Thursday, August 31, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 551: 1995 Score - #8 - Hall of Gold insert

Barry Larkin
Year:  1995
Brand:  Score
Insert set:  Hall of Gold
Card number:  8

The Hall of Gold insert set was a large set (110 cards, split across the two series).  They weren't particularly rare (seeded 1:6 packs) but trying to locate a card of your favorite player wasn't easy given the large set size.  You can also tell that the set was too large by the complete lack of effort made by Score on the card design.  Heck, even the write-up on the back is mostly phoned in.  Between the poor design, the foilboard (yuck), and the much-too-large insert set size, this is a set that is best left uncollected save for picking up the card of your favorite player.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Delivery Time! Trade with Blog Reader Andy

About a week or so ago, I completed a trade with blog reader Andy (who doesn't have his own blog as far as my records show).  Andy was able to help me out with a bunch of my set needs including 2017 Archives, 2017 Ginter, and even a single 2010 National Chicle card.

Let's start with the National Chicle card since that was a set that I (quite frankly) forgot that I was still working on.  That's how long it has been since I've made any significant progress on the set.

Looking at the Desmond, it isn't hard to see why National Chicle was a one-and-done set.  While there are undoubtedly some gems in the set, there are also a lot of fairly creepy images like the one of Ian.  Who (besides me apparently) wants to collect something like that?!  All that said, I'm now so tantalizingly close to completing the set that I have no plans to remove it from my want list.  If you happen to have any cards from 2010 National Chicle lying around, perhaps you can help me?  Here's what I still need:
2010 Topps National Chicle Wants:  Base:  276, 278, 285, 286, 287, 295, 296, 299, 302, 303, 308, 311, 312, 315, 317, 321, 328, 330
The rest of the want list help was from the current year, but that doesn't make me appreciate it any less.  Andy sent a nice sized stack of 2017 Topps Archives my way.

This year's Archives set is quite nice, though I don't get the insane prices that boxes of the stuff go for considering the fact that most of the autographs are worthless (in a strictly monetary sense).  The high prices have kept me from being able to buy any more of the product which means my set completing quest is going to rely heavily on blog trading.  Luckily, I have quite a bit of trade bait myself from the set, so maybe someone out there will want to make a deal soon!

The other main component of the trade package was 2017 Allen & Ginter.  Andy sent me two of the three remaining base cards that I needed, plus a few of the What a Day inserts (I still need a slew of those).

The last of the want list hits from Andy was a pair of 2017 A&G minis, both of which were definitely appreciated seeing how difficult the A&G mini sets are to complete.  Every bit helps!

Speaking of help, here's what I need from this year's A&G set still (and my list of trade bait).
2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Wants:
Base:  
160
What a Day:  WAD- 2, 9, 11, 15, 16, 17, 22, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45, 48, 50, 53, 54, 55, 57, 63, 73, 75, 77, 78, 82, 83, 90, 94
Minis:
Bust a Move:
 BAM- 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14
Constellations:  C- 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9
Horse in the Race:  HR- 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25
Magicians & Illusionists:  MI- 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14
Required Reading:  RR- 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 11, 13, 15
World's Dudes:  WD- 2, 5, 11, 12, 25, 27, 37, 39, 41, 43
Finally, Andy threw in a pair of Barry Larkin cards for me - one of which was brand new to my collection (which is always awesome)!  I'll have more to say about the Larkin when I feature it in my ongoing Barry Larkin Collection series of posts.

Thanks for the trade, Andy!  And, as always, if anyone else would like to trade check out my want list and make an offer.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 550: 2002 Fleer Ultra - #9 - Glove Works Relic #/375

Barry Larkin
Year:  2002
Brand:  Fleer Ultra
Insert set:  Glove Works relic
Card number:  9  (#161/375)

The 2002 Fleer Ultra Glove Works set contains ten different players with relics (either batting gloves or fielding gloves).  Most of the cards are numbered out of 450 but for some reason Larkin had only 375 made (Andrew and Chipper Jones each only had 100 made, all the others had 450 cards).  There is also a Platinum parallel for every card in the set numbered out of 25 (which I don't currently own Larkin's Platinum card as of the time of this post).

