Sunday, December 31, 2017

My 2017 Christmas Haul!

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas - and hopefully everyone is ready to usher in a brand new year!  While we still have a few hours remaining of the 2017 year, I figured I should show off my baseball card haul from this past Christmas.

That's a brand new box of 2000 Fleer Tradition given to me by my wife.  2000 Tradition is one of my favorite sets from the year 2000 and a set that I happen to still be trying to complete.  Will this box give me the remaining cards I need?  I don't know, but I sure hope so!

I plan to slowly bust this over the next bunch of days/weeks - after all, I like to really enjoy my cards so opening the packs slowly helps with that.  In total, the box contains 36 packs so I should have a healthy amount of cards to open up as we usher in the year 2018.

Happy 2018 everyone - see you on the flip side (of the calendar)!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Trade Stack 87: Derek Jeter Starts Us Off!

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: 12/30/17

I had someone claim Trade Stack 86 yesterday, which means it is time to start a new Trade Stack today.  Heck, if you happen to claim the Stack today, there's a great chance it'll go out in the mail early next week along with the other envelopes/boxes that I need to mail off.  I guess what I am saying is:  don't delay in claiming the Stack!

To start us off this time around, I'm beginning the Trade Stack with a pretty cool mini-poster baseball "card" of Derek Jeter.  I loved the Sports Illustrated sets as a kid - and images like the one used for the Jeter poster are enough for any adult to love the set as well.  Good stuff - and I wouldn't expect this Trade Stack to stick around for long!
 

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)!

1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated:
Great Shots:  8.  Derek Jeter - 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:  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:  29 cards by arpsmith
Stack 86:  10 cards by Henry
Stack 87:  ??  by  ??

Delivery Time: Bump and Run Sends Gallery!

Trevor, from the Bump and Run Football Card blog, recently completed a 2017 Topps Gallery for Gallery trade with me.  It was a small, quick trade - but no less appreciated than any super large trade.  After all, any time I get to knock off some cards from my want list, I'm a happy guy. 

Trevor had five of the 2017 Topps Gallery cards that I needed for my base set. 

I have no plans to go after the short prints in the set, but I am happy to inch a bit closer to having the first 150 cards in the set in a binder.  Many thanks Trevor.

Speaking of completing the 2017 Topps Gallery set, I have a bunch of duplicates of my own that are available for trade - you can find my full trade list here.

I'd be remiss if I didn't also show off the bonus card Trevor threw in for me - a rookie card of Jesse Winker...a guy who stands a pretty good chance of being important to the 2018 Cincinnati Reds. 

I don't have a lot of high hopes for the 2018 Reds right now, but if Winker can provide a bit more offensive production there is a chance that the 2018 Reds' lineup will be as good, if not better, than last year's version.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Trade Stack 86: A Relic, an Artist Card, Giancarlo, and now Griffey

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: 12/29/17

The year 2017 is almost over...and with it, perhaps Trade Stack 86 will be completed as well?  The only way for that to happen is for someone to claim the entire pile.  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)!

1999 Upper Deck Retro:
23.  Ken Griffey Sr. - Reds


2015 Topps Museum Collection:
23.  Giancarlo Stanton - Marlins


2017 Topps Gallery:
52.  Paul DeJong - Cardinals
Artist card:  Mayumi Seto


1999 Just:
1. Hector Almonte - Kane County Cougars
3.  Ryan Anderson - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
210.  Ntema Ndungidi - Frederick Keys

1981 Fleer:
197.  Dave Concepcion - Reds
200.  Tom Seaver - Reds

2012 Topps Heritage:
Clubhouse Collection relic:
CCR-JS.  James Shields - Rays


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:  29 cards by arpsmith
Stack 86:  ?? by ??

Barry Larkin Collection 574: 1990 Star - #4

Barry Larkin
Year:  1990
Brand:  Star
Card number:  4

The fourth card in the eleven card Barry Larkin set from 1990 Star highlights one of Barry's accomplishments from the 1989 season:  his Silver Slugger award.  The image on the front of the card is nice, though I will forever hate writing on a card that is "sideways".  That's one of the dangers of horizontal cards though - either they look good this way but bad in a binder, or they look better in a binder (the red borders all line up so to speak) but then the image is going up and down instead.  I know I'd prefer sets either be all vertical or all horizontal for that reason alone.

I was only 7 years old in 1989 when Larkin won his Silver Slugger - so I certainly wasn't aware that the Reds actually had two winners that year (the other being Eric Davis in the outfield).  Not bad to learn something new from a piece of cardboard that's nearly 30 years old now!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Looking Back on 2017: My 2017 Blog Resolutions (How'd I Do?)

