Friday, March 31, 2017

Blog Bat Around: Your Hardest Set? Comment Here!

I posted a Blog Bat Around topic a few days ago in which a few people left a comment with a link to their blog entry.  Since I want to be sure to not miss any other entries out there (and I'm guessing all of you that took time to write a post would like others to see your set), I'm inviting everyone who participated to leave a comment on this post with a link to your entry.  My hope is that I'll be able to get a proper post up with links to everyone's entries in the next couple of days (but I'll only be able to do so for those that leave me a link here since I won't be able to find your entry otherwise - even if I've already read it)!

If you missed my entry, here's the link.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Check Out My Cards: Dinosaurs!!

One of my favorite (non-baseball) sets of all time is the 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs set.  The Dinosaurs set contains a large base set (150 cards) that is fractured into different rarity tiers.  I'm actually missing quite a few of the base cards, even a number of the "common" cards.  Because of that, I didn't buy any base cards this time around during my recent Check Out My Cards purchase.  Instead, I focused on two of the insert sets from the 2015 Dinosaurs.

First, I bought a single sticker card that I needed.

That's Allosaurus - and now that I own him I'm down to only needing 12 more stickers to complete that set.  With 30 stickers in total, I'm making decent progress...and my progress is even better since it appears that I might be the only one on baseball card blogs that opened much (any?) of this set!

My other set purchase was a pair of cards from the 3-D Lenticular insert set.  I bought one "common" (seeded 1:7.5 hobby packs).

The common 3-D cards are all herbivores - with mine being the 30 foot long Prosaurolophus.  This particular dinosaur weighed 3 tons and, like all herbivores, ate only plants.

All I can imagine is that there must have been some seriously large plants around the time of the dinosaurs in order to keep guys like this alive!

My other 3-D card is from the rarer Predators subset (seeded 1:25 hobby packs).

I bought the Oviraptor, a dinosaur that stood "only" 4 feet tall and was 8 feet long.  Oviraptor is actually Greek for "egg thief"...but it was so named in error because the eggs it was found by were eventually determined to be its own!  Oops.


As you can see, this is a cool set with some equally cool insert cards.  Should you happen to have stumbled across any of the years (and still have them), here's what I am still seeking:

2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs Wants:
Base:  1, 5, 12, 19, 22, 25, 32, 35, 41, 54, 55, 61, 64, 70, 75, 78, 80, 82, 84, 85, 86, 88, 91, 96, 97, 112, 126, 127, 128, 130, 131, 133, 134, 136, 137, 139, 140, 141, 143, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149
Inserts:
3-D Lenticular:  1, 3, 4, 5, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 24, 26, 28, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 38, 40, 41, 42
Patch cards:  I will trade for any of these right now!
Predator of the Seas:  I will trade for any of these right now!
Stickers:  S- 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 21, 26, 28

I should also mention that I have a bunch of extra dinosaur cards available for trade in case you'd like to start working on your own set.  Here's my list of trade bait.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Check Out My Cards: Putting a Serious Dent in Archives!

I'm back with another round from my recent Check Out My Cards purchase.  As I've mentioned previously, I made it my mission to try and pick up cards from sets that were nearly complete in my collection.

One such set was the 2013 Topps Archives set.

Prior to my purchase from COMC, I needed two base cards (both short prints).  After my purchase?

Base set complete!

That's an awesome feeling - and while I don't know why it took me so long to track down two relatively small name players, I'm still happy to have both Daulton and Sid tucked away in my binder.
Since I was checking out various cards from the 2013 Archives set, I also nabbed two of the final three All-Star insert cards that I was missing.

Now all I need is the Cal Ripken card and I'll have that set complete as well!

For what it's worth, here is what I'm still missing out of 2013 Archives, mostly Gallery of Heroes cards which no one seems to want to part with (and I don't blame you, they are gorgeous cards)!

