Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Barry Larkin Collection 470: 1997 Upper Deck SP - #18 - Marquee Matchups Insert

Barry Larkin
Year:  1997
Brand:  Upper Deck SP
Card number:  18
Insert set:  Marquee Matchups

The 20-card Marquee Matchups insert set was the most common of the insert sets in the 1997 edition of Upper Deck SP (seeded 1:5 packs).  The design uses Upper Deck's typical foil board, along with a bit of die-cutting on the upper right corner.  While the card does look better in person (as compared to the scan), it's still not a favorite of mine.  In fact, I think the part that I like the least is the back of the card - although it's a Larkin card, the bulk of the backside is dedicated to Deion Sanders...and for reasons that are unknown to me, you only get to see Sanders' legs on the backside (while you get the rest of Deion's body on the front of the card).  It's weird, and I don't like it.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tribe Cards Delivers: Pack a Day Spoils (Part II - At Long Last)!

Back on July 1 of this year, I posted the first part of my spoils from Tribe Cards' annual Pack a Day event!  At that point, I promised a part II post that would be coming soon...and then before I knew it Ginter hit and well, the rest is history.

No matter, I'm now ready to show off the second half of my spoils - and if you missed (and/or forgot part I, you can find that here).

This time around, I don't have any cards from particular set needs to show off...but that doesn't mean I didn't end up with some great stuff.  Let's begin with this Gypsy Queen Glove Stories insert from 2013.

I am chasing a bunch of stuff from the 2013 Gypsy Queen set (including base cards still!) but the Glove Stories inserts aren't needed anymore since I've finished off all the insert sets.  For the record, here is what is still needed...

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Wants:
Base:  14, 87, 92, 99, 124, 126, 133, 144, 189, 202, 208, 213, 215, 239, 330, 331, 334, 340
White Paper Parallels:  1, 10, 17, 26, 31, 34, 37, 42, 48, 65, 70, 74, 81, 95, 105, 112, 123, 129, 130, 141, 154, 166, 173, 184, 205, 211, 214, 229, 233, 240, 243, 253, 255, 265, 269, 296, 300, 303, 335

Should any of you still be working on the 2013 Gypsy Queen set, I have quite a few cards available (including inserts and some serially numbered minis)!  You can find the entire list here.

Moving on, I was lucky enough to land a pair of relics as well - both happen to be of the same player:  Aroldis Chapman.

I have to admit that Chapman's stock really took a nosedive with me when he shot at (?) his girlfriend...and then his stock sunk even lower when he was traded to the Yankees for pennies on the dollar.  If that wasn't bad enough, now he's rocking the Cubbie blue and so he's basically worthless to me.  Still the relics are nice (I love Ginter relics) and that Heritage relic looks great with the bright red bit of cloth!

And finally, in order to get the stink of Chapman out of here - how about a player that virtually no one dislikes:  Ken Griffey, Jr.!

Both of the Griffey cards were new to me, but my clear favorite is the Gypsy Queen bordered card.

Many thanks for hosting the wonderful Pack a Day event!  And, as usual, should anyone wish to trade with me (perhaps you need some Chapman relics) check out my want list and make an offer!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Barry Larkin Collection 469: 1997 Topps Stadium Club - #18 - Instavision Insert

Barry Larkin
Year:  1997
Brand:  Topps Stadium Club
Card number:  18
Insert set:  Instavision

The Instavision set was seeded 1:24 packs making them a de facto box hit.  And as far as box hits go, these are pretty cool!  The Instavision "screen" looks like a screen - and the action shot coupled with the illusion of fans underneath the scoreboard make for an appealing front of the card all the way around.  Luckily, the back of the card is just as nice - the large baseball behind another shot of Larkin coupled with a team logo and a nice paragraph of text.  This is how an insert should be done - interesting, unique, and rather special feeling.  Good stuff from Topps!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Night Owl Delivers: Tradition, Perspectives, Clubs, and a Mini!

