Thursday, June 30, 2011

Group Break 7: 2006 Topps Bazooka - Pack 1

In the grand scheme of things, I doubt most people joined the group break for the box of Bazooka.  I do think, however, that most people will be happy with the additional three hits that Bazooka promises, not to mention some of the other "fun" stuff in the set.  And really, let's be honest, what's the point of collecting cards (or anything else for that matter) if you can't have fun with it?  Bazooka is, most definitely, fun.

2006 Topps Bazooka:
Pack 1:


75.  Alex Rodriguez - Yankees

104.  Nomar Garciaparra - Dodgers

I forgot about Nomar's stint with the Dodgers...
107.  Vinny Castilla - Padres

126.  Jeff Francis - Rockies

164.  Luis Castillo - Twins

I scanned the back of the Castillo card so that you could see the layout.  Overall, I have to admit, I like the card backs quite a bit.  There may only be one year of statistics, but the rest of the information is pretty solid.  I also like the team logo in the bottom corner - makes for easy identification.


And now we get to the parallels:
71.  Gold Chunk - Rich Harden - Athletics

138.  Blue - Michael Young - Rangers

Personally, I think the blue parallels look pretty sharp.  The gold chunk parallels are the thickness of a relic card (and serve as dummy cards I suppose).  


And finally,  a 4-in-1 sticker (seeded 1:3 packs)

Sticker 53 of 55:  Jimerson (Astros), Bullington (Pirates), Gorzelanny (Pirates), and Hernandez (Mets)
Nothing like a sticker full of rookies huh?  The back of the sticker (which I didn't scan) has checklist #5 of 12 on it.  The sticker is also numbered 53/55 which makes me wonder if the card stickers have different card backs.  I guess I'll find out as I open more packs up...


And last, it wouldn't be Bazooka baseball cards without a piece of Bazooka bubble gum.  If I remember, I'll throw in a piece of the five-year-old gum into everyone's package...then you get the wonderful sugary smell at least (eat the gum at your own risk)...

Group Break 7: 2002 Topps Gold Label - Pack 1

The 2001 Topps Archives packs hold 8 cards each, in contrast, the 2002 Topps Gold Label packs have exactly half that number of cards per pack.  With that being said, it doesn't take much for a Gold Label pack to be a complete bust (4 crappy cards) nor does it take much for a Gold Label pack to be spectacular for a given team (more than 1 card of that team out of the 4).  Luckily, the first pack of the box is a spectacular pack for one team - and it is a team that wasn't initially claimed which is kind of fun for whoever ends up with it once the trading is finalized!

2002 Topps Gold Label:
Pack 1:



54.  Jim Edmonds - Cardinals

82.  Roy Oswalt - Astros

89.  Michael Hill - Astros
The backs of the Gold Label cards are fairly nice (even if I prefer full statistics).

191.  John (Not Alex) Rodriguez - Yankees

It was an Astros hot pack!

As for John Rodriguez, I've never heard of him.  According to the card back, he was in AA in 2001 where he hit 22 homeruns.  I'm guessing that life at AAA got a bit harder for him since I don't recall that name making the big league roster ever.

Group Break 7: 2001 Topps Archives - Pack 1

Now that the extra teams have been randomized, it is finally time to start the break!  As far as I am concerned, you may trade teams for another couple of days yet if you desire, but be aware, cards will be busted during that time!

2001 Topps Archives:
Pack 1:


230.  Dick Groat - Pirates

243.  Ralph Kiner - Pirates

310.  Jimmy Key - Blue Jays

433.  Norm Cash (Tigers), Elston Howard (Yankees), Al Kaline (Tigers), Jim Piersall (Washington)

435.  Nolan Ryan (Angels) & Tom Seaver (Mets)

436.  Reggie Jackson (Athletics) & Willie Stargell (Pirates)
Can you read the card number at the bottom?

437.  Johnny Bench (Reds) & Dick Allen (White Sox)

450.  Brooks Robinson - Orioles

A few thoughts on the product now that I've opened a pack.  First and foremost, the card numbers are such a pain!  They are scattered about (and in different colors) depending on the card reprinted.  The card numbers are also written in size 1/2 font (or so it seems).

