Saturday, March 31, 2012

Trade Stack 38: A Test Post Means 2 Cards Added Tonight!

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  3/31/12

My blog hasn't been updating correctly for a bit longer than a week - which means many of you missed all my posts this week!  I'm hoping that I made a fix that will actually work and have this post show up on all of your blogrolls.  The only way to know for sure though was to publish a new post - so you get two Trade Stack additions tonight...one five hours ago and another one now.  Enjoy!

Scroll down to see the goodies - and as always, the first to leave a comment stating which card (or cards) they will send me from my want list gets the full stack.  

1987 Topps:
224.  Wayne Tolleson - Yankees
  

1988 O-Pee-Chee:
331.  Brian Downing - Angels  

2011 Topps Lineage:
112.  Johnny Cueto - Reds


1995 Topps Dimension III:
54.  Walt Weiss - Rockies
  

2011 Topps Heritage:
402.  David DeJesus - Athletics
  

2010 Topps Update:
US-179.  Juan Pierre - White Sox  

2010 Topps Allen & Ginter:
200.  Lance Berkman - Astros
  

1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated:
Mini poster:
John Smoltz - Braves 

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!  You must leave a comment on the trade stack post in order to claim the card - no more claims via email!  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:  4 cards by Adam C.
Stack 31:  10 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 32:  8 cards by Josh D.
Stack 33:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 34:  1 card by Potch
Stack 35:  9 cards by Cool Breeze
Stack 36:  11 cards by Kev 
Stack 37:  6 cards by Tunguska
Stack 38:  ?? by ?? 

Trade Stack 38: 7 Cards, 7 Teams!

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  3/31/12

I know that my blog isn't updating correctly (i.e. at all) right now, so there won't be many of you who see this post.  However, if you happen to stumble upon my blog today - you are in luck as I'm updating the Trade Stack and you'll be one of the first to see the newest addition.  As has been my patter for this trade stack, each card brings another team into the fold.  Who will it be today?

Scroll down to see the goodies - and as always, the first to leave a comment stating which card (or cards) they will send me from my want list gets the full stack.  

1988 O-Pee-Chee:
331.  Brian Downing - Angels  

2011 Topps Lineage:
112.  Johnny Cueto - Reds


1995 Topps Dimension III:
54.  Walt Weiss - Rockies
  

2011 Topps Heritage:
402.  David DeJesus - Athletics
  

2010 Topps Update:
US-179.  Juan Pierre - White Sox  

2010 Topps Allen & Ginter:
200.  Lance Berkman - Astros
  

1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated:
Mini poster:
John Smoltz - Braves 

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!  You must leave a comment on the trade stack post in order to claim the card - no more claims via email!  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:  4 cards by Adam C.
Stack 31:  10 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 32:  8 cards by Josh D.
Stack 33:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 34:  1 card by Potch
Stack 35:  9 cards by Cool Breeze
Stack 36:  11 cards by Kev 
Stack 37:  6 cards by Tunguska
Stack 38:  ?? by ?? 

Delivery Time! Cardboard Junkie Contest: The Larkin Cards

In my contest (posted a couple of days ago even though my blog still isn't updating correctly so most of you missed it), I asked how many Larkin cards were in the package Dayf sent me.  I figured it'd be a fun question because the correct answer is a bit surprising:

One.

That's right - there was only one Larkin card, so those that guessed high numbers - sorry about that!  Here's the card - it's a slightly oversized Topps big card of Larkin from 1988.  Good stuff.

Thanks for the card Dayf - and there's still more stuff to come!  

Friday, March 30, 2012

Barry Larkin Collection 123: 2012 Topps Golden Moments - #18

Barry Larkin
Year:  2012
Brand:  Topps
Insert set:  Golden Moments
Card number:  GM-18

The 2012 Topps flagship Series I set featured three different Barry Larkin cards.  There was this Golden Moments card, a Golden Moments relic card, and a Timeless Talents insert card.  Unlike the Timeless Talents card, this the Golden Moments card was clearly designed with relics in mind.  As such, there is a lot of dead space in the card.  Furthermore, the white space at the bottom of the card is quite distracting (and seemingly begging for an autograph).  While I do appreciate Larkin getting new cards in 2012, I appreciate good card design even more...and this is not good card design!

What's Going On?!?

My blog doesn't seem to be working - at least not on other people's blog rolls (last update for my blog, according to most people's blog rolls is last week - which is clearly false).

My comments on many people's blogs don't seem to be showing up as well.

