Monday, January 31, 2011

Barry Larkin Collection 90: 1988 Topps Tiffany - #102

Barry Larkin
Year:  1988
Brand:  Topps Tiffany
Card number:  102

Before aquiring this card (thanks to Paul from Carl Crawford Cards), I had no idea what Topps Tiffany cards were.  Oh sure, I had heard of the set - and seen it in price guides and the like, but I had no idea what the fuss was about.  Now that I have one, I still don't see what the fuss was about, but at least I see the differences between a Topps Tiffany card and a regular old Topps card.

The regular Topps issue of Larkin's card (see here for comparison) looks exactly like this one, at least the front scan does.  What the front scan doesn't show is that the Topps Tiffany card has a UV coating on it and thus is much shinier than the dull regular issue Topps card.  From the scans, you can tell a difference with the back of the card - specifically with the type of cardboard used.  The regular Topps set uses a drab gray cardboard whereas Topps Tiffany uses a bright white cardboard.

While I'm certainly thankful to have another Larkin card to add to my collection, I am also thankful that Topps Tiffany is no more.  It's a completely meaningless parallel set - though it does make you wonder why Topps didn't simply make their base set a bit more "high class".  Perhaps if they had, Upper Deck wouldn't have been quite as amazing to most collectors as it was in 1989.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Trade Stack 5: Because Egypt's Been in the News Lately

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  1/30/11


There has been a lot of bad news about Egypt lately so the latest addition to the trade should be a harbinger of good news - peace is possible!  Today's card is from the 2009 Topps American Heritage set and focuses on The Camp David Accords.  The CDA's (as they are affectionately known by all who are too lazy to continue to type out the full name) were the result of a twelve day meeting betwen then Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat and Isreali prime minister Menachem Begin in 1978.  Hopefully today's strife in Egypt can be solved peacefully though if a recent quote by an Egyptian doctor is any indication, I'm not so sure:

"If I had a visa to anywhere, I'd join them. But that's not going to happen," said Mohammed Khaled, a 28-year-old Egyptian doctor. "Right now, I'd settle for a gun, but I can't even find one of those."  (source)
Yikes.

2009 Topps American Heritage:
125.  The Camp David Accords




2008 Topps Stadium Club:
124.  Armando Galarraga




2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes:
Charcoal Parallel
65.  Justin Verlander



Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!

Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 1:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 2:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 3:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 4:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 5:  ?? by ??

Final Chance For Some Video Games

As a final reminder, I have a bunch of video games on eBay ending about an hour.  As always, I appreciate your support of my card buying habits!

And if you arrived here looking for a card post and not some sort of self-pimping, you can check out the latest addition to the trade stack, assuming the stack wasn't claimed yet.

Trade Stack 5: The Almost Perfect Rookie

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  1/30/11


The 2008 Topps Stadium Club set is a confusing mess, but I've almost completed the entire thing.  As such, I've accumulated a bunch of duplicates.   If I ever manage to complete the entire 2008 Stadium Club card, I'll be sure to somehow do a post or a series of posts showing all of the different cards and their variations so that other collectors can figure out what they have and what they still need.  For the latest addition to the trade stack, I've added a rookie card of Mr. Almost Perfect, Armando Galarraga.  This is also the second consecutive Tiger for the trade stack, which is good since they weren't represented at all in the first four trade stacks.  Now the question becomes, will I add another Tiger to the pile next or will I switch to a new team and have someone else claim the stack?  Only time will tell (seriously, I have no idea what card I'll add next - I'm open to suggestions)!


2008 Topps Stadium Club:
124.  Armando Galarraga




2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes:
Charcoal Parallel
65.  Justin Verlander



Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!

Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 1:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 2:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 3:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 4:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 5:  ?? by ??