With the year 2017 rapidly drawing to a close, it's time for me to look back at my 2017 Blog Resolutions to see how well (or poorly) I did with the goals that I set for myself at the start of the year. 

For this year, I went with a total of 9 different goals.  Let's see how I did - and since I'm a teacher by trade, I'll give myself a grade for each resolution.
A Larkin card that I've scanned but NOT yet written about for my ongoing Barry Larkin Collection.  You'll see this one (probably) in 2018.

1.  Barry Larkin Collection
In 2016, I ended the year with a total of 496 different Barry Larkin cards scanned and written about on the blog.  My goal for 2017 was to up that total to 550 different Larkin cards.  At the moment, I've actually written 573 different Barry Larkin Collection posts which means I blew this goal out of the water.  It's nice to start with a grade of an A.

2.  The Great Reorganization
At the start of 2017, I had a total of 27 stacks of cards sitting on my table that I needed to organize.  Today, that same table now holds four stacks of cards that are still unorganized.  From 27 down to 4 is an incredible accomplishment for me...and I'm so very close to finally having the table cleared off that maybe I can even finish those final four stacks before 2017 officially ends!  Whether or not I get that far is irrelevant to the grade (since A+ isn't a thing at my college).  This is my second A.

3.  The Want List
At the start of 2017, I posted a huge list of sets in which I was tantalizingly close to finishing off.  The goal was to knock a bunch of those off of my want list.  As of now, I've acquired 45 of those cards on that very select list which is great.  Good enough, in fact, for my third A grade in a row.

4.  My Frankensets
Back at the start of 2017, I only mentioned the Frankensets without actually specifying what my goal was to do with them.  I can report that as of now I still haven't started on a single Frankenset, though I did continue to add cards to the pile of cards that I've set aside for the Frankensets for use whenever I finally get around to working on the sets.  Since I didn't set a proper goal for this one at the start of the year, I'm going to give myself an I (incomplete) for this one.  It won't affect my GPA...and hopefully I'll set a proper goal for next year.

5.  My LEGO Blog
I wanted to continue adding to my LEGO blog and my LEGO City that resides in my man cave.  Happily, I was able to do both of those things throughout the year (40 posts to date for the year on my LEGO blog is pretty good though hopefully in the future I'll be able to up that to closer to one per week).  I think this one deserves a B grade.

6.  New Content at Nachos Grande
I started strong here (reviewing board games) and I finished fairly strong with my Season of Giving posts.  I also had a number of posts detailing my Great Reorganization (though those weren't necessarily "new content" in the sense that I meant back at the start of the year).    I did manage to write over 450 posts for the year...which sounds like a lot until you realize it's my second lowest post output since I started blogging year round here at Nachos Grande.  I think I have to give myself a C on this one.

7.  Teaching
I took a group of 27 students and faculty to Italy and Greece as part of my History of Mathematics course back in the spring semester.  The trip (and class) went amazingly well so this one is an easy A grade for me.  Even better, I'm on the schedule to teach the class and travel trip again in the year 2019.

8.  Woodworking
Originally, I had wanted to build a bunch of wooden shelves for the storage room attached to my man cave.  I ended up not doing that (I bought some easy-to-assemble) plastic shelves from Lowes instead.  While I didn't do woodworking on the project, the plastic shelving units were much cheaper than I could have done via wood so I'm not mad about my decision.  I did, however, make a wooden "cage" for one of my vegetable gardens so I it wasn't like I didn't do any woodworking at all.  I'd give myself a B- for this one except that I did do a lot of electrical work around the house (for the first time in my lifetime) which sort of fits within this category.  Since all of that went well, I have to give myself an A- overall.

9.  Blog Trading
My goal here was to continue trading but I didn't put a specific number out there since I knew I wasn't going to be buying a ton of new product (I ended buying more than I thought I would but that's a different story).  At the moment, I've sent out 55 trade packages (22 of them coming from my Season of Giving project).  Had I not done the Season of Giving, I would have had the lowest trade output since I started the blog - but as it stands, if I manage to send out two more packages before the calendar turns from 2017 to 2018, I'll have surpassed my total for 2015 which would be great.  I don't think I'll ever be back in the triple digits for trades again like I was from 2010 - 2012, but that's not all my fault (there seem to be fewer blog readers/traders now than there was back then as well).  I'll give myself a C+ here for the goal since I made a strong push at the end of the year.