As for the card itself, this is one of the more interesting relic cards that I own for Barry.  I like the die-cut design as well.  The only real downside to the card is the backside, it's quite boring with no statistics or write-up to view.  That said, this is still one of my favorite relics that I own of Barry's...and it makes for a great choice for the 550th card in my ongoing Barry Larkin Collection.

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Evolution of the Resolutions (Redux)

Back in January of this year, I made a bunch of blog related New Year's Resolutions.  At the start of my summer break, I took a look at my progress to date.  Now, with the end of summer break officially here (today's the first day of classes), it's time to check and see if I managed to accomplish anything over the summer!

1.  Barry Larkin Collection

The goal in January was to get to at least 550 different Barry Larkin cards posted by the end of the year.  By the beginning of summer, I was at 494.  Now?  I posted the 549th Barry Larkin card yesterday!  I think it is safe to say that I will hit my goal of 550 different Larkins posted...perhaps even this week.  It's all but certain that I'll be able to cross off this resolution without any trouble.

2.  The Great Reorganization

My original goal was to clear off the 27 different stacks of cards on my card sorting table.  In May, I hadn't made much progress (I was at 26 stacks).  Now that summer is over, I can report that I eliminated another eight piles...but in that time I added in four other piles so the net gain was only 4 stacks of cards.  That said, I managed to get rid of some of the biggest stacks of cards which will make future sorting much easier.  I can't call the resolution a resounding success, but I'm in a better place now than I was back in May.
The card table as it stands now...still a long ways to go, but it's better than it used to be!


3.  The Want List (link)

I posted a big list of sets that I wanted to try and complete before the end of 2017.  I did happen to make one order with Check Out My Cards which helped (as did a relatively small number of trades made this year).

Cards acquired between May 2017 and August 2017 from the list:
2016 Topps:  Perspectives Insert:  P-11
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Keys to the City insert:  KTC- 8
2014 Topps Allen & Ginters:  Little Lions:  LL-09
2013 Topps Archives: All-Star:  CR
2012 Topps Archives: Archive reprints: 164 Roberto Clemente
2011 Topps Heritage:  Base:  460
2007 Topps Allen & Ginters:  Roman Emperers:  7
2006 Fleer Greats of the Game:  Decade Greats:  BJ, CR
2006 Fleer Greats of the Game:  Tigers Greats: KG
2001 Topps Stadium Club:  170
1999 Fleer Ultra:  Base:  74, 223, 224, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 241, 248, 249, 250

Cards acquired between January 2017 and May 2017 from the list:
2016 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Mascots in the Wild Insert:  1, 5
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Keys to the City insert:  KTC- 3
2013 Topps Chrome:  Base:  1, 10, 16, 32, 119, 220
2013 Topps Archives: Base:  237, 240
2013 Topps Archives: All-Star:  GB, GC
2008 Upper Deck Timeline:  Base: #308, 345
2008 Topps Heritage (low and high series): Base: #464
2007 Topps Allen & Ginters:  Roman Emperers: 2, 10

Cards still needed from the list (as of August 2017):
2016 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Ferocious Felines mini insert:  FF-1, 5, 6, 8, 12, 14
2016 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Laureates of Peace mini insert:  LP-1, 2, 4
2016 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Subways & Streetcards mini insert:  SS- 9, 11
2016 Topps Allen & Ginter:  US Mayors mini insert:  4, 8, 12, 15, 27, 34
2016 Topps:  Perspectives Insert:  P- 2, 7, 17, 20, 21, 24
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Box Loaders:  Pride of the People:  PCB- 2, 3, 4, 6
2015 Topps Archives:  Will Ferrell Insert:  7 (as a White Sox)
2014 Topps Allen & Ginters:  Into the Unknown mini insert:  ITU-16* Hernan Cortes
2014 Topps Allen & Ginters:  Little Lions:  LL-16
2014 Topps Allen & Ginters:  Where Nature Ends: WNE-17
2014 Topps Allen & Ginters:  World’s Deadliest Predators: WDP-16, WDP-22
2013 Topps Archives: 1972 Basketball Design:  JB (Johnny Bench)
2012 Topps Archives: Classic Combos:  58- KK, LM, SF
2012 Topps Archives: In Action:  82IA- CR, I, JE, JH, KG
2009 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Creatures of Legend, Myth, &Terror (minis): 5, 7, 14, 15
2009 Topps Base Series 1 & 2:  Legends of the Game (Series 2) insert: Mariano Rivera
2009 Topps Base Series 1 & 2:  Topps Town (Gold Version): TTT29
2008 Upper Deck Timeline:  Base: #336, 341, 356, 361, 363, 366, 373, 374, 375
2008 Topps Heritage (low and high series): Base: # 465, 480, 488, 495, 500
2007 Topps Allen & Ginters:  Roman Emperers:  1, 4, 6, 9
2007 Topps Allen & Ginters:  Snakes:  1, 3, 4, 5
2006 Fleer Greats of the Game:  Yankee Greats: WB
2001 Topps Stadium Club:  117, 166, 167, 168, 186, 188, 191, 196, 197
1995 UD Collector's Choice:  Base:  186, 188, 189, 190, 192, 194, 196, 197, 198, 200, 494, 500

