Tuesday, July 31, 2012

200,000 is a big number - and big numbers beg for contests!

As the month of July draws to a close, my blog is rapidly approaching the 200,000 visiting mark.  In fact, if I get as many visitors in August as I did in July, I will hit the 200,000 magical number sometime around the third week of August!

With the milestone rapidly approaching, I figure I ought to thank each and every visitor to my humble little blog.  I will admit, however, that I have no idea why that many people come here to read my drivel.  I've never been an overly interesting writer...and I'm fairly certain you could count the number of quality posts that I've written on one hand (which is sad considering I've written 2,977 different posts to date)!

Some people like to hold contests when they hit a big number on their blog (either in visitors or posts) with the most common contest being something to the effect of "name your favorite blog entry on my blog" or something like that.  Well, I can assure you I won't (ever) do something like that, no need to read my crap twice...once is certainly more than enough!

What I thought I'd do instead is offer up a contest that might help out all of us (and will hopefully be a lot of fun in the process):

Here's how it will work:

I would like 16 people to volunteer (if I get 32 volunteers then I can work with that as well).  For now, I'll say the first 16 to respond on this post are in but everyone else can keep expressing interest in case I make it to the 32 person mark.  You must have a blog - and if you don't, here's the perfect excuse to start one!

Using Random.org, I will construct a bracket for the 16 participants (or 32 should we get that many).  It will be a knockout style challenge where only one blogger will remain - and that person will win some kind of prize.

Each round will begin with me posting a single card on my blog.  That card will be the catalyst for the current round - each participant will write a post that somehow ties to the particular card that I chose.  Your creativity, humor, etc. will all get a chance to shine here!  Once the post is written, you put a link on that round's post.  I'll give participants 2-3 days between when I post the image and when I close the round.  After that, there will be a day or two of public voting (all in good fun of course), and then the winners move on to the next round where you'll get a new card to write about.

In this way, I hope to be able to accomplish a few things:
1.  I've wanted to hold a contest for awhile so here you go.
2.  Since I do have a nice group of readers, this contest should provide some traffic to a lot of other blogs - I encourage new bloggers and/or bloggers who don't get a lot of readers to participate as well!
3.  I'm hoping to attract some of the "big" bloggers out there too - depending on the success of the contest, maybe this could become a yearly event!  I'm all ears for new ideas and/or changes to the format.
4.  I want to keep everything in good fun.  There is always a chance for unwanted drama when voting is part of something, but in this case I think it should be a lot more interesting than simply pulling names out of a hat!

As for the prize, I have no idea.  I think I will offer up a base set of 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter (cards 1-300) OR some other prize should the winner already have the set complete (the other prize option is at the sole discretion of the contest host and contains no promises of anything exciting)!

Now, sign up in the comments below - and then look for the contest to begin as soon as I get enough people. Oh, and if you want to pimp this contest on your blog - feel free to (though I would never require you to do stoop to such low levels)!

Contest Sign-Ups Coming Soon!

Nachos Grande is hosting a contest - sign-ups go live at 6:00 PM EST tonight.  Until then, check out my Listia auctions ending today.  Ok, that's it for blatant plugs for now.

You could win this card (or a bunch of others) on Listia (for free) if you sign-up using the link above!

Delivery Time! eBay wins: Currency Cards and Other Allen & Ginter Box Toppers!

I usually try to complete my sets via the trading route.  It's quite rare for me to turn to sites like eBay, Check Out My Cards, Listia, or any of the other similar sites in order to knock cards off my want list.  However, I do usually keep a few active searches on eBay...and if the right deal pops up, I will jump in a land a few cards that I need!

You probably know where this is going:  I found a nice lot of 2012 Allen & Ginter box toppers on eBay and pounced!  The highlight of the lot was this beautiful Currency of the World card of the Isle of Man.

This is my third Currency card (one from my case and now two from eBay - the other is on the way to me still).  I can't decide whether or not I want to chase the set or if I will resell this card at some point.  Heck, I might just keep the three I have and be happy with it, I don't really know.

