Friday, May 31, 2013

My First Blaster of 2013: Packs 1 - 3

I mentioned this yesterday, but I finally decided to splurge and buy a blaster of a 2013 product.  What better way to jump into the newest crop of cards than by going after Gypsy Queen?  Here are the first three packs out of the blaster - here's hoping I get something super awesome!

Pack 01:
108.  Nick Maronde

Not the best start - a card of a guy I've never heard of from a team that I can't seem to get rid of cards of.  Ouch.  However, when you are the first card that I open up from a set, you get a scan.  Congrats!
147.  David Ortiz
Now that the Red Sox don't suck again, will all of the Red Sox collectors come back to the blogs?  I can't believe how hard it's been to get Boston fans to claim the Sox in recent group breaks.  Boston used to be the first team (or maybe just after the Yankees) claimed.
335.  Alfonso Soriano
Just ugh.
Mini:  91.  Matt Holliday
I'm still a sucker for the A&G/GQ sized mini cards.  Too bad my first one is a Cardinal though.
GS-RB.  Roger Bernadina

The Glove Stories cards seem kind of cool, I've always enjoyed Gypsy Queen's insert sets and this one seems to fit the bill perfectly.
NH-KM.  Kevin Millwood

Another nice looking insert set.  I do have to wonder why I ended up with two inserts plus the mini in a six card pack.  At this rate, it'll be impossible to actually complete the full base set!  Of course, I'm getting way ahead of blaster does NOT mean I have to complete the set...

Pack 02:
161.  Whitey Ford
I enjoy getting older legends mixed in with new players, but I do wish Topps would mix up the players a bit better.  Enough of the Yankees!
172.  Yoenis Cespedes
I have to admit, I didn't think this guy would be as good as he seems to be.  Then again, that's probably only because I'm a pessimist.
349.  Mat Latos

Latos is quickly becoming one of my favorite Reds - so getting this card in the second pack makes me happy indeed!
Mini:  158.  Wade Boggs
Another nice mini, at least it's of a player I don't hate!
GS-MM.  Manny Machado

Do you get one of the Glove Stories in every pack?  The wrapper says no (they are seeded 1:6 packs) but so far it's two packs, two Glove Stories.
NH-CH.  Catfish Hunter

The No-Hitters are seeded 1:4 packs, so getting two of those so quickly is a bit less surprising.  I'm still holding out hope for a retail only autograph or maybe one of the triple auto/relic things seeded 1:55,737 packs (yeah right)!

Pack 03:
98.  Jake Odorizzi
Another unknown to me - but that's ok.  It's good to have a few rookies in the set!
115.  Pedro Alvarez
I get the Pirates channel at home, so I happen to know about Alvarez.  Perhaps it'd be more accurate to say I've heard of him and could tell you what team he played for...yeah, let's go with that.
212.  Kevin Youkilis

As a Yankee.  Haha.  I feel like that should make both Red Sox and Yankee fans mad.  Perfect.
228.  Hiroki Kuroda
Another stinkin' Yankee.  Sheesh.
Mini:  36.  Avisail Garcia
Uh, yeah.  Moving on.
CP-MM.  Miguel Montero

I love the Collisions at the Plate cards, I've made that comment a few different blogs already.  I'm glad to have this one in my collection - very nice indeed!

Not a terrible start to the blaster, though I can't say anything I've opened makes me regret not buying more of the product earlier on.  Maybe I really am too cynical...  Oh well, there's still five more packs to get me hooked on the set.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Check Out My Cards - Volume VI: What Have I Done?

Welcome back to another post showing off some of my Check Out My Cards purchases.  This post is a bit different than some of the previous posts though because I've finally broken down and bought my first 2013 Topps product (non-group break related):

Yep - a 2013 Gypsy Queen blaster from Wal*Mart.  I haven't actually opened the blaster up yet, that will probably have to wait until I have a bit more time tomorrow.  (Don't worry - I'll show off the cards since the set is still new to me.)

The purchase of the blaster is noteworthy for two reasons:
1.  It truly is the first pack/blaster/box etc. of 2013 stuff that I've bought for myself.
2.  The purchase put me 34 cents in the hole on the year for my hobby budget.