I think I can say that I've done exceedingly well on this resolution.  However, I should note that the vast majority of my progress was made by my recent COMC purchase (and not via trades as I had hoped).  Still, cards acquired are cards acquired and I won't be looking the gift horse in the mouth.  I'm happy with where I'm at on this resolution even if I don't make much more progress for the remainder of 2017.

4.  My Frankensets

"This was noted as my least important resolution - which is a good thing since I haven't done anything with it yet (besides earmark a couple more cards as possible entrants to the various sets).  I can't call this a failure, but it isn't a success either.  I'll give it a neutral rating."

That was my comment from May...and here we are in August and I still haven't made any progress (besides earmarking a few more cards for the sets over the summer).  This resolution is probably my lowest priority one in the entire list...but since I've yet to touch it, I think I have to say it's a failure so far.

5.  My LEGO Blog

I have 28 posts on my LEGO blog so far this year.  If you compare that to last year where I only had 29 posts for the entire year, I'd say I've succeeded so far.  In 2015, I had 36 posts which seems like a total I might get close to this year (I doubt I'll hit 77 posts I had in 2014 or the 48 posts in 2013 however).  Still, plenty of time remains so I have an outside chance of getting close to 40 posts.

6.  New Content at Nachos Grande

I didn't do a lot of new stuff over the summer, but I have had new posts up every day so that's something.  I think my blog is established enough that I don't necessarily need to reinvent the wheel over and over.  Still, a little creativity is appreciated by all and I haven't had a ton of that lately (though I did get to interview a member of this year's Allen & Ginter set which was kind of cool, and definitely different from my normal posting)!  I'll call this one a success.

7.  Teaching

My Italy and Greece trip was a TON of work on my end, but the trip was a resounding success so I have to give this review a giant thumbs up.

8.  Woodworking

I made a new cage for my vegetable garden (to keep the wild critters out).  The cage worked really well so that's a success.  I also learned how to do some basic electrical work (I replaced a bunch of outlets, hung two new ceiling fans, and changed out a light switch).  Those things aren't really "woodworking" in any way, but I'll throw them in this category.  No complaints here!

9.  Blog Trading

By my count, I completed 9 trades over the summer (with at least two more in the works).  11 trades used to be what I might do in a week or two, but for whatever reason blog trading has drastically slowed down this year (and last year to a certain extent).  I attribute a lot of that to the fact that I have been buying less new stuff which makes trading a bit more difficult for everyone to match up with my haves/wants.  Still, I'd like to do some more trading over the next few months if possible (so hit me up if you are interested).

So that does it for my second look of the year at my 2017 Resolutions.  As a teacher, the beginning of summer and then the beginning of the next school year definitely mark the two biggest "events" of the year - so it seems appropriate to check in during both times.  I have to say, I think I may have done better with my 2017 Resolutions already than I have for pretty much any other year that I've done these for the blog (I say that going from memory, not researching previous accomplishments however).

And with that, it's off to work I go to teach the first class of the new academic year.  My teaching schedule for this semester is two sections of Calculus I and two sections of Calculus III (Multivariable Calculus).  That ought to keep me busy enough - but hopefully I'll have enough time to continue to work on my baseball card collection as well!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Looking for Any 2017 Topps Archives? Base, Inserts, or Parallels?! I May Be Able to Help!