Along with the Currency card, there was a nice selection of Cabinet cards.  The seller didn't specify which cards would be included (which probably helped explain why the lot went for as little as it did) but I was still lucky enough to knock one more off my list - at least I won't have to trade (or buy) this New York Yankee on its own now.

I also got two other Baseball Highlight Cabinet cards as duplicates and a pair of Roller Coaster cabinet cards (also duplicates).  The good news is that I am now only missing two Roller Coaster cards and then I'll have the entire Cabinet set finished for this year.  If you have either Roller Coaster Cabinet card #1 or #4 I'd love to work out a trade!

Finally, the seller threw in three (two different) N43s for me (which I didn't know were even part of the lot)!  I was able to remove Ernie Banks and Brian Wilson from my want list...and in the process picked up an extra Brian Wilson to use as trade bait.

All things considered, this was a super lot of cards for me!  If you check my archives, I posted a full 2012 Allen & Ginter For Trade list yesterday which listed all of my extra cards that are available (including quite a few extra box toppers).  

Monday, July 30, 2012

2012 Allen & Ginter: FOR TRADE!

Here is a full list of my 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter cards that I have available for trade.

2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Available for Trade:
Updated:  6/27/15


Base:
Quite a few, just ask!

Base short prints:
301, 302, 312, 312, 317, 319, 319, 323, 323, 324, 325, 325, 336, 342, 345

Cabinet Box Toppers:

Baseball Highlights:  BH-3 (Cal Ripken Jr.), BH-4 (Mariano Rivera), BH-5 (Kimbrel & Hellickson)

Roller Coasters:
RC-1 (Leap-the-Dips)
RC-1 (Leap-the-Dips)
RC-1 (Leap-the-Dips)
RC-1 (Leap-the-Dips)
RC-2 (Scenic Railway)
RC-2 (Scenic Railway)
RC-4. (The Wild One)
RC-4. (The Wild One)
RC-4. (The Wild One)

N43 Box Topper:
N43- 2.  Brian Wilson,  4.  Eric Hosmer, 4.  Eric Hosmer, 5. Ernie Banks, 8. Joe Mauer, 13.  Miguel Cabrera, 13.  Miguel Cabrera, 15.  Tony Gwynn

Baseball Highlight Sketches:
BH- 8, 8, 12, 17

What's in a Name:
WIN-7, 56, 67, 67, 83, 87, 96

Murder in Willow Cove:
Sigmund "Skip" Buttle
Sigmund "Skip" Buttle

People of the Bible:
PB-5.  Jonah

Regular back minis:
50, 101, 119, 126, 149, 174, 225, 273, 280, 282, 296, 310, 313, 321, 332, 337

A&G back minis:
18, 22, 29, 50, 57, 91, 93, 114, 119, 121, 143, 145, 153, 161, 168, 174, 178, 201, 205, 234, 264, 267, 270

Black bordered minis:
68, 84, 105, 107, 120, 151, 155, 220, 256, 273

Box Review: 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated







The 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated set consists of 180 base cards, a parallel set, and three insert sets.  The hobby box that I opened contained 24 packs with 6 cards per pack.  I actually opened this box a few months ago but in my slow manner of putting cards in binders am only now getting caught up.

As I mentioned in the intro, there are three different insert sets (plus one parallel set).  The parallels are numbered out of 500 and are known as the "Extra Edition" parallel set.  In terms of the inserts, despite there being only three different sets the insertion rates are quite varied.  There are the 1 per pack "Great Shots" insert cards which are essentially mini posters.  Then there are the 2 per box (i.e. 1:12 packs) Cooperstown Collection cards.  Finally, there are six autograph cover redemption cards (each numbered out of 250).

Since this product is well over a decade old, pulling a redemption for one of the six autograph subjects (Alex Rodriguez, Cal Ripken Jr., Kirby Puckett, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, or Hank Aaron) would have been bittersweet indeed - luckily (?) that wasn't a concern with my box.

However, before we get to the inserts, let's take a look at the base set.  Fleer divided the 180 base cards into a few different subsets:  27 Fresh Faces, 18 Inside Baseball, 18 S.I.ber Vision, 12 Covers, and 9 Season Highlights help to complete the set (along with 96 "regular" base cards).

