Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Collecting Cutch Contest: My Top Ten

Collecting Cutch is holding a contest right now challenging people to show off their top 10 cards of their favorite player.  Cutch's list is full of (unsurprisingly) McCutchen cards...and pretty much chock full of huge hits of the Pirate's outfielder.

Readers of my blog will not be shocked to learn that my favorite player is Barry Larkin - and so let's see if I can figure out any sort of list that features only 10 Larkin cards that I like.

Before I get to my list, I need to go over the additional rules that I set for myself.
1.  The list of Larkins needs to reflect my overall collection (that being mostly base card focused, not hit driven)
2.  The list of Larkins cannot include ANY cards that I've already shown off on my ongoing Barry Larkin Collection series of posts.  That means there's no Larkin rookies in my list, nor did any of the awesome Topps Tek autographs make the cut.
3.  Each card on the list has to evoke some sort of memory or thought related to the card.
4. Rules are meant to be broken.  That will make more sense momentarily.

That's it.  Simple enough, right?

Wrong - this was still tough!  I have another couple hundred (maybe closer to three hundred) Barry Larkin cards waiting to be scanned and written about...so this list took a lot of paring down.  With that said, let's get to it.

#10:

The Fleer Ultra line has long been a favorite of mine (at least most years).  This is one of the Gold Medallion parallels - and I like the die-cut aspect to it especially since I don't own many die-cut Larkin cards (though two made this list, spoiler alert)!

#9:

You'll have to trust me that this card looks better in person than it does in the scan.  The Gold Label brand is a brand that I only discovered in my return to the hobby.  It's still fairly pricey to buy a box...but man, those are some neat looking cards!

#8:

The crisp colors of this card always interested me...as do the dilapidated structures in the background.  This card also marks the official return of Barry Larkin as a "retired legend" in modern products...something that makes this Larkin collector happy!

#7:

I wrote about this card recently - it was one of the first cards (maybe the very first card) that I ever bought from an online auction.

#6:

As a lover of most things Pacific, this die-cut beauty is an awesome addition to my Larkin collection.  There's not much to not love about this card which makes the next few cards even that much more impressive!

#5:


Our first "hit" on the list.  I'm a sucker for framed relics and the bright colors on this one make it extra special.  Too bad the bit of cloth is a boring gray though - even white would have looked better within the frame I think.

#4:

I pulled this not long ago from an old box of Collector's Choice.  It's the first time I've ever pulled a Larkin silver signature parallel (I ended up pulling two of the same card in the box but that doesn't detract from that awesome feeling the first time I found one in a pack)!

#3:

I think it's the odd angle for the photo, the bright colors (notice a theme with my list?), and the borderless design that work so well here.  I can't explain it, I just like it.

#2:

So, I am going to "cheat" on my list because this is my favorite card...and it's only ranked #2.  You'll see why in a second.  As for the card, it's Larkin.  It's a framed relic.  It has nice colors.  And the best part?  It's Allen & Ginter.

This card would make my Top 10 Larkins of ALL-TIME if I had to make that list...of that I am quite positive.  However, it doesn't even rank #1 on this list because the best card isn't a card at all.  It's a magazine.

#1:

That's a magazine celebrating Larkin's induction into the Hall of Fame.  It's of particular note to me because I was one of the collector's that was interviewed for the magazine.  It's an awesome piece of my collection - and for me at least - completely personal.  If you want more information about that, see my post here.

That's it for my Top 10, now where's yours?!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Trade Stack 79: Two Griffey Jrs and a Chrome Rookie

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: 4/29/17

Not all that long ago, I placed an order with Check Out My Cards.  One of the things that I was able to do with that order was purchase the last seven or eight Topps Chrome cards that I needed for my 2013 set.  At the same time (unbeknownst to me), a blogger was preparing a surprise package that included a couple of Chrome cards that I needed (the same cards that I would buy from COMC).  My duplicates are your gain though - because rather than trying to resell what I bought, I'm giving one of the two cards away right now on the Trade Stack.

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

2013 Topps Chrome:
119.  Michael Wacha - Cardinals


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


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 28, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 518: 2000 Fleer Showcase - #8

Barry Larkin
Year:  2000
Brand:  Fleer Showcase
Card number:  8

The 2000 Fleer Showcase set is a strange set for me.  I can't decide if I love it, hate it, or what exactly it is I feel about the set.  On the positive side, I love the back of the card - the head shot of Larkin, the full statistics, the team logo, and the easy-to-read card number are all great.  The front of the card is also (mostly) nice.  The action image is quality and the name plate looks suitably fancy (yet still readable).  The problem, though, is the stupid floating logo.  It distracts me so much from the beauty of the card that I think it almost manages to ruin the entire thing.

