Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Delivery Time! Top 9: Blog Reader Ryan Hooks Me Up With Gypsy Queen

One of the unexpected benefits (for me) of hosting group breaks is that I've been able to add some new trade partners.  One such new trade partner is blog reader Ryan.  I sent Ryan a bunch of 2011 Topps base cards plus some 2011 Topps Heritage cards.  In return, Ryan sent me a big 'ol pile of Gypsy Queen cards plus a few other assorted goodies.  Since the package of cards was quite large, let's do another Top 9!

#9:
2011 Gypsy Queen:
Brian Bogusevic


I don't have particular affinity for Bogusevic.  I do, however, like the nonchalant Astros in the background - this must be a batting practice shot at spring training or something.  It's different, it's quirky, and yet, at the same time, it's not distracting to the card.  All told, I like it!

#8:
2011 Bowman (something):
Aroldis Chapman

Here's another Bowman card for my collection that I didn't have to purchase.  Other than that, I can't say a heckuva lot good about Bowman...I simply don't like Bowman (except, of course, for the Reds cards)!  I'm glad other people buy the set and then send me the Reds, if I had spent my own money on the set I would have quite disappointed (plus I would have only ended up with Dodgers and Yankees most likely).

#7:
2011 Topps Gypsy Queen:
Future Stars:
Stephen Strasburg

 I liked the simplicity of many of Gypsy Queen's inserts this year.  Topps could learn a lesson from the set in that simplicity can work (at least in moderation).  Of course, we all know that moderation isn't exactly Topps' forte.

#6:
2011 Topps:
Diamond parallel:

Mike Nickeas

Ryan sent me a pair of diamond parallel cards (which earned him two entries into my contest).  I thought that the diamond parallel supply had dried up but it seems like there are still a few out there that people are willing to trade me.  Maybe I will finish my set after all!

#5:
2011 Topps Gypsy Queen:
Robin Yount

I like vintage players in my baseball set - and I like it even more when they aren't some short printed gimmick.  I guess that's why I liked Gypsy Queen and Lineage so much.

#4:
2011 Topps Gypsy Queen:
Wall Climbers:
Ichiro

A set full of home run robbing action photos?  Yes please.

#3:
2011 Bowman (something):
Billy Hamilton

I have no idea if this is a parallel or if all Bowman cards have purple backgrounds (which turns out is quite hideous with the Reds uniform).  Either way, this card clocks in at #3 in my countdown simply because of the '91 Score goodness of it all.  Purple and red.  Only a color blind person could call that a good idea (and even then I'd put the odds at 50/50 that they say it's a poor plan).

#2:
2011 Topps Gypsy Queen:
Sticky Fingers:
Chase Utley

I think this might be my favorite insert set of the year...or at least my favorite insert set design of the year.  There's something completely great about the honeycomb, bees, and the Sticky Fingers theme.  Heck, I even like the hands pointing at the insert set name.

#1:
2011 Topps:
Topps 60 Auto:
Travis Wood

It's cards like this that remind me that there are indeed Reds hits in modern products.  I just don't pull them is all - but I guess that gives me another reason to trade.  On a completely different note, is Travis Wood's auto one of the worst ever?  I'd have to say yes.

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

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

2011 Topps Lineage Case Review: Box #6

It's time for a look at the next box in the case of Topps Lineage.  At this point, it appears that Lineage box (and case) prices have gone down quite a bit, but I don't exactly get why.  There are on card autos, there are autographs of retired players (albeit not many true "stars"), and there are a bunch of really nice relics.  Oh yeah, there are also a lot of other cool inserts that (mostly) seem to be popular.

Collectors are fickle people.

2011 Topps Lineage
Case - Box #6:

Every box contains a box topper (some are relics, most are not).

This particular box topper is not a relic - but it is for trade should any Rockie collector stumble upon this blog (*ahem* hiflew).  I think Tulowitzki looks like he could be playing for a Little League team in this photo!

There was, of course, a big pile of base cards.  Speaking of which, I have a full base set of Lineage available for trade should anyone wish to do so.  But, enough of the base cards, let's take a look at some of the other inserts.

