Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Theme Week: Better Know a Blogger - Recap Episode IV

It's hard to believe that it's the final day of September already.  Before we know it, we'll be shoveling snow and singing Christmas carols.

Before that happens though, we need to finish off the Better Know a Blogger theme week (that ended up stretching out over a span of many months).  For today, we have another six interviews to enjoy (which brings our total up to 24 such interviews for the week).  That's an impressive number...and we aren't done yet!

  • Tony L. (from Off Hiatus Baseball Cards)
  • Ana Lu (from Hobby Cards Europe)
  • Drew (from Drewscards)
  • Adam K. (from Infield Fly Rule Cards)
  • Ryan (from This Card is Cool)
  • Kevin (from The Card Papoy)

Today's group of six bloggers represents a strong international theme with at least three of the six bloggers making their home across the seas from the United States!  We also had a much more active group of bloggers this time around (only Hobby Cards Europe hasn't been updated during the month of September).  All around, a great group of bloggers (and card traders)!

Tomorrow, we head into October and the final few interviews from my Better Know a Blogger series.  The end is near - but before we get there I encourage all of you to show some love to the various bloggers that have been featured so far in my series!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Better Know a Blogger: SpastikMooss (from The Great Sports Name Hall of Fame)

1. Your name (or alias):  SpastikMooss

2. Your blog website:  Great Sports Name Hall of Fame

3. What kind of collector do you consider yourself (team collector, player collector, set collector, etc.). Why do you collect that way?  
I am mainly a player collector, and I think a lot of that has to do with me having an affinity towards certain memories or moments as opposed to general following something over time.  Most of my player collections started up thanks to a specific play, or a specific year, or a specific video game.  I think set collecting could fit under this specificity umbrella as well, and I do dabble in set collecting, but with set collecting you sometimes get players in the set who have no meaning to you and it has to be a pretty awesome set for me to overcome that.
4. In your opinion, what could the major card companies (Topps, Panini, etc.) do to make your style of collecting better for you?
They could put my guys in sets!  Seriously though, I've had guys who played plenty of games in a season who didn't sniff a card the next year.  I'd love the return of something like Topps Total so those end of the roster players come back into sets.    
5. What is your favorite part of your collection?  This could be one specific item, or a binder of cards, etc.  
Definitely my Seneca Wallace binder.  I have something like 90% of his cards if you don't include 1/1's, and over 80% otherwise, and there's a lot of good variety in the binder to keep it interesting.

6. Most of us have a favorite song that we like for no good reason – heck, it might even be embarrassing.  Do you have a favorite baseball card that might fit that bill?  
I'm trying to collect every copy of it because it's so awesome!  Samuel Deduno's 2006 Bowman #B36 - the best cup card ever.


7. If you were forced to part with your entire collection except for one card, which card would you keep? 
 This is tough!  If it's football, I think my favorite Seneca Wallace card (and thus the one I would keep) is the Senior Bowl patch /75 I found - it's one of the most colorful patches I own and it's truly game worn which makes it especially nice in today's iffy authentication:



If we're talking baseball, there's a lot of good contenders but I think I'd go with my Ken Griffey Jr. You Crash the Game exchange card that I actually sent in for as a kid after he hit a homerun:
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8. Many of the blogs (including my own at times) seem to decry Topps’ lack of vision and creativity.  Can you think of something creative that could be done for an upcoming card set?  
I like the idea of interesting die cut windows.  Not like Triple Threads words, but like different shapes.  Maybe a helmet shape with a helmet piece inside, or a batting glove shape with a batting glove piece inside.  It's been done from time to time but I think it's more interesting than the bland square shape.  I'd also say go back to those weirder materials - today it feels like it is all fabrics and bats - I want more helmets, gloves, bases, cleats, etc.
I'd also say make relics rarer again - not just by adding numbering, but by having fewer of them since that has killed their value in recent years.  Reduce print runs sure, but also focus on quality over quantity - have nicer patches of a few guys with better authenticity on the back rather than 10,000 plain white jerseys from 100 players.  Something like early 00's Donruss/Leaf where they photograph the item would be amazing.  Game dated stuff (which has happened occasionally in the past) would be OTHER WORLDLY.  I would definitely snatch that stuff up. 
Finally, more weird subsets on the less focused sides of sports.  I'd love a middle reliever subset, or a LOOGY subset, or a personal catcher subset, or a pinch hitter subset - stuff like that never happens anymore.  I know these things don't always sell well (Panini did a kicker subset that started hot but quickly fizzled out a few years ago) but I'd much prefer this kind of subset to something that adds 15 more Mike Trout and Bryce Harper cards to a set.  Even just one subset a year in flagship or Gypsy Queen or something would be cool.

