Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Worst Part of 2017 Topps Gallery: The "Artist Proof" Parallels (aka: Parallels Done Poorly)

I'm taking a break from the "regular" packs in my blaster of 2017 Topps Gallery to rip open the bonus pack - a pack full of Artist Proof parallels.  As you'll soon see, this is a complete waste of a bonus pack in my estimation...but you don't have to take my word for it. 

Behold.

Artist Proof Parallels:

22.  Ryon Healy

Two strikes against Healy already.  First, who is Ryon Healy?  Second, who in the world collects the Athletics these days?  Seriously.  I want to know.  I'd love to send a "Season of Giving" package full of Athletics your way if you happen to collect Oakland cards.

23.  Hunter Dozier

Another dud team, and another player I know nothing about.  According to the card back, Dozier missed extensive time in 2017 with oblique and wrist injuries.  That doesn't bode well for his future as a Major Leaguer, does it?

82.  Anthony Alford

Boy...Athletics, Royals, Blue Jays.  I'm sure getting hard-to-trade teams here, aren't I?  All I need is the Rays or Marlins for the fourth card in the pack and I'll be all set.  *end sarcasm*  Seriously though, these parallels are pretty much crap.  The only thing that differentiates them from the regular base cards is the foil "Artist's Proof" on the front of the card.  The least Topps could have done is change the border...or maybe the card stock.  You know...something...that would make these feel different and/or special in some way.  Instead, you get a little extra gold foil.  Ugh.

121.  Christian Yelich

Seriously.  A freaking Marlin.  I couldn't have hand-picked a worse selection of teams, could I?  

These will be probably end up in a Trade Stack soon...maybe someone out there is silly enough to try and complete the full parallel set.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Rookies on Parade (2017 Topps Gallery Edition)

When finances are tight (and let's face it, finances are always tight around the holidays), I like to spread out any card purchases to make the fun last a bit longer than it might otherwise.  Case in point?  My blaster of 2017 Topps Gallery.  I'm basically opening a pack a day which helps me 1)  enjoy each and every card more and 2)  have something fun to do on a daily basis.  Hopefully all of you are enjoying the closer look at the Wal*Mart exclusive set as well!

Pack 4:
95.  Josh Bell

The base set consists of cards 1 - 150 with the final 151 - 200 cards all being short prints (and seeded at a rather astronomical 1:20 packs which is insane).  From what I've opened so far, I haven't seen a short print but I have seen plenty of rookie cards including this Josh Bell card.

124.  Christian Arroyo

I don't really have anything to say about Arroyo other than the fact that this is the second rookie card in the pack (out of only four cards).

127.  Rick Porcello

Our third base card in the pack - and the only non-rookie!  Porcello kind of looks like he is pitching in front of a bunch of Christmas lights.

HOF-5.  Craig Biggio

This is the second Hall of Fame insert out of the blaster (which is about right since they are seeded 1:8 packs or almost two per blaster).  I think Biggio was sort of the precursor to Jose Altuve for the Astros.  Unfortunately for Biggio, he was a member of the Astros when they were in the Reds' division so I never really cared all that much for Craig.  Altuve, on the other hand, plays for the Astros who are now an AL West team, just about as far removed from the Reds as possible and so I consider Jose to be my favorite non-Reds active player today.

With that pack, we have now ripped four of the seven "regular" packs.  There is also that pack of parallels that I need to rip...perhaps I'll do that next to break things up a bit.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

2017 Topps Gallery: Continuing the Blaster Rip with a Masterpieces Card

Let's take a look at pack 3 (out of 7 regular packs) in the 2017 Topps Gallery blaster.  Through the first two packs, we've found one insert and seven regular base cards.  What will this pack bring us?

Pack 3:

7.  Joey Gallo

Gallo's 50th MLB hit was his 20th home run.  That seems kind of impressive.

10.  Jose Altuve

My current favorite (non-Reds) player in MLB.  Altuve has been my fantasy team keeper for the last three years and he hasn't disappointed me at all.  He was also a blast to watch (along with the rest of the Astros) as my "adopted team" this year out of spring training.  To have them win the World Series was almost as good as having my Reds win (ok, that last bit is a lie but it is what I tell myself to make myself feel better).

