Sunday, March 31, 2019

30 Teams in 30 Posts: #7

I'm ranking all 30 of the MLB teams in order of how much I like them at this moment in time.  As with most countdowns, I'm starting with the worst (Cardinals) and I'll eventually end up with the best (Reds).  The real question now is:  Where will the other MLB teams land in my countdown?

Baseball season is officially underway but I haven't quite gotten through my entire MLB rankings.  I'm going to try and cover the remaining teams over the next week or so.  We are nearing the end of my countdown, however, as evidenced by today's team - the final NL East team to show up in the rankings!

#7:  Baltimore Orioles
Image source:  https://www.popsockets.com/products/baltimore-orioles

The Orioles have four things going in their favor which landed them in my top 10.  First, I've always been a big fan of Cal Ripken, Jr. and Mike Mussina (who is a local guy), both long time Orioles.  I actually have a small PC of Mussina and a slightly larger PC of Cal Ripken, Jr.  I know I keep saying it, but someday I'll have to show off my non-Reds personal collections. 

Second, Baltimore is one of the closer MLB stadiums to me - and I do love the entire Baltimore Harbor area, including Camden Yards.  It's been a number of years since I've last visited Baltimore but the couple of times that I have been to the city I've enjoyed my time. 

Third, the Orioles play the Yankees and Red Sox an awful lot in the AL East which means I'm rooting for Baltimore by default a lot!  And finally, Baltimore hasn't won much lately which makes them a fun underdog to root for (even if they make poor personnel decisions with their contracts they hand out *cough Chris Davis cough*).

Looking ahead to my remaining six teams, I've got one NL East team, two NL Central teams, one AL Central team, and two AL West teams to go.  I'm actually a bit surprised at how even my Top 6 is in terms of league and division! 

My list of favorite MLB teams (from worst to first):
#30:  St. Louis Cardinals
#29:  New York Yankees
#28:  San Francisco Giants
#27:  Washington Nationals
#26:  Boston Red Sox
#25:  Chicago Cubs
#24:  Atlanta Braves
#23:  Los Angeles Dodgers
#22:  Milwaukee Brewers
#21:  Miami Marlins
#20:  San Diego Padres
#19:  Arizona Diamondbacks
#18:  Texas Rangers
#17:  Los Angeles Angels
#16:  Kansas City Royals
#15:  Minnesota Twins
#14:  Oakland Athletics
#13:  Philadelphia Phillies
#12:  Tampa Bay Rays
#11:  Toronto Blue Jays
#10:  Detroit Tigers
#9:  Chicago White Sox
#8:  Colorado Rockies
#7:  Baltimore Orioles
to be continued...

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Trade Stack 95: A Pre-Production Sample Joins 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: 3/30/19

Loyal blog readers will know that I've been trying to reorganize my entire baseball card collection for a number of years now.  As part of my reorganization, I recently discovered this 1993 Topps Pre-Production sample card.  I have no idea how I ever acquired the card but I do believe it may spark some interest in either Red Sox fans or oddball card collector fans.  You'll get that card, plus everything else in the Stack if you claim the pile now!

Remember, you get the entire pile in exchange for at least one card off my want list (or pretty much anything LEGO since I've been getting more and more into collecting LEGO as well)!

1993 Topps:
Pre-Production Sample
294.  Carlos Quintana (Red Sox)


2003 Topps Heritage:
300.  Pedro Martinez (Red Sox)


1996 Fleer Ultra:
Gold Medallion parallel:
450.  Doug Jones (Cubs)

1981 Donruss:
455.  Gary Allenson (Red Sox)

2000 Fleer Impact:
100.  Ken Griffey, Jr. (Reds)


2014 Topps Heritage:
1.  AL Batting Leaders:  Miguel Cabrera (Tigers), Joe Mauer (Twins), & Mike Trout (Angels)

1995 Score Summit:
164.  Terry Bradshaw (Brewers - but really Cardinals)

1998 Fleer
Vintage '63 parallel:
99.  Eric Karros (Dodgers)




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:  35 cards by Adam K.
Stack 94:  1 card by Mark H
Stack 95:  ?? by ??

Delivery Time! Trade with Blog Reader Tim

Awhile back, blog reader Tim expressed interest in some of my available Indians' trade bait.  In exchange for some of the cards, Tim sent me a smattering of Reds (with the hopes that some will fit into my Reds' Frankenset) along with a Barry Larkin card and a few 2000 Topps cards for my set.

The highlights of the trade included the five 2000 Topps cards that I needed for my base set.

For some reason, I still like the design of the 2000 Topps set to this day (which is why I'm actively collecting it I suppose).  The set has just enough interesting photographs to keep me engaged such as that Jose Valentin card.  I'm also happy to have tracked down the Mike Mussina card as he is a local guy (he's from a town about an hour or so away from my house).

Tim also included a Barry Larkin card for me.

I'm always happy to land new Larkin cards!  This card will get its own time to shine in my ongoing Barry Larkin Collection series.

