Monday, February 29, 2016

For Trade: 2016 Topps

Below, you will find my list of cards from 2016 Topps that I have available for trade.  As always, I'm looking for stuff from my want list (or most things LEGO related if that's your style).

For Trade (2016 Topps):
Last Updated:  4/26/16

8, 8, 18, 18, 18, 18, 20, 25, 25, 30, 41, 41, 42, 54, 57, 57, 57, 59, 64, 64, 75, 77, 83, 83, 84, 84, 89, 90, 90, 97, 97, 104, 104, 113, 113, 117, 118, 126, 126, 126, 130, 130, 138, 138, 138, 140, 140, 147, 152, 152, 152, 152, 162, 162, 169, 169, 169, 176, 186, 186, 186, 187, 191, 193, 193, 195, 197, 200, 203, 203, 205, 205, 211, 211, 214, 221, 221, 222, 222, 225, 225, 226, 228, 228, 228, 251, 259, 259, 259, 276, 276, 276, 285, 288, 288, 290, 290, 298, 298, 298, 298, 306, 313, 313, 313, 321, 328, 328, 332, 333, 336, 336, 338, 338, 339, 343, 343, 344, 344, 344, 346, 346, 349, 349

Negatives:  57 (Adam Lind - Brewers)

Back to Back:  B2B- 1, 1, 1, 5, 5, 8, 8, 8, 13, 13, 15, 15
Berger's Best:  BB-55
First Pitch:  FP-20
Perspectives:  P- 5, 8, 12, 16
Pressed Into Service:  PIS- 5, 7, 9

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Delivery Time! The Card Chop Chops My Want List Down a Bit!

Today's mail day was short and sweet, but nonetheless most definitely appreciated.  The PWE comes courtesy of The Card Chop and inside was supposed to be a bunch of 2016 Topps for my set (which there was).

However, while I do appreciate the latest and greatest, the real prize was a throw-in:

Yep, that's one of about a million pesky short prints that I need from 2014 Topps Heritage.  You would have thought I'd be further along by now...but then again, if you thought that you've probably never actually tried to collect the nightmare that is high numbered Heritage cards!!

Many thanks for the great PWE, Steve!  And, as always, if anyone else would like to trade be sure to check out my want list and make an offer!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Another Original 1889 Allen & Ginter Card for my Set!

After months of not gaining any ground on my 1889 original Allen & Ginter 50 Fish from American Waters set, I've had a couple of new additions in the past few months.  My latest aquatic creature to join my set is none other than the Brook Trout.

I love the look of the Fish cards - and I also love that I am now down to only needing six more cards before I have the entire set complete!  What once started as a fanciful foray has turned into something that now actually (amazingly) seems feasible.

I still can't believe that I typed those words!  To think that I'm now closing in on a set that is well over 120 years old (127 years old to be precise) is truly remarkable.  Even more remarkable, I may have just acquired the best condition card of all that I own with this Brook Trout acquisition!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Barry Larkin Collection 433: 1997 Pacific Crown Collection - #271

Barry Larkin
Year:  1997
Brand:  Pacific Crown Collection
Card number:  271

I have made it clear many times on my blog that I love pretty much everything Pacific related (especially the late 90s stuff).  Unfortunately, the 1997 Pacific Crown Collection is one of the few "misses" in my mind.  I don't particularly care for the excessive foil (especially since it's a vertical nameplate) on the front of the card.  On the back of the card, Pacific "hid" the card number near the bottom of the card in such a way that you cannot rapidly shuffle through a stack of '97 Crown Collection in search of a particular card - as a set collector foremost, that's a huge no-no for me.  I think I'll stick with this lone Larkin card and forgo ever trying to complete the rest of this set!  All that said, I'm still a fan of most of Pacific's work - not every set can be a winner though!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Democratic Roadkill Isn't Just a Term for the Primary Season.

Spring break for my is just around the corner...I need to survive about eight more days and then I'll have a full week off from work.  That time will (hopefully) be used to get caught up on grading, lesson planning, and lots of other work-related tasks.  Of course, I'd also like to use some of that time to get caught up with some of my blogging related activities - especially my LEGO blog!  All that said, the one area where I am already catching up in is my trade packages.  I've mailed out quite a few over the past several days...and I have also made some serious progress in terms of posting packages that have arrived at my house over the past couple of months.

