Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Three Blaster War (2018 Gypsy Queen - WalMart v. Target 1 v Target 2)

The other day I found myself in Walmart and they had one blaster of 2018 Gypsy Queen sitting on the shelf.  Less than 24 hours later, I found myself in Target and they had two blasters of Gypsy Queen.  I ended up buying all three and figured it'd make for a fun Blaster Wars.

Each blaster contains 7 packs plus one bonus pack of exclusive parallel cards.  I'm not sure if the parallels are different for each of the major box stores but we'll find out soon enough.

I'll probably do one pack per post since I've got a bunch of packs (and I like to spread the joy of opening cards out over time).  Since I'm curious about the parallels, let's start with that pack for each blaster.

Scoring will be determined entirely by me on the fly - but each blaster will be accumulating points throughout the entire Blaster War.  Let's get it on!

Bonus Pack:


24.  Byron Buxton
74.  Noah Syndergaard
99.  Tyler Glasnow
278.  Javier Baez
294.  Nomar Mazara

Alright, let's see here.  First, it must be said that these parallels are kind of weird.  I can't decide if they are actually ugly or simply just weird.  In terms of images, Baez and Syndergaard are the two highlights so +2 for each.  However, the Cubs are almost as bad as the Cardinals (remember I'm a Reds fan) so -2 for Baez.  I also have to take off a point for the Twins' Buxton because cards of the team from Minnesota are haunting me lately and (virtually) no one likes the Twins!

Total:  +2 + 2 - 2 - 1 = 1 point

Target 1:

63.  Alex Gordon
92.  Zack Cozart
162.  Francisco Mejia
250.  Max Scherzer
256.  James Paxton

I like the patriotic shot of Scherzer, the majesty of the Mejia image, and the bat boy in the background of the Gordon card, plus 6 total.  I'll also award +2 for Cozart as an ex-Red who I still will root for...and an additional +1 for the SS/3B wedged into his position circle.  Only the Gordon is on a team that is virtually untradeable but I do have to take off a point for that since I'll be looking to unload most of these parallels I think. 

Total:  6 + 2 + 1 - 1 = 8 points

Target 2:

24.  Byron Buxton
166.  Ben Gamel
266.  Aaron Altherr
278.  Javier Baez
289.  Tyler Saladino

No, your eyes don't deceive you.  That is, in fact, two duplicate parallel cards out of the pack.  And of course one of those would be a Twin, why not?!  -4 for the duplicates and another -3 for the Cubs/Twins pairing.  I still like the Baez and Buxton images as well as the Altherr so +3 there.

Total:  -4 - 3 + 3 = -4 points

And that's the first pack.  I can't say that the parallels interest me much - in fact, other than maybe the Zack Cozart, I think the rest will be available for trade/sale (I may through them all up on eBay as a lot, we shall see). 

Current Standings:
Target 1:  8 points
Walmart:  1 point
Target 2:  -4 points

A 12-point spread separates the blasters after the first pack.  A few Reds or other cool cards can get any of the blasters back in the lead though...and we still have 7 more packs for each blaster to go so this is a long ways from being over.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Barry Larkin Collection 597: 1999 Pacific - #114

Barry Larkin
Year:  1999
Brand:  Pacific
Card number:  114

The 1999 Pacific set features some nice photography on the card fronts and an awful lot of bright blue on the card backs!  Actually, I happen to like this set quite a bit (even if it is a bit heavy on image variations....a full two decades before Topps started to go overboard with the same idea).  As for the Larkin card itself, it's a nice enough image and I like the easy to spot team logos on both the front and backside of the card.  I also appreciate the full career statistics, something that seems to be less and less common on baseball cards as you move forward in years. 

In addition to the base card you see here, there are two parallel versions that I don't yet own (a retail only red version and a platinum blue version).  Barry is also featured in the Team Checklist insert set which is another card that I have yet to track down for myself. 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Cards from the Wife! (Including my Best Blaster of 2018 to Date)

A long running "joke" in my household is that whenever my wife has to go to Target (or Walmart) she asks me what I need, usually with an additional line like "don't say LEGO."  Well, this time I said baseball cards, specifically Topps Gypsy Queen for her Target run.  She didn't appreciate that much either (her ideal answer would have been some sort of toiletries or the like that I was in need of).