And finally, I still can't make changes to my own blog roll (I keep getting the cursed "saving" note and then it just sits there until I can't take it anymore and I close the window).

If anyone out there has a fix for any of the three Blogger issues that I'm currently facing, I'd love to hear about it.  Thanks!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Why Doesn't My Blog Show Up Anymore?!

I've noticed my blog has lost about 200 views per day over the past week or so and I couldn't figure out why.  Surely it wasn't because 200 of my daily viewers realized that I suck at writing (I'm sure all my visitors knew that already)...  Surely it wasn't because I held a simple contest (in fact, I ended up with exactly 2 entrants, plus 1 late entrant, for a contest that required nothing more than guessing).  No, I think the problem is somehow related to the new Blogger set-up but I can't figure out why my blog no longer shows up with new posts on many of your blog rolls.  I checked Cardboard Collection's blog roll and Night Owl's blog roll - both of which showed my blog as not being updated since last week when in reality I've published at least one (and usually more than one) post per day, every day!

If anyone can help me - it'd be much appreciated...

Delivery Time: More from Cardboard Junkie!

It's time to reveal another part of the contest - (that's right, a contest that had all of two entrants for some reason).  I guess free cards labeled as junk isn't the best way to market a contest?!  Go figure!

Anyhow, it's time now to take a look at the cards that Dayf sent me from my want list (question 2 for the contest).

I already showed the checklist - but it was one I needed so it counts here.  Along with the Gypsy Queen checklist, Dayf sent five other Gypsy Queen cards I needed my way.

Of those, two were base cards while the other three were inserts.  Of the five, the Reyes Sticky Fingers card is still my favorite - for whatever reason, I really love the design of the retail inserts from last year's GQ set!

That's six cards so far - but the correct answer is eight as Dayf also managed to shoot a diamond parallel my way along with a single Topps Attax card that I needed!

Thanks for the cards (once again) Dayf - and good luck to two contest participants!

Delivery Time! Trade with e rayhahn, rayhahn!

Now that I've completed hundreds of trades over the last few years (all thanks to the blog), it's sort of rare for someone to send me a card that I've never even seen (or heard of the set before).  While rare, thanks to David over at E rayhahn, rayhahn, I can absolutely say it's not impossible!   I sent David a pile of various Twins base and inserts a few weeks (or maybe more?) ago - and in return, David sent me a few awesome additions for my collection!

First, a pair of Starline cards of Chris Sabo.

Although both cards are from the same set (which I had never heard of before today), they feature different front photos, different card numbers, and a different write-up on the back.  The set was sponsored by Coca-Cola and features 40 total cards (from 1990).  Seeing as how 1990 was the year the Reds won the World Series, these are some extra nice cards for my collection.

Next, David sent me an oversized Materialistic card from the 2003 Fleer Focus Jersey Edition set.

The card features a giant swatch of jersey material in which Fleer says "you have just received a very special materialistic card featuring an image of Adam Dunn printed on jersey fabric."  I guess Fleer bought a bunch of blank jerseys and printed up oversized cards on them.  Certainly different - and a nice addition to my Reds collection to be sure!

Finally, the cream of the crop (or at least the highlight of the trade):

That's right - it's a relic card of none other than Barry Larkin.  And it's not any old relic either...it's a piece of Larkin's baseball glove (numbered 161 out of 375)!  I love that Fleer went all out adding in relics of all sorts of things (including shoes, gloves, and bases) so this is a spectacular card in my eyes.  When (and if) I ever do a second round of the Barry Larkin Experiment with the second 100 cards in my collection, I'll expect this card to finish quite high in the final standings!

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

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Delivery Time: Cardboard Junkie Junk Contest - (Part 2)

I posted a contest yesterday - now it's time to take and start to figure out the answers.  I won't answer the questions in the order I posed them, but I do promise to answer all the questions before too long.  For today's post, let's answer Question #4:  How many non-baseball cards were in the package Dayf sent me?  Remember, you want your guess to be as close to the correct answer as possible.  In this case, the correct answer was less than 10 -so you get a scan of all the cards.

First up, a quick sketch of a pony telling me I got a bunch of extra junk and to enjoy it.

Next, a small pile of pack filler cards (non-sketch card friendly ones).

If you are keeping track, as well you should be, that's four so far.  Next, one of the few cards that counts for multiple questions, we have the final checklist card that I needed from last year's Gypsy Queen set.


Then we get the oddest card of the package - a super-villain card of Loki.

I'm not up on comic books so I have no idea who Loki is.  I do think he'd be more frightening though if he didn't have elephant tusks growing out of the top of his head.

