.  The latest is from Jeff over at Card Junkie.  I sent Jeff a big 'ol pile of 2009 Topps Heritage (which I hope he got since it appears he has a new address).  In return, Jeff picked a bunch of cards off my want lists. 

Let's take a look:
2008 Upper Deck
Star Quest - Rare

SQ-14.  David Ortiz
SQ-40.  Daisuke Matsuzaka

The 2008 Upper Deck set has been so difficult to finish off that I didn't buy a single pack of 2009 Upper Deck out of spite.  In fact, I probably won't be any Upper Deck base set packs until I am able to finish the '08 set!  And so, if you want me to buy Upper Deck please trade me base cards #145 and #262. 

2009 Topps
Legends of the Game
LG-PM.  Paul Molitor

The 2009 Topps set has also proven elusive, at least from an insert perspective.  I won't make the same mistake this year of trying to collect every insert set!

2009 Topps American Heroes
Base:
7.  George McClellan
21.  Elizabeth Cady Stanton

30.  Samuel Gompers
49.  David Lim
Short Print:
130.  Lincoln/Obama
135.  Lincoln/Obama
Heroes of Spaceflight:
HSF-2.  Project Mercury
HSF-9.  Project Gemini

Heroes of Sport:
HS-11.  Christy Mathewson

1987 Topps:
All-Star:2 of 22.  Keith Hernandez

I'm still missing #6 and #21 from the 1987 All-Star set...if you have either (or both) of those, please let me know so I can finally cross the 1987 Topps set off my want list!

2009 Topps Heritage:
527.  Brandon Wood
551.  Jack Wilson
579.  George Sherrill
602.  Jesus Guzman
663.  Wilkin Ramirez

Flashback:FB-07.  Todd Helton

Thanks a lot Jeff!  It's always awesome to get a package that knocks cards off my want list!  If anyone else would like to trade, check out my want list and make an offer!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

eBay: Supporting my Card Habit

After busting my first 2010 Topps Jumbo box, I decided to post the Ichiro hat patch on eBay since they were selling for pretty good money.  Of course, if you are going to take the time to list one auction, you might as well list a few more...which is exactly what I did.  These all end tonight - and I'd be happy if you bid on 'em! 

2008 Topps Heritage Chrome Lot:

Cards included:
C204. Ryan Dempster (#0781/1959)

C210. Kosuke Fukudome (#0782/1959)
C213. Joe Crede (#0107/1959)
C236. Glen Perkins (#0369/1959)
C257. Troy Percival (#0755/1959)
C288. Joel Pineiro (#0226/1959)
C296. Brian Moehler (#0794/1959)
C297. Aaron Miles (#1660/1959)

2008 Topps Heritage Short Print Lot:

Cards included:
454. Brandon Inge

677. Ryan Langerhans
689. Eric Patterson
691. Oliver Perez
692. John Lannan
703. Matt Stairs
707. Wilson Betemit
710. Eric Hurley
712. Jack Hannahan
2009 Topps Commemorative Patch - Lou Gehrig
LPR-56



2009 Topps Updated & Highlights - Honus Wagner - Short Print
UH98.  Honus Wagner
2010 Hat Patch - Ichiro
MHR-153.  Ichiro  #ed/99


Cards included:
Base:  1, 4, 6, 9, 11 (Ellsbury), 15, 16, 20, 33, 34, 40, 43, 49, 51, 62 (Uggla), 67, 71 (Albert Pujols), 72 (Lee), 81, 83, 88, 89, 93, 96, 103, 108 (Alamo), 111 (Giambi), 119, 120, 127, 128, 137 (Teixeira), 148, 151 (Hamels), 156, 157, 162, 173, 186, 188, 196 (Votto), 197, 198, 200, 203, 209, 217, 219, 224 (Tim Lincecum), 236, 243, 244, 246, 247, 252, 266, 287 (Shields), 291 (Beckett), 297, 299

Short prints:  310, 313, 317, 318, 319 (Sheffield), 324, 329, 331, 332 (Granderson), 333 (Swisher), 334, 338, 340, 341 (Gonzalez), 343, 345, 347, 348, 349, 350 (Rollins)



As always, thank you for supporting my baseball card habit!