Today's package is an older one - I think this arrived back in January but don't let me slow posting fool you - this was one of the best packages of the year (to date)!  The great contents were courtesy of Duane over at Democratic Roadkill, a blog title so good that I can only assume Duane sees a lot of extra traffic during election cycles!

So what was so great about the trade package?  Well, it started off with a Gypsy Queen card from 2013.

This is a set that I'm working on still (even though the so-called "magic" of Gypsy Queen has definitely worn off for me).  That said, landing the Swisher card means I'm now only 18 cards away from completing the entire set!  Slow and steady, am I right?!

Speaking of slow and steady, we now get to the meat of the package:  Allen & Ginter minis!

Duane sent me a virtual tour of Ginter minis beginning with the 2012 edition of the set.

The Fashionable Ladies are certainly looking fly for the times...  The Hanley mini is appreciated because in 2012 I thought I would give collecting the full regular back mini set a try (obviously I'm still working on that set so it wasn't one of my best decisions).  An even poorer decision on my part was to try and collect all the various mini forms of the Reds in the set - that Bruce is one of the gold bordered minis that were retail (I think) exclusives.

Returning back to 2013, Duane actually finished off a pair of mini sets for me!

The Famous Finds set is pretty nice (even if the images are rather dull).  The Cairo Geniza was the final card that I needed.  And then the other set that I now have complete from 2013?

That's the final The First Americans card that I needed - and it's a rather striking photo!  There's something so satisfying about being able to delete a full insert set from my want list...and after I scan the cards, there's something satisfying about sliding the final card into its 15-pocket page for eternal safe keeping!

That got a little creepy, didn't it?  My apologies.  Let's pretend that didn't happen and move on to 2014.

While I didn't get to finish off any of the 2014 inset sets, I did get quite a bit closer thanks to the eight minis that Duane sent my way!

In case you are wondering, you can find all that I still need from the above sets (and everything else I'm collecting) on my want list here.

And finally, we make our way to 2015!

This was another great batch because I can now say I have the full A World Beneath Our Feet set...

...and the full Magnates, Barons, and Tycoons set....

...AND the full Hoist the Black Flag insert set!

And with all that, if that weren't enough, I'm also now one card closer to completing yet another mini set from 2015 - the First Ladies set!

It seemed fitting to end with a political card from a blog named Democratic Roadkill!

Many thanks for all the great cards Duane!  And, as always, if anyone else would like to trade, check out my want list and make an offer!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Barry Larkin Collection 432: 1998 Fleer Flair Showcase - #65 - Row 2 (Showpiece) Version

Barry Larkin
Year:  1998
Brand:  Fleer Flair Showcase
Subset:  Row 2 - Showpiece
Card number:  65

The 1998 (Fleer) Flair Showcase set is a confusing mess of a thing.  Each base card comes in four varieties, but the different varieties are more common or rarer depending on the card number.  In Barry's case, this is one of the Showpieces (Row 2) cards which counts as a style card.  If that makes any sense whatsoever to you, congratulations you are ahead of me!

According to baseballcardpedia, Larkin's Showpiece card was part of a group of cards seeded 1:4 packs.  There is also a more common Row 3 card (Showdown, seeded 1:1.5 packs) and a rarer Row 1 card (Showtime, seeded 1:6 packs).  There is also a Row 0 card (Showstopper serially numbered out of 1000).  Now, if that weren't all confusing enough, there is also a pair of parallels Legacy Collection (numbered out of 100) and Masterpieces (numbered 1 of 1) for all the versions of the cards in the set.

I don't know how anyone ever managed to put together a master set of the for me right now, I don't even own any of the other Larkin cards from the 1998 Flair Showcase set (and that includes the more common Row 3 base card)!

All that said, I have to admit that I actually like this card quite a bit.  In fact, I'm a sucker for most of Fleer's late 90s offerings - and Flair Showcase is no exception.  I really ought to make it a priority to track down the other Barry Larkin cards from this set!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

FOR TRADE: 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs

I have a few 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaur cards available for trade.

2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs FOR TRADE:
Last update:  12/14/16

2, 3, 3, 6, 6, 6, 8, 10, 11, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 18, 20, 20, 21, 23, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 31, 33, 33, 36, 36, 37, 39, 40, 40, 42, 43, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 51, 52, 52, 53, 57, 57, 58, 60, 63, 65, 68, 69, 71, 72, 73, 73, 74, 76, 77, 79, 83, 90, 90, 92, 95, 98, 98
Patch cards:
AOD-49.  Mosasaurus

Monday, February 22, 2016

I'm #NotASuperTrader But That's OK. I've Got Dinosaurs in the Mail!