And there you have it, my resolutions all graded. 

In the end, I had:
Four As, one A-, one B, one C+, and one C, plus that one incomplete.  Not bad at all - in fact, probably the best I've ever done in terms of actually keeping my resolutions! 

If you are interested, I took a look at my resolutions throughout the year at two different points (May and August).  I think those check ins helped me stay on track on the year for sure.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 573: 1990 Star - #3

Barry Larkin
Year:  1990
Brand:  Star
Card number:  3

This is the third card in the 11 card Barry Larkin set produced by Star back in 1990.  For this card, we get a look at Barry Larkin's All-Star statistics throughout his career (which spanned a whopping two All-Star game selections in which he only played in one game).  Even worse, in that one game Larkin went 0-2 with a strikeout.  Not an impressive All-Star game resume at that point in time...and it does sort of make you wonder why Star decided to use a card "spot" in the set on Larkin's middling All-Star game results. 

I will say that I do like the chosen image for this card - and once again I have to say that I'm happy that Star went ahead and used a different image for each of the cards in the set (something other companies have not done when producing similar sorts of sets).

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 572: 1990 Star - #2

Barry Larkin
Year:  1990
Brand:  Star
Card number:  2

The 1990 Star set features 11 different Barry Larkin cards.  I showed off the first card in the set a few days ago (see it here).  The second card in the set is definitely the closest thing to a "real" or "regular" baseball card in the set.  In particular, this is the card in the set that features full career stats along with a small blurb about how Larkin was acquired by the Reds (#1 draft pick in 1985).  I like that they give the scout Gene Bennett a shout out on the card too!

Overall, I think this is one of the more boring cards in the set (that photo looks like something used in one of those Classic game cards) and the back of the card, while fine, isn't anything to write home about.  Luckily, the interest level in the remainder of the set is going to be quite a bit higher - and I'll be sure to feature those cards as well as my Barry Larkin Collection series of posts continues to grow!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas! (and a Season of Giving update!)

I'd like to take the opportunity to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.  I imagine that many of us will be spending the majority of the day away from the computer, but should you happen to find a moment to check out the blogs let me say "thanks" for stopping by!  To keep you in the Christmas spirit, here's my LEGO Winter Village for this year.

I also have a Season of Giving update to share with everyone.  At the moment, I have mailed out 22 different packages to various people.  Looking at my list, I still have another 5 that I need to get mailed out (specifically to Ryan R., Jason G., John S., and Matt P. and ). 

As for what remains, if you'd like any of the following teams let me know!

Nationals/Expos
Marlins
Padres
Rays
Orioles
Royals*
Twins
Mariners
Rangers

*I also someone claim the Royals but that person never sent me their name/mailing address and I have no way to contact them, so that team may or may not be claimed. 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Delivery Time! Arpsmith Knocks Out Much of My Archives

About a day or two ago, I received a couple of packages of baseball cards in the mail.  The largest, by far, was the package from Adam (aka Arpsmith) who sent along about 50 2017 Topps Archives cards that I needed for my set.

In my humble opinion, the 1992 card design was the best of the three designs in the '17 Topps Archives set.  I feel like the images are true to the original set (in terms of style and flair) AND they are some of the best photographs in the entire set.  That Eaton card is a perfect example of why I like that grouping of cards better than any other.

In addition to all of the Archives goodies, Adam also included a smattering of assorted Reds fo rme including that awesome Bip Roberts that I don't think I've ever seen before.  That image is even better than the Eaton at the top of the post.

Many, many thanks for the great cards and trade, Adam.  I'd also be remiss if I didn't show off at least one of the Larkins sent my way since I'm always looking to add to my Barry Larkin Collection.

Thanks for the swap - and Merry Christmas to all of you out there.  I don't expect there will be a ton of blogosphere activity over the next 48 hours or so but for those that checked out this post, thank you!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 571: 1990 Star - #1

Barry Larkin
Year:  1990
Brand:  Star
Card number:  1

The 1990 Star brand put out a set of 11 cards that all featured Barry Larkin.  Actually, they put out a bunch of cards featuring Larkin, but for the purposes of today's post we are only focusing on the main Larkin set which contains 11 cards.  Each card has the same design, but both the image on the front and the information on the back of the card are different (which I definitely appreciate). 

As you can see with the first card, you get a checklist showing off the contents of all 11 cards in the set.  I like the front image just fine (it's a different shot from the usual action shots) and I like the large team logo on the back (but otherwise the back of the card is kind of dull here since it's only a checklist). 