Over the past week or so, I made a conscious decision to try and get caught up with all my trade envelope posts.  I, more or less, tackled the envelopes in LIFO order (or Last In, First Out order for you non-computer science folks).  That leaves me with one of the last in packages - and it is a nice one from Night Owl (I already showed off a different Night Owl package that arrived after the one I'm about to show off)!

Anyhow, my weird ordering aside, let's take a quick look at what everyone's favorite owl sent me.  To start with, N.O. included a note saying "7 years later and still finding stuff off your want list."  It's amazing to think how many trade packages that I've sent out over the years - in fact, by my count this is the 75th envelope that has either gone from my house to Night Owl's or vice versa!!  

So what could there possibly be left to trade between the two of us?  Turns out, quite a bit!  In fact, Night Owl made a dent in FOUR different sets on my want list.

First up, 2016 Topps - Perspectives insert.

For the second year in a row, I bought some Topps Series flagship...and then quickly tired of it.  Once again, I won't be chasing Series 2 at all...just like last year (which leaves me with a binder full of only Series 1 - something that definitely bothers the OCD in me)!  I also, for reasons that are sort of unknown now, decided to try and collect the Perspectives insert set (and only the cards from Series 1).  I guess it's too late to turn around now...so if you have any series 1 Perspectives cards lying around, I still need a bunch (against my better judgment).

From a set that I don't know why I'm collecting it to a set that I definitely know why I'm collecting it!  That would be 2015 Topps Stadium Club - and I'm collecting it because it's an awesome looking set!

Night Owl sent me three cards that I needed, but I'm only showing off the Chase Utley card where he is trying to channel his inner Alex Rodriguez and stare creepily with a reflection nearby.  

Next, a pair of Dodgers that I needed from the 2000 Fleer Tradition set. 

One of the nice things about trading with team collectors is that they are bound to accumulate a bunch of duplicate cards of their team (since people like to throw in extra team cards in trades many times).  Occasionally, that works out well for me as a set collector - I can scoop up the extras!  (It's also why I sometimes list my needs by player as well as number - it is an effort to appeal to team collectors as well as set collectors!)

And finally, we end with a Honey Badger.

That's a 2014 Allen & Ginter mini card - and it's much, much appreciated because 2014 Ginter seems to have all but dried up in terms of trading prospects.  Heck, even 2016 Ginter trading has been much slower than in past years!  The Honey Badger now brings me to a mere two cards away from completing this set (the others being Piranha and the Cone Snail).

Many thanks for yet another successful trade, Greg!  And, as always, should anyone else wish to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Barry Larkin Collection 468: 1997 Score - #538 - True Grit - Hobby Reserve Parallel

Barry Larkin
Year:  1997
Brand:  Score
Subset:  True Grit
Card number:  538
Parallel set:  Hobby Reserve

You know it's just getting goofy when I need six lines in the introduction in order to adequately describe the Larkin card at hand.  This particular card is part of the True Grit subset (which I already showed the "base" version of) except it gets a gold stamp making it a Hobby Reserve version.

You see, back in 1997 Score released its flagship set in two series.  The first series got a decent parallel set called Premium Stock (of which you can probably guess what the "catch" is).  Larkin's regular base card got the Premium Stock treatment since it was part of Series 1 (I wrote about that card here).  The Hobby Reserve cards are printed on a slightly better stock than the regular base cards (but it is inferior to the Series 1 parallels).  There is also still a big, dumb gold stamp on the card front...though at least the stamp is a bit smaller in size than the Premium Stock stamp in series 1...(a small victory).

Other than that, there isn't much else to say about this card - it is simply yet another pointless parallel that I feel the need to track down since I'm a Larkin completionist.  Yes, I definitely hate myself sometimes.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Expanding the Collection: Trying for Another 2007 Allen & Ginter Mini Set! (Snakes!)

A few days ago, I showcased one of the newest sets that I decided to try and complete for my personal collection.  That set was the Flags of All Nations from 2007 Allen & Ginter (post 1 and post 2).  Now, it is time to show off one more set that I've decided to work on from the 2007 A&G set:  The World's Deadliest Snakes!