2013 Topps Archives Wants:
Gallery of Heroes:  BR, CR, DJ, MC, MR, MT, RC, SK, TW, WM, YB
All-Star:  CR
1972 Basketball Design:  JB (Johnny Bench)

I'm still not quite done showing off my purchases - but I do think that this is it from the year 2013.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 514: 2000 Bowman - #4

Barry Larkin
Year:  2000
Brand:  Bowman
Card number:  4

I'm on record multiple times stating that I don't generally care for the Bowman brand of baseball cards.  I've never been into speculating on rookies - and couple that with a design that is generally forgettable (at best) and you have all the ingredients for a set I'll avoid at all costs.  That said, I'm a sucker for each and every new Larkin card - even the Bowman cards!

For my money, the 2000 Bowman set is a perfect example of how forgettable Bowman can be.  I probably scanned this card a year or so ago...and when I loaded the scan to write today's post I thought to myself "have I seen this card before?"

So much gray...coupled with a boring photo that might as well be used by a company that can show team logos...  Just.  Ugh.

Even worse, there are parallels in this set.  Parallels that I don't yet own including a Retro/Future parallel (Larkin is a veteran in the set so he gets the retro treatment) and a gold parallel (the most boring of all Topps parallels, though that one is numbered out of only 99 which means it'll be hard to track down).

Monday, March 27, 2017

Check Out My Cards: When Not Quitting isn't Necessarily a Good Thing

The other day I mentioned that I made a decent sized purchase from Check Out My Cards.  Today, I'm here to show off the single set that I bought the most cards from...and it's probably not one that you would guess.

Did you guess 2013 Topps Chrome

I didn't think so.

Here's what I bought:

The good news is that those base cards (finally) finished off my set.  The bad news is that I think 2013 Topps Chrome hasn't aged all that well.  Truth be told, I'm not nearly as interested in this set as I used to be...and yet, there I went and dropped a bunch of coin to finish it off just so I wouldn't have to stare at it sitting on my want list any longer.

I think something might be wrong with me sometimes!

Side note:  I found the selection of players that I was "missing" to be sort of interesting...looks like a lot of people aren't willing to necessarily part with the "superstars" (and Wacha for some reason)!


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Check Out My Cards: Club 3000, Wild Mascots, and a Serially Numbered Larkin!

A week or so ago, I placed an order at Check Out My Cards with the goal of shortening my want list a bit without breaking the bank.  In total, I ended up ordering 25 cards for a final price of $39.19.  That seems sort of steep until you consider that many of the cards that I bought were short prints, inserts, or simply fairly old (and thus hard-to-find via trades)!

I thought it would be fun to slowly show off my haul over the next few days - and we might as well begin with the set that I already mentioned that I bought:  a pair of 2000 Fleer 3000 Club cards.

As I mentioned in a post a couple of days ago, I ended up receiving the Steve Carlton card in a surprise trade...so I went from having no copies of that card to having two copies in under a week's time.  I'm more than happy to trade away the extra Carlton, especially if the result is me landing one of the other cards that I still need for the set:

2000 Fleer Club 3000 Wants:
Note:  These were seeded in various Fleer brands from 2000.
ULT = Ultra, MYS = Mystique, SHO = Showcase, FOC = Focus
BG Bob Gibson MYS
CR Cal Ripken, Jr. MYS
DW Dave Winfield MYS
LB Lou Brock SHO
NR Nolan Ryan SHO

From there, let's jump to 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter where I was able to nab the final two cards that I needed for the full-sized (retail only) Mascots in the Wild set.

I'm obviously happy to knock off a full set from my want list...and it's even better since it is an Allen & Ginter set (my favorite brand)!  I like the Mascots in the Wild set quite a bit...but I don't particularly like that it was a retail only insert.  Shenanigans like that make me wonder if should even purchase hobby boxes (especially since I don't collect rip cards or most of the "hobby only" stuff).

