Monday, December 31, 2018

Barry Larkin Collection 637: 2001 Donruss - #8 - 1999 Retrospective insert

Barry Larkin
Year:  2001
Brand:  Donruss
Insert set:  1999 Retrospective
Card number:  8

The 2001 Donruss baseball set is a veritable mess of set in so many different ways.  For one thing, the set is terrible confusing - take today's card as a prime example.  This is a 2001 Donruss card but it's actually an insert based on the 1999 Donruss set (that never existed).  Confused yet?  Even worse, there is also a 2000 Retrospective insert set based on, you guessed it, the 2000 Donruss set that also never existed.  In theory, the two designs are based on Donruss' football designs from each year - but the players featured are accurate as of the "retro" year (as are the stats) which makes for a very confusing card to figure out what you have in hand a decade or two later!

Here's what makes 2001 Donruss even more infuriating as a player collector.  By my count, Barry has the following cards in the set:
Base card #44
Base card #44 Season's Best Bronze parallel #/999
Base card #44 Season's Best Silver parallel #/499
Base card #44 Season's Best Gold parallel #/99
Base card #44 Season Stat Line parallel #/71
Base card #44 Career Stat Line parallel #/300
1999 Retroactive insert #8 (today's featured card)
1999 Retroactive insert Career Stat Line parallel #/305
1999 Retroactive insert Season Stat Line parallel #/166
2000 Retroactive insert #31
2000 Retroactive insert Career Stat Line parallel #/168
2000 Retroactive insert Season Stat Line parallel #/75
Rookie Reprints insert #RR19
Anniversary Originals slabbed buyback card

Good grief - and the worst part is that I'm not even sure that's the full list of Larkin cards in the set!

It's safe to say that 2001 Donruss isn't high on my "must collect" list, though as always, I wouldn't turn down any new Barry Larkin cards from the set (even if they are the pointless parallels)!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Looking Back on 2018: How Did I Do on my 2018 Resolutions?

Back in the beginning of the year, I posted my 2018 Resolutions.  As is my habit on the blog, now that the end of the year is here, let's take a look back and see how I did this year on all the things I resolved to do.

Although it is still the holiday break for me, as a professor I do feel compelled to give myself a grade for each of my eight 2018 resolutions.  Let's see if I can pass the year with at least a 3.0 GPA.

1.  Barry Larkin Collection:
My goal was to post at least 650 different Barry Larkin cards as part of my ongoing Barry Larkin Collection series.  Heading into 2018, I was at 575 posts and as of today I'm sitting at 636 completed posts.  I ended up falling 14 posts shy of my goal but I did manage to pump out 61 different Larkin card posts on the year which is pretty good.  Resolution grade:  B

2.  Blog Trading:
I knew that 2018 was going to be a tough year for blog trading for a number of reasons (money for one, but also a major reason that is a later resolution).  My goal was to complete a rather modest 30 total trades for the year.  I managed to blow that number out of the water with 45 trades sent out (and counting)!  Resolution grade:  A

3.  The Great Reorganization:
My goal was to finally clear off my sorting table once and for all.  Unfortunately, that didn't happen BUT I did make major gains in other areas of the collection.  I've completely redone my "man cave" in terms of my shelves of binders and other items.  I've sorted through all of my extra Reds cards and finally created my Reds Frankenset.  And, I managed to almost clear off my desk of cards.  I didn't meet my goal, but I still do fairly well and I can finally see the light at the end of the reorganizational tunnel.  Resolution grade:  B

4.  The Want List:
For the past couple of resolution posts, I've plucked some nearly completed sets from my want list and stated it as my goal to actually finish them in the upcoming year.  For 2018, the sets were:

  • 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Laureates of Peace mini insert:  LP-1, 2, 4
  • 2015 Topps Archives:  Will Ferrell Insert:  7 (as a White Sox)
  • 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter's:  Where Nature Ends: WNE-17 Diego Velazquez
  • 2013 Topps Archives: 1972 Basketball Design:  JB (Johnny Bench)
  • 2012 Topps Archives:  Classic Combos:  58- KK, LM, SF
  • 2011 Topps Lineage:  1975 mini parallels:   33, 103
  • 2011 Topps:  Diamond Parallels:  306, 339, 369, 380, 381, 400, 408, 424, 462, 534, 537, 548, 550, 573, 579, 612, 640, 652, 657
  • 2009 Topps Base Series 1 & 2:  Legends of the Game (Series 2) insert: (#ed LG-???): Mariano Rivera
  • 2008 Topps Stadium Club:  First Day Issue: 15
  • 2008 Topps Heritage (low and high series):  Base: #465, 480, 488, 495, 500

Anything marked in green means that I have since acquired the given card.  Anything in black means I failed to acquire the card.  As you can see, I didn't do very well here, did I?  Only one set was completed - and that set happened to only need one card.  I didn't get a single other card from any of my targeted sets.  However, I did manage to complete six different sets from 2017 and earlier in 2018 so it wasn't like I didn't make any progress at all on my collection.  Still, the goal was to kncok off those specific sets and in that sense I didn't do great.  Resolution grade:  D

5.  My LEGO Blog / YouTube:
My goal here was to end up with 40 (ideally 50) new posts over on my LEGO blog Playing with Bricks.  I didn't do so well here - in fact, I will finish the year with only 17 posts - my lowest output on that blog in its six years of existence.  Resolution grade:  F

6.  Teaching:
At the start of 2018, I was slated to teach a Geometry capstone class for Fall 2018.  This was a decision handed down by my department despite the fact that I've never actually taken any Geometry above the high school level!  However, through a series of unfortunate events plus some royal screw ups by those with more power at the school than I have, I managed to escape teaching Geometry and instead got to offer Graph Theory as the capstone course (a course that I love to teach).  In most years, that sort of turnaround would be my greatest resolution success, but not this year (read on for that).  That said, this one is an easy grade.  Resolution grade:  A

7.  Woodworking:
I got a scroll saw for Christmas 2017.  That scroll saw is still sitting in its box.  However, before I go and give myself an F for this one, my wife and I did end up getting a small shed for our backyard late in the summer which means the garage has some space again for me to do actual woodworking projects.  While I cannot give myself an A or a B here, I think simply having a "shop space" available finally is worth something.  Resolution grade:  C

8.  Have a baby:
My wife and I did indeed have a baby - a boy back in May 2017.  He has been an absolute treasure for both of us (despite the terrible, terrible sleep schedule for the first three months of the young guy's life).  This resolution obviously trumped everything else for the year!  Resolution grade:  A

And there you have it, my completed 2018 Resolution Report Card.

My final grades were:  B, A, B, D, F, A, C, and A.  Ignoring plusses and minuses, that would be a final GPA of 2.625.  Not great, but at least I passed for the year.  Of course, that also assumes that all resolutions get weighted equally - something that is most definitely NOT true this year!  Despite less than stellar overall grades, I'm still super happy with how 2018 turned out for me personally. 

