Sunday, September 30, 2018

Trade Stack 93: Adding Some Topps Gold to 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: 9/30/18

It's time to close out the month of September...and with it, let's see if we can also close out the current Trade Stack.  Today's addition is actually a three-for-one in that you get three more cards added to the Stack, all from the same set.  

And what set is that, you ask?  How about some Topps Gold parallels from 1994 Topps?  I stumbled across a few more of these in my collection - and as part of my effort to reduce the clutter of stuff I'm not collecting, they can all be yours (along with all of the other goodies in the Trade 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)!

1994 Topps:
Topps Gold parallel:
351.  Gary DiSarcina (Angels)
506.  Leo Gomez (Orioles)
570.  Brian Meadows (Marlins)


1998 Upper Deck Retro:
115.  Mark Kotsay (Marlins)
117.  Richard Hidalgo (Astros)


2018 Topps Allen & Ginter:
World's Greatest Beaches:
WGB-5.  South Beach

2017 Topps Heritage:
24.  Ryan Schimph (Padres)
81.  Adam Rosales (Padres)
163.  Brett Wallace (Padres)
345.  Jarred Cosart (Padres)
358.  Padres Checklist (Padres)


1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated:
Great Shots mini poster:
7 of 25 GS.  Mark McGwire (Cardinals)


2018 Topps Gypsy Queen:
130.  Michael Fulmer (Tigers)


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 ??

Sick.

I've been sick all weekend so no time to blog.  Want to make me feel better?  Help me get rid of excess cards by working out a trade for some of my 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter cards.  I've got plenty of hits for trade as well as inserts and base cards. 

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Barry Larkin Collection 624: 1998 Topps Tek - #57 - Pattern 28

Barry Larkin
Year:  1998
Brand:  Topps Tek
Card number:  57
Pattern number:  28

This is my third (of currently only four) Barry Larkin cards that I own from the 1998 Topps Tek brand.  While owning four cards may sound alright, the truth is that there are 90 (yes, 90!) different versions of each base card to track down...and that's not even including the diffractor parallels which also exist for each of the 90 patterns (except for pattern #49, apparently for reasons that are entirely unclear).

Pattern 28 has a sort of "quilted rope" look to it, if you ask me.  Or maybe it's a square chain-link fence?  Either way, the design is distinct without being overpowering or overly distracting so I approve.  I still have one more pattern to show off in my collection...and then it's back to searching for more 1998 Tek Larkins! 

Only 86 more to go.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Flashback Friday! Remember Fleer Ultra?

Back in the day (and by "back in the day" I mean the 90s), Fleer Ultra was one of my favorite "high end" brands.  In fact, I believe that Ultra was probably the highest end brand that one could easily find where I shopped for cards (mostly my local CVS).  Once Fleer bit the dust, I was sad to see Ultra die with it - but then eventually Upper Deck resurrected the Fleer Ultra brand.

Does the remix live up to the glory that was the original (at least in most years)?  Well, let's find out together as bust this pack of 2006 Upper Deck Fleer Ultra.  And if nothing else, at least each pack has an insert card*, right?

*on average. 

With only five cards in the pack, I can only assume that this was retail pack at one point.  Nonetheless, I'm still looking forward to ripping it!

2006 Fleer Ultra (by Upper Deck):

23.  Shea Hillenbrand

The card design isn't too bad here - full bleed photography and a script player name (in team colors no less).  A little too much foil for my taste but otherwise not bad. 

79.  Raul Ibanez

The backs of the cards are fairly basic fare but there's just enough team color representation to keep them looking fresh as you fan through a pack of cards.  Based on the first two cards out of the pack, the little write-ups are done well.

177.  Randy Johnson

I don't like Johnson as a Yankee.  Mostly because I don't like the Yankees.  Also because the mullet is gone.

Gold Medallion parallel:  142.  Wily Mo Pena

Fleer Ultra used to have Gold Medallion parallels - and that's what I assume this card is despite it not saying "gold medallion" anywhere that I could find.  Pena was a guy with big time power - but he had trouble connecting with the baseball.  As a Reds fan, he is probably best remembered for being the key piece of a trade that brought Bronson Arroyo over to the Reds (one of the best trades from the Reds' perspective in my lifetime).

Home Run Kings:  HRK4.  Alex Rodriguez

When you get only five cards in a pack, having two of them be of the Yankees variety is a kick in the nut sack.  That said, the simplistic design of the Home Run Kings insert (my one promised insert in the pack) is actually kind of nice and refreshing.  I am particularly happy to report that there is no foil at all on the card (not even the Fleer Ultra logo).