To finish off today's portion of my COMC haul, here's the only Barry Larkin card I bought:

It's nothing special (though it is serially numbered out of a "mere" 9799).  I didn't own it though, so I bought it since it was cheap!

I'll have more of my haul in the upcoming days - including some more sets that I was able to finish, some minis I needed, and dinosaurs!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Trade Stack 78: 19 Cards so Far: Let's Add an Unopened Pack to 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: 3/25/17

I'll be honest, I don't have any idea what the pack is that I'm adding to the current Trade Stack.  Well, I do know the name of the pack, but I don't know what the cards look like.  You do get 10 of them...and one of them is a "rare" card* so that's gotta be something, right?  

*1 rare card on average according to the pack wrapper.

Remember, you get all of the cards in the Trade Stack in exchange for one (or more) cards off of my want list.

2012 Upper Deck Super Squad Hero's Destiny:
Unopened Pack:
Sorry for the bad scan.  It's an unopened blister pack.


1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
Silver Signature parallels:
31.  Jim Pittsley (Pirates)
222.  Tom Candiotti (Dodgers)

1995 Flair:
118.  Eddie Zambrano (Cubs)
186.  Ravelo Manzanillo (Pirates)


2016 Panini Diamond Kings:
84.  Josh Donaldson - Blue Jays


2010 Topps Chicle:
112.  Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox):


1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
110.  Ron Gant (Reds)


1991 Upper Deck:
94.  Barry Bonds (Checklist)
1991 Score:
868.  Barry Bonds


1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
36.  Trey Beamon (Pirates)
84.  Juan Gonzalez (Rangers)
267.  Paul Sorrento (Indians)
434.  Jose Rijo (Reds)


2000 Fleer Tradition:
381.  John Jaha (Athletics)
397.  Gregg Olson (Diamondbacks)
404.  Pete Harnisch (Reds)


2014 Topps Allen & Ginter:
38.  Don Sutton (Dodgers)
69.  Johnny Cueto (Reds)

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Football:
Framed Black Border:
62.  Marvin Harrison - Colts


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:  ?? by ??

Barry Larkin Collection 513: 1999 Topps Stars 'N Steel - #16

Barry Larkin
Year:  1999
Brand:  Topps Stars 'N Steel
Card number:  16

Remember back when card companies took lots of risks and did all sorts of weird things?  Well, the late 90s, early 00s are probably the best era for "creativity" even if some of the efforts fell flat.  For my money, the Topps Stars 'N Steel set was a pretty neat idea - basically Topps printed baseball cards on slabs of metal rather than cardboard.  That's right, every card in the set was metal (.25 gauge metal to be more precise).

Along with Larkin's lone base card (the set is only 44 cards large), there are also two parallels:  a gold parallel (which were seeded 1:12 packs) and a Gold Domed Holographic which were twice as rare (seeded 1:24 packs).  Back in the day, this set was sold with three cards per pack (and each pack retailed for $9.99).  I didn't ever see this product near a store near me - this Larkin card was acquired well after the Stars 'N Steel set was released.  That said, if I had lots and lots of money, I wouldn't mind putting this set together (and I'm curious as to what the two parallels look like - I have a feeling you'd have to hold the cards in your hand, as opposed to only looking at images on the web, to get a good feeling for how nice the cards actually are!

One more side note:  I should point out that while this is the only 1999 Topps Stars 'N Steel card that I own, it is NOT the only all-metal Barry Larkin card that I own!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Blog Bat Around: My Hardest Set!

A few days ago, I posted a new Blog Bat Around topic.  I figured it had been quite some time since anyone did so (and I figured that many of us, certainly myself) could use a given "prompt" to help take the struggle out of finding a suitable blog topic!

As a reminder, the Blog Bat Around topic this time is:

What is the hardest set that you have ever collected (or tried to collect)?

For myself, I have to "cheat" just a bit and present two sets...each of which offer their own challenges.