I finally figured out what I am going to collect from Lineage, at least in terms of the parallels.  I hope to acquire one of each of the Reds in the three different (easy to find) parallel sets - Diamonds, Platinums, and '75 Minis.  All non-Reds are for trade (and happily for me, I did get one Red).

You also may have noticed that I only pulled five diamond parallels (instead of the six that you should get).  It turned out that I ended up with an extra 2011 Topps Rookie insert in the diamond card's place.   I think I am going to try and complete the Rookie set - any of my extras will be for trade however.

Next up, the second of the parallel sets that I'm collecting the Reds from, the Platinum Anniversary cards.  Once again, I managed to pull a Red (and once again, all the non-Reds are for trade).

The last of the parallels, the 1975 minis, didn't provide me with any Reds (which is unfortunate).  I did, however, get a few cards that I am sure will make nice trade bait in my attempt to track down the Reds from the set!

Now that the parallels are out of the way, let's look at some of the rarer inserts (at least in terms of number of inserts per box).  This was a rather Rockies-heavy box as I got the Tulowitzki box topper along with a Rockie in the Topps Venezuelan set and a Rockie stand-up.

I'm guessing there will be plenty of interest in the two sticker cards - Chipper Jones and Ichiro, probably two of the more popular current players in the set!

And finally, the two Topps 3D cards.

This is another set that I'm still on the fence about whether or not to collect.  I guess I'll see how many I am still missing after opening all my boxes up - that might be be enough to convince me one way or the other.

 Next up, the hits of the box.

We begin with the sticker autograph - Clay Buchholz.

I guess he's a decent name to get, but I don't have any interest in his card.  I do know, however, that there are a lot of Red Sox collectors out there - so maybe one of them can offer me something good for this one.

The on-card auto wasn't much better (at least for me):  Fausto Carmona.

Once again, it's for trade.

Last (but certainly not least), the 1975 relic.  This card is awesome!

First, it's awesome because it's a retired player.  Second, it's awesome because the cloth is bright yellow (and shows signs of some stiching that was removed at the bottom).  Third, it's aseome because it's Reggie freaking Jackson!

All told, this box would have been much more loved in the hands of a Rockies collector.  Even so, there was enough good stuff to make me happy (the relic specifically along with the couple of Reds parallels).  There are still four more boxes to go in the case, let's see what else I can get from those!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Delivery Time! $30.00 a Week Got me a Flower and a Devil

Last week, I completed a trade with Robert from $30 a Week Habit.  I sent Robert a pile of assorted Blue Jays and he sent me a flower and a devil.  While that may sound like a bad romantic comedy title or something, in actuality it means that there are two fewer cards on my 2011 Allen & Ginter want list!

Here's what I ended up with:

Animals in Peril:
AP19.  Tasmanian Devil

 Now that the Tasmanian Devil is safely tucked away in my binder, I only need four more of the Animals in Peril minis (#s:  2, 5, 24, 25).  If you happen to have any of those four cards, please let me know so that hopefully we can work out a trade.

The second card that Robert sent my way was a Flora of the World card.

Flora of the World:
FOW-2.  Spurred Snapdragon 

I don't know of anyone else collecting these - and yet, I am still missing #3 altogether (and, ideally, I might be able to acquire at least one more of 1, 3, and 4 so that  I can try to plant a Ginter Garden next spring).   The Spurred Snapdragon card from Robert is my second card of the plant, so this one will see an outdoor garden next spring along with Sweet Alyssum (the only other Flora card that I have two of currently).

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

Trade Stack 30: Don't Make an Angel Mad - or How to Spike a Baseball.

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:  8/29/11

At this point, I hope everyone out there is ok from the hurricane.  Here, there was a steady rain all day (along with some wind) but nothing much happened other than that.  A few of my wife's flowers near our mailbox blew over in the storm (which made her mad) but all told we can't complain.  I can only hope you all have similar stories.