I've been extremely careful with my budget this year - you'll see why I've had absolutely no disposable income in due time.  However, I couldn't help myself when I stopped in the card aisle, especially since Wal*Mart drives me nutty with their 18 registers of which only three are open.  The other good news is that the month is almost over and I'm expecting a rather nice paycheck from my Yahoo! writings early next month.

Now, let's leave the land of 2013 Gypsy Queen and return to the Check Out My Cards purchase.  Today's post is also about Gypsy Queen, but from the 2011 set.

The 2011 GQ set has been exceedingly elusive for me.  I can't think of the last time that I've had a set with so many base cards (non-short prints) on my want list without getting any trade offers.  Heck, I still am missing three of the regular 'ol base cards plus a slew of short prints.  I guess Topps didn't produce enough of the set so the supply has essentially evaporated (do you ever see 2011 GQ packs in repack boxes?  I didn't think so).

Anyhow, I need a boatload of cards from the set still:

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Wants:Base:   1, 26, 48, 303, 306, 308, 310, 311, 312, 313, 315, 317, 318, 323, 326, 330, 331, 334, 339, 341, 342, 345, 346, 348, 349
Great Ones:  GO- 7, 13, 14, 18, 21

But, one thing that I no longer need is the Home Run Heroes set.  Thanks to Check Out My Cards, I was able to acquire the final two missing cards from my set.  As luck would have it (such as the luck is), the two depicted players are probably two of my least favorite players currently playing in MLB.

HH2.  Albert Pujols

HH4.  Mark Teixeira

I find it hard to believe that Teixeira is a hero to anyone.  Pujols was admittedly a great player for the Cardinals but part of me sort of enjoys him being a bit of a disappointed now that he's moved on for the biggest possible paycheck.

Now that you've seen the two Gypsy Queen cards, there's only two more remaining cards from my purchase that I need to reveal.  I mentioned it previously, but one of the two cards is a relic card - of the mini variety no less!  Stay tuned.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Check Out My Cards - Volume V: Short Prints are Just Another Synonym For Annoying

In a few days, I expect that the boxes of 2013 Topps Archives will arrive at my house.  There should be three boxes coming - all of which are to be used for my upcoming Archives group break.  While I'm excited for the opportunity to open up something new, there's still time to focus on something a bit older.  

Not much older though - we only go back one year to last year's edition of Topps Archives for today's peek into my Check Out My Cards order.

I ended up with a couple of Archives card.  We'll start with the one that I'm happiest to acquire - this Lance Parrish.

Now, I don't really care much about Parrish either way, he played before my time so he isn't a fan favorite or anything.  What he is though is the FINAL short print that I needed from the base set!  That means I now have the entire base set complete including all the short prints.  Compared to how long sets like Topps Heritage have taken me, that's not too bad to finish it off in about a year's time.

I also bought one of the two remaining Archives reprint cards that I needed for my set - this nice Gary Carter card.

At this point, I'm almost done with the 2012 edition of Topps Archives, in fact, I only need the following:
2012 Topps Archives Wants:
Classic Combos:  58- KK, LM, SC, SF
In Action:  82IA- CR, I, JE, JH, KG
Archive reprints:  164 Roberto Clemente
There's hope for this set yet!  There's still four more cards left in the Check Out My Cards envelope - two cards each from two different sets (including a relic).  What relic could I have possible purchased?  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Box Review: 2000 Topps Finest - Series 2 (Hobby)

The 2000 Topps Finest Series 2 box has 24 packs with 6 cards per pack.

Note:  This box was used in a group break in early 2012 but I never got around to writing and publishing the post until now.  Most of the cards featured are long gone by now.

My box also had a box topper which was of Tony Gwynn.  The box topper is probably about half an inch taller and half an inch wider than a regular baseball card.  It's also much, much shinier than it appears in the scan.  In fact, I would go so far as to say that the box topper is quite gorgeous.
The other box topper (of sorts) was a checklist.  I wish all boxes came with a nice checklist like this.  Even better (in a way), it's printed on regular paper which means you don't have to feel bad about marking it know, actually using it as a checklist!

According to the pack wrapper, the Topps Finest set is packed full with various inserts (something that's not surprising given the time period).

