Thursday, March 31, 2011

WOOOO! Baseball's Back and the Reds Walk Off!


Never give up!
This is why I love baseball:

Opening Day 2011:
Edinson Volquez was terrible.
The Reds bullpen was ok.
The Reds were down three going into the ninth inning.
Brandon Phillips was called safe.
Ramon Hernandez knocks a three-run, walk-off home run to win the game.

Milwaukee 6 - Cincinnati 7

I'm so glad baseball is back!

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Delivery Time! A Simple Little Trade with Blog Reader Jeff

I recently completed a simple little trade - extremely quick and easy for everyone involved.  I sent blog reader Jeff (who I don't think has a blog - at least, I didn't have a blog attributed to him in my Excel spreadsheet) three base cards that he needed from the 2011 Topps set.

In return, Jeff sent me an insert that I needed:

2011 Topps:
Topps 60:
T60-30.  Nick Markakis




Like I said, a simple trade - and now there is one fewer card on my want list (and I managed to get rid of a few of my extra 2011 Topps cards as well).  It's a win-win for me!

As always, if anyone else would like to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Trade Stack 15: An Oddball Card for a New Set Addition to 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:  3/30/11


I don't have a lot of time at the moment - so here's a quick addition to my trade stack.  I've talked about the 2001 Sunoco card set before - so I'll leave it at that (though the "for trade" list on that page is no longer up-to-date.  Also, if you happened to miss my 2011 MLB Predictions that I posted this morning - you can find them by following the link.


2001 Sunoco Dream Team:
7 of 12:  Beantown Beginnings 
Fred Lynn & Jim Rice - Red Sox




2007 Topps Heritage:
268.  Rich Aurilia




1987 Topps:
588.  Wallace Johnson - Expos




1997 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
392.  John Olerud - Mets




2009 Goudey:
129.  A.J. Burnett - Yankees




1988 Topps:
231.  Pittsburgh Pirates Leaders - Barry Bonds & Bobby Bonilla




2010 Topps Allen & Ginter:
Sailors of the Seven Seas:
SSS3.  Sir Walter Raleigh





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 01:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 02:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 03:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 04:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 05:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 06:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 07:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 08:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 09:  6 cards by bwsmith25
Stack 10:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 11:  1 card by Patrick
Stack 12:  5 cards by Matt B.
Stack 13:  4 cards by Steve G.
Stack 14:  3 cards by ShaneK
Stack 15:  ?? by ??

Nacho Grande: 2011 MLB Predictions

It's that time of year again - you know, prediction season.  Fresh of my total waste of paper that was my March Madness bracket (where about the only thing I had right was Richmond's wins), it's time for my 2011 MLB predictions.

Oh, and before you get too worried about what I think, here's my drivel from 2009 and 2010.  And yes, there's no better (PG rated word at least) than drivel to describe most of my picks...heck, I picked the Mariners (yep, those Mariners) to win the World Series last year.  Go me.

Anyhow, I can't do much worse this year, right?  Let's get on with it then.

American League:
AL East:
1.  Red Sox
2.  Yankees
3.  Rays
4.  Orioles
5.  Blue Jays
No real surprise at the top of the division, I think most people are probably picking either Boston or New York to win the AL East.  I think the Rays will be alright, but I don't expect them to compete given the personnel that they lost during the off season (and no, Manny won't make up for it).  I think the Orioles are due to finish some place other than last, which means Toronto sinks to the bottom of the division.  I'm actually not sold at all on Toronto - last year I picked the Blue Jays to finish too though, so take heart Canadian baseball fans.


AL Central:
1.  Twins
2.  White Sox
3.  Tigers
4.  Royals
5.  Indians
The Royals remind me a lot of the Reds two years ago - probably not a great season, but due to have one in which the young kids all get quite a bit of time after the All-Star break.  As such, I expect the Royals to be ranked much higher this time next year, maybe even making the playoffs for the first time in a long, long time!  As for the rest of the division, I think the Twins still have the best team on paper. The White Sox and Tigers could be flip-flopped if you prefer, though I like Chicago slightly better at the moment.  The Indians don't appear to have much, but then again, maybe they have young talent that simply isn't make much noise on the National stage...


AL West:
1.  Athletics
2.  Rangers
3.  Angels
4.  Mariners
Remember I said the Mariners would win the division (and the World Series) last year, so clearly I don't know anything about the AL West.  I did take the Rangers to win in 2009 though, so maybe I'm simply off by a year.  For 2011, I find it tough to believe the Rangers will repeat, and there's always a team that is off the collective radar of pundits at the beginning of the year that makes a lot of noise during the season (think the Padres last year).  For me, I'm pegging the A's as that team for 2011.  Oh sure, I know they don't have much offense - in fact, they'll be lucky to score more than three runs a game...but they have a lot of intriguing young pitching - and a line-up that appears to be more balanced than the rest of the division (even if that balance means its a line-up full of consistently mediocre talent).


