Monday, November 30, 2015

Delivery Time! Collector's Crack Feeds My Addiction

I'm still working my way through the big pile of trade envelopes that had stacked up over the last few weeks (and months).  My semester of work is all but done...this week is the week before finals so it is mostly a lot of reviewing material with the students as they prepare to impress me by showing me all that they learned this semester!

Speaking of impressing, someone who always impresses me is Mark from Collector's Crack.  Mark and I swapped packages back in August....and now that it is almost December I figured I might as well show off what he sent my way!

We begin with the big prize:

That's a 1992 Bowman Larkin card that is brand new for my collection.  It's getting more and more rare for me to acquire a new Larkin card...and to land a new one from back in 1992 is even more impressive since I've got quite a few from that year!

Next, Mark sent along a pair of Reds' autographs.

The Bowman Heritage auto is of Sam LeCure while the Topps auto is of Tony Cingrani.  LeCure had a decent season or two with the Reds but isn't anything more than a middling middle reliever.  Cingrani, on the other hand, has a much higher upside but he'll have to learn at least one more pitch to go along with his fastball if he ever hopes to become more than fourth or fifth starter material.

Before I show off the last of the cards, I'd be remiss if I didn't quote a portion of Mark's letter that he included...

What's up with MLB?  The Astros leave our division and get good and our teams are fighting for the basement in the NL Central.

Unfortunately Mark, I have a feeling both our teams will be battling for fourth place for another year at least given the firepower of the Cubs, the scrappiness of the Pirates, and the general luck of the Cardinals.

While that is a depressing thought for me, let's return to something a bit happier (and much shinier).  The final three cards for today's post are all courtesy of Mark!

That Cueto is numbered out of 242...you don't get a lot of cards serially numbered out of 242!

Thanks for the great trade Mark!  And, as always, if anyone else would like to trade be sure to check out my want list and make an offer.  After all, my stack of unposted packages is almost whittled down to nothing!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Barry Larkin Collection 406: 2015 Topps High Tek - #HT-BL - Grid (Parallel 6B)

Barry Larkin
Year:  2015
Brand:  Topps High Tek
Parallel set:  Grid (Pattern 6B)
Card number:  HT-BL

We've finally made it to the final of the six regular base card versions in the 2015 Topps High Tek set.  The Grid pattern is for the "B" players while the "A" players get the Stripes pattern.  Once again, I think the B pattern is much nicer (which is great since Barry Larkin is part of the B group)!

As the final base parallel, the sixth level of parallels are extremely tough pulls.  In fact, in a case you only get a single level 6 pattern - either one Stripes or one Grid card and that's it!  Doing the math, it would appear that Topps must have only made about 25 of each level 6 parallel.

That's pretty crazy rare, but there is one more pattern that is even rarer (a level 7 parallel seeded one in every other case).  However, that parallel only includes "A" players so Larkin's run of base card parallels ends here.

All isn't quite over though as there are a number of serially numbered diffractor parallels to track down as well (plus a bunch of autographs).  I now own many of the extra cards as well so you'll be getting a glimpse of all of them in the near future!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Barry Larkin Collection 405: 2015 Topps High Tek - #HT-BL - Diamonds (Parallel 5B)

Barry Larkin
Year:  2015
Brand:  Topps High Tek
Parallel set:  Diamonds (Pattern 5B)
Card number:  HT-BL

The Diamonds parallel is the fifth level of parallel for the "B" players in 2015 Topps High Tek.  The analogous parallel for the "A" players is called Pyramids (which I like less than the Diamonds pattern).  The pattern five cards are extremely difficult pulls since they are seeded 1:6 boxes or only two per case (one of each pattern).  Based on stated odds, it would appear that there are approximately 50 of each Diamonds pattern parallel out there (same with the Pyramid parallels).  However, the cards are not serially numbered so that number is only an estimate!

It might seem like having only two cards of a specific level of parallel is impossibly rare...but believe it or not there is actually one more tier of base card parallels that are even tougher to pull than the Diamonds!  Thanks to eBay, I own that card as well...and I'll show it off soon enough here!

Trade Stack 69: Turkey Red Joins the Stack (in Time for Thanksgiving!)

