Saturday, April 30, 2011

Delivery Time! Trade with Tim from Better Luck Next Pack

With finals finally over (and graded), it's time for me to get caught up on trade packages - and group break posts!  Today's overdue post is the result of a package that Tim (from the not really updated Better Luck Next Pack blog).  I sent Tim a bunch of UD Masterpieces he needed, plus a trade stack - in return, he sent me the following:

2011 Topps:
Diamond parallel:
75.  Jared Weaver

Slowly, but surely I'm completing this set.  This one card will net Tim one additional entry in my complete set giveaway contest happening later this year.  I'm only a card or two away from having 70% of the set complete.  In fact, by the time this post goes "live" on my blog, I should be over the 70% threshold given all the cards that are heading my way.

60 Years of Topps:
60YOT-20.  Nolan Ryan

I had this card once already, but I traded it away to my younger brother since he was only missing six or seven assorted inserts to have a full master set complete.  I'm happy to now have a new copy for my own binder...and I'm even happier to be that much closer to having Series 1 wrapped up.  There's still a (slim) chance I could have all of Series 1 done before Series 2 hits shelves...that would be a first for me!

2010 Allen & Ginter:
Regular back mini:
296.  Barry Zito

This is more like it - a set that's a year old that I am still missing a whole bunch of cards from.  It seems like I've acquired a lot more Ginter minis than I really have...I'm still missing a boat load from the set.  Based on the slow process of acquiring the mini cards, I am glad I only opted to try for the regular mini set as opposed to the black border or ad back minis!

1991 Fleer:
57.  Glenn Braggs
59.  Tom Browning
60.  Norm Charlton
79.  Jose Rijo

Reds Sticker

You would think that based on all the assorted Reds cards that people have sent me over the years I'd have the full yellow bordered '91 Fleer set.  If you thought that, you'd be incorrect however!  Someday (maybe this summer), I'm going to go through my binders and figure out which sets I want to try and complete and which I think I'll only chase the Reds cards from.  I'm also still looking for a way to get full team set checklists for various set - does anyone know of a way to do that (preferably for free)?  Any helps is appreciated!

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

Inching Closer to the Complete Diamond Parallel Set

Over the past couple of days, I've agreed to a variety of trades - many of which include cards that I need from either the 2011 Topps Heritage set or the 2011 Topps Diamond parallel set.  However, it's not only agreed upon trades that are helping me - sometimes it's an "out of the blue" envelope that helps me get a bit closer to my goals...  One such envelope arrived courtesy of Julie over at Things are Funner Here.

Julie sent me a single diamond parallel that I needed (and netted herself another entry in my complete set giveaway contest)!

202.  AL HR Leaders

This is a nice card - I especially like how Topps made each player non-diamondy - the athletes really pop off the card because of it!  I've updated my contest entry standings - you can always find them on the side of my blog - but for posterity, let's see the standings as of April 28 (when I wrote this post):

Name
# of Entries
C. Monroe
27
J. Carlson
17
S. Pair
14
D. Amos
10
P. Creighton
10
T. Hudson
8
J. Swiatko
8
D. Stocks
7
J. Develin
6
S. Robinson
5
AJ Mazza
5
B. Smith
5
M. Guilfoyle
4
K. Biggs
4
D. Wright
4
J. Flynn
4
P. Kosman
3
R. Hughes
3
S. Fendley
3
M.  Hickes
3
D. Waggoner
3
G. Gay
2
M. Spiegel
2
J.  Carter
2
J. Altilio
1
G. Layton
1
D. Hicks
1
R. Gluesing
1
C. Clow
1



Overall Progress:  228 / 330 = 69.09%


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

Friday, April 29, 2011

Gypsy Queen Group Break Update #2 (and More News!)

Alright, I have received word that the Gypsy Queen boxes have been mailed.  According to the order tracking, as of 11:00 PM EST on 4/29/11, the boxes were in transit to Harrisburg, PA.  I live about three hours north of Harrisburg, so there is a slight chance the boxes will arrive tomorrow.  If not, they should certainly be here on Monday.  I will rip the boxes and mail out the cards ASAP.

From the discussion on my last post about the group break, it appears that the majority of the people want me to random off the two UPC codes assuming we are shorted two autographs (which based on most box breaks I've seen appears to be a safe assumption).  I'm totally ok with that so that's what I'll do unless I hear strong objections from the thus far silent members of the break.

Now, the next question:  Should I try to video break the boxes using my (admittedly) rather crappy built-in web cam on my laptop OR should I simply do a pack-by-pack posting like I've done for all my other group breaks?  


