Thursday, October 31, 2013

(Minor) Changes at Nachos Grande

Just a quick heads up to a minor change here at my blog.  I have removed my entire Google+ account.  Right now, I have a Facebook page, an instragram page, and a twitter page - having Google+ in addition was simply overkill.  I also decided that I'd rather have Nachos Grande pop up whenever I leave comments on all of your blogs - it helps for people to know who I am rather than my real name (which Google+ forced me to use).

I'm hoping that I've disabled everything correctly and that the blog will now run like it used to.  However, if you notice anything broken or otherwise not-quite-right, please don't hesitate to let me know.  Apologies also go out to those of you who used Google+ a lot - I simply never did and so it's now gone from my profile.

PS:  Only 1 hour (or so) remains until the Round 1 posts are due for my contest.  As of this moment, all but one person has written their post (and left me a link on the Round 1 post).

Blogger Bracket Challenge: Round 1 Ends in a Few Hours!

A quick reminder that Round 1 of the Blogger Bracket Challenge ends at 9:00 PM EST tonight (Thursday night).  Make sure you write your entry and leave a comment with a link to your entry on the Round 1 post prior to the deadline.

Sorry, but any late submissions will not count!

Halloween

In a typical year, there are lots and lots of holidays.  You have your national holidays like President's Day and Labor Day, "festive holidays" like New Year's and Thanksgiving, and religious holidays like Christmas, Easter, and Hanukkah.  You have holidays for loved ones (Valentine's Day) and your parents (Mother's and Father's Days).  You have holidays for select people of history (Martin Luther King and Christopher Columbus).  You even have holidays for animals (Groundhog's Day).  However, out of all the holidays, there's one particular holiday that I simply cannot care about.

You guessed it:  Halloween.

Oh sure, when you are real young Halloween is fun because you get to dress up as a ghost or football player or something and roam the streets begging for candy...but once you get a bit older that appeal is lost.  For me, I can't even say I ever really enjoyed the candy portion (I would usually trade or sell my candy at school in exchange for baseball cards - it's how I acquired my first ever Leaf cards)!

For most high schoolers, Halloween is a waste of time and instead is nothing but an excuse to cause mischief (toilet papering houses seems to be popular around here).  College students, on the other hand, seem to love the holiday as it gives them an excuse to drink (nothing new there) and to dress slutty (not terribly new).

But for adults?

Halloween pretty much sucks the big one.

You drive to the store, you pick up candy, you sit around waiting for kids to ring your doorbell, you give them your candy, they traipse through your lawn, and, if all goes well, no one toilet papers your house or smashes your pumpkins.

That's Halloween.  And it's lame.

The only good thing about today?  It means that tomorrow is November which brings:
1)  My birthday (with the slightest of hopes that I might end up with some baseball cards)
2)  Thanksgiving - a day dedicated to eating, napping, and watching football.

That's something I can relate to!

You know what else November brings?

My 2005 Upper Deck Pasttime Pennants Collection Countdown - you can read all about it beginning on November 1st (and it will run the entire month of November for your viewing pleasure)!

Happy (almost) November...  And for tonight, watch those pumpkins!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Aliens and Alien Avengers!

A couple of days ago, I posted part 1 of a countdown of the best LEGO minifigures that I ended up with thanks to a recent eBay purchase.  If you missed the Sad Clown or the Skater Girl, check out the first part of the countdown.

Today, we return to the envelope holding the minifigures in order to uncover the fourth and third best figures.

#4:  Alien Avenger (Series 9):

Normally, I would have ranked the Alien Avenger figure a lot higher than fourth place.  However, LEGO has gone overboard with the Space themed alien figures in the Collectible Minifigure Series.  In fact, they've pretty much killed the genre for me - this guy only ranks as high as he does because he's got a great pissed off looking face - and I like his armor as well!

The back of the figure is pretty plain (though there is a bit of printing on the side of his armor).  Overall, this is one of the better space figures from the various series...but it's not unique enough to warrant a higher placement on the countdown.

