Thursday, March 31, 2016

Barry Larkin Collection 437: 1997 Score - #242

Barry Larkin
Year:  1997
Brand:  Score
Card number:  242

Back in 1997, Score released an incredibly plain (some might say classic) design for their flagship set.  The front of the card features no capital letters while the back is chock full of itty bitty text - and plenty of numbers all over the place!  Despite it's plain Jane (or is it "jane") look, 1997 Score always held some appeal for me.  I can appreciate a set that let's the image do all the talking on the front...and math do all the talking on the back.  My only complaint is that the team logo on the back of the card is so small it almost might as well not be there.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Making Serious Progress on my 2010 Allen & Ginter Relic Set! (A Sail and a Swimsuit)

Back in 2010, I went way overboard buying Allen & Ginter.  In fact, I ended up with so many packs (and so many relics) that I decided to try and collect the entire relic set.  The 2010 relic set was actually the first relic set that I had ever tried to complete...and it will likely be the last seeing how it is now 2016 and I'm still missing a lot of relics from the set.

However slow my progress may be, this past week saw a nice jump in the action.  Thanks to one seller offering combined shipping, I managed to grab two more relics for my collection.

The first is of Mike Parsons - Surfer of the World's Largest Wave on Record according to his card back.

The relic bit from Parsons is actually a piece of swimsuit.  That's certainly way more interesting than your typical white or grey swatch for most baseball player relics.

My other relic that I was able to land was of Zac Sunderland - Youngest to Sail Solo Around the World.

Sunderland's relic is even more unique - it's a piece of his sail (though not necessarily the sail from when he went around the world).

With those two additions, I now own 75 of the 100 relics.  For the record, here's what I still need just in case you have any 2010 Allen & Ginter relics lying around unloved.

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
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

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

I Love Winning Contests (Addiction as Therapy Edition)

Over the years, there have been a lot of contests held on various blogs - and once in a great while, I'm lucky enough to win one!  Today's post is courtesy of Adam over at Addiction as Therapy.  Adam held a very simple contest (all you had to do was comment) which, frankly, is about all I can handle by the time March rolls gets crazy right about now!

Anyhow, the prize was an unopened pack of 2016 Topps Heritage - and since I had previously sworn that I wouldn't actually buy any Heritage until I finished off one of the many old Heritage sets still on my want list, this will probably be the only pack of 2016 Heritage that I'll get to open!

Let's dig right in!

338.  Jay Bruce

First card out of the pack was a Red - and even a guy who is actually still on the Reds' team!  I'd say this pack was made for me!

219.  Carson Smith
And thus begins the "who?" part of Heritage.
332.  Ben Paulsen
124.  Derek Dietrich
484.  Billy Burns

Short print?  Probably but I'd have to consult a checklist.
50.  Byron Buxton
151.  2015 World Series:  Game 1
275.  Bryan Price

Another Reds' "card" - Bryan Price hasn't really won me over as a manager but I'll happily take the card!
309.  Hurlers Beware (Franco / Howard)

Many thanks for the prize pack Adam!  It was a lot of fun...and I don't know if I ever buy a pack for myself that holds two Reds!  As for the rest of the non-Reds, they are available for trade because I don't even want to tempt myself into collecting this year's set!

As an extra bonus, Adam threw in one other card...a brand new one for my Barry Larkin Collection!

That's a Press Proof parallel - and it's new for my collection.  I'll have more on that card when I feature it in my ongoing Barry Larkin Collection series of posts.

Thanks again Adam!  And, as always, if anyone else would like trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Delivery Time! Trade with Reader Brett.

Over the past couple of weeks, I feel like I have written at least one trade post per day...and yet my pile of trade packages sitting on my desk continues to grow!  All things considered, that's a good problem to have!

Today's trade package is courtesy of Brett (he of no blog, according to my sometimes-faulty records).  Brett and I completed a pretty big swap where the bulk of what I ended up with comes from 2015 Topps Stadium Club.

How many cards you ask?  Quite a few...

Amazingly, even with all that help I'm still quite a few short of the full set!  Even so, there are quite a few great cards in that stack...maybe someday I'll write a post showcasing my favorites from the set!

In addition to the Stadium Club cards, Brett also sent along a few of these oversized cards (?) from 1980.

I don't actually know what they are - 1980 was just a couple years before my time...or at least a couple years before I was born!  I did put a single Stadium Club there just for scale.