I'm leaning towards the pack by pack posts since I'm already proficient at scanning cards and writing posts.  I'm not sure I can easily do a video thing...and I'd hate to do one and have it turn out lousy for a group break like this!  (I should probably practice on one of my own box breaks, maybe when Ginter comes up since I doubt I'll be buying too many boxes until then.)

Also, I forgot to add this the first time when I posted this entry:
Now that my teaching duties are over until next fall, I have time to run my "regular" group breaks.  I'll be doing sign-ups soon - probably this weekend (if the Gypsy Queen doesn't show up) - otherwise, I'll do sign-ups as soon as the Gypsy Queen is posted, sorted, and mailed.

I do need thank BBCExchange for their sponsorship of the upcoming group break.  I'm excited for the boxes - lots of cool stuff, much of it mid-to-high end stuff from around the turn of the decade.  I won't spoil all the boxes quite yet - but I'll give you one of them:

2000 Topps Tek

That's right - the set collector (and player collector) nightmare or is it dream set?  I guess it all depends on how you look at it.  I know that I've never opened up a single pack of this set before - and the box promises a few goodies...plus the chance at a few other (rarer) goodies!

Heritage is Old News - But Not Around My Neck of the Woods

What exactly is the "neck" of the woods anyhow?  Where do you find such a thing?   Or did Al Roker simply make it up and then get famous off it?  Questions need answers people.

Oh yeah, more Heritage for me!  Pay careful attention though, there's some trade bait below.  This is the last (I promise?!) of the three-pack blisters from Target that I bought.  Seriously, this is the last one I bought.  I make no promises that I won't buy another though if the next time I go in there isn't Gypsy Queen on the shelves.

On with the cards:

Pack 1:
11.  Joe Nathan
24.  Detroit Tigers
58.  NL Wins Leaders
226.  San Francisco Giants
262.  Ivan Rodriguez
288.  Mike Stanton
303.  Daric Barton
336.  John Lackey
439.  Stephen Drew

Obviously the short printed Drew is the big "hit" of this pack.  I needed a few of the base cards, but the rest are for trade.


Pack 2:
51.  AL Batting
71.  Jonathan Sanchez
77.  Chase Utley
216.  David Aardsma
259.  Kelly Johnson
292.  Orlando Hudson
334.  Tampa Bay Rays
344.  Fernando Salas
TN-8.  Then & Now:  Juan Marichal & CC Sabathia

Not much exciting here.  I've seen enough of the base cards that unless it's one that I need I'm tired of it.  Almost all of the above are for trade.


Pack 3:
10.  Andrew McCutchen
88.  Joe Girardi
112.  Luke Scott
151.  Arthur Rhodes
190.  Todd Helton
246.  Andew Bailey
291.  Bobby Cramer
353.  Neil Walker

NF-8.  News Flashback:  New York Mets Join National League

Three packs resulted in two inserts plus a short print.  I can't complain much about that.  Now, how about the three card black parallel pack...


Black Parallel Pack:
C36.  Josh Beckett
C51.  Xavier Nady
C55.  Lou Marson

ALL of the black parallels are for trade - ideally for some of the Heritage cards that I still need.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Gypsy Queen Group Break Update

A quick update for all those in my Gypsy Queen group break.  I (still) have not heard from the site where I pre-ordered the two boxes.  I sent the site owner an email tonight so hopefully I'll have some good news tomorrow.  I know I am as anxious as the rest of your to see the product - heck, there's even Barry Larkin cards in the set so you know I'm pumped up!  Anyhow, I'll be sure to keep you informed.

Now, a question for those involved.

It appears that most boxes are short an autograph (at least, that's been the case with most boxes that I've seen busted on the blogs).  What should I do about the missing auto(s) assuming we are missing one?  The choices that I came up with:
1.  Send the UPC in to Topps, wait X months, get the autos, send to whichever team claimed the card.
2.  Provide the group break with 2 autographs out of my own collection and mail cards immediately.
3.  Open a different box and add to the pile of cards, don't worry about the missing autos for the group break.  (I have a box of 1993 Upper Deck Series 1 I could open - that would provide a lot of cards to all the teams, except of course the expansion teams).
4.  Some better idea that I haven't thought of but you write down in the comments below.

