Monday, September 29, 2014

Today's the Day!

Today is the day the movers came to move all the big stuff out of the house.  My wife and I (along with plenty of help from family members) spent this past weekend hauling out all our "little" stuff.  I even managed to be mostly helpful despite a nasty head cold.

Tuesday, we close on the new place - and Tuesday night will be our first night at the new place.  Internet is supposed to be hooked up on Wednesday.  Things are finally beginning to become organized.  This I like.


Need my new address?  Shoot me an email.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


I spent the day trying to pack up our remaining things in our house in anticipation of the big move.  I also managed to get the yard mowed - all while suffering from a terrible head cold.  Unfortunately, I have nothing left in me to devote to the blog today...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Win the World's Most Valuable Card

My packing of all my cards is almost complete in preparation for my wife and my move to our new house (we close on the new place this coming Tuesday).  As probably anyone who has moved before will tell you, every now and then you find some weird, strange, or otherwise forgotten stuff while packing.  For me, one such forgotten artifact is this lone pack of 1995 Topps Football.

I have no recollection of how I acquired this pack anymore - but I do know that I might as well open it.  The front of the pack states that you can win the world's most valuable card which sounds pretty good to me right about now.  Do you think the redemption would still be honored?

Let's find out if I need to start making plans for retirement.

Steve Everitt

The 1995 Topps Football set looks identical to the baseball set - unfortunately that isn't a design that I particularly love.  This card of Everitt is particularly creepy with the low angle of a dude who is all wrapped up and yet is "playing" in an empty stadium.  Then again, he does play for Cleveland so maybe it really was game day?


Mike Pritchard

My knowledge of mid-90s football is seemingly nonexistent since I'm now two-for-two in terms of guys I've never heard of.  I also should apologize for the poor photos in today's post - I had to use my phone camera since my scanner is now out of commission until we move!

Jamir Miller
Make it three-for-three for guys I've never heard of until today.  The Pritchard photo seems like it was taken during an actual game but the Miller and the Everitt photos seem staged.

Florida Hotbed:  Emmit Smith

Finally, a guy I've heard of!  The Florida Hotbed cards are seeded 1 per pack so this isn't a rare card by any stretch of the imagination...but I would hazard a guess that this is about as good of a card as you could hope to pull from a pack of 1995 Topps Football.  Someone out there would probably like this one.

Win a $451,000 Card Entry

Unfortunately the deadline for entry was January 31, 1996.  What's almost two decades later?

Pepper Johnson

Another freaking Cleveland Brown.  Didn't Topps realize I was a Steelers fan?  At least this one features a Brown's player sprawled out on the ground - probably after getting trampled by the Steel Curtain or something.

Yeah, I got nothin'.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Barry Larkin Collection 303: 2001 Donruss Classics - #43

Barry Larkin
Year:  2001
Brand:  Donruss Classics
Card number:  43

By 2001, Donruss had all but given up attempting to produce coherent (and unique) sets.  Instead, they produced a ton of random sets that are easily mixed up (and even more easily forgotten).  In a vacuum, the 2001 Donruss Classics set isn't terrible, but in the grand scheme of things it's an easily forgotten set since both Topps and Upper Deck produced similar themed sets (but with better execution).

As for this particular Larkin card, it's about as monochromatic as a non-black and white card will get.  Other than the red on Larkin's hat and the pinstripes (plus the "ati" and "11" on Barry's jersey), the front of the card is black, white, and grey.  The back of the card features full career statistics (yay!) but very little else in the way of interest.  I do like that Donruss' writers described Larkin as "baseball's premier shortstop."  Take that Jeter.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Delivery Time! Joe F. Delivers the Goods (Part II)!

A couple of days ago, I showed off a big 'ol stack of 1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice cards that Joe recently sent my way.  In addition to the CC cards that I needed from my want list, Joe also sent me some "bonus cards" since he thought they were kind of cool.

Let's see if I agree.

First up, a Cal Ripken Jr. card.

It's hard not to find any Ripken card cool.  The only change I would have made to this card is to have the photo on the back of the card be the photo on the front of the card instead - it's a great shot from a somewhat unique angle (plus you get the iconic warehouse in the background).

