Friday, August 31, 2018

Gint-a-Cuffs: Pack #8: TGIF!

The first Friday of a new semester is always a good day.  It means I've survived the week...and it is usually the first day where I feel like I have my "sea legs" back underneath me.  That is to say, I'm back in the swing of things now and ready to roll for another academic year. 

I'm also ready to keep rolling with my Gint-a-Cuffs box.  Today we look at the eighth pack out of the box which means we have hit the one-third mark.  I have no idea how my box will stack up against the competition but I'm not mad about averaging over four points per pack thus far.  If I can keep up that pace, I should be in the running if nothing else.

Box total so far:  32 points (plus box loader TBD)

Pack 8:
9.  Francisco Mejia
46.  Kole Calhoun
198.  Tom Segura
282.  Joey Gallo (favorite player list:  +1 point)
283.  Addison Russell
292.  Marcus Stroman
Fantasy Goldmine:  FG-5.  Nolan Ryan  (+2 points)
A&G back mini:  101.  Matt Kemp  (+2 points)

Pack total:  5 points

For a pack that felt like it didn't offer up all that much, I won't be mad about landing five points! 

Box total so far:  37 points (plus box loader TBD)


Thursday, August 30, 2018

Delivery Time! Trade with David (aka Rhubarb Runner)

I've been enjoying my Ginter box while writing my Gint-a-Cuffs posts lately...but that doesn't mean that I've totally given up on the trading front.  While I am still way behind (both in terms of posting and in finding cards to mail certain people), I am making slow but steady positive progress.  One of my recent success stories is a completed trade with David (aka Rhubarb Runner) - our first swap since March 2013 according to my records!

David helped me out with some set needs - including all of the remaining 1995 UD Collectors' Choice cards that I was missing.  Out of the 12 I was missing, 10 were stupid Cardinals (which I won't scan).  Not surprisingly to anyone who knows about that set, one of the other missing cards all these years later was this Michael Jordan base card!

I'm super happy to have the set complete in the binder now - I love knocking full sets off my want list!

David wasn't done there though - he also found three more minis that I needed from Allen & Ginter sets including two of the horse cards from the 2017 Horse in the Race mini set.

The third and final mini was also from the 2017 Ginter set, this time being one of the few remaining glow-in-the-dark Constellation cards that I was missing.

Finally, David threw in a few Reds for me including a 2018 National baseball Card Day card of Billy Hamilton (shown at the top of the post) and a smattering of what I consider to be vintage Reds cards!

I love getting mail packages like this where I get to knock lots of stuff off my want list.  Thanks again for the swap David - and let's not wait another 5 years before we trade again!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Gint-a-Cuffs: Pack #7 - Finding Our First Hit

Today's a big day for my Gint-a-Cuffs box in that we found our first hit!

Box total so far:  25 points (plus box loader TBD)

Pack 7:
107.  Roberto Clemente
142.  Kevin Pillar
191.  Freddie Freeman
248.  Aaron Nola
Regular mini:  99.  Pedro Martinez
Fantasy Goldmine:  FG-29.  John Smoltz (+2 points)
Relic:  FSRB-FF.  Freddie Freeman (+5 points)

Man - if only Freddie Freeman had been on the favorite player list!  This pack could have been a huge pack of points.  As it is, I'll take the 7 points total I guess - that bumps me up into the 30s range with one more pack to go before the first third of the box is complete.

Pack total:  7 points
Box total so far:  32 points

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Gint-a-Cuffs: Pack #6: Why the Hate for Lincoln Riley?

The Gint-a-Cuffs box has been decent so far (22 points through the first five packs, not counting the box loader points).  However, I need to increase my point-per-pack average if I am to actually win the competition for once. 

Box total so far:  22 points (plus box loader TBD)

Pack 6:
74.  Eric Hosmer
86.  Nicholas Castellanos
175.  Lincoln Riley  (-1 for him, not sure why the hate - but then again, I don't know anything about him)
220.  Theo Epstein
270.  Eric Thames
336.  Lorenzo Cain
World's Greatest Beaches:  10.  Harbour Island  (+2 points)
A&G back mini:  248.  Aaron Nola  (+2 points)

Pack total:  3 points
Box total so far:  25 points (plus box loader TBD)

Well, that didn't help my per pack average, did it?  Ugh.  Still, I do know that I'm not out of the running quite yet as I still have all three hits lurking in the box. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Gint-a-Cuffs: Pack #5 - The New Semester Begins Today!

