Monday, October 31, 2016

1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated: SIber Additions.

It's been a number of days since I've had time to even open up a single pack from my 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated box.  Believe it or not, I actually write each post as I open the packs...and so you get my true feelings on the packs as I go through the box.

Anyhow, I'm back - and I'm ready to open the 15th pack out of the box.

Pack 15:
66.  Andy Pettitte

72.  Jose Rosado

128.  Derek Jeter
148.  Frank Thomas
172.  Ken Griffey, Jr.

Great Shots:  John Smoltz

This was a fairly star-studded pack...but out of all the stars, the only cards that I needed were the Pettitte and the Rosado (who?).  Both are part of the SIber Vision subset.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Trade Stack 77: Ripken Jr., Cubs vs. Indians, and a Quartet of Brewers.

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: 10/30/16

I worked diligently throughout much of today and made good progress in terms of completing my lessons for the week.  As a "reward" to myself, I'm now watching the World Series game - and at the moment the Indians are ahead by one over the Cubs...which is great because as a Reds' fan I'm rooting for the Cubs to lose.  There would be something poetic about the Cubs never winning a single game in Chicago too - but really as long as the Cubs don't win the World Series I'm happy.

I'm also looking to make someone else happy - and perhaps the latest addition (four more cards) to the growing Trade Stack will be just the ticket.

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.

2013 Topps Heritage:
132.  Rickie Weeks - Brewers
214.  Jan Segura - Brewers
267.  Marco Estrada - Brewers
283.  Wily Peralta - Brewers


2001 Fleer Tradition:
262.  Glenallen Hill - Cubs
339.  David Justice - Indians


2014 Topps Stadium Club:
Die-Cut Legends:
LDC-7. Cal Ripken, Jr. - Orioles



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:  4 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 76:  14 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 77:  ?? by ??

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Trade Stack 77: In Honor of the World Series!

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: 10/29/16

Yesterday was the first day in (I believe) years in which I did not publish at least one post on my blog.  If that isn't a testament to how busy I've been, I don't know what is...  After all, I usually have a decent backlog of time "non-sensitive" posts (such as my Barry Larkin card posts) which I can use in a pinch...  Now?  I've got nuthin'.

I do, however, have a Trade Stack that has been sitting at one single card for most of the month - mostly because I haven't updated the Trade Stack.  I'm going to fix that right now - and as I think I said already, I don't expect any Trade Stacks with die-cut Ripken Jr. cards in it to last all that long.  Jump in fast or risk missing out altogether!

As for today's addition?  I'm going timely!  How about an Indians card and a Cubs card in honor of the World Series.  

I must say, I find myself rooting heavily for the Indians this year - but no matter who wins one thing is for certain:  There will still be a long suffering fan base!

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.

2001 Fleer Tradition:
262.  Glenallen Hill - Cubs
339.  David Justice - Indians


2014 Topps Stadium Club:
Die-Cut Legends:
LDC-7. Cal Ripken, Jr. - Orioles



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:  4 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 76:  14 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 77:  ?? by ??

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Delivery Time: Bump and Run Football Cards Sends Me Baseball Cards!

I recently completed another easy trade with Trevor, over at Bump and Run Football Cards.  Trevor has now claimed two of my Trade Stacks in a row - and each time he's sent me a smattering of 1997 Metal Universe cards (a set that I'm still working on).

This time around, I figured I should show off my two favorite cards (out of the seven that Trevor sent me).

Darrin Fletcher

I actually owned this card already - but that's ok.  I always loved the checkerboard (and flame monster) in the background.

Pat Hentgen

Swamp thing?  This is a pretty cool card - and while the Metal Universe cards scan rather poorly, I find them to be quite fun to look at!

Thanks for another successful trade Trevor!  And, as always, if anyone else would like to trade, check out my want list and make an offer!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated: That's a Bit Better.

After yesterday's wretched pack (which didn't contain a single "real" card), I'm happy to report that today's pack of 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated contains all six promised cards.

Now the question is:  Will I get any cards that I need for my set?

Pack 14:
16.  Ryan McGuire
Not a super flattering shot of McGuire, is it?