Second, for my sake, I hope this pack was an anomaly in terms of the number of cards featuring players from multiple teams.  I will, of course, random off all the cards featuring more than one team at the end of the break.  Maybe, given the relatively small set and large number of cards in a box, we will end up with some duplicates so that both teams can get a copy of the card.

Third, and perhaps most importantly, I love the fact that this group break will end up with a large number of retired stars to go along with more modern players.  I'm also a big fan of eight cards per pack - though you can bet that I won't scan 8 cards every time!

And with that pack, we are off and running!

Group Break 7: Team Randomizaton - Let the Trading Begin!

Now that all the group break slots have been claimed, it's time for the second team assignments.  Before I do that though, I need to ask once more that if you haven't paid, please do so ASAP so that the group break can get rolling!

Alright, now onto the randomization.  Here's who has what so far:


Atlanta Braves - hiflew (Payment Pending)
Baltimore Orioles - Beardy (Paid)
Boston Red Sox - Matthew (Payment Pending)
Chicago Cubs - cardanathema (Paid)
Cincinnati Reds - Nachos Grande (Paid)
Cleveland Indians - Axemanohio (Paid)
Detroit Tigers - Potch (Paid)
Los Angeles Dodgers - Ernest (Paid)
New York Mets - BA Benny (Paid)
New York Yankees - Ryan LaMonica (Paid)
Oakland Athletics - apba66and0 (Paid)
Philadelphia Phillies - Dan (Payment Pending)
San Francisco Giants - lifetimetopps (Paid)
Seattle Mariners - Rollie's Mustache (Paid)
St. Louis Cardinals - Ike's Cards (Paid)

Now, what I am going to do is take the remaining 15 teams, enter them into random.org, hit shuffle three times, and then assign the 15 teams to each person in order (i.e. the first team on the random.org list will go to hiflew, the second to Beardy, etc. all the way down to the last team going to Ike's Cards).  Once the randomization process is complete, anyone can trade teams if you'd like.  All I ask is that both parties post a confirmation of the trade on either this post or the original group break post.  And, of course, whatever team I end up with as my second will be available for trade as well.

Here's the randomization:


And so here are the full team breakdowns by participants:




I plan to post the first pack(s) of the break later today - so get trading...and again, if you haven't already, please make your payment (via PayPal) to the address shown in my profile.  Thank you!

Barry Larkin Collection 107: 1997 Donruss Team Sets MVP - #8 (#/1000)

Barry Larkin
Year:  1997
Brand:  Donruss Team Sets MVP
Card number:  8

It's not often that I don't know what a certain Barry Larkin card is (or at least what set it is from), mostly because Larkin's prime occurred before the idea of crazy parallels really took off.  However, once in awhile I get a Larkin card that I really have no idea what set it belongs to - such as this one.  This particular Larkin came in a trade with Joe (which you can read about here).  He even included a note saying that he didn't know what set it belonged to (which made two of us).  Luckily, I have a great bunch of readers because within minutes of that blog being posted one person said what set it was from while a second person verified (a big thanks to both SpastikMooss and Mark A.)!

As for the card itself, it's got a foil type finish to the background while the image of Larkin has no foil.  The back of the card has the serial numbering (this one happens to be #0046/1000) along with a short write-up and a single line of career statistics.  I appreciate having statistics, but if you are making a card of a non-retired player, one line of career stats doesn't do it for me.  All told, it's a pretty nice card - and a great addition for my collection given the fact that it is a pretty rare card from a set that I've never even heard of until now!

Group Break is Now Full!

A big thanks to everyone who jumped on board.  For those that haven't yet, please submit your payment via PayPal.  I will do the team randomization sometime tomorrow - hopefully in the morning but I can't promise.  Once that's done, trading teams is allowed.  I will then start the actual break - maybe the first few packs can be busted and posted tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Group Break Update - Only TWO Slots Remaining (Tigers, Twins, Blue Jays, Astros, ++)!