But, all that said, my wife does love me and while there weren't any Gypsy Queen packs at the time of her visit, she did pick me a blaster of 2018 Heritage because "the box looked retro and I know you like old cards."  Plus, she added, "it had a coupon for a free pack with it."

Starting with the free pack, it was a pack of 2018 Topps Series 1.  I'm sure all of the packs had been presearched but that's alright since I'm not after Topps flagship for the hits (and with stated odds of 1:2,200 for an autograph, you shouldn't be buying retail Topps for hits either)! 

The pack itself did not provide me with any of the cards that I was still needing for my set, but I did get a nice shiny card of Angel's rookie Parker Bridwell along with a Manny Machado insert.  It definitely could have gone worse.

Moving on to the real prize, the blaster of 2018 Heritage! 

Now, I don't have plans to collect this year's Heritage set - but I was still happy to get the blaster since I do like the set a lot and I haven't bought any Heritage for myself (other than the two teams I ended up with in my recent Heritage group break).  Thus, I knew that most of the cards would be new to me at least...little did I know how good this blaster would actually be!

Pack 1:
14.  Cardinals Rookies
109.  Chris Sale
113.  Justin Bour
115.  Kendall Graveman
120.  Brad Peacock
204.  Travis Shaw
318.  Lance McCullers
356.  Brian Dozier
Baseball Flashbacks:  TS. Tom Seaver

I like the Seaver card a lot - so much blue on that one!  I also think that there are four other cards in this pack alone that have a shot at making it into my Frankenset (whenever I get around to actually putting that together).  Not a bad start.

Pack 2:
21.  Mitch Haniger
25.  Aaron Judge
79.  Diamondbacks Rookies
156.  Jordy Mercer
164.  World Series Game 3
282.  Francisco Cervelli
283.  Brett Phillips
349.  Dustin Pedroia
444.  Eugenio Suarez

The first short print in the blaster is a Red!  You can tell this isn't a blaster that I picked for myself because that never seems to happen for me.  Definitely a keeper card.  Getting the Aaron Judge rookie cup card is also nice.

Pack 3:
3.  AL RBI Leaders
17.  Zach Davies
33.  Gio Gonzalez
34.  Tommy Joseph
132.  Maikel Franco
166.  World Series Game 5
304.  Padres Rookies
354.  Felipe Rivero
Deckle Edge:  24.  Amed Rosario

Admittedly, this wasn't the most exciting pack for me.  I don't particularly care for the Deckle Edge cards, the Mets, or Rosario himself so that one doesn't do much for me.  Even the portraits in this pack were almost all identical (and boring).

Pack 4:
63.  Ian Happ
99.  Twins Rookies
159.  Jay Bruce
168.  World Series Game 7
207.  Jorge Polanco
239.  Mike Foltynewicz
302.  Matt Olson
392.  Jerad Eickhoff
1969 Collector card:  GS.  Giancarlo Stanton

The Bruce base is a keeper (and the Astros winning Game 7 might make it into the Frankenset as well).  The "collector card" is a Yankee which means I don't particularly care for it.

At this point, I'm halfway through the blaster and it seemed to be mostly pedestrian.  I wasn't mad by any means (first because these were gift baseball cards from my wife and second because I did get a few cards for my collection including a Reds short print).  Hard to ask for much more than that...  Of course, there are still four packs remaining, could there be something unexpected coming up?  (hint:  yes, most definitely, yes).

Pack 5:
1.  AL Batting Leaders
7.  AL ERA Leaders
19.  Wilmer Flores
147.  Jharel Cotton
267.  Trevor Bauer
277.  Russell Martin
317.  Taylor Rogers
327.  Yasiel Puig
456.  Aledmys Diaz

My second short print of the blaster (right on target since they are 1:3 packs).