Before I get to my two sets, I need to make a few other comments.  First, I did not include any modern base sets, even sets like Topps Heritage with their stupid short prints didn't crack my list (and that's saying something since I'm still working on Heritage base sets from 2014, 2011, 2009, and 2008.  Furthermore, I've sworn off all future Topps Heritage purchases until I knock out at least a couple of those sets.  I definitely wouldn't knock anyone if they claimed Heritage as the hardest set they tried to put together...those things are tough!

I also didn't include a set like 1999 Pacific Aurora - a difficult set to put together because boxes (of pretty much all Pacific sets) are nearly impossible to find and, somehow, it seems no one bothered to open (or at least keep) most Pacific cards.  Nope, that set's tough but it didn't make my list.

Another set that could be on my list is the 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs set.  From what I recall, maybe only one or two other bloggers opened any of the product...and that's pretty much it.  I've busted way more than I should have...and I still haven't gotten the base set done (never mind all of the inserts with the tiered short prints).  Ugh.

No, the dinosaurs are tough but they don't make my list.

So what does make my list?  The first set is probably one that you would guess if you've read my blog over the past few years:

1889 Allen & Ginter:  50 Fishes from American Waters

This is an awesome set produced prior to 1900 - so it is no surprise that it's difficult to put together.  I did make life a bit easier for myself by not really caring about the card condition - but even so, I am still missing six of the 50 cards (which, truth be told, isn't bad for such an old set).

My second set that I consider the toughest to complete (and it's another set that I still haven't finished off) is much newer than the fish set.  It's the 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter Framed Relic set.

The framed relic set from 2010 contains 100 cards - and I've managed to acquire 77 of the 100 relics to date.

Truth be told, I didn't expect this project to be as difficult as it ended up being - but I guess that's a byproduct of the fact that I'm chasing a relic set that is approaching ten years old...and I don't think the 2010 Ginter set was nearly as well loved as some of the earlier editions either (which doesn't help my cause any since that means fewer relics out there for trade/sale).

I have no idea if I'll ever be able to finish either the relic set or the fish set...but I do know I've enjoyed trying!  I've also enjoyed reading all about your most challenging sets to complete - so keep the entries coming (feel free to leave a link to your article on this blog entry so that I can be sure to find it)!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Trade Stack 78: Two Silver Signatures Join 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: 3/23/17

I think it's time to up the ante in the current Trade Stack - after all, counting today's additions the stack is sitting at a rather high 19 cards.  Surely someone will jump in soon, right?! 

Remember, you get all of the cards in the Trade Stack in exchange for one (or more) cards off of my want list.

1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
Silver Signature parallels:
31.  Jim Pittsley (Pirates)
222.  Tom Candiotti (Dodgers)

1995 Flair:
118.  Eddie Zambrano (Cubs)
186.  Ravelo Manzanillo (Pirates)


2016 Panini Diamond Kings:
84.  Josh Donaldson - Blue Jays


2010 Topps Chicle:
112.  Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox):


1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
110.  Ron Gant (Reds)


1991 Upper Deck:
94.  Barry Bonds (Checklist)
1991 Score:
868.  Barry Bonds


1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
36.  Trey Beamon (Pirates)
84.  Juan Gonzalez (Rangers)
267.  Paul Sorrento (Indians)
434.  Jose Rijo (Reds)


2000 Fleer Tradition:
381.  John Jaha (Athletics)
397.  Gregg Olson (Diamondbacks)
404.  Pete Harnisch (Reds)


2014 Topps Allen & Ginter:
38.  Don Sutton (Dodgers)
69.  Johnny Cueto (Reds)

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Football:
Framed Black Border:
62.  Marvin Harrison - Colts


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:  ?? by ??

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Delivery Time: Baseball Card Breakdown Finds Some Early 2000s Cards for Me!