The Snakes set was a stealth insert (I believe) back in '07.  In fact, I attribute a lot of my love of Ginter to this particular set - I pulled a Snake card back in the day and thought it was cool to get something that wasn't listed on the pack wrapper at all.  Of course, back then I ended up selling the card to help pay for a portion of my box...a decision that stinks now but it was necessary back then!

As I mentioned, there are only five cards in the set - and with today's card being my first card from the set I'm already 20% done!  I should note that the Snakes were case hits back in 2007 - so I doubt I'll be adding any more to my collection any time soon...but hey, you never know - and I have to start somewhere if I am to every finish off every single Allen & Ginter mini insert from the entire series of cards!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Trade Stack 75: Shiny, Sparkling Diamonds!

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: 8/25/16

Tomorrow, I am getting up even earlier than normal in order to get down to the college where I work to help the first-year students move in to their home away from home.  That's right, my college has faculty help with the move-in crew (on a volunteer basis).  Before I hit the proverbial hay tonight, I wanted to add another card to the Trade Stack - surely someone will want the pile soon (there's a 2016 Allen & Ginter card in there already)!

So, what did I add this time around you ask?

Well, after searching high and low for something interesting, how about a 2011 Topps Diamond parallel?  I'm STILL working on my own parallel set (though it's almost complete) - maybe it is time for you to start your set!?

Here's what I need out of the 2011 Diamond parallels, just in case you have some available:
2011 Topps Wants:Diamond Parallels:  306, 339, 369, 380, 381, 400, 408, 424, 462, 534, 537, 548, 550, 573, 579, 612, 640, 652, 657


Remember that you get this card plus all the others in the Trade Stack in exchange for at least one card off of my want list.

2011 Topps Update:
Diamond parallels:
US155.  Eric Hosmer - Royals (Rookie Card)


2000 Fleer Tradition:
286.  Jason Varitek - Red Sox

2015 Panini USA Baseball Stars & Stripes:
79.  Nick Travieso - 18U National Team


2016 Topps Allen & Ginter:
209.  Andrew Miller - Yankees


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:  17 cards by Steve D.
Stack 70:  2 cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 71:  8 cards by defgav
Stack 72:  24 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 73:  1 card by NIght Owl
Stack 74:  3 cards by David
Stack 75:  ?? by ??

Barry Larkin Collection 467: 1997 Pinnacle Mint - #27 - Bronze Parallel

Barry Larkin
Year  1997
Brand:  Pinnacle Mint
Card number:  27
Parallel set:  Bronze

The 1997 Pinnacle Mint set is a confusing mess of a set (a line I seem to repeat for a bunch of different late 90's sets)!  The set was only 30 cards in size - but there was also three parallel versions of each base card (bronze, silver, and gold) AND there were coins produced of each player.  Of course, since it was the late 90s, each coin has various parallels as well (brass, nickel-silver, 24K gold plated brass, solid silver, and solid gold).  The solid silver coins were limited to only 20 while the solid golds were one-of-ones.

For me, I only own the bronze parallel from the Pinnacle Mint set - at least as of this posting.  The regular base cards have a big hole where the Reds' logo is on this card.  I guess the idea was to slot the appropriate coin in the hole...and then somehow display the entire contraption?  Weird...and it isn't hard to see why this set failed to become popular.  Still, as a player collector I do feel the need to try and track down what I can out of this set...(and that makes me feel like a true sucker since abysmal sets like this shouldn't be rewarded with purchases...not even twenty years after the fact)!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Trade Stack 75: A Contest Post Announcement and Another Card on the Stack!

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

The Trade Stack:
Last update: 8/24/16

Before I get to today's addition to the Trade Stack, I need to give a shout out to My Cardboard Habit and the "man cave" contest happening over there.  My man cave is one of the entrants - and while I would certainly appreciate your vote I would first encourage you to check out all the entries.  I had a blast seeing how other people store their collection (and, in some cases, how they display their collection as well).  

Alright, now let's get to today's addition to the Trade Stack.  I'm dipping back into the pool my duplicates from one of my favorite sets:  2000 Fleer Tradition.  Remember that you get this card plus all the others in the Trade Stack in exchange for at least one card off of my want list.