Robin Yount / George Brett / Dave Winfield

A card celebrating the three players who all hit the 3,000 hit plateau in 1992 (Yount, Brett) or 1993 (Winfield).  Yeah, that's pretty cool.

Nomar Garciaparra

According to the card's back, Nomar got his name from his father Ramon.  Nomar is simply Ramon spelled backwards.  Little tidbits like that are cool to me.

I guess Joe knows cool.  The extra cards all passed my test for coolness!

Finally, Joe also included a few of the silver signature cards from the set.  My favorite of the bunch he sent my way was this one of Chris Sabo.

Sabo was my first ever "favorite" player - and I chose him as a kid because he had the same first name as me and (at the time) he played for my favorite team.  To this day I still have a soft spot in my heart for 'ol Spuds.

Thanks for the great trade package Joe!  And, as I said before, I'll be sure to get something out to you in return once my move is complete (and my cards become unpacked).  As for anyone else, if you'd like to trade be sure to check out my want list and make an offer!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday Throwback

My life is basically a big pile of cardboard boxes thanks to my pending move (T-minus six days).  In fact, last night my wife and I ate our dinner using a cardboard box as a makeshift table.  Unfortunately, most of my cards are now packed up so anything that wasn't pre-scanned prior to my packing will have to now wait until I get to unpack things in the new place.

That might mean the 'ol blog gets a bit boring in the next few days - though I do have at least one or two other posts ready to go.  For today though, I invite you to check out my Tuesday Throwback where we fire up the way back machine and go all that way back to this past Saturday for a knockout fight between two packs of cards.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Delivery Time! Joe F. Delivers the Goods (Part I)!

A couple of weeks ago, I had two things happen that relate to today's post.  First, I held a contest in which Joe F. ended up emerging victorious.  Second, at the same time I received a huge box in the mail from the very same Joe!

Put both of those things together and what do you get?

You get me needing to put together a really nice prize/trade package for Joe - something that I hope to do shortly after my move is complete since the majority of my baseball cards are all boxed up right now!

However, while I can't report on my return package for Joe at the moment I can show off some of the goodies that Joe sent my way.  Joe and I both collect Barry Larkin cards - but this particular trade package was devoid of Larkins.  Instead, Joe included a note that said he found a "plucked" 1995 Collector's Choice set at a sports memorabilia auction and since he knew I was still working on the set he bought it and mailed me the cards that I needed.

You can't beat that for awesome - the blogosphere is full of great people!

The stack of Collector's Choice numbered well over 100 that I needed including the three cards that I chose to scan for today's blog post.  I'd love to know what was in that case in the Berroa photo.  Could it be a new pair of sneakers (Air Jordans most likely given the time period)?  Could it be a serious trunk full of poker chips?  Could it be cash from Berrroa's contract?  Inquiring minds want to know.  Also, why doesn't anyone else on the team want to sit by Geronimo?  Maybe the case is actually holding plutonium or something like that?  So many questions.

In fact, my once huge 1995 Collector's Choice want list is now quite small thanks to Joe's generosity!
1995 UD Collector's Choice Want List:
Base:  186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 494, 500
For me, the 1995 CC set is great - lots of fun photography and a good selection of players and teams (each team is well represented in the set - sort of a poor man's Topps Total)!
I don't know what's happening here but I do know I love this card!
Many thanks to Joe for the trade package - and for Joe, expect a return package sometime shortly after my move is complete (we close on the house a week from tomorrow)!  I will have a second post to show off more of the cards from Joe up in the next couple of days (if all goes well).  As for anyone else, if you'd like to trade be sure to check out my want list and make an offer!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Barry Larkin Collection 302: 1993 Kraft Singles Superstars- #25

Barry Larkin
Year:  1993
Brand:  Kraft Singles Superstars
Card number:  25

The 1993 Kraft Singles Superstars set consisted of 30 different pop-up cards (15 blue bordered American League stars and 15 green bordered National League stars).  Barry Larkin served as the Reds' lone representative in the set.