There are only two slots left in my group break.  Each slot is $20.00 which gets you a team of your choice and a second (randomized) team from the remaining teams.  As of right now, there are a lot of great teams remaining unclaimed including the Tigers, Twins, and Blue Jays.  I am busting five different boxes that promise a minimum of ten hits (you can find all the details on the main sign-up page which is linked below).  Help me fill the break so we can get started!!

Here's the full list of unclaimed teams as of 11:52 PM ESTon 6/29/11.  Please make your claim on the main sign-up page.


Arizona Diamondbacks
Chicago White Sox
Colorado Rockies
Detroit Tigers
Florida Marlins
Houston Astros
Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels
Milwaukee Brewers
Minnesota Twins
Oakland Athletics
Pittsburgh Pirates
San Diego Padres
Tampa Bay Rays
Texas Rangers
Toronto Blue Jays
Washington Nationals

Group Break Sign-Ups (Only 3 Slots Left) - Dodgers, Tigers, ++

There are only four slots left in my group break.  Each slot is $20.00 which gets you a team of your choice and a second (randomized) team from the remaining teams.  As of right now, there are a lot of great teams remaining unclaimed including the Dodgers and Tigers.

Here's the full list of unclaimed teams as of 9:20 PM.  Please make your claim on the main sign-up page.


Arizona Diamondbacks
Chicago White Sox
Colorado Rockies
Detroit Tigers
Florida Marlins
Houston Astros
Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers
Milwaukee Brewers
Minnesota Twins
Oakland Athletics
Pittsburgh Pirates
San Diego Padres
Tampa Bay Rays
Texas Rangers
Toronto Blue Jays
Washington Nationals

Nachos Grande Group Break #7: The Official Sign-Up Page!

That's right ladies and gentlemen, it's time for the next Nachos Grande group break.  This may be the last group break that I host for quite awhile - I would like to sneak in one more in late July/early August but that might not be possible...thus, I tried to make this one appeal to everyone!

Once again, my group break is sponsored by the good folks over at Baseball Card Exchange.

Awhile back, I asked you, my readers, to go to their site and pick out some boxes that you'd like to see busted.  Based on your comments, I did exactly that - as you'll soon see!

Group break details:

Cost:  $20.00 (includes shipping) for two teams.

Just like last time, I am going to have 15 slots where you pick your team.  I will then random off the remaining 15 teams (at which point trading is allowed should you desire).

Now, what do you get for the price of a blaster?  Well, two teams' worth of cards for one - but let's see what is in store in the five boxes that I am breaking!

First up:

2006 Topps Bazooka:
24 packs (8 cards per pack) = 192 cards
3 guaranteed relics


The Topps Bazooka box has three game-used relics inside it.  There is also an outside chance at an autograph (include Alex Rodriguez).  I enjoy having a lower-end set in the group break for a couple of reasons, first thing is that with 192 cards every team ought to get something.  Second, the set is loaded with fun stuff - not only are there the three autos, but there are also plenty of parallel cards, stickers, comics, and stamps!

Next, we have:

2002 Topps Stadium Club - Relic Edition
24 packs (6 cards per pack) = 144 cards
1 guaranteed relic


If you recall, two group breaks ago I had a relic edition box of Stadium Club that yielded two relics - one of which was a dual relic of Albert Pujols.  Sure, the odds of such a hit are quite long but when I saw this box I knew I had to see if I could repeat the mojo with a different year!

After those two boxes, we get to the rarer stuff:

2002 Topps Gold Label
18 packs (4 cards per pack) = 72 cards
2 guaranteed relics


The Gold Label box has a pair of relics in it, plus a bunch of other cool stuff.  There are a bunch of sequentially numbered parallel cards plus a whole bunch of different relic rarity levels.  I'm hoping we hit at least one of the rarer relics in the set - I don't think I've ever seen a Gold Label relic but I'm guessing they will be nice and shiny!

Finally, we have the two boxes that excite me the most:

2003 Fleer Showcase:
24 packs (5 cards per pack) = 120 cards
3 guaranteed relics


I can't run a group break any more without at least one box of Fleer something in it.  Over the last few breaks, I've pulled quite a few cool things from Fleer boxes including a hand-numbered relic of a shoe and of course last break's big hit, a Cal Ripken Jr. on card autograph (which happened to come from a box of Showcase - different year though).  The relics in this set are mostly serially numbered - actually, according to the box they all appear to be serially numbered but that could be me missing something.  There are also some autographs in the set (which are serially numbered as well).  The box doesn't say what the odds are of pulling an autograph (and neither do the packs - I checked).