National League:
NL East:
1.  Braves
2.  Phillies
3.  Nationals
4.  Marlins
5.  Mets
I think too many people have handed the Phillies a playoff berth already.  In fact, with all the praise the Phillies have been getting, I wouldn't be surprised if some of them have already been fitted for their 2011 World Series rings.  That said, I think the Braves will sneak past the Phillies - most likely due to a "one more time" Chipper Jones surge and a couple of bad breaks for the Phillies (and I wrote this before I heard about the severity of Utley's injury).


NL Central:
1.  Cardinals
2.  Reds
3.  Brewers
4.  Cubs
5.  Pirates
6.  Astros
I'd love to put my Reds in first this year, but honestly, with all the hits their rotation has taken over the last couple of weeks, I really can't.  St. Louis simply has more star power.  The Reds COULD run away with the division though if Votto hits like he did last year, Rolen stays healthy and productive, Bruce develops into a star finally, and the young pitchers all pitch like the highly touted stars they once were.  That's a few too many "ifs" though for me to put the Reds in first.  And hey Pirate fans, I've got you finishing fifth, you're welcome.


NL West:
1.  Dodgers
2.  Giants
3.  Rockies
4.  Padres
5.  Diamondbacks
Yep, another surprise pick here.  I think the Giants are ripe for a playoff hangover much like happens in football...and I think the Dodgers have enough good players that for once things will simply "click" for that team.  In many ways, the Dodgers have sort of become the Cubs of the NL West.  That is, they seem to have a lot of talent on the roster but it never seems to come together in the right way.  I'm predicting this year that the Dodgers' talent does mesh correctly, but the Cubs doesn't (at least, as a Reds fan that's how I hope it happens).  I also think the Rockies will make this a three team race this year - and I don't expect anyone in the division to have more than 85 wins.


Playoff Predictions:
It's never too early, right?


American League:
Round 1:
Yankees over Twins
Red Sox over Athletics
Round 2:
Red Sox over Yankees


National League:
Round 1:
Braves over Dodgers
Phillies over Cardinals
Round 2:
Braves over Phillies


World Series:
Red Sox over Braves


So, there you go - your 2011 MLB World Series winner will be the Red Sox.  Just like it was the Mariners in 2010 and the Reds in 2009 (or consider the Red Sox jinxed, your choice really).

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Trade Stack 15: Now With Half a Dozen 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:  3/29/11


The feedback from the last trade stack post was appreciated - and I'll definitely take some of your comments and run with them!  I've got a few "twists" to the trade stack in mind - and I'm sure I'll come up with others as time goes on.  However, I will also make sure to do plenty of tried and true versions of the trade stack since many of you said that you liked how they were being done currently.  I will work on keeping things fresh within the stack, whether by varying the teams (as in this stack), the sets featured (also in this stack), or my witty commentary (not so much).  


For today's addition, I present a card from the 2007 Topps Heritage set.  If there is a single set that I can attribute me jumping back into the hobby full force, it's the '07 Heritage set.  That was the first set  (of any difficulty) that I put together by buying packs, boxes, and scouring eBay (I only wish I had been blogging back then)!  I also managed to put together the entire chrome set in '07 - by far the most difficult (and only serially-numbered set that I've ever completed).  Today's card is a random common from that set - Rich Aurilia has played for about 80 teams (or so it seems), so I figure there should plenty of you with marginal interest in him...


2007 Topps Heritage:
268.  Rich Aurilia




1987 Topps:
588.  Wallace Johnson - Expos




1997 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
392.  John Olerud - Mets




2009 Goudey:
129.  A.J. Burnett - Yankees




1988 Topps:
231.  Pittsburgh Pirates Leaders - Barry Bonds & Bobby Bonilla




2010 Topps Allen & Ginter:
Sailors of the Seven Seas:
SSS3.  Sir Walter Raleigh





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 01:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 02:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 03:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 04:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 05:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 06:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 07:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 08:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 09:  6 cards by bwsmith25
Stack 10:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 11:  1 card by Patrick
Stack 12:  5 cards by Matt B.
Stack 13:  4 cards by Steve G.
Stack 14:  3 cards by ShaneK
Stack 15:  ?? by ??