And there you have it - 2006 Fleer Ultra by Upper Deck.  I'm not keeping any of these for myself so if you see something you want, holler at me.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

My First Twitter Group Break

Back in the beginning of August, I joined in a group break that was hosted on Twitter by someone that I follow.  As I recall, the break was very cheap (<$5 I think) which is what convinced me to give it a shot.  Unfortunately, I never did quite figure out what exactly was being broken (it was supposed to be a bunch of 90s packs I think).  Once the break got underway, there was some sort of game happening within the break - which is how I believe I ended up with this rather random Gary Carter Stadium Club card for instance.

Sure, it's a nice enough card I guess, but it doesn't fit in with a group break where I selected only the Reds.  Speaking of my team, I ended up walking away with 17 different Reds - not terrible I guess, but not great either since most of them were actually duplicates.  As with any break involving packs from the 90s, I was hoping to land a new Barry Larkin card.  While I did get one Larkin out of the break, it was most definitely NOT a new one to me. 

Yeah, 1990 Fleer doesn't do much to bring up the excitement levels, does it?

Other than that, the two highlights (if you can call them that) were a card about a Parade (in which you can barely make out an actual parade happening) and a card of a failed Reds manager.

As with any group break, you win some and you lose some.  If nothing else, this taught me that I need to be a bit more discerning about sort of breaks I join.  At the very least, I need to make sure I know what is actually being opened - after all, I am trying my best to clear out my collection of unwanted/duplicate cards - no reason to buy into breaks that will only bring more such cards into my collection!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Barry Larkin Collection 623: 1998 Topps Tek - #57 - Pattern 2

Barry Larkin
Year:  1998
Brand:  Topps Tek
Card number:  57
Pattern number:  2

With 90 different patterns to collect in 1998 Topps Tek, there is definitely a part of me that wishes Larkin was not featured in the set.  However, on the one hand I do have to admit that the Tek cards are kind of fun to look at...and when you get a bunch of them together in a binder page it does make for a rather neat display.  On the other hand, I currently only own four of the 90 regular cards (never mind the much rarer diffractors that I'll probably never even try to track down). 

As for design #2, what can I say?  It's basically a bunch of straight lines going every which way, sort of like if a blind painter tried to paint.  (Or, if you ask my wife, how I paint - i.e. very poorly!)


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Great Reorganization: Step 32: The Desk that Just Won't Get Clean!

It's been almost a full year since I last had a post for my ever-so-slow Great Reorganization of my cardboard collection.  While I have made a small bit of progress over the past 11 months, it seems that if I'm not posting about it I allow myself to basically slack off in terms of actually organizing much! 

Therefore, today's post is as much for me and my collection as it is for anything else.  That's right, I'm throwing down a challenge to myself...and I'm putting on here for the world to hold me accountable. 

My challenge?

Get my desk cleaned off of all baseball cards before I buy another pack or box of cards.  That's right.  I have to quit "cold turkey" until I actually make honest progress in terms of reorganizing my collection - and that has to start with what is currently on my desk (since I don't have room to do any other reorganizing if my desk is already covered in cards)!

I started the process of getting my desk straightened out by listing a bunch of 2018 Allen & Ginter hits that I have available for trade.  A discerning eye may be able to spot the pile of A&G hits that is still on my desk but at least those are sorted...and who knows, maybe I'll have most (all?) of them in the mail before too long...and if they are in the mail, they are off my desk so win/win!!

Hopefully, I will continue to clear off my desk in the upcoming week or two.  I have a bunch of 2018 Allen & Ginter trade bait of the base card and insert variety that I need to get listed on the blog.  If all goes well, that post should go up sometime in the very near future - and when it does, that will eliminate three piles off the desk in one swoop. 

There's hope yet.  Which is a good thing or else I won't be buying packs of baseball cards ever again!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Delivery Time! Community Gum - Gross Concept but a Great Blog!

Not all that long ago, I stated publicly on my blog that one of my immediate goals was to get all caught up with the piles (and piles) of cards and envelopes sitting on my desk.  While I still have a fair number of piles of cards remaining, I have made decent progress in that I've eliminated about a quarter of the cards. 

I've also started to make some decent progress with the various envelopes on my desk.  For many of the envelopes, the slowest part for me is getting a return mailing packed up prior to writing the blog post.  I've found that if I open the envelope, scan the cards, and then write the post that it becomes too easy to forget to do a return envelope (at least in any sort of timely fashion).

Unfortunately, sometimes I follow my own rule above and I still don't get something back in a timely fashion - and today's envelope is just one example of proof of that.  Today's mailing is courtesy of Jon over at Community Gum.  Jon sent me a package back in mid-July...and here I am at the end of September finally able to say I've sent something back his way. 