79.  Jake Thompson

Uhm...back of the card says he had eight shutout innings against Pawtucket in 2017.  Seriously, that was his only listed highlight from 2017.  Eight shutout innings in the minors.  Why does this guy get a card again the 200 card set that includes retired players?!

Masterpieces:  MP-29.  Eric Hosmer

The Masterpieces insert cards are seeded 1:7 packs or exactly one per blaster (so this should be it for me).  There are 30 cards in the Masterpieces set total (but only one Red:  Joey Votto).  Being honest, Hosmer is probably one of the worst names in the entire insert set but what do you do?  That's how the cookie crumbles sometimes.

Well, that pack was a winner for me in that I landed Jose Altuve's base card...but the promised one-per-blaster insert ended up being a dud (so many better players for me to have pulled).  I can't call the pack a true disappointment, but when you pay $20 for 32 total cards, you do hope to have a little bit better luck than I had here.


Monday, November 27, 2017

More 2017 Topps Gallery!

Yesterday, I showed off the first pack out of my blaster of the Wal*Mart exclusive 2017 Topps Gallery set.  Each blaster contains 7 packs (plus 1 bonus pack) for a total of 32 cards.  I will admit, I bought the blaster thinking it promised 1 autograph per box (which it does not)...and that was the reason I could justify spending $20 on a mere 32 cards.

Putting aside my stupidity, I will say at least the cards in the first pack seemed pretty nice.  The fronts are well done (and are, in fact, sketches which is nice and fitting with the Gallery brand).  Let's see how the second pack out of the blaster treats us!

Pack 2:
9.  Amir Garrett

Yay, my first Reds' card from the blaster!  Garrett started the year strong for the Reds but was eventually sent back to the minors due to his ineffectiveness (as evidenced by a 1.46 ERA in April, a 2.02 in May, a 1.84 in June, and then 3.97, 3.33, and 5.06 in the months July, August, and September).  Ouch!

130.  Nolan Arenado

Arenado is a nice score for me because he played a big role in my fantasy baseball team's rise to the playoffs (which, unfortunately, I ended up losing).  I had to swing a pretty big trade to acquire Nolan, but luckily he didn't let me down (I gave up Goldschmidt among other players though so it wasn't like it was a perfect steal of a deal for me).

142.  Michael Fulmer

Fulmer seems to be one of those guys who I pull a lot in recent card packs...and yet, I know nothing about him.  His card back says he had a quality start in each of his first 10 outings in 2017 so that's something.  Since I have nothing much to add about Fulmer, this is a perfect opportunity to show off what the backside of a regular base card looks like.

146.  Garrit Cole

That fantasy baseball trade I talked about above?  Coincidentally Cole was another player I acquired in that deal (although unfortunately for me, Cole didn't completely right my pitching staff's ship).  Still, a nice enough card with a well done sketch.

Artist profile:  Dan Bergren

I won't lie.  When I felt this pack, it felt thick and I thought I might have gotten something cool.  Nope, not really.  Instead, I get this "ad" card for the artist Dan Bergren (who apparently was the artist for the short print cards are seeded 1:20 packs so I'll probably never actually see his work).  All of the regular base cards appear to be done by Mayumi Seto.  I actually looked back into pack 1, it turns out that Dan did the sketch of the Ernie Banks insert card, so I guess I have seen his work.

Two packs down, five more regular packs plus the Artist's Proof parallel pack remain.  I'm curious as to what you think of the Topps Gallery set.  I'll have more of my opinion on the set as I roll through the remaining packs in the blaster.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

What's This? Topps Gallery is a Set this Year?!

If you are anything like me, you probably have a difficult time keeping track of all of the baseball card releases.  For myself, I generally have no idea about any of the high-end releases (they are always out of my price range) and only sometimes do I hear about the mid-range releases.  I used to at least keep up with sets that were released in retail stores, but ever since my local Wal*Mart decided to barely carry baseball cards (8/9 of the card "aisle" is filled with Pokemon stuff) I've even lost track of retail sets.