48.  Eddie Murray

101.  Jeff Bagwell
108.  Jermaine Allensworth
158.  Alex Rodriguez
Great Shots:  Greg Maddux

The pack started off well for me - I needed each of the first two before the rest of the pack devolved into a stack of duplicates.  Still, I'll take getting two new cards for my set over a pack with only a single (duplicate) poster any day!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated: What the Bleep?! $#*!

I'm back with the 13th pack out of my box of 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated...and it's a doozy (but not in a good way).

When I grabbed the pack, I couldn't help but notice how thin it was...and how it seemed to having nothing inside it but a piece of paper (no tough card stock to be felt).

Well, when I ripped the pack open - I was right.  It only contained two pieces of paper - another one of the paper checklists and a Great Shots poster of Juan Gonzalez.

That was it.

What a piece of junk pack (and I didn't even need the Gonzalez poster).

Ugh.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Barry Larkin Collection 484: 1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated - #8 - Opening Day Mini Poster

Barry Larkin
Year:  1998
Brand:  Fleer Sports Illustrated
Insert set:  Opening Day Mini Poster
Card number:  8

The 1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated set continued the trend started in the 1997 edition of the brand where Fleer would include a mini poster in every pack.  However, unlike in 1997, the 1998 set has a single poster for every team (which is a good thing)!  Each team's poster features a star player from the team next to the full team schedule for the 1998 season.

For my money, I like the concept of this set better than the 1997 edition (which was basically mini posters of "great shots" of star players in the league).  As a Reds' fan, I'm used to my team being left out of insert sets - so having a set like this include all of the 30 MLB teams is a benefit in my eyes.  I will say that the photo selection for Larkin's poster could have better...after all, who is that tugging on Larkin's jersey?  Inquiring minds want to know!

Still this is a pretty neat "oddball" addition to my Barry Larkin Collection - and I fully admit as a kid I loved these mini posters!  Maybe Topps should re-introduce the idea in one of its sets next year.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Another New Mini Poster: Making Progress - One Card at a Time (1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated)

I've officially hit the halfway point of my 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated box (after this pack, that is).  I've done quite well in terms of my goal of completing my set...let's hope the good luck continues as I move out of the first half and into the second half!

Pack 12:
6.  Nomar Garciaparra
94.  Sammy Sosa

104.  Ray Lankford
159.  Randy Johnson
173.  Greg Maddux

Great Shots:  Kenny Lofton

This is the second pack in a row where I didn't get at least one new base card...but for the second pack in a row I did get a new Great Shots mini poster.  I guess that's ok for now since I definitely hope to finish off the mini posters (since I don't remember the last time that I got one of those in a trade)!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

You'll Poke Your Eye Out, Kid!

I'm almost to the halfway point of my 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated box - and if this rip hasn't convinced you to go and get your own box, I don't know what will!  This is an awesome set (that is still quite affordable) - with great photography and plenty of mini posters!

Pack 11:
7.  Todd Greene
25.  Bubba Trammell
40.  Darren Daulton
79.  Kevin Brown

112.  Mike Piazza

Great Shots:  Andres Galarraga / Vinny Castilla

This is an interesting poster...though I don't quite understand why Fleer would choose this shot for such an (otherwise) iconic set of poster images.  Nothing like one guy almost poking another guy in the eye, eh?

The bad news about this pack is that I didn't get a single new base card for my set.  The good news is that I needed the weird "poking eyes" mini poster so I'll take solace in inching closer to that set here!

Friday, October 21, 2016

1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated: An Accordion on a Card - I Love this Set!

I've got one acronym for you today:  TGIF.

That's right.  I'm awfully happy that today is Friday - it's been a long week!  In an effort to start the weekend off right, let's rip yet another pack out of my 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated.

Pack 10:

30.  Roger Clemens
73.  John Smoltz

127. Bernie Williams
156.  Kevin Appier
174.  Mike Piazza

Great Shots:  Eric Karros

I needed another two base cards (the Smoltz and the Williams) along with the Great Shots poster of Karros (my second new poster from the box) but nothing else is worth talking about other than the John Smoltz card.

Seriously, there's an accordion on it.  How great is that?  I freaking love this set!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated: Surf's Up!

