Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Diamond Parallel Contest: Results (Finally)!

Back in February of 2011, I started a contest where a contestant could earn one entry per 2011 Topps Diamond parallel card that they sent me.  The whole idea of the contest was that I'd be able to put together the diamond parallel set - and reward those who trade with me by providing some prizes (in addition to the actual trades as virtually no one just sent me diamond cards for "free").

Flash forward to 2013 and my diamond parallel set is still not complete.  However, I'm sick and tired of seeing the list of names on the side of the blog (I removed them prior to posting this post) so I figured it was time to close the contest and award the prizes that have been "earned" thus far.

To reiterate, I'll be sending out the following prizes:

  • 1st Place:  Complete 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter base set (without short prints) plus 75 card This Day in History set
  • 2nd Place:  Jim Palmer relic card (the promised Hall of Famer relic)
  • 3rd Place:  Strat-o-Matic Computer game

And now, to random.org...

There were 627 entries (sometimes people got multiple entries for various reasons) in the contest.  I've used random.org to randomly choose three numbers.  The three numbers correspond to the three winner's entries.  Here's the top half portion of the table of entries so you can see who won...


Congrats to the three winners.  I thought this contest was going to wrap up a lot quicker (and with a bit more success) but alas, sometimes things work, sometimes they don't!  I do appreciate all the help along the way - and I'm still looking for a few more of the diamond parallels should you have any for trade!

And now I finally have the poorly conceived contest off my conscious.  That's a relief for me if nothing else!


Monday, April 29, 2013

Barry Larkin Collection 177: 1993 Colla Collection Diamondmarks - #27

Barry Larkin
Year:  1993
Brand:  Colla Collection Diamondmarks
Card number:  27

The Diamondmark card is one of the oddball Larkin cards in my collection.  I acquired this card off of Listia - and in my original post about the card blog reader Mark helped me learn a bit more about the set:
While they look like baseball cards and were sold in foil packs like baseball cards, DaimondMarks were licensed as book marks. Issued by Barry Colla Productions, the 2-1/2" x 5" cards feature Barry Colla’s trademark high-quality player photos on front and back. The UV-coated fronts feature black borders with the player’s name in white above the photo and a color team logo beneath. Backs, also bordered in black, feature two color player photos in an open book design. There is a portrait photo on the left and a head-and-shoulders reproduction of the front photo at right. A bookmark with team logo is incorporated in the design. The 120-card set is unnumbered and is arranged in the checklist below alphabetically within league and team.
The card itself basically looks like a bookmark (which is how they got around calling it a baseball card I suppose).  It's about an inch and a half taller than a regular card and exactly the same width as a regular card.  The card is unnumbered but the card is considered to be card #27 in the set.  The black border looks pretty sharp on the front of the "card" but the back is too unimaginative for my taste.  Even so, it's fun to track down various oddballs so this is an amusing addition to my Larkin Collection for sure!

Trade Stack 50: 49 Stacks Complete, Let's Begin Stack #50!

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:  4/29/13

I have to admit, I'm a bit surprised that my trade stack series has made it to Stack #50.  The success of the stack has surpassed all my expectations - but since I know I've devised a good thing there's no reason to quit now!  Today's card marks the beginning of Trade Stack #50 - and since each trade stack means I've acquired at least one card from my want list, I can say that the Trade Stacks have allowed me to acquire at least 50 new cards for my collection.  Sure, I've given away many, many more than 50 cards (the previous stack was 9 cards for instance) but that's still a win-win for me...I reduce my clutter AND get closer to completing the sets I actually want.  Let's see what happens with the newest stack!

Stack #49 "celebrated" the little guys - teams like the A's and Astros that don't seem to have the same fan base as some of the big boys.  This stack begins with one of the big boys - winners of two of the last three World Series, you don't get much bigger than that.  Will this be a one-card-and-claimed stack?  Let's see if Giants fans are paying attention.

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

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 ??

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Trade Stack 49: The Stack Reaches Nine Cards!

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:  4/28/13

The trade stack is now up to a whopping nine cards!  At this point, it's basically a "get a pack of assorted cards" for any one card off my want list.  Certainly not a bad deal - and to keep things fresh, today's addition is from yet another team (and yet another set).  Where else can you get such variety for a pittance (or a short print - your choice of course, I don't want to short change your generosity!).