Oh sure, I may have missed the cut to be a #supertrader in Jaybarkerfan's newest undertaking, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy fact, this past week has been super productive for me in terms of trading, I think I've mailed out at least 10 trade packages in the last seven days.  That's pretty darn good for me!

As usual with trades, when you mail enough out some return packages are bound to show up.  On Saturday, I received a big 'ol envelope from Sam over at The Daily Dimwit that I was very excited to open up.  By the way, Sam is a #supertrader so I feel honored to be included on his mailing list these days!


Because Sam is the only out there that I am aware of who had some extra 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaur cards for trade.  I'm still working on that set (after already busting two full boxes of the product) but with no other bloggers seemingly busting the product I was solely at the mercy of whatever duplicates Sam happened to have.

Turns out, he had quite a few for me!

First, Sam was able to send a big 'ol pile of base cards my way.

Most of the base cards were duplicates (I only needed one of the regular base cards) but in that stack were also a bunch of the high numbered short prints (of which I needed most of the ones that Sam sent my way).

I was also lucky enough to get a bunch of cards from the sticker insert set.

Upper Deck Collector's Choice made me love sticker cards (and before that, Fleer wax packs)...and my love hasn't waned in the years since.  I love the sticker set - and if I had two or three copies of the sticker cards I'm pretty sure I'd still decorate my laptop with dinosaur stickers.  Luckily (?), I don't have that many extra copies so I'll still at least look like a grown-up when my laptop is out in public.

And finally, the creme of the crop:

Those are the 3-D cards and they are awesome!  I still need a whole bunch of these but I'm happy to get even a few cards closer to completing the set.

Many thanks for the trade Sam!  And, as always, if anyone else would like to trade - check out my want list (my dinosaur needs are on there now as well).  You don't have to be a #supertrader to trade with me - I'll just as happily trade a PWE for PWE if necessary!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

A PWE that Made Me LOL: (Johnny's Trading Spot)

Now that the group break is over, I can breathe again and, ideally, get caught back up on some trade packages that have arrived over the past couple of weeks.  Since I'm also trying to get caught up on my school work (I have two new preps this semester so I have been dealing with a LOT of lesson planning), I won't spend a real long time on the blogs today.  No matter, I still wanted to show off a package and this PWE is calling my name.

Actually, the PWE had my name on it.  And in it.  But more on that in a moment.  First, let's acknowledge John over at Johnny's Trading Spot.  He's an awesome trader - and he also has a sense of humor.  Why?  Let's see if you can spot it.

No?  Here's a better hint.

That's right, John stumbled across a guy who was a pitcher for the Princeton Reds back in 1991 - a guy who just so happens to share my name.  Unfortunately, I've never pitched for any team, let alone a minor league team of my favorite team.

That said, the contents of the envelope really did make me laugh - and after the last few weeks of incredible busyness, I could use the humor!  Thanks John for brightening my day!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Trade Stack 69: We Reach 14 Cards in the Trade Stack (A Dino, a Gold Parallel, and 12 Others!)

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

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  2/20/16

Today's addition to the stack means there are now 14 different cards in the pile!  I'm going with something a bit different for the newest addition - it's from the wonderful 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs set - a set that I not-so-coincidentally just added to my want list!

I happen to love the Dinosaurs set - and the card that I chose to add to the Trade Stack is a perfect example of why.  It's got an awesome illustration - and how can you not feel a little bit bad for the Gastonia  as he's getting attacked by the Utahraptor?!  According to the card back, Gastonia was an early ankylosaur (my favorite type of dinosaur) - and Gastonia remains have been found in the same quarry as Utahraptor.  Pretty cool stuff - so claim it now if you want it! Remember, you get the entire Trade Stack in exchange for at least one card off of my want list!

2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs:
74.  Gastonia

1999 Fleer Sports Illustrated:
75.  Juan Gonzalez - Rangers

1998 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
262.  Charlie O'Brien - Blue Jays

1994 Upper Deck:
282.  Mo Vaughn - Red Sox

2007 Upper Deck Goudey:
88.  Robinson Cano - Yankees
(Red back mini)

1999 Fleer Sports Illustrated:
99.  Mark Grace - Cubs

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 ??

