Friday, November 17, 2017

2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs: Pack 17: My Birthday Eve Presents

The last pack I ripped was the best of the box so far (at least in terms of me getting base cards for my set that I actually needed).  Let's keep the good times rollin'.

Pack 17:
70.  Einiosaurus

78.  Spinophorosaurus

82.  Edmontonia

99.  Scutosaurus

Canvas mini:  48.  Suchomimus

Hey, hey.  Another three base cards for my set (the first three of the pack).  The canvas minis are kind of useless for me (I like them, but I don't plan to actually collect them).  Still, three more cards makes me happy.

Cards needed for my set (so far):  12  (finally double digits!)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs: Pack 16: Good Stuff Comes to Those Who Wait.

In the last pack, I landed my fifth card of the box that I actually needed for my set.  Now, let's hope the good stuff starts coming a bit faster as we finish out the box.

Pack 16:
1.  Tyrannosaurus Rex

32.  Supersaurus

61.  Diplodocus

86.  Megalosaurus

118.  Tylosaurus

Alright!  I finally landed card #1 in the set.  It's been super annoying having a blank spot in the first page of the set binder!  What's even more amazing is that not only did I need card #1, but I also needed 32, 61, AND 86.  That's four new cards after only having five in total for the first 15 packs.  A few more packs like this and I might even be able to say that this box wasn't a total failure!

Cards needed for my set (so far):  9  :)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs: Pack 15: Good Vibrations.

Alright, this is the 15th pack out of the box...and so far, I have only found four cards that I actually need for my set.  I'm going to be positive here and put out some good vibes for this pack (and the remaining packs) in an effort to get at least a few more new cards.  Is that too much to ask?

Pack 15:
27.  Giraffatitan

28.  Prosaurolophus

Canvas mini:  105.  Liopleurodon

3D:  14.  Minmi

Phew, the good vibes worked!  I actually got a card I needed (the 3D card of Minmi).

Cards from the box that I actually needed:  Five.  Finally something other than four!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs: Pack 14: The Stickers are Nice at Least.

Another day, another pack of 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs.

Pack 14:
16.  Sauroposeidon

58.  Tanystropheus

71.  Camarasaurus

124.  Excalibosaurus

Sticker:  24.  Oviraptor

Well, it's getting to be like a broken record new cards for my set.

Total cards needed for my set (so far):  Still only four, through fourteen packs.  Unbelievably bad luck here.

Monday, November 13, 2017

2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs: Pack 13: Upper Deck is a Cruel Mistress.

In the last pack we (finally) made a little more progress on my set by landing a sweet 3D insert of the ferocious T-Rex.  I'm now up to four cards that I needed out of the first 12 packs.  Certainly not a good ratio...but better than the three cards through 11 packs that I had to report last post.  Let's hope I get some new cards in each of the remaining packs to help the box "feel" like it was a better buy.

Pack 13:
31.  Ouranosaurus

43.  Caudipteryx

45.  Baryonyx

89.  Vulcanodon

Canvas mini:  134.  Macrauchenia

The good news is that I needed card #134...the bad news is that I need it as a regular base card and not as a canvas mini.  That's simply cruel from Upper Deck...

Total cards needed (so far) from the box:  Still only four.  Woof.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Trade Stack 85: What to Do with Cards that Don't Fit in a Single Team 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 act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update: 11/12/17

Over the past few days, I've been busy trying to get ready for my Season of Giving extravaganza.  Part of the process of getting ready requires me to go through stacks (and stacks) of my extra/unwanted cards and sort them by team.  Of course, not every card produced fits nicely in a single team stack...sometimes because the subject isn't even on an MLB team (Allen & Ginter, I'm looking at you) and other times because it's a minor leaguer (or Negro Leaguer) and I can't be bothered to take the necessary time to research what team would be the best fit for that card.  Luckily for me, I don't need to do that because I've got the Trade Stack!

Today's addition to the Stack is three cards - all of which I didn't have a quick and easy "home" for in terms of the proper MLB pile.  All three cards are kind of neat, but they simply don't fit in my collection.  Perhaps you'll offer them a loving home instead!

Remember, you can claim the current Trade Stack in exchange for at least one card off my want list (or anything LEGO since I've been getting more and more into collecting LEGO as well)!

1991 Topps Traded:
98T.  Chris Roberts (Team USA)
1994 Upper Deck
109.  Demetrish Jenkins (Reds - I learned this after I scanned the card)
2005 Upper Deck Classics:
79.  Ray Dandridge - Newark 

1991 Fleer:
511.  Ken Oberkfell (Astros)
513.  Rafael Ramirez (Astros)
518.  Franklin Stubbs (Astros)
520.  Eric Yelding (Astros)

2009 Upper Deck Goudey:
4-in-1 - Red:
35-97.  Jose Reyes (Mets), David Wright (Mets), Derek Jeter (Yankees), Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)