And, finally, two more "bonus" cards courtesy of Brett - both from 2015 Topps High Tek.

I already owned the Larkin, but you can't go wrong with an extra High Tek Larkin (see my post about the card here if you are interested).  The Johnny Bench was brand new for me though - so that was a nice surprise!

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

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter (Plus a Quick Trade Post)!

I want to wish everyone out there a very Happy Easter.  This year, for the first time, my wife and I are going to host Easter dinner for both her parents and my parents, plus a family friend from my wife's side of the things.  It'll be a full house - and probably a lot of pressure on me to keep the conversation clear of anything related to politics!

Anyhow, I'm looking forward to the dinner - and while I like Easter surprises in my basket, I'd prefer to be surprise free during Easter dinner!

Speaking of surprises, the other day I received a small surprise envelope in the mail courtesy of Pat over at Hot Corner Cards.

Pat sent over a couple more 2016 Topps Series 1 cards for me - I'm now within two cards of having all of Series 1 done!

Many thanks for the trade, Pat!  And, as always - if anyone else wants to trade be sure to check out my want list and make an offer!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Landing a White Whale of Sorts Thanks to Plaschke, Thy Sweater is Argyle

Last week, I received my end of a trade with Greg (from the Plaschke, Thy Sweater is Argyle blog).  Greg helped me out with a bunch of set needs, but I'd be remiss if I didn't start with this one:

That's right.  It's a 1985 Topps card which isn't anything special*...except this is the final card that I needed for my set which makes this card incredibly special to me!  Not only did I get to delete 1985 Topps from my want list, I got to get rid of the entire 1985 block on my want list.  Deleting stuff never felt so good!

*Junk wax era rookie cards aren't special, don't let Beckett fool you.

While the Clemens card is definitely one that I'm happy to own, it was the only prize in the package.  Greg sent me this mini kitty:

That's from the Little Lions set in 2014 Allen & Ginter - a set that I'm now only missing two cards from!  Boy, those mini sets are a tough thing to collect these days.  As for the cat, the Russian Blue has a silver-blue coat according to the card back - and supposedly the Russian Blue is known for their loyalty to owners.

(and this is the part where Nachos Grande infuriates half of his reading audience)

As a dog person, I pretty much assume every kind of cat has absolutely no loyalty to anything...

Earlier in the post, I mentioned that Greg sent me a card that allowed me to knock off an entire year from my want list.  However, it wasn't just 1985 that I got to knock off.  No, Greg also sent me the final two cards that I needed from my 2007 Heritage set!

First, a Then & Now card that has eluded me forever - Richie Ashburn & Ichiro.

The second, and final, card that I needed from 2007 Heritage is this Flashback card of Brooks Robinson!

It feels really great to have the entire 2007 Heritage set finally complete and tucked away in its binder...and I have said a number of times that I wouldn't collect another year's worth of Heritage until I finished off one of the many editions that I'm still working on.  I believe that now that I can say that 2007 is complete, I might be able to try another year's worth of Heritage down the line (not this year though, that boat has long since sailed)!

In addition the many want list needs that Greg helped me out with, he also sent a couple of vintage surprise cards my way.

From the front, both look perfectly normal.  And from the back, the Woody Woodward is normal.  But the Johnny Temple?

Someone must have originally glued poor Temple to a notebook...and now that notebook page is forever attached to the backside of the card.

And last but certainly not least, a few more Barry Larkin cards for my collection (some I had, but that's ok)!

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

Friday, March 25, 2016

Trade Stack 69: What Does a Guy Have to Do to Get Someone to Claim the Stack?! (17 Cards Up For Grabs)

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:  3/25/16

Happy Good Friday, everyone!

The Trade Stack has been growing and growing - in fact, the last Trade Stack was claimed back in September of last year!!  Now, admittedly I haven't done a great job of updating the Trade Stack (I'm averaging adding about 3 cards per month) but's been a long time!  Surely today's card will be enough to convince someone to claim the entire pile - after all, who doesn't want an insert featuring Tom Glavine?!  

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

2007 Fleer Ultra:
Faces of the Game:
GF-TG:  Tom Glavine - Mets

2001 Topps Stadium Club:
42.  Mo Vaughn - Angels

2015 Topps Stadium Club:
14.  Mark Teixeira - Yankees

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 ??