Barry Larkin Collection 431: 2016 Topps - #BB-44 - Berger's Best Insert

Barry Larkin
Year:  2016
Brand:  Topps
Insert set:  Berger's Best
Card number:  BB-44

By now, many people should have received their portion of my recent 2016 Topps Series 1 Jumbo case group break.  I mailed out the last of the packages this past Thursday so those that haven't yet received their loot should very soon!  Now that the packages have all been mailed, I can finally get around to showing off my modest haul from the break (at least for the Reds' team slot).  The best card that I ended up with was this Berger's Best insert card featuring my all-time favorite player.

There's still a thrill to pulling a new card of Barry Larkin from a pack - one that I doubt will ever go away.  However, I don't need to see any more versions of Barry's 1995 Topps card in the future...I think Topps could choose a different year to reprint should the need ever arise again.  Unfortunately for Larkin collectors, Topps has a thing for reprinting cards from MVP years (which means 1995 Topps it is for Larkin).

As for the card itself, the front design is a pure reprint so there isn't much to say about it.  The back, however, is original which is nice.  The write-up is fairly strong, in fact the description manages to tie-in the photography choice of the original card as well as Larkin's MVP numbers.  It's actually really well done (as was most of the Berger's Best set from what I saw as I ripped the case)!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Barry Larkin Collection 430: 1997 Select - #92

Barry Larkin
Year:  1997
Brand:  Select
Card number:  92

Back in 1993, I got a few packs of Select that I absolutely loved.  Unfortunately, I never saw another pack of the brand for the years that followed...and so now in 2016 I have basically no attachment to the vast majority of the Select brands.  Truth be told, I'm not sure how anyone could love the 1997 edition of Select.  The front design is much too boxy (and so much pointless foil) while the backside of the card has statistics listed vertically, a terrible idea if there was ever one.  I'm happy to have the card in my Barry Larkin Collection but I'll never seek out any non-Larkin cards from the set!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Group Break: The Bonus Packs (Video)

I recorded a video of me opening up a big stack of bonus packs, plus a box of random packs that I bought at Wal*Mart (of which I took two more packs from for our group break).  Enjoy the last new cards of the break!

That finishes off what has to be one of the best group breaks you could ask for - at least in terms of a Topps flagship case of cards...what a case we ended up with!  I hope everyone enjoyed the process - and your cards should be in your mailbox real soon!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Barry Larkin Collection 429: 1997 Upper Deck Collector's Choice - #11 - Stick-Ums Insert

Barry Larkin
Year:  1997
Brand:  Upper Deck Collector's Choice
Insert set:  Stick-Ums
Card number:  11

Every time I show a Collector's Choice card on the blog, I am re-reminded about how much I loved the brand...and how I wish it would come back (maybe Topps could "buy" the rights to the brand or something).  Anyhow, this particular card is from the Stick-Ums insert set, an apt name since each "card" actually held multiple stickers.

As a kid, I never actually pulled the Barry Larkin sticker card.  I also never was willing to destroy my cards so I never actually got to stick any stick-ums anywhere...I guess I was born to be a collector!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Group Break in Review: Box #6 Highlights (Kris Bryan relic, Jose Fernandez Auto, Johnny Bench Buyback, & More)!

It's finally time to show off the contents of the final box out of our 2016 Topps Series 1 Jumbo case break.  Through five boxes, I would say we already officially have a MONSTER case on our hands...what will box #6 add to our stash?

Box #6 Highlights:

I spent much of the time while opening the group break case talking about how I don't care for the idea of stamped buyback cards.  And then, wouldn't you know it, Topps tried their best to sway me.  First, in Box #5, I landed a Reds 1 of 1 buyback.  And then there's box #6.

Yeah, a Johnny Bench buyback...even a curmudgeon like myself can't complain about that beauty.  Add in the blue stamp (signifying rare) and you've got a pretty nifty card.  Well played Topps.

Moving on, our final sticker of the case goes to the Kansas City Royals.

I was happy to see the Royals get another insert - KC had been pretty quiet in the group break (besides the short print card which obviously shouldn't be overlooked)!

Our tour through the parallels of the box begins with the five rainbow parallels:

I don't have much to say about the player selection other than we hit a bunch of teams for the first time in the case (in terms of rainbow parallels) which is nice.

Our gold parallels numbered three this time around...

...and neither the Mariners nor Angels had had any gold parallels prior to this box so we continue our theme of spreading the love around!

We found two more parallels in our final box - one of which was this black parallel numbered 36/65.