Here's to a great 2019 - and ideally, here's to actually finishing off more sets this time around (and hopefully finally finishing off the great reorganization too)!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Trade Bait Blowout: What's Still Available (Plus Some More Added!)

Over the last couple of weeks, I hosted my first Trade Bait Blowout spectacular.  Admittedly, my timing probably wasn't the best with it being the busy holiday season...and so here I am one more time offering up everything that hasn't yet been claimed.  To make things easier for you, I've broken down the available trade bait by sport and team (and some non-sport cards as well).  In addition, for those that have been following along, I've added in a few more trade bait cards that I discovered while moving my card shelves around (that move is a topic for another day)!

As a reminder, here are the rules for the Trade Bait Blowout:

To claim a card (or multiple cards), simply leave a comment on this post (first-come, first-serve).  I'll be accumulating requests throughout the entire duration of the TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - and then mailing off all the cards at once at the conclusion of the event.

In return for you claim from me, I'm asking for you to send me whatever you think is fair in some combination of the following:
1.  Cards from my want list
2.  LEGO sets (or even a box of random LEGO pieces from random sets - LEGO brand only though)
3.  Barry Larkin cards (while not totally up-to-date, I would appreciate it if you'd look at my list of what I've already written about in order to reduce the number of duplicate cards coming my way)

I am willing to be patient, so you might tell me that you are making a Check Out My Cards order somewhat soon and you'll add in a few cards to send my way, that's perfectly acceptable to me!  I'd love to have my unwanted cards find a new home, and if it means I can also turn those into things that I want all the better!

Cards with a strike through them mean that they have been claimed.  I'll try to keep the claims up-to-date but do read the comments just to be safe (first come, first served)!

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Trade Bait List:

Update:  I've moved my TRADE BAIT LIST here in order to make things easier for everyone to find!

Friday, December 28, 2018

Barry Larkin Collection 636: 2001 Donruss Studio - #43

Barry Larkin
Year:  2001
Brand:  Donruss Studio
Card number:  43

The 2001 Donruss Studio set was a set that I don't recall ever seeing out "in the wild" back in the day.  From what I can tell based on the one 2001 Studio card that I own (shown above), the set is reminiscent of Studio sets of old but with the typical Donruss layer of boredom added to each card.  Seriously though, what was with Donruss making such boring cards around this time in history?!

Besides the Larkin base that I own, there is one parallel of this card - a Proof parallel that is numbered out of only 25.  I decided awhile ago that while I won't turn down any Larkin cards numbered to 25 or less, I also don't feel compelled to chase cards that are that rare (especially since so many of those so-called rare cards are really just pointless parallels of boring base cards anyhow). 

Switching back to the card at hand, mama always taught me that if I don't have anything nice to say, I should say anything at all.  And since I've railed on Donruss for a bit already, let's try to find something positive to say.

How about this:  the write-up on the back of the card is decent.

Ugh.  That was tough, there isn't much to love about a boring base card with a single line of statistics on the backside coupled with way too much white space (and somehow, the back still looks cluttered).  This is a straight up lesson on how to not design cards boys and girls, take note. 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Great Reorganization: Step 34: The Reds Frankenset is Actually Being Formed!

Over Christmas break, I finally sat down and forced myself to go through the many, many boxes and stacks of cards that I had set aside for the past 5+ years.  The piles and piles of cards were all for possible inclusion in my Reds Frankenset - a set that has nearly become mythical around Nachos Grande's casa seeing as how I've talked about it for years but never once delivered anything close to a set!
A frankenset is a great way to use up random leftover used 9-pocket pages

That all changed this week though as I sorted (and sorted and sorted) cards out by number and then started adding them to my binder.  I decided to do a 800 card Reds Frankenset with the following rules and goals:
1.  No cards from sets that I have collected (or am currently trying to collect).  Thus, you won't find any Allen & Ginter cards in the binder.
2.  No inserts or parallels (if I could determine that card was an insert or parallel off to a different pile it went)!
3.  No cards of players that I am either collecting or thinking about collecting.  At the moment, that means no Larkin, Griffey Jr., Rose, Dunn, Casey, Phillips, Sabo, Votto, Bruce, Bench, Davis, Rijo, Foster, Roberts, Seaver, Griffey Sr., Kluszeewski, or Senzel.
4.  Try to limit the same player or set on each page.
5.  Emphasis on great photos or card design, with some thought to including rookie cards.
6.  Try to maintain a nice mix of players throughout the binder.
7.  Exactly one card for each number 1 - 800, Reds only.
8.  Try to avoid cards with more than one player on it (exception Reds' team cards)
9.  Try to avoid cards with more than one team represented.

While I do still have a few more Reds to sort out and see if they make it into the Frankenset, I am proud to say that I've actually made a full binder of cards.  Well, not entirely full as there are a bunch of numbers for which I had exactly zero Reds to fill the spot.  As of my 12/28/18 update, those numbers are:
213, 290, 318, 320, 323, 324, 346, 348, 359, 363, 365, 373, 376, 378, 380, 381, 382, 383, 385, 389, 390, 391, 400, 403, 406, 411, 423, 437, 438, 441, 445, 447, 451, 455, 456, 459, 460, 461, 464, 470, 477, 479, 480, 482, 483, 485, 486, 487, 489, 490, 491, 492, 494, 497, 498, 500, 501, 503, 505, 507, 510, 514, 515, 516, 517, 519, 520, 527, 529, 532, 541, 543, 545, 546, 548, 553, 555, 557, 558, 561, 562, 563, 565, 567, 572, 578, 578, 579, 583, 584, 587, 588, 590, 591, 592, 602, 608, 612, 614, 615, 616, 620, 621, 622, 623, 641, 643, 644, 651, 652, 653, 654, 655, 656, 659, 661, 663, 665, 668, 670, 672, 674, 675, 676, 677, 678, 680, 681, 682, 685, 687, 689, 690, 691, 692, 693, 695, 696, 697, 699, 700, 701, 702, 703, 705, 706, 707, 710, 711, 713, 720721, 723, 725, 726, 727, 728, 729, 730, 731, 732, 733, 734, 735, 737, 738, 739, 740, 741, 742, 745, 746, 747, 748, 749, 750, 752, 753, 754 755, 756, 757, 758, 759, 761, 762, 763, 764, 765, 766, 767, 768, 769, 770, 771, 772, 773, 774, 775, 777, 779, 780, 782, 784, 786, 787, 789, 790, 791, 792, 793, 794, 795, 796, 798, 799, 800

Obviously, when making a Frankenset the first 200 cards or so have many, many options for each slot number but by the time you get into the 600s you pretty much take whatever you can get!

I do think that I'll show off my Reds Frankenset at some point, perhaps even page by page.  However, I probably won't do that any time in the immediate future because my scanner officially died the week before Christmas (this is why I haven't posted about some of the trades that have arrived at my house as well).  Hopefully I can get a new scanner soon - and then I should be back up and running like normal.

