Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Topps Heritage is Here! Group Break Update (2 Slots Remain - HELP ME!) (Plus a Bonus Pack)

In the words of Matthew McConaughey, alright alright alright!  Today's mail day was a good one as it contained the package with our three hobby boxes of 2018 Topps Heritage for our group break.  

While I'm obviously excited about that, the truth of the matter is that there are still two slots that need to be filled.  The three boxes cost $125 each for a total cost of $375.  After the Paypal fee, each slot paid for gives me about $30.  At the moment, counting my slot I've sold 13 x $30 = $390.  I absolutely have to sell at least one of the two remaining slots to even come close to covering the shipping costs for the group break...and of course, being that this is a Nachos Grande break I like to throw in a few extras from my own collection too (which in a roundabout way also adds to my bottom line).  I tried to price the group break at the absolute minimum cost per slot that I could, I don't do these things to make money!

Therefore, what I'm saying is:  Please, please, please someone (or two someones) claim the last couple of slots.  If I get all the slots claimed and paid for, I can bust this tonight (on video and I'll post a link to the video in the blog) OR else I will bust the boxes tomorrow night. 

For full details (and to sign-up), please follow this link.

I did mention a few extras, didn't I?  To whet your appetite for the group break...and who knows, maybe to cause someone to buy one of those remaining couple of slots, here is a bonus pack that I'll be including in the group break (after all, who doesn't like free cards to go with a group break)?!

1993 Donruss - Series II  (group break bonus pack)

In the order the cards appeared in the pack...

474.  Mike Stanton - Braves
464.  Jose DeLeon - Phillies
454.  Jose Rijo - Reds
444.  Gary Sheffield - Padres

The Padres are still available in the group break - and who doesn't want to own a copy of this amazing Sheffield card?
452.  Kevin Young - Pirates
552.  Dave Righetti - Giants

The Giants are still available - and if you claim them you can get this nice Righetti with the throwback uniform on the back of the card.
551.  Henry Mercedes - Athletics
550.  Frank Seminara - Padres
549.  Danny Tartabull - Yankees
585.  Todd Stottlemyre - Blue Jays
682.  Carlos Martinez - Indians

Indians are also available...and that's one of my favorite cards in the pack - you don't get to see the ol' brush back pitch on a baseball card that often.
681.  Scott Kamieniecki - Yankees
680.  Stan Royer - Cardinals
679.  Chili Davis - Twins

The Twins are also available...but who am I kidding?  No one ever claims the Twins.

I have to admit, I kind of forgot how nice the 1993 Donruss set actually is.  I enjoyed that pack of cards...hopefully you did as well!

So there you have it, a few bonus cards before the main event.  Now get the word out there and help me fill this thing!  I'm going to go watch my guilty pleasure on TV (Survivor)....so around 10:00 PM EST I'll check back here to see if the slots have sold and if everyone has paid up.  If so, I'll bust the boxes tonight and start packing up orders.  Otherwise, I'll hopefully have all payments and slots sold tomorrow and we'll bust the boxes of Heritage then.


Barry Larkin Collection 587: 1997 Donruss Preferred - #109

Barry Larkin
Year:  1997
Brand:  Donruss Preferred
Card number:  109

One of the great things about being a player collector is that you get to sample a whole lot of sets that you probably wouldn't have otherwise touched with a ten foot pole.  The 1997 Donruss Preferred set is definitely a set that I skipped over back in the day.  It was released in 5-card tins with a price-per-card of about $1 each (ouch!).  The set itself is divided up into different rarity tiers - Larkin ended up as one of the "gold rares" seeded 1:12 packs.  There is also a die-cut version of this card (which I've highlighted previously on my blog here).  Larkin also gets a second base card (this time of the silver variety) for which I own the regular version but not the die-cut version (as of the time of this blog post at least).