Today marks the first day of the new semester for me - and with it comes a brand new class that I'm teaching (a 400 level capstone course in Graph Theory).  I have no idea what to expect out of the school year in terms of my free time (most notably because of my baby and the new class prep) so consider yourself warned if posts slow down here at Nachos Grande for a bit.  That said, I do need to crank out my Gint-a-Cuffs posts so let's rip another pack while I have the time.

Box total so far:  21 points (plus box loader TBD)

Pack 5:
41.  Didi Gregorious  (-1 Yankee)
52.  Robbie Ray
94.  George Brett
204.  Samesong Park
226.  Lucas Giolito
267.  Garrett Richards
Regular mini:  164.  Manny Machado
Fantasy Goldmine:  FG-39.  Willie McCovey  (+2 points)

Pack total:  1 lousy point
Box total so far:  22 points (plus box loader TBD)

Oof.  That was the worst pack so far and it definitely hurt my "per pack" average for the box in a big way.  That said, if this is the only clunker out of the box I'll be okay.  


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Gint-a-Cuffs: Pack #4: Sikkim, boy. Sikkim.

The Gint-a-Cuffs train keeps on rollin' along!

Box total so far:  14 (plus box loader points TBD)

Pack 4:

56.  Justin Bour
79.  Jonathan Schoop
81.  Yuli Gurriel
111.  Brian Dozier (+2 favorite player list)
222.  Total Solar Eclipse
321.  Nomar Mazara
Magnificent Moons:  MM-10.  Ganymede  (+2 points)
Flags of Lost Nations:  FLN-4.  Sikkim  (+3 points)

I've said it many times but the Flags of Lost Nations set is awesome.  Sikkim was formed by a Tibetan prince back in 1642 but by 1975 the country became India's 22nd state.  See, you learn something new with almost every pack of Ginter - part of the reason I love the set so much all these years later!

Pack total:  7 points
Box total so far:  21 points (plus box loader TBD)

We are still only getting started here - but it's been a good start so far with a mini insert from my favorite mini set this pack and a no numbered mini in the previous pack.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Gint-a-Cuffs: Pack #3 - Getting Warmed Up for the Chaos!

I've been trying to hold off writing my Gint-a-Cuffs posts until after the scoring rules are posted...but I also really want to get my want list and trade bait lists updated with what I have/need/want out of Ginter.  It's a balancing act for sure (because retroactively going back through each Gint-a-Cuffs post to add in scoring is going to be a pain but also...progress on my want list is important)!

I think I've delayed things long enough on my end that the rules should be posted shortly.  I'm writing this post on Thursday, August 16 and the rules are due to go live tomorrow if I'm not mistaken.  I guess having to go back and edit four posts isn't too bad...and once those rules get posted, watch out world!

Today's pack brings us our first "special" card of the box (i.e. something that isn't guaranteed to be in the box).  What is it?  Read on.

Box total so far:  8 points (+ box loader TBD)

Pack 3:
146.  Billy Hamilton (+1, Reds!)
202.  Stugotz  (-1 because Commish says so)
205.  Scott Rogowsky
225.  Lou Gehrig (Yankee)  (-1 Yankee stink)
279.  Miguel Sano
297.  Miguel Cabrera
World Talent:  WT-38.  Jharel Cotton  (+2 points)
No number mini:  Evan Longoria  (+5 points)

That's my first no number mini from any box or blaster of this year's Allen & Ginter.  I guess if I am only going to get one, it might as well be in my Gint-a-Cuffs box.

Pack total:  6 points
Box total so far:  14 points (plus box loader TBD)

Plenty more Gint-a-Cuffs to come.  This box is just warming up.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Gint-a-Cuffs: Pack 2 Brings a Black Bordered Angel.

Welcome back, when I last left you in my Gint-a-Cuffs 2018 box we were at the following:

Box total so far:  2 points (plus box loader TBD)

Let's hope I can start to add to that total a bit quicker from here on out.  I'm in it to win it this year!