The front of the card is quite nice (especially for a non-licensed card) since it shows Larkin in a swinging pose.  Unfortunately, the reverse side of the card suffers from acute logo removal (so much so that it distracts from the image).  I suppose the pop-out idea is kind of cool (and certainly fairly unique) but as a collector I cannot bring myself to actually damage the card in order to see what it looks like in the popped form!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday Night Fights: 2010 Topps vs...2010 Topps!

Ring announcer (in a loud, drawn out voice):  "In the red corner, weighing in a 5 cards (approximately 3.5 ounces)...  2010 Topps Update Series."

Commentator Jim:  "This pack goes by the name of Super Fly MoJo and proudly wears the belt proclaiming him to be the 'exclusive trading card' of MLB.  Super Fly MoJo brings a record of 4-23-2 to the fight and is currently on an 18 fight losing streak."

Ring announcer (in a loud, drawn out voice again): "The challenger,  also weighing at exactly 5 cards is...  2010 Topps Update Series."

Commentator Bob:  "This pack goes by the name of BubbleGump and is challenging Super Fly Mojo for the right to be the exclusive trading card of MLB.  BubbleGump brings a record of 2-17-0 to the fight and is currently on a 9 fight losing streak."

Jim:  "While 2010 Topps packs almost always lose a pack battle, if you face one 2010 Topps versus another, one of them has to emerge victorious, right?!  Stay tuned for the epic showdown after these messages."

Bob:  "I have no idea what that ad was all about Jim, how about you?"
Jim:  "I can only hope that this fight has more swagger than that ad."

Ring Announcer:  "This fight consists of five rounds.  The referee was out sick so you two will have to self officiate the fight.  And now, let's get ready toooooooooo ruuuummmmmbbbblllleeeeeeeeee."

Bob:  "Ohh, Super Fly Mojo lands a swift kick to BubbaGump's gonads with the Haren flying scissor kick."

Jim:  "BubbaGump's must have a steel pair as he brushed off the kick to the baby maker and countered with left hook that just missed Mojo's noggin'."

*Bell Rings*

Bob: "Although a cheap shot for sure, Super Fly's Haren kick to Gump's man beans wins him the round.  1-0 heading into round 2.  But first, a word from our sponsors."

Jim:  "Seriously Bob, can't we get a real sponsor?  Who writes these ads anyhow, a monkey with a typewriter?  Awful."
Bob:  "I can't argue with you there but maybe round two will produce our own epic GIF to be used for all future fight promotions."
Jim:  "If you ever use the word 'epic' again I'll show you what a real punch looks like."
Bob: "..."

*Bell rings*

Bob:  "And with that, we begin round 2."
Jim:  "BubbaGump has to know he's behind after the first round..."

Bob:  "...which probably explains the two-fisted hammer punch that he just tried to lay on Super Fly Mojo."
Jim: "Mojo was ready for it though, look at that beautiful two-handed block.  You have to hand it to Mojo, that block was probably enough to win the round seeing how the bell's about to ring."

Bob:  "Yep, I have it 2-0 in favor of Mojo."

*Bell rings*

Bob:  "Folks, we will not be cutting to commercials in between rounds this time.  Instead, I would invite you to check out our Twitter poll of the evening.  Who's do you want to win tonight's fight:  Mojo or BubbaGump?"
Jim:  "What's Twitter?"
Bob:  "Now I should punch you."

*Bell rings*

Jim: "BubbaGump has got to win this round or else simply go for the knockout.  That's easier said than done..."
Bob:  "OOOOH.  Look at that overhand Felipe that Gump lands on Mojo."

Jim:  "Mojo's not knocked out but he sure does have a stupid expression on his face right now."

Bob:  "This round will go to BubbaGump to make the score 2-1 in favor of Mojo."

*Bell rings*

Bob:  "Yes, Gump's behind but that blow to Mojo's skull really seemed to shake him.  Next thing you know Mojo will be diving into the stands hiding from future Punch-inos."
Jim:  "That was a terrible pun."
Bob:  "And yet, I have a feeling my pun was better than our next ad..."