Delivery Time! Some White Bordered Gypsy Queen and Some LEGO Minifigures Courtesy of Colbey!

One of my favorite trading partners out there is Colbey (from Cardboard Collections).  Colbey collects a lot of the same things I do - and that isn't limited only to baseball cards.  He also is a big fan of video games and other assorted toys (such as LEGO)!  Clearly, Colbey and I could get along quite well!

Out latest swap had a little bit of two different worlds for me - LEGO and baseball cards.  Since this is a baseball card blog, I'll only highlight the cards that I received...but if you want to learn about the LEGO, go check out my plastic brick-centric blog "Playing with Bricks."

Returning to the baseball cards, Colbey dug deep into my want list and helped me out with some of my wants that still remain from 2013.  More specifically, he sent me a bunch of 2013 Gypsy Queen white border parallels!

I may have soured on the Gypsy Queen brand in recent years, but the 2013 white bordered cards are a perfect representation of why I did like the brand at one time!

Out of the bunch that Colbey sent, the clear winner is the Koufax card.  Here it is again, just a bit bigger so you can see how gorgeous it really is!

Many thanks for the trade Colbey!  I should mention again that I also very much appreciated the LEGO figures (perhaps even more than the baseball cards to be honest)!

As for anyone else, if you'd like to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Wish They Still Came With Bubblegum Sends Me a Mysterious Larkin!

My stack of incoming mail is getting a bit out of hand, so let's whittle down the ol' pile just a bit today.  Today's package is a PWE from Jeff over at Wish They Still Came With Bubblegum blog.

Jeff and I agreed to a relatively simple swap - and then as traders often do, we each added to it for a bit of a surprise for the other person.  For me, Jeff threw in a nice selection of bonus Stadium Club cards that I needed for my set.

I especially like the Cain and the Deion cards - but I find the Murphy card to be slightly creepy for some reason.  I also have no desire to see the Giants continue to have cards of their players kissing the World Series trophy so while I'm happy to have the Hudson card for my set...I can live without the Giants winning the World Series any time again soon!

I definitely liked the Stadium Club additions, but the real catalyst for the trade was actually this:

When I saw the card, I had no idea what it was (besides obviously 1995 Stadium Club).  It turns out, this is a Division Winner team parallel set celebrating the Reds' division win.  It's also yet another brand new Barry Larkin card for my collection (and one that I'll write up before too long)!

Many thanks for the great trade Jeff - not to mention I learned something new along the way!  As for anyone else, if you'd like trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Barry Larkin Collection 436: 2000 Metal - #112

Barry Larkin
Year:  2000
Brand: Skybox Metal
Card number:  112

I have to admit that I've always had a soft spot in my collecting heart for the Metal brand.  Oh sure, it's quirky, but that's the charm of it!  I will admit that the 2000 Skybox Metal set doesn't really hold a candle to the truly quirky Metal Universe cards from the late 90s.  However, I also decided to collect the 2000 Skybox Metal set over the earlier Metal Universe sets so what does that say about me?

As for the card itself, the front features a fairly standard shot of Larkin batting...except for the fact that the image was taken just after Larkin made contact - notice the bat is actually suspended in mid-air!  On the backside, you have a hard-to-read card number (which I hate) and sideways statistics (which I also hate) along with a team logo (good) and a nice action shot (also good).  Overall, I'd say that the negative features on the back of the card outweigh the positives - and yet I'm still collecting the set.

Once again, what does that say about me?  Maybe cards really are a true addiction?

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Golden Rainbow Cards Keeps in Perspective

Today's envelope is courtesy of Bryan over at the relatively newly reestablished Golden Rainbow Cards blog.  Bryan and I completed a quick little trade with me getting another smokey base card from 2016 Topps...

...and a single Perspectives insert card.

I'm now ever-so-slightly closer to completing both sets, which I very much appreciate!  Thanks for the trade Bryan, and if anyone else would like to trade (big trades or small trades are both wonderful), check out my want list and make an offer.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Delivery Time! Addiction as Therapy Helps Me Out!

Today's blog post is brought to you by Adam over at the Addiction as Therapy blog.  A few weeks ago, Adam and I completed a fairly large trade - so now it's time to show off my side of the swap!

First, a bunch of 2016 Topps Series 1 base cards.