Pack 2:
11.  Jose Abreu
28.  Jack Flaherty
30.  Carlos Correa
273.  Jake Lamb
291.  Albert Almora
344.  Ender Inciarte  (short print: but not worth points if I'm not mistaken)
Baseball Equipment:  BEA-19.  Pitch Counter  (+2 points)
Black bordered mini:  62.  Justin Upton  (+4 points)

Pack total:  6 points
Box total so far:  8 points (plus box loader TBD)

That pack wasn't too bad - the short print and the black bordered mini certainly didn't hurt.  I don't think that base short prints are worth any points but if I'm wrong, please someone correct me!


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Trade Stack 93: Starting Anew with a 4-in-1!

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: 8/23/18

It's a new day - and with the new day comes a brand new Trade Stack!  To start us off on a fun foot, let's begin with a 4-in-1 insert from 2009 Upper Deck Goudey.  I bought way, way, wayyyyyy more Goudey than I ever should have back when it was released (and yet I still haven't finished the set off):

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

Today's card is one of the green border parallels of the 4-in-1 insert set (I believe that green was the third rarest of the four possible border colors).

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)!

2009 Upper Deck Goudey
4-in-1:  (Green border parallel)

35-56.  Russell Martin (Dodgers), Brian McCann (Braves), Ryan Doumit (Pirates), Geovany Soto (Cubs)

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:  7 cards by TSHenson
Stack 90:  16 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 91:  1 card by Chris
Stack 92:  7 cards by defgav
Stack 93:  ?? by ??

Gint-a-Cuffs: I Can't Wait Any Longer! (Pack 1)

I'm still waiting on the commish to decide how much my box loader (an N43) is worth, but until that happens I didn't want to keep delaying the remainder of my Gint-a-Cuffs posts (especially because I'd really like to collate my set and get a proper want list formed ASAP)!

Box score so far:  ??  (box loader score TBD)

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Pack 1:
122.  Jimmy Nelson
134.  Trevor Bauer
174.  Corey Seager
203.  Amed Rosario
213.  Ryne Sandberg
227.  Aaron Altherr
World Talent:  WT-28.  Julio Urias  (+2 points)
Regular mini:  115.  Ian Happ

If I were either a Cubs or Dodgers fan, this would be a high scoring pack!  Unfortunately, as a Reds fan there's not much to see here.  I'm still working on the various insert sets in Ginter (and hopefully I'll get a proper want list posted shortly).  Otherwise, this isn't much of a start to the box...but since I know what is coming up yet, all I can say is stay tuned.

Pack total:  2 points
Box total so far:  2 points + box loader (TBD)

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Trade Stack 92: There's Gold in the Stack!

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

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: 8/22/18

The Trade Stack continues to grow - but any moment now someone will claim the whole thing so don't miss out if you see something that interests you!  I'm upping the "shiny" factor a bit with today's edition...a Topps Gold parallel card of Rod Beck from 1994 Topps.  I should note that those three black dots are on the card.  I have no idea if they are printer marks, pen ink, or what...but they are there (and I didn't try to remove them in any way). 

In my opinion, the star of the Trade Stack is still that beautiful die-cut Pacific card...but it's sat around long enough unclaimed that I'm starting think the rest of you don't treasure late '90s Pacific to the same extent that I do!

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)!

1994 Topps:
Topps Gold parallel:
146.  Rod Beck (Giants)

2018 Bowman:
7.  Keon Broxton (Brewers)


2010 Topps National Chicle:
51.  Joey Votto (Reds)
207.  Johnny Bench (Reds)


1998 Upper Deck Retro:
18.  Gary Matthews Sr. (Cubs)

2018 Topps Heritage:
282.  Francisco Cervelli (Pirates)


1999 Pacific:
Gold Crown Die-Cuts
34.  Mark McGwire (Cardinals)



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:  7 cards by TSHenson
Stack 90:  16 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 91:  1 card by Chris
Stack 92:  ?? by ??

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Gint-a-Cuffs is On! Let's Do This! (Box Loader)

It's finally time to get the Gint-a-Cuffs train rolling.  I've been sitting on my hobby box for quite some - I actually ripped the whole thing awhile back (but no worries, I did it on video so that there were no questions about the validity of my box).  That ended up being a good idea since this box is by far the best of the four boxes that I opened this year!

To start us off, let's take a gander at the box loader.

