Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Trade Stack 23: When TV Ruined Politics?

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:  5/31/11


Every now and then I like to throw in a random card for the trade stacks - you know, it keeps things interesting.  To start off the next stack, I've gone back to the 2009 Topps Heritage set and dug out one of my last few available for trade cards from that set.  This one is part of the News Flashback set which commemorates the TV debate between Kennedy and Nixon.  


2009 Topps Heritage:
News Flashbacks:
NF8.  Presidential Debate





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:  5 cards by BA Benny
Stack 22:  1 card by IkesCards
Stack 23:  ?? by ??

Delivery Time! Trade with Blog Reader Dennis

It's been a crazy month of May for me.  First, as always, there's the end of semester rush - writing final exams (and even worse, grading final exams) eats up the beginning of May.  Then graduation weekend fills up Mother's Day weekend every year.  Next, I went off to Italy for a week and a half as sort of a pre-honeymoon trip (wedding is in a couple of weeks).  Finally, a few days after returning from my overseas trip, my town was hit with heavy winds and torrential downpours which knocked out power for almost two days.  And, let's not forget, Memorial Day weekend was full of fun festivities that also took me away from my computer...

Now that May is all but over, I'm finally caught back up (I think).  I have all the group break packages ready to be shipped (they are all going out today) along with a few lingering trade packages that I've needed to get mailed.  One such trade package is from blog reader Dennis.

Dennis emailed me while I was on vacation.  He offered up a few cards that I needed from my want lists in return for some Detroit Tiger cards.  Now that I finally got his package in the mail, it's time to show off what Dennis sent my way!

2011 Topps Heritage:
9.  Juan Uribe
113.  Chicago White Sox
329.  Yovani Gallardo

Is anyone still working on the base Heritage set?  I happened to need these three base cards, but I do have a boat load of other 2011 Heritage base cards that I can make available for trade.  Let me know!

2011 Topps:
Diamond parallel:
159.  Chris Perez
305.  James Loney
315.  David Ortiz

Three more diamond parallels for my set - there's still hope that I can finish the set off before the summer sets are released!

Topps 60:
T60-47.  Nolan Ryan

I think I had a typo on my want list - I actually still need card #47 from the 60 Years of Topps set.  This particular card I already had - so it is available for trade!

Vintage Reproductions:
CMGR-9.  George Sisler
CMGR-20.  Lou Gehrig

These were the last two cards that I needed for the Vintage Reproductions set!  I am now a single insert card away from having all of the 2011 Topps Series 1 inserts complete (at least all the insert sets that I've decided to collect)!  

Thanks a lot for the trade Dennis!  Your return package of Tigers should make its way to you shortly!  And finally, as always, if anyone else would like to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Question of the Day

So, I'm thinking of collecting the entire 2011 Topps Attax set - is it worth me trying to make a want list?  Did anyone (besides me) buy any of this stuff?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Trade Stack 22: OOOH Shiny!

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:  5/29/11


Now that the power is back on in my town, it's time to get back to the blogs!  Unfortunately for me, I didn't have many posts pre-scheduled to go live during the weekend...which meant my blog readership dipped down to barely over 100 (as opposed to a more normal 175-200 daily visitors).  I will try to rectify that situation this week with a variety of posts, and yes, they won't all be group break things this week!  


Now, on to the task at hand:  the Trade Stack.  This is the start of the 22nd trade stack, and I've got to be honest, I'm exceedingly pleased with how this has turned out.  I think it's been a lot of fun for all participants, and as I try to do, I'll keep varying the teams so as to hopefully get some more people in on the fun as the stacks progress.  Today's card is one of the coveted diamond parallel cards.  I have about 85% of the series 1 diamond parallels complete, so I'm hoping to use the trade stacks (and other trades) to finish off the set before series 2 lands in stores (though not in stores near me - I still haven't even seen retail Gypsy Queen at my Wal*Mart).  