If you couldn't tell from my (mostly) light posting this week, it's been another hectic week at work.  Unfortunately, I don't see things slowing down at all until mid-November...so I'm going to savor the few minutes each day that I get to rip open a pack of cards from my 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated box.

Pack 8:

8.  Vladimir Guerrero
58.  Tony Clark
109.  Vinny Castillo

160.  Juan Gonzalez

Great Shots:  Ryan Klesko

Paper checklist

First, this was an exciting pack because I finally got a new Great Shots card - and what a shot it is.  How often do you get to see a surfboard on a baseball card?  (I can think of at least one other example from Collector's Choice, but still, it's not a common sight!)  I also needed both the Castillo and Gonzalez base cards so I'd call this pack one of the best yet out of the box.  This is a great way to start a Thursday!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated: A Dog Poster in my Baseball Cards!

Today, I'm going to rip the 8th pack out of my box of 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated.  The box has 24 total packs so this will put me at the 33% complete mark.  So far, the box has been quite successful in terms of base cards - but not at all successful in terms of inserts that I needed.  We shall see if those trends continue in the second third of the box (but only after I finish the first third today)!

Pack 8:

22.  Scott Rolen
51.  Ricardo Rincon
87.  Pedro Martinez
118.  Ken Caminiti
163.  Tim Salmon

Great Shots:  Andy Ashby

I already had this Great Shots "card" but that's ok - you can't beat getting photos of giant dogs on a baseball card.  Actually, I believe that might be Schottzie, dog of former Reds' owner Marge Schott (though I could be wrong).  As for the cards in the pack, I needed the final three base cards - so that's good news at least!

I'm going to have quite a bit of trade bait from the 1997 SI set when I'm done with this box - so if you are interested in any of the cards, let me know ASAP!


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated: Returning to the Box!

I didn't get the chance to rip into any of my 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated packs yesterday because I spent all my time writing my review of Blue Apron.  I'll remedy the lack of packs today by making sure I rip at least one pack this morning!

Pack 7:
24.  Scott Spiezio  (needed it!)

35.  Ken Caminiti
139.  Mo Vaughn (needed it!)

151.  John Jaha (needed it!)

176.  Hideo Nomo

Great Shots:  Roberto Alomar

I'm three more base cards closer to the complete set, that's the good news.  The bad news is that through seven packs I still haven't received a new mini poster for my set.  Oh well, I guess I'll simply be happy with the base card additions!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Nachos Grande Review: Blue Apron!

Three weeks ago, my wife's cousin gave us a code that allowed us to try Blue Apron for free for a week.  Since my blog is named after food - and since I love food very much - I figured it would be a fun thing to offer up a review of the services here!

Basically, Blue Apron is a company that sends three meals (more accurately, the ingredients for the meals) to your home each week (our plan has three two-person meals per week, there is also a family plan available).  Then, on the day that you decide you want your delivery, you get a box full of all the ingredients you need to make three fresh meals.  The cost?  About $60 if you do the two-person, three meals per week, plan (which is what we did).

Since I'm a lover of food, the most important question to me is:  Is the food any good?

The answer, through 2 1/3 weeks' worth of meals?  Yes, the food is quite good.

Our first week (which was our free week) we received all the ingredients to make the following:

Beef & Shishito Open-Faced Sandwiches with Tomato, Cucumber, and Romaine Salad.

This meal was my favorite from our first week.  We actually got too much salad stuff (and the salad was nothing special though the veggies were all nice and fresh).  However, the open-faced sandwich was the star of the week.  One great thing about Blue Apron is that they do send a full recipe card (with the instructions to make the meal on the back - and everything is fully illustrated).  I rated the sandwich a 10/10, my wife gave it an 8/10.

The second meal of the box was Five-Spice Chicken with Vermicelli, Mushrooms, & Baby Fennel

This one was the worst meal of the first week for me.  Part of that was because I do not like the taste of fennel (and I knew that before we tried the recipe).  The other problem was that the meal, despite all the ingredients and work, didn't have a lot of flavor (for me, the fennel was too overpowering).  I gave this one a 3/10, my wife also didn't care for it much and give it a 5/10.