2015 Topps:  346.  Trevor Cahill (Diamondbacks)
1998 Topps:  227.  Dante Bichette (Rockies)
1992 Leaf:  345.  Bobby Ojeda (Dodgers)
1991 Fleer:  273.  Robby Thompson (Giants)
1991 Score:  213.  Mark Parent (Padres)

2013 Panini Pinnacle:
35.  Logan Morrison (Marlins)
63.  Ike Davis (Mets)
98.  Dan Haren (Nationals)
123.  Freddie Freeman (Braves)
138.  Michael Young (Phillies)

2017 Topps Archives:
208.  Todd Frazier (White Sox)

2009 Topps and/or Updates & Highlights:
UH220.  Matt LaPorta (Indians)
Topps Town:
TTT29.  Derek Jeter (Yankees)
TTT34.  Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox)
TTT70.  Hunter Pence (Astros)

2015 Topps:
208.  Wilin Rosario (Rockies)
2000 Fleer Tradition:
324.  Tony Womack (Diamondbacks)

2008 Upper Deck:
StarQuest Series 1:
SQ-20.  Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)
StarQuest Series 2:
SQ-49.  Joe Mauer (Twins)

2008 Topps Stadium Club:
First Day Issue:
117.  Hernan Iribarren (Brewers)

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:  15 cards by Dayf
Stack 78:  29 cards by Chris
Stack 79:  26 cards by John H.
Stack 80:  14 cards by David G.
Stack 81:  3 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 82:  6 cards by Matt S.
Stack 83:  26 cards by Gavin
Stack 84:  1 card by Gavin
Stack 85:  ?? by ??

2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs: Pack 12: T-Rex Must Have Been Terrifying

We are rapidly approaching the halfway point of November - a month that always seems to fly by for me for a few reasons.  First, I teach college and we are wrapping up our fall semester so there is a LOT of activities/obligations in both November and December.  Second, my birthday is later this week.  And third, Thanksgiving!  Lots of work goes into that holiday (food prep, etc.) but it is always something I look forward to.

I was also looking forward to busting this box of 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs, but truth be told, it's been a disappointing box so far (at least for my purposes which was completing my base set).  Through eleven opened packs, I've only found three cards that I actually needed for my set.  That's less than a card per every third pack...obviously no good at all!  However, hope springs eternal, or something like that, and I still have nine packs remaining in the box.  There's time for my luck to change yet.

Pack 12:
63.  Plateosaurus

100.  Gryposaurus

116.  Thalattoarchon

3D:  32.  Tyrannosaurus Rex

Alright, things looked slightly better in this four card pack...I actually needed one of the cards (the 3D T-Rex).  The T-Rex card is actually part of the Predators subset (seeded 1:25 packs).

Cards needed (so far) from the box:  Four  (yay, I could finally change the number off of three)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs: Pack 11: Where's the Card of the Meteor?

Welcome back to another pack rip from my 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs box.  At this point in time, I have finished half the box (the left half stack of packs if you were wondering).  According to the box, we should still have three more 3D cards yet to discover, plus some other goodies.  Let's also hope we find more than three cards that I need for my set in the second half of the box, how's that sound?!

Pack 11:
7.  Iguanodon

65.  Monolophosaurus

76.  Styracosaurus

81.  Arrhinoceratops

Canvas mini:  150.  Homo Sapiens

Well, crap.  I just missed in terms of card numbers for all of those base cards (all were within one in at least one direction in terms of a card that I actually needed).  The Dinosaurs set ends with the Homo Sapiens card - which is a little weird, I think it should have ended with a card of "meteor" instead.

Cards needed for my set (so far):  Still stuck at three.

Friday, November 10, 2017

2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs: Pack 10: Should've, Could've, Would've.

I haven't had the best success in terms of getting cards I need for my 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs set...but then again, I'm not quite halfway through the box.  I have already discovered the sketch card, the patch card, AND a Predators of the Sea card however.  After the next pack is ripped, I will officially be halfway through the box!

Pack 10:
6.  Stegosaurus

15.  Dilophosaurus

23.  Keratocephalus

Canvas mini:  20.  Moschops

Sticker:  29.  Cave Bear

Well, we finished the first half of the box in much the same way as the rest of the packs so far...that is, nothing new for my set.  Oh well...not every purchase can be a good idea I guess.  At this point, I'll be happy to get five or six new cards in total, definitely not what I was expecting going into the box break.

New cards for my set (so far):  Three.  Three stinkin' cards in ten packs.  Ouch.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs: Pack 9: An Awesome Sketch Card!

I'm going to maintain my optimism that this box of 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs will actually yield something I need for my set.  I'm at a whopping two cards so far...

Pack 9:
29.  Mussaurus

40.  Chirostenotes

145.  Giant Hyena

Sketch card:  SC-TYR.  Tyrannosaurus Rex

Alright, first of all this was a great pack.  That sketch card is pretty awesome - easily one of the nicest that I've seen come out of this product!  Second, and perhaps even more importantly, I actually needed one of the base cards (Giant Hyena super short print)!

Cards needed (so far) for my set:  Three (thank goodness I don't have to type "two" anymore)