The Fresh Faces make up cards 1-27 in the set.  My box yielded 18 different cards including Nomar Garciaparra, Vladimir Guerrero, Andruw Jones, and Scott Rolen.

Cards 28 - 36 are the Season Highlights.  Once again, my box provided some but not all of the subset, in this case I landed 5 of the 9 cards.  One of the highlights cards was this rather gross card of Ken Caminiti, who wants to see him without a shirt on (while in Hawaii)?

Fleer kept the subset love going with cards 37 - 54 being Inside Baseball cards.  The Inside Baseball subset gives a nice synopsis of the featured player and then a box with some rather inane trivia.  For example, the back of Joe Carter's card lists the most RBIs for a Canadian Major League club.  In other words, who are the RBI leaders for the Blue Jays and the Expos (the only two Canadian teams at the time).  Marquis Grissom's card shines the spotlight on players who had the most hits in a six-game World Series.

Cards 55 - 72 are part of the S.I.ber Vision subset.  Unlike the other subsets, these cards are gaudy and quite honestly, an eyesore.  Bright colors and weird pipe-like structures in the background don't make for a good baseball card (though that combination does make for fun Nintendo games).

After the deluge of subset cards, the "real" base cards begin.  The greatest strength of the set is the photography (which is quite evident from the various base cards).  There are cards like McGwire's that essentially show a player in his daily routine.

There are plenty of classic action shots:

And there are even a few photos of guys going through the baseball ritual (but not during a game) such as Gilkey helping out with a little batting practice.

The final twelve cards of the set are the Sports Illustrated Cover cards.  This subset showcases Sports Illustrated covers using full-bleed photos.  Since the set has a SI theme, these cards fit in quite nicely.  In all actuality, this is probably my favorite of the various subsets.

As I mentioned earlier, there are three different possible insert sets to find but my box did not contain any of the autograph redemption cards.  I did end up with a pair of Cooperstown Collection cards (Brooks Robinson and Kirby Puckett).

I also landed quite a few of the poster cards (24 in total though only 18 were unique).

Finally, I found one of the Extra Edition parallels - mine was of Randy Johnson and was numbered 186/500.

All things considered, this was a fun box to bust despite not having any hits in the modern sense.  Overall, I give the 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated the following rating:
Set Design:  A-
Collation:  C
Opening Thrill:  B
Overall:  B

The set is solid (though unspectacular) from top to bottom.  I usually like subsets since they add variety to a set but in this case there are simply too many subsets.  Even worse, the base cards are so nice that most of the subsets are actually uglier than the regular base cards!  I docked the box fairly heavily on collation because of the duplicate posters and the duplicate base cards.  Unfortunately, I didn't think to count all the duplicate base cards prior to posting the review but it was in the double digits to be sure.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

2012 Allen & Ginter FOR TRADE

Looking for some 2012 Allen & Ginter minis (or other inserts)?  You've come to the right place.  As it turns out, I'm also looking for some minis from the set so maybe we can help each other!

2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Available for Trade:
This list is no longer up-to-date.  Please check the top of my blog for a link to the updated trade bait post.  Thanks.


Base:
Tons, just ask!

Base short prints:
301, 302, 302, 304, 305, 306, 307, 307, 309, 311, 312, 312, 314, 316, 317, 317, 317, 318, 319, 319, 320, 322, 323, 323, 324, 324, 324, 324, 324, 325, 325, 325, 327, 328, 332, 333, 333, 335, 336, 336, 338, 339, 340, 342, 342, 345, 345, 346, 348, 348

Baseball Highlight Sketches:
BH- 1, 2, 5, 5, 5, 7, 8, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23

What's in a Name:
WIN-1, 2, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 12, 14, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 25, 28, 28, 29, 31, 32, 32, 33, 33, 35, 36, 37, 37, 38, 42, 46, 50, 52, 54, 56, 56, 57, 58, 60, 60, 62, 64, 65, 67, 68, 70, 73, 76, 76, 77, 78, 79, 82, 83, 87, 87, 92, 95, 96