On that rather somber note, let's lighten the mood a bit with an angry Angel.  Seriously, has anyone actually looked at the 2011 Topps base card of Jordan Walden?!  Dude looks seriously pissed.  Want to own this angry guy (plus a kayaker and a guy from Phenix City, AL (voted #1 best affordable suburb by BusinessWeek)?  Then claim the stack and send me at least one card off my want list!

2011 Topps:
337.  Jordan Walden - Angels
  

2010 Topps Allen & Ginter:
112.  Tyler Bradt
  

2011 Topps Allen & Ginter:
Hometown Heroes:
HH2.  Colby Rasmus - 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:  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:  10 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 27:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 28:  7 cards by ThingsAreFunnerHere
Stack 29:  3 cards by TheBrooklynMet
Stack 30:  ?? by ?? 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Delivery Time! Capewood's Collection Has Fewer Reds In It Now. (A Top 9 Post)

I would like to say that this package from Cliff over at Capewood's Collection is something that recently appeared in my mailbox...but if I'm going to say that, you have to redefine the word recently to mean "back in June."  I sent Cliff a few Phillies and Astros cards back in June, he sent me a much larger pile of Reds at the same time.  Then, in my slowness of posting trade packages, the envelope sat on my shelf for a few weeks months until now!

Since Cliff sent so many cards, let's give the package a proper post with another Top 9!

Here are my nine favorite cards in the trade package.

#9:  2007 Fleer Ultra:
Brandon Phillips

If there was a single line of cards that I wish I had every set from, I think it would either be Fleer Ultra or Fleer Tradition.  I loved both card sets as a kid - but by the time the mid 2000s rolled around I wasn't collecting cards anymore.  Therefore, this Phillips is (I believe) a new card for me, and I love it!

#8:  1999 Topps Stadium Club:
Pete Harnisch

Here's how you can sum up the mid-90s Reds (as found on the bottom of the back of Harnish's card):  "(Harnisch) had best win% (.667) of starters on non-playoff NL teams."  Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.

#7:  2007 Topps Turkey Red
Stand Up Double (Griffey Jr.)

I already had this card, but that doesn't stop it from earning a spot in my top 9!  I thought it was cool the first time I pulled it from a pack, and I still think it's cool when I get it in a trade package.  This is a much more interesting way to do checklists - the only thing that would make it better is if Griffey's real card had been numbered between 76 and 113 since those are the numbers that the checklist covers.

#6:  2011 Bowman:
Brandon Phillips

I've mentioned it a number of times on the blog, but I don't buy Bowman.  That doesn't, however, mean that I don't want Reds cards that happen to be Bowman.  Rather, I rely on the kindness and generosity of traders like Cliff in order to acquire the Reds without accumulating the rest of the Bowman cards that I don't care about!

#5:  2009 O-Pee-Chee:
Bronson Arroyo


Here's another set that I didn't buy much (or any) of.  I don't know why Upper Deck thought that reviving the Canadian brand (which was affiliated with Topps originally) was a good idea (and obviously it wasn't based on sales and the fact that O-Pee-Chee isn't still around).

#4:  2009 O-Pee-Chee:
The Award Show:  Brandon Phillips

Here's the third Brandon Phillips card in the countdown - and it's the best of the bunch by far!  I think the greatest strength of O-Pee-Chee is the card stock, I love the retro cardboard feel and the complete lack of gloss or foil.  Hmm, that sounds like something I suggested Topps do if they want to be a "game changer"...

#3:  2009 Upper Deck SP Authentic:
Joey Votto

I don't know where people get some of these sets.  I've never, ever seen a pack of SP Authentic.  I guess they must by hobby only or something?  Or else I'm blind?  That said, this card is pretty nice - though it makes me a bit sad that Votto might be leaving the Reds sooner rather than later...

#2:  2008 Topps Updates:
Bruuuuuuuuuce!  (Jay Bruce)

This card highlights Bruce's Major League debut (in which he went 3-3 with a double, two RBIs, and two runs scored).  Bruce ended up reaching base all five times he was up in that first game against the Pirates, and the fans responded then (and forever more) with chants of "Bruuuuuuuuuuuuce"!  I can only hope that Bruce continues to give Reds fans things to cheer about in the future!

