Tuesday, October 31, 2017

'Tis (Almost) the Season of Giving! (Sign up here!)

Today is the 31st of October which means it is time for everyone to dress up, beg for candy, and then lament the end of the month.  However, it is also a chance to look forward to the upcoming holiday season:  You know, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and before either of those, my birthday.  Seriously though, the next couple of months are chock full of fun events, great parties, and all sorts of cheer.

And speaking of cheer, I want to try something new this year here at Nachos Grande.  I'm calling it my Season of Giving (hopefully no one else has used the exact title before).  Anyhow, my plan is that I'd like to mail you some baseball cards.  Not just any cards though, ideally some cards that you'd actually want.  

Interested?  I thought you might be.  Here's how to participate:

1.  Leave a comment on this post with a link to your want list and/or your favorite team.
2.  Shoot me an email with your mailing address.
3.  Wait for me to mail you cards (my goal is to mail all cards out before the calendar flips over to 2018).
4.  Enjoy the cards.

What does it cost you?

Nothing, actually.  Sure, I won't complain if you send me cards that I want back...or anything LEGO if you prefer.  But really, this is the Season of Giving and I'd like to try and make your holiday season just a tiny bit better than it otherwise would have been.  

Monday, October 30, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 562: 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated - #99

Barry Larkin
Year:  1997
Brand:  Fleer Sports Illustrated
Card number:  99

The 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated set is one of my favorite sets of the 90s.  In fact, I like the set so much that I'm still trying to complete it despite the set being 20 years old now!  The only bad thing about the set is that Larkin didn't get a very flattering photograph. 

I should note that there is a parallel of this card called Extra Edition (numbered out of 500) that is out there that I don't yet have and that's it for Larkin cards in the set.  It's a small set with limited inserts which makes the set eminently collectible which is one of the reasons that I made the decision to go for the full set for my collection.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Trade Stack 85: A New York State of Mind (featuring a 4-in-1 card)

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: 10/29/17

The Trade Stack has grown into a full-sized pile of cards - after today's addition we are up to a whopping 21 different cards including a number of inserts and stars.  Speaking of inserts and stars, today's addition to the pile is a pretty awesome 4-in-1 card featuring some of the best players (at the time) on the two New York MLB teams.  Will this be the card that convinces someone to claim the entire stack (in exchange for at least one card from my want list)?  I wouldn't be surprised if it is...those Goudey 4-in-1 cards are kind of tough to find these days!

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

2009 Upper Deck Goudey:
4-in-1 - Red:
35-97.  Jose Reyes (Mets), David Wright (Mets), Derek Jeter (Yankees), Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)

2015 Topps:  346.  Trevor Cahill (Diamondbacks)
1998 Topps:  227.  Dante Bichette (Rockies)
1992 Leaf:  345.  Bobby Ojeda (Dodgers)
1991 Fleer:  273.  Robby Thompson (Giants)
1991 Score:  213.  Mark Parent (Padres)


2013 Panini Pinnacle:
35.  Logan Morrison (Marlins)
63.  Ike Davis (Mets)
98.  Dan Haren (Nationals)
123.  Freddie Freeman (Braves)
138.  Michael Young (Phillies)


2017 Topps Archives:
208.  Todd Frazier (White Sox)

2009 Topps and/or Updates & Highlights:
UH220.  Matt LaPorta (Indians)
Topps Town:
TTT29.  Derek Jeter (Yankees)
TTT34.  Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox)
TTT70.  Hunter Pence (Astros)


2015 Topps:
208.  Wilin Rosario (Rockies)
2000 Fleer Tradition:
324.  Tony Womack (Diamondbacks)


2008 Upper Deck:
StarQuest Series 1:
SQ-20.  Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)
StarQuest Series 2:
SQ-49.  Joe Mauer (Twins)


2008 Topps Stadium Club:
First Day Issue:
117.  Hernan Iribarren (Brewers)

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:  6 cards by Matt S.
Stack 83:  26 cards by Gavin
Stack 84:  1 card by Gavin
Stack 85:  ?? by ??

Delivery Time! A PWE from Chris over at The Collector

About a week and a half ago, I received a PWE from Chris over The Collector.  The PWE was full of Reds cards - and, in a fun surprise for myself, there were a few cards in there that I had never seen before.