My rationale for each of the choices:
Choice 1:  Clearly the "fairest" but I doubt that Topps will send anything but scrub autos back.  Also, the long wait is a bummer - and it will cost me quite a bit more in shipping since I'll have to mail two people two different packages.  
Choice 2:  The advantage here is that I can make sure that two other teams get "hits."  The disadvantage is that my autograph collection isn't all that huge - and most of them I consider scrub autos (though you may not as a team collector).  If people vote for this option, I think I'd include three autos out of my collection simply because I don't have anything "great" for the giveaway.  That would increase the number of hits though.
Choice 3:  On the plus side, that'd mean a lot more cards for people.  On the negative side, it'd increase shipping for me (but probably only marginally).  Also, I don't believe that there is much of any "hits" (no matter how you define them) in '93 Upper Deck.  The set, however, is a huge favorite with people in terms of design though.
Choice 4:  I'm guessing someone else has a better plan - let's hear it!

Trade Stack 21: Come and Get Your Royals!

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:  4/28/11


I'm busy today - so you don't get much exposition.  It's another Royals card.  I made an off-the-cuff comment a few trade stacks ago that no one collects Royals so why bother - and plenty of people either commented or emailed me and told me how wrong I was.  Well, Royals fans, it's time to prove it.  This stack has a shiny Royal - and now a second Royal card from a set that no one but me collected...


2000 Fleer Impact:
107.  Johnny Damon - Royals




2009 Topps American Heritage:
63.  Frederic Remington - Sculptor




2010 Topps Allen & Ginter:
84.  Elvis Andrus - Rangers




2011 Topps:
Diamond Parallel:

244.  Mike Aviles



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:  7 cards by Ryan G
Stack 16:  1 card by longlivethewho
Stack 17:  4 cards by hiflew
Stack 18:  4 cards by Potch
Stack 19:  2 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 20:  5 cards by by Play at the Plate
Stack 21:  ?? by ??

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

More Heritage. So sorry but this was my best 3 packs yet!

I'm weak.

I cannot go in Target and not walk out with some Topps Heritage - especially since using the Target credit card I get 5% off automatically...(ok, so the savings isn't huge, work with me here).

Anyhow, I did indeed find myself in Target - and I did indeed buy another couple of those 3-pack blister things. I swear this is my last Heritage purchase - the rest of the set must be acquired via trade!

Here are the highlights of what I ended up with:

Pack 1:
84.  Denard Span
164.  Jason Kendall
215.  Asdrubal Cabrera
220.  Ryan Howard
277.  Pedro Alverez
297.  Jonathan Broxton
348.  Eric Sogard

415.  Dexter Fowler
C63.  Chrome - Neftali Feliz (#ed 1324/1962)

Not a bad way to begin the blister.  First, I scanned the Sogard card because Eric sure looks more like a professor (or rather student) than he does a ball player.  Second, the Chrome Feliz card is nice - but it's available for trade, I won't be chasing the chrome set this year (I've got enough I'm chasing currently)!  Of the nine cards in the pack, I needed four of them for my base set (plus the Chrome for trade) which leaves four other base cards available for trade (#215 - Cabrera, #277 - Alvarez, #297 - Broxton, and #415 - Fowler).  Do notice that there is a Dodger in there for trade - I pull more Dodgers I think than any other team!

Pack 2:
69.  Cory Luebke
76.  Freddie Freeman

107.  Madison Bumgarner
178.  A.J. Pierzynski
183.  Mike Pelfrey
186.  Rick Ankiel
339.  J.J. Hardy
CCR-FH.  Relic - Felix Hernandez

Wooo!  Seeing how relics are seeded 1:58 retail packs, this is a pretty nice pull.  I especially like the fact that swatch is colored rather than plain white or gray.  As for the other seven cards in the pack (one fewer card since there was a relic), I needed three of them.  The cards available for trade are (76 - Freeman, 107 - Bumgarner, 183 - Pelfrey, and 339 - Hardy).  Also notice the discoloration on Freeman's face.  I have two Freddie Freeman cards, and both look the same.  It's definitely weird looking.

Pack 3:
30.  Chipper Jones

95.  Ryan Zimmerman
111.  Brad Lidge
124.  Brian Duensing
314.  Miguel Cabrera
356.  Jose Bautista
358.  Andre Ethier
378.  Ubaldo Jimenez
485.  Matt Garza

Checklist 3 of 6

This blister was great even before I opened up the third pack.  It's even better now that I am one short print closer to set completion!  Of the nine cards in this pack, I needed four of them.  It's under half for the pack, but for the blister as a whole I did quite well.  If only I had this luck every time...you see in my next (and final?) blister, that I don't always have good luck at all.


And finally, the three card Black Border Parallel pack:
C8.  Mark Reynolds

C17.  Travis Snider

C83.  Twin Terrors

The Reynolds and the Twin Terrors cards are both up for trade (the Snider has already been traded).  The Twin Terrors card of Morneau and Mauer is especially nice - some Twins fan should offer me something good for that one in a hurry (hint hint).