The next figure is another space figure - but this one is a bit more unique!

#3:  Classic Alien (Series 6):

That's right, it's a good 'ol fashioned alien!  The figure comes complete with a bug-eyed head piece and a ray gun (good for classic alien probings I assume).

Each Collectible Minifigure series seems to offer up at least one "nontraditional" figure for collectors - the Classic Alien fits in that mold (joining other figures like a yeti, werewolf, and a Minotaur).

We have now discovered four of the six figures - which two placed at the top of the charts?

You'll have to stay tuned to find out!


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Blogger Bracket Challenge: A Reminder!

A reminder to all of you taking part in the Blogger Bracket Challenge contest.  Round 1 card prompts were posted a couple of days ago (see here).  Make sure you complete your entry AND LEAVE ME A LINK on the Round 1 post that will guide me to your post.

There have been quite a few entries completed already (be sure to check out the comments section of that post).  However, the deadline is on Thursday at 9:00 PM EST (which means you must have your entry written and a link posted on my blog no later than that time).

Good luck everyone!  And, if you aren't taking part, I still encourage you to click on the Round 1 entry page and check out some of the excellent entries (and if you missed Round 0, look at those too)!  There have been some amazing entries already!

Barry Larkin Collection 216: 1990 US Playing Card - 6 of Diamonds

Barry Larkin
Year:  1990
Brand:  US Playing Card
Card number:  6 of diamonds

For some reason, baseball players seem to be a fairly popular subject when it comes to playing cards.  I suppose it's a natural progression from the baseball cards as game idea that's been part of history (from flipping cards in the 1950s to Topps Attax in the 2010s).  This particular card is from a deck of Major League All-Stars from 1990.  It's a bit surprising that Larkin was included in the deck mostly because he had yet to hit it big time.  In fact, the Reds would go on to win the 1990 World Series but I believe these cards were published before the fall classic took place.  The U.S. Playing Card Company would make another set of playing cards in 1991 and once again Larkin would be a six (though in clubs in 1991).

Looking to Sell: Complete Base Set of 2013 Topps Archives!

As the post title suggests, I'm looking to unload a full base set of 2013 Topps Archives (cards 1-200 - no short prints).  Is anyone interested?  I'm not looking for much for the set - basically enough to cover shipping plus a few extra bucks to help me recoup some of my expenses from buying the boxes earlier this year.

I have other singles available from the set as well - I hope to get a full list typed up before the week is up.

If you are interested in the full base set, shoot me an email with an offer - I'll also consider trades that include cards from my want list and/or LEGOs from my LEGO want list.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sad Clown Gets No Love!

Last week, I won an auction on eBay where I was able to land six new LEGO minifigures for my collection.  The impressive part of the six figures?  All six were able to be had for less than the price of a blind pack each - if I can land any figure I need for less than three bucks, I try to jump on that as quickly as possible.

Since I love me some countdowns, I've decided to show the six figures in reverse order from my least favorite to most favorite.  For this post, I'll show numbers 6 and 5 (since each post has quite a few photos).  I'll have more from the eBay lot over the next couple of days.

#6:  Sad Clown (Series 10):

I have to admit, I never had any interest in getting the sad clown (besides the fact that I knew I'd need it in order to complete the set).  As it turns out, I guess very few other people had any interest in this figure since it was available for a quite cheap buy-it-now price.

The front of the clown is ok, though you have to like black and white in order to appreciate it.  The clown is definitely suitably sad.  It's actually a little disturbing just how sad the clown is considering the fact that he's supposed to be a fun little toy for kids (and adults who are young at heart).

Usually when LEGO creates a figure that's sort of boring in terms of printing, they give the figure some sort of neat accessories (and when the figure has no neat accessories it usually gets a good paint job).  Unfortunately for the sad clown, it gets neither a nice paint job nor any good accessories.

Maybe that's why the clown is so sad now that I think about it.