I'd also be remiss if I didn't think Tim for the pile of Reds for my Frankenset.  Unfortunately for me, a number of the cards Tim sent for the Frankenset were cards from sets I've already collected.  My Frankenset rule is that I won't include cards that already live in a different binder of mine (so you won't see any Barry Larkin cards in my Reds' Frankenset either).  Still, there were a few cards that have a chance to make it into my set - and some that will for sure since they fill what is otherwise an empty space for a particular card number.

Thanks again for the trade, Tim.  I hope you enjoy the Indians cards that I sent your way in return.  As for anyone else, if you'd like to trade be sure to check out my want list and then make me an offer!

Friday, March 29, 2019

Barry Larkin Collection 658: 2001 Topps Fusion - #15

Barry Larkin
Year:  2001
Brand:  Topps Fusion
Card number:  15

The Topps Fusion set is a strange beast of thing.  Topps tried to mash up five of their iconic set designs all into one set.  I'll let baseballcardpedia explain the thing:
2001 Topps Fusion is a 250-card set released in March, 2001. The product attempted to fuse five of Topps' brand names (Bowman's Best, Finest, Gold Label, Stadium Club, and Gallery) all into one product.
Card numbers ending in a 1 or 6 are done in the style of Bowman's Best (refractive chromium stock); 2 and 7 Finest (etched chromium stock); 3 and 8 Topps Gallery (canvas); 4 and 9 Gold Label (thick plastic stock with holographic foil); and 5 and 0 Stadium Club (high-glossy and full bleed).
As you can see, Larkin gets number 15 in the set which means his card is a Stadium Club design - you can even see the Stadium Club logo on the card front (along with the Topps Fusion logo).  Kind of weird and confusing to have a pair of different brand logos on a card front, but that's early 2000s baseball cards for ya!

One thing that I learned while writing this post is that Barry has two other base cards in the set.  He gets card #21 and card #28 as well.  Card 21 is done in the style of Bowman's Best while card 28 is in the style of Topps Gallery.  As of the time of this post, I do not own either of the other two Larkin base cards. 

Overall, I think the Topps Fusion idea is kind of wild, but as a "one-of" set every now and then I kind of dig it.  If Topps were to resurrect the idea, I'd like to see Topps Tek get in on the action as well as maybe Gypsy Queen.  That'd be a weird pack to open, but it could be kind of fun!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

FOR TRADE: 1999 Pacific Private Stock

I recently opened up a box of 1999 Pacific Private Stock and now I'm ready to wheel and deal.  Here's what I have available for trade:

Last update:  3/30/19

Base:
9.  Chipper Jones
14.  Manny Ramirez
15.  Cal Ripken, Jr.
16.  Alex Rodriguez
17.  Ivan Rodriguez
32.  Ben Grieve
32.  Ben Grieve
46.  Mo Vaughn
46.  Mo Vaughn
49.  Bernie Williams
55.  Rod Beck
57.  Marvin Bernard
57.  Marvin Bernard
59.  Dante Bichette
59.  Dante Bichette
60.  Aaron Boone
64.  Kevin Brown
67.  Mike Caruso
67.  Mike Caruso
69.  Vinny Castilla
69.  Vinny Castilla
69.  Vinny Castilla
70.  Eric Chavez
70.  Eric Chavez
72.  Jeff Cirillo
72.  Jeff Cirillo
74.  Will Clark
75.  Edgard Clemente
75.  Edgard Clemente
79.  Eric Davis
86.  Cliff Floyd
90.  Mark Grace
98.  Orlando Hernandez
99.  Bob Higginson
101.  Randy Johnson
102.  Brian Jordan
103.  Wally Joyner
103.  Wally Joyner
109.  Ray Lankford
112.  Edgar Martinez
112.  Edgar Martinez
114.  Quinton McCracken
118.  Bill Mueller
118.  Bill Mueller
125.  John Olerud
126.  Rey Ordonez
132.  Armando Rios
132.  Armando Rios
136.  David Segui
136.  David Segui
136.  David Segui
139.  John Smoltz
142.  Greg Vaughn
142.  Greg Vaughn
144.  Tim Wakefield
150.  Kevin Young
150.  Kevin Young
150.  Kevin Young

Home Run History insert:
1.  Mark McGwire
2.  Sammy Sosa

Mini parallels:
List coming soon!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

1999 Pacific Private Stock: Packs 22 - 24 (The End of the Box)

This is it, the final three packs of the box!  Once I go through the final few packs, I'll get to see exactly how close this box got me to completing my base set.  Fingers crossed for good luck.

Pack 22:

103.  Wally Joyner
115.  Fred McGriff (need it)
83.  Gary DiSarcina (need it)
13.  Mike Piazza (need it)
Mini:  44.  Tim Salmon
Home Run History:  2.  Sammy Sosa

Three more base cards that I needed plus the second Home Run History card from the box (which is right on point since they are seeded 2:25 packs).


Pack 23:

112.  Edgar Martinez
126.  Rey Ordonez
127.  David Ortiz (need it)
114.  Quinton McCracken
24.  Craig Biggio  (need it)
Mini:  136.  David Segui

Two more cards.  So far so good.  One pack left.