So, all of that lead to me being totally surprised when I saw 2017 Topps Gallery cards on my local Wal*Mart's shelf the other day.  As someone who enjoyed the Gallery brand back in the day (though I only acquired cards from the various sets after-the-fact), I thought I'd give this year's edition of Topps Gallery a chance.  After all, the blaster ($20) promised me it would deliver an autograph* plus Artist Proof parallels.

*It is here that I should note that the box most definitely does NOT promise me an autograph.  This is how out of touch I've been... I read "look for Rookie Autograph" cards as "find one per box" which is obviously wrong.  In fact, the most common of all autographs (Topps Gallery Autographs are seeded a whopping 1:69 packs so basically I'm an idiot).

With that out of the way, I thought it'd be fun to share my blaster opening experience with all of you...and who knows, if you are anything like me this might be your first time learning about the 2017 edition of Topps Gallery as well.  I plan to post the contents of the packs over the span of the week - that way I can include scans and (hopefully) look up anything I need to about the set and report my findings to you, my loyal readers.

Ready for this?  Here we go!

Pack 1:
20.  Evan Longoria

Alright, so starting off with a Rays card (the dreaded, un-trade-able team) isn't a great to begin the blaster.  Also, kind of weird that we can't see Longoria's face in the sketch.

111.  Ryan Braun

From Rays to Brewers, I'm really knocking off some of the "valuable" teams in the early going, aren't I?  Actually, truth be told, I appreciate Topps including cards from teams other than the usual Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Cubs!

143.  Cody Bellinger

Ok, there's the requisite Dodgers card.  At least it is a rookie card of Bellinger, probably one of his nicer ones this year.

Hall of Fame insert:  HOF-27.  Ernie Banks

And there ya go, a Cubs card!  The Hall of Fame Gallery cards are seeded 1:4 packs which makes this the most common insert set to find (I believe).  There are 30 total cards in the insert set (plus a bunch of rare parallel versions that I most likely won't find in my single blaster so why worry about it).

That's it for pack 1.  With only 4 cards per pack, you don't really get a lot of bang for your buck (each $20 blaster has a total of 32 cards, but 4 of those are in a special Artist's Proofs parallel pack so good luck completing the base set everyone).  Oh yeah, did I mention that the last 50 cards in the 200 card base set are short printed (and seeded 1:20 packs?!).  Seriously, good luck putting the full set together.

I'll reserve my full judgment on the set until I rip open a few more packs.  Still, that was a nice beginning (even if, as a set collector, I'm disappointed in learning just how impossible this set will be to actually build).

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 564: 1994 Score - #5 - Dream Team insert

Barry Larkin
Year:  1994
Brand:  Score
Insert set:  Dream Team
Card number:  5

Somehow, this amazingly canned retro themed Barry Larkin card had eluded me for years.  Actually, now that I look at the pack odds (Dream Team cards were seeded 1:72 retail and hobby packs), I suppose I can see why not many people ended up with duplicates to trade me of the card (plus, it's a pretty awesome card in its own cheesy kind of way)...and here at Nachos Grande, sometimes it's the cheesier, the better!

On a more serious note, this truly is a neat, unique card.  The front features Larkin rocking a 1936 Reds uniform - and other than the lack of the color red on most of the uniform, it could probably pass as one of today's uniforms (as a Reds' fan, I can admit that the Reds' uniforms are some of the more lackluster designs in all of baseball).  The back of the card gives a little bit of information about Larkin, though the image they chose to use of Larkin staring seductively into the camera might give me some nightmares tonight.

All in all, I'd call this strange card a win - and if you don't yet own one yourself, you owe it to your collection to track one down (but sorry, my only copy isn't for trade)!