#5:  Skater Girl (Series 6):

While the Sad Clown may not have much in the way of neat printing or accessories, #5 on the countdown is much better in both departments.  The Skater Girl comes complete with plenty of interesting printing (including on her arms) and a nice little skateboard.

I'm not sure that LEGO has ever made a figure with both a skeleton on her torso and a heart (and skeleton) on the skateboard.  I guess she's supposed to be part goth, part lover or something.

The skater girl even gets a bit or printing on her back - and notice the stripes on her arms.  I like her quite a bit - easily a much, much better figure than the sad clown.

Of course, if she's only #5 on my list - I wonder what the other four figures could be?!

Blogger Bracket Challenge: Round 0 Results and Round 1 Pairings!

Now that the time to vote has come and gone, it's time to look at the results of the various polls.  Remember, no one who submitted an entry in Round 0 gets eliminated, the round is strictly for seeding purposes.  That said, you want to be a higher seed in order to have a so-called easier matchup in future rounds.  However, given the incredible selection of entries in Round 0, I don't think there's a single rollover in the Blogger Bracket Challenge!  This should be an awesome little contest.

Group A:

Group B:

Group C:

Group D:

Group E:

Group F:

Now that you see all the results, it's time for the seeding.  The top vote getter in each group gets one of the top six spots (with the highest vote earning the first seed, etc.).  From there, I seeded the second place finishers, then the third, and finally the fourth.

For Round 1, you once again will be given a card as a prompt.  You need to write your entry no later than Thursday, October 31 at 9:00 PM EST.  As always, you MUST leave a link to your entry for Round 1 ON THIS POST.  Remember, only the TOP VOTE GETTER from each group will move on to the next round.  That means some of you are in a three-way battle for a spot in the next round - you'll have to bring your absolute best game!

Based on the seeding polls, here are the seeds for the contest.

  1. Play at the Plate 
  2. Backstop Cards
  3. TTG 
  4. petethan 
  5. The Diamond King 
  6. Stealing Home 
  7. Jordan 
  8. Cardhobbyist 
  9. Al Kawamoto 
  10. Red Cardboard 
  11. J. Meeks 
  12. The Prowling Cat 
  13. McCann Can Triple 
  14. Brad's Blog 
  15. CaptKirk 
  16. Spiegel83 
  17. shlabotnikreport
  18. gcrl
  19. Comatoad
  20. The Junior Junkie


If you'd like, you can follow along with the bracket here.  You will notice that in theory we should have a round of 32 (with a bunch of byes).  In order to avoid anyone having to sit out a round, I simply combined the groups into the round of 16 (since we have 20 participants at the moment).  In this way, some of the match ups contain three people while others contain only the standard two.  In all cases, only the highest vote getter will move on out of Round 1!

In addition, this round's theme is a bit more broad than the Topps Attax theme of Round 0.  In fact, I tried to find cards that were whimsical or non-standard in some way.

Here we go!

Round 1:

Group A:
Participants:  

  • Play at the Plate
  • Speigel83
  • shlabotnikreport

Prompt:  Ken Caminiti

Group B:
Participants:  

  • Cardhobbyist
  • Al Kawamoto

Prompt:  Jose Canseco


Group C:
Participants:  

  • petethan
  • McCann Can Triple
  • The Junior Junkie

Prompt:  John Burkett

Group D:
Participants:  

  • The Diamond King
  • The Prowling Cat

Prompt:  Doug Jones

Group E:
Participants:  

  • Backstop Cards
  • CaptKirk
  • gcrl

Prompt:  Craig Paquette

Group F:
Participants:  

  • Jordan
  • Red Cardboard

Prompt:  Juan Uribe

Group G:
Participants:  

  • TTG
  • Brad's Blog
  • Comotoad

Prompt:  Trevor Hoffman

Group H:
Participants:  

  • Stealing Home
  • J. Meeks

Prompt:  Jose Lima

Remember to leave a comment on this post with a link to your entry.  Also, remember that the winner of the contest gets each of the cards used for the writing prompts...the end result will be a nice sized stack of interesting cards for the winner!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Blogger Bracket Challenge: The Voting for Round 0 is Closed! Full Bracket Revealed!!