In fact, there were two cards from the 2016 Topps Archives 65th Anniversary set in the envelope.  Not only had I not seen those two cards before, I hadn't even heard of the set before!  From what I could see online, I think it was a Wal-Mart exclusive set.  The fronts of the cards are basically just reprints, but the backside of the cards is done with the 1975 Topps card back design (which is a little odd, but it also helps make these cards feel a bit different from the "regular" counterparts).

I've seen that Bench card reprinted so many times that it has virtually lost all meaning to me, but the Hatteberg was a fun addition.  I'm tempted to try and track down a box of the 65th Anniversary set but looking at the retail price ($25) for only 16 cards (with one autograph) seems pretty steep for retail. 

Chris did send me a different Johnny Bench card which I liked - this one from Bunt 2016.

I never bought any of the Bunt cards either, but I did open up a blaster of the 2016 stuff and a box of the 2017 stuff for a group break earlier this year so at least I'm familiar with the brand now.  For a cheap set, it's pretty nice - and that Bench card looks great!

The rest of the Reds in the envelope were pretty much ones I already had, but the three cards I scanned that were new made for a great PWE as it is.  Thanks for the cards, Chris - and as always, if anyone else would like to trade be sure to check out my want list and make an offer!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 561: 1997 Donruss VxP 1.0: #14

Barry Larkin
Year:  1997
Brand:  Donruss VxP 1.0
Card number:  14

The 1997 Donruss VxP 1.0 set is a set that definitely did not age well.  The "gimmick" of the set was that each pack of cards came with one of six CD-ROMs.  If you managed to collect all six of the CD-ROMs and played them on your computer, you unlocked a special screensaver.  Luckily for me, Larkin wasn't featured as one of the six players on the CD-ROMs, so by acquiring the above card I've completed the 1997 Donruss VxP 1.0 set in terms of Larkin cards! 

Truth be told, I kind of dig the card design here..too bad Donruss "wasted" the design on a small 50-card set packaged with CD-ROMs. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Flashback Friday! A Pack of Old School Upper Deck Baseball

I had a blast ripping through a pack of 1992 Leaf last Friday for my Flashback Friday post.  Today, I'm hoping to have even more fun ripping a 1992 pack of cards from a set that I actually like from the year.  This is a 15 card pack from 1992 Upper Deck - only of my favorite Upper Deck base sets (and a set that I'm still trying to figure out whether or not I want to try and collect the full set).  Perhaps this pack will sway me one way or the other.

As you can see, Upper Deck was already pushing the concept of the insert in 1992.  There are 2500 personally autographed Ted Williams cards seeded in packs of 1992 Upper Deck.  Can you imagine how amazing it would be if this pack held one of those...sealed for all these years?  Yeah, I wouldn't expect that either but let's hope we get something neat.

Here is the pack contents in the order they appeared in the foil pack.

334.  Kent Hrbek

One of the great things about Upper Deck was the color photos on both the front and back of the card.  You do yourself a giant disservice if you ignore the back of Upper Deck's '92 set...there are plenty of cool, interesting, funny, and simply weird photos like this one of Hrbek having a chat on the bullpen phone.
27.  Reggie Sanders
Only Red in the pack, but I had enough other good stuff to scan that I didn't need to add Reggie to the scanner bed.
43.  Doug Henry
181.  Randy Mulligan
161.  Leo Gomez
269.  Dick Schofield
232.  Greg Vaughn
369.  Greg Briley

This card always cracked me up as a kid...and I still enjoy it today.
382.  Dave Martinez
404.  Jody Reed
424.  Ken Griffey, Jr.

This is a great card of The Kid - and one that I remember pulling as a kid (I think it was the first multiple exposure card that I ever saw).  The back of the card (not shown) is just as good as it features a more candid shot of Griffey.
538.  Scott Livingstone
594.  Scott Radinsky
640.  Checklist

Nice looking checklist card.  I also like the fact that the cards came out of the pack in numerical order...it makes card sorting much easier!
690.  Gerald Perry

That was actually a great pack of cards, even if it didn't feature one of those Ted Williams autographs.  1992 Upper Deck is a gem hidden in a sea of early 90s junk wax...and it's probably a set that is deserving of me to collect it.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Social Media: How Does It Relate to Your Hobby?

The other day I got a message via Twitter about a potential baseball card trade.  That's not particularly odd, in fact, if I had to guess I'd say that probably 30% of my trades get started via Twitter these days...which is actually kind of impressive considering the fact that I'm a spotty (at best) Twitter user (only 1,124 tweets as of the time of this post despite being on Twitter since 2011).  Still, the tweet got me thinking about social media and how it relates to my hobbies.