9. What is your profession?  How did you end up there?  If you are in school, what do you plan to major in and/or what job do you hope to get after graduating?  
I'm a special education teacher.  My undergrad was psychology focused, and I took an autism practicum where we went into schools that really pushed me in the teaching direction.  A few jobs working with adults with special needs later I had my Masters and a teaching job and I've loved it ever since.

10. What is your favorite place that you’ve ever visited?  Why?  
I'd have to say Cinque Terre.  It's this trail along five coastal cities in Italy that my wife and I visited many years ago before we were married.  The trail itself is really cool, but each of the five cities also has a lot of personality and is fun to explore. We stayed in the first city for two nights (we walked the trail in one day in between) and it had some of the best views, food, and wine I have ever experienced.  I would go back in a heartbeat.

11. Many of us have favorite foods or customs that are somewhat local to where we live.  Do you have any such things that you particularly love?  A website link to specific products would be spectacular.  
 I love good food, and locally Cincinnati has a lot of it (Skyline excluded, that stuff is gross).  If any of you guys are ever in Cincinnati, two of my favorite places to try out are The Eagle OTR  and Taste of Belgium (get the chicken and waffles at the Short Vine location!).
Outside of Cincy, I would recommend Mother Bear's Pizza in Bloomington, IN (best pizza I've ever had in my life) and the Shewman's Special at Scotty's anywhere in Indiana (peanut butter, jalapeños, cheddar cheese, and bacon on a burger - it sounds weird but it is amazing!)
12. Do you have any other hobbies besides card collecting?  
I have a few different hobbies - collecting VHS and records (luckily my city has tons of record stores!), watching movies (seen over 10,000 so far), embroidery/cross stitch, playing/coaching lacrosse, fantasy sports (I play all four, usually 2-3 leagues each sport).

13. Tell me something interesting about yourself (that we haven’t covered in the first twelve questions).
 Favorite in person (like you were there at the stadium) sports moment (decided to pick something random).  I have two:
A. My brother and I got tickets to the lacrosse finals at Gilette Stadium a few years back, and Cornell had a fairly big 9-6 lead and all the momentum with 5 minutes left over Syracuse.  They had momentum too, and as people started heading for the exits my brother and I decided to do the same.
As we're walking, we hear a goal score.  So we slow.  A few minutes later, a second scores...so we stop and watch through a stairwell.  Then with under 15 seconds left, Syracuse ties it and the crowd goes wild.  Everyone who was leaving is now in the stairwells and the place is rocking.  Syracuse won it in overtime and to this day it is some of the highest energy I ever experienced in a stadium at one time.
B. Random Indians-Reds games a few years back with my wife.  Family favorite Jose Lopez came in as a 7th inning sub, and in the top of the 9th he got to face Aroldis Chapman with the game way out of reach.  I decided to video the matchup for my little brother since it was kind of a cool moment, and Jose has perfect timing and hits a homerun to dead center with 2 outs.  The Reds still won so all the other fans went home happy, but I was couldn't believe Jose just happened to drill a homerun off of one of the best pitchers in baseball as I was recording it.  I have the video linked in my Jose Lopez PC and it's definitely one of my favorites of all time.

Many thanks to SpastikMooss for yet another great addition to my Better Know a Blogger series!  Of all his answers, I'm most intrigued by the Cinque Terre trail.  I've been to Italy once but I had never heard of Cinque Terre...definitely reason enough for me to make a return trip someday!

Theme Week: Better Know a Blogger - Recap Episode III

Another day, another collection of interviews from my Better Know a Blogger theme week!  Today, we take a look at interviews #13 - 18 that I conducted as part of the series.  As with the last two posts, if you click the link you'll be brought to the actual interview post of each respective blogger.


The blogger attrition continued with this batch of six interviews.  As of the time I wrote this recap post, we have Play at the Plate laying dormant since June, Cardboard Conundrum quiet since August, and Caitlin's blog no longer exists at all!

