Sunday, April 23, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 516: 2000 Bowman's Best - #20

Barry Larkin
Year:  2000
Brand:  Bowman's Best
Card number:  20

The 2000 Bowman's Best brand reminds me much more of a Pacific set than it does a Bowman set (and in my world, that's actually a good thing)!  The front of this card features a pair of images of Larkin - and whole lotta gold/yellow.  The backside gives some weird statistics based on pitcher ERA (who could have ever guessed that Larkin hits better against lousy pitching)?  I do actually like the "best against" bit near the top/center of the card though.  Terry Mulholland is a name I haven't heard in quite some time!

All things considered, I actually kind of like this Bowman card (shhh, don't tell anyone I complimented Bowman).  Of course, that leads me to report that this is one of the few Bowman sets that isn't loaded with parallels...because why would you make parallels of a set with a decent design?!  Oh well, I'm still happy to have this one in my collection...a collection that is now closer to 1,000 unique Larkins than it is to 0 Larkins!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Trade Stack 79: A Tiger and a Dog

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: 4/22/17

Today's addition to the Trade Stack is an interesting one in that it features a pair of team cards.  The first (the Tigers) has a few suit and jackets mixed in among a bunch of baseball players.  The second (the Reds) has a dog...and a lot of astroturf!  

Claim now before someone beats you to the punch!  

2000 Fleer Tradition:
255.  Cincinnati Reds
412.  Detroit Tigers

1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated:
172.  Ken Griffey, Jr. - Mariners


2014 Topps Allen & Ginter's:
180.  Ryan Riess (Poker Champion)
265.  Sam Calagione (Businessman)

1999 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
254.  HR Leaders (Griffey, Jr. - Mariners, Walker - Rockies, McGwire - Cardinals)


2000 Skybox Metal:
Emerald Parallel:
235.  Matt Riley - Orioles


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


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:  ?? by ??

Friday, April 21, 2017

30DayBBCChallenge: Day 16: Love Him or Hate Him.

The prompt for today's 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge is supposed to be:

A card of a player whom you appreciate but don't like

Now, I imagine I am supposed to pick a player that I respect but don't like.  I'm putting a slight twist on the prompt to instead write about:

A card that I like of a player that I don't care for

That's because the first time I read the prompt, that's how I read it internally...and when I did that, I instantly knew which card to feature.  On the other hand, reading the prompt "correctly" left me feeling empty as to which card I would show off...so let's go with the sure thing!

That's a 1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice card of Alex Rodriguez.  I don't care for A-Rod at all (though I have to admit, he was quite good as a baseball analyst on TV last postseason).  However, as a player he seemed like a Type-1 douche bag.  That all said, I happen to LOVE this simple base card of A-rod's.  The entire packed stadium, the neat image, the team colors.  It all comes together for me to be a perfectly pleasing baseball card.

Side note:  If I had more time, I'd try doing some measurements to see if the Golden Ratio is present in this card.  As a mathematician, I know that the Golden Ratio is supposed to be the most pleasing ratio to the human eye (people say that the Last Supper, the Mona Lisa, and plenty of other famous works use the Golden Ratio throughout).  I say that some of that is nonsense (or possibly accidental) but it is still interesting.  Whether or not that Golden Ratio is in play here is an exploration for another day - for today I'll simply admire this card of a player I don't like.

Here are the rest of the prompts for the challenge...I'm over halfway to 30 now!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 515: 2000 Fleer E-X - #36

Barry Larkin
Year:  2000
Brand:  Fleer E-X
Card number:  36

I'm not saying anything surprising when I say that Fleer produced a lot of cards around the turn of the century.  I can only imagine that the powers that be at Fleer said something like "we seem to be a sinking ship so let's throw everything we got at the wall and see what sticks."  For a player collector, that's kind of neat because you end up with all sorts of different Barry Larkin cards (since he was still playing in the year 2000).  On the other hand, the set collector in me actively cringes at all the different Fleer sets from that era!