Pack 24:

67.  Mike Caruso
94.  Jeffrey Hammonds  (need it)
30.  Andres Galarraga  (need it)
64.  Kevin Brown
117.  Hal Morris  (need it)
Mini:  40.  Pedro Martinez

And that does it for the box.  Even at the end, I was pulling plenty of cards that I needed.  The next question is how well did I do in total?

Heading into the box, my want list for the 1999 Pacific Private Stock set looked like this:
1999 Pacific Private Stock:Base:  2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 34, 39, 40, 47, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 60, 61, 62, 64, 65, 72, 74, 76, 78, 81, 82, 83, 85, 88, 90, 91, 94, 96, 98, 101, 104, 105, 107, 110, 111, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 119, 120, 122, 124, 125, 126, 127, 131, 133, 134, 135, 139, 143, 145, 146
And now that I've finished sorting everything, my list looks like this:
1999 Pacific Private Stock:Base:  3, 7, 28, 29, 39, 54, 62, 116, 119, 124, 143, 145
Overall, I went from needing 71 cards to needing only 12!  That's pretty good results for only opening up a single box, especially for one with as bad of collation as the 1999 Pacific Private Stock boxes seem to have.  Being honest, I ended up doing better than I thought I would...I even pulled a pair of Barry Larkin minis (one of which will go into my Larkin Collection binder as that too was a needed card)!  I'm quite happy with how the rip turned out and hopefully you all enjoyed following along.

With that said, I did end up with quite a few duplicates from my box.  Is anyone interested in them?  I can type up a list if there is interest.  Let me know!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

30 Teams in 30 Posts #8

I'm ranking all 30 of the MLB teams in order of how much I like them at this moment in time.  As with most countdowns, I'm starting with the worst (Cardinals) and I'll eventually end up with the best (Reds).  The real question now is:  Where will the other MLB teams land in my countdown?

The "real" MLB Opening Day is right around the corner so I probably ought to get a move on this ranking list if I'm to complete it before the season gets too far underway!  Today, we take a look at team #8 on my list.

#8:  Colorado Rockies
Image source: https://www.kktv.com/content/sports/Colorado-Rockies-Announce-2018-Spring-Training-Schedule-458939913.html

I've had a weird infatuation and interest in the Rockies ever since they were an expansion team back in 1993.  I still remember getting cards at that time and thinking it was super cool if I ever pulled a Rockies card.  Little did I know then, my love for Colorado would persist to this day...and with it, the Rockies have a lock on spot #8 in my rankings.

As for today's Rockies, I've never been to the state of Colorado but it's definitely on my bucket list.  The Rockies' stadium looks pretty neat and I've heard great things about it.  I also like a lot of the current Rockies (like Arenado) and I love that Colorado is sometimes able to make the playoffs ahead of the much larger market teams in their division (Dodgers and Giants, two teams in my bottom 10 of my rankings).

Sometimes I guess it's the enemy of my enemy is my friend, even in baseball!

My list of favorite MLB teams (from worst to first):
#30:  St. Louis Cardinals
#29:  New York Yankees
#28:  San Francisco Giants
#27:  Washington Nationals
#26:  Boston Red Sox
#25:  Chicago Cubs
#24:  Atlanta Braves
#23:  Los Angeles Dodgers
#22:  Milwaukee Brewers
#21:  Miami Marlins
#20:  San Diego Padres
#19:  Arizona Diamondbacks
#18:  Texas Rangers
#17:  Los Angeles Angels
#16:  Kansas City Royals
#15:  Minnesota Twins
#14:  Oakland Athletics
#13:  Philadelphia Phillies
#12:  Tampa Bay Rays
#11:  Toronto Blue Jays
#10:  Detroit Tigers
#9:  Chicago White Sox
#8:  Colorado Rockies
to be continued...

Monday, March 25, 2019

Barry Larkin Collection 657: 2001 Topps Finest - #62

Barry Larkin
Year:  2001
Brand:  Topps Finest
Card number:  62

The 2001 Topps Finest set is not one of my favorite designs.  In fact, I would say that this particular card looks much more like it was designed by Upper Deck rather than Topps (and that's not meant to be a compliment here).  However, for all of the flaws of the front of the card (vertical name plate most egregious), the backside of the card does have at least a few good elements (photo, large team logo, and nice write-up of the featured player). 

There also exists a parallel of this card (which I don't yet own) numbered out of 499.  Barry wasn't featured in any of the insert sets so this is a relatively rare turn-of-the-century set with a manageable number of Barry Larkin cards to do track down.  Seeing how the parallel is out of 499, even that one shouldn't be too hard to acquire should I put my mind (and wallet) to it.  That said, since I don't love this set I won't be any particular rush...who knows, maybe someday someone will send me that card in a random trade envelope!

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Delivery Time! More Prehistoric Cards!

Back in the middle of December 2018, I made an eBay order that included a bunch of different cards fro the 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs set.  Three of the cards were the final three cards that I needed for one of the insert sets (which I've already shown off a couple of weeks ago).  Today, we take a look at the other cards that I picked up.

First up, the accidental card that I bought.