With the package finally off in the hands of the USPS, I can now show off the highlights of my end of the trade.  The entire motivation for the trade was a bunch of What a Day Allen & Ginter inserts from last year's set (yeah, I still haven't finished last year's set and now I also have to work on this year's set as well).  Being a set collector can be difficult!

Thanks to the eight cards from Jon, my want list was whittled down significantly.  For those wondering, here's what I am still looking for from last year's A&G set.
2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Wants:What a Day:  WAD- 2, 16, 25, 29, 30, 39, 44, 45, 54, 63, 75, 90
Minis:Bust a Move:  BAM- 3
Constellations:  C- 3, 7, 8
Horse in the Race:  HR- 4, 6, 9, 10, 16, 18, 22, 24
Required Reading:  RR- 1, 3, 6, 7, 15
World's Dudes:  WD- 2, 5, 12, 25, 37, 43

Moving on to some other goodies now, Jon sent along the Vottos at the top of the post as well as three new Barry Larkin cards for me.  Getting new Larkins is always a treat - especially when they include some tough-to-find Pacific cards!

I'll have to do a little digging to make sure I figure out which parallel those two Larkins are from the 2000 Pacific Prism set.  The non-Pacific Larkin is numbered out of only 200 which is a pretty nice score for my collection since I don't have a whole lot of serially numbered Larkin cards.

Many thanks for the great trade - and hopefully my return package was worth the wait for you.  As for anyone else, if you'd like to trade be sure to check out my want list and make an offer.  The goods is that I am finally getting caught back up so trading should (soon) be back to running smoothly and efficiently!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

FOR TRADE: 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter

Below you will find my list of 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter that I have available for trade.  To see what I am looking for, please check out my want list.

2018 Topps Allen & Ginter:  FOR TRADE
Last updated:  10/13/18

Base:
1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 18, 21, 24, 25, 26, 29, 31, 33, 36, 36, 38, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 50, 53, 53, 54, 55, 56, 58, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 65, 65, 67, 72, 73, 73, 74, 75, 83, 83, 83, 85, 88, 90, 91, 91, 93, 95, 97, 98, 99, 99, 102, 103, 103, 104, 104, 105, 110, 111, 112, 113, 113, 115, 116, 119, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 128, 130, 131, 134, 136, 137, 139, 139, 141, 141, 147, 147, 148, 149, 151, 152, 153, 154, 154, 156, 156, 157, 158, 158, 160, 161, 161, 162, 165, 166, 167, 168, 171, 174, 176, 177, 178, 178, 179, 180, 181, 181, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 193, 194, 195, 201, 201, 204, 205, 206, 207, 207, 208, 209, 210, 212, 216, 218, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 224, 225, 226, 227, 230, 231, 231, 236, 236, 236, 237, 240, 241, 242, 242, 244, 245, 248, 252, 252, 255, 256, 257, 257, 260, 261, 261, 262, 264, 264, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 296, 269, 271, 272, 274, 274, 277, 280, 280, 285, 286, 287, 288, 290, 290, 296, 298, 300, 300

Base Short Prints:
302, 303, 308, 315, 322, 328, 333, 334, 336, 338, 340, 344, 347, 348

Note: I have a fair number of regular back, A&G back, and black bordered minis available.  Let me know if you are interested.  I haven't sorted through them all yet!

Box Loaders:
N-43:  N43-16.  Ozzie Albies
Cabinet:  BL-13.  Chipper Jones

Full-Sized Inserts:
World's Greatest Beaches:  WGB- 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 7, 7, 7, 9, 10, 10, 10
Baseball Equipment of the Ages:  BEA-5
Magnificent Moons:  MM- 2, 2, 3, 4, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10
Fantasy Goldmine:  FG- 4, 7, 7, 10, 11, 11, 15, 16, 24, 46, 46
World Talent:  WT- 1, 3, 4, 9, 10, 24, 30, 39, 50

Mini Inserts:
World's Hottest Peppers:  WHP-12
Postage Required:  MPR-14
Indigenous Heroes:  MIH- 21, 22, 22, 25
Exotic Sports:  MES- 1, 3

Relics:
FSRA-DG.  Dee Gordon
FSRA-SP.  Salvador Perez
FSRA-SF.  Sonny Fredrickson
FSRB-AM.  Andrew McCutchen
FSRB-DO.  David Ortiz
FSRB-FF.  Freddie Freeman
FSRB-CC.  Carlos Correa
FSRB-KS.  Kyle Schwarber
Framed Autos:
MA-MG.  Miguel Gomez



Barry Larkin Collection 622: 1998 Topps Tek - #57 - Pattern 22

Barry Larkin
Year:  1998
Brand:  Topps Tek
Card number:  57
Pattern number:  22

The 1998 Topps Tek is a player collector's nightmare.  Each base card has 90 (!) different variations to collect...and then each of those 90 variations also has a diffractor version (of which a print run has been estimated to be somewhere between only 10 and 20 copies). 