The 2000 Fleer E-X set was a hobby-only set.  In total, there are 90 cards in the set - but only 60 base cards (the other 30 are short-printed, serially-numbered prospects).  If it weren't for the awful prospects subset (and how difficult they are to find), I would seriously consider collecting the 2000 E-X set, that's how much I like it (trust me, the scans don't do even this base card justice).  Unfortunately, Fleer made the set too difficult to complete for my blood and so I'll simply be happy with the Larkin card you see above.

Ok, ok.  You got me. It wouldn't be a set from the year 2000 without some sort of parallel, would it?

The Fleer E-X set has a few parallels, though they aren't the easiest to understand how they work.  For example, the Essential Credentials Future parallel (for cards #1 - 60 at least), the print run is determined by subtracting the card number from 61.  Thus, in Larkin's case there are 61 - 36 = 25 cards.  Not to be outdone, the Essential Credentials Now parallel (for cards #1 - 60 at least), the print run is determined by the card number (so Larkin has 36 of those cards in existence).  Probably needless to say, but I don't own either parallel yet.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Delivery Time! Section 36 Returns the Kindness!

Back in January of this year, I took some time and started clicking through the various blogs on my reading list.  At each stop, I searched for that person's want list - and then I searched through my own cards to see if I could offer up anything to the person.  If I had something that person wanted, I dropped them a line (either via Twitter or email) and offered to send the card(s) free of charge or obligation.  It was my way of trying to make everyone's winter a bit cheerier...and I know I love when I get cards in the mail so why not try and make other people's day?

As luck would have it, I probably made it through about a dozen or so people's want lists.  For some people, I had a large stack of cards to send them while in at least a couple of cases I had a single card that I threw in a PWE.  For most people, however, it was small stack - and like all the cards I sent - nothing was expected in return.

One person who I was able to help out was Ron over at the wonderful Section 36.

Ron blogged about his end of the "trade" months ago - but since that time he dropped an envelope for me in the mail (this actually arrived mid-February but I'm way behind on posting my trade envelopes)!

You can read about what I sent Ron here.  To see what he sent me in return, read on!

Ron sent me a stack of assorted Reds - and while I did already own many of them, there was one particular card that stuck out to me as extra cool:

That's a Bowman Heritage card of Adam Dunn doing his best "Field of Dreams" impersonation with the corn field.  I had never seen that card before - and it's awesome!  Easily a keeper for me.

Speaking of keepers, Ron sent along a few other cards that were my want list including the second-to-last Keys to the City insert card that I need from 2015 Allen & Ginter.

Ron also went above and beyond by sending me a trio of Heritage cards from 2014.

I have given up ever buying another pack of Topps Heritage until I finish off the many unfinished Heritage sets that currently reside on my want list.  Ron helped me inch closer to be able to buy a new pack with this envelope.

And, if all of that wasn't enough (and it would have been - Ron's return envelope was way better than anything I sent him), he also hooked me up with some cool Reds relics including a Votto manufactured medallion...

...and a Johnny Bench manufactured patch.

Finally, in what is my first Reds' silk card - here's a manufactured Joe Morgan card from 2013 Topps.

Very cool - and I'm extremely appreciate of Ron's return gesture!

He definitely outdid anything I sent him.  As for me, I do hope to go through more want lists in the near future (probably sometime this summer), so who knows, maybe you'll get the next surprise email saying that "I have some cards for you."

Until then, if you'd like to work out an explicit trade, check out my want list and make an offer!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

30DayBBCChallenge: Day 15: That time I pulled a relic of my favorite player from a pack.

Today's 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge prompt is the following:

One of your favorite cards from the 2010s

The "favorite card" prompts for the Baseball Card Challenge can be tricky - after all, there are a LOT of cards to choose from...how can one pick a favorite?  For myself, I know I struggled picking favorites for some of the decades...but not for the 2010s.

Nope, I knew instantly which card belonged here:

That's a "boring" gray bit of cloth stuck in a an Allen & Ginter frame.  However, as dull as the bit of fabric might be, this is the first Barry Larkin relic card that I ever pulled directly from a pack.  The fact that it came from Ginter, my all-time favorite set?  Even better.