For now though, I think I'll leaf through that Frankenset one more time.


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Barry Larkin Collection 635: 2001 Fleer Tradition - #11 - Diamond Tributes insert

Barry Larkin
Year:  2001
Brand:  Fleer Tradition
Insert set:  Diamond Tributes
Card number:  11

The Diamond Tributes insert set contains a total of 30 cards, 29 current players plus Jackie Robinson (for reasons that I don't understand)!  The design of the card is fairly understated on both front and back, but that doesn't mean it is bad.  In fact, I actually like the front design quite a lot.  The large player head shot works well located inside the monochromatic diamond (which is a nice play on the set's name).  The backside of the card has a nice little write-up of Barry's off-field accomplishments, basically exactly what you would want from an insert set.  All around, I'm definitely happy to have this card in my collection (and it also means that I've finished off the 2001 Fleer Tradition set in terms of Barry Larkin cards, double good news)!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.  Here's to stockings full of baseball cards!  Now get off the computer and go spend time with family!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Barry Larkin Collection 634: 2001 Fleer Tradition - #11

Barry Larkin
Year:  2001
Brand:  Fleer Tradition
Card number:  11

I like when Larkin gets the number 11 in a card set - something that seemed to happen a lot more often in the twilight of his career (which makes sense).  In the case of Fleer Tradition, not only did Larkin get assigned card number 11, but he also ended up with a gorgeous base card.  The front features a nice head shot as well as an action shot of Larkin in the field.  The name plate is easy to read (and I like the team logo in the banner as well). 

The backside of the card is just as nice.  The card number is easy to find and you even get a small (color) team logo.  The cartoon is nice enough I guess, though I would have preferred to have the player "vitals" line smaller so that players with a long career (such as Barry in 2001) could have had their entire career statistics on the backside of the card.  Still, it's a nice retro design that I dig.

Another nice thing about this set is that there are NO parallels!  In fact, Barry only has this one base card and a single insert card in the set (which I am happy to say I also own though I haven't written about it as of the time of this posting).  It's nice to have a post year 2000 set where I own all of the Larkin cards!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Trade Bait Cards: Plenty available yet!

I've got a lot of trade bait still available from my 15 days of Trade Bait Blowout action.  I expect most of you are as busy as I am today, so I'll simply post the photos of what remains.  You can click back through my blog archives from the past two weeks to see each individual post.















Saturday, December 22, 2018

TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - Round 15: Autographs, Relics, Minis, and More! The Final Batch of New Cards!

Welcome to my TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018!

This is it, the final new batch of cards for my 2018 Trade Bait Blowout spectacular.  To finish off in style, this may be the best overall batch of cards yet!

Today's trade bait is as follows:
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter relic:  FSRB-CK.  Craig Kimbrel (Braves)
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter relic:  FSRB-DW.  David Wright (Mets)
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter relic:  FSRB-SV.  Sal Vulcano
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter relic:   FSRB-HRY.  Hyun-Jin Ryu (Dodgers)
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter relic:  FSRB-CY.  Christian Yelich (Marlins)
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter relic:  FSRB-FF.  Freddie Freeman (Braves)
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter relic:  FSRB-BQ.  Brian Quinn
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter relic:  FSRB-NA.  Nolan Arenado (Rockies)
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter relic:  FSRB-LM.  Leonys Martin (Rangers)
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter relic:  FSRB-BM.  Brian McCann (Yankees)
2017 Topps Allen & Ginter framed relic:  MR-FH.  Felix Hernandez (Mariners)
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter framed autograph:  AGA-BF.  Brandon Finnegan (Royals)
2014 Topps Allen & Ginter framed autograph:  AGA-BR. Bill Rancic
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter framed relic:  FMR-MMR.  Michael Morse (Marlins)
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter framed relic:  FMR-DW.  David Wright (Mets)
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter framed relic:  FMR-CH. Cole Hamles (Phillies)
2016 Topps:  Scouting Report relic:  SRR-GS.  Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins)
2018 Topps Gypsy Queen autograph:  GQA-ZG.  Zack Granite (Twins)
2018 Topps Gypsy Queen autograph:  GQA-AV.  Alex Verdugo (Dodgers)
2018 Topps Gypsy Queen autograph:  GQA-AS.  Andrew Stevenson (Nationals)
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter red mini parallel:  243.  Jean Segura (Brewers) #09/40
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter red mini parallel:  232.  Matt Holliday (Cardinals) #32/40
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter red mini parallel:  29.  Nick Swisher (Indians) #26/40
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter red mini parallel:  109.  Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies) #30/40
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter no number mini:  Joaquin Benoit (Padres)


Surely there must be something of interest there to almost anyone.  If not, take a look back at my previous 14 rounds - there's been a nice mix of all sorts of things that I'm offering up for trade.

If you missed it, I posted ROUND 1 of trade bait hereROUND 2 hereROUND 3 hereROUND 4 hereROUND 5 hereROUND 6 hereROUND 7 hereROUND 8 hereROUND 9 hereROUND 10 hereROUND 11 hereROUND 12 hereROUND 13 here, and ROUND 14 here.

To claim a card (or multiple cards), simply leave a comment on this post (first-come, first-serve).  I'll be accumulating requests throughout the entire duration of the TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - and then mailing off all the cards at once at the conclusion of the event.

In return for you claim from me, I'm asking for you to send me whatever you think is fair in some combination of the following:
1.  Cards from my want list
2.  LEGO sets (or even a box of random LEGO pieces from random sets - LEGO brand only though)
3.  Barry Larkin cards (while not totally up-to-date, I would appreciate it if you'd look at my list of what I've already written about in order to reduce the number of duplicate cards coming my way)

I am willing to be patient, so you might tell me that you are making a Check Out My Cards order somewhat soon and you'll add in a few cards to send my way, that's perfectly acceptable to me!  I'd love to have my unwanted cards find a new home, and if it means I can also turn those into things that I want all the better!


My TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 will include cards from a variety of years, brands, and teams.  You are welcome to claim as many cards as you wish, but please respect the rules laid out above.  Also, when/if you do claim at least one card please do me a favor and email me your mailing address ASAP so that I can start a proper card stack for you!

Friday, December 21, 2018

TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - Round 14: More Relics, Gold Parallels, and a Mini!

Welcome to my TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018!

More relics today (plus a couple of other random trade bait).   Mostly though, today's relics are of the tougher-to-find variety (the non-baseball players in Allen & Ginter plus a really nice framed relic of a great Yankee with pinstripe).  Plenty of good stuff, not just today but for the past 13 days as well.  Let's clear it all out of my house though - claim away (and if you haven't yet, please let me know what you plan to send my way so that I can mark cards on my want list as "incoming").  Thanks!