As the post title suggests, the voting for Round 0 is officially over.  We had a good turnout for the initial seeding round of the contest...but now that we are about to start the knockout rounds, I expect things will really get kicked up a notch.

Here's the bracket based on the poll results:
As you can see, a normal tournament would have a bunch of byes for the higher seeds.  However, I didn't want anyone to have to sit out a round so I simply moved all the "prelim" rounds and combined them with the first round of the contest in order to fit everything in a 16 person bracket (with 20 players).

For instance, Round 1 will see Play at the Plate taking on both Spiegel83 and shlabotnikreport with the highest vote getter moving on to Round 2 and the other two being eliminated.

I will have the next round's card prompts on my blog at 7:30 AM tomorrow (Monday) morning.  I wanted everyone to get a fair shot at writing time so I decided against posting late at night on a Sunday evening.

Good luck everyone!

The USPS Didn't Screw Up (this time)!

I've been giving the USPS a bit of grief lately since they keep delaying (and at least once, losing) my mail...so I have to give them kudos for getting me my latest purchase from Listia so quickly.  I managed to snag another one of the One Little Corner cards for my set - a set that is now only missing OLC-CT Centaur (since a few others should be in the mail right now).

Here's the newest addition to my set:

It's a simple card, but it works!  

If you happen to like the One Little Corner cards - I have a few on Listia myself right now.  

Also, don't forget to vote in Round 0 of my Blogger Bracket Challenge Contest!  Go here to vote!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Votes are Starting to Roll in for Round 0! Make Sure Your Voice is Heard!

The various competitors in the Blogger Bracket Challenge Contest have poured their heart and soul into trying to craft an interesting blog entry for a set that most of us deemed entirely uninteresting!  That's right, it's a contest where the initial round forced competitors to write about carefully selected Topps Attax cards.

How did they do?  In a word:  Amazing!

I highly encourage you to check out this post and read all the entries - and then cast your ballot for your favorite post in each group.  No one gets eliminated this round (eliminations start next round) but this is for the all important bracket seeding!

Round 0 is Over - Now You Must Vote!

Round 0 of the Blogger Bracket Challenge Contest for 2013 is in the books.  We had pretty good turnout (there's always one or two who forget or otherwise fail to complete an entry).  In our case, it was four no-shows which isn't too terribly alarming.  As with last year's contest, anyone who fails to submit an entry will be automatically disqualified.  Also, like last year, Round 0 is simply the seeding round - NO ONE who wrote a post gets eliminated this round!

Once the voting is complete, I'll create a bracket and from there on out it'll be single elimination.

Now, let's get to the voting!

Group A:
Participants:
Prompt:  Rickie Weeks
Group B:
Participants:
Prompt:  Chris Coughlan
Group C:  
Participants:
Prompt:  Aroldis Chapman
Group D:
Participants:
Prompt:  Alfonso Soriano
Group E:
Participants:
Prompt:  Franklin Guitierrez
Group F:
Participants:
Prompt:  Carlos Lee

Remember, you are encouraged to advertise this post on your own blog (and ask for people to vote for you).  However, please keep everything friendly - this is meant to be a fun contest!  Good luck everyone!  Voting ends Sunday evening (10/27/13)!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Contest Round 0 CLOSES SOON!

A friendly reminder that Round 0 of my Blogger Bracket Challenge Contest closes at 6:00 PM EST today.  Make sure you go here to and leave a link to your entry.  Any links posted after the 6:00 deadline will be ignored, sorry for being so mean about that.  It's the only way to keep things moving along!

Trade Stack 54: Griffey Jr, McGwire, and Walker - The Stars Come Out to Play!

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:  10/25/13

Happy Friday everyone!  I have for your viewing pleasure another addition to the ever-growing trade stack.  After today's newest member, the stack will stand at four cards.  It's not the tallest stack ever, but it is taller than two of the previous three stacks!  Will four be the lucky number for this one or will it grow to five?  Only time shall tell I guess.