2011 Topps Heritage Target Blaster - Pack 3

It's time for the third pack out of the world's slowest opened blaster.  Will I find anything capable of convincing me to collect this set - or will I end up with more cards in the "for trade" pile?  Let's see...

Pack 3:


40.  Pablo Sandoval

Pablo looks like he is wearing Giants pajamas with the way that jersey fits him so loosely.  I'd like to know what stadium that is in the background - I'm guessing it's Photoshopped in.


51.  American League Batting Leaders

Ok, first off - this card is awesome.  Not for the front (I don't care one way or the other for the floating heads in this case), but rather, it's awesome because of the back.  Instead of listing the top three or even top ten players in the AL for batting, the top FIFTY players are listed - I think all leaders cards should be like that, it'll be great for reference years from now.  


66.  Geovany Soto

Did you know that Soto is only the sixth career Cub to hit 50 homeruns as a catcher?  That seems surprising to me considering how long the Cubs have been around.


79.  Jordan Zimmerman

Another empty stadium shot, and another blank stare from a ball player.  This might be the most boring photo yet in a set that seems to be full of boring photos.


101.  Jacoby Ellsbury

Two boring head shots in a row.  It's like Topps is begging me not to collect the set.


167.  Wilson Ramos

I don't know much about most Nationals players.  Take Ramos, I've never even heard of the guy but here he is on a Topps Heritage card...even more impressive (in a backhanded kind of way), his card is probably the best photo so far in the pack.


291.  Bobby Cramer

Another player I know nothing about - makes me wonder if I am following the sport as closely as I think I am.  In defense of myself, Cramer did only pitch in seven minor league games last year.  According to the card back, Cramer was released in 2005, spent some time working for an oil company and as a substitute teacher, and then eventually made his way to the big leagues for his MLB debut for the Athletics.


334.  Tampa Bay Rays

I like the team cards a lot.  In fact, I seem to like all the subset cards (except the Ruth cards) so far.  Each has been chock full of juicy statistics, way more than you typically get on a baseball card.  I like that a lot.


396.  Carlos Gonzalez

Well, just when I said I like the vast majority of the subsets, I pull a boring Sporting News All-Star card.  At least these are short printed this year, it's a total drag having to track down ugly cards to finish off a set!


407.  Wade Davis

It's a bird.  It's a plane.  Nope, it just another bored ball player doing a boring pose.  *yawn*


500.  Rookie Parade

Hmm, here's a short print - and it features a Red!  This is actually a pretty cool card, no matter what I do I believe I'll be holding on to this one...  I hope Heisey becomes a great player for the Reds, but more likely he'll prove to be an adequate option (but not a stud outfielder).  Even so, this is a cool card (even if it does have too many Red Sox on it)!


Well, three packs in and I'm still not sold.  On the one hand, I love the level of statistics on many of the card backs.  I also love the write-ups this year, for the most part I've actually learned a lot from reading them!  On the other hand, this set has some of the most boring photography of any set in a long time.  I don't care if the original set had boring photography or not - there's a reason why some things change (and for the better I might add).

At this point, I honestly can't decide whether or not to chase the set.  Maybe if I scour eBay and find some cheap hobby boxes I'll be able to make up mind easier...

And yes, if you happened to have noticed, this pack contained eleven cards (rather than the proper 9 cards).  At this point, I'm hoping that short print was one of the "extra cards" so that I get more short prints than perhaps the odds would suggest!

Delivery Time! Surprise Cards from Nick!

One of the great things about having a blog is the ability to reach out to a variety of collectors across the country (and sometimes world)!  Amongst the people that I've traded with, the vast majority have been fair traders which has resulted in good feelings for both parties.  On occassion, however, I've dealt with people at either end of the spectrum.  Some people promise to send cards and never do (or they don't send what we agreed to originally).  That's super annoying - at best, and downright crappy at worst.  Other people, however, live at the opposite end of the spectrum.  Those people are bloggers like Nick (from For Card's Sake).  They are the people who send cards "just because" - and luckily for me, there are WAY more people like that on the blogs than there are people who are simply scum bags.

Speaking of Nick, it wasn't all that long ago that he sent me an envelope of 25 assorted Reds cards out of the blue.  I loved each card, but I wanted to show off a few of my favorites!

1961 Topps:
418.  Ed Bailey


Any time I can acquire a Reds card prior to 1980 I'm happy.  Send me a 1960-something Reds card out of the blue?  I'm super happy!


2010 Bowman Platinum:
PP10.  Aroldis Chapman


I've mentioned it before, but I don't buy Bowman.  Thus, while I know nothing about what type of insert this might be, I do know that I appreciate being able to add it to my collection!  According to the card, Chapman compares to Dodger's pitcher Clayton Kershaw.  I can't say I've heard that particular comparison before...