In fact, you can expect to find the following:
  • Sequentially numbered finest rookies (1:13 packs)
  • Sequentially numbered finest rookies refractors (1:49)
  • Sequentially numbered finest rookies die cut gold refractor (1:448)
  • Finest Counterparts (1:8)
  • Finest Gems (1:24)
  • Veterans/Rookies Refractor parallel (1:24)
  • Counterpart Refractor parallel (1:96)
  • Gems Refractor parallel (1:288)
  • Veterans/Rookies Die Cut Gold Refractor (1:240)
  • Counterpart Die Cut Gold Refractor (1:960)
  • Gems Die Cut Gold Refractor (1:2,880)
  • Ballpark Bounties (1:24)
  • Dream Cast (1:36)
  • Finest Moments (1:9)
  • Finest Moments Refractor (1:20)
  • Finest Moments Refractor with Autograph (1:425)
Now, on to the actual contents of the box...

Since this is a Series 2 box, the card numbering begins at number 147 and ends at number 246 (for the non-short printed cards).  That means there are about 100 cards to chase - and since you get 24 packs (with 6 cards per pack), one would expect a full base set plus a few duplicates.

Unfortunately, that's not how it turned out.  In fact, this is one of (if not the) worst boxes I've ever opened in terms of collation.  My box produced 51 unique base cards with an additional 49 doubles and, even worse, another 30 triples!  Given that I'm missing 48 regular base cards in the base set, getting 79 doubles/triples is unacceptable.

In fact, if you look at the numbers above, you'll see that the box only produced TWO regular base cards that didn't arrive in duplication.  That's awful, plain and simple.

While the base cards were a complete disaster, the inserts were quite a bit better.  As mentioned above, there are a variety of shiny inserts to find in Topps Finest packs, and in that regard, the box didn't disappoint.

Beginning with card number 247, the set is full of short printed cards.  My box had a pair of rookies (seeded 1:13 packs), each of which was serially numbered out of 3000.  As for the set, rookies begin at number 247 and end at number 266.

Cards 267 - 276 are Counterparts cards.  These are seeded 1:8 packs and my box had three such cards (as the odds would suggest).

Finally, the base set concludes with Gems numbered 277 through 286.  The Gems cards are seeded 1:24 packs (i.e. 1 per box).  As expected, I got exactly one such card:  Pedro Martinez.

According to the pack odds, each box should also contain a Veterans/Rookies refractor parallel (1:24 packs).  My refractor was of Raul Mondesi.  It might not be the best player in the set, but he's far from the worst!

Although there are plenty of other inserts, the only other inserts one would expect to get in a box are the Finest Moments (seeded 1:9 packs), Finest Moments Refractors (seeded 1:20 packs), and Ballpark Bounties (seeded 1:24 packs).  My box did a bit better than expected - I ended up with two Finest Moments, two Finest Moments Refractors, and a really awesome Cal Ripken Jr. Ballpark Bounties card.

For all the terrible feelings that erupted from the base card debacle, the inserts did their best to make up for my teeth gnashing.  I also pulled a pair of fairly rare cards!  The first was a Counterparts Refractor (seeded 1:96 packs).

The second rare card was even more difficult to pull - a Veterans/Rookies die-cut gold refractor that is supposedly seeded 1:240 packs!!

Wow is all I can say about the previous two cards!

Overall, I give the 2000 Topps Finest - Series 2 hobby box the following rating:
Set design:   D-
Collation:  F
Opening Thrill:  C-
Overall:   F

If you buy the box just for the inserts, you should raise my rating by a few letter grades.  Unfortunately, who buys a 24 pack box for just the inserts (especially when you only get 14 inserts total?  The base card collation issues (seriously, triples?!) ruined the box opening experience for me.  Even though I did manage to pull a pair of quite rare cards (which helped with the opening thrill score), a pair of extra-shiny cards does not make up for 24 packs of duplicate after duplicate.  Even worse, the base card design is fairly ugly - though the shiny refractors (even of the base version) are quite nice.  The other inserts are also fairly well designed - but again, the majority of the box is base cards...and the same base card after the same base card at that.  Hence, the box gets one of my all time lowest review scores!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Barry Larkin Collection 190: 1995 Donruss - #241

Barry Larkin
Year:  1995
Brand:  Donruss
Card number:  241

The 1995 Donruss set is busy.  That's the only way to describe it.  The front has two photos, both in color.  The large photo is fine but it gets cut off by the smaller photo that inset in a home plate graphic.  Above the smaller photo is the player's position plus a semicircle's worth of stars.  Add in a foil banner at the bottom for the team and player name and you've got one busy card front!