All told, I now own three of the four Barry Larkin cards in the set which is exciting.  I have to say, the set is actually fairly interesting to me...though I still think a binder page full of gold, silver, and bronze all mixed - plus the occasional platinum card - would look pretty weird.  I think I'll simply be happy with having the three (hopefully four soon) Larkin cards and call it good!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2018 Topps Heritage Group Break: Only 3 Slots Remain (Help Me Fill It, Please!)

Only four slots remain in my 2018 Topps Heritage group break.  I already ordered the boxes (and received notification that they have been shipped) so I desperately need to fill the final four spots.  As a reminder, each slot is one team of your choice and one random team.  There are plenty of good teams still available, including:

Arizona Diamondbacks -
Baltimore Orioles -
Chicago White Sox -
Cleveland Indians -
Colorado Rockies -
Detroit Tigers -
Kansas City Royals -
Miami Marlins -
Milwaukee Brewers/Seattle Pilots -
Minnesota Twins -
New York Mets -
Oakland Athletics -
San Diego Padres -
San Francisco Giants -
Seattle Mariners -
Tampa Bay Rays -
Texas Rangers -
Toronto Blue Jays -
Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos -

Interested?  Go here to sign up!    By the way, if you are wondering what is available for each of the remaining teams, this is a nifty webpage that breaks it all down.  From what I can see, the best remaining teams (according to the page) would include the Nationals, Mets, Orioles, Indians, Brewers, Rockies, and Twins.  For your reference, I've included a chart of the remaining teams and the total number of unique cards available in the 2018 Heritage set for each team (all based off of the above linked webpage).

Team            Total # Cards
Nationals  65
Mets  63
Orioles 63
Indians 58
Brewers 57
Rockies 52
Twins 50
Diamondbacks 49
Athletics 46
Giants 44
Marlins 43
Mariners 41
Blue Jays 38
Royals 37
Rangers 33
White Sox 32
Rays 31
Tigers 30
Padres 27

Also, for those who claimed a slot and did yet pay, please do so ASAP.  I'd love to fill up the break tonight and get everyone all squared away so that we can bust the boxes as soon as they arrive at my house!

Once again, please go here for all the details and to sign up!

Delivery Time! What a Day!

The mail days keep on coming here at el casa de Nachos and that's awesome.  One of my latest packages is courtesy of Brad (who I don't think has a blog - correct me if I'm wrong, Brad)!  Anyhow, Brad wanted some of my 2016 Allen & Ginter duplicates and in exchange he was able to knock a few cards off of my want list.  In fact, more than just a few as Brad was able to whittle down three different sets that I'm currently working on.

First, he had one 2017 Topps Archives base card that I needed.

The 1992 set design is still an underrated set in my eyes - and the 2017 Archives set did a nice job of replicating the charm of the set.

Next, the namesake for today's blog post title:  some What a Day insert cards from last year's Allen & Ginter set.

Somehow, I still need a ton of these cards - so getting able to eliminate five from the want list in one fell swoop was particularly gratifying.  That Correa card is particularly cool.

Sticking with 2017 Ginter, Brad also had a pair of much needed minis for my collection.

The Required Reading cards are definitely kind of dull to look at, but they make for a nice set as a whole.  The World's Dudes cards are probably one of the cooler insert sets from A&G in recent history (and they are even better since they are modeled on an old set design from the 1800s if I'm not mistaken).

Finally, the third set that Brad had some cards for me was 2017 Topps Gallery.

I didn't scan them all, but Brad ended up sending me 9 new cards for my set which was a huge help in getting down to needing fewer than 20 more cards before I can call the base set complete!

Many thanks for the wonderful trade, Brad.  And - as always - if anyone else would like to trade, be sure to check out my want list and make an offer!

Monday, February 26, 2018

2018 Topps Heritage Group Break! Sign up now!!

I am taking sign-ups for my 2018 Topps Heritage group break.  We are going to bust three hobby boxes which should provide plenty of goodies for everyone.  Each slot is one team of your choice and one random team.  Plenty of good options remain so go here to sign up!