Are you looking to complete your 2017 Topps Archives set?  Are you trying to find some inserts?  Maybe some of the nice colored parallels?  If so, I might be able to help you out.  Today, I managed to update my trade bait list from 2017 Topps Archives...so go check it out!



Let's trade!

Barry Larkin Collection 549: 1995 Sportflix - #94

Barry Larkin
Year:  1995
Brand:  Sportflix
Card number:  94

As I kid, I remember thinking that Sportflix cards were pretty cool the first time I saw them.  However, their allure wore off for me fairly quickly - so much so that I have never even attempted to collect a full Sportflix set.  I will, however, track down as many of the Sportflix Barry Larkin cards as I can, including this one from the 1995 set.

The card itself is fairly standard Sportflix fare (with a healthy dash of 90s weird fonts and colors thrown in for good measure).  I guess the draw of the "image" is that Larkin is sliding in and then declaring himself safe.  Cute, I suppose, but ultimately this card is a fairly forgettable one in my collection.

I should note that in addition to the base card, Larkin also has a parallel (called Artist's Proof cards of which there were supposedly only 700 created).  I don't (yet) own that card however.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Trade Stack 82: In Honor of Tonight's Big Fight Between Mayweather and McGregor.

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: 8/26/17

Tonight's the big fight between Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor.  While both fighters have offered up a lot of smack talk over the past few weeks, tonight's the time when it's actions that count, not words.  Will McGregor have any shot at all, it certainly appears he doesn't based on the numbers (and experiences) of the two fighters...

That said, I have to admit that for the money that McGregor is getting, I think I'd be willing to step in against Mayweather, take my punch and get knocked out, and then be set for life in terms of all the cash I'd get.  Can't fault Conner for that.  Now if he somehow wins.  Whoooooo boy, imagine the cash the rematch would bring in!

Today's addition to the card stack is an A&G card of Mayweather...or at least, it's a custom A&G card of him (card made by my buddy Ryan).  Remember, you get the entire Trade Stack in exchange for one (or more) cards off of my my want list.

Custom Munnatawket Mini:
75.  Floyd Mayweather


2014 Topps Heritage:
6.  NL RBI Leaders:
Paul Goldschmidt - Diamondbacks
Jay Bruce - Reds
Freddie Freeman - Braves


2017 Topps Archives:
245.  Johnny Cueto - Giants
267.  Seth Lugo - Mets

1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
433.  Jack Morris - Reds

1999 UD Choice:
Mini Bobbing Head:
23.  Greg Vaughn - Padres

If you want the stack, remember - all you need to do is offer up any one card from my want list.  



Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  You must leave a comment on the trade stack post in order to claim the card - no more claims via email!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!


Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 01:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 02:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 03:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 04:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 05:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 06:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 07:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 08:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 09:  6 cards by bwsmith25
Stack 10:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 11:  1 card by Patrick
Stack 12:  5 cards by Matt B.
Stack 13:  4 cards by Steve G.
Stack 14:  3 cards by ShaneK
Stack 15:  7 cards by Ryan G
Stack 16:  1 card by longlivethewho
Stack 17:  4 cards by hiflew
Stack 18:  4 cards by Potch
Stack 19:  2 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 20:  5 cards by by Play at the Plate
Stack 21:  5 cards by BA Benny
Stack 22:  1 card by IkesCards
Stack 23:  8 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 24:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 25:  2 cards by Jeff P.
Stack 26:  10 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 27:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 28:  7 cards by ThingsAreFunnerHere
Stack 29:  3 cards by TheBrooklynMet
Stack 30:  4 cards by Adam C.
Stack 31:  10 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 32:  8 cards by Josh D.
Stack 33:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 34:  1 card by Potch
Stack 35:  9 cards by Cool Breeze
Stack 36:  11 cards by Kev 
Stack 37:  6 cards by Tunguska
Stack 38:  12 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 39:  8 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 40:  1 card by Kyle4KC
Stack 41:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 42:  1 card by AdamE
Stack 43:  1 card by madding
Stack 44:  10 cards by Commishbob
Stack 45:  1 (almost complete) puzzle by Baseball Dad
Stack 46:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 47:  5 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 48:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 49:  9 cards by Swing and a Pop-Up
Stack 50:  9 cards by Commishbob
Stack 51:  3 cards by Need More Cardboard
Stack 52:  1 card by Play at the Plate
Stack 53:  12 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 54:  4 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 55:  9 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 56:  2 cards cards by Joe Frecker
Stack 57:  4 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 58:  2 cards by Chunter
Stack 59:  9 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 60:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 61:  13 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 62:  9 cards by Nick
Stack 63:  9 cards by buckstorecards 
Stack 64:  7 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 65:  2 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 66:  10 cards by Roger
Stack 67:  14 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 68:  5 cards cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 69:  17 cards by Steve D.
Stack 70:  2 cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 71:  8 cards by defgav
Stack 72:  24 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 73:  1 card by NIght Owl
Stack 74:  3 cards by David
Stack 75:  4 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 76:  14 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 77:  15 cards by Dayf
Stack 78:  29 cards by Chris
Stack 79:  26 cards by John H.
Stack 80:  14 cards by David G.
Stack 81:  3 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 82:  ?? by ??

