Saturday, November 30, 2013

Barry Larkin Collection 221: 1989 Donruss Baseball's Best - #110

Barry Larkin
Year:  1989
Brand:  Donruss Baseball's Best
Card number:  110

In 1989, Donruss released a 336-card set called Baseball's Best exclusively as a factory set.  You could only get the set in large stores.  The set itself is notable for two reasons:  One, it's the first to have Sammy Sosa in an officially sanctioned MLB set (although it doesn't count as Sosa's rookie card thanks to the goofy rules for baseball card rookies).

The other thing that is notable about this set is just how Donruss phoned in the design.  You see, it's the exact same base design as the regular 1989 Donruss set - the only difference is the border is now green and yellow instead of blue and purple.  Although I guess I like the green and yellow combination more in general, for the Reds the color combination looks terrible.  The back of the card is also incredibly boring - so much wasted white space.  The one advantage this set has in terms of the card back is that it's not printed on bright orange card stock like the its flagship brother - yuck!

It should also be noted the Donruss only produced the Baseball's Best set for three years (1988, 1989, and 1990).  I'm pleased to say that I own the Barry Larkin card from each of the three sets now!

UD Past Time Pennants Countdown: The Final Three! (And the Final Post of the Countdown!)

The month of November is finally drawing to a close - and with it, so is my 2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants Countdown.  Although this wasn't the most popular series that I've ever ran here at Nachos Grande, I hope some of you enjoyed it!  Without further adieu, here are the three best cards in the set!

#3:  Yogi Berra

Of the three best cards in the set, two of them are of catchers which I think is fair since catchers historically have had some pretty great cards (in all sets).  As for the Berra, it earns the distinction of the bronze medal because it's iconic, interesting, and is there a volcano behind Yogi?

#2:  Johnny Bench

If I had to guess, I would imagine that many of you thought that I'd be putting this Johnny Bench card in the number one spot in the countdown.  To be fair, I was expecting to do that.  It's a gorgeous card - and Bench's glare saying "I dare you to run on me" is priceless.  Unfortunately for Johnny, there was one other card with an even better glare...

#1:  Felipe Alou

That's right - in a set full of legends it's none other than Felipe Alou who earns the distinction of "best card in the set."  Alou's terribly serious glare - probably a result of a called strike that he didn't agree with - is the stuff of legends.  This card is the perfect embodiment of the seriousness (and ridiculousness) of baseball!

I love it!

And with that - the countdown is over.  Do you agree or disagree with my choices?  Let me know below.  And for posterity, here's the final list (in order of how I see 'em):

2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants - Best Cards, In Order!
Note:  The card number is the number in parenthesis after the player.
#90.  Ron Guidry (74)
#89.  Paul Molitor (62)
#88.  Will Clark (87)
#87.  Kirby Puckett (50)
#86.  Carl Yastrzemski (14)
#85.  Mike Schmidt (57)
#84.  Keith Hernandez (49)
#83.  Jim Rice (43)
#82.  Gary Carter (32)
#81.  Bill Mazeroski (4)
#80.  Catfish Hunter (16)
#79.  Tony Gwynn (76)
#78.  Cal Ripken Jr. (13)
#77.  Jack Morris (39)
#76.  Ozzie Smith (61)
#75:  Graig Nettles (37)
#74:  Dale Murphy (17)
#73:  Goose Gossage (36)
#72.  Bucky Dent (12)
#71.  Jim Palmer (42)
#70.  Robin Yount (70)
#69.  Willie McCovey (88)
#68.  Dave Parker (18)
#67.  Billy Williams (5)
#66.  Don Mattingly (20)
#65.  Steve Carlton (79)
#64.  Gaylord Perry (33)
#63.  Sparky Lyle (77)
#62.  Jim Bunning (40)
#61.  Eddie Mathews (24)
#60.  Tommy John (82)
#59.  George Kell (35)
#58.  Monte Irvin (58)
#57:  Bert Blyleven (3)
#56:  Early Wynn (23)
#55:  Larry Doby (51)
#54:  Joe Morgan (45)
#53:  Nolan Ryan (59)
#52:  Lou Brock (52)
#51:  Rico Petrocelli (68)
#50:  Bob Lemon (8)
#49:  Fred Lynn (31)
#48:  Bobby Doerr (9)
#47:  Robin Roberts (69)
#46:  Johnny Podres (47)
#45:  Maury Wills (55)
#44:  Pee Wee Reese (63)
#43:  Luis Aparicio (53)
#42:  Warren Spahn (85)
#41:  Ernie Banks (27)
#40:  Tony Perez (83)
#39:  Mickey Mantle (56)
#38:  Eddie Murray (25)
#37:  Wade Boggs (84)
#36:  Bob Feller (6)
#35:  Orlando Cepeda (60)
#34:  Don Larsen (19)
#33:  Luis Tiant (54)
#32:  Willie Stargell (89)
#31:  Duke Snider (22)
#30:  Tom Seaver (81)
#29:  Rick Ferrell (80)
#28:  Whitey Ford (86)
#27:  Phil Niekro (64)
#26:  Ron Santo (75)
#25:  Rollie Fingers (73)
#24:  Rocky Colavito (71)
#23:  Juan Marichal (48)
#22:  Rod Carew (72)
#21:  Fergie Jenkins (28)
#20:  Frank Robinson (30)
#19:  Carlton Fisk (15)
#18:  Frank Howard (29)
#17:  Al Rosen (2)
#16:  Richie Ashburn (67)
#15:  Harmon Killebrew (38)
#14:  Enos Slaughter (26)
#13:  Stan Musial (78)
#12:  Bob Gibson (7)
#11:  Don Newcombe (21)
#10:  Bruce Sutter (11)
#9:   Phil Rizzuto (65)
#8:   Ralph Kiner (66)
#7:   Al Kaline (1)
#6:   Joe DiMaggio (44)
#5:   George Brett (34)
#4:   Brooks Robinson (10)
#3:   Yogi Berra (90)
#2:   Johnny Bench (46)
#1:   Felipe Alou (41)

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday: Doin' It Up Listia Style

Black Friday is a day that I used to avoid like the plague.  However, the past few years my wife and I have braved the crowds and gone out to our holiday shopping.  Actually, we don't usually have to worry about the crowds because we do a lot of our shopping at smaller stores on Black Friday (stores that typically take part in Small Town Saturday or whatever it is that they call it).  In doing so, my wife and I might not get the absolute best prices on things...but we also don't get trampled by people hoping to score a Tickle Me Elmo or some such nonsense.  I'll take that trade.