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Delivery Time! Trade with Blog Reader Dennis

Finals weeks is in full force for me - which means a lot of sitting around staring at students taking the exam - and then a lot of staring at the exam while I try to figure out if their hieroglyphics are worth partial credit or not while I grade.  Given that, it's a pleasant ending to the day when I arrive at home to a mailbox full of baseball cards that I need.  Luckily for me, I anticipated finals week and managed to initiate nine or ten trades last week so that I could almost guarantee that I have a package or two of cards to look forward to each evening.  It's not cheating, it's thinking ahead!

One of my most recent mailbox packages was from blog reader Dennis (who doesn't have a blog, at least, not that I know of).  Dennis and I agreed on a 30-for-30 trade.  We each sent each other 30 2011 Topps Heritage cards that the other person needed.  Trades like this are beautiful for everyone involved - I dump a bunch of duplicates and get to turn the duplicates into cards that fill up my set binder.  In the process, I reduce my own card clutter - and I save money...no need to buy extra blasters and hope for good things when a trade nets me 30 cards that I need!

Of the thirty cards that I needed, here are a few of my favorites (and to think, you were afraid I'd show all thirty)!

69.  Cory Luebke

Is there any set in modern history that has more "bad hair" than the 2011 edition of Heritage?  If there is, I don't think I want to see it...


190.  Todd Helton

See what I mean?  Check out the octopus hair that Helton's sporting.  There's clearly a reason why baseball players always wear hats or helmets...eesh.


319.  Tim Lincecum

I didn't care for these "stop action" cards at first - but the more of them that I acquire, the greater the cheesiness factor becomes.  So much so, in fact, that I now like the cards quite a bit.  They really add a bit of "old timey-ness" to the set.


416.  Jim Leyland

2011 Heritage will be known for three things to me.  First, as mentioned above, bad hair - and lots of it.  Second, and the reason that I decided to collect the set, some of the best card backs in years.  And finally, the 2011 Heritage set will be known for featuring more vegetation than any set in recent memory!  The Leyland card has what appears to be some sort of palm tree along with some sort of pine tree in the background.  However, that wasn't the only card that Dennis sent me featuring flora...


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

Trade Stack 21: A Sculptor, A Shiny, and a Short Stop!

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:  4/26/11


This stack may go down as a "cursed" stack.  So far, there have been two cards added to the stack - and each time, someone has tried to claim the stack by offering a card that happened to arrive in my mailbox with hours of me posting the trade stack.  Let's see if we can break that streak and someone is able to claim this stack in return for a card that I still need!


2009 Topps American Heritage:
63.  Frederic Remington - Sculptor




2010 Topps Allen & Ginter:
84.  Elvis Andrus - Rangers




2011 Topps:
Diamond Parallel:

244.  Mike Aviles



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:  7 cards by Ryan G
Stack 16:  1 card by longlivethewho
Stack 17:  4 cards by hiflew
Stack 18:  4 cards by Potch
Stack 19:  2 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 20:  5 cards by by Play at the Plate
Stack 21:  ?? by ??

Monday, April 25, 2011

Delivery Time! Knocking the Heritage Needs Down Thanks to Potch

For myself, the academic year comes to a close this week (the joys of being a professor) - and with it comes the unofficial "end" of the first chapter of the baseball card season.  The way my collecting works, there are four seasons:

Season 1:  Topps Series I and Topps Heritage
Season 2:  Topps Series 2 (and Gypsy Queen this year)
Season 3:  Allen & Ginter
Season 4:  Update Set and High Number Heritage (or nothing)

Last year, I collected Series 1 during the first season, Series 2 during the second season, A&G during the third, and then nothing during the fourth season.  This year, I am working on both Series I and Heritage during the first season - and I'm pretty much assured of going after Series 2 in the second season.  I've also got a Gypsy Queen group break happening shortly - and those two boxes should be enough of a look for me to decide if I want to go for the set myself or not.  You'll notice that I don't have Bowman (or any of its ilk) represented in my baseball card seasons - that's simply because I don't bother with the Bowman line.

Why care about the baseball card seasons?  Much like the seasons of the year, I more or less chart my progress of my collection based upon the season.  My goal is by the start of Season 3 (aka the Season of Ginter), I hope to have Season 1 sets complete.  Unlike many previous years, I have a better chance of that happening this year than perhaps any year prior thanks to a plethora of trading partners!

