Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Where I've Been...

As you may (or may not) have noticed, I was away for the past two weeks.  During that time, 13 days were spent with my Mathematics of the Ancient and Modern World class in Italy and Greece.  I took a group of 27 people to Europe and I believe a great time was had by all!
Beautiful Oia in Santorini, Greece.

Last night (and later today), I spent in Toronto watching the Reds and Blue Jays go at it (I'm writing this post prior to leaving for Toronto so I don't yet know if the Reds won Tuesday night or not).

I'll be home within a few hours of my post going "live" on the blog.  I hope to catch up on my various emails and whatnot within the next couple of days!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Anyone Want to Trade?

I've fully updated my "For Trade" section of my blog (see here).

One of my summer projects is to continue to work on organizing my collection - and part of that means hopefully finding a home for some of my unwanted cards.  Check out my various card avail abilities and then let me know if anything catches your eye.

I'm willing to trade for anything on my want list, any Barry Larkin cards that I don't yet own, OR pretty much anything LEGO related (for my other hobby).

Monday, May 29, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 527: 2000 Pacific Revolution - #42

Barry Larkin
Year:  2000
Brand:  Pacific Revolution
Card number:  42

The Pacific Revolution brand is a loud, loud brand.  It's also a bit of a strange brand in my eyes.  On some days, I kind of love it for it's over-the-top appearance and in your face attitude.  Other days, I find it to be obnoxiously loud and hideously designed.  Perhaps that means this set is true art?

Ok, ok, I kid about it being true art.  Truth be told, this set is definitely in the "over-the-top" camp.  It's got way too much going on, and while it can be fun in small doses, too much might actually kill you.  One good thing about the set is the back of the cards - a nice mug shot and then full career statistics (yay)!  I kind of like the baseballs in the background of the card back as well.

Of course, the card back gets lost when you look at the card front...  I mean seriously, look at those side-by-side images of the front and back together.  There's no good way anyone should suspect that the two images are from the same set (let alone the same card)!

Finally, because I do this as much for my own information as I do for everyone else, here are the available parallels in 2000 Pacific Revolution (courtesy of Baseballcardpedia):

All 150 base cards are available in the following parallels.
  • Premiere Date (serial-numbered to 99 copies; Hobby only)
  • Shadow Series (serial-numbered to 99 copies; Hobby only)
  • Red (serial-numbered to 63 copies; retail only)

 There is probably no surprise to anyone when I report that I don't (yet) own any of the parallels.  At least this set has a relatively low number of extra cards to track down.  I should also note that Larkin shows up in an insert set here as well, a set called Season Opener which were seeded slightly rarer than two-per-box.  I don't (yet) own that card either...  

Looks like I still have some work to do in finishing off this over-the-top monstrosity!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

30DayBBCChallenge: Day 24: 1960s Oddball Brought to You By the Department of Redundancy Department

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

A favorite oddball from the 1960s

For me, that's a redundant prompt in that pretty much anything from the 1960s is an oddball in my collection.

To prove my point, all of the cards from the 1950s and 1960s that I currently own fit in less than two nine-pocket pages in my binder.  So yeah, not a lot to choose from for today's prompt!

That said, I do have one card from 1960 that I really do like a lot.  Most people wouldn't consider the base Topps set to be an oddball, but like I said, in my collection it most certainly is!

That's an awesome Sophomore Stalwarts card featuring Jim O'Toole and Vada Pinson.  My favorite part of the card is the write-up on the back.  In part it reads "In the field Vada was just as exciting topping the National League flychasers in putouts and total chances.  Vada has won the hearts of Red rooters with his thrilling never-say-die-playing."

I need to work the word "flychasers" into my daily vocabulary more often...and I should really refer to myself as a Red rooter (though that might sound too much like Roto Rooter).

Anyhow, that's my oddball from the 60s.  At least for the next 30-Day prompt I'll have more choices...

Here are the remaining prompts for the 30-Day Challenge.  I've made good progress so far!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 526: 2000 Pacific Prism - #38 - Texture Silver parallel (I Think?)

Barry Larkin
Year:  2000
Brand:  Pacific Prism
Parallel set:  Texture Silver (I think?)
Card number:  38

I've stated time and time again my love for most things Pacific on this blog.  I always have to be careful and say "most things" Pacific though because there are a few stinker sets out there.  Case in point?  2000 Prism.