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

2008 Upper Deck Goudey:
138.  Daric Barton - Athletics (rookie card)


2000 Skybox Metal:
164.  Kevin Young - Pirates


2003 Donruss Estrellas:
51.  Cristian Guzman - Twins

1997 UD Collector's Choice:
358.  Chili Davis - Royals


1991 Score:
Dream Team subset:
888.  Barry Larkin

2011 Topps Attax:
54.  Chris Young - Diamondbacks


200 Topps Finest:
227.  Brad Penny - Marlins


1991 Donruss:
691.  Frank Wills - Blue Jays


1998 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
Star Quest Insert
SQ37.  Jeff Bagwell - Astros

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:  ?? by ??

The Slow March Towards a Complete 1990 Topps Set

The 1990 Topps set has been a thorn in my side for many, many years.  Even as a kid, I knew that I was close to completing the set...and yet...and I figured I'd never actually finish it off.  Well, as of this moment I'm a mere four cards (in hand) from having the full set.  How did I get so close?  Well, I have to thank Bert from Swing and Pop-Up for sending me the fifth-to-final card that I needed:

That's right.  Willie McGee has eluded me for over twenty years...but not any more!

Now when the final four cards that I have been promised from other bloggers arrive I'll finally be able to complete the '90 Topps binder.  Happy days are near!

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

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Barry Larkin Collection 176: 1995 Select - #52

Barry Larkin
Year:  1995
Brand:  Select
Card number:  52

The '95 Select card is a hodgepodge of decent ideas that are poorly executed.  On the front you have a fairly nice action photo of Barry plus a smaller action photo inset to the right.  The team logo is plastered on top of the smaller photo and then the player's name is at the bottom (and is difficult to read).  The back features a third photo - this time in black and white plus a year of statistics and a short blurb.  The bottom of the card is filled with logos and other branding marks.  Oh yeah, don't forget the fake red marble look that is present on both the front and back of the card - the only element that is carried over.

As it is, it's not my favorite card ever - but it does beat a lot of the other 1995 offerings from other brands.  Based on my collection, I've decided that 1995 was not an ideal time to be a card collector.  Yuck!

Building a Better Card Storage System... A Summer Project?

Yesterday marked the end of the semester for me - though my last final that I had to proctor was on Wednesday.  At this point, I have managed to finish grading all of the finals AND post everyone's grades online which means I'm officially finished with the Spring 2013 semester.

How should I celebrate being done with work for awhile?  How about with some cards...and some spring cleaning!  As I mentioned a few months ago, one of my major goals is to reorganize my collection over the summer.  I've been doing bits and pieces but now it's time to get serious with the reorganization.  I'm even debating about building myself a custom bookshelf for my binders that would include a drawer for with slots for "trade bait."  Has anyone ever tried to build such a thing?  I'm curious to see if anyone has ideas on how to best design such a shelf.

Right now, my idea would be this:
It counts as a "blue print" if you draw it in blue ink, right?

The three shelves would all be tall enough to hold binders (represented by my green lines).  I'm thinking if I add a fourth shelf the entire bookcase might crumble with the weight of all the binders.

The bottom drawer would look something like this:
Hard to believe I wasn't an art major in college, isn't it?

Though ideally with at least six rows for cards (one for each division in baseball).  I like to have a bunch of "extra cards" sorted by team so that I can make trades quickly and easily.

If I don't go the bookshelf route, I might try to make a cupboard for my cards - especially the boxes and boxes of set trade bait that I currently have scattered about.  It'd be nice to have some drawers and a shelf or two behind a door to "hide" some of my mess.  Of course, cupboards are a lot more work to build...and it wouldn't help me make any more space for my binders (which is a growing problem with my collection).

What do you all think?  Any ideas or suggestions?  Has anyone attempted to do such a thing?  I'd love any and all comments.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Out with the Old, In with the New

I keep track of all of my trades on a gigantic Excel spreadsheet.  I didn't start the spreadsheet until sometime in mid-2009, but it's still a great record of almost all the trades that I've completed since beginning this blog.  Over that time, I've completed trades with many, many people - somewhere around 231 different folks if my count is correct!  Of course, most of those 231 people have been a part of multiple trades - you can't get 100+ trades a year without trading with the same person multiple times!

Why do I bring all that up now?

Well, by my recollection, this is the first trade that ended up involving three people but only two envelopes.

How?  Easy.

I sent Kerry (from Cards on Cards) a few assorted Cardinals - in return, he sent me a few assorted Reds.  Easy enough.  At the same time, I had corresponded with Kerry's girlfriend who collects LEGO minifigures (much as I do).  With her, I was able to do a two-for-two swap of minifigures.  Double win for me!