While I won't go into the drama surrounding Caitlin's exit from the blogosphere, I will say that I definitely miss Play at the Plate's blog the most from the group of "sleepy" blogs.  He and I have completed a number of trades over the years and he's always been good for a fun read (and lots of fun contests to follow along with as well).  I'm hoping he returns - and I'm hoping Matt's quiet blog is more the result of a busy September than it is a sign that he too won't be returning to us!  On the other hand, there are three blogs still going strong that are featured here as well...so all is not lost!

I'll have more interviews as the week goes on...but for now why don't you give the above six a read (and then maybe go give them a sign of support on their respective blogs)!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Theme Week: Better Know a Blogger - Recap Episode II

Yesterday, I began my Better Know a Blogger Theme Week by profiling the first six "interviews" that I conducted for the series.  Today, we take a look at the next six bloggers to be featured!  As before, clicking each link will bring you to the appropriate interview!

  • David (from Tribe Cards)
  • Mark (from Collector's Crack)
  • Marcus (from All the Way to the Backstop)
  • Brad (from Red Sox Fan in Nebraska)
  • AJ (from the Lost Collector)
  • Julie (from A Cracked Bat)

The Better Know a Blogger theme week was a huge success...and now I get the joy of putting all the interviews together in a single collection of posts for everyone to enjoy at once.  If you want in on the action before Better Know a Blogger is no more, you need to shoot me an email ASAP - by the end of the week I plan to end this particular theme week for good!

In terms of the six blogs featured today, we have another one that hasn't been updated lately (Red Sox Fan in Nebraska was last updated in June).  That's now three blogs (out of 12) that I've featured in the first two days of the Theme Week that have gone dormant.  Who knew a celebratory week of Better Know a Blogger posts would have such dark undertones?!

I'll have more interviews tomorrow - and by the end of the week I hope to have the final interview posted to the blog (my entry) - and with that we will say adieu to Better Know a Blogger for 2015!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Theme Week: Better Know a Blogger - Recap Episode I

Back in December of 2014, I began a Theme Week that I called "Better Know a Blogger."  At the time, it was my hope that I'd get enough people interested in us better knowing so that I could fill out the week with thematic posts.  Little did I anticipate the interest the theme would have...the idea resonated so well with many in the blogging community that I had to extend the so-called theme "week" through multiple posts spread out over months (yes, months)!

Well, it's time to make the Better Know a Blogger theme week a proper week - and so for this week we will be celebrating those past posts...and in the process, we'll end up with a short collection of posts with links to all of the entries!  Finally, I plan to end the week with my own answers since I never did post them to the blog.

PS:  And if, by chance, this is the first time you've seen this theme week and you'd like to be included...shoot me an email ASAP (I'll need your answers before the end of the week)!

I'm going to go in the order that I posted the entries back when the theme was "live."  For today, that means we get to go back and Better Know the following bloggers (the link brings you to the original blog post):

  • Jared (from Catching Up with Collecting)
  • Weston (from Fantastic Catch)
  • Fuji (from Chronicles of Fuji)
  • Jeroen (from The Dutch Card Guy)
  • Paul (from Wrigley Wax)
  • Matthew (from Dodger Penguin)

One of the sad things about looking back is seeing blogs that no longer appear to be updated...  For our first round of blogs, we seemingly have a couple of blogs on life support (Catching Up with Collecting hasn't been updated since August and Fantastic Catch has been dormant since July).  That's not good numbers - two out of six blogs...

Is it a sign of the times (people move on to the next "big thing" quickly) or is it a sign of the hobby?  Or, perhaps, is it a sign that you can't make any decisions on such a small sample size (the mathematician in me says that's the correct answer).

No matter, give the six Better Know a Blogger entries a read - and then come back tomorrow when I feature the next batch of bloggers!  We'll get through everyone in a single week this time around!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Do You Play Mario Maker for the WiiU?

I'm curious if any of my blogging friends play Mario Maker on the WiiU?  I do - and I posted about a few of my recent level creations here.  Feel free to check 'em out and let me know what you think!  And, of course, feel free to leave a comment with the course ID for one of your levels for me to check out!

Trade Stack 69: A Little Somethin' Somethin'

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:  9/26/15

Another day, another addition to the Trade Stack.  We are now up to five cards in the current stack...want any of 'em?  Today's addition to the stack is nice and shiny...it makes a great complement to the Topps gold card already in the stack (plus a couple of other cards from retro-themed sets).  A little somethin' somethin' for everyone.