While I don't update my own Twitter account all that much, I do use Twitter to keep track of various news and events.  I especially like the platform during a big event (for example, during the World Series or during a big football game).  The real-time running commentary from fans is oftentimes the best part of an event (especially in a blowout situation).  In addition to sports, I also have a weakness for the television reality show Survivor so I follow a lot of past Survivor contestants as well. Who knows, maybe someday Survivor will want me on their show (I think it'd be a lot of fun).

In addition to my Twitter account, I have a Facebook account which I update somewhat regularly.  In terms of my hobbies, I do follow a couple of baseball card related pages on Facebook including one devoted entirely to Barry Larkin collectors (which has been a great source of information for me).  I don't have a spot of Facebook dedicated to my blog, and frankly, I'm not sure that I want to since Facebook is pretty much the worst social media platform for quite photo sharing.

Instagram Follow on Instagram

Speaking of quite photo sharing, I also have an Instagram account though I have to admit that I don't really post in any way related to my hobbies.  My Instagram is updated more regularly than most of my other social media, but the updates generally don't involve my hobbies (with the occasional exception of some LEGO-related pictures sneaking in).  On the other hand, I do follow a TON of hobby related Instagram pages (both baseball and LEGO) so I do consider the platform to be helpful for my hobbies as a whole.

Finally, on the social media front I have SnapChat - a platform that I'm only now getting into...and one that I haven't (yet) branched out to include my hobbies.  I also should mention that I have a LinkedIn page, but does anyone actually update that thing on a regular basis?  I only have it for a "professional" social media spot, but I can't say that I use it all that often and certainly not for my hobbies.

With that run through of my social media outlets complete, I have to ask:

Do you use social media for your hobbies?  If so, which ones and for what purposes?  Feel free to leave a link to any of your accounts that you'd like me to follow!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 560: 1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice - #276 - Silver Signature parallel

Barry Larkin
Year:  1996
Brand:  Upper Deck Collector's Choice
Card number:  276
Parallel set:  Silver Signature

In the mid-90s, Upper Deck's parallel of choice for its low-budget Collector's Choice brand was faux signatures in either silver foil or gold foil.  As a kid, I don't think I ever pulled a single Barry Larkin signature parallel card...but as an adult I opened up a box of 1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice which featured two copies of today's featured card!  Despite me not really caring for the design of this card, it was still neat to finally pull a parallel version of my all-time favorite player.  Now all I need to do is track down the gold signature version of the card and I'll have the complete trifecta.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Trade Stack 85: NL West Edition

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: 10/24/17

The last update to my Trade Stack featured five cards, one from each team in the NL East.  Since that wasn't enough to convince anyone to claim the entire pile, let's try a different division today:  the NL West.

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

2015 Topps:  346.  Trevor Cahill (Diamondbacks)
1998 Topps:  227.  Dante Bichette (Rockies)
1992 Leaf:  345.  Bobby Ojeda (Dodgers)
1991 Fleer:  273.  Robby Thompson (Giants)
1991 Score:  213.  Mark Parent (Padres)


2013 Panini Pinnacle:
35.  Logan Morrison (Marlins)
63.  Ike Davis (Mets)
98.  Dan Haren (Nationals)
123.  Freddie Freeman (Braves)
138.  Michael Young (Phillies)


2017 Topps Archives:
208.  Todd Frazier (White Sox)

2009 Topps and/or Updates & Highlights:
UH220.  Matt LaPorta (Indians)
Topps Town:
TTT29.  Derek Jeter (Yankees)
TTT34.  Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox)
TTT70.  Hunter Pence (Astros)


2015 Topps:
208.  Wilin Rosario (Rockies)
2000 Fleer Tradition:
324.  Tony Womack (Diamondbacks)


2008 Upper Deck:
StarQuest Series 1:
SQ-20.  Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)
StarQuest Series 2:
SQ-49.  Joe Mauer (Twins)


2008 Topps Stadium Club:
First Day Issue:
117.  Hernan Iribarren (Brewers)

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:  6 cards by Matt S.
Stack 83:  26 cards by Gavin
Stack 84:  1 card by Gavin
Stack 85:  ?? by ??