Pack 6:
52.  Bryce Harper
64.  Johnny Cueto
76.  Greg Holland
153.  Elvis Andrus
228.  Wilson Ramos
264.  Carl Edwards Jr
367.  Greg Bird
374.  Austin Hedges
Then & Now:  TN-3.  Juan Marichal & Clayton Kershaw

Another decent pack, I was happy to land the Cueto (even if he isn't a Red any longer).  The Then & Now cards look good this year, though I imagine both Giants and Dodgers fans are unhappy to see the two teams paired together!

Pack 7:
12.  NL Strikeout Leaders
29.  Andrelton Simmons
119.  Alex Bregman
222.  Steve Pearce
242.  Jimmy Nelson
270.  Matt Adams
308.  James Shields
397.  Evan Longoria
470.  Yasmani Grandal

My third short print of the blaster was a pleasant surprise.  Short prints usually sell for a couple of bucks each so I figured that was good.  Quite honestly, had the blaster ended here I would have called the entire thing a success because again, they were cards from my wife!  I mean, as a married guy, you can't ask for more than that!

But...I got more than that.  Not only is my wife lovely and awesome and all those things, but she is also apparently a wiz at picking out the perfect blaster.

Pack 8:
32.  Steven Souza Jr.
129.  Randal Grichuk
223.  Caleb Joseph
233.  Kyle Seager
246.  Jose Reyes
266.  Dodgers Rookies
376.  Manny Margot
387.  Wil Myers
Real One Autograph:  Red Ink:  ROA-DT.  Dick Tracewski

Uhm.  What?!

That's a Real One Autograph Special (red ink) edition, hand signed on card and hand numbered 32/69.  Those are seeded a whopping 1:1,002 retail packs!!  You can only imagine my surprise when I pulled this card out of the final pack that I opened.  I was so excited by it I even showed it to my wife (she asked if it was worth a million dollars to which I had to sadly reply "no") but still, very cool!

That does it for the blaster (plus the free pack) of cards.  Getting cards from my wife is great.  Getting unexpected autographs of players of yore, even better!  This blaster will probably be hard to top this year...unless maybe my wife picks out all future baseball card purchases for me.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

FOR TRADE: 2018 Panini Donruss

I've shown off the highlights from my two boxes of 2018 Panini Donruss over the past couple of days.  Now, it's time to try and trade away all of my duplicates (of which there were many, I had bad luck on base card collation to say the least).  As usual, my goal is to get cards that I actually want in return for these.

2018 Panini Donruss - FOR TRADE:
Last update:  5/13/18

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 40, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 57, 57, 58, 58, 59, 60, 63, 63, 64, 64, 65, 66, 68, 68, 70, 78, 84, 85, 85, 86, 86, 87, 91, 92, 92, 94, 96, 96, 111, 111, 112, 112, 117, 117, 118, 118, 119, 120, 120, 123, 123, 124, 124, 126, 127, 136, 137, 137, 139, 148, 148, 149, 150, 151, 161, 161, 166, 168, 169, 169, 176, 176, 177, 177, 185, 186, 186, 193, 193, 194, 198, 199, 203, 203, 206, 206, 207, 214, 214, 218, 218, 219, 221, 222, 222, 228, 228, 229, 230, 236, 237, 237, 238, 239, 249, 250, 250, 251, 257, 257, 258, 259, 260, 267

Base variations:
65.  Jim Palmer
69.  Jackie Bradley, Jr.
86.  Jose Abreu
87.  Frank Thomas
92.  Joe Morgan
120.  George Brett
123.  Rod Carew
134.  Marcell Ozuna
142.  Kirby Puckett
148.  Aaron Judge (12 Judicial District)
149.  Cody Bellinger (ROY)
149.  Cody Bellinger (image)
150.  Gary Sanchez
154.  Clayton Kershaw
162.  Alex Bregman
163.  Carlos Correa
165.  Tony Gwynn
166.  Jose Altuve
167.  Buster Posey (image)
167.  Buster Posey (full name)
169.  Andrew Benintendi (nickname)
172.  Nolan Arenado
175.  Ken Griffey, Jr.
176.  Yadier Molina
183.  Kris Bryant (image)
183.  Kris Bryant (sepia)
187.  Nolan Ryan
191.  Mookie Betts
192.  Bryce Harper
195.  Chipper Jones
227.  Andrew Benintendi
228.  Kris Bryant
242.  Mike Trout
243.  Cody Bellinger
253.  Aaron Judge