Delivery Time! Surprises from Collector's Crack

EDIT:  I have posted my new 2018 Topps Heritage group break sign-ups here.  There are a bunch of teams remaining (each slot gets you one team of your choice and one random team).  I desperately need to fill the break since I already bought the boxes (the thought being that prices keep climbing higher and higher)!  Thanks...and now I return you to today's regularly scheduled post.

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Trades have been coming and going quite regularly through the early part of 2018 which is awesome (especially since 2017 was a rather quiet year on the trade front).  It sure makes blogging daily easier when I have a pile of packages to talk about!

Speaking of packages to talk about (oh my, that came out wrong), Mark from Collector's Crack recently sent me a nice little surprise package in exchange for some stuff I had sent him towards the end of last year.

Mark started the package with a note saying that he only had a couple of cards from my want list.  That's perfectly fine though as I'm happy with even one card from my want list...the closer I get to completing a set, the tougher the sledding so to speak...so even one or two cards makes my day.  In this case, it's two more cards to go towards my 2017 Topps Gallery base set.

I'm inching closer and closer to completing that set - and I think that's kind of impressive since it was a Wal-mart exclusive set that (so it seems) most bloggers kind of ignored.

Mark also sent along a smattering of Reds including an autograph of a guy that I've barely ever heard of.

Since Bergolla was a labeled a rookie in a 2004 set, I think it's safe to say that he won't amount to much in the big leagues.  In fact, it turns out that Bergolla did get a cup of coffee in the big leagues (38 at bats spread across 17 games in 2005).  He hit a mere .132 which isn't good...and his WAR of -0.4 suggests he played at a below replacement level.  Ouch!  Still, this is an autograph of a guy who I'm quite certain probably didn't get to sign a lot of cards (he did sign 1000 of this card though according to the serial number on the back of the card) and thus I'm happy to have his Reds' autograph in my collection!

We end today's trade package with two more Reds, both parallels.

The Billy Hamilton is a pink refractor, my first from 2017 Topps Chrome (that was a set that I ignored last year) while the Cody Reed is a nice black and white parallel out of 2016 Topps Update.

Many thanks for the great cards, Mark.  And, as always, should anyone else wish to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

2018 Topps Heritage Group Break: Sign up Now!

I'm running a group break for 2018 Topps Heritage.  Three full hobby boxes should net us a gigantic portion of the base set plus a ton of short prints, inserts, and even some nice hits.  Lots of great teams available, each slot is pick one team, get one random team.

I ordered the boxes today so go here to sign up and we can bust the boxes the moment they arrive!

2018 Topps Heritage Group Break Sign-Ups!

Alright, it's time for the official sign-ups for the 2018 Topps Heritage group break here at Nachos Grande.

The details:
Included in the break:  3 Hobby boxes of 2018 Topps Heritage
Each slot will have one team of your choice and one random team
Cost:  $32 (price includes shipping) - send PayPal payment to:  paypal.me/nachosgrande (pay as goods/services please)  If you order two or more slots, take $2 for each extra slot you buy.
When?  The 2018 Heritage set is supposed to be released on Feb. 28.  I anticipate delivery of the boxes near that date and then I'll open the boxes as soon as possible.  Ideally, all cards will be shipped by mid-week next week.  I will open the boxes on video and post the link on my blog.  All boxes have already been ordered so as to be sure of availability!

Note #1:  I will claim one slot (the Reds).

Note #2:  The 2018 Topps Heritage set features autographs from the original Seattle Pilots team.  Those cards (if we pull any) will go to the BREWERS team slot since that is who the Pilots team became a year later.

Note #3:  Non-sport cards will be randomized between all teams.  Cards featuring players from multiple teams will be randomized between the featured team slots.  All cards from the three boxes will ship.