Spending Cash on eBay!

Other than Allen & Ginter (and some Topps Archives blasters), I haven't bought many cards from 2017.  I'm not exactly sure why - possibly because more of my "hobby money" has gone towards my LEGO collection I guess.  However, I do try to keep up with the various baseball card releases enough to at least check to see if Barry Larkin is included.

For whatever reason, Topps has shown Larkin quite a bit of love in various sets this year (including Allen & Ginter)!  Since I haven't bought most of Topps' offerings, I need to use sites like eBay to try and at least track down the Larkin cards that I'm missing out on.  Not all that long ago, I did exactly that and acquired a new (to me) Larkin manufactured patch (more like pin) card that is numbered out of 75.

I'll have more about the card itself when I feature it in my ongoing Barry Larkin Collection - but for this post I must give the seller an extra "thanks" since the seller also threw in this cool Johnny Bench card as a bonus.

Not a bad little haul...and let's face, even if I had bought boxes of Topps flagship, I probably never would have pulled that Larkin card anyhow!  Sometimes eBay can be a much more effective way to spend my money!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 548: 1995 Donruss - #241 - Press Proof Parallel

Barry Larkin
Year:  1995
Brand:  Donruss
Parallel set:  Press Proof
Card number:  241

The 1995 Donruss Press Proof parallels were the only parallel in the '95 Donruss set (which means I've completed the base set since I already owned Larkin's regular base card).   As you can see from the card back itself, the Press Proof parallels are out of 2,000...though you'll have to believe Donruss since none of them are serially numbered.  Besides the back banner, the only other difference between the Press Proof parallel and the regular base card is the foil "Press Proof" stamping on the front of the card.  Still, I must say that is nice to have a way to tell you have a parallel on your hands by looking at either the front or back of the card.  I can't tell you the number of times I've been sorting cards via card backs and completely missed some sort of parallel version!

As for '95 Donruss, I have the Larkin's base card and parallel which leaves me with only one more card from the set to track down.  It's a Dominators insert card that only showed up in series 2 (Larkin shares the card with Cal Ripken, Jr. and Wil Cordero...kind of an odd pairing I think!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Delivery Time! Trade with Bump and Run Cards!

Trevor, from Bump and Run Cards, recently claimed one of my Trade Stacks.  The only rule for claiming a Trade Stack is that you have to send me at least one card from my want list.  Trevor did that...and then some.

That's three more cards from the 1997 Metal Universe set that I'm ever-so-slowly working on.

Thanks for the quick and easy trade, Trevor.  And for everyone else, keep an eye out for more Trade Stacks from me...it could be your chance to send me some cards (and get some cards for yourself, of course)!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 547: 1995 Studio - #37

Barry Larkin
Year:  1995
Brand:  Studio
Card number:  37

For the longest time, I owned the gold parallel of this card but not the base card.  Thankfully, I'm now able to proudly say I own both versions of this credit card inspired set.  Unlike most "strange" designs of 90's baseball card sets, the credit card design holds up fairly well (at least in the sense that credit cards still basically look like the card design).  I wouldn't say that I love the set, but I can't hate on it either.  Either way, it's now a complete set in terms of the Barry Larkin cards within it...1995 was just before the run on super crazy, super numerous parallels in sets!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Trade Stack 82: Keep the Pile Growing!