The 2000 Pacific Prism set uses wayyyyyy to much foil on the front.  Trust me, the scan doesn't do this card justice (and not in a good way either).  On the flip side, the card's back is one of the most boring, understated card backs of any set from the year 2000.  It's a weird paring of over-the-top and barely-there that makes this set not work for me.

Unfortunately, like most sets from 2000, there are a number of parallels that I need to try and eventually track down, along with the base card.  According to baseballcardpedia, there are actually 15 different parallel versions of Larkin's base card out there!!!

That's crazy!

Here's the full list.
  • Rapture Silver (limited to 916 copies; Hobby only)
  • Pebbly Dots (limited to 691 copies)
  • Rapture Gold (limited to 565 copies; retail only)
  • Holographic Gold (serial-numbered to 480 copies)
  • Texture (limited to 448 copies)
  • Tinsel (limited to 331 copies; Hobby only)
  • Wood Grain (limited to 331 copies; retail only)
  • Holographic Mirror (serial-numbered to 160 copies)
  • Holographic Purple (serial-numbered to 99 copies)
  • Holographic Blue (serial-numbered to 80 copies)
  • Premiere Date (serial-numbered to 61 copies; Hobby only)
  • Proofs (serial-numbered to ten)
NOTE: The Rapture, Pebbly Dots, Texture, Tinsel, and Wood Grain parallels are NOT serial-numbered.

You may notice that doesn't add up to 14.  That's because in addition to the above cards, there is also a drops parallel (Larkin has 799 of those but they aren't serially numbered), a sheen parallel (Larkin has 565 of those, again not serially numbered), and a slider parallel (Larkin has 334 of those, also not serially numbered).

And, as you could probably guess, I don't yet own any of the parallels other than the one you see at the top of this post.  Upon a lot of studying (mostly using this page I found), I believe the card I own is a Texture Silver parallel.  However, I could very easily be wrong about please, if you know better than I do, correct me!

Hard to believe that I don't even own the base card of Larkin's from this set...nevermind the remaining 14 parallels!  This set was apparently Pacific's answer to Topps Tek...which I never knew until I started writing this post (always fun to learn something new about the hobby)!

Friday, May 26, 2017

30DayBBCChallenge: Day 23: Some of the Oldest Cards I Own!

It's been quite awhile since I wrote a post for the 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge.  Going in order, today should be Day #23.  So what's the prompt?

Day 23:  A favorite oddball card from the 1950s.

I now remember why I stopped doing these posts!  Days 23 - 27 are all oddball related posts.  I could probably find something for days 26 and 27, but I basically don't own anything oddball related from the 1950s, 60s, or 70s.  In fact, for most of those years, I barely own any "normal" cards!  In my collection, if a card is from the 1950s, it is an oddball!

Since I do want this post to feature some sort of old oddball, I'm going to repurpose the Challenge topic and change it to:

Day 23:  A favorite oddball card from prior to 1960.

Now that I can do!

You see, for a year or two, I went a little crazy trying to pick up super old original Allen & Ginter cards.  Most of that time was spent trying to acquire the entire 1889 set 50 Fish from American Waters set (which I've almost completed).  However, when buying those cards I'd often look to see what else the seller had available...and in the process, I ended up with a few "random" or, to use today's word, "oddball" original Ginter cards.  Of the eight non-fish original Allen & Ginter cards that I own, I figured I'd show off two of my favorites.

First up, Louise Montague, the "$10,000 beauty."

As you can see, you can't be too worried about condition when dealing with such old cards (especially if you are on a budget like I am)!  The pretty lady is from "The World's Beauties" set.  For me, Louise is an "oddball" in that she is the only person featured on an original Allen & Ginter card that I own.  All of my other cards feature animals (with one exception of a building).

Speaking of animals, here is my other favorite (non-fish) Allen & Ginter original:

That's an Indian Rhinoceros from the Wild Animals of the World set.  I happen to think the drawing (painting?) on this card is pretty cool.  It's minimalistic, and yet, evocative of the rhino's home land.