On the flip side, the back of the card is relatively tame.  A single photo plus a large (offset) team logo and then five years' worth of player statistics.  For as much as I don't like the front, I like the back quite a bit.  In fact, if Donruss had only included full statistics rather than five years' worth, I think this could be a perfect card back!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Check Out My Cards - Volume IV: Heroes of Sport

A few weeks ago (well, ok, back in March of this year), I spent a week highlighting my Topps American Heroes set.  While I did have the full base set complete (hence the reason for showing off all the cards), at the time I did not have the Heroes of Sport set complete (as you can see here, here, and here).  Thanks to my recent Check Out My Cards purchase, I've now righted that wrong.


4.  Cy Young

Cy Young looks much more like a farmer in this photo than he does a "star ballplayer."  I wonder how many other baseball cards feature a wagon in them?

16.  Rogers Hornsby

Another great "old timey" photograph.  I wonder why Rogers' parents decided the poor guy needed that extra "s" at the end of his first name.  Seems unnecessary to me.

17.  Stan Musial

From old time photos to pictures of old guys, this set has it all!  Musial will be missed by all of baseball, he seemed like a class act from everything I saw or read...even if he was a Cardinal.

22.  Reggie Jackson

Easily my least favorite of the four cards - but as a set collector I needed them all whether I actually liked them or not.  In that way, you could say they are all loved equally.

My 2009 Topps American Heritage Heroes set is now only one more insert set away from being totally complete - plus a retail checklist.  If you have any lying around, let me know.  Here's what I still need:

2009 Topps Heritage American Heroes Edition Wants:
Heroes of Spaceflight:
HSF- 5, 11, 12, 16, 18, 22, 23, 25, 26
Retail Checklist:  1

That's four more cards from my recent purchase now discovered - what else could there be in the remaining six cards that I haven't yet shown?  Stay tuned, all will be enlightened eventually!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Barry Larkin Collection 189: 2011 Topps Triple Threads - #90 - Sepia Parallel (#ed 405/625)

Barry Larkin
Year:  2011
Brand:  Topps Triple Threads
Card number:  90  (serially numbered 405/625)
Parallel set:  Sepia

At the time of this post, I have never opened a pack of Triple Threads.  As such, this card must have arrived either via trade or a eBay/Listia purchase (I've since forgotten).  The front of the card is nice enough, even though I think the serial number stamp takes away from the overall appearance.  This particular card is actually numbered out of 625 meaning it is a Sepia parallel.

For the record, here are the various base card types in 2011 Topps Triple Threads:
Regular base #/1500

Sepia #/625
Emerald #/249
Gold #/99
Blue Sapphire #/25
Platinum #/1
Printing Plates #/1

Each of the parallel sets mimics the entire 100 card base set - in other words, there are a LOT of parallels in Triple Threads.

As for the back of the card, it's fairly dull.  I guess Topps (and other companies) worry less about card design when making "high end" cards.  I know many people that buy sets like this simply chuck the base cards without a second glance so it's sort of hard to blame Topps for also not caring (though one might say that's a chicken and egg argument - maybe high end buyers don't care because Topps seems to not care).

Friday, May 24, 2013

Check Out My Cards - Volume III: A Josh Hamilton N43

I have some sort of completion problem with Allen & Ginter.  What I mean by that is that I feel compelled to complete almost every insert set within the Allen & Ginter family.  One of the toughest sets to complete is the box topper sets.  I already showed off the 2011 Cabinet card set that I finally completed thanks to Check Out My Cards (check my archives).  Today, it's another Ginter box topper that I bought from CoMC.

That's Josh Hamilton from the 2012 N43 box topper set.  The N43 set is tough because it has 15 different cards - each seeded 1 per box.  Of course, sometimes you get one of the aforementioned Cabinet cards instead...or if you are lucky, you get an autograph or relic instead.