Jim:  "I'm beginning to wish they'd bring back the swagger wagon."
Bob:  "I think Edward Scissorhands was more appealing than whatever that was..."

*Bell Rings*

Bob:  "Enough blabbering about scissors, the real cutting action is right here in the ring as round four begins."
Jim:  "BubbaGump had stunned Mojo at the end of round 3 but it looks like the commercial break gave Super Fly Mojo enough time to recover."

Bob:  "I would say so, look at that overhand smash by Mojo.  That's definitely not a fun, fun, fun way to get hit.  I would even go so far as to suggest that BubbaGump get help, perhaps from Rhonda."
Jim:  "You are awful."
Bob:  "I think BubbaGump liked my one-liner.  Look at him laughing."

Bob:  "How he's able to hear me in the midst of being pounded like a Little Duece Coupe going up against a 409 in a race though is up for debate."
Jim:  "Seriously, get off it man."

*Bell Rings*

Jim:  "This fight looks to be all but over.  BubbaGump is laughing at Bob, SuperFly has been laying beat down after beat down..."
Bob:  "...and yet one round remains.  You know what they say, that's why the fight."
Jim:  "Before we get to the final round, we have to pause once again for these messages."

Jim:  "Seriously, water for women is a thing now?"
Bob:  "Worst wet t-shirt contest ever."

*Bell Rings*

Jim:  "Here it is folks, the final round!"
Bob:  "BubbaGump is going to need a miracle here to pull this one out."
Jim:  "And it looks like he won't get it...  SuperFly Mojo just landed his second flying kick to Gump's man nuggets!"

Bob:  "That's uncool."

Jim:  "That appears to be what BubbaGump thinks...and the ringside announcer too!"
Bob:  "Wait, what did the announcer say?!"

Ringside announcer:  "SuperFly Mojo has been disqualified for repeatedly kicking BubbaGump in the shrimp and oysters.  BubbaGump wins!"

Bob:  "It's over, I can't believe it."
Jim:  "Promise me we'll never do this again."

Friday, September 19, 2014

Trade Stack 61: Preparing to Move (Emptying the Card Coffers)

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  9/17/14

It would appear that I haven't updated the Trade Stack in almost a month...that could explain some of the lack of trading here at Nachos Grande.  Of course, the reason why I haven't been so good at updating is my pending move to a new house...but even so, I think there's time to sneak in one or two more mail days!  With today's addition to the stack, the pile now has 13 different cards in it!  Surely that is enough for someone to claim the whole thing, right?!

If you want the stack, remember - all you need to do is offer up any one card from my want list.

2010 Topps Chrome:
12.  Victor Martinez - Red Sox

2010 Topps National Chicle:
146.  Scott Feldman - National Chicle Back Parallel

2000 Fleer Impact:
139.  Jeromy Burnitz - Brewers

2012 Upper Deck Marvel Avengers:
52.  Loki (Thor)

2007 Topps Allen & Ginter's:
40.  Adam Dunn - Reds

2001 Fleer Futures:
192.  Oswaldo Mairena - Cubs

2011 Topps Allen & Ginter's:
164. Heather Mitts

2014 Topps Heritage:
163.  Wily Peralta

1994 Sportsflics 2000:
172.  Javier Lopez - Braves

2012 Bowman:
60.  Jordan Walden - Angels

2012 Upper Deck Marvel Avengers:
23.  Hulk

1991 Donruss:
127.  Fernando Valenzuela - Dodgers

2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants:
46.  Johnny Bench - Reds

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:  9 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 56:  2 cards cards by Joe Frecker
Stack 57:  4 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 58:  2 cards by Chunter
Stack 59:  9 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 60:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 61:  ?? by ??

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait: Remember the Astrodome Delivers!

Back in March, Marc (from Remember the Astrodome) and I agreed to a trade where my end of things would be "to be named later."  Well, later has finally come - and boy did Marc hook me up nicely!

First up, Marc provided some vintage Reds for me.

My vintage collection is in desperate need of a complete overhaul by me.  I really need to figure out exactly what I do (and don't) own...and maybe I'll even try to build one of the older sets some day.  However, given the plethora of new sets on my want list currently, I probably shouldn't be adding anything else to the list for the time being.

