Thursday, April 30, 2015

Barry Larkin Collection 360: 1996 Leaf - #122

Barry Larkin
Year:  1996
Brand:  Leaf
Card number:  122

As I've mentioned a number of times previously on my blog, I never bought much in the way of the Leaf brand of baseball cards.  The 1996 Leaf set is a perfect example of why I generally avoided the brand - WAY TOO MUCH FOIL.  Half of the border on the front of the card is a thick, foil border (that scans like crap).  I do like the fact that the image of Larkin running seems to be "popping" out of the frame but that trick isn't nearly enough to save the card design.  The foil ugliness is further compounded by the gigantic Leaf logo - and the complete lack of a Reds' logo on the front of the card!

The back of the card isn't nearly as bad - though the stats are almost unreadable (and only one season's worth, boo).  I think the best element of the entire card design lies with the small circular inset at the bottom of the back of the card - kind of a cool way to put the player's vitals on a card (and to sneak in a third photograph).

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Group Break! SIXTEEN TEAMS REMAIN (Dodgers, Yankees, Giants, Phillies, Rangers, Blue Jays, and More)!!

In case you missed it, I've decided it's time to host the third group break of the year here at Nachos Grande.  This time around it's a FIVE box break (with 5 different sets represented) and tiered pricing (meaning you can nab some teams for less than the cost of a blaster after tax)!  The boxes in the break?
  • Topps Museum
  • Topps Gypsy Queen
  • Topps Opening Day
  • Bowman
  • Panini Diamond Kings
Lots and lots of cool stuff there - plus I'll throw in some extras as I almost always do!  I need to sell at least twenty slots to make this work - as of the time I wrote this post that means I need to sell at least eight more slots.  Go here to sign up - but for quick reference, here are the teams that are still available as of this writing:

$35 Team Slots:
Chicago Cubs - Los Angeles Dodgers -
New York Yankees -
San Francisco Giants -
Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos -

$30 Team Slots:
Chicago White Sox -
Cleveland Indians -
Philadelphia Phillies -
Texas Rangers -

$25 Team Slots:
Florida Marlins -
Kansas City Royals -
Minnesota Twins -
Oakland Athletics -
Tampa Bay Rays -
Toronto Blue Jays -

$20 Team Slots:
Arizona Diamondbacks -
San Diego Padres -

Again, go here to sign up please!

Topps Museum, Gypsy Queen, Panini Diamond Kings, + More GROUP BREAK: Giants, Yankees, Dodgers, Nationals, Indians, White Sox, Rangers, Phillies, + More!

In case you missed it, I've decided it's time to host the third group break of the year here at Nachos Grande.  This time around it's a FIVE box break (with 5 different sets represented) and tiered pricing (meaning you can nab some teams for less than the cost of a blaster after tax)!  The boxes in the break?


  • Topps Museum
  • Topps Gypsy Queen
  • Topps Opening Day
  • Bowman
  • Panini Diamond Kings


Lots and lots of cool stuff there - plus I'll throw in some extras as I almost always do!  I need to sell at least twenty slots to make this work - as of the time I wrote this post that means I need to sell at least eight more slots.  Go here to sign up - but for quick reference, here are the teams that are still available as of this writing:

$35 Team Slots:
Chicago Cubs -
Los Angeles Dodgers -
New York Yankees -
San Francisco Giants -
Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos -

$30 Team Slots:
Chicago White Sox -
Cleveland Indians -
Philadelphia Phillies -
Texas Rangers -

$25 Team Slots:
Florida Marlins -
Kansas City Royals -
Minnesota Twins -
Oakland Athletics -
Tampa Bay Rays -
Toronto Blue Jays -

$20 Team Slots:
Arizona Diamondbacks -
San Diego Padres -

Again, go here to sign up please!

Delivery Time! My First 1/1 Barry Larkin Card!

Earlier this year, I held a group break in which Gavin (from Baseball Card Breakdown) was a participant.  Gavin claimed a bunch of teams for a discount price and ended up doing very well in the break.  You don't have to take my word for it though - he posted about his haul in two parts (here and then here).

Before I get to what Gavin sent me in a way of saying "thanks" for his haul, I want to take the opportunity to advertise my newest group break which includes five 2015 hobby boxes from five different sets (Bowman, Gypsy Queen, Opening Day, Museum, and Panini Diamond Kings).  It should be a fun break - so go here to sign up.