And finally, we get the sketch card - and it's a really nice one!  A "Old School Redlegs Logo"!

I've tried drawing that logo by hand a lot - especially as a kid, and I can assure you that it's not easy to draw...at least it wasn't ever easy for a guy like me with no artistic skills to speak of!

Thanks for the cards Dayf - and for the unknowing inspiration for holding a contest.  And yes, if you've counted correctly you should see that the correct answer to #4 on the contest was 7.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Contest! Guess 5 Numbers - Win Free Cards!

I've got a contest happening right now - sign-ups are still active.  All you have to do is guess five numbers - best combination of guesses wins free cards.  I know my blog isn't showing up on a lot of people's blog rolls right now as being updated (some blog's have my last update as 6 days ago for some reason)...so I'd appreciate any advertising you might feel like doing to help get some more participants.

Heck, if I end up with enough people, maybe I'll award first and second place prizes or something like that!




Contest! Sign-up Now - It's Easy!

I've got a contest running on my blog right now!  Check out this post (scroll to the bottom) and make sure you sign up immediately.  Who wants free cards?!

Delivery Time: Cardboard Junkie Junk - Part 1 (Plus a Contest!)

Wayyyy back in January, the great Cardboard Junkie requested that his readers send him their blank "dummy" cards so that he could practice his artistic talents on baseball pack cardboard.  He promised that he'd send junk back to anyone that acquiesced to his request...and he promised a sketch card.

Well, he actually sent my package off quite quickly - something that he apparently hasn't been doing lately since he's posting stupid Mets cards every day as self-inflicted punishment for not mailing quicker.  I suppose I should have posted Cardinal cards each day from January 'til now since I was so slow in posting the stuff he sent my way.  Good thing I don't play that way - who'd want to look at Cardinals cards all day, yee-uck.

First things first, here's a preview of the junk Dayf sent my way:

Over the next few days, I'll be sorting the pile of stuff - some I'll keep, some I'll add to various trade stacks, and some will burn nicely in case this cold snap doesn't go away in a hurry.  All things considered, it's a nice package!

Here's the contest:

As I said, over the next few days, I'll be revealing a bunch of the cards that Dayf sent my way.  It was actually a lot of fun sorting through the "bag of crap" as he called it - so much so that I decided to turn it into a contest.  It's an easy contest - and since it was so long ago when Dayf sent the stuff to me he can enter too.  All you have to do is answer the following questions - you get 0 points for getting a question exactly correct and then 1 point for each number that you off (i.e. if the answer is 7 and you guess 3, you'd score 4 points since 7-3 = 4).  Obviously, the lowest total wins.  Use the picture at the top to help you - all I did was dump the cards onto my desk - no specific care was taken to show (or hide) anything.  You must answer all 5 questions to be eligible.

Based only on the package that Dayf sent me:

1.  How many Barry Larkin cards were in the package?
2.  How many (non-Larkin) cards were in the package that were on my want list?
3.  How many Reds were in the package?
4.  How many non-baseball cards were in the package (hint:  that includes the sketch card that Dayf made and any other "junk" cards)?
5.  What was the year of the oldest card in the package?

Good luck - I'll accept entries though 8:00 AM EST on Wednesday, March 28.  Please answer in the comments - any ties go to the first who responded via comments.

What's the prize you ask?  I offer two things.  If you have a respectable winning score, I'll try and find some stuff from your want list (if you have one posted) or else send you stuff from your favorite team.  If you win but have a really sucky score, you might just end up with a pile of so-called "junk" like I did and then you can hold your own contest if you'd like.  Good luck!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Trade Stack 38: Half a Dozen Cards, Half a Dozen Teams!

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  3/26/12

When I add cards to the Trade Stack, there are usually three different methods for me to choose from.  The first (and most common) method is for me to arbitrarily choose a card, scan it, and add it to the stack.  The second is to come up with a stack idea beforehand and then slowly add cards to the stack while following the theme until someone claims the entire pile.  The third method, however, is often the most fun (for me anyhow).  That's when I have an idea of a theme but no idea what cards will actually end up in the stack when I begin the pile.  That's what Trade Stack 38 is all about - the theme, of course, is no repetition amongst teams (themes certainly don't have to be complicated).  The fun part was that I knew I wanted to start things off with the John Smoltz mini poster (I thought maybe one of the many Braves fans out there would claim the stack from the start).  However, since no Braves fan stepped in, the stack has grown to include a representative from the Athletics, Astros, Rockies, and White Sox.  Now that we are at the half-dozen mark, it's time to add a representative from a sixth team to the stack - none other than my favorite team, the Reds!  Speaking of the Reds, if you missed my latest Barry Larkin Experiment post, I'd appreciate you checking it out and then voting on the sidebar.  Right now, there are hardly any votes and that's no fun at all!