Here are the rest of the prompts - it's never too late to join in the challenge!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Trade Stack 79: The Kid joins 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: 4/17/17

Today's addition to the Trade Stack is a beautiful Ken Griffey, Jr. magazine cover subset card from Fleer's Sports Illustrated set.  While that might be a mouthful to say, it's a gorgeous loking card showing "the Kid" in his post home run swing.  I have a feeling the Trade Stack won't last long now...especially since the Griffey alone books for over a buck on Check Out My Cards.

1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated:
172.  Ken Griffey, Jr. - Mariners


2014 Topps Allen & Ginter's:
180.  Ryan Riess (Poker Champion)
265.  Sam Calagione (Businessman)

1999 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
254.  HR Leaders (Griffey, Jr. - Mariners, Walker - Rockies, McGwire - Cardinals)


2000 Skybox Metal:
Emerald Parallel:
235.  Matt Riley - Orioles


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


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:  ?? by ??

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

I wish everyone a Happy Easter (or, if you prefer, simply a happy Sunday)!

As for me, today marks the end of our very short Easter break (we get Good Friday off, but not Easter Monday).  However, that's alright since I only have two more weeks of school left (and in two of my three classes students are giving presentations).  From there, it's only a short amount of time until summer vacation (and no more lesson planning or grading for awhile)!

Now, I need to go find some eggs to eat or something.

PS:  If you are interested, I wrote about creating that LEGO shelf you see in the above photograph here.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

30DayBBCChallenge: Day 14: My Collecting Story (How I Got Back Into Baseball Cards)

Today's 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge prompt is one of the toughest ones so far:

One of your favorite cards from the 2000s.

I consider my baseball card collecting "career" to have begun in 1987...but it took off in earnest in 1990.  From then until around 1993 or so, my father was my main (only?) supplier of cards.  A few years later, I started earning my own money by doing odd jobs for people and I became my main (only?) supplier of baseball cards...and so from about 1996 - 2000 or so I bought my own cards.

In 2001, I graduated high school and went off to college.  And in baseball collecting terms, that meant a "dead period" in my collection.  In fact, I didn't get back into collecting until 2007 when I discovered Topps Heritage.  From there, it's been full throttle ever since (though I have to admit that the last few years I haven't bought nearly as many cards as I had from 2008 - 2014 or so).

That all leads back to today's prompt, what is my favorite card from the 00s?

After much thought and deliberation, I went with this card:

That's a 2007 Topps Heritage Chrome card of David Ross.  Truth be told, the card itself isn't my favorite single card from the 00s, but rather, this card represents my favorite memory of the 00s (in terms of card collecting at least).  It was the 2007 Heritage set that brought back the card collecting "bug" for me - so much so that not only did I complete the entire base set (with short prints), I also completed all the variations, inserts, AND the chrome set (each card of which is numbered out of 1958).

Since 2007, I have completed a number of sets (and I'm trying to complete a number more yet) but I don't think any set will ever be as special as that 2007 Heritage set is to me.

Here are the rest of the challenge prompts:

Friday, April 14, 2017

30DayBBCChallenge: Day 13: My First "High Book Value" Pull from a Pack!

Today's prompt for the 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge:

Day 13:  One of your favorite cards from the 1990s

The 1990s were the prime collecting years of my youth.  In fact, I probably accumulated more cards from 1990 - 1993, and then again from 1997 - 1999 than I did in any other similar time span (at least until more recently when I become employed full-time).

My early 90s collection was acquired 90% via packs that my father bought for me.  I remember going to the grocery store and he'd buy me 4 packs for $1 - usually some sort of mix of Topps, Fleer, or Score (never Upper Deck).  For holidays, he'd often get my brother and I a bunch of different packs (including some more expensive packs such as Upper Deck or Score Select).

In fact, it must have been either Easter of 1993 or Easter of 1994, I remember my brother and I sneaking downstairs and checking out our Easter baskets early.  We each had some baseball cards in our baskets...and I believe we each opened up a pack early.  I recall my pack was a pack of 1993 Score Select - the big green set!