One such trading partner is Potch from Potch Wheeler and the Cardboard Heroes.  I sent Potch a Trade Stack he claimed along with a pile of extra Larkin cards that he showed interest in.  In return, I got the following cards from my want list:

Topps:
Diamond parallel:
234.  Miguel Montero

This card is the 227th diamond parallel card that I now own meaning I have 68.87% of the set complete.  I have a feeling that it's going to be a race between the diamond parallels and Topps Heritage for which set I am able to finish off first.  Hopefully, I'll be able to finish both soon!  This card also nets Potch another entry in my Complete Set Giveaway Contest.


Topps Heritage:
156.  Hank Conger

199.  Aroldis Chapman

234.  2010 World Series - Game 3
236.  2010 World Series - Game 5

298.  Jason Kubel
409.  Pittsburgh Pirates

The Heritage trades have heated up big time in the last week or so.  I've already got a HUGE chunk of the set coming to me thanks to a whole bunch of different traders.  I do, however, still have a modest pile of duplicates for trade - feel free to enquire.


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

Trade Stack 21: There's Shiny and More Now!

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:  4/25/11


Alright, I stand corrected.  I thought the shiny card to start the trade stack would be enough to cause someone to claim it (and to be fair, one person did try to claim it - but they offered a card I already had on its way to me).  So, let's sweeten the stack a bit and add a second card!


Today's addition is an Allen & Ginter card from 2010.  As I've mentioned a few times before, I keep a stack of cards in my desk that I plan to use solely for the Trade Stack.  In this stack, I have a bunch of inserts, some "oddball" cards, a few non-baseball player cards, a bunch of parallels, and of course, some base cards.  Each time I update my trade stack, I pull a card out of the pile - sometimes with a bit of thought, other times with a cavalier attitude of whatever I pull out is what goes on the pile.  Today's addition is exactly that - a "whatever happens, happens" type card.  Is there any connection between the Royals diamond sparkly card and Elvis Andrus' Ginter card?  Not that I know of - other than the obvious "both play in the American League" answer.  No matter, there doesn't always have to be a theme right?  Sometimes random provides the most fun!


2010 Topps Allen & Ginter:
84.  Elvis Andrus - Rangers




2011 Topps:
Diamond Parallel:

244.  Mike Aviles



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:  7 cards by Ryan G
Stack 16:  1 card by longlivethewho
Stack 17:  4 cards by hiflew
Stack 18:  4 cards by Potch
Stack 19:  2 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 20:  5 cards by by Play at the Plate
Stack 21:  ?? by ??

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Gypsy Queen Group Break: Four Teams Left

As you all probably know, Gypsy Queen's release was pushed back a week or two by Topps.  That's not all bad news though, because that will allow you a chance to sneak into my Gypsy Queen Group Break!  There are still four teams remaining:

Astros
Royals
Angels
Blue Jays

The first team is $15.00, any additional teams after that are $12.00 each.  You can find the full details here.  If someone wants all four remaining teams, I'll make the price $45.00.

Delivery Time! My Diamond Set is Closer to Completion.

It appears the spring lull in trading is officially over.  About two or three weeks ago, I mailed off a bunch of packages (as is normal).  From then until about two days ago, I hardly received any trade offers or packages.  In fact, I think I recieved exactly one envelope of cards in the past week.  That all is about to change once again though, as I mailed three packages out yesterday and another three packages out today.  Heck, a quick look at my want list will show a whole lot of grayed out cards meaning I've got a lot of trade packages heading my way!

One of the few packages that I did recieve in the past three weeks was from blog reader Matt (who doesn't have a blog so far as I know).  Matt dropped a plain white envelope in the mail for me that contained a single card.  However, that single card could net Matt a full set of 2010 Allen & Ginter - short prints included...(check my contest details).

Thanks to the shiny card below, I now have 68.48% of the diamond parallel set (Series I only so far).  As I mentioned already, I've got another huge chunk of diamond cards heading my way from a couple of different people.  

If you happen to have one (or more) of the cards that I still need, please shoot me an email so we can work something out!  Thanks for the card Matt, and good luck in my contest!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Trade Stack 21: Another Shiny - It Won't Last Long!

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:  4/23/11


Earlier today, I detailed the breakdown of the first twenty trade stacks team-by-team.  Amongst the various observations that I made was the fact that I need to increase the number of teams represented by insert/parallel cards.  To make good on my observation, here's a shiny insert of a Kansas City Royal - I don't expect this trade stack to last long (at least if all the other trade stacks with shiny cards are indication).  


2011 Topps:
Diamond Parallel:

244.  Mike Aviles



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:  7 cards by Ryan G
Stack 16:  1 card by longlivethewho
Stack 17:  4 cards by hiflew
Stack 18:  4 cards by Potch
Stack 19:  2 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 20:  5 cards by by Play at the Plate
Stack 21:  ?? by ??