However, for those of you who are smarter than us and decided to stay home entirely, there's always online shopping.  We all know about Listia by now - but here's my most recent Lista purchase.

Yeah, another LEGO minifigure from the Collectible Minifigure lineup.  This is the Diner Waitress from the most recent set (Series 11).  She's definitely not my favorite character but it's one that I needed.  The one thing I do like about the figure is that she has a name tag (her name is Tara - presumably the person who designed the figure at LEGO headquarters).  I also like the pink roller skates - they were a new piece for me.  The tray would have been nicer if it had some LEGO bumps on it so that you could connect food pieces to it.  As it is now, it's tough to balance the figure with the ice cream sundae on the tray unless you have the figure on the black stand.  It's a minor detail but when you pay $3 a pop (at retail) you want these things to work.  Of course, I got this for a fairly healthy amount of credits from Listia rather than at a store, but the principle of the matter remains the same.

The seller actually shipped the figure to me without the tray...but then realized her mistake and sent me a separate envelope that contained the tray.  It's not often you meet a seller on Listia that is that nice - it certainly helps to even out some of the poor experiences that I've had on the site!

As for the other figures that I still need?  You can find the entire list of what I'm looking for here - I'll happily trade LEGO for LEGO or even baseball cards for LEGO if you'd prefer!

UD Past Time Pennants Countdown: #6, #5, and #4!

The 2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants Countdown is almost over.  I started with what I determined was the worst card in the 90 card set and have slowly but surely (3 cards per day) worked all the way down to the creme of the crop.  Today, we take a look at cards #6, #5, and #4 in the set.  Tomorrow, on the final day of November, we'll see the top three cards in the set.  Enjoy (and happy Black Friday if that's your thing as well)!

#6:  Joe DiMaggio

Joe is probably best known for his 56-game hitting streak but for me it's images like this that seem to best represent DiMaggio (especially since I never got to see him play in person).  This card has it all - and it's timeless to boot.  A great card that's definitely worthy of a top 10 finish.

#5:  George Brett

Upper Deck included a few of these "conversational" cards in the set and I think I've liked pretty much all of them.  This one, however, was an easy choice for my favorite because of the colors and because you can clearly see George Brett's face (and he's obviously discussing something of utmost importance - maybe something like what's for dinner tonight).

#4:  Brooks Robinson

Robinson has the "honor" of being the final card before the "top three" cards in the set.  Finishing fourth isn't terrible but it's also the first finish spot that doesn't get a medal of any type.  Sorry Brooks, not even a bronze for you my friend.  The card however?  Pure gold.  There's not much that could make this better...maybe haveing people in the stands but even that is debatable.  I love it - but it didn't quite cut the mustard for Top Three status.

Who earns a spot in the Top 3?  Well, by process of elimination you could figure it out (after all, I list the cards in order below and there's only three cards missing)!  Post your guesses for the order if you'd like - and be sure to come back tomorrow when I finally finish off this month-long theme!


2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants - Best Cards, In Order (so far).
Note:  The card number is the number in parenthesis after the player.
#90.  Ron Guidry (74)
#89.  Paul Molitor (62)
#88.  Will Clark (87)
#87.  Kirby Puckett (50)
#86.  Carl Yastrzemski (14)
#85.  Mike Schmidt (57)
#84.  Keith Hernandez (49)
#83.  Jim Rice (43)
#82.  Gary Carter (32)
#81.  Bill Mazeroski (4)
#80.  Catfish Hunter (16)
#79.  Tony Gwynn (76)
#78.  Cal Ripken Jr. (13)
#77.  Jack Morris (39)
#76.  Ozzie Smith (61)
#75:  Graig Nettles (37)
#74:  Dale Murphy (17)
#73:  Goose Gossage (36)
#72.  Bucky Dent (12)
#71.  Jim Palmer (42)
#70.  Robin Yount (70)
#69.  Willie McCovey (88)
#68.  Dave Parker (18)
#67.  Billy Williams (5)
#66.  Don Mattingly (20)
#65.  Steve Carlton (79)
#64.  Gaylord Perry (33)
#63.  Sparky Lyle (77)
#62.  Jim Bunning (40)
#61.  Eddie Mathews (24)
#60.  Tommy John (82)
#59.  George Kell (35)
#58.  Monte Irvin (58)
#57:  Bert Blyleven (3)
#56:  Early Wynn (23)
#55:  Larry Doby (51)
#54:  Joe Morgan (45)
#53:  Nolan Ryan (59)
#52:  Lou Brock (52)
#51:  Rico Petrocelli (68)
#50:  Bob Lemon (8)
#49:  Fred Lynn (31)
#48:  Bobby Doerr (9)
#47:  Robin Roberts (69)
#46:  Johnny Podres (47)
#45:  Maury Wills (55)
#44:  Pee Wee Reese (63)
#43:  Luis Aparicio (53)
#42:  Warren Spahn (85)
#41:  Ernie Banks (27)
#40:  Tony Perez (83)
#39:  Mickey Mantle (56)
#38:  Eddie Murray (25)
#37:  Wade Boggs (84)
#36:  Bob Feller (6)
#35:  Orlando Cepeda (60)
#34:  Don Larsen (19)
#33:  Luis Tiant (54)
#32:  Willie Stargell (89)
#31:  Duke Snider (22)
#30:  Tom Seaver (81)
#29:  Rick Ferrell (80)
#28:  Whitey Ford (86)
#27:  Phil Niekro (64)
#26:  Ron Santo (75)
#25:  Rollie Fingers (73)
#24:  Rocky Colavito (71)
#23:  Juan Marichal (48)
#22:  Rod Carew (72)
#21:  Fergie Jenkins (28)
#20:  Frank Robinson (30)
#19:  Carlton Fisk (15)
#18:  Frank Howard (29)
#17:  Al Rosen (2)
#16:  Richie Ashburn (67)
#15:  Harmon Killebrew (38)
#14:  Enos Slaughter (26)
#13:  Stan Musial (78)
#12:  Bob Gibson (7)
#11:  Don Newcombe (21)
#10:  Bruce Sutter (11)
#9:   Phil Rizzuto (65)
#8:   Ralph Kiner (66)
#7:   Al Kaline (1)
#6:   Joe DiMaggio (44)
#5:   George Brett (34)

#4:   Brooks Robinson (10)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!



Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope your feast was excellent (or will be excellent if you are evening dinner type of family).