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Video Games Anyone? Part Two

I mentioned this a couple of days ago, but I figured I would throw it out there again looking for any support I can find.  I've got twelve different video games (spanning three different systems) up on eBay right now.  All auctions end in a little more than half a day from now.  I already wrote a brief review of four of the games a couple of days ago...so now it's time for another four reviews:

Call of Duty:  Modern Warfare 2 - Playstation 3 (PS3):  Sure, I've been spending a lot of my time playing Call of Duty:  Black Ops, but Modern Warfare is a good game as well.  In fact, MW2 has one feature that I LOVED - the co-op missions.  These were a series of 15 or so standalone missions that were designed for co-op play, and many of them were hard (which is good I think)!  I didn't get into the single player missions much, nor did I play online on MW2 (I do play online with Black Ops so I can only assume the experience is similar), but I played the heck out of the co-op missions.  And as of this moment, there isn't a single bid on the game, so for about $15.00 you can get one of the best co-op games that I know of!

Goldeneye:  Rogue Agent - Gamecube (or Wii):  I buy games for a variety of reasons, some I buy because of online play, some I buy for awesome single player, and others I buy for local multiplayer.  Rogue Agent was definitely a great purchase for local play (think Goldeneye for the Nintendo 64, except more maps, guns, and options).  I can't say I recommend the single player missions (unless wave after wave of bad guy to shoot is your idea of fun), but the multiplayer is where this game shines.  And right now, the price is good too - only $2.99 plus reasonable shipping costs.

Rabbids Go Home - Wii:  A funny single player romp, this game is completely different in both scope and emphasis compared to most of the games I have for sale.  There's something to be said for games that are simply fun - and this one is both fun and funny.

Trauma Center:  Second Opinion - Wii:  Another unique Wii game, Trauma Center:  Second Opinion is a great medical game (with a bit of drama to keep the story moving).  Although I'm a completionist in general - as evidenced by my broad set want lists - I will admit that I never fully beat this game so if anyone does, let me know how it ends.

Once again, I thank you for checking out the games - and who knows, hopefully I'll make a little extra dough to turn into 2011 cards.

Trade Stack 5: A Tiger Insert Stars the New Stack

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  1/29/11


This is now the beginning of the fifth trade stack, and I must admit, I think I am love with my new feature.  It's great fun to post random cards for trade.  It's great fun to see when the stack will be claimed.  And it's even greater fun to be able to knock cards off my want list.  As usual (at least through the first four stacks), I'll start stack #5 off with an insert.  For this stack, it's time to finally feature a Tiger card - I don't think I've done that yet!  This is the second charcoal parallel card that I've featured in a stack, I happen to like this type of parallel much more than a simple numbering change like many Upper Deck parallels.  And finally, as a quick note, I'm always open to team (or player / set) suggestions for my trade stack!  I had a request for some more Cubs which resulted in the last stack being claimed quickly - though not by the person who requested the Cubs be added...that's the peril of waiting too long to claim a stack!


2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes:
Charcoal Parallel
65.  Justin Verlander



Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!

Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 1:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 2:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 3:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 4:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 5:  ?? by ??

Trade Stack 4: Dueces Wild? A Pair of Cubs and a Pair of Red Sox

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  1/29/11


I said in the previous post that I wanted to include a wider variety of sets, and occasionaly more than one player from the same team in the same trade stack.  Today's addition kills both of those birds with one stone.  Up until now, I have not featured any of the Post Cereal (or any other oddball cards really) in a trade stack.  This particular card is the newest addition in celebration of a recently agreed to trade that will net me the final remaining card that I've needed from this small (eight card) set for almost ten years!

2001 Post Cereal
2 of 8.  Ernie Banks




1991 Topps:
35.  Greg Maddux




2010 Allen & Ginter:
284.  Dustin Richardson (Rookie card)




2007 Topps Moments & Milestomes:
119.  Manny Ramirez
# 10/25




Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!

Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 1:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 2:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 3:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 4:  ?? cards by ??

Friday, January 28, 2011

Delivery Time! Reaping the Rewards of the Trade Stack.

As most of my readers know, I've started a new trading device on my blog called the trade stack.  Basically, the premise is that you get all the cards in the stack in exchange for any one card off my want list.  It could be a one-for-one trade (though no one has claimed the stack after only one card as of yet), or it could be a seventeen-for-one trade (such as trade stack #3).

Now that the stack has been active for awhile, some of the return packages are making their way to me.  I already wrote about Justin's trade for the second trade stack back on January 12.  The third trade stack was recently claimed by Cam, so I haven't received his cards yet.  And so that brings us to the inaugural trade stack, the very first foray into the new collecting wilderness.