Congrats to the Giants for getting on the board with their first numbered parallel of the case (according to my makeshift records anyhow).

And finally, another negative parallel.

The Angels get this pretty nice Jered Weaver card.  I must say, though it doesn't really show up great in the scan, Weaver looks like he has devil eyes with smoke around him in this card.  It's actually kind of creepy.  No, check that.  It's totally creepy.

And now, our final three hits of the case:

First, because I always pull at least one Marlins hit (and never sell the Marlins' slot):

Pretty hard to complain about being "stuck" with a Jose Fernandez autograph I guess!  This is actually the second hit for the fish, so let that be a lesson to all of you for my next group break...someone claim the freakin' Marlins already!

Moving on.

For the Mariners, a nice Nelson Cruz relic card!  The Mariners had been pretty quiet throughout the group break but box #6 has been a boon for Seattle's pile.  Two gold parallels and now a relic.  Not bad, not bad at all.

And our final hit of the break?  Oh you know, only a manurelic of the game's most popular young player...

That's Kris Bryant closing out what can only be described as an AWESOME case.  I hope everyone has enjoyed following along, whether you were part of the break or not.  I still have some more bonus packs to open up and then everything will be packed up and mailed out!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's Day Gifts? Sure, We'll Go With It.

This past week was an incredibly hectic work week for me, but I am pleased to say that I survived...and I even have most of the group break cards sorted and just about ready to go into the mail.  Of course, I still need to open up a bunch of bonus packs since I promised I would - but really, I think we already hit the jackpot with the group break given Box #5 from the case.  Seriously, if you haven't seen what a monster box we got, check out yesterday's post.


Update since I wrote this post:  I have a list of available team sets if anyone in the group break would like to swap extra base cards with me.  Check it out here!


Before I show off the final box from the group break, let's take a little holiday break for Valentine's Day and look at something else I love.  A PWE in the mail!

This one arrived this past Friday, so this could very well be the quickest mailbox-to-blog turnaround that I've ever managed!

The envelope came from David who sent me a few 2015 Topps Stadium Club cards that I needed in exchange for some 2014 Allen & Ginter cards (of which I still have a bunch more available for trade).

Although I know most of you are probably no longer interested in cards from 2015, I still feel compelled to show off my two favorite images from the cards that David sent my way.

First up, Carlos Ruiz.

Ever since I was a little kid I was a sucker for cards that featured catcher's in their full catching gear.  I don't know why, I mean, even as far back as Little League I was always a second baseman, never a catcher.  Still, I liked cards featuring the tools of ignorance I guess I never outgrew that...

As nice as the Ruiz is, the next card is wayyyyyy better.

Yeah, a Reds' legend that I didn't have in a set that I'm collecting.  Hard to beat that!

Thanks for the great PWE David - and if anyone else wants to trade, be sure to check out my want list and make an offer!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Hey Group Break Participants (A Call to Action!)

A few days ago, I floated the idea of trading some of the extra team sets that I'm "stuck" with in exchange for a team set from some of the claimed teams.  To be clear, I am talking ONLY about the base cards, no inserts, parallels, hits, etc. are being traded.  This is my attempt to put together the full base set...and to get rid of all of the extra team sets that I'm currently saddled with.  Here's the deal - if you are interested in swapping a full set of one of your team sets for any THREE of mine (listed below), let me know in the comments.  That's right - I'm trading THREE of my full team sets for ONE of yours - let me help you while you help me!  We can all win!

For those who are wondering, the case seems to be producing about 6 full team sets (depending on the team) plus a few not-quite-full team sets.

If you are interested, leave a comment below saying which team set(s) you are willing to trade and then which team sets you'd like in return.  Again, for every ONE team set you trade me, you get to pick three from the list below.  I am only interested in acquiring a SINGLE set of each of the 30 teams when all is said and done - you guys are in charge of figuring out how to get rid of the rest of your duplicates when the cards arrive in the mail!

Since Monday is a national holiday anyhow, I'll leave this open for at least a couple of days.  However, as people do offer up a trade, I'll package up their cards first so that's an extra incentive to swap with me :)

Here's the list of what is available.  All claims will be done on a first-come, first serve basis to keep it fair.  Remember, you get THREE sets of your choice for any ONE set for me.  Also, the team sets are only for regular base cards (no multi-team leaders cards, etc. are added to the team sets, those will be randomized between the featured teams at the end of the break).

