Monday, February 28, 2011

Trade Stack 10: The Crime Dog Makes Two Cards in the 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:  2/28/11


In my opinion, today's set is one of the vastly underrated sets from the early 90s.  I know most people like the 1993 Upper Deck set best (and I will admit to having the '93 set complete myself) but I actually like the 1991 set better.  I know blasphemy right?


See, I don't care for script fonts on my cards - 1990 Donruss, no thanks.  1993 Upper Deck, same problem.  I do, however, like having the team logo on the front of the card - and in the case of 1991 Upper Deck, the team logos look really sharp stuck in the corner "home plate."  


Also, if you are a Padres collector out there, you really should make yourself known.  I've got a whole bunch of Padres that could use a loving home.  Just sayin'.


1991 Upper Deck:
775.  Fred McGriff - Padres



2007 Topps:
Mickey Mantle Home Run History
MHR418 - Mickey Mantle - Yankees



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:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 6:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 7:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 8:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 9:  6 cards by bwsmith25
Stack 10:  ?? cards by ??

Delivery Time! 60 Feet 6 Inches of Shiny Goodness

Another day, another envelope full of shiny cards in the mailbox!  The latest envelope is from Jim over at Sixty Feet Six Inches.  Originally, I was going to mail Jim a couple of base cards and he was going to send me some of the shinys, but then he found he didn't need any base cards - so these eight shiny cards earn Jim eight entries into my Complete Set (and other Goodies) Giveaway Contest and some "cards to be named later."

Here are the shiny cards:

137.  Xavier Nady
156.  Josh Thole
207.  Angel Pagan
212.  Pedro Feliz
239.  Jhoulys Chacin
250.  Carlos Gonzalez
251.  Alcides Escobar
291.  Juan Gutierrez

Thanks for all the cards, they certainly will help me complete the set!  As of this post, I am just shy of the halfway mark.  And, as always, if anyone else would like to trade, check out my want list and make an offer!

Delivery Time! Time to Hopefully Chase Another Ginter Mini Set!

I wasn't going to do it.  Really.

I already chased down the entire regular set.

I am working on chasing down the regular back mini set.

I already nabbed the complete Sailors set.

I finished off the dinos.

I obliterated the Wordsmiths.

I tracked down the Lords of Olympus.

I am trying to acquire all the World's Biggest mini cards.

I hunted down each nation's animal.

The sketch cards are mine.

The This Day In History set really is history.

The Cabinet cards are mine.

The N43s have been completed.

I'm in the process of acquiring one of each of the relics.

I'm slowly working on the autograph set.

Really, I didn't want to do it.

Honest.

But Justin from The Hopeful Chase made me.

I'm now going to try for the Celestial Stars minis as well.

You see, Justin has a little giveaway of sorts on his blog a few weeks ago - you send him some cards he needed, and he sent some Ginters that you claimed.  I was able to lay claim to a pair of Celestial Stars, and heck, now that I have two of them, I might as well go for all twelve!  Plus, now that the code has been cracked and people realize these cards are worthless, the card values have plummeted.

Here's what Justin sent me:
CS2.  Prince Fielder

CS12.  Johan Santana

Thanks a lot Justin (no really, thanks)!  As, as always, if anyone else would like to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Barry Larkin Collection 95: 1993 Hostess - #8

Barry Larkin
Year:  1993
Brand:  Hostess
Card number:  8 of 32

There is always a certain charm to "oddball" cards that is sometimes hard to quantify.  This particular card is a rather unique card because it's both a Hostess card AND an (apprarently) licensed card!  The front of the card features the familiar Reds logo along with a nice photo of Larkin about to steal second.  The photo itself would probably be fine in an unlicensed set, but the Reds "C" logo in the bottom left screams "I have a license, respect me!" anyhow.

The back of the card is also fairly nice, although I don't think I'll ever understand why they chose to use four years of a player's career statistics...weird choice.  I don't think I've ever seen any of the other cards from the set, but if they are all as nice as the Larkin, this might be a fun set to try and track down!

How I Spent My Snow Day (and Yesterday)


Yep, all those drafts are final posts that only need a schedule time.  I'm expecting this week to be crazy busy with work - but my blog shouldn't suffer...I've got plenty of things to keep you entertained.

And because I don't normally have 4 posts in one day (there's another going live tonight), here's a quick link to the first two of the day:

The first card of the newest trade stack (Hint: It's a Yankee insert)

A trade recap from a swap with O No, Another Orioles Blog

Trade Stack 10: A New Beginning with an Older Mickey Mantle

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:  2/26/11


Well, it's official - I truly have no idea what card will make someone claim the trade stack (which is what keep this so much fun for me - plus the fact that I get to "get rid of" multiple cards I don't want and turn them into 1 or more cards that I do actually want).  The last trade stack had an Athletic retail parallel, a Todd Helton rookie class card, a sweet spot card of Mark Teixeira, and a couple of others...but no one stepped forward to claim it until I offered up a Chipper Jones mini card that was cut into two pieces by the Topps' pack crimper.