Today's trade bait is as follows:
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter relic:  FSRA-VK.  Val Kilmer
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter relic:  FSRA-MG.  Malcom Gladwell
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter relic:  FSRA-JMA.  Jeff Mauro
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter relic:  FSRA-APA.  Aaron Paul
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter relic:  FSRA-BS.  Brody Stevens
2014 Topps Allen & Ginter relic:  FSR-BP.  Buster Posey (Giants)
2017 Topps Allen & Ginter relic:  FSRB-CG.  Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies)
2014 Topps Allen & Ginter framed relic:  RA-AP.  Andy Pettitte (Yankees)
2012 Topps Gold parallel:  151.  Chris Davis (Orioles) #0042/2012
2012 Topps Gold parallel:  479.  Johan Santana (Mets) #1449/2012
2012 Topps 1987 mini:  TM-39.  Jay Bruce (Reds)


I hope to do one more Trade Bait post full of cards tomorrow and then I'll be done with this year's Trade Bait Blowout.  Feel free to go back through the earlier trade bait posts and claim your favorites - big trades can be fun after all!

If you missed it, I posted ROUND 1 of trade bait hereROUND 2 hereROUND 3 hereROUND 4 hereROUND 5 hereROUND 6 hereROUND 7 hereROUND 8 hereROUND 9 hereROUND 10 hereROUND 11 hereROUND 12 here, and ROUND 13 here.

To claim a card (or multiple cards), simply leave a comment on this post (first-come, first-serve).  I'll be accumulating requests throughout the entire duration of the TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - and then mailing off all the cards at once at the conclusion of the event.

In return for you claim from me, I'm asking for you to send me whatever you think is fair in some combination of the following:
1.  Cards from my want list
2.  LEGO sets (or even a box of random LEGO pieces from random sets - LEGO brand only though)
3.  Barry Larkin cards (while not totally up-to-date, I would appreciate it if you'd look at my list of what I've already written about in order to reduce the number of duplicate cards coming my way)

I am willing to be patient, so you might tell me that you are making a Check Out My Cards order somewhat soon and you'll add in a few cards to send my way, that's perfectly acceptable to me!  I'd love to have my unwanted cards find a new home, and if it means I can also turn those into things that I want all the better!


My TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 will include cards from a variety of years, brands, and teams.  You are welcome to claim as many cards as you wish, but please respect the rules laid out above.  Also, when/if you do claim at least one card please do me a favor and email me your mailing address ASAP so that I can start a proper card stack for you!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - Round 13: A Plethora of Purple Parallels!

Welcome to my TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018!

For today's batch of trade bait, I have a whole bunch of 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen purple (retail only?) parallels available for trade.  Also, I've decided that I will do a total of 15 rounds of trade bait - so jump on in now because after today I only have two rounds remaining!

Today's trade bait is as follows:
2018 Topps Gypsy Queen purple parallel:  278.  Javier Baez (Cubs)
2018 Topps Gypsy Queen purple parallel:  289.  Tyler Saladino (White Sox)
2018 Topps Gypsy Queen purple parallel:  294.  Nomar Mazara (Rangers)
2018 Topps Gypsy Queen purple parallel:  266.  Aaron Altherr (Phillies)
2018 Topps Gypsy Queen purple parallel:  256.  James Paxton (Mariners)
2018 Topps Gypsy Queen purple parallel:  166.  Ben Gamel (Mariners)
2018 Topps Gypsy Queen purple parallel:  250.  Max Scherzer (Nationals)
2018 Topps Gypsy Queen purple parallel:  63.  Alex Gordon (Royals)
2018 Topps Gypsy Queen purple parallel:  92.  Zack Cozart (Angels)
2018 Topps Gypsy Queen purple parallel:  99.  Tyler Glasnow (Pirates)
2018 Topps Gypsy Queen purple parallel:  162.  Francisco Mejia (Indians)
2018 Topps Gypsy Queen purple parallel:  24.  Bryon Buxton (Twins)
2018 Topps Gypsy Queen purple parallel:  74.  Noah Syndergaard (Mets)


I really liked this year's Gypsy Queen set.  Perhaps by trading away some of the parallels that I pulled, I can inch a bit closer to actually completing my own base set!

If you missed it, I posted ROUND 1 of trade bait hereROUND 2 hereROUND 3 hereROUND 4 hereROUND 5 hereROUND 6 hereROUND 7 hereROUND 8 hereROUND 9 hereROUND 10 here, ROUND 11 here, and ROUND 12 here.

To claim a card (or multiple cards), simply leave a comment on this post (first-come, first-serve).  I'll be accumulating requests throughout the entire duration of the TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - and then mailing off all the cards at once at the conclusion of the event.

In return for you claim from me, I'm asking for you to send me whatever you think is fair in some combination of the following:
1.  Cards from my want list
2.  LEGO sets (or even a box of random LEGO pieces from random sets - LEGO brand only though)
3.  Barry Larkin cards (while not totally up-to-date, I would appreciate it if you'd look at my list of what I've already written about in order to reduce the number of duplicate cards coming my way)

I am willing to be patient, so you might tell me that you are making a Check Out My Cards order somewhat soon and you'll add in a few cards to send my way, that's perfectly acceptable to me!  I'd love to have my unwanted cards find a new home, and if it means I can also turn those into things that I want all the better!


My TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 will include cards from a variety of years, brands, and teams.  You are welcome to claim as many cards as you wish, but please respect the rules laid out above.  Also, when/if you do claim at least one card please do me a favor and email me your mailing address ASAP so that I can start a proper card stack for you!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - Round 12: A HUGE Day of Hits, Parallels, and So Much More!

Welcome to my TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018!

Most days, I've posted exactly 9 cards for the Trade Bait Blowout round.  Today, I'm bucking that trend by posting a whopping 19 different cards!

Today's trade bait is as follows:
2018 Panini Donruss:  Father's Day parallel:  243.  Cody Bellinger (Dodgers) #08/49
2018 Panini Donruss:  Foundations blue parallel:  F5.  Mookie Betts (Red Sox) #137/249
2018 Panini Donruss:  Green parallel:  159.  Andrew McCutchen (Pirates)
2018 Panini Donruss:  Elite Series:  ES4.  Manny Machado (Orioles)
2018 Panini Donruss:  Blue parallel:  181.  Chris Archer (Rays)
2018 Panini Donruss:  Blue parallel:  144.  Noah Syndergaard (Mets)
2018 Panini Donruss:  Blue parallel:  153.  Corey Kluber (Indians)
2018 Panini Donruss:  Dominator:  D1.  Mookie Betts (Red Sox)
2018 Panini Donruss:  Dominator parallel:  D6. Corey Kluber (Indians) #250/999
2018 Panini Donruss:  Mound Marvels parallel:  MM1.  Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) #133/999
2018 Panini Donruss:  Mound Marvels:  MM5.  Chris Sale (Red Sox)
2018 Panini Donruss:  Teal parallel:  22.  Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) #078/199
2018 Panini Donruss:  Teal parallel:  73.  Wade Boggs (Red Sox) #128/199
2018 Panini Donruss:  Teal parallel:  61.  Trey Mancini (Orioles) #159/199
2018 Panini Donruss:  Blank back parallel:  Elvis Andrus (Rangers)
2018 Panini Donruss:  Blank back parallel:  Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox)
2018 Panini Donruss:  Diamond Collection relic:  DC-CS.  Corey Seager (Dodgers)
2018 Panini Donruss:  Signature Series:  SS-GA.  Greg Allen (Indians)
2018 Panini Donruss:  Signature Series red parallel:  SS-AB.  Anthony Banda (Diamondbacks) #11/25

That's the last of my trade bait from this year's edition of Donruss.  There are a ton of great cards available, not just from today's post but also from the 11 rounds of trade bait that came before today.  be sure to check them out (I've linked them all below).