As for me?  Well, I'm enjoying Thanksgiving by taking my grandmother out to eat.  The last couple of years, my wife and I have made the trek up to Vermont (where she lives in an assisted living home) and taken her out for a Thanksgiving dinner.  It's a lot of fun - and about the only time I can visit her during the school year.
PS:  If you are interested in the image above - it's from a LEGO set called Thanksgiving Feast which I recently reviewed on my LEGO-centric blog here.

UD Past Time Pennants Countdown: Pure Cardboard Gold!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope you all have a great day filled with good food and family.  I know that's certainly my plan for the day.  However, before getting to the turkey, let's look at the next three cards in the ongoing 2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants Countdown.  Since the end of the month is almost here, so is the end of the countdown.  In fact, today we look at numbers 9, 8, and 7 in the list.  After today?  Only two more days worth of cards!

#9:  Phil Rizzuto

I've said this a few times throughout the countdown but I have to say it again:  Cardboard Gold.  Oh sure, Rizzuto didn't finish #1 in the countdown but that doesn't mean it's not a great card - in fact, it's almost perfect.  Unfortunately for Phil, there were simply other cards that I liked better (through no fault of Rizzuto).  I have no complaints about this card - nor could I see how it could be improved.  Simply wonderful.

#8:  Ralph Kiner

As you can see, now that we've reached the Top 10 cards of the set it's simply masterpiece after masterpiece on the part of Upper Deck.  This is another card that I can't see how it could possibly be improved - I love it!

#7:  Al Kaline

You might be surprised by Kaline's final position in the countdown.  For many people, I would imagine that this card would be lucky to crack the Top 75.  Why do I like it so much?  For starters, it looks like Kaline was photographed in front of his house (though that can't be true since he was born in Baltimore and that's certainly not Baltimore in the background).  I love the quirky backgrounds that many cards in the set have - and nothing exemplifies that quite like the Kaline card and the family farm!

2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants - Best Cards, In Order (so far).
Note:  The card number is the number in parenthesis after the player.
#90.  Ron Guidry (74)
#89.  Paul Molitor (62)
#88.  Will Clark (87)
#87.  Kirby Puckett (50)
#86.  Carl Yastrzemski (14)
#85.  Mike Schmidt (57)
#84.  Keith Hernandez (49)
#83.  Jim Rice (43)
#82.  Gary Carter (32)
#81.  Bill Mazeroski (4)
#80.  Catfish Hunter (16)
#79.  Tony Gwynn (76)
#78.  Cal Ripken Jr. (13)
#77.  Jack Morris (39)
#76.  Ozzie Smith (61)
#75:  Graig Nettles (37)
#74:  Dale Murphy (17)
#73:  Goose Gossage (36)
#72.  Bucky Dent (12)
#71.  Jim Palmer (42)
#70.  Robin Yount (70)
#69.  Willie McCovey (88)
#68.  Dave Parker (18)
#67.  Billy Williams (5)
#66.  Don Mattingly (20)
#65.  Steve Carlton (79)
#64.  Gaylord Perry (33)
#63.  Sparky Lyle (77)
#62.  Jim Bunning (40)
#61.  Eddie Mathews (24)
#60.  Tommy John (82)
#59.  George Kell (35)
#58.  Monte Irvin (58)
#57:  Bert Blyleven (3)
#56:  Early Wynn (23)
#55:  Larry Doby (51)
#54:  Joe Morgan (45)
#53:  Nolan Ryan (59)
#52:  Lou Brock (52)
#51:  Rico Petrocelli (68)
#50:  Bob Lemon (8)
#49:  Fred Lynn (31)
#48:  Bobby Doerr (9)
#47:  Robin Roberts (69)
#46:  Johnny Podres (47)
#45:  Maury Wills (55)
#44:  Pee Wee Reese (63)
#43:  Luis Aparicio (53)
#42:  Warren Spahn (85)
#41:  Ernie Banks (27)
#40:  Tony Perez (83)
#39:  Mickey Mantle (56)
#38:  Eddie Murray (25)
#37:  Wade Boggs (84)
#36:  Bob Feller (6)
#35:  Orlando Cepeda (60)
#34:  Don Larsen (19)
#33:  Luis Tiant (54)
#32:  Willie Stargell (89)
#31:  Duke Snider (22)
#30:  Tom Seaver (81)
#29:  Rick Ferrell (80)
#28:  Whitey Ford (86)
#27:  Phil Niekro (64)
#26:  Ron Santo (75)
#25:  Rollie Fingers (73)
#24:  Rocky Colavito (71)
#23:  Juan Marichal (48)
#22:  Rod Carew (72)
#21:  Fergie Jenkins (28)
#20:  Frank Robinson (30)
#19:  Carlton Fisk (15)
#18:  Frank Howard (29)
#17:  Al Rosen (2)
#16:  Richie Ashburn (67)
#15:  Harmon Killebrew (38)
#14:  Enos Slaughter (26)
#13:  Stan Musial (78)
#12:  Bob Gibson (7)
#11:  Don Newcombe (21)
#10:  Bruce Sutter (11)
#9:   Phil Rizzuto (65)
#8:   Ralph Kiner (66)
#7:   Al Kaline (1)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

"I Thought About Stuffing this Thing Full of Cardinals, but that Would be Rude"

"I Thought About Stuffing this Thing Full of Cardinals, but that Would be Rude"

And so began a note dropped in a trade package from Chris over at The Raz Card Blog.

Happily for me, Chris saw the light and didn't include any cursed Cardinals.  Instead, he sent me a few things that I actually wanted.  I appreciate that!

First up, a pair of Gypsy Queen base cards from this year's set.

I have to admit, I like the GQ set but completing it has been a royal pain in the backside.  I guess other people didn't buy much of this stuff (and I can't blame anyone since the one hobby box that I bought ended up being one of the worst boxes that I've ever opened in my life).

Moving on to happier fare - how about a Zack Cozart relic:

I didn't buy a single pack of flagship Topps so I've relied on the blogosphere to help me get all the Reds.  Luckily, you guys (and gals) have been awesome to me in that department - there aren't all that many more cards that I need!

Finally, Chris also threw in some Bowman Reds - a brand that I appreciate getting cards from but that I'm much too dumb to be able to understand for myself.

Are these parallels or was the whole set gold bordered?  I have no idea - but I'm happy to have the cards in my collection!  I think the Votto is my favorite of the four Bowmans (and also the only card from 2012 in that group).  For whatever reason, I like the '12 design slightly better.  I guess the hourglass figure of the 2013 design doesn't quite work for me.

One more goodie - a Brandon Phillips Sega CardGen card from 2013.

I don't know where these things come from exactly (Japan?) but hey, now I have one for this year!