Available teams:
Slots remaining:  0 We are full!
Arizona Diamondbacks -
Atlanta Braves  - Colbey Hopper (PAID)
Baltimore Orioles -
Boston Red Sox  - Shane Salmonson (PAID)
Chicago White Sox -
Chicago Cubs - bbcardz (PAID)
Cincinnati Reds - Nachos Grande (PAID)
Cleveland Indians -
Colorado Rockies -
Detroit Tigers -
Houston Astros - The Dimwit (PAID)
Kansas City Royals -
Los Angeles Angels - defgav (PAID)
Los Angeles Dodgers - Spiegel83 (PAID)
Miami Marlins -
Milwaukee Brewers/Seattle Pilots - jaybarkerfan (PAID)
Minnesota Twins -
New York Mets - bbcardz (PAID)
New York Yankees - Lost Collector (PAID)
Oakland Athletics - KO Rob (PAID)
Philadelphia Phillies - daddyohoho (PAID)
Pittsburgh Pirates - Collecting Cutch (PAID)
San Diego Padres -
San Francisco Giants -
Seattle Mariners -
St. Louis Cardinals - BMan (PAID)
Tampa Bay Rays -
Texas Rangers -
Toronto Blue Jays -
Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos -  Peter Steinberg (PAID)

Please leave a comment below with the team(s) you are claiming and then send payment to paypal.me/nachosgrande.  Make sure you enter your mailing address (and please indicate your chosen team as well to help speed up the packing process for me).  Thank you!


Barry Larkin Collection 586: 1990 All-Sports Superstars - Series 3

Barry Larkin
Year:  1990
Brand:  All-Sports Superstars Series 3

I haven't been able to find much information at all for the 1990 All-Sports Superstars set.  According to the card back, it seems safe to say that there was a Series I, Series II, and at least a Series III in the set.  From what little I could find, it appears that this is a multi-sport set...but that's it in terms of what I know about the set.  If you happen to have any information about this set (in particular if there are any other Barry Larkin cards in the set), please let me know! 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Delivery Time! Do You Ever Join Player Breaks on eBay?

Last year (for reasons that I don't quite recall), I found myself looking at a player auction (for Barry Larkin of course).  I decided to jump in (if I remember correctly, it was for a case of 2017 Allen & Ginter and I was hoping for some Larkin mini cards).  Unfortunately, that break didn't work out all that well for me...but it didn't completely sour me to the point of avoiding player breaks.

Flash forward to January of this year with the release of 2018 Topps flagship.  Once again, Barry Larkin was present in the set (only as inserts and autos/relics) so I decided to take a gamble.  I ended up bidding higher than I had meant too...and I definitely wish that I had stuck to my original bid.  Still, at least I can say that I have two new Larkins from 2018 for my collection.

Yep, those two cards were it for me.  At about $6.50 per card (after shipping), I definitely did not get my money's worth...but then again, part of what you pay for is the chance for something great at a discount.  I didn't hit it big but I didn't get shutout either so I guess I'll take it.  

I'm curious though, what do you think of player breaks as opposed to team breaks?  I imagine it's a bigger money maker for the sellers but I have no idea if that is true (you'd need a lot more buyers so maybe it's a wash).  Anyhow, I still haven't given up on the concept even if I'm basically 0-2 on execution.  

Friday, February 23, 2018

Trade Stack 89: Who Reads the Blogs on a Friday Night?

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)!

New rule:  Please note that shipping large packages to Canada (or overseas) has become too expensive, at least when it means that all I am getting in return is a single base card.  If you happen to want me to ship to a place not in the US, please contact me first.  Maybe we can work out a larger deal that will make the increase in postage worthwhile.  I am sorry for that as I have a number of great traders in Canada but I have no control over what the USPS charges for shipping!

The Trade Stack:
Last update: 2/23/18

Who is reading the card blog on a Friday night?  Who cares about old Bowman sets that are shiny?  Who even knows what the Bowman set is that made its way to the Trade Stack?  I know that I don't really know for sure...though I think I'm correct with my guess. What can I say, it's Friday night...who wants to do research?!
 

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)!

2011 Bowman Platinum (maybe?  Bowman sets confuse me):
BPP14.  Ronnie Welty (Orioles)


2004 Topps Bazooka:
4-in-1 Stickers:  28 of 40.  
Ellis Burks (Indians)
Livan Hernandez (Expos)
Derek Lowe (Red Sox)
Kazuhisa Ishii (Dodgers)
I scanned the front and back of the card for you.