If you missed it, I posted ROUND 1 of trade bait hereROUND 2 hereROUND 3 hereROUND 4 hereROUND 5 hereROUND 6 hereROUND 7 hereROUND 8 hereROUND 9 here, ROUND 10 here, and ROUND 11 here.

To claim a card (or multiple cards), simply leave a comment on this post (first-come, first-serve).  I'll be accumulating requests throughout the entire duration of the TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - and then mailing off all the cards at once at the conclusion of the event.

In return for you claim from me, I'm asking for you to send me whatever you think is fair in some combination of the following:
1.  Cards from my want list
2.  LEGO sets (or even a box of random LEGO pieces from random sets - LEGO brand only though)
3.  Barry Larkin cards (while not totally up-to-date, I would appreciate it if you'd look at my list of what I've already written about in order to reduce the number of duplicate cards coming my way)

I am willing to be patient, so you might tell me that you are making a Check Out My Cards order somewhat soon and you'll add in a few cards to send my way, that's perfectly acceptable to me!  I'd love to have my unwanted cards find a new home, and if it means I can also turn those into things that I want all the better!


My TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 will include cards from a variety of years, brands, and teams.  You are welcome to claim as many cards as you wish, but please respect the rules laid out above.  Also, when/if you do claim at least one card please do me a favor and email me your mailing address ASAP so that I can start a proper card stack for you!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - Round 11: Nothing But Serially Numbered Cards from 2018!

Welcome to my TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018!

How about a bunch of serially numbered goodies for today's Trade Bait post?  There are some great cards in this batch including Mike Trout, Cody Bellinger, Andrew Benintendi, and plenty more.  Help me out by claiming stuff from today...or previous days (or both)!  Let's get a bunch of trades happening people.

Today's trade bait is as follows:

2018 Panini Donruss:  Stat Line Parallel:  81.  Logan Morrison (Rays) #051/122
2018 Panini Donruss:  Stat Line Parallel:  227.  Andrew Benintendi (Red Sox) #177/353
2018 Panini Donruss:  Stat Line Parallel:  155.  Mike Trout (Angels, nickname parallel) #122/253
2018 Panini Donruss:  Stat Line Parallel:  30.  Adam Wainwright (Cardinals) #076/329
2018 Panini Donruss:  Stat Line Parallel:  158.  Corey Seager (Dodgers) #135/295
2018 Panini Donruss:  American Pride:  AP19.  Travis Swaggerty (USA) #036/349
2018 Panini Donruss:  American Pride Blue Parallel:  AP12.  Braden Shewmake (USA) #159/249
2018 Panini Donruss:  Out of this World:  OW10.  Nolan Arenado (Rockies) #438/999
2018 Panini Donruss:  Out of this World:  OW9.  Cody Bellinger (Dodgers) #182/999

Nothing but serially numbered goodies from 2018 for today's Trade Bait post!  I expect some of these to go quickly, so don't hesitate to jump on in and claim what you want.

If you missed it, I posted ROUND 1 of trade bait hereROUND 2 hereROUND 3 hereROUND 4 hereROUND 5 hereROUND 6 hereROUND 7 hereROUND 8 here, ROUND 9 here, and ROUND 10 here.

To claim a card (or multiple cards), simply leave a comment on this post (first-come, first-serve).  I'll be accumulating requests throughout the entire duration of the TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - and then mailing off all the cards at once at the conclusion of the event.

In return for you claim from me, I'm asking for you to send me whatever you think is fair in some combination of the following:
1.  Cards from my want list
2.  LEGO sets (or even a box of random LEGO pieces from random sets - LEGO brand only though)
3.  Barry Larkin cards (while not totally up-to-date, I would appreciate it if you'd look at my list of what I've already written about in order to reduce the number of duplicate cards coming my way)

I am willing to be patient, so you might tell me that you are making a Check Out My Cards order somewhat soon and you'll add in a few cards to send my way, that's perfectly acceptable to me!  I'd love to have my unwanted cards find a new home, and if it means I can also turn those into things that I want all the better!


My TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 will include cards from a variety of years, brands, and teams.  You are welcome to claim as many cards as you wish, but please respect the rules laid out above.  Also, when/if you do claim at least one card please do me a favor and email me your mailing address ASAP so that I can start a proper card stack for you!

Monday, December 17, 2018

TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - Round 10: A Little Bit of Everything from Popes to Mr. Rogers to a Votto Rookie Card

Welcome to my TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018!

I think I am nearing the end of this year's Trade Bait Blowout.  I'll admit, I was hoping to clear out more trade bait than I have so far...by my count I've got six different people claiming cards but only a couple of them have claimed more than one card.  Don't be shy folks, I'd love to get rid of some stuff that doesn't fit my collection and turn it into stuff that I am interested in!  There's a full nine day's worth of trade bait already posted, but for now let's look at the newest batch of stuff!

Today's trade bait is as follows:

2012 Topps Heritage:  News Flashbacks:  NF-PP.  Pope Paul VI (Catholics)
2009 Topps American Heritage:  Medal of Freedom:  MOF-24.  Fred Rogers
2009 O-Pee-Chee:  Black border parallel:  39.  Zack Greinke (Royals)
2012 Topps:  Timeless Talents:  TT-8.  Frank Robinson (Orioles) & Jose Bautista (Blue Jays)
2000 Fleer:  Club 3000 die-cut:  Steve Carlton (Phillies)
2013 Panini USA Baseball Champions:  20.  Jack McDowell (USA)
2011 Topps:  Diamond Duos:  DD-KL.  Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) & Mat Latos (Padres)
2008 Upper Deck Timelines:  197.  Joey Votto (Reds - rookie card)
2015 Topps Heritage:  New Age Performers:  NAP-3.  Billy Hamilton (Reds)

A true hodge-podge of stuff today.  The Votto die-cut is a rookie card - but perhaps a Pope or even a card of Mr. Rogers is more your style?  No matter what, you are in luck (assuming you claim the card first that is)!

If you missed it, I posted ROUND 1 of trade bait hereROUND 2 hereROUND 3 hereROUND 4 hereROUND 5 hereROUND 6 hereROUND 7 here, ROUND 8 here, and ROUND 9 here.