Anyhow, I'm slowly but surely coming closer to completing the full 2012 N43 set.  In fact, I'm now down to needing a mere TWO N43 cards from 2012.

2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Wants:
 N43- 11 (Ken Griffey Jr.), 14 (Mike Schmidt)

I'm also working on the 2011 Allen & Ginter N43 set.  Somehow, I'm missing THREE of those still, despite having an extra year to try and collect the pesky things.

2011 Allen & Ginter Wants:
Joey Votto, Adam Wainwright, David Wright

I can't be sure that I'll ever finish off the two N43 sets, but when I can find one of the missing cards for cheap on a site like Check Out My Cards, I will pounce!

At this point, you've now seen four of the 14 cards from my recent CoMC purchase.  What other goodies did I pick up?  You'll have to wait and see!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Check Out My Cards - Volume II: The Elusive Heritage Short Prints!

Welcome to another installment where I show off some of the stuff I got from Check Out My Cards.  Last time, I talked about getting the final card that I needed to complete my 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter cabinet card set.  This time, it's another throwback set of sorts:  Topps Heritage.

Unfortunately, I didn't complete my 2011 Topps Heritage set - but I did get quite a bit closer.  I managed to land a pair of the pesky short prints.

453.  Roy Halladay

464.  Johan Santana

I now only need four more cards and my '11 Heritage set will be complete!  Which cards you ask?  I need the following:

2011 Topps Heritage:
Base:  426, 445, 460, 499
Based on the set checklist, the players depicted on the four cards that I still need are:
426.  Brent Morel
445.  Prince Fielder
460.  Justin Verlander
499.   Dayan Viciedo / Jason Donald / Steve Tolleson / Mitch Moreland

You've now seen three of the 14 cards from COMC - plenty of other interesting stuff is yet to come, including a couple more sets that I was able to fully complete!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Complete Set Chronicles: 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter Cabinet Cards

The Topps Allen & Ginter set is known for many things, but chief among them is the inclusion of a variety of box toppers.  Available only in hobby boxes, the cabinet card set is a set of ten different cards - all of which are much larger than normal cards.  The 2011 cabinet card set had two themes - six of the cards dealt with baseball happenings from the 2010 set while the other four cards celebrated US National Parks.


The set begins with six baseball highlight cards.  Each card features multiple players involved in whatever event the card was celebrating.  For card #1 in the set, that event was the perfect game that wasn't involving Armando Galarraga.  The one downside to the cabinet card design is that the reverse side of the first six cards is exactly what you see above - the only difference being the card number.


The final four cards in the set highlight US National Parks.  Much like the baseball highlights, the National Park backs are also all identical (except for the card number).

Card design:
As I mentioned above, the design of the back side of each card is fairly boring - the least Topps could have done would be to provide the card numbers since each card basically features a checklist of the appropriate subset within the cabinet card set.

Since the set is only ten cards in size, I've scanned each of the ten cabinet cards.  Here's a complete visual checklist of the 2011 A&G cabinet card set.

CB-1:  Galarraga is Almost Perfect

CB-2:  Postseason No-No

CB-3:  Dallas is Perfect in Oakland

CB-4:  Multiple-Milestone Matchup

CB-5:  A-Rod Does it A-Gain, For the 600th Time

CB-6:  Decade of Dominance

CB-7:  Grand Canyon National Park

CB-8:  Yosemite National Park

CB-9:  Yellowstone National Park

CB-10:  Redwood National Park

Despite the boring back of the cards, I like the cabinet set quite a bit.  I still haven't discovered the perfect way to store the cards though...that's the biggest drawback to the set if you ask me!  I also don't care much for the card celebrating Roy Halladay's no-no against my Reds...nor do I like the Cardinal-centric "Decade of Dominance" card, even if the card is actually referring to the Cardinals dominating their rival the Cubs.  I do like the National Parks cards quite a bit - though I wish Topps would have done five baseball and five National Parks cards simply to keep some sort of symmetry happening.  As a whole, the set is nice - but not great.  I give it a 6.5 out of 10.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Cutting Back...