For the first stack, Dayf from Cardboard Junkie claimed it after a mere two cards - apparently a Jason Heward rookie was enough to convince him to pull the trigger before someone else nabbed the fledgling stack.  As is my custom, I mailed off the stack to Dayf (plus a few Braves extras because really, who but Dayf wants them anyhow) and I waited.

And I waited.

And I waited.

And then I forgot.

And then I remembered again.

And then I forgot.

And then the cards showed up in my mailbox as a complete surprise.

Dayf made up for the wait though by including way more than the three cards he promised - and so I'd gladly wait that long again for more trade packages like the one Dayf sent in return for the trade stack.  Let's take a look at the good stuff that I got back.

2009 American Heritage:
58.  W.E.B. Du Bois
63.  Frederic Remington

125.  The Camp David Accords

Now, when I agreed to the trade, I didn't realize that I actually didn't need these cards...I needed the same numbered cards from the American Heritage Heroes set...  That's ok though, these cards will most likely end up in a trade stack at some point...  Hey look, the stack is self-perpetuating!  


1985 Topps
316.  John Lowenstein
325.  John Denny
454.  Glen Wilson

526.  Dave Palmer
604.  Daryl Sconiers
737.  Bo Diaz

Now this was a group of cards that I did need (and were "free" throw-ins by Dayf).  My 1985 Topps set is down to needing only nine cards (specifically #181, 348, 401, 471, 511, 536, 664, 730, 752).  As an aside, what in the $&#! is up with Glenn's method of holding the bat?  Did someone tell him he was only allowed to use his thumbs and one finger at a time?  Is there another photo of a baseball player batting that looks more ridiculous than this one?  If so, send me a scan because I find it hard to believe!


1991 Score:
835.  Ken Griffey, Sr.

869.  Todd Zeile

Another group of cards that I needed, the 1991 Score set has proven to be a difficult thing to put together via trade.  Maybe it is the fact that the set is twenty years old now...or maybe it is because everyone threw their '91 Score cards away because they had way to many of them.  Either way, I'm always happy to be able to knock a few more cards off of my want list - and now I only need five cards in order to have the full set (specifically #510, 634, 743, 797, 890).


And last, but certainly not least, Dayf included some Reds for me including a Barry Larkin card (which will get its own post) and a few other nifty cards that I didn't previously own...

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

Trade Stack 4: Maddux Joins the Pile

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  1/28/11
  
I realized after I scanned this card that I ought to do a better job at mixing up the sets represented.  Oh sure, there is a new set in the stack (Moments & Milestones) but there have been a couple of 1991 Topps cards and a few 2010 Allen & Ginter cards in previous trade stacks.  (Of course, when you have as many extra 2010 Allen & Ginter cards as I do, you can't help but put some in trade stacks)!  Anyhow, today's card features Maddux (as a Cub) from Topps' 40th Anniversary set.  It's hard to believe that Topps' 60th Anniversary set is coming out in a matter of days!


1991 Topps:
35.  Greg Maddux




2010 Allen & Ginter:
284.  Dustin Richardson (Rookie card)




2007 Topps Moments & Milestomes:
119.  Manny Ramirez
# 10/25




Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!

Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 1:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 2:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 3:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 4:  ?? cards by ??

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Complete Set Chronicles: 1981 Fleer

Welcome to the Complete Set Chronicles.  This is a semi-regular feature of the blog where I highlight a complete set that I've collected.

Today's set is (I believe) the oldest complete set that I own.  In fact, it was produced one year before I was born, so to me, it's ancient history!

1981 Fleer

In the grand scheme of things, the 1981 Fleer set is rather unremarkable.  In fact, my "hot off the two-year-old presses" Beckett magazine says the set was worth $15.00 back in February of 2009.  However, to me the set is special.  For one, it's one of the only complete sets that I own that feature plenty of members from the Big Red Machine.  Second, it's a set my father gave me a few years back - and that's more special than any Beckett price tag!

Alpha:

The 1981 Fleer set begins with Pete Rose as card #1.  Of course, this was almost a decade before Pete's fall from grace, so it was a wise (and popular) choice at the time.  How does it up hold now?  Pretty good, it's hard to argue with Charlie Hustle (on a baseball card at least).  Of interest, by 1980, Pete had collected 3557 hits and only 155 of those were homeruns.