Monday, October 23, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 559: 1996 Topps Stadium Club Members Only - #20

Barry Larkin
Year:  1996
Brand:  Topps Stadium Club Members Only
Card number:  20

The 1996 Topps Stadium Club Members Only set was a standalone set that featured 50 different players.  I never heard of this set until I acquired the Barry Larkin card...and since there is only one other Red in the set (Reggie Sanders) I don't see myself ever chasing the full set.  However, I am happy to have the Barry Larkin card in my possession as it is rather nice.

The front of the card has some funky fonts (typical of the mid-90s) but it also has a team logo and a decent photograph of Barry.  The backside of the card has a nice write-up, although it does say that Larkin's stats from his 1995 MVP year were "underwhelming."  Despite that, the rest of the write-up lays the praise on Larkin thick and heavy...as he undoubtedly deserved at the time.  This ends up being a nice card from an otherwise forgettable set (can you actually call a set you didn't know existed "forgettable" though)?  I'm happy to have it in my collection.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Delivery Time! Cards from The Collective Mind

I've been working like a mad man trying to get my collection fully reorganized...and as part of my efforts, I'm trying to make sure that incoming mail doesn't sit around on my desk for too long before I open it, catalog it, scan it, write about it, and finally, file it away.  For today, that's exactly what I need to do with a trade package that arrived last week from Greg over at The Collective Mind.

Greg sent me an email a few weeks ago saying that he had some 2000 Topps that I needed.  He certainly didn't disappoint - he sent me over 20 cards from the set that I still needed including my favorite of the bunch:

Poor Bichette looks like he is about to be swallowed up by the Wrigley Field ivy.  It's a great image from an underappreciated flagship set - and it's a card that I'm happy to be able to tuck away in its appropriate spot in the binder!

As with many trades that I receive (and send), Greg included a couple of other goodies for me including two different Gypsy Queen cards that I needed.  The first was from the 2011 set - a set that I seem to have all but stalled out on...so getting even one card from the set is awesome (and promising that maybe someday I'll actually finish the darn thing).

The second Gypsy Queen card came from the 2013 set - and Indians fans might not want to see this one.

Yeah, I think Edwin's injury pretty much cost the Indians their chance to move past the Yankees in the ALDS.  That's a shame too because I liked the Indians (especially seeing Jay Bruce do well) and I never, ever root for the Yankees.  As for the set, I'm actually closer to completing the 2013 Gypsy Queen set than I am to completing the 2011 edition...even though I've had two extra years of collecting (and begging) for 2011 cards.  

Much like Topps Heritage, I've sworn off collecting any more from the Gypsy Queen brand until I at least finish off one of the GQ sets that I've been working on (seemingly) forever.  

The final card that Greg sent my way was from a Heritage set...but this was the Topps Heritage American Heroes set - and it's a Heroes of Spaceflight insert.

I love the Heroes of Spaceflight insert set - and one of these days I'll probably break down and simply purchase whatever cards that remain on my want list.  Until then though, I'll happily acquire as many as I can via trades.

Thanks for all the cards, Greg.  And, as always, if anyone else would like to trade - be sure to check out my want list and make an offer!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 558: 1996 Topps Finest - League Leaders Bronze Blank Back

Barry Larkin
Year:  1996
Brand:  Topps Finest
Insert set:  League Leaders Bronze Blank Back
Card number:  (no number)

Every now and then, I stumble across a Barry Larkin card that throws me for a loop when I try to identify it.  This is one such card.  After searching through the web, I failed miserably until I stumbled across a post on Check Out My Cards which called this card a League Leaders Bronze Blank Back.  Based on the name, it would seem like there might be other versions out there (silver? gold?) of the card.  Even worse, I still don't have any concrete information on the card or the insert set.  Why is the back blank?  It's printed on the kind of paper that you'd expect to hold a sticker...and for all I know, this card could be a sticker (I won't try and peel it since it's my only copy). 

Does anyone out there know anything more about this set?  How could you acquire it?  How common/rare is it?  Who else is on the checklist?  Are there other versions of the card out there?  Are there non-blank back versions?  So many questions!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Flashback Friday! A Pack of Old School Leaf Baseball

Two years ago, I started a feature (called Flashback Friday) that I thought might become a regular thing here at Nachos Grande.  It was a regular thing for all of two consecutive weeks.  Then, about a year later, it made a glorious one week comeback.  If you are interested, you can read my previous three Flashback Friday posts...one each for:


As you can see from the above list, Flashback Friday gives me the opportunity to look at a random set from the past - and who knows, maybe even discover some long lost gems from yesteryear!