Thanks for the great package of cards Chris...and for not putting a bunch of lousy Cardinals in it.  As for anyone else, if you promise not to Bip me with Cardinals, I'd love to work out a trade.  Check out my want list and make an offer!

UD Past Time Pennants: The Top 10 Begins Today!

As the post title says, we have finally made it to the Top 10 best cards in the 2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants set.  Oh sure, technically today we will only get to see #10 on the list (along with almost-but-not-quite-top-ten cards #11 and #12).  Even so, I hope you enjoy - and be sure to visit the blog tomorrow when we'll have the first post with pure Top 10 cards (in between eating lots of turkey of course).

#12:  Bob Gibson 

I guess I really wanted to make sure that Cardinals were shut out of the top 10, even subconsciously!  Unfortunately, it didn't quite work as one St. Louis player did manage to make the top 10 (spoiler alert:  you'll see that player today).

#11:  Don Newcombe

This is one of those cards that makes the viewer wonder what exactly Newcombe was saying to his New York counterpart (since the Dodgers were in Brooklyn at the time).  It's a great shot though - and certainly would be top 5 material in almost any other set.  Alas, the competition was fierce in this set so Newcombe finds himself the final player cut en route to the top 10!

#10:  Bruce Sutter

Sutter makes the top 10 ahead of the likes of Gibson and Newcombe mostly because it looks like the photographer went into Sutter's home, ripped him out of bed, threw a baby blue jersey on him, then snapped a quick picture.  It's hilarious - and simple enough to warrant a spot in the top 10.

Who else made the top 10?  Well, at this point I suppose you could go through the checklist and figure it out - but can you figure out the order that I placed the remaining nine cards?  I'm guessing not since there are 9! = 9x8x7x6x5x4x3x2x1 ways for me to have ordered such a group.  And yeah - it's an off day for me at work so there's my math lesson for the day.  You are welcome world.

2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants - Best Cards, In Order (so far).
Note:  The card number is the number in parenthesis after the player.
#90.  Ron Guidry (74)
#89.  Paul Molitor (62)
#88.  Will Clark (87)
#87.  Kirby Puckett (50)
#86.  Carl Yastrzemski (14)
#85.  Mike Schmidt (57)
#84.  Keith Hernandez (49)
#83.  Jim Rice (43)
#82.  Gary Carter (32)
#81.  Bill Mazeroski (4)
#80.  Catfish Hunter (16)
#79.  Tony Gwynn (76)
#78.  Cal Ripken Jr. (13)
#77.  Jack Morris (39)
#76.  Ozzie Smith (61)
#75:  Graig Nettles (37)
#74:  Dale Murphy (17)
#73:  Goose Gossage (36)
#72.  Bucky Dent (12)
#71.  Jim Palmer (42)
#70.  Robin Yount (70)
#69.  Willie McCovey (88)
#68.  Dave Parker (18)
#67.  Billy Williams (5)
#66.  Don Mattingly (20)
#65.  Steve Carlton (79)
#64.  Gaylord Perry (33)
#63.  Sparky Lyle (77)
#62.  Jim Bunning (40)
#61.  Eddie Mathews (24)
#60.  Tommy John (82)
#59.  George Kell (35)
#58.  Monte Irvin (58)
#57:  Bert Blyleven (3)
#56:  Early Wynn (23)
#55:  Larry Doby (51)
#54:  Joe Morgan (45)
#53:  Nolan Ryan (59)
#52:  Lou Brock (52)
#51:  Rico Petrocelli (68)
#50:  Bob Lemon (8)
#49:  Fred Lynn (31)
#48:  Bobby Doerr (9)
#47:  Robin Roberts (69)
#46:  Johnny Podres (47)
#45:  Maury Wills (55)
#44:  Pee Wee Reese (63)
#43:  Luis Aparicio (53)
#42:  Warren Spahn (85)
#41:  Ernie Banks (27)
#40:  Tony Perez (83)
#39:  Mickey Mantle (56)
#38:  Eddie Murray (25)
#37:  Wade Boggs (84)
#36:  Bob Feller (6)
#35:  Orlando Cepeda (60)
#34:  Don Larsen (19)
#33:  Luis Tiant (54)
#32:  Willie Stargell (89)
#31:  Duke Snider (22)
#30:  Tom Seaver (81)
#29:  Rick Ferrell (80)
#28:  Whitey Ford (86)
#27:  Phil Niekro (64)
#26:  Ron Santo (75)
#25:  Rollie Fingers (73)
#24:  Rocky Colavito (71)
#23:  Juan Marichal (48)
#22:  Rod Carew (72)
#21:  Fergie Jenkins (28)
#20:  Frank Robinson (30)
#19:  Carlton Fisk (15)
#18:  Frank Howard (29)
#17:  Al Rosen (2)
#16:  Richie Ashburn (67)
#15:  Harmon Killebrew (38)
#14:  Enos Slaughter (26)
#13:  Stan Musial (78)
#12:  Bob Gibson (7)
#11:  Don Newcombe (21)
#10:  Bruce Sutter (11)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Trade Stack 55: Not a Flattering Photo...

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:  11/26/13

When I start building a trade stack, I have two options typically available to me.  
1.  Add a card that I think will result in someone claiming the stack immediately.
2.  Add a card that will most likely end up adding height to the stack - but not convince anyone to jump in and claim the stack.

Today's card falls firmly in the second option - though I learned a long time ago that I'm usually wrong whenever I think a card is either a Type 1 card or a Type 2 card.  Which means there's probably someone out there who happens to be looking for this exact card for reasons that are unknown to me...and that by the time the rest of you read this the stack will already be claimed.

No?

Ok fine.  We'll see I guess...

As always, you get the entire stack in exchange for any one card off my want list)!  

1991 Donruss:
655.  Jimmy Poole - Dodgers

1993 Upper Deck:
4.  Willie Greene - Reds

2008 Topps Allen & Ginter:
207.  Yuniesky Betancourt - Mariners

1989 Donruss:
 Diamond King Puzzle:
Warren Spahn - Braves
Pieces 7, 8, & 9

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:  4 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 55:  ?? by ??

UD Past Time Pennants Countdown: So Much Cardinal Stink!

Given that I reveal three cards from the 2005 UD Past Time Pennants set per day for the entire month of November, this is officially the final post without at least one Top 10 card in it!  Who just misses the cut you ask?  Well, how about a pair of Cardinals for starters (which is perfectly fine by me)...