2010 Topps Series I: Hobby Jumbo Box #2 and Review (4 Hits!)

After busting my first box of 2010 Topps Series I, I decided to purchase a second box in order to fill out some of the insert sets and get some trade bait.  Here are the highlights of the second box.

The nice thing about jumbo boxes is that you get the entire base set plus a healthy stack of tradable duplicates.  However, I'm guessing everyone has seen enough of the base cards, so let's check out the hits and inserts...

First up, the wonderful "Cards Your Mother Threw Out."  Sure, it's a dumb insert set name, but as for the set itself, I love it!  In my second box, I pulled the following:
CMT-6.  Frank Robinson  (my favorite of them all, obviously!)
CMT-7.  Orlando Cabrera
CMT-8.  Bob Gibson
CMT-14.  Juan Marichal
CMT-19.  Steve Carlton
CMT-27.  Nolan Ryan
CMT-37.  Nolan Ryan  (I do wish each card was of a different player)
CMT-39.  Frank Thomas
CMT-41.  Manny Ramirez
CMT-57.  Tim Lincecum

Next, a bunch of gold cards.  Unlike last box, I didn't pull any of the rarer black parallels - but I did get another gold parallel Red so that was nice.
19.  Felipe Lopez
22.  Anthony Swarzak
63.  Josh Bard
64.  Drew Stubbs
93.  Joe Nathan
175.  Josh Hamilton
177.  Adam Lind
189.  Adrian Beltre
195.  James Shields
270.  Michael Brantley

I did manage to score a short print base card in this box (something that I didn't get last time).
80.  Christy Mathewson

And now, for the three hits. 

First, a Peak Performance bat relic of Jose Reyes
PPR-JR.  Jose Reyes

A Peak Performance autograph of Wade Davis
PPA-WD.  Wade Davis

And a manufactured hat logo of Ryan Braun #53/99.
MHR-169.  Ryan Bruan

Finally, an extra hit - my first ever silk card from a base Topps set!
Joe Mauer  #35/50

Final thoughts:
The base set is bright and colorful.  I like the white borders, easy to read card numbers, and full statistics.  The inserts sets, however, are hit and miss.  I don't particularly like the Peak Performers or Legendary Lineage sets but I love the Cards Your Mother Threw Out and Tales/History of the Game sets.  The three promised relics should probably read "a promised crappy auto, crappy relic, and a hat patch."  At least, that's how my two boxes ended up.  That said, with the chance of pulling something cool (such as the silk), it's a lot of fun to open the packs!

Nachos Grande's Final Score:
88/100
 
This is about as close to perfection as a base set will get.  It doesn't have the extra "oomph" or "wow factor" to push it over a 90 but it's still a solid, solid set.  Well done Topps!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Topps 2010 Jumbo Pack Showdown: Pack #10

2010 MLB Topps Jumbo Box Jumbo Pack Showdown I
Jumbo Pack #10:

Base
Cards:
4.  NL Batting Average Leaders
23.  Shane Victorino
28.  Jonathan Sanchez
43.  Marco Scutaro
53.  Craig Counsell
77.  Kenshin Kawakami
89.  J.A. Happ
99.  Garrett Jones (+2 Pirate)
101.  Scott Baker
102.  Minnesota Twins
111.  Ty Wigginton
119.  Wilkin Ramirez
123.  Jeff Samardzija
126.  John Smoltz
138.  AL Homerun Leaders (-7 for having both Teixiera the Yank and Bay the Sawx)
142.  Tim Hudson
144.  Rich Harden
147.  Huston Street
156.  Tony Gwynn Jr.
159.  Vernon Wells
162.  Wade Davis
170.  Jason Bay (-2...two Bays in the same pack)
199.  Seattle Mariners
208.  Tim Wakefield (-2, man I get a lot of Red Sox and Yankees)
213.  Ricky Nolasco
221.  Russell Branyan
225.  David Price
233.  AL RBI Leaders (-7 for Teixeira and the third Bay of the pack)
250.  Mark Teixeira (-5, seriously, 3 Texieras already in this pack)
265.  Angels
268.  Juan Pierre

275.  Chris Coghlan
284.  Ross Ohlendorf (+2, finally a positive scoring card)
290.  Orlando Hudson
297.  Ben Zobrist
306.  Milton Bradley
315.  Scott Kazmir
317.  Ryan Doumit (at least the base cards ended well, +2 points)


Base cards total points = -17 points

Wow, -17 can be attributed directly to Jason Bay and Mark Teixeira.  I managed to pull three of each player, and not a single Red...and people wonder why many baseball fans don't like the Yanks and Sox...