Good stuff all around - and this new prompt was a fun excuse to go back and look through my super old Allen & Ginter cards!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 525: 2000 Pacific Paramount - #63

Barry Larkin
Year:  2000
Brand:  Pacific Paramount
Card number:  63

Pacific Paramount is yet another set that Pacific released in 2000.  Unlike most of the other Pacific sets, Paramount is fairly pedestrian (you might even say boring).  What isn't as boring, however, is the various parallels in the set.  Taken directly from baseballcardpedia:

All 250 base cards are available in the following parallels.
  • Copper (Hobby only)
  • Gold (retail only)
  • Green (exclusive to packs sold at 7-11)
  • Holo Gold (serial-numbered to 199 copies; Retail only)
  • Holo Silver (serial-numbered to 99 copies; Hobby only)
  • Holo Green (serial-numbered to 99 copies; exclusive to packs sold at 7-11)
  • Platinum Blue (serial-numbered to 67 copies)
  • Premiere Date (serial-numbered to 50 copies; Hobby only)


In each pack distributed at 7-11 stores, each base card was replaced with a Ruby Red foil parallel.

Woah.  Pacific was doing retail specific parallels long before the current Topps' WalMart and Topps' Target stuff.  I wonder how many packs were actually sold at 7-11 stores?  My version of the card is the "vanilla" base card - and in what seems like a similar refrain, I don't yet own any of the other parallels.  Maybe someday I'll track down some of the other parallels, but truth be told, this set isn't nearly as interesting to me as many of the other sets which also have elusive Larkin parallels that I need.  I won't turn down a parallel if I find it (or am sent it) but I doubt I'll actively chases the cards from this set for quite some time.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Contest Winnings from Night Owl: Volume VIII

This is it!  The final pack out of the 2016 Gypsy Queen prize blaster courtesy of Night Owl Cards.  I must say, Night Owl doesn't have any better luck pulling Reds than I do...this entire blaster was void of any Cincinnati Reds cards.  That said, there were some neat cards in there - so let's see how we ended the blaster.

Pack 8:
57.  Kolten Wong
90.  Carlos Correa

The Astros are my "adapted" team right now while the Reds are in rebuilding mode.  I love Jose Altuve...and Correa isn't all that far behind.
126.  Kyle Schwarber

I'm only showing this one since it's Schwarber's rookie card.
260.  Kevin Kiermaier
294.  Kevin Plawecki
Mini:  262.  Mark Melancon

And that does it for the blaster!  Truth be told, I'm glad I didn't drop $20 on it for myself...but as a prize, it was definitely enjoyable (and it gave me some fun blog fodder during a time in which I haven't been buying new cards for myself).  Many thanks to Night Owl, once again, for the contest.

Now it's off to see which of the Gypsy Queen cards I want to keep, and then the rest will be available for trade.  I have no plans to try and complete the 2016 GQ set since this blaster is basically all I own of the set.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Contest Winnings from Night Owl: Volume VII

I took a break from the prize package (courtesy of Night Owl) yesterday in order to show off another awesome Barry Larkin card.  Today, it's back to the 2016 Gypsy Queen blaster...and pack #7.

Pack 7:
80.  Maikel Franco
109.  Tyson Ross
161.  Ryan Braun
208.  Enrique Hernandez
Mini:  122.  Corey Dickerson

Not much to show in the main portion of the pack...I refuse to show Braun (unless I truly have to) and the other three guys aren't probably worth the cardboard that they are printed on.  At least the insert in the pack was good...for someone.
Walk-Off Winners:  GWO-10.  Kris Bryant

Eh, I don't have any interest in seeing cards celebrating the Cubs' winning games...but I do know that other people will probably love this card.  I will say that I love the concept of the insert set...and the photograph is top notch.  

Frankly, the Walk-Off Winner insert (seeded 1:8 packs) saved this pack.  Through seven packs, I've yet to receive a single Reds' card.  Maybe the eighth and final pack will hold something great?  We'll find out together soon enough!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 524: 2000 Pacific Crown Royale - #37

Barry Larkin
Year:  2000
Brand:  Pacific Crown Royale
Card number:  37

When I first laid eyes on this card, I figured immediately that it must have been an insert card for some crazy Pacific set.  Who knew that Pacific would issue a full set with base cards all designed like this?!

I happen to like this card a lot - even if it is gaudy beyond belief.  Speaking of beyond belief, there are actually four other versions of this card out there in parallel form:  Red (retail only), Limited (#/144), Premiere Date (#/121, Hobby only), and Platinum Blue (#/75, Hobby only as well).  Unfortunately for me, I don't currently own any of the parallels...but you better believe that they are on the list of cards that I want to acquire someday!