Finally, the last meal in the box was Crispy Catfish with Kale-Farro Salad & Warm Grape Relish

I should note that I'm listing the recipes by the recipe number printed on the bottom of each recipe card (full sized pages really) but my wife and I actually tried the Catfish first, then the Chicken, and we ended with the Beef Sandwich (which was a great way to end the week of meals)!  The Catfish was interesting (and tasty) - and I've never used cooked grapes in that way to make a relish.  Both my wife and I liked this one a lot - I gave it an 8/10 while she gave it a 9/10.

That completed the first week (unfortunately, I didn't think to start taking photos until we did the third meal of the week).  We enjoyed the first week so much (and my wife and I had a great time cooking many of the meals together) so we decided to pay for week #2.  Since you might be curious, here were the meals from last week (our second week in the "program").

Week 2:

Fresh Pimento Cheeseburgers with Collard Green & Carrot Slaw

This was an awesome meal - and that's from someone who prefers grilled burgers over those cooked on the stove top usually!  The Pimento cheese topping was the highlight - but honestly I liked the entire meal.  This was another 10/10 for me and a 10/10 for my wife.  Our first universally agreed home run meal!

Crispy Chicken Milanese with Warm Brussels Sprout & Potato Salad

One thing that Blue Apron prides itself on is using seasonal veggies in the meals.  Since it's now fall, that means using things like Brussels Sprouts.  I've never liked those little green guys but I still found this recipe to be satisfactory (though nothing special).  Both my wife and I gave it a 6/10.

Seared Cod & Udon Noodles with Shiitake Broth & Togarashi-Spiced Cucumber

The final recipe for our second week was a big hit with my wife (she gave it a 9/10).  I wasn't quite as enamored but it was still tasty (I gave it a 7/10).

As you can see, both my wife and I were happy with the majority of the meals - and we absolutely loved at least one each week.  Frankly, those numbers are better than probably what would have happened if we had tried to pick random recipes out from a cookbook!  Even better, since we live in northern Pennsylvania (and the nearest good grocery store is 45 minutes away) we appreciate getting great, fresh fruits and vegetables delivered to us weekly!  Finally, while the $60 seems steep at first glance, all six meals from the first two weeks were quality meals (and none left us hungry).  At about $10 a meal (per person) I think it is a fair value...and when you live in an area where you'll never find some of the unique ingredients used by the recipes, it's better than fair value!

I should mention that the packaging used by Blue Apron is also top-notch.  Each box has ice packs in it to keep the food cold - and everything comes out of the box labeled (both in terms of what the ingredient is - helpful for new stuff and for what recipe it goes to).

Each of our first two boxes also included a fourth insert to go along with the three recipe cards - and that insert was a card that talked about one of the ingredients used in the recipe(s) within the box.  My wife and I are now on our third week's worth of Blue Apron - and this week's box included an insert for turnips - a vegetable that I hadn't had since I was a little kid.

In the end, I would definitely recommend Blue Apron for anyone who:
1.  Likes to cook (many of the recipes take some time to prepare - and they all require a fair bit of chopping of fresh veggies)
2.  Likes "different" food.  While you can choose a meal plan with meat or without meat, you can't do much else in the way of customizing.  If you are a picky eater and don't like trying new things, then this is not the program for you.

If you are looking for ready-made meals (or basic "meat and potatoes' meals) then I would suggest to keep looking in terms of mail-order food meals.

As you can tell, my wife and I approve of Blue Apron - so much so that we are now in week 3 of the program.  Since you can see upcoming meals on their website, I can assure you that we'll be sticking around for a few more weeks as well since there are some tasty things coming up that I can't wait to try (including Spicy Hoisin Chicken and Spiced Pork Burgers in the next two weeks).




Sunday, October 16, 2016

Trade Stack 77: Starting All Over (Again)

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: 10/6/16

The 76th edition of the Trade Stack was claimed by Trevor (and I dropped his package in the mail yesterday) so that means it is officially time to start the 77th Trade Stack!  Since we are starting from scratch once again, I went with an awesome Stadium Club die-cut card of Cal Ripken, Jr.  I'm guessing this Stack won't last long!

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.

2014 Topps Stadium Club:
Die-Cut Legends:
LDC-7. Cal Ripken, Jr. - Orioles



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:  4 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 76:  14 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 77:  ?? by ??