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

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  11/28/15

It is time to add another card to my Trade Stack - today's addition makes the stack reach eight cards in total!  For today, we have a 2007 Topps Turkey Red card of Mark Teahen, a "prominent base ball player" according to the card back!  I actually like the '07 Turkey Red set quite a bit (you'll hear my thoughts on 2007 sets in the very near future in fact) but this particular card has been deemed expendable by me.  Jump in to claim the stack now or else take a gamble and hope no one else claims the pile before I add another card to the stack.  The choice is yours!

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

2007 Topps Turkey Red:
181.  Mark Teahen - Royals


2012 Bowman:
BP86.  Gerrit Cole - Pirates

1993 Upper Deck:
315.  Checklist - Will Clark - Giants


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, November 27, 2015

Barry Larkin Collection 404: 2015 Topps High Tek - #HT-BL - Chain Link (Parallel 4B)

Barry Larkin
Year:  2015
Brand:  Topps High Tek
Parallel set:  Chain Link (Pattern 4B)
Card number:  HT-BL

The Chain Link pattern is the fourth tier of parallels for the "B" players in 2015 Topps Tek.  The analogous parallel for the "A" players is called "Cubes."  We have now reached the rather tough portion of parallels to pull - you get either a Cubes parallel or a Chain Link parallel every three boxes of High Tek!  Based on stated print runs, the odds of 1:3 boxes suggests that the Pattern 4 cards are limited to only 100 copies of each (despite no serial numbering).  This makes sense since you only get four such parallels in a case of High Tek (two Cubes and two Chain Links).

Despite the rarity of the parallel, there are actually still TWO more base parallels that are a tougher pull than the Chain Link parallels.  I am happy to report that I also own the two rarer versions and I'll be posting them as part of my Barry Larkin Collection in the near future!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Trade Stack 69: Give Thanks for a Trade Stack Addition!

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

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  11/26/15

The current Trade Stack will have seven cards after today's Turkey Day addition to the pile!  Will it be enough for someone to finally claim the Stack?  Let's find out by introducing today's card.

Today, we dip into the Bowman well and live to tell about it!  How about a 1st Bowman Card of one of the Pirate's best young hurlers?  That's right, this is your chance to nab a Gerrit Cole card (along with the six cards in the stack which include a gold parallel, a Roberto Alomar card, and a shiny Red Sox card).  Hurry and claim the stack before someone else does!  Once it's gone, it's gone!

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

2012 Bowman:
BP86.  Gerrit Cole - Pirates

1993 Upper Deck:
315.  Checklist - Will Clark - Giants


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 ??

Happy Thanksgiving!!

From my family to yours:  Happy Thanksgiving!


PS:  Never mind the two grey-haired people sitting there.  If you'd like the full story of this set, click on over to my LEGO-centric blog (found here).

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Delivery Time! Blog Reader Rob Sends Me the Key to the City!

I'm still working my way through my stack of trade envelopes that managed to accumulate on my desk over the past several weeks.  Today, we take a look at an envelope from blog reader Rob (who I don't believe has a blog, though I may be mistaken).  Rob wanted some of the Rocky base cards from this year's Ginter set...and in return he was able to knock three of the Keys to the City insert cards off of my want list!

I enjoy the Keys to the City cards a lot, so I'm happy to be three cards closer to completing the set.  In fact, I now am only missing five cards from the set (1, 3, 6, 8, and 10).  If you have any available, let me know!!

Of the three cards, I think the Las Vegas Welcome Sign is my favorite.  That's truly an iconic image (seen it pretty much every movie which has Vegas as a destination)!  The Willis Tower used to be called the Sears Tower...and I think it's funny that people still have to describe it that way (giving Sears some extra advertising for free).  Finally, the Portland Light Head is a lighthouse that sits 100 feet above water at the entrance to the Portland Harbor.  The lighthouse used to be lit with 16 whale oil lamps and happens to be the oldest lighthouse in Maine (a state with plenty of lighthouses given the rocky coast)!

In addition to the three Keys to the City, Rob also dropped a few Larkin cards in the envelope for me.  While none were new to my collection, I can't complain about getting another card showing Larkin getting Bonds out at second while turning a double play!

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


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Delivery Time! Bubba Brings the X (as in Ginter X)!