#15:  Harmon Killebrew

To be honest, I thought that this card was a shoo-in for the top 10 when I started sorting the set into piles of "decent," "good," and "great."  Ultimately, I had to make some serious cuts to whittle down to the ten best and Mr. Killebrew ended up a few cards short.  I love the shopping cart on the field - and the ad for Pure Ice in the background (there's also an ad for ice cream that you just barely make out).

#14:  Enos Slaughter

The card itself is nice, but like the Killebrew, the real star is the advertisements in the background.  For Slaughter, it's the totally awesome Gem Razor ad that makes the card...and there's something sort of funny about a guy named Slaughter having ads for razors in his photo.

#13:  Stan Musial

Although simplistic, this card is another example of pure cardboard gold.  Oh sure, it didn't quite make the Top 10 of the set but I'd consider this to be one of the more iconic cards in the set (despite it being of a blasted Cardinal).

2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants - Best Cards, In Order (so far).
Note:  The card number is the number in parenthesis after the player.
#90.  Ron Guidry (74)
#89.  Paul Molitor (62)
#88.  Will Clark (87)
#87.  Kirby Puckett (50)
#86.  Carl Yastrzemski (14)
#85.  Mike Schmidt (57)
#84.  Keith Hernandez (49)
#83.  Jim Rice (43)
#82.  Gary Carter (32)
#81.  Bill Mazeroski (4)
#80.  Catfish Hunter (16)
#79.  Tony Gwynn (76)
#78.  Cal Ripken Jr. (13)
#77.  Jack Morris (39)
#76.  Ozzie Smith (61)
#75:  Graig Nettles (37)
#74:  Dale Murphy (17)
#73:  Goose Gossage (36)
#72.  Bucky Dent (12)
#71.  Jim Palmer (42)
#70.  Robin Yount (70)
#69.  Willie McCovey (88)
#68.  Dave Parker (18)
#67.  Billy Williams (5)
#66.  Don Mattingly (20)
#65.  Steve Carlton (79)
#64.  Gaylord Perry (33)
#63.  Sparky Lyle (77)
#62.  Jim Bunning (40)
#61.  Eddie Mathews (24)
#60.  Tommy John (82)
#59.  George Kell (35)
#58.  Monte Irvin (58)
#57:  Bert Blyleven (3)
#56:  Early Wynn (23)
#55:  Larry Doby (51)
#54:  Joe Morgan (45)
#53:  Nolan Ryan (59)
#52:  Lou Brock (52)
#51:  Rico Petrocelli (68)
#50:  Bob Lemon (8)
#49:  Fred Lynn (31)
#48:  Bobby Doerr (9)
#47:  Robin Roberts (69)
#46:  Johnny Podres (47)
#45:  Maury Wills (55)
#44:  Pee Wee Reese (63)
#43:  Luis Aparicio (53)
#42:  Warren Spahn (85)
#41:  Ernie Banks (27)
#40:  Tony Perez (83)
#39:  Mickey Mantle (56)
#38:  Eddie Murray (25)
#37:  Wade Boggs (84)
#36:  Bob Feller (6)
#35:  Orlando Cepeda (60)
#34:  Don Larsen (19)
#33:  Luis Tiant (54)
#32:  Willie Stargell (89)
#31:  Duke Snider (22)
#30:  Tom Seaver (81)
#29:  Rick Ferrell (80)
#28:  Whitey Ford (86)
#27:  Phil Niekro (64)
#26:  Ron Santo (75)
#25:  Rollie Fingers (73)
#24:  Rocky Colavito (71)
#23:  Juan Marichal (48)
#22:  Rod Carew (72)
#21:  Fergie Jenkins (28)
#20:  Frank Robinson (30)
#19:  Carlton Fisk (15)
#18:  Frank Howard (29)
#17:  Al Rosen (2)
#16:  Richie Ashburn (67)
#15:  Harmon Killebrew (38)
#14:  Enos Slaughter (26)
#13:  Stan Musial (78)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Barry Larkin Collection 220: 1995 Leaf Limited - Bat Patrol Insert - #18

Barry Larkin
Year:  1995
Brand:  Leaf Limited
Insert set:  Bat Patrol
Card number:  18

This happens to be one of the ugliest Barry Larkin cards that I have ever seen.  There, I said it.

Ignoring the ugliness is almost impossible - but I'll try to find something positive to say about the card.  Larkin was one of 24 players to make the cut for the set (is that a blessing or a curse though - I can't be sure).  I do like the fact that Leaf used a different photo for the front and back...but otherwise there's not much good in terms of this card.  In fact, I would guess that this has to be one of the ten ugliest Larkin cards ever produced - it's certainly one of the ten ugliest that I own anyhow.

And yet, as a player collector, it has a special place in my collection.  *sigh*

UD Past Time Pennants Countdown: Have You Heard of the Whiz Kids?

Today marks the beginning of another week - but for most of us it's a short work week.  For me, I actually only have to go in to work today as I cancelled my Tuesday labs (and the college where I work is closed Wednesday - Friday).  What better way to celebrate a one-day work week than to continue our month long 2005 Upper Deck Pennants Countdown?

#18:  Frank Howard

Howard averaged about 34 home runs per season while playing in Washington (a span of seven years).  Considering the times, that's a huge home run total!  For me, this card is almost perfect...if it were zoomed in just slightly I'd have a hard time not including it in the Top 10.  Of course, we are now at #18 (and counting) so all the remaining cards are awfully swell.

#17:  Al Rosen

I don't know all that much about Rosen.  He played during the 1950s which was a full three decades before my birth so I guess I can be forgiven...but still, I hate not knowing about the legends of the game!  As for the card, I love the old uniform, I love the pose, and I even love how smooth the grass looks (despite it being a black and white image).  Good stuff!

#16:  Richie Ashburn

The back of Ashburn's card says that the 1950s Phillies were known as the "Whiz Kids."  I've never heard of that nickname so hey, if nothing else I learned something new today!  The card itself is a masterpiece of color composition...and a great angle for what is otherwise a boring posed shot.