The Spinosaurus is the last of the regular base cards that I need for my set.  Unfortunately, I was hasty in making my purchase and I didn't realize that I was buying the "Extinction Red" parallel instead of the normal base card.  I'm too much of a Type A person to allow myself to have a single parallel nestled in my binder when every other card is the correct base card so I'll have to track down base card #12 yet again (but at least now I'll know to be careful when I buy it)!

Next up, a duplicate!

Now, to be fair to me, this wasn't a duplicate when I bought it but in between the time I bought the cards and the time they arrived at my house, I ended up with someone else trading me the exact same card. 

This one will probably end up being used for future trade bait in an effort to track down one of the many other patch cards that I need still.

So far, not a lot of positives to report, right?  Well, luckily the final two cards of the purchase will make everything okay.

The first of the cards that I actually needed is a different Age of the Dinosaurs patch card, this one of Lambeosaurus.

The Labeosaurus was an herbivore who was kind of similar to the more famous (?) Corythosaurus.  The patch is a little bit dark (especially in the scan) but I do like the imagery of the dino walking in the forest. 

The patch set is 60 cards in size and each hobby box holds exactly one patch card.  Even worse, there are multiple rarity tiers within the patch set - some patches are as tough as 1:578 pack pulls.  I don't have any expectations that I'll ever complete the set but if I can find cards I need for the right price I'll still pull the trigger.  Even having a few of the patches is nice for the collection!

Finally, we get to the crown jewel of the purchase. 

The Tanystropheus Predators of the Sea shadow box card.

The Predators of the Sea cards are simply stunning to behold.  The set itself is only 20 cards in size BUT the cards are seeded one in every two hobby boxes.  At least all 20 cards have the same relative rarity.  My collection now has six of the twenty cards in the set.  Not great, but not bad either considering how tough these are to find (especially at a decent price). 

My efforts of collecting the 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaur set are not done quite yet.  In fact, I've already ordered (but not yet had shipped) a number of the remaining base cards that I need from the set.  I'm also always on the hunt for other Predator of the Seas cards that I could use as well as the patch cards.  If you happen to have any available, let me know! 

Saturday, March 23, 2019

1999 Pacific Private Stock: Packs 18 - 21 (in Which We Find More '90s Super Stars!)

I'm nearing the end of the 24 pack box of 1999 Pacific Private Stock.  I've made decent progress on my set needs and in the last batch of packs I even pulled a really nice Cal Ripken, Jr. card numbered out of only 99.  Not bad for a box from 1999!

So what else does the box hold?  Let's find out together, shall we?

Pack 18:

136.  David Segui
96.  Bob Henley (need it)
25.  Wade Boggs (need it)
75.  Edgard Clemente
107.  Jeff King (need it)
Mini:  148.  Matt Williams

No complaints about getting three more needed base cards from a single pack.  Seeing Wade Boggs in a Rays uniform will forever be odd to me.

Pack 19:
69.  Vinny Castilla
109.  Ray Lankford
49.  Bernie Williams
132.  Armando Rios
98.  Orlando Hernandez
Mini:  92.  Jose Guillen

Nothing but unneeded cards in this pack.  At one point prior to this box I did need two of the cards but now I've pulled doubles of both.  This goes down as the first pack where I didn't get anything new for my set which I guess isn't too bad considering how poor the collation has been in the box overall.

Pack 20:

57.  Marvin Bernard
51.  Bobby Abreu (need it)
12.  Mark McGwire (need it)
70.  Eric Chavez
52.  Garrett Anderson (need it)
Mini:  29.  Darin Erstad

That's better!  Another pack where I needed three of the five base cards.  There's hope yet that I might finish off the entire base set by the time the box is completely ripped.

Since I had that one dud pack in there, let's rip one more today.

Pack 21:

101.  Randy Johnson
144.  Tim Wakefield
19.  Frank Thomas (need it)
120.  Dave Nilsson (need it)
118.  Bill Mueller
Mini:  93.  Carlos Guillen

Alright, another big star in the set that I can say I have tracked down.  It was only a couple of days ago on the blog that I was discussing how I sort of collect cards of Frank Thomas which makes landing his base card that much sweeter.  Oh yeah, I also got Dave Nilsson.  Woo.

Only three packs remain but those will have to wait for another post.

Friday, March 22, 2019

1999 Pacific Private Stock: Packs 15 - 17 (In Which we Find a Cal Ripken #/99!)

It's been a few days since I ripped some packs out of my 1999 Pacific Private Stock box.  I often find that spreading out the pack ripping process over a number of days actually prolongs the fun and excitement of the box rip for me.  If I go through an entire box too quickly, I often feel a bit letdown in the end because it all went by so quickly.  In addition, going slower lets me take a closer look at each card out of the pack - not exactly a great thing with this particular set since the cards are fairly pedestrian when it comes to things to read or notice but still, it's a good box opening strategy for me to ensure I get as much enjoyment as possible out of a box rip.

All that said, I'm ready to rip some more packs so let's get to it!