2000 Fleer Tradition:
286.  Jason Varitek - Red Sox

2015 Panini USA Baseball Stars & Stripes:
79.  Nick Travieso - 18U National Team


2016 Topps Allen & Ginter:
209.  Andrew Miller - Yankees


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:  17 cards by Steve D.
Stack 70:  2 cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 71:  8 cards by defgav
Stack 72:  24 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 73:  1 card by NIght Owl
Stack 74:  3 cards by David
Stack 75:  ?? by ??

I Want to Raid Your 2016 Allen & Ginter Hobby Box!

As the post title suggests, I like to raid people's 2016 Allen & Ginter hobby boxes!  More specifically, I like to try and trade for all of the "unwanted" cards that people end up with - especially those pesky boxloaders and mini inserts (many of which I still need)!

Recently, I had the chance to raid Adam's hobby box (from Addiction as Therapy).  I was able to hook Adam up with a bunch of base cards he needed from Ginter - and in return he helped me out with some of my insert needs...plus a boxloader of David Ortiz.

I've grown somewhat tired of the same ol' boxloaders from Ginter...which means I was pleasantly surprised by this year's box toppers.  Oh sure, it's still the same usual set of players featured - but I believe this year's design is a bit more inspired than normal (I particularly like the two mini cards featured on each boxloader - one current mini and one from a previous year).

Moving on to the other cards from Adam, I was able to inch closer to the 100 card The Numbers Game insert set thanks to nine cards that Adam sent my way.  Of the nine, my favorite was easily this Frank Thomas.

According to the card back, other White Sox greats to wear #35 included Joe Haynes, Saul Rogovin, and Bob Shaw.  I'm going to show my lack of knowledge about all things baseball by admitting to all of you that I don't know anything about any of the three mentioned players (other than the fact that they were all #35 of course).

As a mathematician, I need to give Topps credit for having an insert set based on numbers...even if uniform number is about as superficially mathy as you can get!  There are a bunch of numbers on the card backs though - in fact, that Frank Thomas card that I scanned has 14 numbers on it (not counting any of the fine print at the bottom of the card).

Now that I scared off half of my viewers with a bit of mathematical discussion, let's move on to the rest of the cards from Adam - all of which were of the miniature variety.

Adam sent me a single Laureates of Peace card - this one being of Malala Yousafzai.

I happened to catch a few of the Stephen Colbert episodes where he had Malala on as a guest (or maybe it was Jon Stewart).  Either way, Malala is a true saint in every sense of the word...and she's way stronger than I think I could ever be!  If you don't know her story, she was shot in the head at age 15 because of her activism in Pakistan.  She obviously recovered and now she is an international icon and champion of female education efforts.  Truly an amazing woman.

Moving on from a tragic story turned wonderful to more "simple" folks...some US Mayors.

According to the card backs, Betsy Hodges met with the Pope in 2015, Steven Fulop left his investment banker job to join the marines, Carolyn Goodman once briefly lived on food stamps to bring attention to a local food bank's fight against hunger, and Greg Fischer was the only mayor in 2013 to be honored by Governing Magazine as a "Public Official of the Year."  I'll let you choose which point of distinction is most worthy of getting a mini baseball card in Allen & Ginter!

Many thanks for the great cards Adam - and of course, if anyone else would like to trade all you need to do is check out my want list and make an offer.  Also, if you need some 2016 Allen & Ginter, I still have quite a bit available for trade!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Barry Larkin Collection 466: 1998 Bowman Chrome - #63

Barry Larkin
Year:  1998
Brand:  Bowman Chrome
Card number:  63

The Bowman line has never been my favorite - and I'm not sure that applying Chrome technology to the brand helps out all that much.  As a player collector, the worst thing about most Chrome sets is the plethora of parallels...and yes, 1998 Bowman Chrome suffers from parallel overload as well.  In fact, besides the regular base card there are another FIVE parallels to chase (International, Refractor, International Refractor, Golden Anniversary #/50, and Golden Anniversary Refractor #/5).  As of this moment, I only own Larkin's regular base card...so I guess I have some parallel hunting to do!