2011 Topps:
Diamond parallel:

295.  John Jay - Cardinals



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:  5 cards by BA Benny
Stack 22:  ?? by ??

Group Break Questions

Alright everyone, I'm currently working out a new group break for June - but I have a few questions for anyone who might be interested:

1.  Which do you prefer:  Lots of base cards, variety of inserts, or "hits" (relics/autos)?
2.  How old is too old?  How new is too new?
3.  Are there certain brands/sets that you'd definitely like to see (or I suppose, definitely NOT want to see)?
4.  More boxes of "less expensive" sets or fewer boxes of "more expensive" sets?
5.  What's your ideal group break price point (including shipping)?

I think that's it for now - I'll be taking all of your comments and working with the prevailing opinions as I form the next group break!  I've also got some other stuff planned for the blog - but that'll have to wait for another day or two...  Until then, sound off in the comments (or via email if you'd prefer)!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Where I've Been the Last Two Days.

A storm ravaged my town (and county) two days ago and left me without power for a little less than 48 hours.  As such, no blogging (or email) for me...  Also, I was unable to mail the group break packages because of the storm, so all those will go out on Tuesday.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Delivery Time! Baseball Dad Sends Me Shinies!

According to Beckett.com, there are approximately 3,464 different Barry Larkin cards in existence.  Seeing how I only have 104 different cards documented in my Barry Larkin Collection series, it shouldn't be all that surprising that people keep sending me Barry Larkin cards that I didn't previously own.

However it's not quite that simple, although I only have 104 cards documented (which is about 3% of all Larkin cards ever made), I have a huge stack of Larkins waiting to be scanned and documented!  Even so, Jack (or Baseball Dad as he often goes by on the blogs), managed to send me three brand new Larkins for my collection!

First up, an O-Pee-Chee sticker card back of Larkin.  I'm fairly certain I have this card in the regular Topps version and not in the O-Pee-Chee version.  The front of the card is where you find the stickers - but I'm much too lazy to try and figure out who the two players are on the stickers right now.  Maybe that will happen when I write about this card in my Barry Larkin Collection series.

Next, an SP Authentic Larkin card from 1999.  It seems like I learn about a new set from 1999 every couple of days, how many sets were actually released that year anyhow?  

And the last new Larkin happens to be another card from 1999.  I need a little help with this one though - what set does this belong to?  The back says Baseball Greats at the top, and it's a Fleer card.

And oh yeah, he also sent me some shiny cards that I needed:

140.  Brett Anderson

185.  Peter Bourjos

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

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Trade Stack 21: A High Definition Card Resumes 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:  5/26/11


Last April, I began a trade stack...  Then I began the Gypsy Queen group break, and then I started another group break, went to Italy, and came back to finish the group break.  Now, almost a month later, it is time to return to that trade stack! As it is, there are already four cards in the stack and now I'm going to add a fifth card!  Remember, all the cards in the stack can be yours for a minimum of any one card off my want list!


2001 Topps High Definition (Topps HD):
38.  Jeff Segar - Yankees


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 ??

I'm Clearly Doing Something Wrong.

Are you supporting your family with your blog?

These people (supposedly) are.

Hmm.  *Checks Google AdSense account.*

Nope, pretty sure I can barely buy lunch with my $26.00 worth of sold advertisements over the last two and a half years.

Back to the retirement drawing board I guess.

Delivery Time! Two More Cards No Longer Needed!

I have quite a few trade packages waiting to be posted - so let's get to it.  Today's package is from blog reader Ben.  I sent Ben a few 2011 Topps base cards and inserts that he needed for his set, in return Ben sent me a pair of cards off of my want list.  Like most trades, this was a great one since I was able to get rid of some of my extras and turn them into cards that I still needed!