Omega:

The last card in the set is #660, Steve Carlton.  Once again, Fleer nailed it with a great player in a prime position in the set (depending on how one stacks a set, either Rose or Carlton would pretty much always be on top of the pile).  It is interesting, however, that both the first and last card in the set are Phillies - and yet, the players were grouped by team throughout the majority of the set!

Card Design:

The front of the card (such as #50 Jamie Quirk) features a white border, a cartoony baseball with the team name in script font, and the player name in front of a yellow background.  The vast majority of the cards in the set feature boring photographs (such as Carlton above) but there are a few action shots like the Quirk card.  In fact, the Quirk card is one of my favorites in the set simply for its quirkiness (pun intended).  Check out the guy with flowing locks on the far right in what appears to be some sort of camel-fur vest thing.

The back of the cards are also clean and simple.  The card number is in the upper left corner while the upper right corner holds a key career number of the player in question (career batting average or career ERA).  There are also full career statistics (a nice touch that I fully support).  In general, I don't mind the backs, except for the whole career statistic number in the upper right corner - it's confusing to look at two numbers and try to remember at a glance which is the card number (and yes, I know there is a decimal point but when you are sorting a lot of cards in a hurry it's easy to miss such nuances).

Other:

As I mentioned above, the vast majority of the cards are sorted by team.  It makes for a nice "team yearbook" effect thirty years later - find the team in the binder and you get to see the majority of the team's roster within three binder pages.  A quick glance at the binder page above shows you what you can expect though from most of the photos, boring mug shots!  At least the photographer had the players look in different directions sometimes to add a little spice to the photos.

There are a few inconsistancies however.  Most notably, the cards at the end of the set are simply numbered in a goofy fashion.  Someone at Fleer thought it would be a good idea to take the team checklists and intersperse "special" cards.  In the end, it simply looks sloppy, especially when looking through a binder.

Overall:

The 1981 Fleer set gets a 5/10 for me.  It scores high on personal intangibles and clean design but gets docked serious points for boring photos and slightly confusing card backs.

Video Games Anyone?

I've decided to list a bunch of video games (from various systems) on eBay in the hopes of raising a little cash for the 2011 baseball card season!  You can find all of my listings here.

Of the games I listed, here are a few highlights:

1080 Avalanche - GameCube (or Wii):  This game was one of my favorite games on the GameCube (you can also play it on the Wii which is nice).  The game features a nice multiplayer mode (up to four people) as well, though I enjoyed the single player challenges just as much.  It also had really nice graphics (for a GameCube game)!

Army of Two - Playstation 3 (PS3):  A game custom made for two people (either on the same console or online).  I didn't play this one much (work and life got in the way) but I decided to sell it anyhow since I have a backlog of other games I've yet to play, such as Little Big Planet 1 and Assassin's Creed.

Prince of Persia:  The Sands of Time - GameCube (or Wii):  I enjoyed 1080 Avalanche a lot (see above) but my favorite game for the GameCube, other than perhaps Super Smash Bros. was The Sands of Time.  This game is an amazing platforming game full of awesome acrobatics, nifty puzzles, and of course, a sultry damsel.  I have the sequel to the game listed on eBay as well which featured more of the same good play as Sands of Time, but I still like the original best!

Street Fighter IV - Playstation 3 (PS3):  A great throwback to the Street Fighters of my SNES days.  All of your favorites are in the game, Ryu, Chun-Li, etc.  If it weren't for Call of Duty, this would probably be my multiplayer game of choice!

That's a short review of one-third of the games I listed on eBay.  All of the games listed were bought by me, and are in excellent condition (all have original case and original booklet).  Any questions?  Let me know!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Trade Stack 4: Boston x 2

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  1/26/11
  
I like the idea of having lots of teams in the trade stack, but I thought I'd try this out to see what happens.  Here is the second card in the stack - and it's another Red Sox card.  Do tell though in the comments, should I keep the teams mixed up or is the stack better if it is all cards of one team (so long as I keep cycling teams as the stacks are claimed)?  I could see a situation where I have 200+ Pirates cards or something in a stack though and no one claiming them...  Or, perhaps I should do teams in small groups (maybe 2 - 4 cards per team before switching to a new team).  In that way, I could keep people guessing exactly how many cards will be of a certain team before I switch to a new squad.  Let me know in the comments below!  