Since this is a baseball card blog first, I'll begin with the sports cards.  Continue scrolling down to see the LEGO figures (and if you like that sort of thing, be sure to check out my LEGO-centric blog).

We begin with my favorites of the various Reds cards that Kerry sent me - this nice Barry Larkin card.

You know I love me all things Larkin - so this will find a happy home in my Barry Larkin Collection!

Next, a representative 2005 Topps Chrome card.

Kerry actually sent four Reds from the '05 set (Kearns, Harang, Milton, and Ortiz).  I'm not sure there's a worse foursome you could pick - all but Harang were awful for the Reds...and even Harang had a terrible ending to his tenure with Cincinnati.  All that said, I appreciate the cards because I rarely buy Topps Chrome.  Not because I don't like the set (I do), but because I can't convince myself to drop twenty bones for a blaster "full" of something like 16 cards.  As a set collector, that makes me cry a bit.

Here's something that doesn't make me cry:  Shiny Heritage!

This is a great card of the Reds' outfielder.  I have high hopes for Bruce this year, and despite his slow start, I still think he's due for a monster year.

Finally, we end the baseball card portion with this wonderful Leaf card of Sean Casey.

I miss the Mayor - even though the Reds current first baseman (Votto) is probably three times the player of Casey, Sean was much, much more personable.  He always seemed like he was having fun - unlike Votto who always looks like he's constipated.

As I mentioned at the top of the post, this trade involved some LEGO figures as well.  Both of the figures that I got are from the recent Series 9 - and both belong in a medieval woods setting.

First up, a forest maiden (or Katniss from the Hunger Games - your choice).

Back when I was a kid, I LOVED the Forestmen which were a LEGO Castle faction back in the day.  This figure would have fit in beautifully with that group - and it would have been an instant favorite.

Speaking of instant favorites as a kid, the other figure would also have been popular with me back then...a heroic knight.

Sure, his sword is a bit lame but I love the shield and armor plates.  And look how happy the hero is when you lift his face mask!


A great pair of figures - and now I'm only missing ten of the figures from Series 9.

Thanks for the trade Kerry and Erin - and for anyone else, I'd love to continue adding to my trade totals with either baseball cards, LEGO figures (or sets) - or both!  Check out my want list and make an offer!

Trade Stack 49: How About Some Metal on the Stack?!

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:  4/26/13

This is the eighth card in the trade stack - and you can get all eight for any one card off of my want list!  Today's addition to the stack is from the 2000 Skybox Metal set - a set that I happen to be working on.  In fact, here's what I still need from the set:
2000 Skybox Metal:Base:  203, 204, 205, 207, 208, 209, 211, 212, 214, 215, 218, 220, 221, 222, 223, 225, 226, 227, 230, 231, 232, 234, 235, 237, 238, 239, 240, 242, 243, 244, 246, 247, 249Emerald parallel:  112 (Larkin)Fusion:  2, 3, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15
Perhaps you have at least one of the cards I need?  If so, you could turn your one Metal card into a different Metal card plus seven other cards.  That's a pretty good deal for you - and a good deal for me in that I get a card closer to completing the set!

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

2000 Skybox Metal:
164.  Kevin Young - Pirates


2003 Donruss Estrellas:
51.  Cristian Guzman - Twins

1997 UD Collector's Choice:
358.  Chili Davis - Royals


1991 Score:
Dream Team subset:
888.  Barry Larkin

2011 Topps Attax:
54.  Chris Young - Diamondbacks


200 Topps Finest:
227.  Brad Penny - Marlins


1991 Donruss:
691.  Frank Wills - Blue Jays


1998 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
Star Quest Insert
SQ37.  Jeff Bagwell - Astros

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:  ?? by ??

Thursday, April 25, 2013

My 2013 Topps Tribute Haul!

As you probably know, I hosted a 2013 Topps Tribute group break on my blog that ended a few days ago (and to group break participants, you should be getting your cards soon - today marks my last day of work so those that aren't mailed ought to be by Saturday at the latest).

Anyhow, I figured I'd show off my "haul" from the break here:

Yep, two base cards.  I'm not complaining though because some slots didn't get anything.  Of course, one slot ended up scoring three hits and a second slot had a pair of hits but I digress.

My initial reaction to the cards was "wow."  I still feel that way - probably because I don't usually (aka ever) buy high end stuff like this.  A little bit of shine goes a long way - and I do like how shiny the cards are.  I also happen to enjoy the backs of the cards.  Each card back features a few "bullet points" about the player in question - and many of them are quite interesting.