Here's the two card haul for me:

2011 Topps:
Diamond parallel:

158.  Casey Blake

2011 Topps Heritage:
484.  David Eckstein

Ben also threw in a bunch of 1991 Fleer sticker cards, all of which had a Reds logo on them somewhere.  These sticker cards would have been gold to me back in '91 since I was just a young kid then!

Thanks for the trade Ben (and for reading my blog)!  Finally, if anyone else would like to trade - take a look at my want list and make an offer!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Group Break #5: The Final Three Packs of the Break - Don't Miss the Last Hit!

It's finally here:  The End of the Break!

We have only three packs remaining - all of which are from the 2003 Topps Stadium Club - Relic Edition box.  At this point, we've already discovered the promised relic in the box, so technically we shouldn't be expecting anything else in terms of hits.  However, this box had a special little surprise (as I've hinted at and alluded to throughout the latter half of the group break)!

As I mentioned during the original group break sign-ups, this break has been sponsored by Baseball Card Exchange, and given the success we've had (four hits with boxes that only promised one), you better believe I'll be going back to Baseball Card Exchange for next month's break as well!

Now, let's take a look at the odds for the inserts in 2003 Stadium Club:

  • Sequentially Numbered Photographer's Proof Veteran:  1:39
  • Sequentially Numbered Hobby Photographer's Proof Future Stars & 1st Year Parallel:  1:61
  • Beam Team:  1:12
  • Stadium Shots 1:24
  • Born in the USA Jersey Relic  1:52
  • Born in the USA Uniform Relic  1:413
  • Born in the USA Bat Relic  1:76
  • License to Drive Bat Relic:  1:98
  • World Stage Jersey Relic: 1:118
  • World Stage Bat Relic:  1:809
  • MLB Match-Up Dual Relic:  1:485
  • Stadium Slice Barrel Bat Relic:  1:550
  • Stadium Slice Trademark Bat Relic  1:415
  • Stadium Slice Handle Bat Relic:  1:237
  • Clubhouse Exclusive Jersey Relic:  1:488
  • Clubhouse Exclusive Jersey & Bat Relic:  1:2,073
  • Clubhouse Exclusive Jersey, Bat, & Spikes Relic:  1:2,750

As you can see from the stated odds, there are some pretty rare cards in the set...and before you scroll down, try and guess which one we nabbed...

Alright, let's do this.  There are three packs left...

Pack 1:
23.  Javier Vazquez - Expos
35.  Rich Aurilia - Giants
41.  Jeff Bagwell - Astros
75.  Barry Zito - Athletics
111.  Miguel Cabrera - Marlins

Gold Parallel:
49.  J.D. Drew - Cardinals

With only three packs left (well, now only two packs left), the Cardinals are one of the clear winners with five inserts/parallels plus a sequentially numbered card and a relic (out of this box actually)!  


Pack 2:
5.  Pat Burrell - Phillies

28.  Austin Kearns - Reds
40.  Orlando Cabrera - Expos
61.  Josh Beckett - Marlins
109.  Marlon Byrd - Phillies

Gold Parallel:
65.  Albert Pujols - Cardinals

Oh wow, remember what I just wrote about the Cardinals having a great break earlier?  It's even better now that they nabbed their sixth insert/parallel card - and this is probably one of the best yet, Mr. Albert Pujols!


Pack 3:
15.  Shawn Green - Dodgers

26.  A.J. Pierzynski - Twins
47.  Tom Glavine - Braves
85.  Jason Giambi - Yankees
115.  Juan Camacho - Yankees

And now, the big hit of the break!

CE2.  Clubhouse Exclusive Jersey & Bat Relic:  Alber Pujols - Cardinals

Wow!  Even though I'm not much of a Pujols fan, it felt really awesome pulling this card.  For me, this was the first dual relic that I've ever pulled - and by far one of the hardest pulls I've ever found in a pack (remember, this card is seeded 1 in every 2,073 packs)!  This break was good for the Cardinals all along, but I think it's safe to say that it turned in to a great break for Ike's Cards and the Cardinals!