Inserts:
97.  Luis Durango - Gold Parallel (#1720/2010) (+1 point)
TMC-9. Million Card Giveaway (+1 point) 
TR24. Clayton Kershaw - Turkey Red (+1 point)

PP15. Alex Rodriguez- Peak Performers (+1 /4 for being aYankee = 0.25 points)
TTT18. Vladimir Guerrero- Topps Town (+1 point)
LL17.  Reggie Jackson and Adam Dunn- Legendary Lineage.  (I like Dunn so x2 but then Jackson the Yankee cuts the score 75%.  Total = 0.5 points)
CMT12.  Stan Musial - Cards Your Mother Threw Out regular back (+1 point)
TOG24. Josh Hamilton - Tales of the Game (1 point x2 for a player I like = +2 points)
HOTG22.  Ryan Throws Seventh No-Hitter 1991 (+1 point)
WCR-MT.  Mark Teixeira - World Champion Relic - (10 points /4 for being a Yankee...grr.  Not only that, but this is the fourth Teixeira card in the pack. Un-freaking-believable! = +2.5 points)

Insert card total points = 11.25 points
Base card points = -17 points
Total points = -5.75 points

Final thoughts:
Eesh.  Each pack with a hit seemed to offer nothing else but crap, crap, crap.  It's amazing that of the 3 packs that contained a hit, the highest any of those packs finished was #5.  This pack, with arguably the best hit in terms of value, had the lowest of any pack score...mostly because of not one, not two, not three, but four different Mark Teixeira cards, including the aforementioned hit.
Scoreboard:
1.  34.375 points:  Jumbo Pack 1 (best cards:  Daniel McCutchen When They Were Young Insert, Ozzie Smith Turkey Red)
2.  27.25 points:  Jumbo Pack 5 (best cards:  History of the Game Pirates World Series, Cincinnati Reds team card)
3.  26.875 points:  Jumbo Pack 2 (best cards:  Pittsburgh Pirates Franchise History, Ty Cobb Peak Performer)
4.  25.375 points:  Jumbo Pack 9 (best cards:  Nolan Ryan Card Your Mother Threw Out Original Back, Jackie Robinson Tales of the Game)
5.  21.75 points:  Jumbo Pack 6 (best cards:  Ichiro Hat Patch relic, Mazeroski Tales of the Game)
6.  20.875 points:  Jumbo Pack 8 (best cards:  Francisco Cordero Gold Parallel, Cal Ripken Jr History of the Game)
7.  20.75 points:  Jumbo Pack 4 (best cards:  Josh Beckett Black Parallel, Colorado Rockies Franchise History)
8.  20.125:  Jumbo Pack 7 (best cards:  Nolan Ryan Turkey Red, Prince Fielder Gold Parallel)
9. 10 points: Jumbo Pack 3 (best cards: Collin Balester Autograph, Carl Crawford Gold Parallel)
10.  -5.75:  Jumbo Pack 10 (best cards:  Mark Teixeira World Series Relic, Adam Dunn Legendary Lineage)

Delivery Time! Trade with Jim from Sharpe Since 92

It's time to dip back into the 'ol mailbag and post another yellow envelope.  This one is from Jim over at Sharpe Since 92.  I sent Jim a giant pile of 2009 Topps, along with some Goudey 4-in-1s (red and blue borders).  You can read about his end of the trade on his blog here.

In return, Jim sent me some more of those pesky '09 Allen & Ginter mini cards that I needed and a two more '09 Heritage short prints.  I'm grateful for both since those are two of my favorite sets...and two sets that I'd like to complete before their 2010 counterparts are released!