Inside that pack was one of the highest "book value" cards that I ever opened as a kid.

It was a Barry Bonds Select Stars insert with Dufex technology - and to this day it's a treasure in my collection strictly because of the memories attached to it!  If I recall correctly, Beckett (and Tuff Stuff - or however it was spelled back then) listed this card as being worth in excess of $10 at the time.  According to baseballcardpedia, these were fairly tough pulls in retail packs (seeded 1:18 packs).  The insert set itself has 24 total cards - and to this day I only own the Bonds!

Here are the remaining prompts for the 30 Day challenge.  I didn't post an entry yesterday which is why I'm no longer matching my entry number with the date.  That's ok though, there were no rules that said you had to go 30 posts in 30 days.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Delivery Time: A Trade Stack that Paid Off! (The Collector)

Not all that long ago, Chris (from The Collector) claimed Trade Stack 78 on my blog.  As is customary when claiming one of my Trade Stacks, all I require is that the person claiming the Stack send me at least one card from my want list.

Chris obliged by sending me this:

That's a rather random card to get - but it's one of the 2001 UD Vintage base cards that I was still missing so I'll happily take it!

Chris also added a few other cards in the envelope just because - including my first new 2017 cards.

Thanks for the trade Chris!  And, as always, should anyone else wish to trade, check out my want list and make an offer.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

30DayBBCChallenge: Day 12: The Biggest Machine of Them All.

Welcome to Day 12 of the 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge (henceforth the 30DayBBCChallenge).  Today's topic:

One of your favorite cards from the 1980s.

The 1980s are an important decade in my life.  For starters, it is the decade that I was born in.  Second, it's the decade that I started actively collecting baseball cards (or at least, collecting the cards that my father bought me).  And third, the 80s were the lead-in to the 1990 wire-to-wire World Champion Reds...the only time my team has won the World Series in my lifetime (and I was barely old enough to remember any of it).

However, today's favorite card isn't a card that looks forward to the Reds' team of 1990.  No, instead it is a card that actively looks back at one of the all-time best teams ever (not just best Reds team, but any team).  That would be, of course, the Big Red Machine.

This is a 1982 Fleer card - and it celebrates the Big Red Machine of 1981...the team that had the best won-lost percentage in 1981 but wasn't allowed in the playoffs because of the strike (and the silly rules that were put into place because of said strike).  I don't think the '81 team can compare to the Reds of the mid-70s (the "real" Big Red Machine) but still, Foster, Concepcion, and Driessen isn't a bad combination to build a team around.

And for future reference, here is the full list of topics:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day 11: A 1970s Card that I Think is Great

Today's prompt is:

One of your favorite 1970s cards.

Unlike the 1950s and 1960s, I do own a decent amount of (mostly Reds) 1970s cards.  For the purpose of this prompt, I had to decide between some nice 1975 Reds cards that I own (Ken Griffey and George Foster were leading contenders) or a bunch of 1974 Reds (including a cool Jack Billingham and a nice, no hatted Gary Nolan).  However, when it came down to my final decision the choice was clear:

That's a manager card of one of the all-time best managers (Sparky Anderson).  Not only that, but the card includes floating heads of the Reds' coaches...one of whom is the mighty Ted Kluszewski.  Awesome stuff - and easily the best 1970s card that I own!

Next up...1980s.

Monday, April 10, 2017

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day 10: A 1960s Card that I Think is Neat-O

Today's prompt is:

One of your favorite cards from the 1960s

As with the 1950s, I don't own all that many vintage cards (though obviously I do own more cards from the 60's than I do the 50s).  In fact, I have a single 1" binder that holds pretty much all of my cards from 1959 - 1979.  On the bright side, this Baseball Card Challenge is giving me a reason to go back and look through that binder which is kind of fun!