2003 Fleer Avant:
62.  Austin Kearns


Here's another set that I didn't even know existed until Nick sent me this card!  It's from 2003 - and it features a photo-like frame around an inset picture of Austin Kearns.  It's certainly different from most of what is out there - and a big reason why I miss companies like Fleer...  Fleer, along with Pacific, were two of the best companies at taking risks and trying new things with cards.  Granted, many of their sets turned out to be quite disastrous - but you couldn't fault them for not trying new things.  Lately, Upper Deck (and now just Topps) seem content to toe the line.  There's very little risk in their sets - which means ultimately, there's very little reward as well.


Thanks for all the great cards Nick!  I also need to give a special thanks for the Barry Larkin card (I didn't own it before now).  That one will get its own special post though, so I'll hold off on scanning it for now!

Finally, if anyone else would like to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Trade Stack 15: A Question for You.

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:  3/28/11


As you know, I've been having a lot of fun with the trade stacks - but I do have a question for all of you (as always, honest feedback is appreciated)!  Would you prefer that I only add "serious" trade bait type cards (mostly inserts, numbered cards, parallels, etc.) or do you enjoy a mixture of inserts, parallels, and base cards?  I ask, because, on the one hand, I'm guessing stacks would be claimed quicker if I only included "chase" cards.  On the other hand, I would think it'd be kind of fun to nab a stack having 17 cards (like this one that Cam claimed awhile back) in exchange for a single card off my want list.  I also recognize that there are many set collectors out there - and who knows, maybe card #588 just happens to be the last card you needed from the 1987 Topps set (in which case you are in luck today - claim this stack quickly)!  I'm also curious if anyone still collects Expos cards?  Are they even worth adding to the stack occassionally?  Heck, for that matter, what about teams like the Astros, Royals, Angels, Twins, or Blue Jays (all teams remaining in my Gypsy Queen group break that is happening in a few weeks)?


1987 Topps:
588.  Wallace Johnson - Expos




1997 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
392.  John Olerud - Mets




2009 Goudey:
129.  A.J. Burnett - Yankees




1988 Topps:
231.  Pittsburgh Pirates Leaders - Barry Bonds & Bobby Bonilla




2010 Topps Allen & Ginter:
Sailors of the Seven Seas:
SSS3.  Sir Walter Raleigh





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 01:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 02:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 03:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 04:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 05:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 06:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 07:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 08:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 09:  6 cards by bwsmith25
Stack 10:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 11:  1 card by Patrick
Stack 12:  5 cards by Matt B.
Stack 13:  4 cards by Steve G.
Stack 14:  3 cards by ShaneK
Stack 15:  ?? by ??

2011 Topps Heritage Target Blaster - Pack 2

Did you miss the first pack from the Target blaster?  If so, you can find it here.  Now, let's rip open the second pack.

Pack 2:


8.  John Danks

This particular Heritage set has a lot of quirks - one such quirk is that the early card numbers are much smaller than the card numbers of the later cards.  As you can see from the Danks card back, the number 8 is in a small baseball.  Compare this card back to that of Daric Barton below and you can see the difference quite clearly.  

24.  Detroit Tigers

Nothing like a photoshopped team card - complete with what appears to be a top row full of players without a torso.  I wonder how they decided which four guys were "stuck" sitting cross-legged on the ground?  I do, however, really like the card back for the team cards.  There is a full pitching breakdown vs. all opposing clubs.  For instance, I can see that Max Scherzer was 12-11 last year for Detroit.  He beat a bunch of clubs one time each, but he lost twice to the Royals (and won one) as well as the Rays (whom he did not beat at all).  He did well against Seattle (2-0) but not so well against Cleveland (1-3).  It's stuff like that that really makes my mathematical brain happy.  It's problems like the Reds team card is a short print (again) that drives my collecting brain crazy.  Unless I buy the card, I'm highly unlikely to ever acquire it...unless I luck out and find it in this blaster!


75.  Chris Tillman

Tillman threw a no-hitter and a one-hitter in 2010 - both in the minors.  How have I not heard about this guy?


285.  Adam Wainwright

This card bugs me.  I HATE the fact that Wainwright still has the ball in his hand after a supposed pitch.  It's so wrong that I can't focus on anything else whenever I glance at the card.  Yuck.