Remember, you get the entire Trade Stack in exchange for at least one card off of my want list!

2012 Bowman Chrome:
181.  Adrian Gonzalez - Red Sox


2001 Fleer Tradition:
278.  A.J. Burnett - Marlins


2015 Topps Archives:
53.  Roberto Alomar - Indians


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

2010 Topps:
US-244.  Mike Redmond - Indians
Gold parallel:  #1503/2010


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:  14 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 68:  5 cards cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 69:  ?? by ??

Friday, September 25, 2015

Flashback Friday: MLB Showdown!

Welcome back to my second Flashback Friday (in consecutive weeks no less)!  This might very well become a "thing" here at Nachos Grande...we shall see!

As you may know, I am in the midst of a collection overhaul and reorganization.  It's a process that I started last summer (before I moved to my new house) and a process that has continued since then (and will continue for quite some time longer)!  During my cleaning though, I discovered this little gem.

That's a box for the 2001 MLB Showdown card game that was published by Wizards of the Coast (you might know them as the people who do Magic:  The Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons)!

I used to enjoy playing the MLB Showdown game with my younger brother - it was easy enough to learn but it had just enough actual strategy to be fun to play.  The essence of the game is that you create a team of players which are represented by cards. 

For example, this is Chris Singleton's card (from the 2002 set - I didn't have any 2001 cards in that box anymore)!

As you can see from the above card, each player gets certain statistics (and the better the player, presumably the better the chances of actually getting on base).  Singleton wasn't likely to every homer (you needed to roll a 22 or higher on a 20-sided die for him to clear the fences).  While that might sound impossible (and normally it would be), there are a bunch of different strategy cards that you can play that might add or subtract points from the die roll result (thus making it possible to "roll" higher than a 20)!

The strategy cards also allowed you to do other things, sometimes even working against your own team in the short term in the hopes of a long term benefit (an excellent example of that would be this "Hugn It" card which you could only play when you were on defense).  

That's right, you had to choose to give up a home run...but in doing so, you got to replenish your hand full of strategy cards.  Risk and reward...and as I said, cards like that added enough strategy to make the game fun over multiple play times!

Turning our attention back to the box that inspired today's post, inside the box I still have the original rules booklet as well as the play mat.

The mat itself is dual sided, the front side shows a baseball field (complete with space to put all the cards as the players make their way around the bases).  Notice that one player sits on one side of the mat while the other player sits opposite - and notice that the field features a pair of home plates...it was a clever way to avoid having to constantly turn around the entire mat (and move all the cards in the process).

The backside features a full checklist for the set...

...and here's the close-up of the Reds' portion of the set.  

As you can probably see, the names in all capital letters are the star players on the team (which get the foil board treatment from Wizards of the Coast).  Getting a card of one of those players in a pack truly feels "special" since they are the better cards for your team!  

I haven't been able to part with this box (or its contents) and I also haven't been able to part with any of my MLB Showdown cards yet as I've gone through my collection reorganization process.  In fact, there's an outside chance that I might someday buy another box of the stuff rather than get rid of the set...that's how much I like the set (and how many good memories the set brings back for me).  In total, this is a perfect set to "flashback" for me!

Editor's Note:  I actually wrote about MLB Showdown one other time (back in 2013).  

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Barry Larkin Collection 396: 1996 Topps - #6 - Power Booster Parallel

Barry Larkin
Year:  1996
Brand:  Topps
Parallel set:  Power Booster
Card number:  6

In 1996, Topps released a parallel version of 25 of the first 26 cards in Topps Series 1 (card #7 was reserved for Mickey Mantle and it does not have a parallel version).  The Power Booster parallel cards (cards #1 - 12 excluding #7) were only available in hobby packs while the remaining Power Booster parallels were only available in retail packs.

Like most parallels, Larkin's Power Booster parallel closely resembles his regular Star Power subset card except for the fact that the parallel is printed on much heavier stock and is much, much shinier!  I should note that if Topps had used the thicker card stock (and shinier design) for all of its 1996 base set, I think that set would have been much, much more popular today!  Since that didn't happen, I'm happy that Larkin got to be part of the parallel set (especially since I now own this card) - it's a great addition to my collection for sure!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Delivery Time! Minis from Eric!