Ok, now that the advertisement is over, let's take a look at what Gavin sent me (which includes my first 1/1 Larkin card - more on that in a moment)!

First, a lone 2015 Topps Series 1 base card.

I'm now down to only needing a pair of 2015 Topps base cards (#75 and #108).  It'll be a good day when I can finally put the entire set in binder pages!  After all, you know I like to work on complete sets (see here for my most recent Great Reorganization post if you missed it).

In addition to the 2015 base card, Gavin threw in a couple of assorted Reds cards including this super shiny Austin Kearns card out of Topps Finest.

I generally don't buy sets like Finest so getting cards from the set in a surprise envelope is always appreciated!

Speaking of appreciated, here's the big one from Gavin:

Yeah, that's a custom Barry Larkin card (with a LEGO logo and LEGO hands for good measure)!  It also glows-in-the-dark which is fairly rare for a baseball card (and at least this card has something on the back of the card)!

Many thanks for joining my group break Gavin - and even more thanks for the goodies you sent my way!  As for anyone else, you know the drill:  Want to trade?  Check the want list and make an offer!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

New Group Break: Topps Museum, Topps Gypsy Queen, Panini Diamond Kings, Bowman, + More! (Dodgers, Yankees, Giants, Cardinals, Rangers, Indians, Phillies, and MORE)!!

It's finally time for me to host another group break - the third of the year here at Nachos Grande.  Both of my previous breaks were great successes and I'm hoping we go three-for-three with the conclusion of this break!

The boxes in the break are all from 2015:

  • Topps Museum
  • Topps Gypsy Queen
  • Topps Opening Day
  • Bowman
  • Panini Diamond Kings


That's a lot of cool stuff - and a lot of promised hits too!  I went with tiered pricing this time around so go here to check it all out and to sign up!  How can you lose when prices for some teams start at less than the price of a blaster (when you factor in sales tax)?!?!

New Group Break: Topps Museum, Gypsy Queen, + Three More Boxes (Dodgers, Cubs, Mets, Yankees, Giants, Cardinals, Nationals, and More Available)!!

That's right - it is time for another Nachos Grande group break!  For my third break of 2015, I'm mixing things up a bit by breaking FIVE boxes from FIVE different products (all from 2015):

  • Topps Museum
  • Topps Gypsy Queen
  • Panini Diamond Kings
  • Bowman
  • Topps Opening Day

There is a nice mix of high, medium, and low-end stuff - and every team should get a nice stack of cards if all goes well (I can virtually guarantee a nice stack of cards because I usually augment my group breaks with bonus packs and cards from my own collection)!

I did tiered team pricing so that the "lesser" teams aren't as expensive as the "better" teams...but no matter how it gets mixed up, I need to sell at least 20 teams to make the break work.  If you are interested, go here to sign up (and to get all the details)!

New Group Break! 5 Boxes including Topps Museum & Topps Gypsy Queen

In case you missed it, last night I posted details on a new group break on my blog which includes five different hobby boxes.  Go here for all the details and to sign up - prices start as low as $20 for some teams!

Monday, April 27, 2015

NEW GROUP BREAK SIGN-UPS: FIVE boxes including Topps Museum, Gypsy Queen, and Others!

A couple of days ago, I asked everyone for their input on a possible Gypsy Queen case group break which was met with the resounding trumpet of crickets.  That is, almost no one expressed any interest and so I've decided to not push that any further.

Instead, I have a new idea for a group break that I want to see if there would be interest.  Since lots (and lots) of new products are released all the time, I thought it might be fun to create a group break that consists of a bunch of relatively new products.  In particular, the break would ONE hobby box of each of the following sets:

  • 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen
    • 2 autographs AND 2 relics per box (24 packs, 10 cards per pack)
  • 2015 Panini Diamond Kings
    • 2 autographs or game-used per box (12 packs, 8 cards per pack)
  • 2015 Topps Museum Baseball
    • 1 on-card auto, 1 auto relic, 1 jumbo relic, and 1 quad relic per box (4 packs, 5 cards per pack)  (checklist)
  • 2015 Bowman Baseball
    • 1 autograph per box (24 packs, 10 cards per pack) - Among the first cards of Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, and others!
  • 2015 Topps Opening Day Baseball
    • Chance at an autograph (36 packs, 7 cards per pack)

For this break, I will be doing tiered pricing meaning that the cost will depend on the team (see below).  All prices include shipping in a small flat rate mailer to the continental United States (included in that price is insurance for $50).  I will need to sell at least 20 slots to make the break work.  If the break does not run, I will refund all money sent me to me (for payment instructions, see the bottom of the post).  Note:  I will NOT be making the order until I have at least 20 slots claimed and paid for.