Available Team Sets:
Arizona Diamondbacks
Cleveland Indians
Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers
Pittsburgh Pirates
Toronto Blue Jays

All trade requests must be made in the comments section below.  Thanks!

Group Break in Review: Box #5 Highlights (Leather Auto, Coin/Stamp Card, a 1/1 Buyback, and More)!

Out of the six boxes in the 2016 Jumbo case of Topps Series 1, box #5 was by FAR the best box.  In fact, I didn't even realize that we pulled a 1/1 until I started going through the cards again while scanning.  This is the type of box that I hope to get every single time I host a group break - so many great cards...and I'm excited to show them all off so let's get going.

Box #5 highlights:

In the video that I recorded of me opening up the case, I know I complained quite a bit about the various buyback cards.  I still don't get them...but I have to admit that my opinion is slightly more in favor of them now that I realize that Topps put the buybacks in different tiers (based on the color of stamp used).

Yeah, you may have seen it in the above scan before I could even say it.  That Dave Concepcion card is a 1/1 buyback.  Sure, that's still a pretty stupid concept, but it's my first 1/1 Reds card that I've pulled since I got an Aroldis Chapman printing plate out of Ginter years ago!  Pretty cool, and the other buyback is a blue stamp which is considered rare as well.  I told you box #5 was a beast!

Next, our Wacky Packages sticker card - this time it's St. Louis Cardinal eggs.

Sounds gross, but hopefully madding enjoys the bird humor.

Moving on to the parallels, our rainbow foil parallels included Jacob deGrom and a Darnell Sweeney rookie card.

Not a bad mix if you ask me.  We've actually done fairly well in terms of spreading out the rainbow foil love across a variety of teams - as a group break host that also makes me happy.  I like when everyone gets something good (though obviously that won't always be the case - it is the nature of the group break after all).

The gold parallels were heavy on Mets - two of the four in fact were Metropolitans.

Of the four, I'm obviously happy to get a Reds' parallel (but Hoover of all people, meh).  However, the NL WHIP Leaders card is probably the best of the batch.  The Dodgers will have a 66% chance of landing that card when I do all the randomizations at the end of the group break.  As always, all gold cards are numbered out of 2016.

We had two more parallels in this box (again, such a loaded box)!  The first was another Negative parallel, this time it's Adam Lind of the Brewers.
Thankfully, the Negative parallels look better in person.

The Brewers don't get a lot of love on the blogs these days so I was happy to see the Brew Crew get something out of the break.

Our final parallel from the box was another one of the Vintage Stock parallels (seeded 1:54 jumbo packs).

That means we lucked out big time by landing TWO Vintage Stock parallels in our case - and while getting a Rays card isn't normally a big deal this time around the Rays were actually claimed (JUsting G.).  I'm sure this card helps make Justin happier with his choice!

All of those goodies and we still have more to go.  Three more cards, in fact.  The first of our three hits was Matt Harvey with a blue pinstripe.

And here's the kicker - that was the worst of the three hits in this box - and frankly it's a great looking card of a pretty good player!

Next up, our second relic - a Coin/Stamp combo relic of Paul Molitor of the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Dime cards are seeded 1;188 jumbo packs making this another monster pull from the box!  I had placed the Blue Jays in a rather low pricing tier but no one ended up claiming them so this bad boy is all mine (it'll probably end up on eBay with the hopes of me trading it for a similar Barry Larkin card).  Even so, it was a fun card to pull out of the box...and yet, this too wasn't even the best that Box #5 had for us.  I should note that this is numbered 10/50 for those that like to keep track of such things.

Nope, the honor of best pull in this box goes to our final card (even though it is a redemption):

That's Luis Severino of the Yankees (I had to look that up).  It's an autographed leather card - or at least it will be once the redemption code has been entered (which I leave up to Anthony to do when he gets the card).  The autographed leather cards are seeded at a super rare 1:598 jumbo packs!  Wow!!

So to summarize, this one box gave us:

  • a 1/1 buyback
  • a rare buyback
  • a Negative parallel
  • a Vintage Stock (almost case hit) parallel
  • a stamp/coin relic
  • a leather autograph

Frankly, that's probably better than most of us were hoping for the case in its entirety!!

I defy anyone to find and open a better box of that in 2016 Topps Series 1.  Wowsers!  I'm just glad we got this box as part of the group much fun!

However, the fun isn't quite over yet - we still have one more jumbo box to sort through (plus some bonus packs coming your way).  Stay tuned, more goodies will be coming soon!