The trade envelopes have drastically slowed down here at de casa de Nachos...probably because I've been so busy the past few weeks that I haven't been actively seeking trades!  Nonetheless, there have been a few straggling mailers that have shown up somewhat recently - some from trades that I completed before the recent work crush and others that were simply surprise mailings!

Today's envelope actually arrived a few weeks back - and it was my end of an Allen & Ginter heavy trade that I completed with Eric.  I helped Eric with many of his base card needs and he, in return, helped me with my mini wants!

I'm sure you can all figure out which presidency both Bush and Adams were first ladies during (despite the fact that we have had multiple Bush's and multiple Adam's as presidents).  But how about Lane?

That's Harriet Lane - she being someone who served as hostess for her uncle, the unmarried James Buchanan.  I think it's pretty cool that she got the nod to be on the card!

Moving on to the Magnates, Barons, and Tycoons set.  Eric helped me inch closer by sending me one of the final three cards that I needed for my set.

Henry Flagler ended up hitting it big as a founding partner of the Standard Oil. Co., and would eventually be instrumental in the development of Florida.  His picture surely makes him look like he is a Baron of some sort!

I don't have a lot to say about the California Condor other than that this ended up being the final card that I needed for the Birds of Prey set.  Quite frankly, being the final card of a set is probably the best thing I can say about pretty much any card - that's a huge deal as any set collector will tell you!

We end with a single bonus card that Eric threw in - but it's a good one!

That's Homer Bailey (the lone Reds' starter with more than one year's worth of experience at this point in time).  Bailey's card is numbered out of 50 on the back...but more importantly to the Reds, Bailey is one of the key players for next year's season.  If Bailey can come back and be a stellar pitcher, the Reds might have a chance.  If he can't, I'm afraid 2016 will be yet another loooonnnnggg year for Reds' fans.

Speaking of being a Reds' fan, do you find yourself enjoying baseball cards and/or blogging more if your team is playing well?  For some reason, I've found both baseball cards and my blogging to be fairly uninspired for much of this summer.  So much so, in fact, that I never even bothered to buy a single pack of something simple like Topps Series 2...and I haven't hosted a group break either in quite some time.

Maybe I should kick myself out of the blogging slump by hosting another Group Break soon...at least then I have a constant stream of source material for the blog!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Barry Larkin Collection 395: 1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice - #707 - Award Winner Subset

Barry Larkin
Year:  1996
Brand:  Upper Deck Collector's Choice
Subset:  Award Winner
Card number:  707

The Upper Deck Collector's Choice brand has long been one of my favorite sets which means this card automatically begins in my good graces!  That said, this card is pretty cool on its own merits - the star cutout with Larkin "popping out" of it really makes the subset feel special (and yet not overly gimmicky)!  I also appreciate getting a word like "consummate" on the back of the card...you don't often get SAT-quality words on a baseball card!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Trade Stack 69: A Fleer Tradition Card Joins the Stack!

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

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  9/21/15

The Trade Stack is now up to four cards - and it's a fairly star-studded Trade Stack so far!  Today's addition is from the super popular Fleer Tradition set from 2001.  It's a gorgeous set that I (unfortunately) had to decide not to actually collect.  My loss could be your gain though!

Remember, you get the entire Trade Stack in exchange for at least one card off of my want list!

2001 Fleer Tradition:
278.  A.J. Burnett - Marlins


2015 Topps Archives:
53.  Roberto Alomar - Indians


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

2010 Topps:
US-244.  Mike Redmond - Indians
Gold parallel:  #1503/2010


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:  14 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 68:  5 cards cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 69:  ?? by ??

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Barry Larkin Collection 394: 1996 Topps Finest - #167 - Intimidation Subset

Barry Larkin
Year:  1996
Brand:  Topps Finest
Card number:  167

This is the third different Barry Larkin card that I own from the 1996 Topps Finest set (the other two being here and here).  Just like with the other two cards, this particular card is also "protected" by that plastic covering (which I hate - but I also can't bring myself to tear off the card).  Curse you Topps!

Of the three Larkin base cards in the set, I think this is the most hideous design.  The lightning vortex design doesn't work for me...and there's so much purple (is that a purple cheetah print on the back?!)  The good news is that this is the final Larkin card that I needed from the 1996 Finest set...so for that I'm happy at least!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Trade Stack 69: Another Card on the Stack (A Spitting HOFer)

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:  9/19/15

The first two cards in the stack were from the early 00s and didn't get any bites so let's try something from this year.  The set?  Topps Archives - a set that I'm still working on in fact!  Perhaps today's addition is a card that you need for your own set?