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:  10 cards by Henry
Stack 87:  15 cards by Henry
Stack 88:  5 cards by Adam K.
Stack 89:  ?? by ??

Flashback Friday! An Unopened Pack of 1992 Upper Deck

I started my Flashback Friday series of posts way back in September of 2015.  Since that time, I've done a grand total of six Flashback Friday posts - all but one of which involved some sort of pack of cards. 

Today is my first Flashback Friday post for 2018 - and like most of the posts from previous years, it too will consist of a pack of cards.  This time around, it's 1992 Upper Deck.  A set that I always liked as a child...but now it is time to see how well the set holds up through my adult collector's eyes.

This particular pack of cards promises 15 cards with an exciting new card design for 1992.  The pack also implores me to "find the Williams" which refers to the 9-card Ted Willaims "Baseball Heroes" set inserted into the packs.  According to the pack wrapper, there are also 2500 autographed copies of the Ted Williams cards.  How cool would it be to find one of those?!

Let's hop in the time machine and go back to 1992.

Note:  The cards are in the order they appeared in the pack.

688.  Scott Terry

1992 starts off like so many other years of baseball cards...with a freaking Cardinals card.  Scott Terry looks kind of angry in this photograph.  Maybe he just gave up a home run or something.  I could live with that (he had a 2.80 ERA in 1991 so I doubt he gave up all that many home runs).  Oh well.

642.  Best Left-handed Pitcher:  Jim Abbott

Abbott was certainly a feel good story in 1992 after he finished third in the 1991 Cy Young Award race.

592.  Donn Pall (who?)
540.  Don Slaught
423.  Paul Molitor

One of the great things about the 1992 Upper Deck set is that the photography is top notch for the most part.  In fact, many of the smaller photos on the backside of the cards are even better than the larger front-facing photographs!

406.  Jason Grimsley
381.  Charlie O'Brien
371.  Todd Stottlemyre
230.  Gilberto Reyes (who?)
271.  Pete Incaviglia
159.  Kevin Appier

Keep your eye on the ball!

183.  Chris Hoiles

Awesome play at the plate card.  You won't see many more photographs like this today thanks to the Buster Posey rule.

45.  Mo Sanford

First Reds card of the pack gets a scan, even if it is "only" Mo.

32 of 36.  Ted Williams Baseball Heroes

Well, no autograph but still nice to pull one of the Ted Williams Baseball Heroes inserts.  I love the design of the Baseball Heroes set - so simple, yet it works so well.  Good stuff.

336.  Greg Swindell

That was a fun little romp through history, wasn't it?  I definitely think that 1992 Upper Deck holds up well.  Oh sure, the design isn't necessarily memorable as compared to the 1993 UD set...and it sort of blends in with both 1990 and 1991 Upper Deck designs...but I like it.  In fact, I'm probably in the minority that likes the 1992 design better than the 1993 Upper Deck design.

...and now, I need to see if I'm close enough to completing the 1992 Upper Deck set to consider adding it to my want list.  What can I say, I like the set!



Thursday, February 22, 2018

Delivery Time! Cardboard Greats?

This past couple of weeks have seen a surprising amount of mail going both out of and into casa de Nachos!  This is a wonderful change of pace because the trading streams had all but dried up near the end of last year.  I guess the new year and new sets have spurred more collectors into thinking about trading...and luckily for me, some people still have some "old" stuff to send my way.

Case in point:  Today's PWE is courtesy of Henry over at Cardboard Greats.  Henry claimed one of my recent Trade Stacks (you can read about his haul here).  As per my Trade Stack rules, Henry had to send me at least one card from my want list...he actually did quite a bit better than my minimum requirements though since he sent me five different cards that I needed.