Over the next few Barry Larkin Collection posts, I'll go through all of the ten remaining cards in the set.  As you'll see, they make for a fairly nice collection - and a great summary of Larkin's young career up to that point in time.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 570: 1987 Broder Indiana Blue Sox - #17 - New Big Reds Machine

Barry Larkin
Year:  1987
Brand:  Broder Indiana Blue Sox
Card number:  17

Cards from the late 1980s are confusing, especially the wide variety of oddball cards.  This particular Larkin card appears to come from the 1987 Broder Indiana Blue Sox set, though there is no indication of the brand on the card itself.  To make matters even more confusing, this particular Broder set has two versions of the Barry Larkin card.  The version that I own above is the second version.  The first version is card #7 in the set and it features the wording "Photo By Indiana Blue Sox" on the back (along with the card number).  I have no idea why there is two versions of the card, one with proper photo citation and one without.  If anyone out there has more information about the set, I'm all ears as I was only able to find this site which doesn't even show the Larkin card that I have in my possession!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Delivery Time! Larkin Cards from Joe F.!

Back around my birthday of last month, blog reader Joe F. sent me a wonderful package of Barry Larkin cards.  Amazingly, all 13 of the Larkins that Joe sent me were new to my collection - that's impressive for sure (and awesome for me as I'm always happy to acquire new Larkin cards)!

I'll show off each and every Larkin one-by-one as part of my ongoing Barry Larkin Collection, but for the purposes of today's post here's a quick look at the biggest batch of them...

plus two more from the same set that didn't fit on my scanner's bed.

That's the 1990 Star set.  Earlier this year, I had picked up the Gold set but this version had eluded me until Joe sent it my way!

As if that wasn't enough, Joe also sent a couple of other "odd ball" Larkins my way. 

Again, I'll have plenty more on both of those cards in my ongoing Larkin Collection series.

Thanks a million for the great Larkins Joe!  This made for a fun birthday surprise for sure...and it felt awesome to add in a couple more 9-pocket pages full of Larkin cards into my Barry Larkin Collection binder!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 569: 1998 Bowman - #63

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

It's awfully hard for me to get excited about most Bowman cards.  As a kid, I remember the drab Bowman cards from around 1989/1990.  As an adult, I think of Bowman as a brand full of players I've never heard inside a set that is maddingly designed.  Put more simply, there isn't any era of the Bowman brand that I have fond memories of...and thus, I generally ignore the brand (except for Barry Larkin cards of course).

And yes, it's that insistence on trying to "collect 'em all" that I am the proud (?) owner of this 1998 Bowman card.  The front of the card features a design full of boxes and a barely there foil name plate (and an even tougher-to-see itty bitty team logo).  The back of the card features a giant oval with the world's most boring photo of Larkin and statistics broken down in a mostly meaningless way (no stats against the Expos or Cardinals...so why show them)?  Yeah, it's safe to say this isn't a good design - but at least it's one less Bowman card that I need to try and track down from here on out.  That's about all good I can say about it!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Delivery Time! A PWE from Angels in Order

Tom, from the wonderful Angels, in Order blog, recently sent me a PWE full of Reds' goodies in exchange for some cards I had previously sent his way.  As is customary for my trade posts, I thought I would show off a few of my favorites from the package.  In this case, how about a Top Four countdown?

#4:  Dan Straily

The Dan Straily card isn't exactly anything special...and, to be honest, neither is Straily.  However, this is a new card to my collection - and it's from 2017 Donruss - a set that I have precious little of. 

#3:  Zack Cozart

Cozart recently signed with the Angels which is great news for him.  The Reds will definitely miss his defense...and possibly his bat as well if last year wasn't some sort of crazy fluke (he'd never been a great hitter prior to 2017).  As for the card, it's a nice one of "Cozey" and I probably won't have many more new Cozart (as a Red) cards to add to my collection.

#2:  Ken Griffey Jr.

Sure, the 20th Anniversary Retrospective set by Upper Deck was a glorious monstrosity that any sane person would reject...but there were a smattering of interesting cards in the set - one of which is this Griffey card highlighting his trade to the Reds.  I remember the day I learned that Griffey was "coming home" and I was super excited.  Unfortunately, he didn't end up being the superstar for the Reds that he was for the Mariners, but I was still happy to have him in the Reds' uniform for all those years.

#1:  Joey Votto

The 2018 version of the Reds looks to be a fairly terrible team with only one true superstar player...  That player?  None other than Mr. Joey Votto.  The 2017 Topps Bunt design is incredibly simplistic - but I love its use of team specific colors and giant team logos.  It's basically everything that I usually ask for in card design (throw in the low price point and you have a real winner in my book). 