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Two Hobby Boxes of 2018 Panini Donruss (Part 2)

Yesterday, I showed off a ton of inserts and parallels out of the two boxes of 2018 Panini Donruss that I opened recently.  Today, I'm back to show off the remaining parallels as well as the hits out of the two boxes.

Let's start with the remaining parallels - beginning with the stat line parallels. 

As you can probably see, my Dodger run continued with a Seager out of 295.  The others are Wainwright (#/329), Benintendi (#/353), Morrison (#/122), and Mike Trout (#/253).  The Trout is his variation card but again, those aren't actually any more rare than his "regular" base card so I would think the stat line card is no more rare either (unless they used a different stat for his base card I guess).

And finally (in terms of parallels), we get to the teal parallels that are all numbered out of only 199.

The Nolan Ryan is nice (it's a nickname variation) but otherwise I think I did better with the stat line parallels in terms of players pulled.  On the bright side, no Dodgers in this batch.

Now on to the hits.  Each box promises three hits (some combination of relics and autographs).  I ended up with exactly the six expected hits (though I have seen a number of boxes of 2018 Donruss that had four hits, I didn't get lucky in that sense).  In the end, I landed three autographs and three relics.  Since the autographs are usually the more exciting pulls, let's start with them*....

*foreshadowing that the autos, in fact, were not the more exciting hits this time around

First up, a base Signature Series autograph of Greg Allen.

The base autographs are not numbered (and all the autographs that I pulled at least were sticker autos which was too bad). 

Next, a blue parallel Signature Series of Brandon Woodruff (#/99).

I had heard of Greg Allen at least but Woodruff is an unknown to me.  Based on completed eBay auctions for Mr. Woodruff, he seems to be an unknown to most people.

And finally, the third autograph:  a red auto #/25 of Anthony Banda.

At least the red autos look nice (and are quite rare).  Unfortunately, I didn't really end up with any particularly good autographs from what I can tell, even if two of the three were numbered parallels.

Last but not least, we get to the three relics. 

First up, a Promising Pros relic of Tyler Duffy #/99. 

I believe this is a gold parallel since it is numbered out of 99, but otherwise that's a pretty dull card.  And seriously, what's with my run of Twins cards lately?  No one likes the Twins. 

My second relic was also (apparently) a gold parallel Promising Pros relic out of 99, but at least this one is interesting:

Yep, I got myself an Ohtani relic!  I have to admit that was pretty cool even if Ohtani hasn't exactly excelled thus far in spring training.

And finally, last but not least, we have to have one more Dodger card now don't we?!

That's a Diamond Collection relic of Corey Seager.  While it isn't numbered, I do appreciate that it's not just a white bit of cloth (though let's be honest, a gray bit of cloth isn't much of an upgrade).

That does it for my two boxes of 2018 Panini Donruss.

Overall, I would definitely say that the boxes are fun to rip.  Almost every pack has a hit or numbered card in it and there is definitely a chance of some pretty cool stuff.  While I found my hits to be lacking (other than the Ohtani I guess), there are some nice hits out there...I just didn't get them.  On the flip side, I was disappointed by the amount of base card duplicates I got - in fact, between my two boxes I almost ended up with exactly the same base cards (and therefore I'm missing a whole lot of cards to complete my set).  I won't be buying any more boxes of Donruss for myself, but I think I'd recommend it to someone looking for an interesting product to open.  The biggest regret I have is that my two boxes didn't end up in the hands of a Dodgers', can you imagine the excitement that person could have had?!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Two Hobby Boxes of 2018 Panini Donruss (Part 1)

A week or two ago, I bought a pair of hobby boxes of 2018 Panini Donruss.  I don't normally buy Panini products for myself, but for some reason I was drawn to this year's edition of Donruss (probably due in big part to Barry Larkin having multiple cards in the set).