As is usual with my breaks, I will also throw in a few other random packs and/or other assorted cards as the break progresses.  Also, I will open all boxes on video (as I have begun to do for all my group breaks).  If we pull a card that features players from multiple teams, that card will be randomized among all the featured teams at the end of the break.  If the card is a hit that features multiple teams, I will roll a die (or do some other similarly fair way to decide) on video.  Finally, if the card features a team that is no longer in existence, we will determine the correct "modern" franchise to which that player would belong.

$35 Team Slots:
Atlanta Braves  - Matt S. (PAID)
Baltimore Orioles - Commishbob (PAID)
Boston Red Sox  - JWillden27 (PAID)
Chicago Cubs - P-Town Tom (PAID)
Cincinnati Reds - Nachos Grande (PAID)
Detroit Tigers - Julie O (PAID)
Los Angeles Dodgers - Keith G (PAID)
New York Mets - jacobmrley (PAID)
New York Yankees - Jaybarkerfan (PAID)
San Francisco Giants - Julie O (PAID)
Seattle Mariners - Junior Junkie (PAID)
St. Louis Cardinals - Brady (PAID)
Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos - Cardboard Hogs (PAID)

$30 Team Slots:
Chicago White Sox - 
Cleveland Indians - 
Los Angeles Angels - Keith G (PAID)
Philadelphia Phillies - Dan (PAID)
Pittsburgh Pirates - Matthew S. (PAID)
Texas Rangers - 

$25 Team Slots:
Colorado Rockies - Adam K (PAID)
Florida Marlins -
Houston Astros - Julie O (PAID)
Kansas City Royals -
Milwaukee Brewers - Jaybarkerfan (PAID)
Minnesota Twins -
Oakland Athletics -
Tampa Bay Rays -
Toronto Blue Jays -

$20 Team Slots:
Arizona Diamondbacks - Jaybarkerfan (PAID)
San Diego Padres - Jaybarkerfan (PAID)


If you are interested in joining the break:

1.  Please leave a comment below with the team(s) you are claiming.
2.  Send PayPal payment to:  fanofreds (dot) auctions (at) gmail (dot) com (the same email that is in my profile).  I would appreciate all payments sent as "gifts."  
3.  Send me an email (to the same address as above) with the following information:

  • Your user name
  • The team(s) you claimed
  • The email address you sent payment from 
  • Your mailing address

I ask that everyone do the above three steps, even if I have traded with you many times - it makes packaging the cards a much, much quicker task for me.  Thanks!

Finally, if you have a blog, I would greatly appreciate it if you would advertise this break to your readers as well.  The quicker I sell the slots, the quicker I can place the order (and hopefully lock in the prices)!


The Great Reorganization: Step 11: More Year-by-Year Sorting (2001 Edition)

About two weeks ago, I last updated everyone on the status of my Great Reorganization of my baseball card collection.  Today, it's time to take another look at my progress since that point.  I decided to continue organizing my 200x's, this time meaning I would be focusing on 2001.

Unlike the year 2000 in which there were a bunch of sets that interested me but for which I didn't actually own a lot of cards - the year 2001 takes up SIX binders in my collection (heading into the reorganization).

Which sets will make the cut?  Let's find out!

2001 Pacific:

How Many Cards Do I Currently Own?  About 100
Does It Make the Cut?  Yes, for now at least.  I only own around 100 or so of the base cards but this is a set that I happen to like a lot.  I plan to actively seek out a box or two of 2001 Pacific - though I would also be happy to work out a trade if someone has a lot of this stuff lying around.  I definitely need too many cards to put up a full want list at the moment!