2009 Topps Heritage Short Prints:
I'm slowly working my way towards completion - if you have any 2009 Topps Heritage Short Prints for trade, please check out my want list - I'll do my best to trade you something worthwhile!

688.  Andrew McCutchen

695.  Elvis Andrus

2009 Allen & Ginter minis:
It's going to be a race, which set can I complete first - 2009 Topps Heritage OR 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter mini set?  I need approximately the same amount of cards for each...
13.  Travis Hafner
46.  Brian Roberts
56.  Daniel Murphy
106.  Mike Jacobs
139.  Daisuke Matsuzaka
142.  LaShawn Merritt
154.  Corey Hart
170.  Lance Berkman
174.  John Lannan
180.  Russell Martin
182.  Jose Reyes
192.  Ryan Zimmerman
247.  Jeff Clement
262.  Magglio Ordonez
280.  Shin-Soo Choo
300.  David Ortiz
328.  Matt LaPorta

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

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Topps 2010 Jumbo Pack Showdown: Pack #9

2010 MLB Topps Jumbo Box Jumbo Pack Showdown I
Jumbo Pack #9:

Base
Cards:
2.  Buster Posey
6.  Chicago White Sox Franchise History (+5 points)
29. Aubrey Huff
34.  Michael Dunn (-5 Yankee)
37.  Garret Anderson
42.  NL RBI Leaders  (No Reds to be found...not surprising given their anemic offense last year)
48.  Joey Votto (Speaking of Reds, the one guy who hit well last year!  +5 points)
49.  Jorge De La Rosa
60.  David Wright
85.  Ken Griffey Jr.  (+1 for being "the kid" forever)

87.  Darin Erstad
114. Chris Iannetta
132.  Cliff Lee
135.  Ryan Dempster
145.  Justin Upton
163.  Josh Butler
171.  AL Wins Leaders (-5 for showing CC the Yankee)
173.  Kendry Morales
177.  Adam Lind
180.  Jayson Nix  (the Nix boys all have Y's in strange places)
188.  Joe Blanton
197.  Cleveland Indians
216.  Mike Cameron
218.  Fernando Martinez
236.  Andrew Bailey
245.  Lance Berkman
248.  Jason Kendall
251.  John Lannon
258.  Edwin Encarnacion  (+1, I always like Edwin when he was a Red, even if it was an adventure every time he had to throw the ball from third to first)
260.  New York (+5 Franchise History - 5 Yankee +1 because even I can admit that it's a cool photo = +1 point)

262.  Homer Bailey (+5)
264.  Arizona Diamondbacks (+5, Franchise History)
272.  Jair Jurrjens
274.  Stephen Drew
287.  Jhonny Peralta
292.  Tommy Manzella
293.  Brent Dlugach
303.  Chris Snyder
308.  Robinzon Diaz (Woah, lots of z's in that name! +2 for being a Pirate)
326.  Tyler Colvin

Base cards total points = 15 points
The Franchise History subset really carried this pack.  Since I happen to like them so much, I enjoyed thumbing through the base cards in this pack more than perhaps any other pack.  It sure is a colorful set - something that is even more apparent as you put the cards into 9-pocket pages.

Inserts:
25.  Adam Jones - Gold Parallel (#0300/2010) (+1 point)
TMC-5. Million Card Giveaway (+1 /4 for showing Mantle the Yankee = 0.25 points) 
TR23. Mike Schmidt - Turkey Red (+1 point)
PP47. Roger Maris - Peak Performers (+1 /4 for being another Yankee = 0.25 points)
TTT5. Evan Longoria - Topps Town (+1 point)
LL17.  Cal Ripken and Derek Jeter - Legendary Lineage.  (I like Ripken so x2 but then Jeter the Yankee cuts by 4.  Total = 0.5 points)
CMT11.  Mickey Mantle - Cards Your Mother Threw Out regular back (+1 /4...another Yankee.  Seriously, I have this uncanny ability to pull Yankee cards!  = 0.25 points)
CMT Original Back - 400 - Nolan Ryan (1 x4 bonus = 4 points)

TOG5. Jackie Robinson - Tales of the Game (1 point x2 for a player I like = +2 points)