Note:  There is also a "promo" version of this card out there that I still need for my collection (yes, I'm such a sucker that I call the promo cards and the real cards different things and that I try and acquire both).  If you happen to have one of the promos available for trade, let me know!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Delivery Time! Trade with Robb from Brewers 792

I recently completed a trade with Robb over at Brewers 792.  Before I get to my end of the deal, I have to say that I'm super excited to now know about another Brewers' collector out there.  For the longest time, I had a hard time finding home for my unwanted Milwaukee cards (luckily for me the Brewers aren't generally all that popular in baseball card products these days so it wasn't like I was accumulating all that much of the Brewers' stuff).  Still, it's nice to know someone who will love the cards....and that's exactly what I was able to do with the trade with Robb.

I dumped traded off some unwanted Brewers cards and in exchange, Robb hooked me up with some cards from my want list.

Working from the newest stuff to the oldest, we begin with 2017 Allen & Ginter.  More specifically, three more cards from the What a Day insert set.

The 100 card What a Day insert set has proven to be a bear to collect this year.  Due to the Aaron Judge hysteria, prices of Allen & Ginter skyrockets and so I was unable to buy as much of the product as I might have otherwise.  Of course, less product bought means acquiring the necessary 100 cards for this set suddenly became quite daunting (you only get 12 cards per box on average).   All things considered, I'm making decent progress but I'm definitely thankful when people like Robb can help me out.

Sticking with Allen & Ginter, Robb had some minis I needed as well including two more of the World's Dudes set.

The Tennis Dude is cool enough I guess, but the real hero here is the Russian Peddler Dude, if for no other reason than his name!

Finally, one more mini from this year's edition of Allen & Ginter, this one from the retail only Horse in the Race set.

The Mustang Horse is definitely one of the better known horse breeds, if for no other reason than their use as a symbol for the American pioneer spirit.  I wonder if Ginter will have a Cows set in next years edition of the brand?

While I'm obviously super pleased to have been able to acquire some cards from my 2017 want list, Robb also was able to give me a bit of help with one other set..this one from 1999.

That's a pair of cards from the 1999 Fleer Sports Illustrated set - a set that I've obviously been working on for quite some time.

And last (but certainly not least), a new Barry Larkin card for my collection.

That's a 1994 Score Dream Team card that I somehow had not yet acquired for my Barry Larkin Collection.  It's amazing to me how many Larkin cards exist out there...and how many of those I still don't have!  At least I have this one now, that's one less to try and track down!

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

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 563: 1997 Fleer Ultra - #G177 - Gold Medallion Edition parallel

Barry Larkin
Year:  1997
Brand:  Fleer Ultra
Parallel set:  Gold Medallion Edition
Card number:  G177

In honor of Thanksgiving, here's something I'm thankful for:  the ability to have hobbies!  Today's featured Barry Larkin card is from the 1997 Fleer Ultra set...a set that is quite nice, though not one that I ever bought much of back when it was released.  That's too bad now because I actually still don't own the regular (base) version of Larkin's card, only this Gold Medallion Edition parallel.  Normally I prefer to show off the base version of a card first so that I can compare what changes were made to the parallel, but when (if?) I do track down the 1997 Fleer Ultra base card of Larkin's, I'll have to do my comparison the other way around.

In addition to the base card which I'm missing, there is a Fielder's Choice insert card which features Larkin that I also need to track down (those were seeded a super rare 1:144 packs and the set is 18 cards deep meaning finding Larkin's card will be tough sledding)!  I'm also missing the Platinum Medallion parallel of Larkin's base card (which is serially numbered out of 200) (those were seeded 1:100 packs but there are 553 different cards in the set all of which got a Platinum Medallion parallel). 

I guess I really ought to be thankful to have even one Barry Larkin card from this set...looking at the above odds, I don't think I'll be tracking down any of the other inserts/parallels any time soon.  And you know what?  That's ok.  I should be thankful for having 563 different Larkin cards as it is...and since I have probably another 100 to go that I need to scan and write about, I've got plenty of new Barry Larkin material for at least another year of blogging!

Happy Thanksgiving all.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Trade Stack 86: A Relic Starts Us Off on a New Trade Stack!