I know that a lot of people have poo-pooed the 2016 Topps set but I have to say that I don't exactly hate it.  That said, I am in total agreement with many other people in that I'm sick of the flimsy white card stock.  If the 2016 set had all been in the form of the Vintage parallel (rather than the Vintage parallel being some crazy difficult pull), I think the enthusiasm for the set would have been much, much higher.

As it stands, I predict that future repack boxes will be chock full of 2016 Topps packs.  You've been warned!

Moving on to more pleasant items - how about some Heritage?  No, not new Heritage but rather a nice short print from 2014 Heritage.

I'm slowly (painstakingly slowly) making my way towards completing the 2014 set.  Will I ever actually finish it off?  At the rate I'm going, I won't but my grand kids might.

Moving back in time even further, Adam sent me four cards for my 2009 Topps Heritage Rookie Performers insert set.

This is another set that I've been working on for a long time - but getting four cards in a single trade package gives me hope that I might yet finish the set off eventually!

And finally, the jewel of the trade package:

That's a High Number flashback card - there's really nothing special about it EXCEPT it's the last card that I needed for that particular insert set!  That means I officially got to delete a full line from my want of the best feelings in the world!

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

Sunday, March 20, 2016

2001 Topps Stadium Club: For Trade!

I have a healthy pile of 2001 Topps Stadium Club cards that I'd love to find a better home for.  All you need to do is shoot me an email (and check out my want list) and we can hopefully work out a deal.

2001 Topps Stadium Club - FOR TRADE:
Last updated:  4/6/2017

2, 3, 4, 4, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 27, 28, 32, 32, 33, 35, 36, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 49, 50, 52, 54, 56, 56, 57, 59, 60, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 70, 71, 72, 74, 75, 78, 80, 83, 84, 84, 85, 85, 86, 87, 88, 88, 89, 90, 91, 91, 92, 93, 93, 95, 96, 96, 97, 100, 102, 103, 104, 106, 106, 108, 109, 110, 110, 111, 113, 113, 115, 116, 120, 120, 121, 121. 123, 124, 125, 126, 128, 129, 130, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 154, 155, 156, 158, 159, 163, 164, 165, 171, 173, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 182, 183, 185, 190, 193, 198, 198

Capture the Action insert:
CA6.  Derek Jeter
CA11. Randy Johnson
CA12.  Sammy Sosa
CA13.  Vladimir Guerrero
CA14.  Barry Bonds

Diamond Pearls insert:
DP11.  Frank Thomas

Hobby Checklist
Checklist x2

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Delivery Time! Cards on Cards Sends Me Cards (with Cards on the Cards Even)

A couple of weeks ago (by the time you read this post), I completed a trade with Kerry from the Cards on Cards blog.  Kerry is a huge Cardinals fan, but I don't hold that against him since he's always so generous about joining my group breaks!

Speaking of group breaks, Kerry was one of the participants in my 2016 Topps Series 1 break - and he ended up walking away with quite a few cards.  Flash forward a couple of weeks and he has now sent three of his cards back to me...

That's right, I willingly acquired some Cardinals' cards for my own collection.  Actually, I'm trying for the entire Perspectives set so getting these three Cardinals edges me quite a bit closer to completion!  In my opinion, all three cards are pretty neat - and while I know a lot of people don't care for this year's Topps flagship set, I will say that I greatly enjoy the Perspective cards (even with the stupid font choice).

Speaking of things that a lot of people don't care for:  Heritage short prints.

Kerry had this St. Louis coaches short print card for my 2009 Heritage set.  That's right, I'm still working on 2009 Heritage and now it's 2016!  I made a promise to myself that I won't work on ANY more Heritage sets until I start completing some of the older Heritage sets that are still eluding me.  That means I need to finish off 2007 (which should be done by the time this post goes live on my blog) plus at least one out of 2008, 2009, 2011 (only one more card missing), or 2014).

And, as if the above cards weren't enough, Kerry also found a brand new Barry Larkin "card" for my collection.

I say "card" because it's actually a Panini sticker - but I count that as a card so into the collection it will go!  I'll have a full write-up on this card as part of my ongoing Barry Larkin Collection series of posts eventually!

Kerry also threw in a healthy stack of assorted Reds (most of the good players are no longer wearing the Reds' uniform but what can you do about that)?  The highlights of the stack were probably these two Heritage chrome cards - as you can tell from my want list, I am a sucker for most things Heritage!

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