HOTG7.  Ruth Sold to the Yankees 1920 (Let's see /2 for mentioning Red Sox then /4 for being a Yankee = 0.125 points)
Insert card total points = 10.375 points
Base card points = 15 points
Total points = 25.375 points

Final thoughts:
Well, for a pack devoid of any "hits" or rare inserts, the score was fairly high!  Only one pack left, and it ought to contain the final hit of the box if the advertised numbers are correct.  Will the hit be good enough to knock the first jumbo pack out of box off the number one slot?  Only time will tell, stay tuned!
Scoreboard:
1.  34.375 points:  Jumbo Pack 1 (best cards:  Daniel McCutchen When They Were Young Insert, Ozzie Smith Turkey Red)
2.  27.25 points:  Jumbo Pack 5 (best cards:  History of the Game Pirates World Series, Cincinnati Reds team card)
3.  26.875 points:  Jumbo Pack 2 (best cards:  Pittsburgh Pirates Franchise History, Ty Cobb Peak Performer)
4.  25.375 points:  Jumbo Pack 9 (best cards:  Nolan Ryan Card Your Mother Threw Out Original Back, Jackie Robinson Tales of the Game)
5.  21.75 points:  Jumbo Pack 6 (best cards:  Ichiro Hat Patch relic, Mazeroski Tales of the Game)
6.  20.875 points:  Jumbo Pack 8 (best cards:  Francisco Cordero Gold Parallel, Cal Ripken Jr History of the Game)
7.  20.75 points:  Jumbo Pack 4 (best cards:  Josh Beckett Black Parallel, Colorado Rockies Franchise History)
8.  20.125:  Jumbo Pack 7 (best cards:  Nolan Ryan Turkey Red, Prince Fielder Gold Parallel)
9. 10 points: Jumbo Pack 3 (best cards: Collin Balester Autograph, Carl Crawford Gold Parallel)
10.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Barry Larkin Collection 43: 1992 Topps #465

Barry Larkin
Year:  1992
Brand:  Topps
Card number:  465


While the 1992 Topps set seems to be a footnote in the baseball card set design of most collectors, I happen to really like the '92 design.  The front offers a pleasing white border, complete with team color piping and (relatively) easy to read player name and team name on the front.  The back of the white (cardboard stock) card gives Larkin's full MLB statistics, a brief write-up, and a picture of Riverfront Stadium (back when it was still around and sporting astroturf). 

Unfortunately, while the design of the '92 Topps set is fine by me, this particular Larkin card is borderline dull and boring.  Larkin is in the midst of completing a swing, much like millions of other pictures on millions of other cards...there's nothing unique about this photo which ultimately out weighs the positives that the set design brings with it.

Delivery Time! Trade with Roy from The Paper Chase

Last week, a couple of snowstorms in the northeast seemed to have slowed down the mail service to a crawl.  This week, the mail employees must be working overtime since my mailbox was stuffed full with three yellow trade envelopes plus a box.  Up first, a quick trade with Roy from The Paper Chase.

Roy agreed to send me a Yovani Gallardo relic from 2009 Allen & Ginter since I'm crazy enough to want as many of the '09 A&G hits as possible, no matter who the subject.  In return, I was to send Roy a Blue Jay relic.  As luck would have it, Roy included a bunch of extra Reds (including some Larkins) in my package...and I included a bunch of Jays in his package!

Here's the Gallardo:

The Gallardo relic pushes my "hit" total from A&G up to 21.

Roy also included a bunch of Reds, including the following:
2003 Playoff Prestige - Sean Casey

I don't think I've seen a base card from this set before...and I must say, it's kind of creepy.  Two versions of the same picture, both on the front...along with a team watermark...eesh.

2000 Topps Gold Label - Sean Casey

Now, this is how you do a two-picture card.  I love the Topps Gold Label brand of the early 00s, and this card is no exception.

And from the higher end, classier type card to the utterly goofy:

1992 Topps Kids - Rob Dibble

I think I might get hypnotized if I stare at those spirals for too long.

And finally, what's a stack of Reds cards without at least featuring Jose Rijo doing something goofy?
1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice - Jose Reyes


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