This also might be the first trade stack to feature two Rockies in it - a stat that I'm sure excites many of you (I jest).

Remember, you can claim the stack for any one (or more) card(s) off of my want list!  Act fast, you never know when the stack will be claimed - and with it, the entire pile of cards forever gone!

1998 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
254.  K. Griffey Jr. (Mariners), L. Walker (Rockies), M. McGwire (Cardinals)

2013 Topps Allen & Ginter's:
176.  Abe Vigoda


2002 Fleer Maximum
189.  Jason Jennings - Rockies


2008 Upper Deck
US Jr. Team Insert:
USJR-13.  Riccio Torrez - Team USA


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:  9 cards by Commishbob
Stack 51:  3 cards by Need More Cardboard
Stack 52:  1 card by Play at the Plate
Stack 53:  12 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 54:  ?? by ??

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Barry Larkin Collection 215: 1990 Fleer All Stars - #23 of 44

Barry Larkin
Year:  1990
Brand:  Fleer All Stars
Card number:  23

In 1990, Fleer released a lackluster base set and then followed it up with a lackluster All Star set.  I'm not sure why Fleer felt their original design was so good that they could afford to make it even worse (and with lower grade photos) in making the All Star set but that's what they did.  From my tone, you can tell this isn't my most favorite card ever - in fact, it's probably in the bottom 20 in terms of all the Larkin cards I own.  That said, any new Larkin is still a good Larkin when it comes to a player collection so I'm happy to have this one!

Support My Blog (and Others)!

Three announcements for this morning:

1.  I have a bunch of cards on Listia right now (mostly 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter's inserts) that are ending shortly.  If you use this link to sign up to Listia, you and I both get "bonus credits" which is nice.  If you are already on Listia, you can find my full auction listings here.  This can be a great way to get cards for "free" - and I use the credits to either get other cards for myself OR for LEGOs (you know, to support my other blog that's been woefully neglected lately).  I will say, in terms of LEGOs, that I actually have a lot to talk about - and show off.  Unfortunately, those take a lot more time since I have to use a camera and then upload photos to my computer...it's really more an issue of my laziness rather than a lack of material to write about.

2.  My blogger bracket contest is off and running.  Here's the link to the current round - plus if you scroll to the comments section you'll find a link to each contestant's post.  There's so much good stuff happening in Round 0, I've been incredibly impressed!

3.  I'm going to continue to use Listia (and maybe eBay) to try and get rid of some more stuff that I don't want.  My want list is much too large - and the only way to whittle it down is to clear out some of the undesirable stuff to make room for things I need.  However, I'd much, much rather work out a trade as compared to paying eBay (and PayPal) fees...so I'll often post stuff on the blog first before I list it to be sold elsewhere.  For instance, I have a small pile of 2013 Gypsy Queen mini cards that I'd like to get rid of - here's the full list (I have other 2013 Gypsy Queen cards available for trade listed here):

2.  Joe Nathan
4.  L.J. Hoes
34.  David Freese
36.  Avisail Garcia
38.  Derek Norris
42.  Jose Quintana
58.  Jean Segura
83.  Lou Gehrig
85.  Manny Machado
91.  Matt Holliday
93.  Matt Moore
101.  Mike Olt
141.  Alex Gordon
158.  Wade Boggs
167.  Willie McCovey
177.  Michael Brantley
182.  Alejandro de Aza
184.  Chris Davis
188.  Jose Altuve
190.  Eddie Murray
201.  Justin Morneau
209.  Mike Moustakas
218.  Adam Wainwright
227.  Francisco Liriano
229.  Josh Johnson
243.  Brett Lawrie (x2)
249.  Dan Haren (x2)
272.  Anthony Gose
281.  Matt Cain
285.  Matt Garza
292.  Ian Desmond
297.  Trevor Cahill
320.  Roberto Clemente
323.  Ryan Vogelsong
326.  Aaron Hill
335.  Alfonso Soriano
338.  Mark Reynolds
339.  Anibal Sanchez (x2)

These will probably go up for sale on eBay or Listia this weekend, so speak up now if you want to trade for any (or all) of 'em!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Perils of the PWE! (The USPS Still Hates Me)

Over the last week or so, I've managed to get caught up in terms of posting the various trade packages that arrived at the Nachos Grande casa.  Among the various packages was a slew of PWEs, all of which arrived unscathed with their contents in tact.