Historical Turning Points:
HTP 1, 1, 3, 6, 6, 8, 8, 10, 10, 11, 11, 14, 14, 15, 17, 20, 20

Murder in Willow Cove:
Andy Modell
Bloody Rag
Joey Furts
Kerry Fulder
Lennie's Wallet
Sigmund "Skip" Buttle
Vacant Lot
Vacant Lot

World's Tallest Buildings:
WTB 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10


World's Greatest Military Leaders:
ML-5.  Cyrus the Great
ML-19.  Darius the Great

Culinary Curiosities:
CC6.  Hakarl - Iceland

Man's Best Friend:
MBF-6.  Dachshund
MBF-7.  Yorkshire Terrier
MBF-20.  Shetland Sheepdog

Giants of the Deep:
GD-10.  Pilot Whale

People of the Bible:
PB-4.  Job
PB-6.  Daniel

Musical Masters:
MM-2.  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Regular back minis:
35, 44, 50, 75, 139, 236, 317, 324

A&G back minis:
22, 178

Trade Stack 42: It Begins Again!

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:  7/29/12

It's time to begin my 42nd trade stack.  Quite honestly, I can't believe the success I've had with the Trade Stack idea - that's now 41 trades completed simply by listing a random card (or multiple cards) that I don't want.  I wish to thank everyone who has participated in the Trade Stacks...and if you haven't, now is a great time to jump in.  Today, I start the stack (as I often do) with an insert card from my collection - this time it's an Upper Deck Retro card.  I'm still working on the 1998 UD Retro set but I happened to end up with a pair of the following insert, so my double can become yours - all for the low, low cost of at least any one card from my want list.


1998 Upper Deck Retro:
Time Capsule Insert:
TC6.  Mo Vaughn - Red Sox
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:  12 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 39:  8 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 40:  1 card by Kyle4KC
Stack 41:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 42:  ?? by ??

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Delivery Time! Fun with Listia!

I've mentioned a couple of times on my blog that I recently began using Listia.  Listia is sort of like eBay, except with credits rather than cash (though you can use cash to get credits).  Basically you get 500 credits just for signing up and then you can earn more by "selling" your wares.

Well, I took my 500 free credits plus some credits from selling a few baseball cards and bought something completely random (since there weren't any baseball cards that interested me).

Yep, that's a little Lego mini figure!  What can I say, I used to love Legos when I was a kid...and I like to play tennis, so it seemed like a fun little purchase.  I will also tease that although this is the first Lego mini figure that I've purchased (since being an "adult" anyhow), it isn't the last!

Just for fun, here's how I ended up with the Lego tennis guy.  I took the 500 free credits and sold a pair of Fleer Post Cereal cards for 304 credits...

and a Aroldis Chapman rookie for 211 credits...

and finally an Ichiro card for 106 credits (just before he ended up as a Yankee - bad timing by me)!

So 500+304+211+106 = 1121 credits (which was more than enough for the tennis guy which set me back a total of 808 credits).  Not bad at all, it's sort of like a slow version of the trade stack that I run on my blog - I can turn cards I don't want into stuff that I do want (and what more can you ask for than that?!).  I encourage you to check out Listia if you haven't already (and bid on my stuff)!

Delivery Time! Cards from Brad

Another day, another trade - exactly like I like it!  Today's envelope full of goodies is courtesy of Brad.  Brad's been an active participant in a couple of my group breaks - but he's also been an active trader (as you will soon see).  In our most recent swap, I landed a nice sized stack of mini cards for my 2012 Allen & Ginter regular back collection.

At this point, I'm feeling fairly good about my chances at completing the set - even though I still need a ton of the cards!  In addition to the minis, Brad threw in a couple of of the Code Cards.

I'm trying to collect all 50 of the code cards even though I don't think I'll be working on the code itself.  There are too many Twitter accounts to follow and, quite frankly, I'm sure there are too many people wayyyy ahead of me in terms of solving for me to stand a chance.  Such a defeatist attitude, I know.