Pack 15:

75.  Edgard Clemente
16.  Alex Rodriguez  (need it!)
136.  David Segui
98.  Orlando Hernandez (need it!)
Mini:  130.  Aramis Ramirez
Vintage Series Parallel:  15.  Cal Ripken, Jr.  (#42/99)

Landing the A-Rod card was nice since acquiring cards of stars of the late 90s isn't always the easiest thing to do these days!  Even more impressive, I pulled a Vintage Series parallel of Cal Ripken, Jr. numbered out of only 99.  The Vintage Series cards are the rarest of the four parallels with only 99 of each card produced.  It's certainly nice to find one in my box.  The fact that the card features one of the biggest stars of the game (and a Hall of Famer) is even better!


Pack 16:

105.  Jason Kendall (need it)
72.  Jeff Cirillo
32.  Ben Grieve
6.  Ken Griffey, Jr. (need it)
150.  Kevin Young
Mini:  110.  Barry Larkin

Alright, first of all that Larkin mini is the third Larkin in the box!  Of course, now I've landed two of the same mini Larkin card, but if I'm going to end up with duplicate minis I could certainly do much, much worse.  I would have liked this one to be the rarer red back version but still, beggars can't be choosers, right?

I also have to admit that I'm even happier to pull the Griffey Jr. card for my set than I was to get the A-Rod.  That's two star cards that I needed now located.  Good times.

Pack 17:

142.  Greg Vaughn
111.  Mark Loretta (need it)
16.  Alex Rodriguez
59.  Dante Bichette
85.  Dennis Eckersley (need it)
Mini:  21.  Roberto Alomar

You'll notice I pulled my second A-Rod base card this post.  I needed the first one, but I don't need two copies of the card.  There's no doubt that I'll have a pile of trade bait when this box is finally fully ripped and sorted - there have been a lot of duplicates within the box (which is disappointing, I won't lie).  Still, all told I got six cards closer to completing my base set in this set of three packs and that includes both Griffey and A-Rod.  Not bad when you look at it that way.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Barry Larkin Collection 656: 2001 Topps Opening Day - #61

Barry Larkin
Year:  2001
Brand:  Topps Opening Day
Card number:  61

The Topps Opening Day line was never one of my favorites.  Even as a kid, I deemed the brand inferior in pretty much all ways to the flagship Topps set.  That said, 2001 was one of the rare years where I think I actually preferred the Opening Day set.  For the most part, Larkin's flagship card and Opening Day card are basically the same - the only real difference is the foil stamp for the brand in question.  The reason that I prefer Opening Day in '01 is the border color.  I definitely prefer the dark purple-blue to the sort of swampy green that the flagship set used. 

Other than the border color, there isn't much to remark on with this particular Larkin card - especially since I already gave my comments on the base set design in the flagship card post.  Instead, let's take a quick look at the 2001 Opening Day set as whole.  The base set (retail only) was 165 cards in size and then there were two insert sets of sorts.  The first was simply team logo stickers (30, one for each team).  The other insert set was a collection of four different subjects in an autograph set.  The humorous part about the autographs are the astronomical odds to actually pull one of the signatures:
ODA-CJ Chipper Jones 1:31,680/packs
ODA-CP Corey Patterson 1:5940/packs
ODA-MO Magglio Ordonez 1:10,004/packs
ODA-TH Todd Helton 1:15,020/packs
Yeah, good luck with that.  Who did Topps think they were kidding?  I imagine they wanted to simply be able to plaster "find autographs" on the retail boxes that they were marketing to kids.  Of course, virtually no kid would ever actually find a signature with those odds...  It's not hard to imagine that basically false proclamations like that ended up turning more people off to the hobby than it did turn people on to card collecting.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

30 Teams in 30 Posts: #9

I'm ranking all 30 of the MLB teams in order of how much I like them at this moment in time.  As with most countdowns, I'm starting with the worst (Cardinals) and I'll eventually end up with the best (Reds).  The real question now is:  Where will the other MLB teams land in my countdown?

We are starting to get to the cream of the MLB crop now!  As you'll see with most of the remaining teams, I have a thing for underdogs, feel good stories, and of course, my Reds.  Today's team, however, doesn't exactly fit any of those reasons as to why they are ranked inside my top 10.  Who is the next team?

#9:  Chicago White Sox
Image source: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/66341356/frank-thomas-chicago-white-sox-designated-hitter-baseball-hall-of-fame

Now, this may seem like a surprise to you...and truthfully, I was surprised when I sat down and put pen to paper in making my rankings.  In fact, I would say that I don't even necessary like the current White Sox so much as I like what the White Sox still represent to me in my head.

To me, the White Sox are Frank Thomas. 

Sure, there are plenty of other good players that have made their way through Chicago, but Frank Thomas is a childhood favorite of mine and I definitely associate him with the White Sox more than any other club. 

Fun fact about me:  I have a small personal collection of Frank Thomas cards.  In fact, there is a pool of about 10 or so non-Reds for whom I have small personal collections.  I don't generally talk about, advertise, or even actively seek out cards of those players but when they happen to come into my possession they are instant keepers.  Thomas fits that bill, and for that reason, the White Sox sit inside the Top 10 of my rankings.

Also, it doesn't hurt that I saw a ballgame once at their ballpark...but I will say, it was by far the most boring Major League Baseball game that I ever saw live. 