Unfortunately, the post office seems to hate me (and not just because of a terrible selling experience on eBay with the post office).  No, this time it was a PWE graciously sent to me by Mark up in Alaska (you know him from Collector's Crack).

Mark had one of The Greats inserts cards that I've had on my want list for quite some time (Joe Morgan).  I was pumped when I opened the PWE and saw what card Mark sent me.  Unfortunately, I also saw this...

Yep, a shattered hard plastic toploader.  That's never a good sign.  You can't tell from the scan but the entire left side of the top loader is split down the middle.  Unfortunately, it wasn't just the top loader that suffered in the hands of the postal service.

Poor Morgan has a crease right through the middle.

I don't actually know how this happened (clearly it was no fault of Mark's).  In fact, he even paid extra postage since it was an thicker than average card (and thus it should have avoided the dreaded rolling sorting machines that are the usual bane to PWEs everywhere).  No, I think someone actually decided it would simply be fun to bend the envelope in half.  I'm beginning to be more and more convinced that the post office has it out for me.

The good news is that I do need the Morgan - and while I'll probably still try to track down a non-injured card, this will serve as a nice enough fill in for my set.  After all, I spend money on cards in a lot worse shape than this!

Thanks again for the card Mark...hopefully I'm simply in a bad spell in terms of the post office - I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't do the trading portion of the blog!

PS:  Round 0 of my contest is now open.  However, it closes before too long so make sure you check it out (and write your entry if you are part of the festivities).  If you aren't, make sure you check out the various posts that have been written so far, there's a lot of great stuff out there!  You can find the links to all the posts that have been written thus far in the comments section.

Trade Stack 44: Abe Joins the Stack! (Plus a Contest Update)

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:  10/23/13

It's time to add another card to the trade stack since no one wanted a chipped card of a Rockies player (who would have thought)?!  I think there might be more interest in today's card.  However, before I get to that I want to remind everyone that Round 0 of my contest is now open.  In fact, I spent a good chunk of time last night reading (and trying to comment on) the various entries that had been posted so far.  There were a couple of blogs that I couldn't comment on for some reason, but the rest I think I got to!  If you haven't checked out the contest (even if you aren't actively participating), I encourage you to go here and look in the comments section for the links to all the great posts.  There are some tremendous entries out there!

Now, on to today's addition to the trade stack.  It's a card of Abe Vigoda - a guy who is probably best known for his role in the Godfather movies.  More interesting to me, Abe once appeared in an episode of MacGyver, a tv show that I used to love as a kid.  Who didn't dream about taking duct tape, some clothes pins, and a pine cone to blow up a prison, glide over a lake, and save a family of lost porcupines?  

Remember, you can claim the stack for any one (or more) card(s) off of my want list!  Act fast, you never know when the stack will be claimed - and with it, the entire pile of cards forever gone!

2013 Topps Allen & Ginter's:
176.  Abe Vigoda


2002 Fleer Maximum
189.  Jason Jennings - Rockies


2008 Upper Deck
US Jr. Team Insert:
USJR-13.  Riccio Torrez - Team USA


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:  9 cards by Commishbob
Stack 51:  3 cards by Need More Cardboard
Stack 52:  1 card by Play at the Plate
Stack 53:  12 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 54:  ?? by ??

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Quck Blaster Break - Just for More Kicks and Giggles (Part 3)

It's time to finish off the second (and final) 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions blaster that I've had sitting around for a long time.  The middle portion of the blaster was pretty decent - at least in terms of interesting characters for me to learn about.  What will the final four packs hold?