The past school year (we just ended our Spring Break for this semester) has been one of the most trying years for me ever, from a professional standpoint.  For much of the year, I have felt like I've barely kept my head above the water...and I know because of that my blogging (and especially my trading) has taken a fairly significant hit.

Luckily, with spring break past us I can start to look forward to warmer weather (we still have quite a bit of snow on the ground so that's wishful dreaming right now).  Warmer weather will also mean no more teaching for a few months - and hopefully that will mean I get to spend more time on my hobbies, including baseball cards!

Although I know I haven't had a lot of time to trade, I did manage to carve out some time one day back in January (or maybe it was February, I don't recall) and I went through a bunch of want lists on various people's blogs.  If I had anything that person wanted, I packed it up and shipped it out, no strings attached.

Of course, (most of) the people in the baseball card community are awesome people, so I've now received a few return envelopes as a thank you of sorts - and that's a lot of fun for me since I haven't had a lot of time to trade, especially this month.

Today's envelope is courtesy of Gavin over at Baseball Card Breakdown.  I had a whole bunch of 2011 Topps sparkly parallel cards for Gavin, so I shipped them off a few months ago (you can find Gavin's take on it all here).  In return, Gavin hit my want list - specifically from a few of the "forgotten years" of modern baseball cards!

That's two cards from the 2008 Upper Deck Timelines set and a single 2008 Topps Heritage short print, all three of which I needed for my sets.  I'm (very) slowly nearing the end of both sets at this point - I'm only missing five Heritage cards and nine UD Timeline cards.  I think that's cause for celebration!

Next, one more card from forgotten years - this one being from the year 2000.

I have to admit, this card made me laugh a little when I pulled it out of the envelope because I had just ordered it on Check Out My Cards as part of a larger order that I placed this week (more on that order later in the week).  Still, I did need the card - so I'm happy to have it.  Maybe I'll be able to swap my duplicate one for one of the other five cards that I'm still missing from the Club 3000 set.

Finally, it a wonderful way to close any surprise trade package - Gavin threw in some Larkin cards for me.

Even more impressive, of the four Larkins, three were new to my collection!

Thanks a lot for the cards, Gavin!  And, as always, should anyone else want to trade - check out my want list and make an offer.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Blog Bat Around: A Reminder!

In case you missed it, I posted a Blog Bat Around topic a couple of days ago.  I'm legitimately interested in seeing everyone's collections so I hope you take a moment to chime in!  You can find all the details here.

I also added two new cards to my current Trade Stack (17 cards in total).  I'd love for someone to claim the pile - will that someone be you?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Trade Stack 78: 17 Cards in the Stack Now!

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: 3/20/17

Today's addition to the Trade Stack is a pair of shiny Flair cards - a set that looks MUCH better in person than it does in the scan (you'll have to trust me on that...or else claim the Stack and then see for yourself)!  Will this be the addition that finally convinces someone to jump in and claim the pile?  

Remember, you get all of the cards in the Trade Stack in exchange for one (or more) cards off of my want list.

1995 Flair:
118.  Eddie Zambrano (Cubs)
186.  Ravelo Manzanillo (Pirates)


2016 Panini Diamond Kings:
84.  Josh Donaldson - Blue Jays


2010 Topps Chicle:
112.  Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox):


1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
110.  Ron Gant (Reds)


1991 Upper Deck:
94.  Barry Bonds (Checklist)
1991 Score:
868.  Barry Bonds


1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
36.  Trey Beamon (Pirates)
84.  Juan Gonzalez (Rangers)
267.  Paul Sorrento (Indians)
434.  Jose Rijo (Reds)


2000 Fleer Tradition:
381.  John Jaha (Athletics)
397.  Gregg Olson (Diamondbacks)
404.  Pete Harnisch (Reds)


2014 Topps Allen & Ginter:
38.  Don Sutton (Dodgers)
69.  Johnny Cueto (Reds)

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Football:
Framed Black Border:
62.  Marvin Harrison - Colts


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:  ?? by ??