My list of favorite MLB teams (from worst to first):
#30:  St. Louis Cardinals
#29:  New York Yankees
#28:  San Francisco Giants
#27:  Washington Nationals
#26:  Boston Red Sox
#25:  Chicago Cubs
#24:  Atlanta Braves
#23:  Los Angeles Dodgers
#22:  Milwaukee Brewers
#21:  Miami Marlins
#20:  San Diego Padres
#19:  Arizona Diamondbacks
#18:  Texas Rangers
#17:  Los Angeles Angels
#16:  Kansas City Royals
#15:  Minnesota Twins
#14:  Oakland Athletics
#13:  Philadelphia Phillies
#12:  Tampa Bay Rays
#11:  Toronto Blue Jays
#10:  Detroit Tigers
#9:  Chicago White Sox
to be continued...

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

30 Teams in 30 Posts: #10

I'm ranking all 30 of the MLB teams in order of how much I like them at this moment in time.  As with most countdowns, I'm starting with the worst (Cardinals) and I'll eventually end up with the best (Reds).  The real question now is:  Where will the other MLB teams land in my countdown?

We've finally made it to the Top 10 in my countdown of the best MLB teams.  There have been a number of surprises thus far (both for me and you)!  How will the Top 10 shake out?  Will any team beat the Reds for the #1 spot?  (no, the answer to that is simply no.)

#10:  Detroit Tigers
Image source: https://detroitsportsnation.com/report-detroit-tigers-interested-former-no-1-overall-pick/ddrysdale/detroit-tigers-news/01/11/2019/200233/

Prior to today's post, the American League Central had three teams that had yet to show up in my rankings.  The Tigers have no landed at spot #10 which still leaves both the Indians and the White Sox as the other two AL Central teams guaranteed a spot inside my Top 10.  That's not bad for a division in the league that I generally speaking don't watch as much of!

Back to the Tigers though. 

The Tigers showed up on my radar as a team that I kind of started to support back when they had that run of terrible, terrible baseball.  Having guys lose 20 games in your starting staff is pretty pathetic - but it made their turnaround (buoyed no doubt by the likes of Justin Verlander) that much sweeter.

I also have a sweet spot for Detroit because my uncle is a big Tigers fan.  He and I have been close throughout my entire life - and so for me rooting against the Tigers kind of feels like I'm rooting against him which isn't something I'm keen to do (you know, unless Detroit is playing my Reds then all bets are off)! 

Oh and did I mention that I've been to the Tigers' ballpark two different times?  It's a nice enough (slightly bland) stadium but still, if I get to see the team and stadium in person that often helps paint a prettier picture for that team in my mind (although that didn't work for the Nationals now that I think of it since they still landed in the bottom five of my rankings).

My list of favorite MLB teams (from worst to first):
#30:  St. Louis Cardinals
#29:  New York Yankees
#28:  San Francisco Giants
#27:  Washington Nationals
#26:  Boston Red Sox
#25:  Chicago Cubs
#24:  Atlanta Braves
#23:  Los Angeles Dodgers
#22:  Milwaukee Brewers
#21:  Miami Marlins
#20:  San Diego Padres
#19:  Arizona Diamondbacks
#18:  Texas Rangers
#17:  Los Angeles Angels
#16:  Kansas City Royals
#15:  Minnesota Twins
#14:  Oakland Athletics
#13:  Philadelphia Phillies
#12:  Tampa Bay Rays
#11:  Toronto Blue Jays
#10:  Detroit Tigers
to be continued...

Monday, March 18, 2019

30 Teams in 30 Posts: #11

I'm ranking all 30 of the MLB teams in order of how much I like them at this moment in time.  As with most countdowns, I'm starting with the worst (Cardinals) and I'll eventually end up with the best (Reds).  The real question now is:  Where will the other MLB teams land in my countdown?

We are now one team away from reaching my top 10 favorite teams in MLB.  What team ended up just missing the top 10?

#11:  Toronto Blue Jays
Image source: https://www.mlb.com/bluejays/fans/downloadable-schedule

Truth be told, the Blue Jays are actively rising up my list.  Had I made such a ranking a few years ago, I'm fairly certain Toronto would have been down around #20.  Today, they've climbed all the way up to #11.  Why? 

The biggest reason is that I've had the opportunity to visit Toronto and take in a game there twice in the past couple of years.  From where I live, Toronto isn't actually much longer of a drive than it is to go down to Washington D.C. or Baltimore...and for the most part, the drive to Toronto is much easier.  Toronto gets some points for that in my book.

Secondly, much like the Rays (who finished in spot #12 just behind Toronto), I kind of respect teams that somehow win despite the odds being stacked against them.  If you aren't named New York or Boston and you manage to win the AL East, then you deserve some amount of respect.  Toronto had a few years of decent success and when the Blue Jays are winning, is there a louder venue than the SkyDome (sorry, Rogers Centre)?

Speaking of the Rogers Centre, the Blue Jays might be able to crack my top 10 MLB teams if on my next visit to Toronto I get to see the roof opened up.  For the three games that I've seen there, all three required the roof to be closed (rainy days mostly).