I have to say, whenever I see crazy cards like this it really makes me miss Pacific.  Sure, the company had their issues...and not all their sets were good (in fact, some were God-awful).  But, the one thing you could count on was Pacific was going to push the envelope and try something new with almost every set.  And for that, I applaud them...and I miss them!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Contest Winnings from Night Owl: Volume VI

Over the past week or so, I've been diving into a prize package courtesy of Night Owl Cards.  Today, it's time to open up the sixth pack (out of eight) in the 2016 Gypsy Queen blaster.

Pack 6:
15.  Michael Brantley
29.  Eric Hosmer
113.  Joe Ross
236.  Kole Calhoun

I keep drafting Kole in my fantasy leagues...and he keeps being mostly disappointing for me.  
285.  Adam Eaton

Best image in the pack by far.
Mini:  16.  Miguel Sano

I guess having a Sano rookie card in mini form is kind of cool.

Not a lot to write home about (or blog about) in that pack, easily the most boring of the six packs so far.  Even so, since the vast majority of the 2016 Gypsy Queen set is foreign to me, it has been a lot of fun to rip through the blaster.  Still two more packs to go, I'll get those ripped before long!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Contest Winnings from Night Owl: Volume V

After a short break yesterday (in which I showed off the 523 different Barry Larkin card in my collection), I'm back to looking at a prize package courtesy of Night Owl Cards.  I'm at the halfway point of my 2016 Gypsy Queen prize blaster - so let's start on the second half of the small box.

Pack 5:
8.  Freddie Freeman

Pretty cool looking card here.  I approve.
123.  George Springer

Another nice card, two-for-two so far!
177.  Ian Kinsler
280.  Nick Ahmed
Mini:  57.  Kolten Wong

I'm awfully good at pulling freakin' Cardinals.
Glove Stories insert:  GS-7.  Mookie Betts

Kind of a cool looking card here as well.  Some of those fans are forever immortalized on cardboard - I wonder if any of them are aware of it?

Friday, May 19, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 523: 2000 Pacific Crown Collection - #69

Barry Larkin
Year:  2000
Brand:  Pacific Crown Collection
Card number:  69

The 2000 Pacific Crown Collection set is a 300 card set.  Each base card in the set comes in one of four varieties, standard base (shown here), holographic purple (numbered out of 199), platinum blue (numbered out of 67), or premier date (numbered out of 27).  You have to love how Pacific uses some of the most random numbering options of any card manufacturer, ever.

In my opinion, the base card design is actually fairly nice.  I only wish that Pacific would have scrapped the foil and used team specific colors for the name plate.  I'd also prefer the team logo on the front of the card (as opposed to only the team name in gold foil).  The back of the card is also fairly well designed, even if it is lacking much in the way of meaningful statistics (one year, and hardly any statistical categories).  The 2000 Crown Collection set isn't my all-time favorite, but I wouldn't turn down opening a box or two of the stuff if I were given the opportunity!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Contest Winnings from Night Owl: Volume IV (Help Me Out Here!)

I've seen a bunch of posts showing off the 2017 Topps Bunt set.  For the price point, I think I may have to track a box of the stuff down for myself...but I won't allow myself to do that until I've at least made my way through the prize package from a Night Owl contest.  I've been working my way through the 2016 Gypsy Queen blaster - three packs down already, let's rip pack four now!

Pack 4:
58.  Eduardo Rodriguez
69.  Edwin Encarnacion

I think this image could have stood to be zoomed out just a bit.  It'd have been nice to see Edwin's full bat in the photo.  On the other hand, if I'm Edwin I have to ask why did Topps choose a photo of me swinging and missing (or so it appears).
129.  Mark Teixeira
189.  Trevor Rosenthal
255.  J.J. Hardy

I hate that I have to check the itty bitty code on the back of each card simply to see if the card is some sort of "stealth" variation (none of the above were, for what it is worth).  Of course, at least Topps does give collectors one way to know if a card is a variation...that small number beats no number at all!

Rainbow (?) mini:
333.  Bo Jackson

Ok Gypsy Queen fans out there.  Tell me, what is this mini?  It's got a rainbow like shine to it - and it's part of the short print set.  I can't figure it out based on the pack wrapper.  Is this the exclusive short-printed mini base card parallel that the blaster promises?  Someone out there must know something about this product!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Contest Winnings from Night Owl: Volume III

I'm back with the third pack out of my prize blaster of 2016 Gypsy Queen (thanks to a Night Owl contest that I won a long time ago).  Without further delay, let's see what we get today!