While I may be feeling defeated in terms of the Ginter code, I'm feeling elated in terms of the final two cards of the trade with Brad.  First up, this pretty sweet Barry Larkin Donruss Elite card...

and then the real prize - another Barry Larkin relic for my collection!
You might notice there is even a red stripe in the jersey swatch making it that much nicer!  I don't have too many Larkin relic cards so this is definitely appreciated!

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

Friday, July 27, 2012

Delivery Time! Cards from Kyle

Before I started blogging here at Blogger, I spent three years writing over at The Sporting News' website.  At that time, there was a close knit group of bloggers who wrote daily and offered encouragement (and ideas) to each other.  One such person was Kyle (known as Fragnoli then).

Useless trivia:  My blog's web address is fanofreds.blogspot because I went by the fanofreds moniker over at Sporting News.  Had I been a bit smarter, I would have changed my address to NachosGrande.blogspot but it's too late for that now!

Back to the trade, Kyle offered me a pair of 2012 Allen & Ginter mini cards that I needed (plus he threw in a couple of Larkins) in exchange for me sending him a small stack of Ginter base cards and inserts.  For myself, I am now two minis closer to the full regular back set...

14.  Nick Markakis

128.  Andrew McCutchen
I don't hear much about Markakis anymore.  McCutchen, on the other hand, is a player who I have been hearing more about this year than I have in all the previous years that he's been around!  I suppose that is a product of the Pirates finally being relevant!  For what it's worth, if the Reds can't win it all this year, the Pirates are my second favorite team.  It stinks the two teams are in the same division just for that reason alone - hard to root for the team who's nipping at my real favorite team's heels in the standings!

As I said, Kyle also threw in a pair of Larkin cards for my collection:
Nothing like getting a pair of Hall of Famer cards - yes!

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

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Group Break Bounty from Cardboard Collections

Last month, Colbey over at Cardboard Collections held a group which included a lunch box full of 1998 UD Retro - a set that I'm still trying to complete.  Since it's rare for a group break to include one of the sets that I'm still working on, I jumped in and claimed four teams:  Reds, Mariners, Red Sox, and Cubs.

After Colbey posted the team randomizations, I made a comment stating that I was trying to collect the set and to my surprise, a couple of super generous bloggers (BA Benny and Kyle4KC) both chimed in saying I could have any of the base cards that I needed for my set.  Thanks to the two of them, I got four cards closer to completion.

As for the four teams that I claimed, there were no hits to be found but I did manage to accumulate five more cards that I needed.
Yes, I know that's only three cards.  The other two didn't fit on the scanner.

I have no complaints for a break that knocks off a total of 9 cards from my want list...but that wasn't all there was to the break.  I also got my second Barry Larkin card from the set - which is nice because now I can put one in the set binder and the other card in the Larkin binder.

The other box in the break was a 2001 Fleer Futures box.  I don't think I've ever opened up even a single pack of the product so the cards were all new to me.  I can't say the set excites me too much - nor do I have any plans to ever try and complete the set...but I was happy to land a new Barry Larkin card for my collection.

I guess the point of the set was to highlight the rookies in baseball at the time.  Well, based on my four teams, Fleer did a lousy job at picking guys with "bright futures."  I ended up with 7 Bright Futures subset cards - let's see how many actually ended up with some sort of bright future...

From those 7 cards, I would say Adam Dunn is the only player with a legitimate claim at a bright future.  Oh sure, you might want to say Corey Patterson did too - but I hate that guy too much for his immense suckitude while on the Reds a couple years ago to give him any sort of pass (see exhibit A and exhibit B for proof).

Thanks for hosting the break Colbey - and an extra thanks to the fine gentlemen who offered me a few base cards that I needed!

Trade Stack 41: Say Hey Heyward!

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:  7/26/12

I haven't added a card to the 'ol trade stack since Ginter hit the streets - let's fix that right now.  Enjoy.  


2012 Topps Allen & Ginter:
What's in a Name:
WIN37.  Jason Heyward - Braves




2003 Donruss Estrellas:
13.  Rickey Henderson - Red Sox




2010 Topps Allen & Ginter:
202.  Aramis Ramirez - Cubs






2011 Topps:
Diamond parallel:
295.  Jon 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!  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:  12 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 39:  8 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 40:  1 card by Kyle4KC
Stack 41:  ?? by ??