Box Loader:

That's Ozzie Albies (rookie card!) of the Atlanta Braves in N43 form.  In the video (which I'll post at the conclusion of my Gint-a-Cuffs pack posts), I was a bit surprised to see N43s return.  I hadn't looked at the checklist very carefully (I like to be surprised when it comes to Ginter) and pulling an N43 definitely surprised me at the time.  Of course, it turns out that the N43s aren't all that rare (seeded 1:6 boxes) but they are certainly rarer (and nicer looking) than the regular large baseball box loaders.

Box Loader Points:  (to be determined - waiting on the commish's decision)
Box total so far:  (see above)

I certainly could have done much worse to start off the box, that's for sure.  However, as I said already, this box is going to be quite a bit of fun so keep checking back for more!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Barry Larkin Collection 619: 2000 Topps Stadium Club Chrome - #30

Barry Larkin
Year:  2000
Brand:  Topps Stadium Club Chrome
Card number:  30

I guess this set is proof that Topps figures everything they do can be made better with a chrome version.  Truth be told, Topps might actually be right about that!

I actually like this Stadium Club Chrome card quite a bit - and that's a good thing since there are three more parallels of this card out there that I'd like to track down some day (a refractor, a First Day Issue #/100, and a First Day Issue Refractor #/25).  I also like that the front of the card appears to have a photo taken mere milliseconds after the photograph used for Larkin's 2000 base Topps card.

All told, I have no complaints about the card or the design. My only question is why hasn't Topps produced Stadium Club Chrome more often in the years since 2000?!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Barry Larkin Collection 618: 2000 Topps - #AT-6 - All Topps insert

Barry Larkin
Year:  2000
Brand:  Topps
Insert set:  All Topps
Card number:  AT-6

I've mentioned this on the blog before, but this particular Barry Larkin card is my first recollection of a card that I won from an online auction.  I think I probably won this from a Yahoo! auction (this would be prior to eBay if I'm not mistaken in my memory).  In that sense, this card is kind of special even if it is otherwise not much better than your typical Topps flagship insert fare.

To be fair, the All-Topps cards were kind of a tough pull (seeded 1:12 packs and the set is 20 cards large spread across both Series 1 and Series 2).  This card happens to be one of only two (not counting parallels) Barry Larkin cards in the entire 2000 Topps set (the other being his regular base card).  Otherwise, there isn't much else to see here.  The card design has some sort of weird feather/leaf (?) design going on but honestly, I can't make heads or tails of it.  The back of the card is better only because it shows Larkin compared to both his peers of the day and his shortstop brethren throughout MLB's history. 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Delivery Time! Group Break Results from Cardboard Collections

Not all that long ago, I participated in one of Colbey's (from Cardboard Collections) affordable group breaks.  This particular break consisted of a box (or maybe two boxes?) of 2016 Panini Optic where the only cost was the price of shipping.  Not a bad deal at all.

For those that don't know (i.e. me), Panini Optic is essentially the Topps Chrome of Panini's portfolio.  As such, I ended up with plenty of shine!

Like most breaks I join, I grabbed the Reds figuring that I might get something fun out of the boxes.  Truth be told, there wasn't a lot of good stuff for the Reds on the checklist to start with but I did get four of the purple bordered cards including a pair of Vottos. 

I actually kind of prefer the purple bordered cards to the regular cards, see what you think when you compare the above cards to my favorite "regular" base card of the break.

You can't go wrong with the Rated Rookie logo.  I loved it as a kid, I love it now.

Thanks for the quick and easy group break, Colbey!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Trade Stack 92: The Last NL Central Team to Join the Party!

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: 8/15/18

I inadvertently ended up with an NL Central theme to the Trade Stack additions thus far, but one team was missing from the party:  the Brewers.  Obviously, the only move for me to make is to add a Brew Crew card to the pile and see if that entices anyone to grab the entire Stack.  If not, I'll keep adding cards until the bunch of cards is too irresistible to someone out there!

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)!

2018 Bowman:
7.  Keon Broxton (Brewers)


2010 Topps National Chicle:
51.  Joey Votto (Reds)
207.  Johnny Bench (Reds)


1998 Upper Deck Retro:
18.  Gary Matthews Sr. (Cubs)

2018 Topps Heritage:
282.  Francisco Cervelli (Pirates)


1999 Pacific:
Gold Crown Die-Cuts
34.  Mark McGwire (Cardinals)



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:  7 cards by TSHenson
Stack 90:  16 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 91:  1 card by Chris
Stack 92:  ?? by ??