I've been blogging here at Nachos Grande on Blogger's platform since 2008.  In that time, I've written thousands of posts (over 5300 and counting) and had over 800,000 visitors come through mi casa.  As a side effect of all that traffic, I've completed trades with hundreds of different people (and usually more than one trade) - so it means a lot when I say I have another favorite blog trading partner to add to my list of great traders...  Matt from Bubba's Bangin' Batch of Baseball Bits.

Matt and I completed our first trade February of this year...but we didn't stop there.  From February 2015 until now we've actually sent a total of nine packages back and forth!  That's pretty impressive for such a short time.

Even better (for both of us), we each like to collect Allen & Ginter and so most of our trades have somehow involved our favorite brand of cards.

The latest envelope to show up in my mailbox certainly carried on with that theme as Matt sent me eight cards, all from Allen & Ginter X.

If you haven't heard of that set, it's basically the regular Allen & Ginter set except all the base cards have a black background rather than white.  And you could only buy it online.

So yeah, I didn't bother with the set but luckily for me, Matt did.  And even luckier, he decided to send a big stack of the Reds my way!

A fun game to play with those eight cards:

How many will be Reds at the start of the 2016 baseball season?

We can safely rule out Marlon Byrd because he was actually shipped off mid-season.  Starting at the top, I'd say there is 20% chance they trade away Cozart and a 0% chance of trading Mesoraco (he is trying to come back from injury, they'd be selling super low).  In the middle row, we already discussed Byrd but I'd say that a trade of Phillips has a 50% chance of occurring.  I don't think anyone wants Hamilton and nearly non-existent OPS so I'll say 0% chance there.  In the bottom row, I think Chapman is likely to be traded, let's say 85% while Bruce has a better than 50/50 shot of landing on a new team (60% I'd say).  That leaves us with Votto - arguably the Reds' best player and, perhaps, best trade chip (if a team can convince their owner/fans/etc that Votto's long-term contract won't be an albatross around their collective necks).  Personally, I think super long contracts are stupid...and in this case that will mean Votto will stay put (5% of being traded).

So there you have it, my predictions for the Reds' off season.  I also predict that the Reds will be terrible in 2017 - you can carve that one in stone unfortunately.

Thanks for the cards Matt (especially since they were all new Ginter cards for my collection)!  The black backgrounds definitely make the images pop!  As for anyone else, if you'd like to trade be sure to check out my want list and then make an offer.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Delivery Time! Club PWE! (An Exercise in Being Thankful)

Last night, I began the process of trying to clean off my desk by posting the a trade envelope that had been sitting there for months.  Today, I return with another two envelopes (though both of these haven't been sitting on my desk for quite as long).

Jeff (from 2 by 3 Heroes) runs a great blog - and as a service to other bloggers out there, he also runs a program that he calls Club PWE.  Basically, Club PWE is Jeff's way of sending out a PWE full of cards to people at various points throughout the year.  I'm one of the lucky recipients of Jeff's generosity...so much so that I ended up with two envelopes in under a month.

We should probably take a look at what Jeff sent my way - and in the spirit of giving thanks (after Thanksgiving is very soon), I'm going to find something to be thankful for with each of the four cards I chose to scan.

Johnny Cueto:

I'm thankful that I got to see Cueto be a great pitcher for a few years while wearing the Reds' uniform.  I'm also thankful that the Reds didn't put huge money on Cueto and instead traded him to the Royals for a bunch of prospects.  Cueto is a great pitcher, but he has way too many moving parts to make him a safe (or even a reasonable) bet if you are trying to hand out a big money contract.  And, of course, there's the whole "chant Cueto's name" if Cueto is the opponent in your ballpark and he seems to get totally flustered.

Adam Dunn:

I'm thankful for the Big Donkey, even if most Reds' fans would prefer to forget about the big lug.  Dunn provided a lot of power (and a lot of strikeouts) in the Reds' lineup...but I always respected for seemingly trying hard every game even during the years where the Reds completely stunk up the joint.

Pat Moran:

I had no idea who Pat Moran was until I got this card but I'm thankful that card companies (at least occasionally) put some different faces in their sets so that I can learn something.  I don't need two hundred different cards of Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle, getting guys like Moran is a nice thing once in awhile.  I'm also thankful for the retro card phase that hit the hobby about a decade or so ago - many of my favorite sets to this day have a retro vibe to them.