Is Anyone Still Working on 2011 Topps Heritage?

I skipped working on (or even purchasing) the 2012 Topps Heritage set because I was still knee deep in needs for the 2011 set.  However, I am pleased to say that at this point in time I only need 10 more short prints, namely:
426, 436, 445, 453, 454, 460, 464, 468, 475, 499
In addition to getting around to collating the remaining cards in the set, I added a massive number of cards to my 2011 Heritage trade bait page, including a pair of short prints, some inserts, and a chrome card - not to mention tons of base cards!

If you have any of the short prints that I still need, I'd love to work out a deal.  I'd be happy to send a ton of base your way - anything to both clear up storage space for me and get closer to completing the set!

One more plug, just for fun I listed a few of my base (non-short print) Heritage cards on Listia.  I consider it an experiment to see if I can dump off some of the base cards that way...I'm extremely low on storage space at the moment!  Help me out if you can.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

2012 Topps Allen & Ginter: N43 Box Toppers (Got Any?)

In each hobby box of Allen & Ginter, you get a box topper.  In my case, I ended up with half of the boxes containing an N43 card.  Combine that with the N43 that I ended up with from the group break and I've got a healthy start to the full set.

The entire checklist is below - along with scans for the cards that I currently own.  As Gint-a-Cuffs gets underway, anyone with an N43 that I need please contact me and hopefully we can work out a trade!

2012 Allen & Ginter N43 Checklist:
Updated:  7/25/2012


N43-1.  Albert Pujols

N43-2.  Brian Wilson
N43-3.  Don Mattingly

N43-4.  Eric Hosmer

N43-5.  Ernie Banks
N43-6.  Evan Longoria
N43-7.  Hanley Ramirez

N43-8.  Joe Mauer
N43-9.  Johnny Bench

N43-10.  Josh Hamilton
N43-11.  Ken Griffey Jr.
N43-12.  Matt Moore

N43-13.  Miguel Cabrera
N43-14.  Mike Schmidt
N43-15.  Tony Gwynn

You can find my full 2012 Ginter N43 needs on my want list (along with plenty of other Ginter cards that I'm still looking for)!

Group Break Update (again)...

Another quick update to let you know that if you claimed the:
  • Yankees
  • Giants
  • Mets
  • Astros
  • Diamondbacks
  • Padres
  • Athletics
  • Nationals
  • Rockies
  • Cubs
  • Blue Jays

Well, then you are in luck as your cards are going out in the mail today!  Once again, I thank all participants.  If you still don't see your team listed, I probably need your mailing address (check your email).  

Delivery Time! What's Wrong with my Taste in Cards?

I recently completed a trade with blog reader Jon.  I helped him out with a huge chunk of 2011 Topps Lineage (but I still have more available if you want some).  In return, he sent me a few cards from my want list.  As I spread the cards out on my desk in preparation to scan them, I was struck by what an odd selection of cards they were...and how all of them were cards that I needed/wanted.

For instance, there were a pair of reprint cards - basically Topps recycling old cards...

...and then there was a new shiny card celebrating Topps diamond anniversary, but that wasn't the only shiny card.  No, there was also a Topps Town card.

A set that everyone but me threw away I think, but I'm down to only needing one more card and then that set can (finally) be taken off my want list.

That'd be one less embarrassment on the want list.  Speaking of embarrassing, I really like the manupatch that Jon sent my way...

...even if, once again, most people hate manu-anythings.  I think it's because the running man logo is awesome (as is Chapman, usually).

If you are keeping score at home, that's a manupatch, a diamond sparkly, a pair of reprints, and a Topps town card.  Think it couldn't get any more varied?  You'd be wrong.

There was also a pair of Deckle edge cards - certainly unique (in a modern sense anyhow).

Finally, there was a cloth sticker card of a Yankee (but I needed it so it's an appreciated Yankee).

Yeah, I don't know how I've come to collect such a variety of stuff but it's what I do!

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