And finally, the big box of the break!

2001 Topps Archives - Series 2
20 packs (8 cards per pack) = 160 cards
1 autograph per box


I'm quite excited to open up a box of Topps Archives.  I believe there is one auto per box for certain (plus the chance for a relic though I couldn't find the overall relic odds listed anywhere).  The autograph list is pretty good for the set - players like Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson, Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, and Ted Williams all signed cards.  Obviously, I hope we hit one of the really big names - let's keep the Nachos Grande group break mojo going!

And there you have it, my seventh group break (and hopefully the best yet)!  That's five boxes, roughly 688 cards, and at least TEN HITS (9 relics, 1 auto) plus the chance for more in many of the boxes!  Once again, for your $20.00 you get one team of your choice plus one team randomly assigned out of the unclaimed teams, trading allowed.  The group break will begin as soon as it is full - so claim your spot early in the comments below and then send your paypal to the email address in my profile (as a gift please).  I would also appreciate your user name in the subject of your payment, it makes life easier for me when it comes time to ship stuff.

The available slots (first 15 teams claimed only!):
Updated 6/30/11 at 10:41 AM EST:  BREAK IS FULL!

Arizona Diamondbacks
Atlanta Braves - hiflew (Payment Pending)
Baltimore Orioles - Beardy (Paid)
Boston Red Sox - Matthew (Payment Pending)
Chicago White Sox
Chicago Cubs - cardanathema (Paid)
Cincinnati Reds - Nachos Grande (Paid)
Cleveland Indians - Axemanohio (Paid)
Colorado Rockies
Detroit Tigers - Potch (Paid)
Florida Marlins
Houston Astros
Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers - Ernest (Paid)
Milwaukee Brewers
Minnesota Twins
New York Mets - BA Benny (Paid)
New York Yankees - Ryan LaMonica (Paid)
Oakland Athletics - apba66and0 (Paid)
Philadelphia Phillies - Dan (Paid)
Pittsburgh Pirates
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants - lifetimetopps (Paid)
Seattle Mariners - Rollie's Mustache (Paid)
St. Louis Cardinals - Ike's Cards (Paid)
Tampa Bay Rays
Texas Rangers
Toronto Blue Jays
Washington Nationals

Group Break Announcement!

A quick update for everyone.  Sign-ups for the 7th Nachos Grande group break will begin at 12:30 PM EST today.  This is your advance notice...

I will be busting five boxes - and there will be plenty of hits to be found.  Once again, the format will be 15 slots, one picked team plus one random team (like last group break).

See you at 12:30 PM EST, remember, the once 15 slots are claimed, that's all she wrote for the group break...don't miss out!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Delivery Time! Cards from my Brother - Part 1

About a month and a half ago, I received a giant box of cards from my brother containing quite a few cards off my want list.  In fact, there were so many cards in there that I needed that I had to split the trade post up into multiple parts (you can find Part 1 and Part 2 by clicking on the appropriate links).  Well, he may have managed to outdo himself this time around with the latest box of cards that he sent my way.  Although there may be fewer cards (in terms of raw numbers), I believe he managed to hit much more on my want list - including a whole bunch of cards that are short prints or that have lingered on my want list for years!

Let's take a look at the first part of the trade - and as I said, there is still plenty of other good stuff yet to come!

First up, some 2010 National Chicle cards.  My brother managed to send me sixteen Chicles that I needed, including almost all of the remaining missing non-shortprinted cards.  At this point, I still need the following (95, 127, 208, 218, 235, 238, 240, 243, 266, 276, 278, 281, 283, 284, 285, 286, 287, 293, 294, 295, 296, 297, 298, 299, 300, 302, 303, 304, 306, 308, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 317, 319, 320, 321, 323, 324, 325, 327, 328, 330) from the set.  As you can see, it's mostly short prints - but I have to admit, I'm extremely happy with my progress so far considering that I didn't even decide to go after the set until early this year!