All five were from the wonderful (but retail only) 2017 Topps Gallery set.  I'm slowly inching closer and closer to having the full base set (I'm NOT chasing the short prints in this set).  If you have any lying around, here's what I still need.
2017 Topps Gallery Wants:Base:  3, 4, 5, 13, 16, 27, 28, 33, 34, 50, 63, 64, 66, 72, 75, 84, 85, 89, 91, 98, 107, 114, 115, 116, 118, 133, 135, 141
Thanks again for the great trade, Henry!  And, as always, should anyone else wish to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Trade Stack 89: Indians, Expos, Red Sox, and Dodgers (oh my!)

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)!

New rule:  Please note that shipping large packages to Canada (or overseas) has become too expensive, at least when it means that all I am getting in return is a single base card.  If you happen to want me to ship to a place not in the US, please contact me first.  Maybe we can work out a larger deal that will make the increase in postage worthwhile.  I am sorry for that as I have a number of great traders in Canada but I have no control over what the USPS charges for shipping!

The Trade Stack:
Last update: 2/21/18

The previous Trade Stack was claimed with only five cards in it...so that in itself should be a warning that if you see something you like, don't wait too long to jump in and claim the full pile!  Of course, with a Trade Stack claimed we must start anew...and that's exactly what we are doing tonight.  

Stack #89 in the series (wow!) begins like so many of my Stacks do, and that's with an insert or parallel.  For this Stack, I'm starting us off with a sticker insert featuring four different teams.  It's kind of a strange card, but if you are working on the set (or a team collector) this is your chance to grab a possible need for cheap!  
 

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)!

2004 Topps Bazooka:
4-in-1 Stickers:  28 of 40.  
Ellis Burks (Indians)
Livan Hernandez (Expos)
Derek Lowe (Red Sox)
Kazuhisa Ishii (Dodgers)
I scanned the front and back of the card for you.


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:  10 cards by Henry
Stack 87:  15 cards by Henry
Stack 88:  5 cards by Adam K.
Stack 89:  ?? by ??

Delivery Time! Some Much Needed Topps Flagship.

Not all that long ago, I posted my want list for 2018 Topps flagship.  The baseball card community is (by and large) a rather amazing group of people and wouldn't you know it, their generosity struck quickly!

Case in point:  Today's mail day is thanks to Marc over at Remember the Astrodome.  Marc sent me a smattering of cards that I still needed for my 2018 set...and all as a bit of a surprise for me.  Super cool - and a great mail day...so much better than a mail box full of bills and junk mail!

Marc's PWE to me contained five cards - and since I'm so giddy about getting cards I needed in the mail, let's take a look at all five and rank them, shall we?

#5:  258.  Tyler Saladino

Out of the five, this is basically the only image where there isn't much to say.  Saladino isn't a guy that I know much about...and his card doesn't really interest me all that much either (besides the fact that now his spot in my binder is no longer empty).  Moving along to the good stuff...

#4:  323.  Elvis Andrus

Andrus was the Rangers first player since 1983 to start in all nine batting order spots.   Not quite the same as playing all 9 positions in a single game, but it's still a fun tidbit.  I like that Topps puts stats like WAR on the card back now...and so does Andrus since his WAR in 2017 was a whopping 4.1.  Saladino, by comparison, had a WAR last year of -1.2.  Ouch.

#3:  83.  Howie Kendrick

In Kendrick's first 10 games with the Nationals, he had a grand slam and a 5-for-5 game.  Not bad.  In an unrelated note, I often think of Kendrick as an older player (he has, after all, been in the big leagues for 12 years).  He was also born in 1983.  So let that sink in.  A 12-year veteran is now younger than I am (by a year).  Ouch.

#2:  73.  Miami Marlins

Oh sure, the Marlins are nothing but rubbish (and their new owner seems to be no more competent at running a team than their old owner), but still, this is a nice "farewell" card for Miami fans.

#1:  290.  Salvador Perez

This is simply an awesome baseball card.  So much blue, both in the stands, on the field of play, and the team logo.  The colors pop - the action and tension is palpable.  It's all great - and easily the best of the five cards that Marc sent my way!

Thanks again for the PWE, Marc.  And - as always, should anyone else want to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!