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

The Trade Stack:
Last update: 11/22/17

The previous Trade Stack was finally claimed after a whopping 29 cards.  I have a feeling the new Stack won't last nearly that long.  Why am I so sure of that, you ask?  Well, I'm starting off the pile with a relic - and not just any relic but a rather nice Topps Heritage relic (which are fairly hard to find, generally seeded one per hobby box)!  Furthermore, if this Stack inspires any actual Rays collectors to contact me, then it's really going to be worth it as I have a pile of Tampa Bay cards that could use a loving home.

Remember, you can claim the current Trade Stack in exchange for at least one card off my want list (or anything LEGO since I've been getting more and more into collecting LEGO as well)!

2012 Topps Heritage:
Clubhouse Collection relic:
CCR-JS.  James Shields - Rays


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:  29 cards by arpsmith
Stack 86:  ?? by ??

More than You Ever Needed to Know about Chance Caple & Jason Jennings!

Over the past few weeks, I've been busy preparing for my Season of Giving card giveaway.  As such, I haven't had a lot of time to set up actual trades where both parties agree to send certain items.  Luckily for me, there are other people out there who also like to sometimes send packages "just because."  Adam, from Infield Fly Rule, is one such person.

About a week or so ago, Adam dropped a small PWE in the mail for me which contained a single card from my want list

That's a draft picks card featuring Chance Caple and Jason Jennings (of the Cardinals and Rockies respectively).  Jenning had himself a decent MLB career, but I don't think Chance Caple ever amounted to much (I had never heard of him).  My suspicions were proved correct thanks to Baseball Reference.  On there, I learned that Caple had a 10-15 win-loss record, all in Single A minor league ball.  He compiled a 4.89 ERA across 57 games (54 of which he started).

Jennings, on the other hand, had a 9 year career in MLB finishing with a 62-74 record and a 4.95 ERA. 

I find it interesting that Jennings actually had a higher career ERA than Caple (of course, that's not a fair comparison since I'm looking at Jenning's MLB numbers as compared to Caple's MiLB numbers).  Looking at Jenning's minor league numbers, he was only 20-23 with a 3.83 ERA.  Better than Caple's to be sure, but certainly not world beating statistics! 

If nothing else, it goes to show that it's not only how good of a player you are, but also how lucky you are (right time, right place, etc.) for a player to become a Major League ballplayer. 

As for me, this was definitely the right time and right place for Adam to send me the card - it was one of the remaining 2000 Topps cards that I needed! 

Thanks for the trade, Adam.  And, as always, should anyone else want to send me cards - check out my want list and make an offer!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Delivery Time! The Summer of '74 Brings Cards from the Summer of 2000.

Back around the end of October*, I completed a trade involving older Topps' flagship sets with Mat over at the Summer of '74 blog.  Matt had a nice sized stack of 2000 Topps that I needed - and I was able to help him out with his 2009, 2011, and 2013 Topps' flagship needs.  It's always good fun to trade away unwanted cards while simultaneously filling in holes in my card binder with cards that I actually do want!

In my opinion, the 2000 Topps set doesn't get nearly the credit it deserves for being a solid base set.  It's not flashy (other than the gold foil for the name which I do hate)...but it's a solid set with some interesting photography (and great card backs).

I'm particularly happy to have that Gary Disarcina card in my collection because of the "future version" jersey he is wearing.  Oh yeah, the idea of the future jersey is a hideous eyesore but I'm happy that at least one example of the jersey was caught on cardboard for all of eternity.

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

*I promise that I wrote this post back at the end of October as well, but with my box of 2015 UD Dinosaurs already scheduled to go live for the first 20 days of November, this post ended up getting pushed back a few weeks.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Question: Do You Shop on Amazon.com?

Do you shop on Amazon.com?  Are you thinking you should start ordering some holiday gifts?  Well, if you do happen to buy from Amazon, I would greatly appreciate it if you would click through that link in the first sentence.  You see, it won't cost you a penny more on the site BUT I will be able to generate a tiny bit of income from your purchases (basically a "referral fee"). 

So what's in it for you, you ask? 