Of the cards that I did get, my favorite two are the following:

4.  Daisuke Matsuzaka

The Dice-K is a great card for a couple of reasons.  For one, the background is much nicer on this one than many Chicles (it's not distracting nor is it terribly boring).  Even better though, and the reason I like this card so much, the expression on Dice-K's face is priceless.  He looks like he's about to throw that baseball through a neighbor's window or something just for fun!

288.  Thurmon Munson

Like the Dice-K above, I like the Munson card mostly for his facial expression.  Unlike Dice-K, Munson looks a little bit ominous in his portrait.   He's almost saying, "if I have to stand here with this bat on my shoulder for ten more seconds I'm going to pound your face in."  I'm not sure why he has a patch on his arm though that says "Yankee Stadium - 2009 - Inaugural Season".

2010 Allen & Ginter:


My brother sent me a pair of mini cards that I needed for my set (Cole Hamels & Johnny Damon).  At this point, I'm down to a more manageable number of regular back minis needed (6, 8, 20, 34, 36, 41, 42, 51, 54, 58, 59, 83, 91, 97, 106, 107, 109,  114, 126, 130, 137, 160, 162, 170, 175, 178, 181, 184, 187, 199, 200, 209, 212, 228, 230, 231, 234, 235, 241, 243, 246, 249, 254, 266, 270, 274, 275, 278, 280, 282, 289, 294, 298).  However, I'm still not convinced I'm going to finish the set via trades - it seems everyone has gotten rid of any unwanted Ginter minis by this point.  I guess I should start scouring eBay a bit more often!

And last, but certainly not least, I got a card from a set that has lingered on my want list since 2008...

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces:
91.  Eddie Murray

For a set with only 30 short prints, this thing has been all kinds of annoying to me as I've worked on completing it.  At this point, I still need nine cards (#99, 100, 105, 108, 109, 112, 115, 116, 118) but at least it's no longer ten!  Perhaps by 2018 I'll have the set complete just in time for it's ten-year anniversary!

Thanks for the cards brother!  And, of course, this is only the first portion of what he sent me - there's still a LOT of short prints (and shiny cards) to come...Stay tuned!

Trade Stack 26: For People Who Collect . . .

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:  6/28/11


Today's addition to the stack ought to appeal to Yankee collectors - or to people who collect "cards of people who look really smug on their card."  Or heck, maybe even people who collect "cards of lighting fixtures" or "cards of photoshopped blue New York skies"...  Ok, one more, it's for people who collect "cards that feature an 's' in the background."  Yeah, that's the ticket.  I bet there are a lot of people who collect cards that feature s's (pro tip:  don't read that sentence out loud while at work).


**Note:  I suppose this stack could be good for people collecting the Topps Heritage set too seeing how there are now two '11 Heritage cards in the stack...you might have figured I would have thought of that when I wrote the above paragraph, but honestly, I didn't.  I'm not always real bright you know.


2011 Topps Heritage:
88.  Joe Girardi - Yankees




1995 Topps Stadium Club:
253.  Al Martin - Pirates




1998 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
89.  Bob Hamelin - Tigers




2011 Topps Heritage:
259.  Kelly Johnson - Diamondbacks




2010 Topps Allen & Ginter:
232.  Hubertus Wawra


2011 Topps:
539.  Brandon Lyon - Astros




2011 Topps Attax:
Foil Parallel:
174/258:  Raul Ibanez - Phillies



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:  8 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 24:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 25:  2 cards by Jeff P.
Stack 26:  ?? by ??

Monday, June 27, 2011

Topps Fails. (Allen & Ginter Edition - Topps Customer Service)

Thanks to a recent conversation with a few fellow bloggers, I decided to contact Topps to see if they had some sort of master list of all the relics from the 2010 Allen & Ginter set (you know, since I'm trying to collect them all)!  In typical Topps fashion, I received a reply relatively quickly...and in typical Topps fashion, the reply wasn't particularly useful:


 Response (Mike)06/27/2011 11:58 AM
at this time we do not have an internal list of relic types.

thanks for writing in.

you could look on baseballcardpedia.com

Now, I have no problem with Topps directing me to baseballcardpedia - except for the fact that I provided Topps with my list of cards which has at least one (it could be more, I didn't bother to look) relic that I own that isn't on baseballcardpedia's list.  I also have a problem with the fact that Topps claims to have no internal list of relics for the set...though I guess I now know why their website is such garbage - they really have no idea what is in each set they produce!