My list of favorite MLB teams (from worst to first):
#30:  St. Louis Cardinals
#29:  New York Yankees
#28:  San Francisco Giants
#27:  Washington Nationals
#26:  Boston Red Sox
#25:  Chicago Cubs
#24:  Atlanta Braves
#23:  Los Angeles Dodgers
#22:  Milwaukee Brewers
#21:  Miami Marlins
#20:  San Diego Padres
#19:  Arizona Diamondbacks
#18:  Texas Rangers
#17:  Los Angeles Angels
#16:  Kansas City Royals
#15:  Minnesota Twins
#14:  Oakland Athletics
#13:  Philadelphia Phillies
#12:  Tampa Bay Rays
#11:  Toronto Blue Jays
to be continued...

Sunday, March 17, 2019

1999 Pacific Private Stock: Packs 12 - 14 (the Brothers Boone)

I'm fairly confident that buying a full box of Pacific Private Stock with the hopes of completing my base set was a foolish idea.  However, there isn't much as satisfying as opening up a pack of cards and pulling stuff you need.

Pack 12:

70.  Eric Chavez
122.  Hideo Nomo (need it)
76.  David Cone (need it)
18.  Sammy Sosa (need it)
142.  Greg Vaughn
Mini: 116.  Ryan Minor

The mini wasn't much to write home about but at least I did get three more cards for my base set.  In the end, it's really only the base cards that I'm interesting in - anything else is simply gravy!

Pack 13:

59.  Dante Bichette
91.  Rusty Greer (need it)
139.  John Smoltz
4.  Nomar Garciaparra (need it)
Mini:  146.  Devon White
Home Run History:  1.  Mark McGwire

There aren't many inserts in the 1999 Pacific Private Stock set.  In fact, the Home Run History set is the only proper insert set.  Seeded 2:25 packs, you should expect to (almost always) get two such cards in a box. 

Pack 14:

86.  Cliff Floyd
57.  Marvin Bernard
23.  Albert Belle (need it)
61.  Bret Boone (need it)
132.  Armando Rios
Mini:  139.  John Smoltz

Always fun to get cards that I need for a set and it's even better when those cards feature the Cincinnati Reds!  I have now pulled both Aaron (twice) and Bret Boone from this box.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

1999 Pacific Private Stock: Packs 9 - 11 (Another Larkin that I Needed!)

We made it through the first third of the box already.  I guess time really does fly when you are having fun, am I right?

Pack 9:

101.  Randy Johnson (need it)
135.  Curt Schilling (need it)
27.  Jose Canseco (need it)
69.  Vinny Castillo (box duplicate)
82.  Delino DeShields (need it)
Mini:  115.  Fred McGriff

Four cards that I needed including that Randy Johnson as a member of the Astros.  Pretty cool stuff.

Pack 10:

64.  Kevin Brown (need it)
88.  Doug Glanville (need it)
2.  Roger Clemens (need it)
9.  Chipper Jones
146.  Devon White (need it)
Mini:  26.  Barry Bonds

Four more cards that I needed plus a sweet Barry Bonds mini card.  A solid pack for sure!

Pack 11:

114.  Quinton McCracken (need it)
110.  Barry Larkin (need it)
90.  Mark Grace (box duplicate)
136.  David Segui
40.  Pedro Martinez (need it)
Mini:  134.  Scott Rolen

Another nice mini in this pack but the highlight for me is the Barry Larkin base card.  I had one copy of the card already tucked away in my Barry Larkin binder but now I have a copy for my set binder as well.  Three more cards off the want list - this was a great trio of packs (even with the duplicate cards).


Friday, March 15, 2019

Barry Larkin Collection 655: 2001 Topps Chrome - #149

Barry Larkin
Year:  2001
Brand:  Topps Chrome
Card number:  149

Many collectors seem to love Topps Chrome, but I can't help but have more of a love/hate relationship with the brand.  Sure, some years of Chrome are quite fantastic...but then you get years of Chrome like 2001 where the cards simply look too dark and uninviting. 

Now, the card isn't quite as bad as the scan makes it appear but overall it is a rather drab state of affairs.  Chrome done right is quite nice, but Chrome done lazily?  Not good.  In the case of 2001, I would stay far away from the Chrome set unless you simply like dark, boring cards. 

All that said, as a Larkin collector I am happy to have this card in my collection...mostly so that I don't have to bother trying to acquire it at a later date! 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

1999 Pacific Private Stock: Packs 6 - 8 (Finding a Box Hit!)

I'm back with another round of packs out of my 1999 Pacific Private Stock box.  The last batch of packs provided a few new cards for my set but also a whole lot of duplicates from within the box.  As a set collector who bought this box solely for the purpose of furthering my own set, having duplicates within the box itself is basically a nightmare situation!  Let's hope for sweeter dreams with the next batch of packs, shall we?

Pack 6:

74.  Will Clark (box duplicate)
53.  Rolando Arrojo (needed it)
15.  Cal Ripken, Jr.
67.  Mike Caruso
131.  Edgar Renteria (needed it)
Mini:  83.  Gary DiSarcina

Well, another two cards that I needed (which is good) but also another box duplicate (which is not so good).  The mini wasn't overly exciting to me either this time around but at least there are a few Angels collectors out there who might want it.