2001 Fleer Tradition:

How Many Cards Do I Currently Own?   About 100
Does It Make the Cut?  Ultimately, no.  Much like the 2001 Pacific set, I like the 2001 Fleer Tradition set a lot despite only owning about 100 cards from the set.  However, I can't possibly collect every set out there - so tough decisions have to be made.  The Fleer Tradition set gets axed basically because it's too much of  rip-off of Topps' designs...and the watercolor-esque "action" image on the card is more annoying than interesting in my eyes.

2001 Topps Stadium Club:

How Many Cards Do I Currently Own?  About 165
Does It Make the Cut?  Yes.  The 2001 Stadium Club set features a lot of awesome photography (as is usual for Stadium Club) and boxes of the stuff are still relatively readily available.  This is another set (along with the aforementioned 2001 Pacific set) that I would love to open up a box of!  I actually just added this set to my want list officially yesterday - go check it out if you so desire!

2001 Fleer Ultra:

How Many Cards Do I Currently Own?  About 90
Does It Make the Cut?  No.  I've always enjoyed the Fleer Ultra line - but the 2001 edition had too much foil for my taste (especially having the entire last name spelled out in big, blocky foil - yuck)!  This set does have a lot of nice photographs but I don't think it's as strong of a set overall as the Stadium Club set happens to be.

2001 Topps High Definition (Topps HD):

How Many Cards Do I Currently Own?  Exactly 75.
Does It Make the Cut?  Yes, at least for now.  This is one of the sets from 2001 that I've actually had on my want list for quite some time.  Unfortunately, I don't think I've actually received a card from this set in the mail in years...  That said, it is a set that I like for some reason - it's basically a needlessly expensive version of Stadium Club if I'm being honest but I'm still a sucker for it.

2001 Topps Gold Label:

How Many Cards Do I Currently Own?  Exactly 102
Does It Make the Cut?  Yes, at least for now.  Much like the Topps HD set, this is another set that's been lurking on my want list for quite some time.  Unfortunately, the only cards that I'm now missing are skip-numbered, serially numbered short prints.  That's annoying because there are blank spots through the binder pages...it makes me feel like I can't not collect the serially numbered base cards!

2001 Topps Archives Reserve:

How Many Cards Do I Currently Own?  1
Does It Make the Cut?  As much as I would love to collect this set, having only one card from a set that's 14 years old means I must say No.  I will, however, be keeping that shiny Kluszewski card!

2001 Topps Finest / Upper Deck / Pacific Private Stock / Donruss Classics:

How Many Cards Do I Currently Own?  1 from each
Do Any Make the Cut?  No, No, No, and No.  I actually kind of like the Topps Finest design but no, none of these four make the cut.  My only Donruss Classics card is athe Ken Giffey Jr. relic shown above so that will definitely remain in my collection!

2001 Upper Deck Decade 1970s:

How Many Cards Do I Currently Own?  2
Does It Make the Cut?  Nope.  I actually thought I owned more cards from this set but I seem to only have two at the moment.  No matter, this isn't a set that I will be collecting as the 70s were ten years before I was born so I have no particular attachment to that era.  I do recognize that was the time in which my beloved Reds had their best years but that's more sad than nostalgic for me...they've pretty much sucked year in and year out since I've been born (with the lone exception of 1990 when the won the World Series).

2001 Topps:

How Many Cards Do I Currently Own?  All of Series 1 plus about 1/3 of Series 2
Does It Make the Cut?  This set was one of the toughest calls for me.  On the one hand, I have actually completed Series 1 which is a big accomplishment...but I happen to still need about two-thirds of the cards from Series 2 (though I do own the Ichiro rookie card which is good).  Unfortunately, it ultimately comes down to the fact that the set is ugly.  Yes, it's freaking ugly.  The teal blue borders (or whatever color that is supposed to be) are ugly as all get out...and the photography in the set really isn't anything special either.  I can't force myself to part with the completed Series 1 quite yet...but I can say a big "no" to Series 2.  Chances are I'll eventually take Series 1 out of the binder as well.

2001 Upper Deck Vintage:

How Many Cards Do I Currently Own?  300ish maybe?  I didn't count them - it's a lot.
Does it Make the Cut?  Another tough choice if I'm being honest.  I used to love the UD Vintage set from 2001 but, over time, I've slowly lost interest in the set.  This is another set that has been lurking on my want list for quite some time but I've decided (after much back-and-forth banter in my head) to keep this set on my want list for a bit longer.  I had actually decided to cut the set from my want list but changed my mind at the last minute...it's safe to say that this set is on life support in terms of whether or not I end up completing it!