In other A&G Topps fails news, I still am waiting on a redemption from last year's Allen & Ginter set.  Grr.

Delivery Time! Cards from the Sandlot (plus a Mystery!)

Now that I've managed to catch up with all the emails, I am beginning to see the fruits of my labor show up in the mailbox.  One such fruit was a package from Joe over at The Sandlot.  I sent Joe a small pile of Mets - in return, he sent me a larger pile of Reds plus a few cards that I needed from my want list!  Since this trade wasn't quite big enough to warrant a Top 10 - let's do a Top 5 instead.

#5:  
Topps Town - Series 2:
TT2-11.  Kendrys Morales


I'm guessing I'm the only one who actually collects the Topps Town set - but I figure that ought to make for some easy trade bait for other people to send me when they claim trade stacks if nothing else!  As for the card, the back offered up an interesting tidbit:  "Kendrys was the No. 1 pitcher and cleanup hitter on Cuba's equivalent of a Triple-A squad when he was just 17."  That's pretty solid if you ask me!

#4:
2005 Upper Deck Classics:
88.  Ted Kluszewski


Oh sure, I already had this card but you can't argue with how awesome it is.  The biceps, the old timey baseball head logo, and the cold, glassy stare of Big Klu make this card an instant favorite in my collection!

#3:  2000 Fleer Showcase:
121.  Gookie Dawkins (# 0057/2000)


Joe attached a note to this card saying that he hoped I didn't pull one of these in my recent group break where I busted a box of Showcase.  I, of course, did not pull such a thing because I don't ever pull cool Reds cards in the group breaks that I host.  Thus, this card is much appreciated - I should have the full team set now (or at least very close to it).

#2:  2011 Topps
Topps 60:
65.  Don Mattingly


I happen to like the Topps 60 insert set quite a bit, especially the ones where the category is either relevant or at least interesting.  In Mattingly's case, he ranks #1 in career assists by a Yankee first baseman (a mere 17 assists ahead of Lou Gehrig).

#1.  1997 Donruss ??
8.  Barry Larkin (# 0046/1000)


As you can see by the above note, Joe didn't know what this card was exactly.  Unfortunately, neither do I!  Thus, the mystery.  Do any of you, my wonderful (and brilliant) readers know what set this card belongs to?  I can't properly add it to my Larkin Collection without having all the set details!  Mystery or not, this card is #1 in the trade package simply because it is a brand new Larkin for my collection AND it is a relatively rare card, always nice to acquire as a bonus!

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

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Trade Stack 26: Half a Dozen Cards for One 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:  6/26/11


 At this point, the trade stack is now half a dozen cards high - that's approaching the magic number where even six random cards is often worth a trade for one card.  In fact, judging by previous trade stacks (you can see the full history of the trade stacks at the bottom of the post), only five trade stacks have exceeded 6 cards (out of the 25 completed).  In other words, about 25% of the trade stacks end up with more than half a dozen cards - will the current trade stack end up with at least seven cards or will someone jump in now and claim the stack?  To make the stack a bit more tempting, today's card offers a rather unique photo plus some of the bluest sky you'll ever see on a baseball card (or any picture for that matter)!


1995 Topps Stadium Club:
253.  Al Martin - Pirates




1998 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
89.  Bob Hamelin - Tigers




2011 Topps Heritage:
259.  Kelly Johnson - Diamondbacks




2010 Topps Allen & Ginter:
232.  Hubertus Wawra


2011 Topps:
539.  Brandon Lyon - Astros




2011 Topps Attax:
Foil Parallel:
174/258:  Raul Ibanez - Phillies



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:  8 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 24:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 25:  2 cards by Jeff P.
Stack 26:  ?? by ??