Over the past few months, I managed to grab a few of Larkin's different Tek cards from eBay sales - with this being the first one that I've shown off in my ongoing Barry Larkin Collection.  Besides this card, I also bought three other patterns for Larkin - so as of the time of this post I have 4 out of the 90 base versions.  I don't think I'll be chasing after the diffractors (too low of a print run for my wallet) but even so, tracking down all 90 patterns is surely going to be a difficult challenge as it is!

As for this particular card, I have to admit that I'm not happy with the condition that it is in.  The scan you see above doesn't make it clear (nor did the scan in the eBay auction) but the is a lot of plastic "paper" coming loose at the top of the card (where it looks sort of cloudy in the scan).  The card is also a bit yellowed, probably from someone leaving it exposed to things like sunlight.  Luckily for me, the other three cards that I bought were from different sellers and those three cards are in much better shape.  I don't think I'm at the point in my '98 Tek collection where I will actively look to upgrade cards...but then again, if I find a more pristine copy of this particular Larkin card I will probably buy it only because the yellowing and fraying truly bugs me on what should be a pretty cool card otherwise.


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Hits for Trade!

Today, I carved out some time to put my entire 2018 Allen & Ginter set in a binder.  I also sorted through all of my inserts and hits and posted a few (including my Jeter Rip card) to eBay tonight (see what I have for sale here).

I also ended up going through my other relics/autographs and ended up with quite a few that I'd like to offer up here as trade bait.  I'm looking for either A) items from my want list, B) Barry Larkin cards I don't yet own, or C) LEGO sets, old or new.

Here's what I have to offer up...

Relics:
FSRA-DG.  Dee Gordon
FSRA-SP.  Salvador Perez
FSRA-SF.  Sonny Fredrickson
FSRB-AM.  Andrew McCutchen
FSRB-DO.  David Ortiz
FSRB-FF.  Freddie Freeman
FSRB-CC.  Carlos Correa
FSRB-KS.  Kyle Schwarber
Autos:
MA-MG.  Miguel Gomez

Leave a comment below or shoot me an email if you'd like to work out a trade!

Barry Larkin Collection 621: 2000 Upper Deck MVP - #158

Barry Larkin
Year:  2000
Brand:  Upper Deck MVP
Card number:  158

Looking through my Barry Larkin binder, it quickly becomes apparent that Upper Deck (in particular) really phoned in their year 2000 baseball card efforts.  In fact, outside of a few super collectors, I imagine most people would be hard-pressed to figure out what card is from what set (if the set logo wasn't present of course).  The reason is that all of the designs basically feel the same, even if there are some subtle differences. 

Truthfully, I think I prefer the MVP set as compared to many of the other 2000 offerings from Upper Deck mostly because the set was cheap to buy (if I remember correctly).  The cards couldn't have been too pricey since I did own a bunch of these as a rather poor teenager.  What I don't care for is the fact that this Larkin base card has three other parallel versions that I still need to try and track down:  a silver script, a gold script, and a super script.  I can't say for sure, but I imagine all that is different with the parallels is the color of foil used - easily a dumb, boring gimmick for a parallel (and yet another example of Upper Deck phoning it in with the set). 

Friday, September 21, 2018

Delivery Time! Some Ginter Goodies from Johnny's Trading Spot

Up until a couple of days ago, any spare moments that I had to dedicate to the blog/baseball cards went to posting my Gint-a-Cuffs packs.  Now that the box is finally fully scanned and written about, I can move on to other things such as showcasing some of the recent trades that have popped up in my mailbox in the past few weeks.

For a fun Friday post, let's take a look at a PWE from Johnny's Trading Spot that was chock full of Gintery goodies including the Flag card you see above (my favorite mini insert set this year I think).

I'm going to try and collect all of the mini insert sets from this year's A&G set despite the fact that they are relatively tough to find this year.  John helped me out some by sending four minis my way including a pair of the retail-only Exotic Sports minis.

I certainly appreciate the retail minis - especially since I did most of my Ginter purchases via hobby boxes this year (in which you cannot find the Exotic Sports minis).  John also sent along one of the Baseball Superstitions cards that I needed - "Leaping over the Foul Line."