That concludes my run through of all the 2001 sets that I owned cards from.  It's been a lot of fun going through all my cards and taking a close look at a bunch of forgotten sets.  I do wish that I had unlimited storage space - but alas, I do not and so sometimes tough decisions must be made!  If you have any cards for the sets that I'm planning on completing, be sure to drop me a line if you'd like to trade!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Trade Stack 67: Previewing Tomorrow's Blog Post!!

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

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  4/20/15

Over the weekend, I managed to sort through another year's worth of cards (2001).  On the blog tomorrow, you'll get to read all about my findings - including which sets I still hope to complete and which sets I've decided to throw in the proverbial towel on.  In a bit of a spoiler, one such set that has fallen out of favor for me is the 2001 Fleer Tradition set.  

I actually like the '01 Fleer Tradition set quite a bit - but unfortunately I am missing way too many of the cards to have any legitimate hope at completing the set.  Therefore, my loss could be your gain - I've added one of the no-longer-needed-by-me cards from the set to the current Trade Stack.   That card, along with the other 7 cards already in the stack can be yours for the low, low cost of at least ONE card off of my my want list!

2001 Fleer Tradition:
17.  David Segui - Indians

2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions:
19.  Dan Marino


1998 Topps Finest:
6.  Rusty Greer - Rangers


2000 Fleer Ultra:
31.  Dmitri Young - Reds


2000 Topps Opening Day:
121.  Jeromy Burnitz - Brewers
(miscut!)


2011 Topps Chrome:
151.  Pedro Alvarez - Pirates

2012 Bowman:
18.  Yadier Molina - Cardinals


2009 Fan Pak:
Standees:
63.  Carlos Zambrano - Cubs



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


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:  13 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 62:  9 cards by Nick
Stack 63:  9 cards by buckstorecards 
Stack 64:  7 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 65:  2 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 66:  10 cards by Roger
Stack 67:  ?? by ??

Barry Larkin Collection 359: 1996 Fleer Update - #230 - Tiffany Parallel

Barry Larkin
Year:  1996
Brand:  Fleer Update
Parallel set:  Tiffany
Card number:  230

The Fleer Update Tiffany parallel set is exactly the same as the regular Fleer Tiffany parallel set from 1996, and just like as in the regular set the Tiffany parallels were seeded one per pack.  While I don't have much special to say about this particular card, it is much nicer than the regular Update card!  I think Fleer should have made the Tiffany version the regular set version and then the matte-finished cards should have been the parallels.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Trade Stack 67: SEVEN Cards in the Stack - Will You Claim It?!

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

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  4/20/15

The month of April is always the worst month of the year for me in terms of trying to keep up with the blog.  I did manage to get at least one post per day out there - but even I can admit that not every post was overly inspiring.  The other thing that hasn't been overly inspiring lately is my trading - as in, I've done virtually no trading at all lately.

Luckily, that changes beginning today.  I've got a surprise flat rate mailer going out to someone that I haven't sent cards to in some time.  I also am back with another addition to the Trade Stack with the hopes of securing another swap!  Today's addition to the Stack means the pile sits at SEVEN total cards.  This is also the first non-baseball player in the stack...though it is one of the better quarterbacks in all of the NFL's history.

Remember, you can have the entire Trade Stack in exchange for any one card off of my want list!

2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions:
19.  Dan Marino


1998 Topps Finest:
6.  Rusty Greer - Rangers


2000 Fleer Ultra:
31.  Dmitri Young - Reds


2000 Topps Opening Day:
121.  Jeromy Burnitz - Brewers
(miscut!)


2011 Topps Chrome:
151.  Pedro Alvarez - Pirates

2012 Bowman:
18.  Yadier Molina - Cardinals


2009 Fan Pak:
Standees:
63.  Carlos Zambrano - Cubs



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


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:  13 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 62:  9 cards by Nick
Stack 63:  9 cards by buckstorecards 
Stack 64:  7 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 65:  2 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 66:  10 cards by Roger
Stack 67:  ?? by ??