Pack 7:

134.  Scott Rolen (needed it)
65.  Jeremy Burnitz (needed it)
34.  Wilton Guerrero (needed it)
118.  Bill Mueller
78.  Jose Cruz, Jr. (needed it)

Well, that was another interesting pack for a variety of reason (not all good).  First, I needed four of the five base cards which is the best ratio of any pack so far.  The bad news, though, is that the pack didn't even have a mini card in it.  So while I did get four cards I needed, I was shorted a card from the pack overall.  Hard to decide how to feel about that pack overall!

Pack 8:

90.  Mark Grace (needed it)
47.  Larry Walker (needed it)
69.  Vinny Castilla
79.  Eric Davis
113.  Tino Martinez (needed it)
Mini parallel:  96.  Bob Henley

The parallel minis have red backs as opposed to the standard minis which are blue backs.  The red back minis are seeded 1:25 packs so they are just a hair more rare than one per box.  I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little disappointed that my box hit was of an Expos player but that's mostly because there aren't many (any?) Expos collectors out there which pretty much kills my chances of trading this card for a mini I could actually use (like say the Barry Larkin red back mini)! 

Oh well, still fun to pull a rare card...especially when the purpose of the box itself is for me to simply complete my base set.  Anything extra that I get from the box is exactly that:  extra bonus!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

30 Teams in 30 Posts: #12

I'm ranking all 30 of the MLB teams in order of how much I like them at this moment in time.  As with most countdowns, I'm starting with the worst (Cardinals) and I'll eventually end up with the best (Reds).  The real question now is:  Where will the other MLB teams land in my countdown?

When I decided to sit down and rank all 30 MLB teams, there were a few teams that I was sure that would be near the top of my list and a few teams that I knew would be near the bottom of my list.  What was the most fun was figuring out the "middle" teams.  In the case of team #12 on my countdown, I would even say that I ended up surprised where this particular team landed on my countdown.

#12:  Tampa Bay Rays
Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampa_Bay_Rays

Woah, right?  The Rays are a classic small market team but with sort of a chip on their shoulder.  They know they have to compete year in and year out against the "big boys" of the Yankees and Red Sox but the Rays seem to use that as motivation rather than as an excuse.  I definitely respect the organization for trying to compete using a limited budget (and for the success that they often have in that difficult division). 

I also like the Rays quite a bit since I think of them as baseball innovators of sorts.  Again, driven primarily by their small budget and difficult division, the Rays are always lurking around the edges of the baseball "book" trying to see what they can reinvent (or perhaps invent) to make their chances of success better.  While I'm not always on board with all of their ideas (the "opener" for one), I do respect them for trying. 

In today's MLB age, the least you can expect from your team is that they try and at least the Rays typically do that.  Now if only Tampa Bay could get some fans to show up consistently...and for us card collectors, I do wish there were some active Rays fans out there to trade with!


My list of favorite MLB teams (from worst to first):
#30:  St. Louis Cardinals
#29:  New York Yankees
#28:  San Francisco Giants
#27:  Washington Nationals
#26:  Boston Red Sox
#25:  Chicago Cubs
#24:  Atlanta Braves
#23:  Los Angeles Dodgers
#22:  Milwaukee Brewers
#21:  Miami Marlins
#20:  San Diego Padres
#19:  Arizona Diamondbacks
#18:  Texas Rangers
#17:  Los Angeles Angels
#16:  Kansas City Royals
#15:  Minnesota Twins
#14:  Oakland Athletics
#13:  Philadelphia Phillies
#12:  Tampa Bay Rays
to be continued...

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Trade Stack 95: A Vintage Heritage Pedro Joins 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: 3/12/19

The current Trade Stack is fairly star-studded already and I'm about to make it rain even more greatness.  Today's addition is a lovely Pedro Martinez Topps Heritage card from back in 2003.  I loved the '03 Heritage set and I flirted with trying to collect the entire thing.  However, given how little success I've had with the many other years of Heritage that I'm still working on, I decided against adding another year of the set to my want list.  Therefore, my loss could be your gain, but only if you claim the Stack first!

Remember, you get the entire pile in exchange for at least one card off my want list (or pretty much anything LEGO since I've been getting more and more into collecting LEGO as well)!

2003 Topps Heritage:
300.  Pedro Martinez (Red Sox)


1996 Fleer Ultra:
Gold Medallion parallel:
450.  Doug Jones (Cubs)

1981 Donruss:
455.  Gary Allenson (Red Sox)

2000 Fleer Impact:
100.  Ken Griffey, Jr. (Reds)


2014 Topps Heritage:
1.  AL Batting Leaders:  Miguel Cabrera (Tigers), Joe Mauer (Twins), & Mike Trout (Angels)

1995 Score Summit:
164.  Terry Bradshaw (Brewers - but really Cardinals)

1998 Fleer
Vintage '63 parallel:
99.  Eric Karros (Dodgers)




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:  35 cards by Adam K.
Stack 94:  1 card by Mark H
Stack 95:  ?? by ??