Remember, you get the entire Trade Stack in exchange for at least one card off of my want list!

2015 Topps Archives:
53.  Roberto Alomar - Indians


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

2010 Topps:
US-244.  Mike Redmond - Indians
Gold parallel:  #1503/2010


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:  14 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 68:  5 cards cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 69:  ?? by ??

Friday, September 18, 2015

Flashback Friday: 1990 Unopened Wax Pack

On social media, Throwback Thursday seems to be a popular thing where people post old photos (usually) of themselves (or their pets or kids) in an attempt to bring a little nostalgia to the everyday daily grind.

I figured it might be fun to do a similar thing here at Nachos Grande - only instead of pictures of me as a kid, you get a post that somehow references something from my past.  To start us off, today's Flashback Friday takes us back to 1990 when I would anxiously await for my dad to get home from work.

You see, sometimes when he came home he would have a brand new pack of cards for my brother and I.  In 1990, my dad must have been in a super giving mood because I vividly recall getting many, many packs of baseball cards that year (it probably didn't hurt any that that was the one year the Reds were good)!  Out of all the sets though, I think the vast majority of the packs my dad brought home were either Topps or Fleer.

And that brings us to today's Flashback Friday:

A brand new, unopened pack of 1990 Fleer.

As you can see, back in 1990 you got a lot of baseball cards for your money...15 in fact in Fleer (plus an additional sticker card).  I used to love those sticker cards...heck, I still do.

I have to admit, I'm kind of excited to open this pack - so let's do so right now!

Upon ripping the pack, I couldn't help but wonder how soon it will be until Topps (or maybe Panini) starts packaging a retro set in actual wax packs again.

Let's take a look at the cards - so many of them that I need multiple scans to show off the entire pack!
In the order the cards appeared (saving the sticker card for last), we have:

Randy Milligan:  I have no recollection of this card nor of Milligan.
Checklist:  This checklist has the Braves, Tigers, plus the subsets on it.  I always loved checklists like this (especially when broken down by team).  I definitely had a number of the 1990 Fleer checklists and I am positive that I marked them all up!
Eric Plunk:  I vaguely recall pulling Plunk cards back in the day.  I never liked the Yankees though so this card wouldn't have been a fun pull even back then.
Cecilio Guante:  I think this is my favorite card that I've pulled so far - and I'm fairly certain I never owned this card as a kid.  That's great though since I have already decided that I'm going to try and put the entire 1990 Fleer set together sometime soon!
Pete Incaviglia:  Two Rangers in a row, though I think it's safe to say that Pete is the much bigger name out of the pair.
Darrell Evans:  As a kid, I hated the Braves - they were always TBS (rather than my Reds) and for whatever reason it seemed like the Reds couldn't ever beat Atlanta.  This card brings back bad memories.
Mark Lemke:  And just like that, we get two Braves in a row.  Ugh.
Willie Randolph:  The Dodgers were a team that I didn't feel any particular way about back in the day.  Now when I pull one all I can think is "good, my trade stock gets replenished a bit."
Jay Tibbs:  Another card that I am fairly certain is brand new for me - even if the actual image is incredibly boring (a big problem with a lot of 1990 Fleer shots if I'm being honest).

Gerald Young:  I always liked the yellow for the Astros borders in this set.
Rickey Henderson:  Our first true superstar of the pack!
Steve Rosenberg:  Who is this guy?  And why are there numbers on his pant leg...what an ugly uniform!
Rick Mahler:   Alright!  The eight-year-old me is super excited right now!  A Red makes any pack a good pack!
Marquis Grissom:  Another decent name - this pack has been solid for sure.
Darnell Coles:  At first, I saw the Mariners' logo and thought I might have a Griffey Jr. on my hands.  Alas, it wasn't to be.

AL Stickers:  Four stickers in one!  When I was a kid I used to try and draw the various team logos...and I'm an awful artist so I know that I never got the Orioles logo correct.  From what I remember, I did alright with the other three logos on this card however!


Notice that this pack didn't have any inserts, foil, or "big mojo hits."  We didn't need that crap to enjoy packs of cards when I was a kid.

Now go get off my lawn.