As many of you know, I've been doing the whole blogging thing for quite some time now.  In fact, I believe it's been about three years where I've had at least one post on Nachos Grande every.  single.  day.  Many days I had multiple posts - I averaged 2.7 posts a day in both 2012 and 2011.  I'm average a bit less than so far this year (only 2.5 posts per day) but still, it's a lot of posts!

Although I write a lot, I certainly won't go so far as to say that I write well.  Heck, most of my stuff is only even tangentially interesting to most of you - especially the Barry Larkin Collection posts (which I've been doing a better job of writing in a more timely basis lately).

That said, I think it's time to cut back.  I can feel myself on the verge of a blogging burnout - and with my Yahoo! writing giving me enough page views to start paying for my collection (both baseball and LEGO), I should probably spend a bit more time crafting those articles.  Before you despair (yeah right), I promise that I'm not leaving Nachos Grande.  Heck, I'm not even going to stop my daily posts.  What I do plan to do is cut down to one post per day, at least for awhile.  Beginning tomorrow (Wednesday), you can find my new post at 8:01 PM EST.  I'm sure there will be days where I post multiple times (especially for things like group breaks) but I'm going to give the new blogging schedule a run for awhile and see how I like it.  Who knows, maybe the quality of my posts will make up for having fewer new articles to read each day?

As always, I thank each and every one of you for stopping by my humble little blog - without you as readers (and traders), I would have quit this venture a long, long time ago!

Check Out My Cards - Volume I: A Big One Joins My Collection (Elusive Eight in Hand!)

A couple of days ago, I said I had received a package from Check Out My Cards.  I finally got the chance to organize the 14 cards and put them in their respective card binders - but before I did that I made sure to scan 'em!  Over the next few days (or weeks, depending on other posts), I plan to highlight some of the cards I purchased and how the card(s) affect my personal collection.  I'm happy to report that some of the cards finished off sets that I've been working on for quite some time!

For the price of a blaster plus tax, I was able to acquire 14 cards from my want list - but none were bigger than this one:

That's a 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter cabinet card - and it's the last of the cabinet cards that I needed for the set.  This particular card had been languishing on my Elusive Eight list for quite some time - but when I saw a relatively cheap one available on Check Out My Cards, I knew I had to buy it!

This card is part of the National Parks set of cabinet cards - there are four National Parks cards in total (Yellowstone plus Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Redwood).

With this card now in hand, I'm almost done with the 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter set.  In fact, I am now only looking for three of the N43 cards:

2011 Allen & Ginter Wants:N43:  Joey Votto, Adam Wainwright, David Wright

The cabinet card is one out of 14 different cards that I purchased - stay tuned to see more goodies in the near future!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Trade Stack 50: Eight Cards for One!

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 act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  5/20/13

The current trade stack is now up to 8 cards - and this is the 50th trade stack that I've featured on my blog.  While getting to eight cards in a single stack isn't overly rare (three of the last six stacks have made it to 8+ cards), I never thought the Trade Stack idea itself would make it to 50 stacks!  Will today's addition to the stack be enough to convince someone to send me at least one card from my want list?  We shall see in due time I suppose.  The good news for the stack is that today's addition is not part of "the era of junk wax."  In fact, the card belongs to a set that I'm still working on completing - Topps Attax from 2011.

As usual, you can get the entire stack for any ONE (or more) cards off my want list!

2011 Topps Attax:
58.  Coco Crisp - Athletics

1990 Donruss:
442.  Mookie Wilson - Blue Jays

1991 Topps:
363.  Rick Mahler - Reds

1991 Score:
833.  Ron Karkovice - White Sox

2005 Upper Deck Classics:
84.  Rollie Fingers - Brewers

1990 Topps:
733.  John Dopson - Red Sox

1991 Donruss:
36.  Derrick May - Cubs

1998 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
Star Quest insert:
SQ36.  Jeff Kent - Giants

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:  1 card by AdamE
Stack 43:  1 card by madding
Stack 44:  10 cards by Commishbob
Stack 45:  1 (almost complete) puzzle by Baseball Dad
Stack 46:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 47:  5 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 48:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 49:  9 cards by Swing and a Pop-Up
Stack 50:  ?? by ??