2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants - Best Cards, In Order (so far).
Note:  The card number is the number in parenthesis after the player.
#90.  Ron Guidry (74)
#89.  Paul Molitor (62)
#88.  Will Clark (87)
#87.  Kirby Puckett (50)
#86.  Carl Yastrzemski (14)
#85.  Mike Schmidt (57)
#84.  Keith Hernandez (49)
#83.  Jim Rice (43)
#82.  Gary Carter (32)
#81.  Bill Mazeroski (4)
#80.  Catfish Hunter (16)
#79.  Tony Gwynn (76)
#78.  Cal Ripken Jr. (13)
#77.  Jack Morris (39)
#76.  Ozzie Smith (61)
#75:  Graig Nettles (37)
#74:  Dale Murphy (17)
#73:  Goose Gossage (36)
#72.  Bucky Dent (12)
#71.  Jim Palmer (42)
#70.  Robin Yount (70)
#69.  Willie McCovey (88)
#68.  Dave Parker (18)
#67.  Billy Williams (5)
#66.  Don Mattingly (20)
#65.  Steve Carlton (79)
#64.  Gaylord Perry (33)
#63.  Sparky Lyle (77)
#62.  Jim Bunning (40)
#61.  Eddie Mathews (24)
#60.  Tommy John (82)
#59.  George Kell (35)
#58.  Monte Irvin (58)
#57:  Bert Blyleven (3)
#56:  Early Wynn (23)
#55:  Larry Doby (51)
#54:  Joe Morgan (45)
#53:  Nolan Ryan (59)
#52:  Lou Brock (52)
#51:  Rico Petrocelli (68)
#50:  Bob Lemon (8)
#49:  Fred Lynn (31)
#48:  Bobby Doerr (9)
#47:  Robin Roberts (69)
#46:  Johnny Podres (47)
#45:  Maury Wills (55)
#44:  Pee Wee Reese (63)
#43:  Luis Aparicio (53)
#42:  Warren Spahn (85)
#41:  Ernie Banks (27)
#40:  Tony Perez (83)
#39:  Mickey Mantle (56)
#38:  Eddie Murray (25)
#37:  Wade Boggs (84)
#36:  Bob Feller (6)
#35:  Orlando Cepeda (60)
#34:  Don Larsen (19)
#33:  Luis Tiant (54)
#32:  Willie Stargell (89)
#31:  Duke Snider (22)
#30:  Tom Seaver (81)
#29:  Rick Ferrell (80)
#28:  Whitey Ford (86)
#27:  Phil Niekro (64)
#26:  Ron Santo (75)
#25:  Rollie Fingers (73)
#24:  Rocky Colavito (71)
#23:  Juan Marichal (48)
#22:  Rod Carew (72)
#21:  Fergie Jenkins (28)
#20:  Frank Robinson (30)
#19:  Carlton Fisk (15)
#18:  Frank Howard (29)
#17:  Al Rosen (2)
#16:  Richie Ashburn (67)

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Listia: Do I Love You or Hate You?

Listia.

The site almost all baseball card collectors now know about...and yet, only a few people actually use the place.  This can be good at times because it means cards go for cheap - but it can be bad at times because it can be hard to "sell" your own stuff.  

Just as annoying is the fact that you never know exactly who you are dealing with.  I've been screwed over (pardon my language) multiple times - but I've also dealt with some really wonderful sellers.  Again, it's a mixed bag of blessings and curses.

Case in point - one of my most recent purchases.

You see, every now and then I check Listia to see if there are any Barry Larkin cards listed that I don't currently own.  As luck would have it, I happened to find one not all that long ago.  Unfortunately, the particular seller that had it listed charged for shipping.  I didn't let that deter me though so I bit the proverbial bullet and sent both cash and credits to the seller.

Two weeks later?

Nothing.

Another week?  

An apologetic email saying he got behind and would be mailing my card along with a few goodies.  Of course, the same email also said that because of this experience the seller was done with Listia.  I say if you are going to sell something you should mail it in a reasonable amount time - even more so when you charge for shipping like he did.  Oh well.

End result?  It took about a month but I finally have a new Barry Larkin card for my collection.  

It's a gorgeous die-cut card from 1997 Donruss Preferred (maybe?).  I actually have no idea what set this is at the moment but I'm pretty sure I didn't have the card until now.  

As for the "bonus cards" that the seller threw in...well...let's just say nothing fits my personal collecting goals.  You'll probably find that these end up in various Trade Stacks over time (but if you see something you want be sure to let me know now)!

First up - Barry Bonds.  

I'm guessing no one is jumping up and down at the thought of acquiring a Bonds card (especially that 1991 Score card).

Next, this Wade Boggs "Slick Picks" insert card from 1996 Pinnacle.

I actually think the card is pretty nice - but I don't have much desire to collect any Yankees (unless it's for a set that I'm trying to complete).  As with the Bonds, this is available for trade.

The final bonus card was the most interesting (to me):

It's a Nolan Ryan "Starbrite Superstars" oddball card.  According to the information that I found, the set was released in 1988.  I had never heard of the set (nor seen any cards from it) but I now know that I'm missing at least three more Reds cards in existence (Chris Sabo, Eric Davis, and Chris Sabo again).  Why does Chris Sabo get two cards in a 21 card set?  I have no idea - maybe Sabo's grandmother made the set?  Anyhow, I haven't quite decided what I'll do with the Nolan Ryan card - but I'll certainly listen to offers...

UD Past Time Pennants Countdown: We Made it to the Top 20!

The month of November is in the home stretch...and with it, so is our 2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants Countdown.  With three cards per day, we've made it to the point of the Top 20.  Which card will finish one spot shy of the Top 20?  What goodies remain within the Top 20?  And, of course, who makes the Top 10?  Let's find out - three cards at a time!

#21:  Fergie Jenkins

It's the ivy and the great hair that pushed Fergie to the brink of the Top 20!

#20:  Frank Robinson

It makes me a bit sad that of Robinson's five best seasons, two of them were with the Orioles.  The Reds really botched that trade big time.

#19:  Carlton Fisk

Putting Fisk ahead of Robinson in the countdown pained me a bit, but I'll forever know that while Fisk did have a big home run against Cincinnati, the Reds still won the World Series.  Take that Fisk!

Also, I noticed now that this post was pretty much devoid of color.  Don't worry, the Top 20 won't be all black and white cards (though you haven't seen the last of the monochromatic goodies yet either).