To claim a card (or multiple cards), simply leave a comment on this post (first-come, first-serve).  I'll be accumulating requests throughout the entire duration of the TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - and then mailing off all the cards at once at the conclusion of the event.

In return for you claim from me, I'm asking for you to send me whatever you think is fair in some combination of the following:
1.  Cards from my want list
2.  LEGO sets (or even a box of random LEGO pieces from random sets - LEGO brand only though)
3.  Barry Larkin cards (while not totally up-to-date, I would appreciate it if you'd look at my list of what I've already written about in order to reduce the number of duplicate cards coming my way)

I am willing to be patient, so you might tell me that you are making a Check Out My Cards order somewhat soon and you'll add in a few cards to send my way, that's perfectly acceptable to me!  I'd love to have my unwanted cards find a new home, and if it means I can also turn those into things that I want all the better!


My TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 will include cards from a variety of years, brands, and teams.  You are welcome to claim as many cards as you wish, but please respect the rules laid out above.  Also, when/if you do claim at least one card please do me a favor and email me your mailing address ASAP so that I can start a proper card stack for you!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - Round 09: Another Batch of Nothing But Baseball Hits (Autos & Relics)!

Welcome to my TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018!

Each day for about a week or so, I'll post at least one group of nine cards or so available for trade (see rules at the bottom of this post).  If nothing catches your eye today, be sure to return for the next round when I'll have a brand new set of cards that might be more to your liking!

Today's trade bait is as follows:

2014 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Framed autograph:  AGA-FD.  Felix Doubront (Red Sox)
2014 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Framed autograph:  AGA-DR.  Darin Ruf (Phillies)
2014 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Relic:  FRB-TT.  Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies)
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Relic:  FSRA-MTE.  Mark Teixeira (Yankees)
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Relic:  FSRA-SM.  Starling Marte (Pirates)
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Relic:  FSRA-YP.  Yasiel Puig (Dodgers)
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Relic:  FSRA-TT.  Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies)
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Relic:  FSRA-VM.  Victor Martinez (Tigers)
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Relic:  FSRA-YC.  Yoenis Cespedes (Tigers)

This is the second round of trade bait consisting of nothing but hits (see some of my earlier trade posts for more relics and autographs, I've linked to all of them below)!

If you missed it, I posted ROUND 1 of trade bait hereROUND 2 hereROUND 3 hereROUND 4 hereROUND 5 hereROUND 6 hereROUND 7 here, and ROUND 8 here.

To claim a card (or multiple cards), simply leave a comment on this post (first-come, first-serve).  I'll be accumulating requests throughout the entire duration of the TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - and then mailing off all the cards at once at the conclusion of the event.

In return for you claim from me, I'm asking for you to send me whatever you think is fair in some combination of the following:
1.  Cards from my want list
2.  LEGO sets (or even a box of random LEGO pieces from random sets - LEGO brand only though)
3.  Barry Larkin cards (while not totally up-to-date, I would appreciate it if you'd look at my list of what I've already written about in order to reduce the number of duplicate cards coming my way)

I am willing to be patient, so you might tell me that you are making a Check Out My Cards order somewhat soon and you'll add in a few cards to send my way, that's perfectly acceptable to me!  I'd love to have my unwanted cards find a new home, and if it means I can also turn those into things that I want all the better!


My TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 will include cards from a variety of years, brands, and teams.  You are welcome to claim as many cards as you wish, but please respect the rules laid out above.  Also, when/if you do claim at least one card please do me a favor and email me your mailing address ASAP so that I can start a proper card stack for you!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - Round 08: Eighteen More Inserts and Parallels Available Today

Welcome to my TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018!

Each day for about a week or so, I'll post at least one group of nine cards or so available for trade (see rules at the bottom of this post).  If nothing catches your eye today, be sure to return for the next round when I'll have a brand new set of cards that might be more to your liking!

Today's trade bait is as follows:
2012 Topps:  1987 mini:  TM-38.  Chase Utley (Phillies)
2012 Topps:  1987 mini:  TM-39.  Jay Bruce (Reds)
2012 Topps:  1987 mini:  TM-7.  Joey Votto (Reds)
2012 Topps:  1987 mini:  TM-100.  Johnny Bench (Reds)
2012 Topps:  1987 mini:  TM-110.  Asdrubal Cabrera (Indians)
2012 Topps:  1987 mini:  TM-5.  Howie Kendrick (Angels)
2012 Topps:  Gold Standard:  GS-44.  Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)
2012 Topps:  Gold Standard:  GS-3.  Paul Molitor (Twins)
2012 Topps:  Timeless Talents:  TT-17.  Joe Morgan / Brandon Phillips (Reds)
2012 Topps Opening Day:  Superstar Celebrations:  SC-5.  Joey Votto (Reds)
2012 Topps:  Golden Greats:  GG-66.  Albert Pujols (Cardinals)
2012 Topps:  Golden Greats:  GG-83.  Harmon Killebrew (Twins)
2012 Topps:  Sparkly Gold parallel:  US225.  Josh Lindblom (Phillies)
2012 Topps:  Sparkly Gold parallel:  19.  Yonder Alonso (Reds)
2012 Topps:  Classic Walkoffs:  CW-1.  Bill Mazeroski (Pirates)
2012 Topps:  A Cut Above:  ACA-19.  Robinson Cano (Yankees)
2012 Topps:  Gold parallel:  218.  Kyle Hudson (Orioles) #1576/2012
2012 Topps:  (Cereal box) Chrome:  MBC2.  Willie Mays (Giants)

This is pretty much the end of the random 2012 Topps inserts that I stumbled across the other day.  That Willie Mays came from (I think) one of those little cereal boxes of cards that Topps used to make.  Plenty of nice inserts here all of which are available for the taking!

If you missed it, I posted ROUND 1 of trade bait hereROUND 2 hereROUND 3 hereROUND 4 hereROUND 5 hereROUND 6 here, and ROUND 7 here.

To claim a card (or multiple cards), simply leave a comment on this post (first-come, first-serve).  I'll be accumulating requests throughout the entire duration of the TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - and then mailing off all the cards at once at the conclusion of the event.

In return for you claim from me, I'm asking for you to send me whatever you think is fair in some combination of the following:
1.  Cards from my want list
2.  LEGO sets (or even a box of random LEGO pieces from random sets - LEGO brand only though)
3.  Barry Larkin cards (while not totally up-to-date, I would appreciate it if you'd look at my list of what I've already written about in order to reduce the number of duplicate cards coming my way)

I am willing to be patient, so you might tell me that you are making a Check Out My Cards order somewhat soon and you'll add in a few cards to send my way, that's perfectly acceptable to me!  I'd love to have my unwanted cards find a new home, and if it means I can also turn those into things that I want all the better!


My TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 will include cards from a variety of years, brands, and teams.  You are welcome to claim as many cards as you wish, but please respect the rules laid out above.  Also, when/if you do claim at least one card please do me a favor and email me your mailing address ASAP so that I can start a proper card stack for you!

Friday, December 14, 2018

TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - Round 07: Assorted Inserts from Yesteryear

Welcome to my TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018!

Each day for about a week or so, I'll post at least one group of nine cards or so available for trade (see rules at the bottom of this post).  If nothing catches your eye today, be sure to return for the next round when I'll have a brand new set of cards that might be more to your liking!

Today's trade bait is as follows:
2012 Topps:  Mound Dominance:  MD-15.  Dwight Gooden (Mets)
2012 Topps:  Mound Dominance:  MD-1.  Tom Seaver (Reds)
2012 Topps:  Golden Moments:  GM-45.  Joe Morgan (Reds)
2012 Topps:  Golden Moments:  GM-46.  Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox)
2012 Topps:  Golden Futures:  GF-15.  Mark Trumbo (Angels)
2012 Topps:  Golden Futures:  GF-8.  Aroldis Chapman (Reds)
2012 Topps:  Golden Futures:  GF-47.  Jacob Turner (Tigers)
2012 Topps:  Blockbusters:  BB-7.  Ken Griffey, Jr. (Reds)
2012 Topps Opening Day:  Elite Skills Players:  ES-16.  Joey Votto (Reds)

Do any Reds fans read my blog on a regular basis?  If so, today's Trade Bait is a good one for you with the chance to land Joe Morgan, Tom Seaver, Aroldis Chapman, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Joey Votto all on the same day!

If you missed it, I posted ROUND 1 of trade bait hereROUND 2 hereROUND 3 hereROUND 4 here, ROUND 5 here, and ROUND 6 here.

To claim a card (or multiple cards), simply leave a comment on this post (first-come, first-serve).  I'll be accumulating requests throughout the entire duration of the TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - and then mailing off all the cards at once at the conclusion of the event.

In return for you claim from me, I'm asking for you to send me whatever you think is fair in some combination of the following:
1.  Cards from my want list
2.  LEGO sets (or even a box of random LEGO pieces from random sets - LEGO brand only though)
3.  Barry Larkin cards (while not totally up-to-date, I would appreciate it if you'd look at my list of what I've already written about in order to reduce the number of duplicate cards coming my way)

I am willing to be patient, so you might tell me that you are making a Check Out My Cards order somewhat soon and you'll add in a few cards to send my way, that's perfectly acceptable to me!  I'd love to have my unwanted cards find a new home, and if it means I can also turn those into things that I want all the better!


My TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 will include cards from a variety of years, brands, and teams.  You are welcome to claim as many cards as you wish, but please respect the rules laid out above.  Also, when/if you do claim at least one card please do me a favor and email me your mailing address ASAP so that I can start a proper card stack for you!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - Round 06: Only Gold Serially Numbered Cards Today!

Welcome to my TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018!

Each day for about a week or so, I'll post at least one group of nine cards or so available for trade (see rules at the bottom of this post).  If nothing catches your eye today, be sure to return for the next round when I'll have a brand new set of cards that might be more to your liking!

Today's trade bait is as follows:
2018 Panini Donruss:  All-Stars:  AS9.  Corey Seager (Dodgers) #92/99
2018 Panini Donruss:  Press Proof parallel:  Jacob DeGrom (Mets) #63/99
2009 Topps:  Gold parallel:  363.  Jhonny Peralta (Indians) #1803/2009
2009 Topps:  Gold parallel:  UH322.  Sean Marshall (Cubs) #0402/2009
2009 Topps:  Gold parallel:  UH287.  Matt Joyce (Rays) #1762/2009
2009 Topps:  Gold parallel:  UH177.  Neftali Feliz (Rangers) #1733/2009
2009 Topps:  Gold parallel:  391.  Dan Haren (Diamondbacks) #1076/2009
2009 Topps:  Gold parallel:  UH9.  Jonathan Broxton (Dodgers) #1108/2009
2009 Topps:  Gold parallel:  UH76.  Scott Rolen (Reds) #0076/2009

Today's Trade Bait Blowout is full of serially numbered gold cards.  I'm not sure why I held on to that big ol' stack of 2009 Topps Gold parallels, but now seemed like the perfect time to offer them up for trade!  The two 2018 Panini cards are actually both really, really nice - but they don't fit into my personal collecting goals and so they are also up for grabs (being numbered out of only 99 makes me think they won't last long)!

If you missed it, I posted ROUND 1 of trade bait hereROUND 2 hereROUND 3 hereROUND 4 here, and ROUND 5 here.

To claim a card (or multiple cards), simply leave a comment on this post (first-come, first-serve).  I'll be accumulating requests throughout the entire duration of the TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - and then mailing off all the cards at once at the conclusion of the event.

In return for you claim from me, I'm asking for you to send me whatever you think is fair in some combination of the following:
1.  Cards from my want list
2.  LEGO sets (or even a box of random LEGO pieces from random sets - LEGO brand only though)
3.  Barry Larkin cards (while not totally up-to-date, I would appreciate it if you'd look at my list of what I've already written about in order to reduce the number of duplicate cards coming my way)

I am willing to be patient, so you might tell me that you are making a Check Out My Cards order somewhat soon and you'll add in a few cards to send my way, that's perfectly acceptable to me!  I'd love to have my unwanted cards find a new home, and if it means I can also turn those into things that I want all the better!


My TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 will include cards from a variety of years, brands, and teams.  You are welcome to claim as many cards as you wish, but please respect the rules laid out above.  Also, when/if you do claim at least one card please do me a favor and email me your mailing address ASAP so that I can start a proper card stack for you!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - Round 05: A Bunch of Football Hits, Parallels, etc!

Welcome to my TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018!

Each day for about a week or so, I'll post at least one group of nine cards or so available for trade (see rules at the bottom of this post).  If nothing catches your eye today, be sure to return for the next round when I'll have a brand new set of cards that might be more to your liking!

Today's trade bait is as follows:

2010 Upper Deck SPA Football autograph:  170.  Stafon Johnson (USC) #212/599
2013 Panini Momentum Football relic:  87.  Stepfan Taylor (Cardinals) #066/399
2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Green Framed relic:  CC10.  Chris Johnson (Titans)
2016 Panini Phoenix Football Watchman:  WM-RS.  Richard Sherman (Seahawks) #122/399
2016 Panini Phoenix Football Watchman:  WM-RJ.  Reshad Jones (Dolphins) #258/299
2016 Panini Phoenix Football Watchman:  WM-TJ.  Trumaine Johnson (Rams) #013/399
2016 Panini Phoenix Football Rookie Rising:  RR-MJ.  Myles Jack (Jaguars) #209/349
2008 Donruss Playoff:  95.  LenDale White (Titans)
2008 Donruss Playoff:  44.  David Garrard (Jaguars)

Lots of football goodies here, some of which I have no idea how I even acquired it!  I think this is the first autograph that I've put up in my Trade Bait Blowout but I don't think it will be my last (it will probably be my last football autograph for whatever that is worth to you).  Most of the cards in this batch are serially numbered as well - I didn't try to figure out which parallel version the various Phoenix cads were...feel free to do so if you are so inclined.  I'm simply inclined to get rid of them and make space for stuff that fits my own personal collecting goals better.