Good stuff all around - thanks again Tom for the trade!




Monday, December 18, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 568: 1997 Score - #242 - Showcase Series Artist's Proof parallel

Barry Larkin
Year:  1997
Brand:  Score
Parallel set:  Showcase Series Artist's Proof
Card number:  242

I have already shown off Larkin's regular base card from the 1997 score set here and the premium stock parallel here.  Thus, this is my third version of Larkin's card #242 in the set...which is a lot but there is at least two more versions that have still eluded me (a white bordered Artist's Proof card and the Showcase Series parallel which has a foil front but not the Artist's Proof stamp). 

As for today's card, what can I say?  It's admittedly a pointless parallel - and it scans like crap.  The flashy wavy design actually detracts from the simplistic vibe that is 1997 Score...so much so that this parallel feels like it simply doesn't belong in the set.  I think I actually prefer the base card over this parallel - but as a player collector I am perfectly happy to at least own a copy of the parallel for my Larkin binder!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

2017 Topps Gallery: Another Blaster Break AND My Want/Trade List!

I think I'm (finally) done buying new 2017 Topps Gallery blasters.  Yes, I did get suckered into purchasing one more blaster last Friday - and I've embedded my video rip of that blaster below - but now I'm done buying new stuff.  And so, it's time to trade!

Before I get to what I need and what I have for trade, here's the blaster I bought:

Nothing spectacular in there, but I had to be happy with half of the cards in the blaster being needed for my base set.  With that out of the way, here's what I need from the set (my want list) and below are the cards I have available for trade:

2017 Topps Gallery - FOR TRADE:
Updated:  3/5/2018

Base:
29.  Taijuan Walker
30.  Justin Bour
39.  Adrian Beltre
47.  Jackie Bradley Jr.
83.  Aledmys Diaz
94.  Jesse Winker
98.  Salvador Perez
104.  Reynaldo Lopez
108.  Joe Musgrove
127.  Rick Porcello
138.  Luke Weaver
141.  Julio Urias

Featured Artists:
No #:  Mayumi Seto
No #:  Dan Bergren

Artist's Proof Parallels:
7.  Joey Gallo
16.  Trevor Story
22.  Ryon Healy
22.  Ryon Healy
23.  Hunter Dozier
70.  Giancarlo Stanton
72.  Luis Severino
76.  Stephen Piscotty
76.  Stephen Piscotty
82.  Anthony Alford
88.  Yuieski Gurriel
91.  Dinelson Lamet
92.  Mark Trumbo
121.  Christian Yelich
125.  Manny Machado
131.  Matt Harvey

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Season of Giving Giveaway: Still Some Teams Remain!

I've been working hard at packing up and sending out my Season of Giving packages over the past few weeks.  Some folks have already received theirs (and if you happen to write a post about it feel free to leave a link here so that I can be sure to see it).  At the moment, I'm up into the double digits in terms of the total number of packages that I've sent out...but I still have plenty more baseball cards looking for a loving home!

In fact, if you happen to collect any of the following teams and would like a package full of cards of your team, let me know!

Available teams:

Braves
Phillies
Nationals/Expos
Marlins
Pirates
Brewers
Reds
Dodgers
Padres
Diamondbacks
Rays
Orioles
Tigers
Royals
Twins
Mariners
Rangers
Angels
Athletics
Astros

Friday, December 15, 2017

Trade Stack 86: The Giancarlo Stanton Edition

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: 12/15/17

No one wanted Giancarlo Stanton cards when he was a Marlin because nobody wants Marlins cards.  However, now the Stanton has joined the Evil Empire, his cards are surely going to skyrocket.  Here's your chance to get a higher end card of Stantons for the low, low cost of at least one card from my want list.  

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)!


2015 Topps Museum Collection:
23.  Giancarlo Stanton - Marlins


2017 Topps Gallery:
52.  Paul DeJong - Cardinals
Artist card:  Mayumi Seto


1999 Just:
1. Hector Almonte - Kane County Cougars
3.  Ryan Anderson - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
210.  Ntema Ndungidi - Frederick Keys

1981 Fleer:
197.  Dave Concepcion - Reds
200.  Tom Seaver - Reds

2012 Topps Heritage:
Clubhouse Collection relic:
CCR-JS.  James Shields - Rays


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:  29 cards by arpsmith
Stack 86:  ?? by ??