Scroll down to see the goodies - and as always, the first to leave a comment stating which card (or cards) they will send me from my want list gets the full stack.  

2011 Topps Lineage:
112.  Johnny Cueto - Reds


1995 Topps Dimension III:
54.  Walt Weiss - Rockies
  

2011 Topps Heritage:
402.  David DeJesus - Athletics
  

2010 Topps Update:
US-179.  Juan Pierre - White Sox  

2010 Topps Allen & Ginter:
200.  Lance Berkman - Astros
  

1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated:
Mini poster:
John Smoltz - Braves 

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!  You must leave a comment on the trade stack post in order to claim the card - no more claims via email!  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:  4 cards by Adam C.
Stack 31:  10 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 32:  8 cards by Josh D.
Stack 33:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 34:  1 card by Potch
Stack 35:  9 cards by Cool Breeze
Stack 36:  11 cards by Kev 
Stack 37:  6 cards by Tunguska
Stack 38:  ?? by ?? 

Delivery Time! Trade with Night Owl (Plus a New Goal for Me!)

The last few days have been incredibly busy for me.  Unfortunately, the quality of posts on my blog (which, let's be honest were never that high to begin with) has been quite poor.  While it may seem like a poor idea to use a trade post as a "pick me up" for blog writing - that's exactly what I am to do.  The particular package is from Night Owl - a person who never seems to lack for quality posts (or great cards to send me).  The great thing about our relationship is my knack for pulling Dodgers seems to be equaled only by his knack for pulling cards that reside on my want list!

While the venerable Night Owl did send me a bunch of Reds plus a Ginter relic (that I'll get to later in the post), in many ways, the real highlight of the package was three surprise cards:  Kosuke Fukudome, Pedro Martinez, and Clayton Kershaw.  Yes, you read that right - the highlight wasn't relic, nor Reds cards - but a Cub, Met, and Dodger (oh my!).

You see, I needed the three aforementioned cards as part of my quest to complete the 2008 Upper Deck Timeline set.  You may recall that's the set with 50 base cards and then 300 short prints (I kid you not).  And yes, I'm dumb enough to try and collect the thing.  Companies like Topps and Upper Deck rely on shmucks like me - it's probably good for them to see that I'm not letting them down.

Now that I have the three Timeline cards, I am down to only needing 19 more cards to complete the set.  In case you don't feel like clicking over to my want list, here's what I still need:
Base: #235, 276, 279, 288, 300, 302, 308, 332, 334, 336, 341, 345, 356, 361, 363, 366, 373, 374, 375
As you can see, I'm tantalizingly close to completing the bad boy.  I should mention that I have a ton of cards from the set still available for trade - and I'll gladly trade two-for-one, three-for-one, or ten-for-one if I have to.  My newest goal is to complete this set before Ginter comes out this summer.  I'd love to finally cross of a full set from the want list - and this one seems to be as good as any to try to meet my goal.  Perhaps some of you had decided to try and complete the set and have since given up - or maybe you are still working on it and can possibly trade me one (or more) of the cards I need in exchange for two (or more) cards that you still need...it'd be a win-win for all of us!

Besides the UD Timeline cards, Night Owl also sent me my first Golden Sparkle card from 2012.

That's right - I didn't buy a single pack of 2012 Topps, nor Opening Day, nor Heritage.  I think I'm still annoyed that I can't finish off a bunch of sets from the past few years which is sort of pushing me in the direction of not trying to start a bunch of new sets!  In addition, money has been extra tight lately - so frivolous spending on cards is an easy way to save a buck or two.  Luckily for me, the group breaks that I've hosted still help me satisfy my pack opening itch, even if I don't get to keep most of the cards.

The Golden Sparkle wasn't the only 2012 card in the package, there was also this 1987 mini of Joey Votto.

I certainly hope Votto remains a Red for many years to come - but recent signs (and statements) seem to put the odds at 50-50 (at best).  I suppose I should be sure to enjoy Votto's cards while he remains a Red and be happy that such a good player played for Cincinnati.  It's been quite awhile since the Reds have had a true superstar - the last probably being Ken Griffey Jr. and we all know how that worked out.

There were a few other assorted Reds - including a true 1975 mini and a rather ugly Calvin "Pokey" Reese card.  However, as team collectors know - even an ugly card, if it is a new one for the collection, is much appreciated!