303.  Daric Barton

Trust me, be glad I scanned the back of this card (so that you can compare it to the card numbering of the earlier cards like John Danks - see above).  The front of this card is a head shot of Barton where it looks like the camera is about 3 inches from Barton's nose.  Trust me, no one needs to see every pore of the man's face.


335.  Austin Jackson

There's probably a joke in there about my trophy being bigger than his.  Also, what's up with the top hat in the middle of the trophy?  Was it designed by someone who loved Monopoly a little too much?


338.  Brett Gardner

Hey Holiday Inn, good thing you paid for the ad spot way out there in the outfield - you just got a free plug on my blog.  I dunno, I've got nothing else to say about this card.  Apparently, even my scanner didn't like this card as it would not sit straight on the glass no matter what I tried!


386.  Michael Cuddyer

Here's one of those mug shot cards done right.  Cuddyer looks happy enough having his photo taken, and the camera is at a respectable distance.  The background is pretty dull, but that's ok -it draws all your attention to the subject of the card.


Baseball Flashbacks
BF-7.  Harmon Killebrew

The Baseball Flashbacks are seeded 1:12 packs - so I was lucky to get one in the blaster.  For as boring as the Topps Heritage inserts are, they are amazingly difficult pulls for even the most basic sets!  As for this particular card, it celebrates Killebrew's eigth inning, bases loaded, two out double that scored three runs and turned the Twins 4-3 deficit into a 6-4 win over the Yankees.  Maybe Topps finally hired someone who doesn't have a lot of Yankee love - this particular game doesn't seem overly impressive or special...but is a way to rub it in to Yankee fans for no apparent reason.


That's two packs down in the blaster - and while there are certainly some really nice cards, there are also some really ugly cards.  I'm still on the fence whether or not to collect the set - but currently I'm leaning towards not bothering with the set and using any short prints (like the one I pulled in the first pack) as trade bait with the goal of acquiring some of the short prints that I still need from the 2008 and 2009 sets.

Delivery Time! More than 26 Cents Worth of Cards

Matt (from 26 Cent Summer) and I have completed two trades within the last three weeks.  The first time I received some cards I needed from a couple of older sets.  This time, I received a couple of cards I needed from the 2011 Topps set in exchange for one of the many trade stacks that I've featured on my blog.

2011 Topps:
Topps 60:
T60-34.  Mark Reynolds


I liked this set quite a bit when it first came out, but admittedly, after acquiring most of the cards - they are kind of boring...each one is too similar to all the others, and as others have noted, many of the categories are simply ridiculous.  Take, for example, this Mark Reynolds.  Did you know that he ranked fourth (yes fourth) in 2010 NL At-Bats per Home Run?  One year, one league, and he ranked fourth.  That doesn't really seem worthy of a card to me, how about you?


60 Years of Topps - The Lost Cards:
60YOTLC-8.  Mickey Mantle


This card ended up being a duplicate - you can find it, and plenty of other 2011 Topps base and insert cards, on my 2011 Topps For Trade post.  The card itself is pretty nice - but the more interesting thing (to me) was the information on the back.  According to the card, Mantle "presumably would have been assigned either 175, #186, #203, or #209" in the 1955 Topps set.  Those were the missing numbers which Topps says were "cards that were never printed due to ongoing litigation with Bowman over rights."  The history is interesting, but more interesting is the fact that Topps doesn't seem to know which number Mantle would have been.  You'd think they would have a preliminary checklist somewhere that they could look at!  Maybe that helps explain why their modern website is so poor - Topps simply doesn't know what is in their sets!


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

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Trade Stack 15: Sign This...and this...and 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:  3/27/11


One of the great things about the late 90s Collector's Choice sets is that collectors got to see many aspects of being a ballplayer.  Oh sure, there were plenty of action shots (and posed shots), but there were a variety of cards that showed off other aspects.  For example, take today's addtion to the trade stack - it's a rather unique shot of Olerud signing autographs.  It's definitely one of my favorite photos in the set - and now it can be yours in exchange for at least one card off my want list!


1997 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
392.  John Olerud - Mets




2009 Goudey:
129.  A.J. Burnett - Yankees




1988 Topps:
231.  Pittsburgh Pirates Leaders - Barry Bonds & Bobby Bonilla




2010 Topps Allen & Ginter:
Sailors of the Seven Seas:
SSS3.  Sir Walter Raleigh





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 01:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 02:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 03:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 04:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 05:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 06:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 07:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 08:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 09:  6 cards by bwsmith25
Stack 10:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 11:  1 card by Patrick
Stack 12:  5 cards by Matt B.
Stack 13:  4 cards by Steve G.
Stack 14:  3 cards by ShaneK
Stack 15:  ?? by ??