If you missed it, I posted ROUND 1 of trade bait hereROUND 2 hereROUND 3 here, and ROUND 4 here.

To claim a card (or multiple cards), simply leave a comment on this post (first-come, first-serve).  I'll be accumulating requests throughout the entire duration of the TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - and then mailing off all the cards at once at the conclusion of the event.

In return for you claim from me, I'm asking for you to send me whatever you think is fair in some combination of the following:
1.  Cards from my want list
2.  LEGO sets (or even a box of random LEGO pieces from random sets - LEGO brand only though)
3.  Barry Larkin cards (while not totally up-to-date, I would appreciate it if you'd look at my list of what I've already written about in order to reduce the number of duplicate cards coming my way)

I am willing to be patient, so you might tell me that you are making a Check Out My Cards order somewhat soon and you'll add in a few cards to send my way, that's perfectly acceptable to me!  I'd love to have my unwanted cards find a new home, and if it means I can also turn those into things that I want all the better!


My TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 will include cards from a variety of years, brands, and teams.  You are welcome to claim as many cards as you wish, but please respect the rules laid out above.  Also, when/if you do claim at least one card please do me a favor and email me your mailing address ASAP so that I can start a proper card stack for you!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - Round 04: Die-Cuts, Over-Sized, and Internet Cards!

Welcome to my TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018!

Each day for about a week or so, I'll post at least one group of nine cards or so available for trade (see rules at the bottom of this post).  If nothing catches your eye today, be sure to return for the next round when I'll have a brand new set of cards that might be more to your liking!

Today's trade bait is as follows:

2014 Topps Stadium Club:  Die-Cut Legends Gold:  LDC-6.  George Brett (Royals)
2014 Topps Stadium Club:  Die-Cut Future Stars:  FS-10.  George Springer (Astros)
2014 Topps Stadium Club:  Die-Cut Future Stars:  FS-4.  Wil Myers (Rays)
1993 Kraft Singles' Superstars:  21.  Delino DeShields (Expos)
1998 Pacific Omega:  28.  Larry Walker (Rockies)
2009 Fan Pak:  Fan Tats:  T13.  Yankees, Brewers, and MLB tattoos
2009 Fan Pak:  Headlines:  Volume 1, #7 (Red Sox)
2009 Fan Pak:  Headlines:  Volume 1, #9 (Angels)
2009 Fan Pak:  Standees:  43.  Brian Roberts (Orioles)

I told you my Trade Bait Blowout would include all sorts of random stuff!  Oh sure, I've already posted a full day of "hits" but sometimes it is the more oddball stuff that appeals to people - and that's what today is for!  Die-Cuts, weird 90s internet themed cards, and over-sized stuff from an interesting flash in the pan brand called Fan Pak.  Good stuff!

If you missed it, I posted ROUND 1 of trade bait hereROUND 2 here, and ROUND 3 here.

To claim a card (or multiple cards), simply leave a comment on this post (first-come, first-serve).  I'll be accumulating requests throughout the entire duration of the TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - and then mailing off all the cards at once at the conclusion of the event.

In return for you claim from me, I'm asking for you to send me whatever you think is fair in some combination of the following:
1.  Cards from my want list
2.  LEGO sets (or even a box of random LEGO pieces from random sets - LEGO brand only though)
3.  Barry Larkin cards (while not totally up-to-date, I would appreciate it if you'd look at my list of what I've already written about in order to reduce the number of duplicate cards coming my way)

I am willing to be patient, so you might tell me that you are making a Check Out My Cards order somewhat soon and you'll add in a few cards to send my way, that's perfectly acceptable to me!  I'd love to have my unwanted cards find a new home, and if it means I can also turn those into things that I want all the better!


My TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 will include cards from a variety of years, brands, and teams.  You are welcome to claim as many cards as you wish, but please respect the rules laid out above.  Also, when/if you do claim at least one card please do me a favor and email me your mailing address ASAP so that I can start a proper card stack for you!

Monday, December 10, 2018

TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - Round 03: Inserts & Parallels

Welcome to my TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018!

Each day for about a week or so, I'll post at least one group of nine cards or so available for trade (see rules at the bottom of this post).  If nothing catches your eye today, be sure to return for the next round when I'll have a brand new set of cards that might be more to your liking!

Today's trade bait is as follows:

2018 Bowman Chrome:  Bowman Scouts' Top 100:  BTP-34  Alec Hansen (White Sox)
2018 Bowman Chrome:  Bowman Birthdays:  BB-LM.  Lance McCullers Jr. (Astros)
2018 Bowman Chrome:  ROY Favorites:  ROYF-WC.  Willie Calhoun (Rangers)
2014 Topps Heritage Red Border:  140.  Jared Weaver (Angels)
2014 Topps Heritage Blue Border:  477.  Robinson Cano (Mariners)
1998 Fleer Tradition:  In the Clutch:  5.  Nomar Garciaparra (Red Sox)
2016 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Mascots in the Wild:  MIW-1.  Bobcat
2012 Topps Archives:  3-D Lenticular:  Joey Votto (Reds)
2013 Topps Chrome:  Sepia Refractor:  11.  Evan Longoria (Rays) #10/75

Today's round of trade bait is a veritable mixed bag of inserts and parallels that I've accumulated.  The Longoria is a refractor numbered out of only 75 on the back - it's a nice looking card!

If you missed it, I posted ROUND 1 of trade bait here and ROUND 2 here.

To claim a card (or multiple cards), simply leave a comment on this post (first-come, first-serve).  I'll be accumulating requests throughout the entire duration of the TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 - and then mailing off all the cards at once at the conclusion of the event.

In return for you claim from me, I'm asking for you to send me whatever you think is fair in some combination of the following:
1.  Cards from my want list
2.  LEGO sets (or even a box of random LEGO pieces from random sets - LEGO brand only though)
3.  Barry Larkin cards (while not totally up-to-date, I would appreciate it if you'd look at my list of what I've already written about in order to reduce the number of duplicate cards coming my way)

I am willing to be patient, so you might tell me that you are making a Check Out My Cards order somewhat soon and you'll add in a few cards to send my way, that's perfectly acceptable to me!  I'd love to have my unwanted cards find a new home, and if it means I can also turn those into things that I want all the better!


My TRADE BAIT BLOWOUT 2018 will include cards from a variety of years, brands, and teams.  You are welcome to claim as many cards as you wish, but please respect the rules laid out above.  Also, when/if you do claim at least one card please do me a favor and email me your mailing address ASAP so that I can start a proper card stack for you!