And finally, the reason the trade started in the first place:

That's the 65th different relic card that I now own from the 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter set.  Unfortunately, by my count, there are almost 200 different relics in the set - 198 if my list is correct.  I'm debating about trying to sell my entire collection of both 2011 and 2010 relics (and autos) in an attempt to raise enough funds to put serious charge into the 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter relic set.  It's hard to part with the relics though...so I guess we'll see.  Maybe in a moment of weakness you'll see them on eBay.

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

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Barry Larkin Experiment: Round 1Q

It's time for Round 1Q of the great Barry Larkin Experiment.  However, before I unveil the four nominees for the next round, we should take a look at the two recently completed rounds.

First, Round 1O.  

As you can see from the final poll results, the 1994 Fleer Flair card was by and far the winner.  The race for second place was a lot closer - The 2001 Fleer Triple Crown eeked out a one vote advantage and managed to move on to the next round.

Round 1P was much, much closer.

In this round, in fact, there was a tie between the 2003 Donruss and the 1992 Stadium Club card for first place.  Although both cards will move on to the next round, I have to cast my vote as a tie-breaker for first place.  I'll cast my vote in favor of Stadium Club.

With the old results out of the way, let's move on to Round 1Q!  Here are your nominees:

1995 Topps base:
 
I don't think I can sum this card up any better than I did on the original post.  There's a decent chance this card ends up in Round 2 I would think.

1996 Score Star Struck:
 
Or as I call it, the Larkin's Constipated card.

1995 Tombstone Pizza:
 
You have to love a card with a cactus on it, right?  As far as unlicensed cards go, this one has got to be near the top of the pile.  It's a nice card!

1995 Topps Stadium Club Cover Story:
 
The fun thing about the various votes for the Larkin Experiment is that each round has a unique identity.  For example, this round features an odd-ball card, a pair of subset cards, and regular 'ol base cards.  Which type of card will win?  Will the subset lovers vote in droves will the oddball collectors in all of us rejoice at the Tombstone pizza card?  I have no idea - which is why you need to vote!

Card Draft?

This isn't the official sign-ups (yet) but I am gauging whether or not there would be interest in a Card Draft that I could host.  Right now, I'm thinking something along the following lines:
3 Rounds of SportsClix (I have a bunch leftover from the break - I bought a case of the stuff)
1 or 2 rounds of autos/relics
1 or 2 rounds of diamond sparkly cards
1 or 2 rounds of stickers and/or other oddballs
2 to 4 rounds of various inserts
2 to 4 rounds of mini cards
4 to 8 rounds of randomness (base, inserts, who knows?)

What about something like that?  Would you be interested?  What would a fair price be (I plan on needing about $5.00 for shipping if I include the SportsClix).  I could probably add more rounds to most of the categories (or certainly take away some rounds if need be).

Just throwing it out there for your consideration (and comments).  I'm thinking I'd limit it to 10 participants by the way.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

I Knew It was Too Good to Last!

Before Syracuse's loss to Ohio State, I was in the 98th percentile on ESPN.com's college basketball bracket challenge.

Now?

Even so, that's not bad for someone who doesn't follow college basketball at all - and while I fully admit it was all luck, it still makes a guy feel good to see his bracket ranked so highly.

Trade Stack 38: 5 Cards - 5 Teams!

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  3/24/12

I had to pick up a whole bunch of teams in the last group break so there's a decent chance you'll see some of my so-called spoils as part of future Trade Stacks.  Today's addition is one such spoil:  A Topps 3D card.  Quite honestly, the 3D box sucked (too small of a set, too many duplicates) but there were a few nice cards.  This is one of the better ones if you ask me.

Scroll down to see the goodies - and as always, the first to leave a comment stating which card (or cards) they will send me from my want list gets the full stack.  

1995 Topps Dimension III:
54.  Walt Weiss - Rockies
  

2011 Topps Heritage:
402.  David DeJesus - Athletics
  

2010 Topps Update:
US-179.  Juan Pierre - White Sox  

2010 Topps Allen & Ginter:
200.  Lance Berkman - Astros
  

1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated:
Mini poster:
John Smoltz - Braves 

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!  You must leave a comment on the trade stack post in order to claim the card - no more claims via email!  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:  4 cards by Adam C.
Stack 31:  10 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 32:  8 cards by Josh D.
Stack 33:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 34:  1 card by Potch
Stack 35:  9 cards by Cool Breeze
Stack 36:  11 cards by Kev 
Stack 37:  6 cards by Tunguska
Stack 38:  ?? by ??