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: 8/22/17

Today marked the first day of "official" meetings at my college for the 2017/18 academic year (I've had meetings all of last week and yesterday but today was the first day everyone had to be on campus).  As such, it means summer is rapidly coming to a close for me...so let's get trading!  Tonight's addition to the Trade Stack bring some more star power to a Stack that already had some nice players in it.  Will it be enough to tempt someone?  We'll know soon enough!

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

2014 Topps Heritage:
6.  NL RBI Leaders:
Paul Goldschmidt - Diamondbacks
Jay Bruce - Reds
Freddie Freeman - Braves


2017 Topps Archives:
245.  Johnny Cueto - Giants
267.  Seth Lugo - Mets

1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
433.  Jack Morris - Reds

1999 UD Choice:
Mini Bobbing Head:
23.  Greg Vaughn - Padres

If you want the stack, remember - all you need to do is offer up any one card from my want list.  



Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  You must leave a comment on the trade stack post in order to claim the card - no more claims via email!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!


Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 01:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 02:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 03:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 04:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 05:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 06:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 07:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 08:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 09:  6 cards by bwsmith25
Stack 10:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 11:  1 card by Patrick
Stack 12:  5 cards by Matt B.
Stack 13:  4 cards by Steve G.
Stack 14:  3 cards by ShaneK
Stack 15:  7 cards by Ryan G
Stack 16:  1 card by longlivethewho
Stack 17:  4 cards by hiflew
Stack 18:  4 cards by Potch
Stack 19:  2 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 20:  5 cards by by Play at the Plate
Stack 21:  5 cards by BA Benny
Stack 22:  1 card by IkesCards
Stack 23:  8 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 24:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 25:  2 cards by Jeff P.
Stack 26:  10 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 27:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 28:  7 cards by ThingsAreFunnerHere
Stack 29:  3 cards by TheBrooklynMet
Stack 30:  4 cards by Adam C.
Stack 31:  10 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 32:  8 cards by Josh D.
Stack 33:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 34:  1 card by Potch
Stack 35:  9 cards by Cool Breeze
Stack 36:  11 cards by Kev 
Stack 37:  6 cards by Tunguska
Stack 38:  12 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 39:  8 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 40:  1 card by Kyle4KC
Stack 41:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 42:  1 card by AdamE
Stack 43:  1 card by madding
Stack 44:  10 cards by Commishbob
Stack 45:  1 (almost complete) puzzle by Baseball Dad
Stack 46:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 47:  5 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 48:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 49:  9 cards by Swing and a Pop-Up
Stack 50:  9 cards by Commishbob
Stack 51:  3 cards by Need More Cardboard
Stack 52:  1 card by Play at the Plate
Stack 53:  12 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 54:  4 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 55:  9 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 56:  2 cards cards by Joe Frecker
Stack 57:  4 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 58:  2 cards by Chunter
Stack 59:  9 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 60:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 61:  13 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 62:  9 cards by Nick
Stack 63:  9 cards by buckstorecards 
Stack 64:  7 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 65:  2 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 66:  10 cards by Roger
Stack 67:  14 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 68:  5 cards cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 69:  17 cards by Steve D.
Stack 70:  2 cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 71:  8 cards by defgav
Stack 72:  24 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 73:  1 card by NIght Owl
Stack 74:  3 cards by David
Stack 75:  4 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 76:  14 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 77:  15 cards by Dayf
Stack 78:  29 cards by Chris
Stack 79:  26 cards by John H.
Stack 80:  14 cards by David G.
Stack 81:  3 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 82:  ?? by ??

Ending Archives...

Today ends my journey through my latest (and probably last) blaster of 2017 Topps Archives.  Through five packs, I've found a whopping six cards that I need.  I have two packs remaining in the box, here's hoping for something positive to write about.

Pack 6:
36.  Yu Darvish
64.  Noah Syndergaard
129.  Yasiel Puig
183.  Anthony Rendon
224.  Bobby Abreu
238.  Gregory Polanco
262.  Eddie Mathews
Bazooka:  13.  Al Kaline
I was so sad I couldn't even be bothered to rescan the crooked card.