2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants - Best Cards, In Order (so far).
Note:  The card number is the number in parenthesis after the player.
#90.  Ron Guidry (74)
#89.  Paul Molitor (62)
#88.  Will Clark (87)
#87.  Kirby Puckett (50)
#86.  Carl Yastrzemski (14)
#85.  Mike Schmidt (57)
#84.  Keith Hernandez (49)
#83.  Jim Rice (43)
#82.  Gary Carter (32)
#81.  Bill Mazeroski (4)
#80.  Catfish Hunter (16)
#79.  Tony Gwynn (76)
#78.  Cal Ripken Jr. (13)
#77.  Jack Morris (39)
#76.  Ozzie Smith (61)
#75:  Graig Nettles (37)
#74:  Dale Murphy (17)
#73:  Goose Gossage (36)
#72.  Bucky Dent (12)
#71.  Jim Palmer (42)
#70.  Robin Yount (70)
#69.  Willie McCovey (88)
#68.  Dave Parker (18)
#67.  Billy Williams (5)
#66.  Don Mattingly (20)
#65.  Steve Carlton (79)
#64.  Gaylord Perry (33)
#63.  Sparky Lyle (77)
#62.  Jim Bunning (40)
#61.  Eddie Mathews (24)
#60.  Tommy John (82)
#59.  George Kell (35)
#58.  Monte Irvin (58)
#57:  Bert Blyleven (3)
#56:  Early Wynn (23)
#55:  Larry Doby (51)
#54:  Joe Morgan (45)
#53:  Nolan Ryan (59)
#52:  Lou Brock (52)
#51:  Rico Petrocelli (68)
#50:  Bob Lemon (8)
#49:  Fred Lynn (31)
#48:  Bobby Doerr (9)
#47:  Robin Roberts (69)
#46:  Johnny Podres (47)
#45:  Maury Wills (55)
#44:  Pee Wee Reese (63)
#43:  Luis Aparicio (53)
#42:  Warren Spahn (85)
#41:  Ernie Banks (27)
#40:  Tony Perez (83)
#39:  Mickey Mantle (56)
#38:  Eddie Murray (25)
#37:  Wade Boggs (84)
#36:  Bob Feller (6)
#35:  Orlando Cepeda (60)
#34:  Don Larsen (19)
#33:  Luis Tiant (54)
#32:  Willie Stargell (89)
#31:  Duke Snider (22)
#30:  Tom Seaver (81)
#29:  Rick Ferrell (80)
#28:  Whitey Ford (86)
#27:  Phil Niekro (64)
#26:  Ron Santo (75)
#25:  Rollie Fingers (73)
#24:  Rocky Colavito (71)
#23:  Juan Marichal (48)
#22:  Rod Carew (72)
#21:  Fergie Jenkins (28)
#20:  Frank Robinson (30)
#19:  Carlton Fisk (15)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Blogger Bracket Challenge: We Made it to the Finals! (Final Card Prompt Here!)

The Semi-Finals of the Blogger Bracket Challenge set a new record for total number of votes cast.  In fact, while the 12 - 42 score of the Play at the Plate vs. The Junior Junkie matchup was a record...it only lasted for a brief second because our other semifinal match-up raked in over 260 votes in total!!

Woah!  Never before have I seen successful ballot stuffing by a pair of competitors.  I know where some of the traffic (and thus votes) came from, but not all.  All I can say is that I am 100% ok (it's even encouraged) for you to ask, beg, or plead for votes - each person should only vote one time (per device I guess).  I use the Google built-in polls with the idea that they are relatively tamper-proof but I'm sure nothing is 100% perfect.  Remember, the contest is meant to be all good fun for everyone!

Now that we have the semifinals completed, we have our final pairing - winner takes all!  (And here "all" is defined to be the stack of cards used for this tournament.)  In addition, I will say that I've already started to gather up cards for the next edition of the Blogger Bracket Challenge.  For 2014, I'm thinking about running the contest in February rather than November.  In February I figure more people will be gearing up for baseball - and November seems to be the least read month of the year for baseball blogs (or at least my blog anyhow).  What do you think?  Let me know below.

Enough about that - let's get to the finals!!

The 2013 Blogger Bracket Challenge Finals!

The Junior Junkie (#20 seed) vs. Comatoad (#19 seed):

In a stunning turn of events, both the lower seeded competitors knocked out our #1 and #2 seeds in the tournament.  This was shaping up to be a by-the-chalk tournament until that happened!  Now, it's anyone's game.

The prompt:

So many possibilities!  Will you go low brow humor?  Will you go high brow humor?  How about making jokes about the Athletics and getting beaned in the beans thanks to Billy Beane?  I have no idea - but I can't wait to see what you two come up with!

Since this coming week is Thanksgiving, I'm going to leave this round open until after the holiday - I'd hate for anyone to miss out on the finals because of turkey!  Thus, the deadline to post a link to your entry is Sunday, December 1 at 10:00 PM EST.  That gives you just over a week to concoct the best possible entry!

UD Past Time Pennants Countdown: A Pair of "C" Teams - but Not the Reds!

Today's portion of the countdown features both the Twins and the Indians (plus the Giants in the middle).  The thing of note is that both the Twins and Indians use the same "C" design that the Cincinnati Reds use.  Now to the countdown...

#24:  Rocky Colavito

Rocky has one of the best names for a fighter that I've ever heard.  Unfortunately, he ended up an outfielder rather than a brawler - and in terms of outfielder names, I don't think his holds a candle to the likes of Coco Crisp.

#23:  Juan Marichal

This is a great shot - if there were a few clouds in the sky (rather than a grey sky) this could easily have been a top 20 card.  As it is, it almost made the cut anyhow!

#22:  Rod Carew

I believe this is in the old Yankee Stadium but I could be way off.  Either way, I like the no batting glove look (even if it is a posed shot).  I also like how the colors really pop in this one.  Kudos Upper Deck.

2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants - Best Cards, In Order (so far).
Note:  The card number is the number in parenthesis after the player.
#90.  Ron Guidry (74)
#89.  Paul Molitor (62)
#88.  Will Clark (87)
#87.  Kirby Puckett (50)
#86.  Carl Yastrzemski (14)
#85.  Mike Schmidt (57)
#84.  Keith Hernandez (49)
#83.  Jim Rice (43)
#82.  Gary Carter (32)
#81.  Bill Mazeroski (4)
#80.  Catfish Hunter (16)
#79.  Tony Gwynn (76)
#78.  Cal Ripken Jr. (13)
#77.  Jack Morris (39)
#76.  Ozzie Smith (61)
#75:  Graig Nettles (37)
#74:  Dale Murphy (17)
#73:  Goose Gossage (36)
#72.  Bucky Dent (12)
#71.  Jim Palmer (42)
#70.  Robin Yount (70)
#69.  Willie McCovey (88)
#68.  Dave Parker (18)
#67.  Billy Williams (5)
#66.  Don Mattingly (20)
#65.  Steve Carlton (79)
#64.  Gaylord Perry (33)
#63.  Sparky Lyle (77)
#62.  Jim Bunning (40)
#61.  Eddie Mathews (24)
#60.  Tommy John (82)
#59.  George Kell (35)
#58.  Monte Irvin (58)
#57:  Bert Blyleven (3)
#56:  Early Wynn (23)
#55:  Larry Doby (51)
#54:  Joe Morgan (45)
#53:  Nolan Ryan (59)
#52:  Lou Brock (52)
#51:  Rico Petrocelli (68)
#50:  Bob Lemon (8)
#49:  Fred Lynn (31)
#48:  Bobby Doerr (9)
#47:  Robin Roberts (69)
#46:  Johnny Podres (47)
#45:  Maury Wills (55)
#44:  Pee Wee Reese (63)
#43:  Luis Aparicio (53)
#42:  Warren Spahn (85)
#41:  Ernie Banks (27)
#40:  Tony Perez (83)
#39:  Mickey Mantle (56)
#38:  Eddie Murray (25)
#37:  Wade Boggs (84)
#36:  Bob Feller (6)
#35:  Orlando Cepeda (60)
#34:  Don Larsen (19)
#33:  Luis Tiant (54)
#32:  Willie Stargell (89)
#31:  Duke Snider (22)
#30:  Tom Seaver (81)
#29:  Rick Ferrell (80)
#28:  Whitey Ford (86)
#27:  Phil Niekro (64)
#26:  Ron Santo (75)
#25:  Rollie Fingers (73)
#24:  Rocky Colavito (71)
#23:  Juan Marichal (48)
#22:  Rod Carew (72)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Learning Something New on a Friday Night!