My two boxes were definitely hit and miss (as you'll see)...and that pretty much sums up Panini at the moment.  Yes, some of the base cards are quite nice (the Xander Bogaerts above in particular) but then there are other cards that are simply begging for team logos (such as the Sonny Gray below).

I did manage to pull Larkin's regular base card and his split card (shared with Gary Sheffield of all people). 

This year, Panini jammed the Donruss set with an obscene number of alternate cards (some featuring alternate photos while others feature nicknames or even color edited photographs).  They are kind of annoying for sure (you need to reference a checklist to know exactly what alternates are out there, especially since a few players have TWO different alternate cards).  Luckily, Panini did two things right with their alternates:  1)  The alternates aren't seeded at a more difficult rate than a regular base card and 2)  The alternates all have black baseballs on the back (except for the final grouping which has white baseballs).  The alternates are super easy to spot when you flip the cards over to sort thanks to the color coded baseballs.  In my case, I actually ended up with 100% of the alternate card versions after sorting through my two boxes.  Most of the alternates are kind of dumb, but I admit that the Aaron Judge "12th Judicial District" card is kind of cool and I liked Joe Morgan's "Big Red Machine" label on his alternate card too.

Moving on to the inserts and parallels, I found a few neat cards including a single black back parallel of Xander Bogaerts. 

The blank backs don't interest me much despite them apparently being a fairly tough pull (I only had one in two boxes).  I'll probably (maybe?) try and track down the different Larkin variations but otherwise I'll leave those alone. 

Speaking of variations, I also pulled one Father's Day parallel (numbered out of only 49). 

That is Cody Bellinger...and it's just the start of the Dodgers "hits" in my two boxes.  In fact, I think any Dodgers fan would have loved my two boxes...but as a Reds fan, things weren't nearly so good.  I guess that's the gamble you take when you buy boxes though so I can't complain too much. 

It's not all doom and gloom though because Panini does load up each box with a fair amount of numbered parallels and inserts.  For example, I ended up with a single Press Proof parallel (not of a Dodger) numbered out of 99.

The Press Proof cards look pretty nice - and I guarantee a binder full of them would be quite slick (though undoubtedly expensive to actually put together)!

Moving on to the inserts, we start with another Cody Bellinger (as well as a Nolan Arenado) - this time an Out of this World insert numbered out of 999.

The Out of this World cards fell one per box for me...and at 999 of each copy - and with 12 cards in the set in total...  Well, the math would suggest that Panini produced a crap ton of Donruss!  For those that want to see the math, if we assume that the Out of this World cards are hobby only (I have no idea if that's true) then we have 1 OotW card per box x 999 copies of each card x 12 different subjects = 11,988 hobby boxes.   Now, presumably the inserts are not hobby only (and since they are numbered, I imagine Panini keeps a few back to serve as replacements for damaged/missing cards for people).  Still, that seems like a lot of boxes, doesn't it?

Next, we turn to another set numbered out of 999 - though this time I only got one in my two boxes total.

The Dominator card is actually pretty boring if you ask me - sure it's shiny but otherwise there isn't much substance to it.  The checklist for this set is only 10 cards, but looking through the list I think I would have preferred almost anyone else other than Kluber to be my one representative (especially since a Red was actually featured in the set)!

  • 1 Mookie Betts - Boston Red Sox
  • 2 Jose Altuve - Houston Astros
  • 3 Joey Votto - Cincinnati Reds
  • 4 Max Scherzer - Washington Nationals
  • 5 Justin Verlander - Houston Astros
  • 6 Corey Kluber - Cleveland Indians
  • 7 Nolan Arenado - Colorado Rockies
  • 8 Corey Seager - Los Angeles Dodgers
  • 9 Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels
  • 10 Mickey Mantle - New York Yankees

It's been a couple of cards since I featured a Dodger and you might have thought I was exaggerating about the sheer volume of LA cards.  Well, I wasn't.  Our next insert is a Mound Marvels card of Clayton Kershaw (also numbered out of 999).