2010 Allen & Ginter:
284.  Dustin Richardson (Rookie card)




2007 Topps Moments & Milestomes:
119.  Manny Ramirez
# 10/25




Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!

Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 1:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 2:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 3:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 4:  ?? cards by ??

Topps Wants Wrappers Back in 2011

According to Topps' own (rather crappy) website (where the logo also came from):

To launch and celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Topps Baseball Cards, the company is pleased to announce a special Hobby-Exclusive Wrapper Redemption Program for 2011 Topps Baseball Series 1.
Collectors sending Topps 36 Hobby wrappers or 10 HTA Jumbo wrappers of 2011 Topps Series 1 will receive a special 5-card pack of  60th Anniversary Black Diamond cards (collect all 60!).
In addition, Topps is seeding 34 different on-card Autograph cards (#’d to 60), featuring subjects from the original 1952 Topps set, into these 5-card packs.
Collectors should send wrappers to:
PO BOX 2008
Duryea, PA 18642
ATTN: Topps Baseball Series 1 Promotion
*Collectors are encouraged to group their wrappers and send in 1 package.
*Promotion ends August 1, 2011.



That's right, you get more cards for your wrappers - very cool...not to mention a chance at nabbing some pretty nice autographs!  According to Topps, for every hobby box or jumbo box you buy, you get a pack of the promotional cards.  Recently, I splurged for a case of jumbo boxes (with the potential plan of a group break, though I'm not sure yet)...but it looks like I should be in line to redeem the wrappers to nab 30 cards from the set...and kudos to anyone who actually finishes that set off - that's going to be a difficult set!

Trading Caught Up?

I believe I've emailed everyone back about potential trades.  It took me a few days weeks to get caught up, but I'm back and ready to go.

I also stayed up and packaged two trades:
David and Cam, your packages will be in the mail on Thursday...as will anyone who emails me back tomorrow!

Also, the fourth trade stack has begun - and it's got a really nice card numbered to only 25 copies as a starting point.  Will this be the first stack claimed with only one card in it?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Trade Stack 4: A New Beginning

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  1/25/11
  
The last trade stack ended up 17 cards high...and while no one put a claim in for about two weeks - two claims were made within minutes of eachother (on different posts no less).  As I've said all along, if you wait too long, you'll lose out!  Now that the last huge stack is about to be mailed off, it's time to begin fresh.  And to make this one extra nice, I've decided to start off with one of the trade bait cards from my contest winnings over at Community Gum.


2007 Topps Moments & Milestomes:
119.  Manny Ramirez
# 10/25




Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!

Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 1:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 2:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 3:  17 cards by Cam

Monday, January 24, 2011

Barry Larkin Collection 89: 1989 Upper Deck - #270

Barry Larkin
Year:  1989
Brand:  Upper Deck
Card number:  270

The 1989 Upper Deck set probably marks either the beginning or the end for over half of the people in the baseball card hobby.  For many people, the shiny, flashy, hologram-sporting Upper Deck set was nothing more than an eye sore.  The new kid being disrespectful to decades worth of baseball card etiquette.  Seriously, full color photos on the back of the card?  No gray (or other drab color) cardboard stock?  It was unheard of - and surely wouldn't last.

For others, Upper Deck heralded the coming of a new age.  The dawn of innovation on a small slice of cardboard.  The beckening of a brighter, more colorful future - one complete with foil, signatures, and eventually little bits of pants and NASA equipment.

No matter which camp one belonged too, there was no denying the "gee whiz" effect that Upper Deck had on the collecting community - and this particular Barry Larkin card is a nice example of what made Upper Deck seem so cutting edge cool compared to 1989 Topps or Donruss.  The full-color action shot on the back (even if it does appear that Larkin is either constipated or fouled a bunt off his man jewels) seals the deal - and with that, this is probably the best of the 1989 Larkin cards!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Trade Stack 3: Seriously, No One Will Claim This?