Most baseball card bloggers know about the site Listia.  In general, it's a site where you can get cards for "free."  I put the word free in quotes because you do need to either give away your own stuff (to earn credits) or to complete a bunch of surveys and other things (in order to earn credits).  However, not all cards are free - sometimes sellers charge actually money for shipping (in addition to credits for the auction).

The good news about that?  You can usually get a pretty good deal because most Listonians (is that a word...it is now) don't want to pay for anything, including shipping.

Case in point:

I picked up this little card for the a buck, plus 100 credits.  I don't think it was the best deal I've ever gotten from the site, but it did bring me one card closer to completing my 2013 Allen & Ginter set!

The card celebrates the Nag Hammadi Library which I had assumed was some sort of ancient building.  Of course, I'm an idiot and was totally wrong.  Behold!

Yeah.  The Nag Hammadi Library was a bunch of documents in a clay pot.

You learn something new every day...and sometimes you can learn for as little as a buck!


UD Past Time Pennants Countdown: It's Gotta be the 'Stache

In the grand scheme of things, a 90 item countdown isn't a huge deal.  However, I have found this countdown to be a bit more work than I expected...  Oh well, I'm nothing if not a survivor!

#27:  Phil Niekro

So much blue!

#26:  Ron Santo

I typed "Ron Santa" first by accident.  I like that better.

#25:  Rollie Fingers

A posed photo is nothing new for this set, but the background really makes this one worthy of the 25th spot in the countdown.  First, you have a bunch of players walking (with hanging heads) off the field.  There's also a few nice light towers in the background (which I like for some reason) plus a bunch of trees!

I told you this countdown was a bit arbitrary - my tastes are weird in cards!


2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants - Best Cards, In Order (so far).
Note:  The card number is the number in parenthesis after the player.
#90.  Ron Guidry (74)
#89.  Paul Molitor (62)
#88.  Will Clark (87)
#87.  Kirby Puckett (50)
#86.  Carl Yastrzemski (14)
#85.  Mike Schmidt (57)
#84.  Keith Hernandez (49)
#83.  Jim Rice (43)
#82.  Gary Carter (32)
#81.  Bill Mazeroski (4)
#80.  Catfish Hunter (16)
#79.  Tony Gwynn (76)
#78.  Cal Ripken Jr. (13)
#77.  Jack Morris (39)
#76.  Ozzie Smith (61)
#75:  Graig Nettles (37)
#74:  Dale Murphy (17)
#73:  Goose Gossage (36)
#72.  Bucky Dent (12)
#71.  Jim Palmer (42)
#70.  Robin Yount (70)
#69.  Willie McCovey (88)
#68.  Dave Parker (18)
#67.  Billy Williams (5)
#66.  Don Mattingly (20)
#65.  Steve Carlton (79)
#64.  Gaylord Perry (33)
#63.  Sparky Lyle (77)
#62.  Jim Bunning (40)
#61.  Eddie Mathews (24)
#60.  Tommy John (82)
#59.  George Kell (35)
#58.  Monte Irvin (58)
#57:  Bert Blyleven (3)
#56:  Early Wynn (23)
#55:  Larry Doby (51)
#54:  Joe Morgan (45)
#53:  Nolan Ryan (59)
#52:  Lou Brock (52)
#51:  Rico Petrocelli (68)
#50:  Bob Lemon (8)
#49:  Fred Lynn (31)
#48:  Bobby Doerr (9)
#47:  Robin Roberts (69)
#46:  Johnny Podres (47)
#45:  Maury Wills (55)
#44:  Pee Wee Reese (63)
#43:  Luis Aparicio (53)
#42:  Warren Spahn (85)
#41:  Ernie Banks (27)
#40:  Tony Perez (83)
#39:  Mickey Mantle (56)
#38:  Eddie Murray (25)
#37:  Wade Boggs (84)
#36:  Bob Feller (6)
#35:  Orlando Cepeda (60)
#34:  Don Larsen (19)
#33:  Luis Tiant (54)
#32:  Willie Stargell (89)
#31:  Duke Snider (22)
#30:  Tom Seaver (81)
#29:  Rick Ferrell (80)
#28:  Whitey Ford (86)
#27:  Phil Niekro (64)
#26:  Ron Santo (75)
#25:  Rollie Fingers (73)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Trade Stack 55: I Have No Pithy Title Today.

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:  11/15/13

I've been really busy with my school stuff lately - we only have a couple of weeks remaining until final exams which means I have tons and tons of grading to do (plus the requisite writing of said final exams).  As such, I'm afraid some of my posts here at Nachos Grande have been slightly less than inspiring.  Even so, I'm still trying to keep up my two posts per day pace...and luckily I have a few "easy" posts that I can sprinkle in here and there.  One such "easy" post?  An addition to the current trade stack.  It's been a few days since I added to the stack and since it's remained unclaimed up until now, let's up the ante slightly.  I will say that I don't expect this card to send anyone into a tizzy wanting to claim the pile but who knows...maybe some of you really like future stars (that never were)?

As always, you get the entire stack in exchange for any one card off my want list)!  

1993 Upper Deck:
4.  Willie Greene - Reds

2008 Topps Allen & Ginter:
207.  Yuniesky Betancourt - Mariners

1989 Donruss:
 Diamond King Puzzle:
Warren Spahn - Braves
Pieces 7, 8, & 9

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:  4 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 55:  ?? by ??