Todd Frazier:

I'm thankful the Reds still have one or two players worth watching (Votto being the other).  I'm not entirely convinced that Frazier will be a Red by the time the season starts (or even by the time you read this post), but I'm thankful for now!

And, of course, I'm thankful for generous bloggers such as Jeff who continue to produce great blog content (and great trades)!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Delivery Time! Five Tool Collector Sends Me a Pogo Stick Guy (and I Love It!)

Back in August of this year, my new job kicked into high gear.  We opened our brand new Math Center at the college (which I direct) in August and, of course, classes started then as well (I am teaching a pair of classes this semester).  Then, by the time the job duties died down (or at least I get them under control), I started a group break.

Flash forward to today and the group break is over...and the semester is almost over as well!  So, I suppose now is as good of a time as ever to get caught back up on some trade posts!  Before I get to the trade post though, I must show off my LEGO Winter Village that my wife and I put together for this year.  The snow flurries started today at our house so we felt it was time to get the village up!


Now, back to baseball cards!

Today's envelope is courtesy of Bob over at The Five Tool Collector.  Bob sent me a PWE with a single card in it...but what a card it was!

That's Gary Stewart - Pogo Stick World Record Holder.

Now, I don't give two flying f's about Pogo Sticking, but I am super excited to get this card because it puts me one card closer to completing the entire 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter's relic set!

This card actually has a bit more history than simply me acquiring via a PWE.  You see, Bob actually bought this card purposely (thinking it was a relic of a different Gary Stewart).  You can read all about this trials and tribulations with this particular relic over on his blog.

Thanks to Bob, I am now only missing 27 of the relics in the set (there are 100 in total).  If you happen to have any 2010 Allen & Ginter relics that you don't need/want from my list (see below), let me know.  I'd love to work out a trade.  Here's what I still need:

  • AGA.  Anthony Gatto
  • AJ.  Avery Jenkins
  • DB.  David Blaine
  • DBR.  Drew Brees
  • DH.  Dan Haren
  • DU.  Dan Uggla
  • DW.  David Wright
  • GSI.  Glenn Singleman
  • IS.  Ichiro Suzuki
  • JS.  Jordin Sparks
  • JV.  Joey Votto (jersey only)
  • KF.  Kosuke Fukudome
  • LB.  Lance Berkman
  • MM.  Marvin Miller
  • MP.  Mike Parsons
  • NF.  Neftali Feliz
  • PP.  Preston Pittman
  • RH.  Ryan Howard (bat only)
  • RO.  Randy Oitker
  • RP.   Regis Philbin
  • SJ.  Shawn Johnson
  • SSA.  Summer Sanders
  • TB. Tyler Brandt
  • TH. Tony Hawk
  • TK.  Tom Knapp
  • YG.  Yovani Gallardo
  • ZS.  Zac Sunderland

Thanks again for the great PWE Bob (even if it took me the better part of three months to write a post)!  I actually have another seven or so envelopes sitting on my desk waiting to be posted about so expect more mail day posts in the near future!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Barry Larkin Collection 403: 2015 Topps High Tek - #HT-BL - Pipes (Parallel 3B)

Barry Larkin
Year:  2015
Brand:  Topps High Tek
Parallel set:  Pipes (Pattern 3B)
Card number:  HT-BL

We continue our tour of Barry Larkin cards from the 2015 Topps High Tek set with the third (of six) versions of the base card.  This is the Pipes pattern (which is third most common pattern after the base pattern Waves and the slightly-rarer-than-base-pattern Dots).  The Pipes pattern is only for the players denoted as "B players" in the set.  The analogous design for the "A" players is the Circuit Board design.  In a box of 2015 High Tek, you only get one card from the third level of parallels (either a Circuit Board card or a Pipes card).  Thus, we have quickly moved into fairly rare cards!