For instance, did you know that Johnny Bench had a caught stealing percentage of 40+ in 12 of his 13 years in which he caught at least 100 games?  Now you do.

Or with Robinson.  Did you know he had 20+ home runs in all 10 years as a Cincinnati Red?

Good stuff by Topps!  It makes up (a bit) for the sour taste in my mouth left by this guy.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Why Listia Sucks...

A bit ago, I posted why Listia can be fun.  Here's why it sucks:

Yep.  That's the guy I bought the Alexi Ogando A&G mini card from.  The actual auction write up was the following:

Notice in my reply, I wasn't rude (or at least I didn't think I was).  I wasn't yelling at him.  Heck, I wasn't even asking for credits back...I even left him positive feedback.  I did think he did a poor job labeling the auction (make up your own mind - here's a screen capture for posterity since rick364 has since blocked me):

What would you assume if you were bidding?  Is it partially my fault - sure I suppose (and I said as much in my original email).  However, it was still misleading - and there's no scan of the back.  Also, I'm afraid he's a liar in that he knows there are multiple backs - why else would you be selling Allen & Ginter cards?

Needless to say, I'm angry about the whole thing.  As far as I can see, I don't have any recourse - and the guy blocked me so I won't be bidding on his stuff anymore.  All I can say is, I wouldn't advise any of you to bid on his stuff either - or at the very least, ask a lot of questions beforehand.


The Wonderful* Thing About Listia...

My post title made me think of this:
But that's not the point of the post.

No, the wonderful thing about Listia is that you can (sometimes) find great stuff for free*.

*where free has been defined to mean you already gave away your stuff to earn credits.

The latest addition for me?  None other than a single 2012 Allen & Ginter mini card.

Yep - it happened to be one that I needed...and you better believe I pounced (just like Tigger).

And that's wonderful*.

*What isn't wonderful?

The seller didn't say that the mini was an A&G back...

I'm only interested in the regular back minis.  Grr.  Actually, to steal one more line from Tigger:  double grr.

Delivery Time! Card Anathema Surprises Me with Vintage!

Sometimes you write something with a headline that's ever-so-slightly misleading to draw in viewers.  This is one of those times.  Did you come here expecting to see some 1960s Topps card since I mentioned vintage?  If so, I apologize for my trickery.  Instead, you get a different sort of vintage...some Upper Deck Vintage to be precise:

109.  Jermaine Dye

The 2001 UD Vintage set is a really nice set if you ask me - so nice, in fact, that I've decided to try and complete the full thing.  Of course, I'm missing a boatload of cards from the set so any help (such as what Matt from Card Anathema provided) is appreciated!

202.  Jim Edmonds

I found myself liking Edmonds a lot more prior to his stint as a St. Louis Cardinal.

354.  New York Yankees Vintage Rookies

Both Jimenez and Wily Mo Pena had a stint with the Reds - but only Pena was able to be flipped for a great starting pitcher (that being Bronson Arroyo in a trade with the Red Sox).  For that reason alone, I like this card (despite the "Yankee-ness" of the card).

380.  AL Championship Series - Game 4

Speaking of Yankees, blech.  This game was won by New York via a 5-0 score.  I will say that this is a terrible photo - you can't see Clemens at all!

Thanks for the cards Matt - getting a few more cards knocked off my want list makes for a great day!  And, as always, if anyone else wants to trade - check out my full want list and make an offer!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Trade Stack 49: This is Why Topps Favors the Yankees and Red Sox of the World

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:  4/23/13

This is the seventh card in the most recent trade stack - and all seven cards represent "small-to-mid market" teams.  Counting today's addition, we have a representative from the Astros, Royals, Reds, Diamondbacks, Marlins, Blue Jays, and Twins.  Perhaps surprising to us (but not to Topps), the stack has yet to be claimed.  Chances are, if I add a Yankee or Red Sox, the stack will be claimed.

That's the reality of the sport - but you have a chance to prove me (and Topps) wrong...jump in and claim the stack of small market teams (you know, before I have to add some big market team to the mix).

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

2003 Donruss Estrellas:
51.  Cristian Guzman - Twins

1997 UD Collector's Choice:
358.  Chili Davis - Royals


1991 Score:
Dream Team subset:
888.  Barry Larkin

2011 Topps Attax:
54.  Chris Young - Diamondbacks


200 Topps Finest:
227.  Brad Penny - Marlins


1991 Donruss:
691.  Frank Wills - Blue Jays


1998 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
Star Quest Insert
SQ37.  Jeff Bagwell - Astros

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:  ?? by ??