Thanks for the great little trade, John.  Hopefully by the time you read this post you will have received a small PWE from me in return.  As for anyone else, I'm always willing to trade so check out my want list and make an offer!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Trade Stack 93: Adding Two More Cards to the Pile

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: 9/16/18

Today's addition to the Stack is a pair of cards from one of my favorite late 90's brands:  Upper Deck Retro.  With the addition of the Ginter card from the previous post, you now have representatives from a couple of my favorite brands in this Trade Stack.  Surely that will be enough for someone to jump in and claim the pile, right?!

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)!

1998 Upper Deck Retro:
115.  Mark Kotsay (Marlins)
117.  Richard Hidalgo (Astros)


2018 Topps Allen & Ginter:
World's Greatest Beaches:
WGB-5.  South Beach

2017 Topps Heritage:
24.  Ryan Schimph (Padres)
81.  Adam Rosales (Padres)
163.  Brett Wallace (Padres)
345.  Jarred Cosart (Padres)
358.  Padres Checklist (Padres)


1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated:
Great Shots mini poster:
7 of 25 GS.  Mark McGwire (Cardinals)


2018 Topps Gypsy Queen:
130.  Michael Fulmer (Tigers)


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 ??

Second-to-Last 1889 Allen & Ginter Fish Card Acquired!

Loyal readers will know that I made a long, long term goal of trying to complete the original 1889 Allen & Ginter 50 Fish from American Waters set.  Truthfully, I never thought I'd actually complete the thing...but thanks to a recent eBay steal, I'm only one card away from having the entire 50 card set built!

At this point, I'm only missing the Striped Bass now that I have the slippery Sardine in hand!  If you'd like to check out my entire (almost complete) fish set, I have each card cataloged here.

If/when I finish off the fish set, the next question will be what should the next original Allen & Ginter set be for me to work on?!  I'll take suggestions, though I do have a few ideas based on some random pickups that I've made over the years.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Barry Larkin Collection 620: 2000 Upper Deck Black Diamond - #23

Barry Larkin
Year:  2000
Brand:  Upper Deck Black Diamond
Card number:  23

The 2000 Upper Deck Black Diamond set has a high and mighty name but I'm not sure that the execution matches the haughtiness of the brand.  It's not the card design is terrible exactly, but it basically looks like almost all of the other sets that Upper Deck was producing around the turn of the century. 

Looking at Larkin's card itself, the front has a fairly dull image on the front with an even more boring image on the back.  As usual with Upper Deck, you do not get full career stats but otherwise the card back is adequate. Honestly, there isn't much to say about this set other than it's rather pointless and certainly nondescript.  Unfortunately for Barry Larkin collectors like myself, Larkin also has a Reciprocal Cut parallel and a Final Cut parallel (which is numbered out of 100) both of which I still need to track down.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Gint-a-Cuffs: Pack 24: This is It (with a Final Hit)

The final pack of my Gint-a-Cuffs box is here.

Box total so far:  98 points (plus box loader and unnanounced mini TBD)

Pack 24:
130.  Gary Sanchez (-1 Yankees)
234.  Adam Wainwright
284.  Ian Kinsler
299.  Adam Jones
Fantasy Goldmine:  FG-19.  Ted Williams (+2 points)
Regular mini:  48.  Manny Margot
Framed relic:  MFR-KB.  Kris Bryant (+6 points x 1.7 favorite player list = 10.2 points)

Pack total:  11.2 points
Box total so far:  109.2 points (plus box loader and unannounced mini TBD)

The favorite player status of Bryant made for a great pack to end Gint-a-Cuffs on.  At this point, I am only waiting on the commish's decisions for the two cards that I haven't yet scored.  If I had to guess, I'll say my final box total will be somewhere near the 115 - 120 point mark.  I have no idea if that will be enough for me to claim victory this year...so far as I've seen, most people have not yet posted their Gint-a-Cuffs results.  If nothing else, I can at least set the bar for others to leap over!

UPDATE!  The Commish has spoken.  My box loader is +6 and my mini is +4.  Therefore, I almost cracked the 120 barrier - 109.2 points total.

In hindsight, I defnitely should have chosen my "hot box" as my Gint-a-Cuffs box.  That box was better in terms of the hits (for Gint-a-Cuffs scoring anyhow since my Rip Card was a Yankee).  Oh well, that's the way the cookie crumbles when you have to choose one box ahead of time!  I do have the entire box being opened on video but with the hot box bonus of +20 points (and with at least one person having a hot box for the contest), I am quite certain that I am out of the running already.  Still, it's always fun to play along - and at least now I can safely say that I've updated my want list to include what I am still missing from this year's Gint-a-Cuffs!

Box Total (FINAL):  119.2 points.