It has also amazed me that now that I've completed 9 trade stack trades, only one time has the stack grown to at least ten cards (stack three reached 17 cards before someone claimed it).  One other stack hit 9 cards, a third hit 8 and no other stack had more than 6 cards in it...including two stacks that ended up being one-for-one trades (excellent in my book)!  


What will the tenth trade stack bring?  Will this be a one card stack because Yankee fans can't get enough of Mickey Mantle...or has Mantle worn out his welcome and the stack will continue to grow?  Frankly, I have no idea anymore...but I'm anxious to find out whether this Mickey Mantle will result in a new Topps diamond card for me, or an Allen & Ginter mini I need, or any other number of cards from my want list.


2007 Topps:
Mickey Mantle Home Run History
MHR418 - Mickey Mantle - Yankees



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:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 6:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 7:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 8:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 9:  6 cards by bwsmith25
Stack 10:  ?? cards by ??

Delivery Time! "O" No, There's More Topps Off the Want List!

At this point, I can only hope the rest of 2011 is as much fun (in a baseball card sense anyhow), as the first two months have been.  Sure, January actually started off really slowly for me - but with the release of Series 1, it seems baseball is back in full force!

Speaking of full force, the latest trade I've completed is full of great cards.  I sent Ryan (from "O" No, Another Orioles Blog) a 2011 Topps Target Throwback Nick Markakis card - and about 60 2009 UD Goudey cards.  In return, Ryan sent me a whole lotta inserts (plus a few base cards) from Series 1.  Here are a few of the highlights:

2011 Topps:
Base:

23.  Jaime Garcia
26.  Neftali Feliz
89.  Placido Polanco
124.  AL Wins Leaders
139.  Eric Young Jr.
162.  Ronny Cedeno
202.  AL HR Leaders
204.  Oakland Athletics
242.  Brad Lidge
318.  NL HR Leaders

The Pujols, Dunn, Votto card is (obviously) my favorite of the base cards - but all of them are appreciated - and they all help me inch closer to a complete base set!


Topps Town:
TT-17.  Aroldis Chapman

Ryan actually sent me 15 different Topps Town cards, but let's be honest - they are so boring no one needs to see a list of them.  However, being the completionist that I am, I'm still trying to chase the entire set...so again, another man's trash is my treasure!


Diamond Duos:
DD-VG.  Joey Votto & Adrian Gonzalez

I received 5 different Diamond Duos, including the one (see scan above) I wanted the second most (the Larkin card is obviously the one I want the most).  Of all the insert sets, I think the Diamond Duos set is the one that is growing on me the most - I'm beginning to really like the set, or at least parts of it.  I think I like the cards that feature two players from the same team more than when two different teams are featured.  For example, Ryan also sent me the card below which looks really sharp thanks to both players playing for the same team!
DD-HF.  Jason Heyward & Freddie Freeman

History of Topps:
I recieved two more of these that I needed - but since I am (apparently) the only person who likes the History of Topps insert set, I won't bother wasting your precious time by scanning and posting the images.  Instead, you just wasted the same amount of time (or maybe even more) by reading my drivel.  Jokes on you now.


Vintage Reproductions:
CMGR-3.  Hank Greenberg

CMGR-9.  George Sisler
CMGR-22.  Mel Ott

I find the cards celebrating the Goudey set in '11 Topps to be a bit disconcerting since I basically only know Goudey as an Upper Deck set.  Oh sure, I knew Upper Deck's set was based on an old design, but I never knew anything about the original set.  I think that's part of what makes this set so interesting, I actually get to learn a bit about old sets that I otherwise know very little (or nothing) about!


60 Years of Topps - The Lost Cards:
60YOTLC-4.  Roy Campanella

I like the 1954 set design a lot, so this "lost card" looks good in my eyes.  If I were to ever decide to chase a true vintage set, my choice might be the '54 set...too bad there are way to many cards out of my budget to even dream of doing such a crazy thing!


60 Years of Topps:
5.  Phil Rizzuto
12.  Frank Robinson

23.  Mike Schmidt
42.  Jim Edmonds
57.  Johnny Cueto
58.  Joe Mauer

Basically nothing more than a "Cards Your Mother Threw Out, Version 2.0", the 60 Years of Topps set seems terribly redundant at first glance.  However, I believe Topps finally got the set right with this set - last year's CYMTO was lacking in information while most of the 60 Years of Topps cards have at least a small snippet of interesting facts.  For example, the back of Robinson's card talks about the Pete Rose rookie card...without actually saying Rose's name.  It's an amusing read for sure!


Topps 60:
6.  Robinson Cano
24.  Josh Johnson
32.  Adam Dunn

41.  Shin-Soo Choo
50.  Miguel Cabrera

Did you know that Adam Dunn had the second most extra-inning home runs in the last decade (second only to Pujols)?  Did you know that of the top nine players in that category, only Albert Pujols and Ryan Howard played the entire decade with one team?  For completion, the other players on the list include David Ortiz, Jim Thome, Carlos Pena, Alex Rodriguez, Alex Gonzalez (surprise to me too), and Pat Burrell.  That's the kind of kooky stuff you can learn with the Topps 60 insert set!