Barry Larkin Collection 358: 1996 Fleer Update - #230

Barry Larkin
Year:  1996
Brand:  Fleer Update
Card number:  230

I already wrote about the regular Fleer Larkin card from 1996 already.  The Fleer Update set continues with all of the same elements as the regular edition (matte finished cards, minimal foil, etc.).  The good news is that Fleer did change up the photos used for the Update set - but besides that you could easily mistake this card for its regular set issue if it weren't for the giant ENCORE text on the front of the card.

Barry, along with 34 other stars of the day, was featured in the Encore subset of the 1996 Fleer Update set.  I suppose that was Fleer's way of including guys like Larkin, Ken Griffey Jr., and Cal Ripken Jr. in the set despite the fact that those players didn't change teams during the course of the season.  For my purposes, I appreciate a new Larkin card any day so I guess I'm happy for the Encore subset!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Any Interest in a 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen FULL CASE Group Break?

I've been barely able to keep up with my blog over the past two weeks - but today marked the final day of classes for the spring 2015 semester which means life should return to normal this weekend!  I've got all my grading done and the finals are written, copied, and waiting to be handed out next week.

Until then, I thought I'd gauge interest in a 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen group break.  I've seen a few packs of the stuff opened here and there on the blogs and it appears that most people have been had favorable opinions of the set.

Dave & Adams is selling 2015 Gypsy Queen cases for just under $1000.  A case has 10 boxes - each box has 24 packs (with 2 autographs and 2 relics per box)!  That means a case break should contain 40 hits - plus the usual assortment of parallels, minis, and other goodies.

At the moment, I'm thinking of two options (all prices include shipping to the continental US):
1.  ONE team of your choice $45
2.  TWO teams - one of your choice, one random:  $75
3.  ONE RANDOM team $40

Any interest in the set?  Should we wait for a different product to be released instead?  Let me know via the comments or email.  This post is simply to gauge interest - I would have to sell all the slots in the above options to make it work.


Delivery Time! Might as Well Be Last: The Junior Junkie Haul including a Card from the Future!!?

Back in late March, T.J. (aka The Junior Junkie) sent me a package of goodies (along with about 40 other bloggers it seems).  Everyone else has already posted their haul on their respective blogs but things move a bit slower here at the Casa de Nachos.

Maybe if I cut back on the fake yellow cheese I'd move faster?

No matter, if I can't be first I might as well be last - so in a final hurrah, here's yet another awesome Junior Junkie haul!

First up, T.J. included a small batch of assorted Reds including a blue chrome parallel of Todd Frazier.

The Frazier is super shiny - and serially numbered on the back (out of 199).  I would buy a lot more Topps Chrome packs if the colored frame parallels were more prevalent.  Unfortunately for me, I don't usually have much luck in getting awesome cards like this...but luckily others do and then they think of me!

The next card of note was one of the Topps' buyback cards from some time ago...or maybe this year.  Honestly, I have no idea what year the buyback was from though I think 1991 was Topps' 40th, so that makes 2011 Topps' 60th which would put 2021 as Topps' 70th and therefore 2026 as Topps' 75th Anniversary.

Therefore, by math, this card must be from the future.

Cool.

Speaking of cool, T.J. also threw in a Reds' relic card (which is ironic given T.J.'s recent post on relics and psuedo-relics)!

The Leake card is from 2014 - and according to the card it features Game-Used memorabilia, though the "relic contained on this card is not from any specific game, event, or season."

Makes you wonder. Almost as much as how T.J. was able to send me an old card stamped from the future!

Finally, we arrive at my favorite of pretty much every trade I do:  The Barry Larkin section.

T.J. sent me a nice assortment of Larkins - and any time I get to add to my Larkin Collection I'm happy!