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  1/23/11
  
It has been brought to my attention that perhaps my trade stacks would be claimed a bit quicker if I focused on only a few teams at a time.  I think that's a good idea - but for trade stack #3, I'm not about to change now that we are up to seventeen cards.  For today's addition to the stack, I'm adding a rather sweet '94 Topps Nolan Ryan card which celebrates his 27 seasons in the big leagues.  It does have a slightly dinged corner - I didn't actually notice that until after I scanned it but hey, them's the breaks when it is a trade stack!  Remember, you get ALL of the cards below in exchange for at least one card off my want list!  AND - I have added a few more sets to my want list in the last couple of days for those that thought maybe they had nothing to offer me!


1994 Topps:
34.  Nolan Ryan




2001 Topps High Definition (HD)
16.  Manny Ramirez




1998 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
Stick-Ums
27 of 30.  Juan Gonzalez




2009 Upper Deck Goudey:
23.  Josh Beckett






2010 Allen & Ginter:
81.  Cliff Lee




2001 Fleer Focus:
212.  Mo Vaughn




2005 Upper Deck All-Star Classics:
16.  Greg Maddux




2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes:
Charcoal Parallel
117.  Jorge Posada




1998 Pinnacle Performers:
55.  Fred McGriff




1985 Topps:
140.  Roy Smalley and Roy Smalley  (Father/Son Combo)




1987 Topps:
560.  Glenn Davis




2000 Topps Stadium Club:
52.  Kevin Brown




1991 Topps:
13.  Mariano Duncan




1997 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
219.  Roberto Alomar (Post-Season Celebration)




2009 Allen & Ginter:
43.  Koji Uehara (rookie card)




2009 Topps Heritage:
59.  John Maine




1997 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
371.  Steve Sparks




2009 Upper Deck:
Star Quest - Blue Uncommon

SQ-47.  Justin Morneau


Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!

Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 1:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 2:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 3:  ?? cards by ??

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Delivery Time! Contest Winnings from Jon at Community Gum

Not all that long ago, I participated in a contest held over on the Community Gum blog.  To enter, one had to pick a player, some statistics, a few random guesses, and think the fourth requirement was to sacrifice a goat or something.  Needless to say, I actually have no idea what I was supposed to do, though I'm fairly certain whatever it was I did do was most likely totally wrong.

As with most things, I lost the contest - but Jon didn't want anyone to feel like a total loser so he said that everyone would be getting something, most likely cards of your team but not your player (or something like that, maybe a goat, again, I don't really know.  Reading's for chumps).  And yes, I ended a sentence in the middle of a parenthetical aside.  Deal with it grammar Nazi's.

Anyhow, a funny thing happened as Jon packaged up the prize cards - he ran out of some of the teams.  Apparently a higher end Topps set is chock full of Cincinnati Reds cards.  Go figure...they had all of one star player in the last decade (who was hurt for what seemed six continuous years).  So, I did what any decent, self-respecting (and totally un-prize deserving) person should do.  I emailed Jon and told him to "send whatever you want, make it trade bait I can use for other purposes."  And so, Jon did just that (and he still managed to send a Griffey my way too)!

Here's the three prize* cards:
*No goats were injured in the winning of these three cards.  I can't speak for the other contestants.

First, the card I know I'll be keeping:
33.  Ken Griffey Jr.  #086/150

I have no idea what to make of the set.  I don't buy high-end stuff like this much (or ever, actually).  I think this is a numbered base card...and I think all the base cards are numbered.  I don't know why Topps Gold cards in the base set are sought after (#ed to the current year) while these base cards often get trashed by collectors looking for the "big nasty mojo hit".  Sometimes I don't get this hobby.

85.  Jim Thome #06/25

To me, a card numbered out of 25 is super rare.  Clearly I need to get out to a hobby shop and buy packs rather than relying on the good 'ol Wal*Mart rack of pre-pack-searched packs (you know, removing any lingering hope of a crappy hit, nice to not have to worry about that).

119.  Manny Ramirez #10/25

Another nice card, though apparently Manny Ramirez is no longer in collector's good graces since no one will trade me a single card off my want list for a stack of 17 cards, including Manny and three inserts (one of which is a kickin' sticker card).

Thanks for the cards Jon, it was nice to be rewarded for doing (most likely) nothing correct!