Pack 3:
42.  Gio Gonzalez
150.  Felix Hernandez

Is King Felix still pitching?  I feel like I never hear about him anymore.  As for the card, I think the blue uniforms of the Mariners (and in an earlier pack, the Cubs) really pop with this design/image filter.
180.  Jose Quintana
288.  Brian Johnson
Mini:  277.  Justin Nicolino

Another Marlin, but this time some guy I've never heard of.  Marlin minis have to be just about the least desirable type of minis there are.
Power Alley insert:  PA-27.  Hank Aaron

The Power Alley cards are seeded 1:8 packs - so if you are only going to get one in a blaster, it might as well be Hank Aaron, right?!  

So that's three packs, two Marlins minis (though the numbered Giancarlo Stanton mini was certainly a good pull).  The Hank Aaron card is the first full-sized insert of the blaster.  So far, it's been fun!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Contest Winnings from Night Owl: Volume II

Yesterday, I began going through a prize package courtesy of a Night Owl Cards contest that I won some time ago.  Today, it's time to look at the next pack out of the 2016 Gypsy Queen blaster that made up the bulk of my prize!

Pack 2:
37.  John Lackey

For whatever reason, the bright blue on this card looks quite nice to me.
46.  Jordan Zimmerman
140.  Andrew Miller
160.  Paul Goldschmidt

I drafted Goldy with my first pick in this year's fantasy baseball league that I'm in.  He's been solid, though mostly overshadowed at the 1B position by Ryan Zimmerman (who I grabbed from free agency).
263.  Max Kepler
Purple Mini:  1.  Giancarlo Stanton (#206/250)

Woah!  A numbered mini from a blaster!  The purple minis are 1:14 packs, so they aren't all that rare but still, this was a pleasant surprise (especially pulling a good player, even though I'm not sure there is a single Marlins baseball card collector out there in the entire world).

Another fun pack - so far Gypsy Queen is impressing me (though I'll never fully get over the fact that there are no stats whatsoever to be found in this product).

Monday, May 15, 2017

Contest Winnings from Night Owl: Volume I

Quite some time ago (I think this was back in 2016 actually), Night Owl held some sort of contest that I ended up winning.  It was long enough ago that I no longer remember the details - but the key is, I won!

There were a bunch of "special" cards as prizes (which I'll show off at some point later) but there was also a single, unopened blaster of 2016 Gypsy Queen.

I never did end up buying any 2016 GQ...and since I still haven't bought a single pack of cards from 2017, I figured this is the perfect time to give some love to last year's set.

After all, I have an itch to rip some packs...but money isn't exactly flowing in to me at the moment!

As I often do, I think I'll spread out my pack ripping fun over the span of the week (give or take a bit).  I want to be able to truly enjoy each card - and who knows, maybe this blaster is holding some sort of treasure!

The blaster promises 48 total cards split across 8 packs (i.e. 6 cards per pack if you didn't want to do that arithmetic).  There should be one exclusive short-printed mini base card parallel inside the blaster as well.

Of course, there are rarer goodies possible - I've never pulled a jumbo patch from a blaster - maybe this is the lucky one?  (at 1:16,426 odds, I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you.)

Enough rambling though, let's get to the first pack of the blaster!

Pack 01:
49.  David Peralta

The first card out of the pack is a Diamondback.  The image seems to be clearer than in previous year's of Gypsy Queen but I still think there is some sort of weird filter effect going on with the image.
128.  Manny Machado
131.  Max Scherzer

The Scherzer card name drops "Pud Galvin" on the backside.  You don't hear the name "Pud" much these days.  #bringbackPud

271.  Miguel Almonte
I don't think this is the "kid" who was like 14 or 15 and pitching in the Little League World Series, is it?
328.  Rod Carew

The Carew is a short printed base card (seeded 1:8 packs or one per blaster).  
Mini:  5.  Albert Pujols

I could have done worse with the first mini of the box!  