Diamond parallels:
23.  Jaime Garcia
97.  Carlos Gomez
228.  Scott Rolen

Ryan earns himself three entries into my complete set (and other goodies) giveaway contest that I'm holding later on in the year thanks to the three diamond cards he sent my way.


And finally, Ryan also sent a pair of 2010 Reds parallel cards - one from the Opening Day set (which I didn't buy a single pack of) and the other from 2010 Topps Chrome (which I also didn't buy a single pack of).

Thanks for all the great cards Ryan - and as always, if anyone else would like to trade, check out my want list and make an offer!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Delivery Time! Trade with Scott from Smed's Baseball Card Blog

I recently completed another trade with Scott from Smed's Baseball Card Blog.  The latest trade is actually the third such trade that Scott and I have made since last October (you can read about the first trade here and the second trade here).

Much like the previous trade, the latest envelope was chock full of cards - mostly 2011 Topps, but not completely.  There were simply too many cards (thanks Scott!) for me to list them all, so here's a few of my favorites:

Topps Diamond Parallel:
212.  Pedro Feliz

This card nets Scott another entry in my Complete Set (and other goodies) Giveaway Contest happening later this year.  As of the time I'm writing this post, I'm within eleven cards of the halfway mark for Series 1.  I'd really like to get to at least 80% complete before Series 2 comes out...otherwise my chances of completing the set are probably slim to none.  Any help is appreciated!

Topps Wal*Mart Parallels:
113.  Arthur Rhodes
249.  Aaron Harang

I've become so jaded and disenchanted with Wal*Mart that I refuse to go in there for anything unless I absolutely have to (and buying cards does not qualify as "having" to go in there).  As such, I no longer get the Wal*Mart parallels...so these two are much appreciated!

Vintage Reproduction:
CMGR-8.  Cy Young
CMGR-17.  Jimmie Foxx

I like the Vintage Reproductions quite a bit, though I think the player selection could have been a bit more varied.  Even so, I understand Topps wanting to mostly have "big name" players of yore featured rather than your typical everyday player.

Scott also included a bunch of base cards that I needed, including this Edinson Volquez horizontal beauty.

Finally, there were plenty of non-2011 cards in the package.  Amongst the goodies, I found a Ken Griffey Jr. serially-numbered Spectrum card...

And a variety of 2009 UD Goodwin Champions mini cards!

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

Trade Stack 9: A "Pair" of Chippers

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:  2/26/11


I've been saving this particular Chipper Jones card ever since I first pulled it in a pack, trying to figure out what to do with it.  I know some of you crazy people like stuff like this, so here's your shot.  A Chipper Jones Allen & Ginter mini card, nicely cut in two by the pack crimper over at Topps.  Think of it this way:  It's not a baseball card, it's the world's easiest Chipper Jones puzzle.  


2010 Allen & Ginter:
Regular back mini:
126.  Chipper Jones - Braves


1987 Topps:
683.  Gary Roenicke




1998 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
120.  Todd Helton - Rockies




2008 Upper Deck Sweet Spot:
72.  Mark Teixeira - Angels




2010 Topps Allen & Ginter:
192.  Tom Knapp




2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes:
Retail Charcoal Variation:

141.  Joe Blanton - Athletics





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:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 6:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 7:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 8:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 9:  ?? by ??

Delivery Time! Cards from the Lost Collector

My march toward a complete 2011 Topps Series 1 set is nearly over - the latest envelope to grace my mail box contained another batch of cards I needed (courtesy of AJ over at The Lost Collector).  This is the second trade I've made with AJ in the past couple of weeks (you can read about the first trade here).

For our latest trade, I sent AJ the contents of Trade Stack #6 and an addition 25 or so Yankee cards, in return, he sent me the following:

2011 Topps:
Base:
2.  Jake Westbrook
60.  Andrew McCutchen
81.  Omar Infante
141.  Ubaldo Jimenez
142.  Johnny Cueto

152.  Baltimore Orioles
179.  Armando Galarraga

195.  Nick Markakis
203.  Dillon Gee
231.  Mark Buehrle
248.  Wade LeBlanc

262.  Alex Gordon
272.  J.J. Hardy
295.  Jon Jay
310.  Alex Gonzalez
320.  Michael Young

Vintage Reproductions:
CMGR-8.  Cy Young
CMGR-16.  Jimmie Foxx
CMGR-17.  Jimmie Foxx

Diamond Duos:
DD-KT.  Harmon Killebrew & Jim Thome

Topps Town:
TT-50.  Albert Pujols

Diamond Parallels:
8.  Julio Borbon
36.  Ted Lilly
281.  Kevin Slowey

Each of the diamond parallels nets AJ an additional entry in my complete set (and other goodies) giveaway contest happening later this year.

AJ also sent two Reds cards my way, a Tony Perez Fleer Greats card and a Barry Larkin card (that I didn't yet own!)  The Larkin will get its own post eventually, so I'll just show off the Perez.

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