For me, the Pipes pattern is the least visually friendly of the first three version of the Larkin base cards.  As of the moment, I'd rank the designs (from best to worst) as  Dots -->  Waves -->  Pipes.  Of course, there are still another three versions of the base card so we'll have to see if the Pipes design is truly the worst of the bunch (as of the time I am writing this post I don't yet have all the remaining versions in hand...though all should be on the way thanks to eBay purchases)!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Barry Larkin Collection 402: 2015 Topps High Tek - #HT-BL - Dots (Parallel 2B)

Barry Larkin
Year:  2015
Brand:  Topps High Tek
Parallel set:  Dots (Pattern 2B)
Card number:  HT-BL

In the 2015 Topps High Tek set, Topps divided the players into two different groups (called A and B).  Barry happened to fall into the B grouping which means the most common parallel of his takes the Dots pattern (A players have the Spiral pattern as their most common parallel).  Every box of 2015 Topps High Tek comes with one Spiral and one Dots card which means these parallels are almost as common as the regular base cards (which come slightly more than two per box).  High Tek is confusing at first but once you get some cards in hand things start to make a bit more sense.

Looking at the actual Larkin card, the Dots pattern name pretty much perfectly sums up the pattern itself.  It's a bunch of dots in a circular design.  Personally, I think I prefer the Dots design over the Waves design of the "regular" base card.  Of course, this is a High Tek parallel so other than the background this particular card is exactly the same as the regular Larkin base.  It should be noted that there are a total of six different base card versions for Barry in the set - and in due time you'll see all six on my blog!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Barry Larkin Collection 401: 2015 Topps High Tek - #HT-BL - Waves (Base Version 1B)

Barry Larkin
Year:  2015
Brand:  Topps High Tek
Card number:  HT-BL

The 2015 Topps High Tek set is a bit confusing (as is normal with the Tek line of cards).  For 2015, Topps split the players into two groups (an A and a B group).  Barry Larkin happened to fall into the B group which means he gets different patterns than any player in the A group (for the base card and pretty much every parallel)!

This particular design is called Waves and it happens to the regular base card design for the B players in the set.  A box of 2015 Topps High Tek comes with 8 cards, of those 8 cards at least two will be the regular base cards (either Waves for B players or Grass for A players).

In terms of the card itself, this is a decent card (even if the zebra striping is a bit weird).  All of Larkin's cards in the 2015 High Tek set have the same image (and basically the same card back) so there isn't much more to say about that here!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Barry Larkin Collection 400: 2015 Topps High Tek - #HT-BL - Gold Rainbow Parallel - Autograph

Barry Larkin
Year:  2015
Brand:  Topps High Tek
Parallel:  Gold Rainbow Autograph
Card number:  HT-BL  #34/50

Since this is both my 400th entry in my ongoing Barry Larkin Collection series and my birthday, I figured I had to pick a special card for today's post!  Enter this year's 2015 Topps High Tek set - a set that features a whole lot of Barry Larkin!  In fact, there are 18 different Barry Larkin cards in the set (not counting any of the 1/1 cards).  That's a lot of Larkin!

For myself, this is one of the first cards that I nabbed from the set (courtesy of eBay).  It's the Gold Rainbow autograph parallel and it is numbered 34/50 on the front of the card.  This card also marks the first Barry Larkin autograph that I've featured in my collection!

The card design itself is pretty nice.  The Gold Rainbow parallel takes the base card design (the waves design in Larkin's case) and turns the waves gold.  I love the fact that the autograph is on card (and the blue ink shows up very nicely on the plastic card stock that Topps used for the High Tek set).  I also like the fact that there is a itty bitty Reds' logo in the top corner!

The back of the card is virtually unreadable for anyone who doesn't have at least 20/20 vision.  That's ok though because you don't buy High Tek hoping to read fascinating card backs.

For myself, I have to say that I love this card.  I also love this year's High Tek set - so much so that you'l be seeing quite a few Barry Larkin cards from this set in the upcoming days!

Trade Stack 69: Happy Birthday to Me!

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

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  11/18/15

I went the entire month of October without adding a single card to the Trade Stack.  I guess hosting a massive group break is my excuse.  Anyhow, I now have all the group break packages packed up - most went in the mail this past Saturday while the remaining three will all go out no later than this coming Saturday.  I might have a fourth package to pack up as well if someone claims this Trade Stack.

Today is also my birthday...so maybe claim this stack and send me something great?  

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

1993 Upper Deck:
315.  Checklist - Will Clark - Giants


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 ??