My choice for a 1960s card that I like was super easy:

That's a no brainer in fact.  Look at the rookie cup.  Look at the fact that the card itself features one of the Reds' all-time greatest players.  Easy choice - and a fun trip through the first few pages of my "vintage binder."  I'll get to keep going through the binder with tomorrow's topic since we move on to the 1970s.

Here's the rest of the Challenge list.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day 09: A 1950s Card that I Like

Today's 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge prompt:

One of your favorite cards from the 1950s.

I consider myself a set collector first and foremost which means (given my lack of disposable income), I don't do a lot with cards from the 1950s.  I have no illusions that I'll ever complete a set from then...so the few cards that I do own from the era are mostly as a result of "throw ins" from various trades that I've completed over the years.

While I may not own many cards from the 1950s, I can at least rest easy in knowing that one of my favorite cards that I own from the era is actually a sweet card indeed!

That's Vada Pinson and there is a lot to love about this card.

First, the black circle border makes it look like someone is watching Pinson play through a knothole in a fence.  Second, Pinson appears to be trying to hit a home run...in an empty stadium.  And third, how about the Mr. Redlegs logo at the bottom of the card.  Awesome!

Later 30-Day Card prompts will challenge me to find favorites from later eras...and that will probably prove to be much more difficult since my card pool will drastically increase!


Saturday, April 08, 2017

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day 08: A Card That Reminds You of a Family Member



Today's 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge topic is:

Day 08:  A Card that Reminds You of a Family Member

Yesterday's topic was difficult for me...but today?  This one's simple.  In fact, it's so easy that I've already written about my choice here and here.  I don't have much else to say that wasn't said there...except that this card will forever make me think of my dad (and for that reason, it'll always be one of my all-time favorite cards).

The first link above talks about my evolution as a blogger - I used to spend all my time over at Sporting News (talking mostly pure baseball) and then I transitioned to Blogger (and slowly my posts changed from baseball-centric to baseball card-centric).  It's obviously been good for me because I haven't looked back since then!

The second link talks about why I like the Reds, which includes today's card in question.

Here's the rest of the Challenge schedule:

Friday, April 07, 2017

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day 07: A Card You Bought in Person (Or Not...)

I've enjoyed writing the 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge posts thus far - but the prompt for today is causing me trouble.  That's because the prompt is:

Day 07:  A Card You Bought in Person (and the Story Behind It)

The problem for me is that I don't ever have a much of an opportunity to buy cards in person.  I don't have any good baseball card shops near me...not in my town, not even in my county.  Heck, I don't even know where the closest baseball card shop is anymore - the one that was closest (about 1.5 hours away) closed a year or two ago.

I also live too far away from any major city - so I don't get the opportunity to ever go to card shows either.  In fact, in my lifetime I've only ever been to one "real" card show...and that was when I was only eight or nine so I didn't have any disposable income at that point to buy my own cards.

And so, I don't have anything for this post...which means I'll go with a slightly modified version:

Day 07b:  The First Card You Remember Buying

Now this is a prompt I can answer.  The first card I ever remember buying was a Barry Larkin insert (go figure, right)?

That's a 2000 Topps "All-Topps" insert card from Series 1.  I distinctly recall buying this card off of Yahoo's auctions (which was fairly cutting edge for the year 2000).  For some reason, at the time I thought this insert set had the coolest design (and truly, I have no idea why I thought that looking back today).

In a strange turn of events, I now own three different copies of this card (so if you need one, let me know)!

Here's the rest of the 30-Day Challenge post schedule - come back soon for more from me!

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Trade Stack 79: Stacks of Cash in the Trade 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: 4/6/17

It's time to add to the Trade Stack - and with today's addition we get a big stack of cash and a red polo shirt.  Confused?  Don't be, it's Allen & Ginter weirdness for the Stack!

2014 Topps Allen & Ginter's:
180.  Ryan Riess (Poker Champion)
265.  Sam Calagione (Businessman)

1999 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
254.  HR Leaders (Griffey, Jr. - Mariners, Walker - Rockies, McGwire - Cardinals)


2000 Skybox Metal:
Emerald Parallel:
235.  Matt Riley - Orioles


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


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:  ?? by ??