Speaking of new sets, Marc also sent me a few examples of modern stuff including one of the better Bowman cards that I've ever seen...

If all Bowman stuff looked like that I might buy the brand.  For now though, I'll simply rely on the kindness of others for my Bowman fix!  Marc also sent me a couple of the new Donruss cards from Panini - the Votto is especially nice since the lack of logos isn't as noticeable with the side shot.

While I greatly appreciated all of the cards that I've mentioned so far, the real prizes of the trade package are below...

First, Marc helped me out with my quest to complete all the 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter's mini sets by sending me a trio of mini inserts.

The Lonomia is a catapillar that is often referred to as the "assassin caterpillar" in South America.  That little critter has been responsible for hundreds of deaths over the last decade (mainly in Brazil).  Scary little thing!

Finally, as if all of that wasn't enough, Marc also threw in a bunch of different Barry Larkin cards.  What was great about that was that there were quite a few that were new to my collection!  I'll show off each of them in my ongoing Barry Larkin Collection series of posts but here's a quick preview:

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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Barry Larkin Collection 301: 1999 Skybox E-X Century - #34

Barry Larkin
Year:  1999
Brand:  Skybox E-X Century
Card number:  34

The 1999 Skybox E-X Century set is printed on thick acetate which makes the set a dream come true for collectors who like see through cards.  Barry has one base card in the set (the card seen here) and two parallels (Essential Credentials Now and Essential Credentials Future).  Both parallels are serially numbered, but unfortunately as of the time of this post I don't own either parallel.

Looking at the base card design, the front of the card is quite nice, but the realities of printing on a see through substance rear their ugly heads when looking at the back of the card.  The curved printing design used for the player statistics is virtually unreadable, and the complete lack of images, logos, or other interesting aspects makes the backside of the card extremely boring.

However, despite the poor design on the reverse of the card, I've always liked this particular Larkin card.  In fact, I think the front design is quite slick - and it's different from the normal card (in a good way) which helps the set stand out even more.  I would definitely be interested in a set like this released every four or five years by a major card manufacturer.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pack Wars: Topps vs. Bowman (Who Wins?!)

A couple of days ago, I mentioned that I found six (previously opened) packs that had somehow gotten buried away from me (and for which I had completely forgotten the contents within the packs).  Since I'm a fan of pack wars - let's do battle again with two more of the long-forgotten packs.  This time around, it's a 6 card pack of 2006 Topps vs. a 7 card pack of Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects.

Honestly, I don't expect that one extra card will save Bowman's chances but we shall see...

We'll begin with Topps:

Kip Wells (boring photo, boring player:  0 points)
Chris Young (boring photo, boring player:  0 points)
Mike Hampton (boring photo, boring player:  0 points)
Erik Bedard (boring photo, boring player:  0 points)
Reggie Sanders (boring photo but Sanders was a Red at one point in time:  2 points)

Julio Lugo (the only photo that was remotely interesting in the pack:  5 points)

Pack total:  7 points

That was a pathetic pack, no wonder I filed that one away without even bothering to sort the cards.  I actually hate the 2006 Topps base design too which makes it even worse...

If there was ever a chance for a Bowman pack of something or other to win a Pack War, this is it.  Seize the day Bowman, seize the day.


Cody Epply (Who?  0 points)
Harold Riggins (Who?  0 points)
Sean Buckley (Who?  At least it's a Red...  1 point)

Checklist (Seriously, this counts as one of the seven cards?  -5 points)
Kyle Kubitza (Who?  This is a thick gold card and maybe some Brave fan wants it:  1 point)

Matt Young (Who?  This is a chrome card, I don't get why though.  Bowman is confusing:  1 point)

Brandon Culbreth (Who?  A Purple refractor seems nice though they are actually 1:4 packs so not that rare.  Still +2 points)

Pack total:  0 points

The so-called extra card in the pack ended up being a checklist...and that hurt Bowman big time.  However, even without that the Bowman pack couldn't keep up with one of the worst Topps sets of the 2000s.  That pretty much sums up my feelings for Bowman.