Well, if I could get all of my readers who shop on Amazon to click through that link throughout the holiday season, I imagine I could probably make enough extra coin to be able to purchase some baseball card related items.  And yes, if that actually comes to fruition, I'll be sure to do some sort of awesome giveaway or box break here at Nachos Grande and share the wealth!  This could easily be a win-win situation for all of us...and any purchase, whether large or small, will help me raise some funds for more great activities here on the blog.

2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs: Pack 20: This is the End!

This is it, we made it to the final pack out of the 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs box.  I've found 16 cards (so far) that I actually needed for my set.  With one final pack remaining, I'd like to get to 20 total needed cards (and therefore average one new card per pack for the box).  It's a big ask, but let's see if we can make it happen.

Pack 20:
26.  Corythosaurus

87.  Yunnanosaurus

88.  Dimetrodon

93.  Dicraeosaurus

105.  Liopleurodon

Well, in the end I only needed the Dimetrodon card.  That puts me at 17 total new cards for my set out of the entire box.  Clearly I should stop buying boxes at this point and focus on singles...  Despite the relative lack of new cards for my set, I have to admit that the Dinosaur boxes are a lot of fun to rip.  The sketch cards are always nice to find (and at one per box, you know you'll get one).  I have yet to pull a "rare" sketch card (multipanel) but I've been happy with what I've found.  Upper Deck did a great job with this set...and I wouldn't be opposed to another Dinosaur set in a few years!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs: Pack 19: The Penultimate Pack!

Well, the box of 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs is all but over.  To date, I've landed 15 new cards for my set.  Not great, but a lot better than it was looking around the midway point of the box.  With only two packs remaining, I know I won't be able to finish off my set, but let's hope I can still inch a bit closer.

Pack 19:
9.  Apatosaurus

Canvas mini:  126.  Smilodon

Sticker:  18.  Utahraptor

3D.  24.  Triceratops

Well, hard to get a lot help with the base set when the pack only contains a single base card (which I already owned).  I did need the Triceratops 3D card though, so I'll still call this pack a win for me.

Total cards needed for my set (so far):  16.

One pack left, be sure to come back tomorrow to see if we can reach 20 total "needed" cards.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs: Pack 18: My Birthday Edition!

There's something great about having your birthday on a weekend.  No work always makes it better!  Another thing that makes birthdays better is getting to open up some cards.  In my case, it's another pack of 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs (though, truth be told, I'm actually opening up the pack and writing this post on July 2, 2017 but whatever)!

Pack 18:
55.  Lexovisaurus

62.  Eudimorphodon

75.  Euoplocephalus

96.  Acrocanthosaurus

150.  Homo Sapiens

I used to consider myself somewhat of a dinosaur expert but I have to be honest, I've never heard of any of the four dinosaurs pulled in this pack.  That's not important though.  What is important is that I landed another three base cards for my set!  Happy birthday, indeed!

Cards needed (so far) for my set:  15  (getting more respectable)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Trade Stack 85: 29 Cards...Including a Goudey Short Print!

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: 11/17/17

The current Trade Stack is getting quite large.  In fact, after tonight's addition to the pile the Stack will be 29 cards tall!

For today, I have a nice 2007 Upper Deck Goudey short print of Yankees' legend Reggie Jackson.  The short prints from the Goudey set are quite difficult to track down...and this card is probably "worth" more than the rest of the Trade Stack combined.  I guess what I'm trying to say is don't delay in claiming the Stack...I don't expect it will reach 30 cards!

Remember, you can claim the current Trade Stack in exchange for at least one card off my want list (or anything LEGO since I've been getting more and more into collecting LEGO as well)!

2007 Upper Deck Goudey:
Short Print
205.  Reggie Jackson (Yankees)

1991 Topps Traded:
98T.  Chris Roberts (Team USA)
1994 Upper Deck
109.  Demetrish Jenkins (Reds - I learned this after I scanned the card)
2005 Upper Deck Classics:
79.  Ray Dandridge - Newark 


1991 Fleer:
511.  Ken Oberkfell (Astros)
513.  Rafael Ramirez (Astros)
518.  Franklin Stubbs (Astros)
520.  Eric Yelding (Astros)

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 ??