For today's Flashback Friday, I have another random pack of yore.  In fact, this particular pack might be the first pack that I'll ever open from the 1992 Leaf set.

As you can see from the golden wrapper, this pack contains cards from the 2nd Series of 1992 Leaf baseball.  The pack contains 15 cards....and frankly, I'm kind of excited to open it up since almost every card from the set should be new to me!

So what does the pack hold?  Here it is, in the order they appeared in the pack.

470.  Andy Stankiewicz

476.  Doug Strange
482.  Mike Gardner
478.  John Wetteland
282.  Omar Olivares
Gold Edition:  270.  Jose Vizcaino

391.  Lou Whitaker
332.  Mark Gubicza
339.  Ruben Amaro
346.  Mike Pagliarulo
319.  Rich Rodriguez
300.  Chito Martinez
355.  Luis Rivera

350.  Albert Belle

345.  Bobby Ojeda

The Gold Edition parallels are seeded one-per-pack if I'm not mistaken.  Other than that, this wasn't an overly interesting pack (though the Luis Rivera card is a definite keeper for me since I like the strangely cropped photograph).  Also, how often does one get a card of Albert Belle bunting? 

So that does it for today's Flashback Friday.  Will the feature return again this year?  Who knows...but it was fun for today!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 557: 1996 Pinnacle Zenith - #19

Barry Larkin
Year:  1996
Brand:  Pinnacle Zenith
Card number:  19

The 1996 Pinnacle Zenith set never interested me much as a kid.  And, to be honest, it doesn't interest me much now that I'm an adult either.  The front of the card is alright (though the image of Larkin is quite dull).  The back of the card seems to be trying to channel Stadium Club in that it has an "interesting twist" on the usual statistics.  However, the card back is also plagued by a boring photo of Larkin (seriously, is there another card out there with two more boring, yet different, photos)? 

Luckily for me, there is only one parallel of the base card (called Artist's Proof which I need to track down still).  The only other Larkin card in the set is a Mosaics insert card which I featured way back as card #434 in my ongoing Barry Larkin Collection series.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Delivery Time! This is Why I Like my Trade Stack Series

I've been adding doing my Trade Stack series off and on for a number of years now on the blog.  The premise is simple:  I keep adding cards to form a stack until someone steps up and claims the pile.  In return, all that person has to do is find at least one card for me from my want list.

Not so long ago, it was Gavin (form Baseball Card Breakdown) who stepped up to claim a Trade Stack.  And then, a day later, he claimed the very next Trade Stack as well.  In return?  Well, he sent me 16 cards from my want list plus a brand new Barry Larkin card for my collection.  Of the want list cards, all were from 2017 Topps Archives - a set that I liked quite a bit but, for whatever reason, has been kind of tough to track down this year.  I guess maybe other's didn't like the set as much as I did?

I also mentioned a new Barry Larkin card - here it is in all of its shiny gold glory.

I'll have plenty more to say about that card when I feature it in a different series of mine, my Barry Larkin Collection series.

Thanks for the pair of trades, Gavin! 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 556: 1996 Pinnacle - #51 - Starburst Parallel

Barry Larkin
Year:  1996
Brand:  Pinnacle
Parallel set:  Starburst
Card number:  51

The Starburst parallel was a partial parallel of the 1996 Pinnacle base set.  I already highlighted Larkin's regular base card in the set - but in this case I have to admit that I like the parallel a LOT better since it uses the Dufex technology.  The Starburst parallel had 100 cards in it for each series (seeded 1:7 packs).  There is also a much rarer (1:47 packs) Starburst Artist's Proof parallel of Larkin that I don't yet own.

In addition to the Starburst Artist's Proof parallel, I am also missing both versions of the Team Pinnacle card of Larkin (which he shares with Cal Ripken, Jr.).  Each version has one player printed using the Dufex technology, but unfortunately both versions have eluded me to date.  And, speaking of eluding me, there is also a First Rate insert set that was retail only that featured Larkin which I need.

Basically, I still need quite a bit more from the 1996 Pinnacle set...but at least this parallel is a start to the collection!