As for the card itself, what can I say?  It suffers mostly from "being Bowman."  I could do without the faux signature on the left-hand border...and why is the circle holding the player's position so much larger than the team logo?  On the back, I guess I don't have a lot of complaints - color coordinated with team, Bowman style statistics, and a nice (alternate) photograph of Larkin makes for a solid presentation.

All in all, this isn't the worst year of Bowman...though I'd be hard pressed to decide which year is the worst year *shudders even thinking about that task.*

Monday, August 22, 2016

Trying to Stop the Slow March of Autumn, One Card Package at a Time!

Today marks a sad day for me - it's the last week "off" before college classes start back up.  Of course, I say "off" because in reality I have meetings all day today and Tuesday and then we have freshman convocation on Friday (which I am required to attend as well).  I'm sure my Wednesday and Thursday will also fill up with meetings...or at the very least more lesson planning and a TON of photocopying!

The one thing that helps me escape from the slow march of autumn is my baseball card collection...and more specifically, getting new cards in the mail!  Today's envelope is courtesy of Jeff over at the always entertaining 2 by 3 Heroes blog.

Jeff knocked a bunch of 2015 Topps Stadium Club needs off of my want list - including this gorgeous black and white Joe DiMaggio card.

Sure, the Yankees are over represented in pretty much every Topps' set these days, but even I can admit that this is a nice looking card!

In addition to the Stadium Club, Jeff also sent me a pair of 2016 Ginter minis.

I had never heard of Shirin Ebadi before - that's probably a bad thing for my world news knowledge since she is living in exile in the United Kingdom now (according to the back of her card).  On the other hand, I'm not embarrassed for not knowing who the mayor of Denver was.  Interesting side note there:  Hancock was actually a former Broncos mascot before turning to politics!

I should note that if any of you are looking for 2016 Ginter cards, I recently published a giant FOR TRADE page full of all my unwanted 2016 Ginter...including a bunch of relics!

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

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Trade Stack 75: The Shiny, Oooh the Shiny!

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: 8/21/16

I spent the better part of this afternoon going through many accumulated stacks of cards - and in the process I found some more interesting trade bait for my Trade Stack!  Today's addition is a rather shiny USA Baseball card - a perfect card to add to the Stack given that it's the final day of the Olympics (stars and stripes forever, baby)!  

...oh sure, the spoil sports out there will remind me that baseball wasn't in the Olympics this year, but to that I say psssh.  

Remember that you get this card plus all the others in the Trade Stack in exchange for at least one card off of my want list.

2015 Panini USA Baseball Stars & Stripes:
79.  Nick Travieso - 18U National Team


2016 Topps Allen & Ginter:
209.  Andrew Miller - Yankees


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:  17 cards by Steve D.
Stack 70:  2 cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 71:  8 cards by defgav
Stack 72:  24 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 73:  1 card by NIght Owl
Stack 74:  3 cards by David
Stack 75:  ?? by ??

More Ginter Minis! (From 2007)

A couple of days ago, I announced that I had decided to collect the 2007 Topps Allen & Ginter Flags of All Nations mini set.  The set contains a total of 50 cards - and at that point I owned exactly one of them thanks to an eBay purchase (that being the flag of Colombia).

Flash forward a couple of days to today and I've already managed to double my collection (math joke alert).

That's the flag of Ecuador - along with what I can only assume is a famous landmark in Ecuador (I'm embarrassed for not knowing what the picture is representing...and I wish Topps had included information about each country on the card back rather than the checklist)!

Since Topps was too lazy to do a proper card back, I had to do some internet sleuthing to figure out what was on the card.

The image is of Mitad Del Mundo City which is enclosed museum park.  The idea of the museum is to commemorate "a Geodesic Mission in 1736 carried out by the French Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with the Spanish government. The objective was to prove the flattening of the poles by measuring the earth at a location near the equator and another meridian in Sweden. (source)"

And so there you go - now you know the rest of the story of the card!

Only 48 flag cards to go...I wonder what else I'll learn along the way?!