Overall, that was a fun pack to rip.  I enjoy opening new (to me) cards - so thank you Night Owl for the opportunity.  I'll have more from this blaster in the upcoming days as I continue to scratch the pack ripping itch!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 522: 2000 Pacific Crown Collection - #10 - Moment of Truth insert

Barry Larkin
Year:  2000
Brand:  Pacific Crown Collection
Insert set:  Moment of Truth
Card number:  10

The 2000 Pacific Crown Collection Moment of Truth insert set was seeded 1:37 packs meaning that the cards were rarer than a box hit (each box had only 36 packs in it).  For me, this is a Jeckyl and Hyde insert set.  On the one hand, the card design on the front is fairly hideous.  The "ghosted" player, the big foil "swoop," and the way-too-many-different-fonts makes for a mess of a design.

On the other hand, the back of the card is kind of cool.  The insert set celebrates one particular day (in Larkin's case, that would be June 28, 1991).  I like the date "in the clouds" on the edge of the card - and I like the write-up of Larkin's monster day.  Couple that with a large team logo, nice head shot of the player, and an easy-to-read card number and you've got a winning design on the backside of the card!

All things considered, this card is a perfect representation of what Pacific was all about.  You might love it.  You might hate it.  You might feel both ways at the same time.  But gosh darn it, Pacific made you feel something whenever you looked at their cards!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Trade Stack 79: A Trio of Minis 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 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: 5/13/17

Today's addition to the Trade Stack is a trio of awesome Allen & Ginter minis.  Two of the minis are A&G back minis while the third (Don Sutton) is a regular back mini.  I would think that this might be the deciding factor for someone to claim the entire fact, I'll be surprised big time if this Stack doesn't get claimed in a hurry now!

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

2014 Topps Allen & Ginter's:
Reg. back mini:
38.  Don Sutton (Dodgers)
A&G back minis:
252.  Didi Gregorius (Diamondbacks)
265.  Sam Calagione (Businessman)
The front and back of each mini card.

2014 Topps Heritage:
3.  AL HR Leaders 
4.  NL HR Leaders

1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
26.  Paul Shuey - Indians

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, May 12, 2017

A Brief Look at One of My Other Hobbies...

For the most part, when I get a yellow envelope in the mail it holds baseball cards.  However, given that I have yet to buy any new 2017 baseball cards, card trading has all but dried up for me.  Luckily, that doesn't mean a complete end to the wonderful yellow envelope parade because I do have a second hobby that I'm also active with:  collecting LEGO.

Specifically, I collect LEGO sets and the collectible LEGO minifigure line.  These days, I acquire most of my new minifigures by trading on a website called SwapFig.  It's easy - and I love their simple checklist system.  It's a piece of cake to find potential trade partners based on what I want and what I have available (matched up with what the person wants and has available).  The only bad thing about the site is that it is still relatively small which means it isn't always easy to find good trading partners (plus the usual large number of people who ask for the moon in exchange for a common figure).

Anyhow, I recently acquired two more figures for my growing collection.  The first is a figure from way back in Series 1:  the ninja!

I was completely unaware of the LEGO collectible minifigure line until somewhere around Series 4 or 5.  Therefore, it's been tough sledding tracking down a lot of the earlier figures - so I jumped at the chance to add the Series 1 ninja to my collection (even if the ninja himself isn't all that exciting or interesting to me).

I do like the Ninja's hood piece (it has a hook on the backside for storing the ninja's golden blade when that isn't in use as well.  The other thing that jumps out at me when looking at this figure is that LEGO has definitely gone above and beyond with quality printing in its more recent sets...back in Series 1 there wasn't much of that (no back printing here nor any leg printing).  It's a far cry from Series 17, the most recent release (which I reviewed in its entirety on my LEGO blog here).

The second minifigure that I acquired was from a slightly more recent series, but it still predates when I started actively collecting the minifigures.  This is the Tennis Player from Series 3.

Unlike the ninja, the Tennis Player has printing on both the torso and the legs (but still no back printing).  Her accessory is a white tennis racquet (without any printing of any sort on it).  I would have liked a green tennis ball to be included as well but otherwise this is a rather nice figure.

LEGO has actually released two Tennis Players in its collectible minifigure line-up to date.  The female tennis player was first while the male tennis player arrived in Series 7.

I think I prefer the blue racquet of the male tennis player but the pair looks pretty good side-by-side.

If you enjoyed this look at one of my other hobbies, I invite you to periodically check out my LEGO-centric blog called Playing with Bricks.  If you happen to have any minifigures lying around (or even just a big bucket of random LEGO pieces) let me know.  I am working on a custom LEGO City as well...and believe me, I can use all the pieces that I can get my hands on!