Ugh.  Once again, not a single new base card...and quite honestly, even the Kaline Bazooka is a duplicate (and I'm not even trying to collect the Bazooka inserts).  Not cool.

Pack 7:
60.  Catfish Hunter
69.  Jason Heyward
74.  Corey Kluber
101.  Dansby Swanson
155.  Cole Hamels
174.  Jonathan Villar
260.  Bob Feller
267.  Seth Lugo

And yep.  That pretty much sums that up.  Nothing new.

For the record, here's what I still need from the set:
2017 Topps Archives:Base:  2, 6, 8, 11, 13, 18, 20, 27, 29, 31, 33, 43, 44, 46, 51, 52, 59, 61, 63, 72, 79, 80, 91, 93, 94, 95, 97, 100, 103, 104, 108, 110, 111, 112, 117, 119, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 127, 128, 132, 133, 137, 141, 142, 149, 154, 157, 160, 161, 163, 166, 167, 171, 175, 179, 180, 181, 185, 190, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 202, 204, 206, 207, 210, 211, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 227, 228, 231, 235, 236, 237, 239, 240, 244, 246, 249, 250, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 258, 263, 265, 266, 272, 280, 283, 284, 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 295, 296, 297, 300
Hard to believe I couldn't track down more than six total cards from an entire blaster, isn't it?!

Monday, August 21, 2017

From the Archives...and into the Dumpster.

Yesterday, I showed off the contents of the first three packs out of a 2017 Topps Archives blaster that I happened to spot for sale at Wal*Mart last week.  Today, it's time to continue our journey through the blaster (with the hopes that the next three packs will yield more than six base cards for my set)!

Pack 4:
40.  Joc Pederson
92.  Masahiro Tanaka
118.  Drew Pomeranz
169.  Starlin Castro
208.  Todd Frazier
279.  Kyle Seager
285.  Michael Brantley
Peach parallel:  103.  Alex Reyes (#104/199)

The peach parallels are seeded 1:18 blaster packs, or slightly rarer than about one every other blaster.  While it's a decent pull, it's simply too bad it had to be a stupid Cardinal.  The other thing that was stupid about that pack?  Notice the lack of bold...  Not a single card that I actually needed for my base set.  That's two (out of four) packs so far that have been completely useless.

Pack 5:
39.  Rob Segedin
42.  David Cone
75.  Ty Cobb
159.  Pedro Martinez
192.  Ryne Sandberg
205.  Trea Turner
247.  Matt Harvey
Retro Originals:  10.  Carlos Correa

The Retro Originals are seeded 1:14 packs, so again I (sort of) beat the odds by pulling one in my blaster.  Unfortunately for me, I'm actually more interested in getting base cards that I need and that Correa simply took up the spot of a potential card I could use.  Then again, this was a pack that didn't hold a single new base card for my set...so what good would one more base card have been?

That's right.  ZERO cards I needed out of those two packs.  If you are keeping track, it's now been five packs with exactly six base cards that I needed for my set.  Still, two more packs to do - and if I can get another 4+ needed cards from each pack then this blaster will have been salvaged, albeit barely.  

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Just When I Had Given Up on 2017 Topps Archives...

I had all but given up hope of finding any more 2017 Topps Archives blasters at my local Wal*Mart...so you can imagine my surprise when I was able to spot one last week at the store!  Of course, I had to buy the darn thing since I am still missing a ton of base cards from the set (not to mention I once pulled a Frank Thomas autograph from a blaster of 2017 Archives).

So, how'd I do on my purchase?  Let's find out together!

Pack 1:
17.  Melky Cabrera
73.  Bobby Doerr
88.  Salvador Perez
116.  Curt Schilling
130.  Robinson Cano
200.  Kris Byrant
245.  Johnny Cueto
270.  Mark Melancon

I've highlighted all the base cards that I need in bold, by the way.

What's that, you don't see any bold in the first pack of cards?

Well, that's not a typo.  Somehow I still need about 150 cards or so for the set and the first pack of the blaster didn't yield a single new card.  Let's hope the remaining packs treat me better.