Thanks for the great cards T.J. - and wile it may have taken me forever to get the post written the cards were all very much appreciated!  As for anyone else - if you too would like to trade (and see if I can get a post written up in under a month's time), check out my want list and make an offer!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Barry Larkin Collection 357: 1996 Fleer - #345 - Tiffany Parallel

Barry Larkin
Year:  1996
Brand:  Fleer
Parallel set:   Tiffany
Card number:  345

Fleer took a page out of the late 80s Topps' playbook and released a shiny version of their flagship set called Tiffany.  The Tiffany cards look exactly like the regular base cards except for the card stock (shiny, not matte finished) and the foil has a rainbow-eque sparkle to it.  Personally, I think the Tiffany parallels "pop" a lot more than the regular base cards - for some reason the borderless design works exceptionally well with the shinier card stock...and the sparkly foil adds just enough extra shimmer that the entire parallel set does, in fact, seem a bit more special than a regular base card.  For that reason, I would say that Fleer did a nice job with their parallel set - something that I don't often say about parallel sets in general!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Delivery Time! Cards from My Brother!

My brother only lives about four hours from my house but we still don't get to see each other nearly as much as I would like.  This past weekend, he came up to visit our parents (who live in the next township over from where I am) - but I had to travel south for work so I missed the visit altogether.  Never fear though, my brother thought of me enough to pack up a box full of goodies for me (of the baseball card type).

What goodies you ask?

Well, for starters he sent me a ton of unopened packs from a variety of years/sets.  When I say a ton, I'm only barely exaggerating - that's a medium flat rate box full of unopened packs!

Some of the packs I'll open up for myself, others I'll add to random group breaks, and others - who knows...maybe you'll find one or two in a trade package soon!

My brother also sent along a few cards from my want list!  Among the cards was the one of the final 2015 Topps Series 1 base cards that I was missing:

That's a nice horizontal card of Felix Hernandez - I love all the light blue coloring on the card...I think it looks great!

Another great card that I am now a proud owner of 2013 Topps Archives Tall Boy insert of Roberto Clemente.

Thanks to my brother, I'm now down to only needing three more of the Tall Boy inserts.  It's been a long, slow go in terms of collecting the set but I can feel the end is near!

Returning to this year, I also received three more of the Robbed insert cards - two left fielders and a right fielder.

Thanks to these three cards, I'm now only missing five more before I can say that set is complete as well!  The race is most definitely on to see if I complete the 2015 Series 1 base set first or the 2015 Series 1 Robbed insert set.  So far, it's too close to call!

Finally, a set that I probably won't complete for another ten years (if history is any indication) - 2014 Topps Heritage.

That's right, my brother helped me out here as well by providing me a pair of short prints.

I want to say thanks for the great cards - plus all the packs (which will get featured over time for sure)!  As for anyone else, if you'd like to trade be sure to check out my want list and make an offer!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Barry Larkin Collection 356: 1996 Score - #5

Barry Larkin
Year:  1996
Brand:  Score
Card number:  5

By the mid 90s, the Score brand was a rather low-end brand which was perfect for a poor kid like myself.  I probably spent way too much money on the cheap set  but at least the design was decent.  I always liked the team colors at the bottom of the front of the card (though the fake "rip" at the top left irked me a little bit in it's weirdness).

The back of the card is where the set really shines - you get full career statistics plus a big 'ol paragraph of information about the player (plus a secondary photo).  It's hard to beat that, though older collectors may need their reading glasses to actually be able to enjoy the card backs!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Trade Stack 67: 6 Cards in the Stack - Shiny, Miscut, Dirty, You Name It!

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

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  4/20/15

Happy Monday everyone!  Today marks the first day of the final week of the regular semester for me.  My college doesn't allow testing during the final week which means I'm all caught up on exam writing and grading (at least until next week's final exams)!  

To start the week off right for everyone else, I've added another card to my current Trade Stack.  As of this post, the Stack now sits at a somewhat tall six cards - will that be enough to have someone claim the entire pile or will the stack of cards continue to grow?  

Remember, you can have the entire Trade Stack in exchange for any one card off of my want list!

1998 Topps Finest:
6.  Rusty Greer - Rangers


2000 Fleer Ultra:
31.  Dmitri Young - Reds


2000 Topps Opening Day:
121.  Jeromy Burnitz - Brewers
(miscut!)


2011 Topps Chrome:
151.  Pedro Alvarez - Pirates

2012 Bowman:
18.  Yadier Molina - Cardinals


2009 Fan Pak:
Standees:
63.  Carlos Zambrano - Cubs



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


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:  13 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 62:  9 cards by Nick
Stack 63:  9 cards by buckstorecards 
Stack 64:  7 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 65:  2 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 66:  10 cards by Roger
Stack 67:  ?? by ??