There are two other versions of this Larkin card in the set (both parallels).  The first is a Legacy Collection parallel numbered to 20 and the second is a one-of-one parallel called Masterpiece.  I don't have either of those...but it'd be interesting to know if the same stupid floating logo problem occurs on both parallels.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

30DayBBCChallenge: Day 19: Outside the United States

Today's prompt is supposed to be my favorite card from outside the United States.  However, I don't actively collect cards from outside the US and so I don't have anything good for the prompt.  That said, I can't let that be my only answer for today, so let's change it up slightly.

A Card Featuring a Country Other than the United States

There, that's better.  I have lots of cards to choose from now!  My favorite cards featuring other countries though come from Allen & Ginter - and among the various insert sets that involve other countries, I think the 2007 50 Flags of All Nations set is my favorite.

This is a set that I've been working on for awhile now (and I'm still not done with it).  For the purposes of today's (changed) prompt, I decided to go with my favorite card that I own from the set that features a country that I haven't yet visited.  The winner?

Love it!  A great flag image with the ship in the background - something showing off Portugal's once mighty fleet of ships.  This is the perfect marriage of good design and historical intrigue that I find so appealing about a lot of Allen & Ginter sets.

There's still a number of 30-Day Baseball Card prompts remaining, here they are:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 517 - 2000 Fleer Mystique - #40

Barry Larkin
Year:  2000
Brand:  Fleer Mystique
Card number:  40

The 2000 Fleer Mystique set is the second set in the short-lived Mystique brand.  The 1999 Mystique set was quite nice, but the 2000 set didn't live up to expectations (and it wouldn't be long from 2000 when Fleer itself would no longer exist).  Personally, I don't mind the back of this card at all (it's a fairly standard Fleer design) but the front of the card is quite atrocious.  In fact, I hate the "mystique" writing in the background - and the blurry photo with Larkin looking away from the camera doesn't help things at all either.  Tack on the dinkiest team logo you've ever seen on the front of a card and you end up with something that's less "mystique" and more "mistake."

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

30DayBBCChallenge: Day 18: A Rose by Any Other Name

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

A card of a player who would go on to manage your favorite team.

The Reds have had a number of player-turned-managers.  Lou Piniella may have been one of the best ex-player managers of the Reds (at least during my lifetime) but the player that immediately came to mind for me for today's prompt is none other than Cincinnati's own Peter Edward Rose.

Pete Rose is, by almost all accounts, a fairly terrible human being (at least morally).  However, he was undeniably talented...and his scrappiness/toughness made him an instant favorite in a town like Cincinnati that prides itself on being a blue-collar, tough kind of place.

By the time Rose became manager of the Reds, Cincinnati was well past its heyday of the Big Red Machine.  Instead, the 80s Reds were mostly a middling machine missing a few key cogs.  They would, happily, put together one dominant wire-to-wire World Series winning team in 1990, but by then Rose was banned from baseball for his moral (betting) transgressions.

Perhaps most interesting about Rose and managing is the fact that Rose was a player and manager.  Oh sure, his best playing days were well past him - but still, you don't see player/manager on a baseball card much these days (in fact, was Rose the last player manager in the game)?


Here are the rest of the 30-Day Baseball Card prompts:

Monday, April 24, 2017

30DayBBCChallenge: Day 17: My First Hand Collated Set

Today's 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge prompt asks:

What is the first hand-collated set you put together?

As a set collector, you would think I would have a firm grasp on my first set that I put together by hand...and yet, I'm actually drawing a blank.  As a kid, I know that I acquired a lot of cards from a lot of different sets, but I never actually finished off (being pre-eBay made set completing much more difficult than it is today).

Thinking it through, I think the first set that I may have completed by hand was actually from 1997:

That's the All-Stars insert set - and I bought an awful lot of Collector's Choice that year in an attempt to finish the set.  Truth be told, this probably isn't my first set - but it was the first set that came to mind that I distinctly remember attempting to complete by hand...plus it gave me a good excuse to pull out my binder of Collector's Choice and look through the set (that's a win for me since I still love the set today)!

Here are the remaining prompts:

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 ??