#1:  2011 Topps Opening Day:
Jay Bruce

Cliff sent me both the regular Topps base card and the Opening Day version of this card - but I selected the Opening Day card as my number one card since I didn't previously own it.  This card is the iconic image for the Reds 2010 season - it's Bruce's walk-off home run that clinched the NL Central title.  I love it!

Thanks for the trade Cliff - and sorry for the delay in getting the cards posted!  And, as always, if anyone else would like to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Trade Stack 30: The Hurricane Edition

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:  8/28/11

Everyone and their brother seems to be fretting about the upcoming hurricane that is supposed to bring wind and rain to the northeast.  Luckily for me, I live quite a ways in land (roughly in the middle of the state of Pennsylvania - in terms of east to west anyhow).  As such, our mountains (or, if you happen to be from Colorado, our hills) have a tendency to slow down any major storms most of the time...at least those coming from the south (sometimes they "trap" storms from the west or north - not fun in the winter).  Anyhow, there's a storm coming so I figured what better time than to post the second card in the trade stack - this one of Tyler Bradt.  Bradt is a waterfall kayaking record holder - and that particular skill might prove to be useful should the eastern US truly end up submerged like the many fear-mongers on the Weather Channel would have you believe...

2010 Topps Allen & Ginter:
112.  Tyler Bradt
  

2011 Topps Allen & Ginter:
Hometown Heroes:
HH2.  Colby Rasmus - 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:  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:  10 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 27:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 28:  7 cards by ThingsAreFunnerHere
Stack 29:  3 cards by TheBrooklynMet

Saturday, August 27, 2011

2011 Topps Lineage Case Review: Box #5

It's time for a review of the fifth (out of ten) boxes in the 2011 Topps Lineage case.  This particular box happens to hold the nicest mini relic that I've pulled so far (at least in my opinion).  What else is there in the box?  Read on.

There are plenty of base cards - so many, in fact, that I have a ton of Topps Lineage cards for trade.  See the link on my blog for the full list.

Moving on from the base cards, let's take a look at some of my favorite inserts from the box.

First up, the 1975 minis.

I would like to know who might be interested in trading for my minis, I only want the Reds from the set (luckily for me, two of the six minis were Reds - Seaver and Chapman)!  The Blyleven, Seaver (as a Met), Jackson, and Byrd are all available for trade.

Next, the second of three full set parallels, the platinum diamond cards.

Once again, I'm really only interested in the Reds so the others are all for trade.  Unfortunately, this box didn't provide me with a single Red platinum card so that means there are six platinums on the 'ol trading block.

And the final full set parallel, the diamond anniversary cards.

As with the other two sets, I'm only interested in the Reds (and, like the platinum cards, I didn't pull any Reds).  All six are available for trade.

Now that parallels are out of the way, we can look at some of the other inserts.  I ended up with a lot of Yankees in this box (and we aren't done with the pinstripes quite yet).

First up, the two sticker cards (both Yankees).

Next, two stand-ups (one Yankee).

And last, two 3-D cards (one Yankee).

Yep, four out of the six inserts were Yankees (plus two diamond parallel Yankees above).  I did get four 2011 Rookies and two of the Topps Venezuelan cards, but I don't think anyone cares about those so no scanning.

The boxtopper was another Topps Giant card, this time of Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox.  It, too, is available for trade.

Finally, the three hits of the box!  The sticker auto was of Michael Morse of the Washington Nationals.

I don't know anything about Morse nor am I interested in the card - so it's available for trade.

The on-card auto was much better (at least in my eyes).

I got Pablo Sandoval of the Giants.  I think this is my first Sandoval auto, and at least he is a popular name!

And, last but certainly not least, the relic.  It's the final Yankee of the box - but this one is a good one!

 Whitey Ford!  The relic even looks sort of old-timey, none of that cheap polyester crap that's in most relics these days!  I was happy to pull this one - though I will trade it if someone makes the right offer (hint:  how about some 2010 or 2011 Allen & Ginter relics that I need)?