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Great Reorganization: Step 31: The Year 2009 Threw Up On Me

Over the past week or so, I've made some solid forward progress in terms of continuing my reorganization of my baseball card collection.  In fact, I recently went through my stack of 2009 cards...by far the largest stack of cards that was remaining for me to sort through.  How large you ask?  Here's a photo that shows what I had to work my way through.

So many sets released in 2009!!

After going through the various piles, I circled the ones that were of sets that I have decided to chase after.

As you can see, there was a lot of unwanted cards from the 2009...and man, it feels great to have gone through the pile and sorted everything out. 

While I did get rid of a lot of stuff, the year 2009 is still one of the largest years in terms of sets that I've collected and/or are still in the process of trying to complete.  In fact, here's the full list of what I've kept from 2009 (with insert sets indented below the main set):

  • Topps American Heritage
    • American Presidents
  • Topps Heritage Low & High Series
    • Then & Now (low)
    • Then & Now (high)
    • News Flashbacks
    • Baseball Flashbacks (low)
    • Baseball Flashbacks (high)
    • New Age Performers
    • Target Mayo
    • Rookie Performers
  • Topps Series 1 & 2
    • Series 1 black (wal-mart)
    • Series 1 throwback (target)
    • turkey Red
    • World Baseball Classic
    • Topps Town Silver/Blue
    • Topps Town Gold
    • Legends of the Game 
    • Career Best Legends
  • Topps Update & Highlights
  • Topps Heritage American Heroes Edition
    • Heroes of Sport
    • Heroes of Space
  • Upper Deck Goudey
  • Upper Deck Spectrum
  • Topps Allen & Ginter
    • Cabinet Boxloaders
    • World Baseball Classic Boxloaders
    • N43 Boxtoppers
    • National Pride
    • Baseball Highlights
    • Regular back minis
    • Extinct Creatures
    • Inventions of the Future
    • National Heroes
    • Creatures of Legend, Myth, & Terror
    • Hoaxes & Bamboozles
Like I said, that's an excessive amount of sets to have collected from 2009.  Amazingly, almost all of the above sets are actually complete...as you can see from my remaining want list from 2009:

2009 wants:
2009 Topps Heritage American Heroes Edition:
Heroes of Spaceflight: HSF- 5, 11, 12, 16, 18, 22, 23, 25, 26
Retail Checklist:  1

2009 Topps American Heritage:
Base: 127, 132, 137, 143, 144, 147, 149, 150
Presidents: AP1, AP5, AP6, AP7, AP8, AP9, AP10, AP12, AP13, AP14, AP15, AP16, AP17, AP18, AP19, AP20, AP21, AP22, AP23, AP24, AP25, AP27, AP28, AP30, AP31, AP32, AP33, AP34, AP35, AP36, AP39, AP41, AP42, AP43

2009 Topps Allen & Ginter (Note: You can find the cards I have available for trade here.)
Inventions of the Future (minis): FI5
Extinct Creatures (minis):   EA1
Creatures of Legend, Myth, &Terror (minis): 5, 7, 14, 15
Cabinet Boxloader: CB6, CB10
Regular back mini: 134, 159, 176, 205, 277

2009 Upper Deck Goudey: (Note: You can find my '09 Goudey cards available for trade here.)
Base: 203, 207, 211, 219, 220, 224, 225, 226, 230, 231, 238, 240, 248, 251, 252, 256, 259, 263, 265, 268, 269, 270, 277, 281, 283, 292, 296

2009 Topps Heritage (Low and High Series): (Note: You can find my '09 Topps Heritage cards available for trade here.)
Base: 426, 436, 437, 439, 446, 451, 459, 462, 469, 474, 482, 483, 486, 487, 488, 492, 494, 496, 499, 656, 691, 698, 707, 713, 716
Then & Now (High Series): TN-1, TN-2, TN-3, TN-4, TN-7, TN-8, TN-10
New Age Performers: NAP1, NAP2, NAP4, NAP8
Target Mayo: TME-HR, TME-JS
Rookie Performers: RP-03, 10, 15

2009 Topps Base Series 1 & 2:
Legends of the Game (Series 2) insert: Need (all #ed LG-???): Mariano Rivera
Topps Town (Gold Version): TTT29

As the years move on, I know I'll eventually have to go back through my sets and choose some to get rid of in order to make room for newer stuff.  I'm sure that I'll revisit 2009 at that point in time (Upper Deck Spectrum, I'm looking at you)!  Still, it's nice to get more and more organized, even if this is the slowest process ever!