The Mound Marvels set only has six cards in it (no Reds of course since their pitching is and has been atrocious for a number of years now).  Therefore, while I was sick of all the Dodgers, I think Kershaw was probably the best pull from the set (unless you believe in Ohtani as being a superstar because he's in the set as well).

The only insert set that truly didn't interest me at all when I saw the sell sheet was the American Pride set.  This is a set full of guys I've never heard of - so wouldn't you know it that I pulled two cards from the set (both of which are parallels of the insert set).

The silver Swaggerty card is numbered out of 349 while the blue Shewmake is out of only 249.  Neither guy means anything to me, though that may just be my baseball rookie ignorance speaking.  At least the card design isn't bad on these.

My second to last insert was a Mookie Betts #/249 blue Foundations parallel card.

It's got a kind of neat futuristic vibe to it.  There are nine cards in this set (including Ohtani which Panini jammed in just about every insert set that they could). 

Finally, we end with yet another Dodger - this time a gold parallel (#/99) of Corey Seager of the Dodgers.

I'm telling you, a Dodgers fan would have been through the roof with the contents of my two boxes!!

Tomorrow, we'll take a look at the remaining parallels (the stat line parallels and the teal border parallels) as well as the hits (each box promises three hits in some combination of autograph and relic).  As a hint to what's to come, we aren't done with the Dodgers yet...and did I mention that Panini liked to throw Ohtani into every set they could?!

Trade Stack 89: Who is Your Darling?

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 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: 3/26/18

For awhile there, I was doing quite well keeping my Trade Stack updated...and then, well, nothing.

I'm back at last to right that wrong with a brand new addition to the current Trade Stack.  When we last left this Stack, we had five cards on the pile including a sticker insert and a silver signature parallel.  Today, it's time to add a sixth card to the Stack!

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)!

1988 Topps Big:
85.  Ron Darling (Mets)

1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
Silver signature parallel
265.  Mike Stanley (Yankees)

2018 Topps Heritage:
291.  Jose Ramirez (Indians)
385.  Michael Brantley (Indians)

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 ??

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Delivery Time! High End Relics from The Iron Lion

A couple of days ago, I showed off some of the cards I received from a group break hosted by The Iron Lion card shop.  I still have one more batch of cards from another group break from the same shop to show off...but those will have to wait for another day.  Today, we get to take a peak at an envelope of high end relics that they sent my way.

I ended up with the two relics as a bit of an "oops" by the shop.  I had won one of their contests for some sort of relic or auto (I no longer remember what I actually won, I think it was football).  Long story short, they accidentally mailed the card to someone else and so they contacted me to see what they could do (which was extremely generous since the first card was a free giveaway anyhow).  After telling them I prefer the Reds it only took a couple of days for the following to show up on my door stop.

The first of the two relics is a quad relic of Jay Bruce numbered out of 75  If I had more money than I knew what to do with, I still am not sure that I'd actually bust sets like Topps Museum Collection but I won't lie, it's cool to get a nice relic from the set for free (even if the capless look does scream Panini).

The other free relic sent my way was from another set that I can't afford:  Topps Tribute.

This time, it's a nice Billy Hamilton numbered out of only 50.  I assume that this is a purple parallel but I'll be honest in that I don't know a darn thing about the set as a whole (I'm simply happy to have this card in my collection).