Pack 2:
19.  Russell Martin
26.  Yoenis Cespedes
144.  Ken Giles
145.  Hisashi Iwakuma
248.  Andre Dawson
275.  Alex Bregman
293.  Jose Altuve

Jeter Retrospective:  DJ-13.  Derek Jeter

Phew, I almost made it all the way through the second pack without a new card but luckily for me the Astros pulled through.  The Jeter will probably end up on eBay at some point in the near future unless someone is dying to have the card.

Pack 3:
16.  Jay Bruce

66.  Adrian Beltre
67.  Edwin Diaz
139.  Phil Rizzuto
147.  Jose Bautista
191.  Sparky Anderson
201.  Roberto Clemente
223.  Jose Abreu

Ok, that's more like it!  Four cards from the third pack helped to make the first portion of the blaster a bit better.  I'll have more from the blaster soon - but my fingers need a break (as does my scanner).  Let's hope the remaining packs yield more than 6 cards that I need!


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Trade Stack 82: A Rookie and a Bubble Join the Stack.

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update: 8/19/17

Today's addition to the Trade Stack is actually two cards.  I figured it had been awhile since I added to the pile, might as well make it more tempting in a single shot.  Is anyone still working on this year's edition of Topps Archives (besides me...I still need a lot of base cards from the set).  If so, perhaps today's addition to the Stack could help you out...

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

2017 Topps Archives:
245.  Johnny Cueto - Giants
267.  Seth Lugo - Mets

1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
433.  Jack Morris - Reds

1999 UD Choice:
Mini Bobbing Head:
23.  Greg Vaughn - Padres

If you want the stack, remember - all you need to do is offer up any one card from my want list.  



Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  You must leave a comment on the trade stack post in order to claim the card - no more claims via email!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!


Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 01:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 02:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 03:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 04:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 05:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 06:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 07:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 08:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 09:  6 cards by bwsmith25
Stack 10:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 11:  1 card by Patrick
Stack 12:  5 cards by Matt B.
Stack 13:  4 cards by Steve G.
Stack 14:  3 cards by ShaneK
Stack 15:  7 cards by Ryan G
Stack 16:  1 card by longlivethewho
Stack 17:  4 cards by hiflew
Stack 18:  4 cards by Potch
Stack 19:  2 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 20:  5 cards by by Play at the Plate
Stack 21:  5 cards by BA Benny
Stack 22:  1 card by IkesCards
Stack 23:  8 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 24:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 25:  2 cards by Jeff P.
Stack 26:  10 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 27:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 28:  7 cards by ThingsAreFunnerHere
Stack 29:  3 cards by TheBrooklynMet
Stack 30:  4 cards by Adam C.
Stack 31:  10 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 32:  8 cards by Josh D.
Stack 33:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 34:  1 card by Potch
Stack 35:  9 cards by Cool Breeze
Stack 36:  11 cards by Kev 
Stack 37:  6 cards by Tunguska
Stack 38:  12 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 39:  8 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 40:  1 card by Kyle4KC
Stack 41:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 42:  1 card by AdamE
Stack 43:  1 card by madding
Stack 44:  10 cards by Commishbob
Stack 45:  1 (almost complete) puzzle by Baseball Dad
Stack 46:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 47:  5 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 48:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 49:  9 cards by Swing and a Pop-Up
Stack 50:  9 cards by Commishbob
Stack 51:  3 cards by Need More Cardboard
Stack 52:  1 card by Play at the Plate
Stack 53:  12 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 54:  4 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 55:  9 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 56:  2 cards cards by Joe Frecker
Stack 57:  4 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 58:  2 cards by Chunter
Stack 59:  9 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 60:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 61:  13 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 62:  9 cards by Nick
Stack 63:  9 cards by buckstorecards 
Stack 64:  7 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 65:  2 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 66:  10 cards by Roger
Stack 67:  14 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 68:  5 cards cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 69:  17 cards by Steve D.
Stack 70:  2 cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 71:  8 cards by defgav
Stack 72:  24 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 73:  1 card by NIght Owl
Stack 74:  3 cards by David
Stack 75:  4 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 76:  14 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 77:  15 cards by Dayf
Stack 78:  29 cards by Chris
Stack 79:  26 cards by John H.
Stack 80:  14 cards by David G.
Stack 81:  3 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 82:  ?? by ??