And with that, the group break is officially over.  Below are the final (non-official since I probably made at least a few mistakes) statistics.  I'll be mailing cards out this week.  Look for a new group break in June (hopefully) - and check out Baseball Card Exchange to see what boxes you might want included next time around, let me know in the comments or via email!

Group Break #5: The Last of the Fleer Mystique Box!

It's time for the fourth (of five) boxes - and yes, this means that the rare pull I've alluded to is in the Stadium Club box.  You get that later tonight - for now, let's bust the last three Mystique packs!

1999 Fleer Mystique:


5.  Kevin Young - Pirates
20.  Robin Ventura - Mets
28.  Adrian Beltre - Dodgers
41.  Barry Larkin - Reds

Yes yes yes!  It's a Larkin card that I didn't previously own.  I don't care as much when the Reds get shut-out of "good" cards in a group break if I'm able to land a few new Larkin cards.
62.  Shannon Stewart - Blue Jays
73.  Jeff Cirillo - Brewers

Alright Brewer fans, help me out here.  What's the logo in the bottom corner?  Did the Brewers ever actually use that logo?  If so, why did the get rid of it for the much lamer M & B intersecting letters and crossed bats logo?  If they didn't, I still think Milwaukee ought to go back to the M and B logo that made up the baseball glove, that was kind of cool!
86.  Matt Williams - Diamondbacks
90.  Craig Biggio - Astros
100.  Kevin Brown - Dodgers

Of course there is a Dodger to close out the box.  This box was good to the Dodgers!


And now, the final three mystery cards:

11.  Nomar Garciaparra - Red Sox

97.  Travis Lee - Diamondbacks

118.  Scott Hunter - Mets (#ed 1626/2999)

That was a great ending to that box as well.  Of course, there's still one more hit to come - and I'm pretty much certain one person is going to be really happy!  See you in a few hours!

Group Break #5: Final Three 2000 Topps Tek Packs!

The group break will end today, I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that I am able to finish off the last two boxes tonight.  After the Tek box is emptied, there are only two boxes with packs remaining - Stadium Club and Mystique.  One of those two boxes holds one of the rarest cards (in terms of stated odds at least) that I've ever pulled - and yes, it goes to a group break participant (i.e. it wasn't a Reds card).  Even better, each of the boxes have already produced hits (Stadium Club produced a relic for the Cardinals, the Mystique has produced a Tigers auto and a Dodgers shoe relic).

Which box holds the card?  You'll have to wait a few more hours for that - for now, let's finish off the box of Tek.

2000 Topps Tek:


2-10.  Chipper Jones - Braves
3-7.  Juan Gonzalez - Tigers
6-9.  A.J. Burnett - Marlins
10-5.  Mark McGwire - Cardinals
14-13.  Bernie Williams - Yankees

14-14.  Bernie Williams - Yankees
17-5.  Carlos Beltran - Royals
18-13.  Pedro Martinez - Red Sox
21-15.  J.D. Drew - Cardinals
26-10.  Scott Rolen - Phillies
35-4.  Sean Casey - Reds

35-15.  Sean Casey - Reds

And in each of the last three packs, we ended up with a serially numbered card:

41-13.  Ruben Salazar - Twins (#ed 0531/2000)

42-13.  John Sneed - Blue Jays (#ed 0927/2000)

45-20.  Rick Asadoorian - Red Sox (#ed 0569/2000)

That's a solid ending to the Tek box - I hope everyone enjoyed this box, it's been a lot of to open up, that's for sure.  In fact, other than the '93 Upper Deck box, all of the boxes have been fun for me to open up (and the Upper Deck wasn't as much fun since I already have the full set AND each pack was so big it meant a lot of work per pack)!

Group Break #5: The Last of the HoloGrFX Packs!

It's time to finish off the second of the five boxes in the group break.