That does it for the freebies this time around.  As I see it, the two freebies definitely take away some of the sting of the two group breaks that I joined (with little to nothing to show for my personal collections)!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Barry Larkin Collection 596: 1996 Topps Stadium Club - #6 - Midsummer Matchup insert

Barry Larkin / Cal Ripken Jr.
Year:  1996
Brand:  Topps Stadium Club
Insert set:  Midsummer Matchup
Card number:  6

The 1996 Topps Stadium Club showed a lot of love to Barry Larkin.  By my count, there are 16 different Barry Larkin cards in the set (most of them parallels of course).  The Midsummer Matchup card shown above has its own parallel (a Members Only parallel that I don't yet own).  In terms of the card itself, although it doesn't scan great I happen to like the design quite a bit.  Barry has to share half of his card with some guy named Cal but otherwise I can't really complain.  *sarcasm alert there folks*

In case you are wondering, here's what I have and need (to date) from the 1996 Stadium Club set.  The first column indicates whether or not I own the card.  In total, I have 8 of the 16 cards from the set which isn't bad (nor is it great).  Those Members Only parallels have eluded me thus far...if I could track those down I'd be well on my way to completing the full complement of Larkin cards from the set!

Yes 1996 197 Stadium Club
Yes 1996 197 Stadium Club
Yes 1996 271 Stadium Club
No 1996 271 Stadium Club Extreme Players Bronze
No 1996 271 Stadium Club Extreme Players Gold
Yes 1996 271 Stadium Club Extreme Players Silver
Yes 1996 EW6 Stadium Club Extreme Winners Bronze
No 1996 EW6 Stadium Club Extreme Winners Gold
Yes 1996 EW6 Stadium Club Extreme Winners Silver
Yes 1996 20 Stadium Club Members Only
Yes 1996 M6 Stadium Club Midsummer Matchup
No 1996 MM6 Stadium Club Members Only Parallel
No 1996 197 Stadium Club Members Only Parallel
No 1996 271 Stadium Club Members Only Parallel
No 1996 271 Stadium Club Silver
No 1996 197 Stadium Club Silver

Friday, March 23, 2018

Flashback Friday! Magic: The Gathering Cards

I've been dabbling with Listia once again after about two or three years of inactivity on the site.  I managed to sell a few baseball cards - and prior to the site switching over to a cryptocurrency, I was able to use some of my accumulated credits to land a few cards.

Not baseball cards, I spent my credits on a few random Magic: The Gathering cards.  I'm not exactly sure why I chose to do that, but what's done is done I guess.  I ended up winning five different auctions from three sellers on the site so let's see what each PWE holds.

In the first envelope, I bid on and won the Masked Admirers card.  The other two cards were freebies from the seller (always appreciated especially since I don't own cards from most of the modern sets due to me no longer playing the game really).

Back in the day though, I had a pair of elf days built.  When I saw that Masked Admirers card, I figured it might fit into one of those old decks if/when I ever pull out my cards to make new decks (I play Magic with my youngest brother around Christmas each year when we are both home, that's it for the game for me).

In the second envelope, I won two cards from the same seller. 

The Rampaging Ferocidon caught my eye only because it was a dinosaur.  I later learned that there is a "block" of dinosaur related cards but I guess I'll content myself with owning the Ferocidon.  On the flip side, the Aegis Angel card caught my eye as a kind of cool card, even if it is most likely a "casual only card."  I'm pretty sure that as someone who only plays once a year I qualify as casual anyhow!

That seller also included a pair of extra cards including another dinosaur (which I was happy to get - and he isn't even all that bad of a card).  The other card is....uhm....weird?  I don't pretend to understand what's going on there.

The final envelope also held the contents of a pair of auction wins.

The Deeproot Champion card is a Merfolk (which is weird to me since I always thought of Merfolk as a blue creature type).  Still, it went cheap enough on Listia that I was able to nab it.  The real prize from this seller though is the Vanquisher's Banner card.  As a person who likes to make creature specific decks, this card could slot into any of them since it's an artifact.  The card drawing ability at the bottom of the card means that if I can get this in play, I'll probably win based on card advantage alone. 

Good stuff all around...and like the other two sellers, this seller also included a pair of extra cards (though this time they weren't nearly as interesting to me though I guess both might be playable in certain situations).

That does it for this Flashback Friday...nothing like some pure nerdiness to get the weekend started, am I right?!