Pack 9:
64.  Ned Crotty
93.  Arnold Palmer
108.  Nolan Ryan

154.  Ryan Strome

Apparently Nolan Ryan was a better pitcher than he was a leader of a baseball club.  Who would have thought that a knucklehead athlete would end up making a poor manager?

Pack 10:
66.  Annika Sorenstam

87.  Jim Kelly
136.  Doug Flutie
Mini:  107.  Ernie Banks

The Sorenstam card is my favorite because you get a nice view of a harbor.  You thought I was going to say because you get a nice view of Annika, didn't you?  For shame.

Pack 11:
34.  Troy Aikman
91.  Jonathan Huberdeau
147.  Y.E. Yang
MM 19.  Military Machines:  Willys Jeep

Wasn't there someone out there who was collecting the Military Machines insert set?  I have two of three of them if anyone is interested (because I know I'm not particularly interested in the set).

Pack 12:
56.  Bo Jackson

70.  Kent Desormeaux
124.  Brendan Shanahan
205.  Joe Start

Apparently Bo knows archery.

That's it for the blaster!  It was a fun break I guess, but the set isn't quite appealing enough to me for me to try and complete the thing.  I've got quite a few for trade though - I could type up a list of trade bait if anyone is interested.  Let me know.


Barry Larkin Collection 214: 1991 Topps Cracker Jack - #11

Barry Larkin
Year:  1991
Brand:  Topps Cracker Jack
Card number:  11

In 1991, Topps issued two different 36 card sets of Cracker Jack cards that were inserted in specially marked boxes of the snack food.  Barry Larkin was in the second series (#11 in the first series was Dave Parker).  Although the scan doesn't make it obvious, the Cracker Jack card is about the size of a postage stamp (1 1/4" by 1 3/4").  Despite its diminutive size, the card has a nice photo on front and some statistics (plus a very brief write up) on the back.  It should be noted that the photograph on the front of the card is the same image used for the regular Topps set in 1991.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Blogger Bracket Challenge Begins NOW! See Your Writing Assignment and First Prompt!!

We had a fairly large turnout for the contest including a bunch of new faces to the challenge.  By my count, there are 24 contestants this time around (for comparison, last year we had 37 people).

Here's how the contest is going to work (for the most part, it'll run just like last year's contest):

Round 0:

Round 0 will be pool play.  With 24 people, I am going to split the players up into 6 groups (all groups will have 4 people).  The purpose of Round 0 is two-fold.  One, it will give everyone a chance to see how this works and two, it will allow for seeding for the real competition.  Round 0 will open tonight (see the bottom of the post for more details).

Round 1:

Round 1 marks the beginning of the bracket challenge.  As you all probably know, you can make a nice bracket with 2^n people (where n is a natural number).  16 is 2^4 but we have 24 people.  Since no one gets eliminated in Round 0, the bottom seeds will have three people in their bracket with only the top person moving on.  All other slots will be a 1v1 match-up with the winner moving on.  Once we get to Round 2, all match-ups will be 1v1.  Therefore, while no one gets eliminated in Round 0, you probably want to try your best so that you don't end up in a 3-way competition for a single spot in Round 1!

Now, on to the rules:

1.  You must write a post that somehow ties to the card for your group.  Creativity, humor, or whatever else you can fit in the post are all encouraged.  You may "steal" the card image from my blog for use in your post (this is encouraged as it will probably help your post make a bit more sense to your readers).
2.  Once you have written (and published) your post, leave a link to your entry on the current contest page.  For Round 0, that means you will leave a link to your post on this page.
3.  Once the deadline has passed (and each round will last 2-3 days), I will compile all the posts in a single page for voting.  At that point, everyone (whether you are a contestant or not) will vote.  For Rounds 1 and on, the highest vote getter will move on to the next round.  I will not vote, but my vote will break ties if necessary.  Therefore, bribes might help you.
4.  Once winners are announced, we move on to the next round where the process repeats itself.
5.  The one difference for Round 0 is that the number of votes will be used to determine seeding, not eliminations.  Again, in case of ties (which I expect there will be), I will be the sole tie-breaker.
6.  All decisions made by me are final.
7.  This contest is supposed to be fun.  There will be only one winner - but everyone will get at least two turns at writing something so hopefully everyone has a good time.  Keep it civil.  You may, however, encourage people to vote for you on your blog if you wish - but ALL MESSAGES, COMMENTS, ETC. MUST BE POSITIVE.  If I see anyone posting negative things about other participants, I will automatically disqualify them.  Sorry, but I want this to be fun!
8.  Winner gets two prizes:  The first will be a few cards of their favorite baseball team (and/or other cards from their want list that I may have).  The second prize for the winner should be fun - you get all the "spoils" of the contest.  That is, every card that I post as a writing prompt will go into a pile to be given to the winner of the entire contest.  That should make for a fun prize - plus you can display them as a trophy of sorts!  In addition, you can watch the prize pool grow with each round!

Good luck to all participants!

The Group Assignments and Your Card:
Note:  Make sure you are writing about the card for your group - I apologize if you'd rather write about a different card, them's the breaks!

Here's who is in (if I missed anyone from the original sign up post, please let me know and I'll add you in).  If I did miss anyone it was a mistake on my part because I'm in a hurry, not because of some personal slight or judgment against you!

Here's who we have participating (in order of signing up):
Play at the Plate
Al Kawamoto
The Junior Junkie
Red Cardboard
Backstop Cards
Mark Aubrey
CaptKirk42
petethan
J. Meeks
gcrl
Comatoad
Spiegel83
Cardhobbyist
The Diamond King
Jordan
The Prowling Cat
arpsmith
Brad's Blog
TTG
Stealing Home
Jason Pilarski
shlabotnikreport
McCann Can Triple
Nathan Bell

And using random.org to get the six groups (the first 4 on the list will be the first group, the next 4 the second group, etc.)...



Round 0:

Last year, for Round 0 I used the Murder in Willow Cove cards from 2012 Allen & Ginter as a prompt for the first round.  Since that went over quite well (and it really got the creative juices flowing), I've decided to try a similar thing this time - except I'll use 2011 Topps Attax cards.  The Attax should be a fun writing prompt because not only do you get a player, team, and image but you also get some game numbers.  Make use of the card as you wish!  I might sneak a round in somewhere later where I do something besides your typical baseball card - we'll see.

 Good luck everyone!

Group A:
Participants:

  • Mark Aubrey
  • TTG
  • Jason Pilarski
  • Play at the Plate


Your prompt:  Rickie Weeks


Group B:
Participants:

  • shlabotnikreport
  • Al Kawamoto
  • gcrl
  • petethan


Your prompt:  Chris Coughlan


Group C:  
Participants:

  • Cardhobbyist
  • arpsmith
  • Backstop Cards
  • Comatoad


Your prompt:  Aroldis Chapman


Group D:
Participants:

  • The Diamond King
  • J. Meeks
  • The Junior Junkie
  • Brad's Blog


Your prompt:  Alfonso Soriano


Group E:
Participants:

  • Stealing Home
  • The Prowling Cat
  • McCann Can Triple
  • Spiegel83


Your prompt:  Franklin Guitierrez


Group F:
Participants:

  • Red Cardboard
  • Jordan
  • CaptKirk42
  • Nathan Bell


Your prompt:  Carlos Lee


Reminder:  Once you have written your post, please post a link on this blog entry to your post.  Good luck.  You all have until 6:00 PM EST on 10/25/12 (Friday) to get your posts done and a link posted on my blog.  Sorry, but late entries will NOT be accepted!  Anyone who does not complete Round 0 will be eliminated - sorry for being so mean about that.

Good luck - I can't wait to see what you all come up with for the opening round.

Any Questions?  Let me know in the comments or via email and I'll try to help!