1999 UD HoloGrFX:


4.  Randy Johnson - Diamondbacks
7.  Greg Maddux - Braves
13.  Pedro Martinez - Red Sox
20.  Todd Helton - Rockies

32.  Jeromy Burnitz - Brewers
33.  Corey Koskie - Twins
39.  Roger Clemens - Yankees
46.  Warren Morris - Pirates
49.  J.D. Drew - Cardinals

57.  Ivan Rodriguez - Rangers

And in the final four packs, we picked up two more inserts:

Launchers:
L2.  Ken Griffey Jr. - Mariners

I like this card.  That is all.

AUsome Gold Parallel:
21.  Larry Walker - Rockies



This is the second insert/parallel card for the Rockies in the group break.  Amazingly, almost every team in the break has at least one insert or parallel - and 23 out of the 30 teams have at least two inserts/parallels/serially numbered/hits cards!  As far as I'm concerned, that's the sign of a good break. Unfortunately for me, out of the 7 teams without at least two "good" cards, my Reds (the only team I ended up with) are one of the 7 with either 1 or 0 inserts of some type.

Group Break #5: 1999 Fleer Mystique - 4 More Packs!

The Mystique box is down to its last seven packs, let's open four of them right now!

1999 Fleer Mystique:


24.  Ken Caminiti - Astros
25.  Tom Glavine - Braves
29.  Tino Martinez - Yankees
47.  Mo Vaughn - Angels
48.  Tony Clark - Tigers
49.  Fernando Tatis - Cardinals
52.  Rickey Henderson - Mets

54.  Edgar Martinez - Mariners
61.  Derek Bell - Astros
65.  Jose Offerman - Red Sox
71.  Troy Glaus - Angels
77.  Mark Grace - Cubs



And now, the four mystery cards:
1.  Ken Griffey Jr. - Mariners

11.  Nomar Garciaparra - Red Sox

26.  Derek Jeter - Yankees

Not a bad selection of mystery players so far - but the last card is probably the best of the four by a large margin!


114.  Roy Halladay - Blue Jays (#ed 2409/2999)

A really nice card for the Blue Jays, this happens to be the third serially numbered card that Toronto has pulled in the break!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Delivery Time! Turning Dodgers into Reds Thanks to Sushi

I know that I am in the middle of a group break - actually, I'm almost at the end of the group break...but since I was gone for the last ten days on vacation, I also have a pile of trade envelopes that need to be opened, organized, posted, and sorted.

Grabbing an envelope at random, my first trade that arrived while I was gone is from Spiegel over at Nomo's Sushi Platter.  I happened to pick up the Dodgers (along with the Reds) in one of Colby's group breaks figuring I'd eventually be able to use the Dodger cards as trade bait since I have so many LA rooting trade partners.  I must admit, however, that I didn't expect that I'd be making a trade deal before the group break was even over!  This trade was basically agreed upon about a week and a half before my cards from Colby's break even appeared in my mailbox.

I sent Speigel a bunch of the Dodgers from the break that he wanted (while Night Owl got a few others) - you can read about his end of the swap on his blog.  As for me, I got a couple of cards off my want list - plus a few Reds.

2011 Topps:
Diamond parallels:
208.  Clay Buchholz

I know that most people are tired of Series 1 cards, but I'm not!  In fact, I'm ever so slowly inching towards the full diamond set...and holding out hope that I can complete it shortly!  Any (and all) help is appreciated.


2011 Topps Heritage:
483.  Trevor Hoffman

The rest of the trade was just icing on the Heritage cake for me.  I'm always willing to trade for Heritage short prints that I need - those things are next to impossible to track down it seems (obviously since I'm still missing a bunch from a couple years ago)!


And a bunch of Reds including three Brandon Phillips (which were my favorite Reds out of the seven Speigel sent)...

Oh yeah, one more Red (this is the eighth Red in the package - and a really, really nice one)!

Joe Morgan (#ed 165/399)