So, there's another box breakdown.  I hope these breakdowns are helpful so that you can see what you might expect to get from a box of Lineage.  Obviously, I've had some good luck (the Bench jumbo relic especially) and some poor luck (many of the autos).  I have gotten a few retired autos (two of which went out in the group break) though, so that's cool.  This box provided me with my first retired relic star (but not the last as you'll soon see)!

Trade Stack 30: The Latest Stack Begins!

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:  8/27/11

I've updated my own want lists to include 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen.  If you have an interest in working out a trade with me but maybe you didn't have anything to offer before, maybe now you do!  For the first card in the new stack, I figured I would go back to the same well that got the last stack claimed and offer up a different Hometown Heroes insert card.  This time its a Cardinal rather than a Met - will that be enough to have someone claim the stack?  We'll have to wait and find out together, won't we?  (PS:  Even if you don't want this particular Ginter card, I have a whole bunch of others available for trade here!) 

2011 Topps Allen & Ginter:
Hometown Heroes:
HH2.  Colby Rasmus - 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:  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:  10 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 27:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 28:  7 cards by ThingsAreFunnerHere
Stack 29:  3 cards by TheBrooklynMet

Outgoing: 6 Trade Envelopes!

If you happen to live in an area with any of the following zip codes, you might be getting a package from me.  I am mailing a package to each of the following zips within a few hours of now.

  • 12571 
  • 17349 
  • 54165 
  • 60090
  • 73026 
  • 76063 

At this point, I think I am all caught up on replying to different trade requests.  If I missed yours somehow, please send me another email.  I resolve to not be behind any longer!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Delivery Time! This Card is Cool...and So is this One, and this One, and this One!

Today is the day that I head to the university for my own orientation.  It's also the day of freshman convocation at the college where I work.  Seeing how my own orientation is more important, I'll be missing the first freshman orientation since I began working at the college (will the start of the school year feel a bit odd because of that)?

Anyhow, this is one of the "written prior" posts that I do seeing how I'm about 2 hours away from home right now (or, by the time you read this, hopefully I'll be driving back home)!

Today's post is a trade post courtesy of Ryan over at This Card is Cool.   Ryan has a lot of great ideas on his blog (and in his collection).  One such idea is his "one of" set collecting goal.  As I understand it, he tries to get one representative card for each type of insert, base, hit, etc. for any given set.  He doesn't have to track down all 350 base cards, just one of them.  He doesn't need 100 different relics, just one.  He does, however, need one of the rare things too - like Bazooka back Ginter minis or the like.

Since I opened a bunch of Ginter last month, I was able to help him out with his one-of collection (I sent him 14 different representatives from 14 different sets in the Ginter set), and in return, he helped me with some of my own wants.

Here are the highlights:

First up, an N43 card from 2011 Allen & Ginter of Roy Halladay.

I'm down to needing only four of the N43s (Votto, Wainwright, Wright, and Cano).  If anyone has any of those for trade, please let me know!  This is one of the sets that I'd like to finish off within the next couple of weeks - before the hobby box supply dries up and I have to start scouring eBay and paying outrageous shipping costs!

 Next, a sweet relic of Joe Morgan.

This card was more of a thrown-in than anything else, it wasn't from a set that I've actively collected.  However, I'm not one to turn down a Reds relic of a Hall of Fame player!  I like that the bat piece is a pretty decent size, it somehow makes the relic seem a bit more "special" even it is only a bit of bat.

Moving back to 2011 Allen & Ginter, Ryan also sent me an Animal in Peril.

The Indian Rhinoceros is the fourth-largest land animal and can weigh over three tons!  According to the card back, there are less than 3,000 of the rhinos left in the wild.  I don't know much about rhinos, but they remind me of dinosaurs and I like dinos so, by extension, I like rhinos.

Now that the animal is out of the way, we can turn our attention to the base Topps set from this year (I've already discussed what I think of the 2012 Topps set - see yesterday's post).  Ryan sent me some diamond parallels for my set:

And some Topps Town cards:

Finally, Ryan through in a few assorted Reds cards just for fun!

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