Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Barry Larkin Collection 667: 1993 Pacific (Spanish) - #84

Barry Larkin
Year:  1993
Brand:  Pacific (Spanish)
Card number:  84

I'm a huge fan of late 90s and early 00s Pacific cards but generally speaking I don't much care for the early 90s stuff from the brand.  That being said, this card is actually fairly well designed and kind of neat, even if it does have a bit of a "homemade" feel to it.

The front of the card features a slightly different action shot of Larkin batting - it appears he is way out ahead of a changeup in the photograph.  The backside of the card show Larkin in the field taking a throw at second in a nice little action shot.  My four years of Spanish (taken in combination at both high school and college) completely fail me here when trying to read the blurb on the back but I guess that's forgivable since I'm 10+ years removed from college now!

All things told, this is a fun addition to my Larkin binder - I wouldn't want every card to be impossible for me to read at a glance but having a few foreign language cards is kind of neat.  Good stuff, Pacific!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Bichette a Brewer? Gibson a Royal? Why Do I Not Remember these Things?

Today is the final Monday of the spring semester for me.  This week is final exam week - and I don't give my finals until the end of the week which means I got to stay home today!  No better way to celebrate the end of the semester than by opening up more baseball cards, am I right?!

The 1992 Upper Deck box has been a fun rip though the amount of duplicates (both within the box and within individual packs) is a bit worrisome for someone who is hoping to collect the full set.  Also worrisome is the fact that I have yet to find a card numbered 1 - 49 in the box.  I can't possibly explain why that is!

Let's see what happens with the next three packs.

Pack 10:

I like this Darren Lewis card quite a bit, which is a good thing I guess since Pack 10 had two copies of the card in it.

Pack 11:

I don't think I actually knew that Dante Bichette was a Brewer at some point in his career.  I have no recollection of his time in Milwaukee!

Pack 12:

Pack 12 had another one of the Ted Williams Baseball Heroes cards which is cool I guess, but the real star of the pack has to be this Kirk Gibson (as a Royal?!) shattering his bat.

Collation issues aside, I'm enjoying my journey through the box of 1992 Upper Deck.  I will promise, however, to post things besides '92 Upper Deck on the blog over the next week or so!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Not Buying New Product = Hard to Find Things to Blog About!

I haven't had a lot to blog about recently which is in no small part due to the fact that I have yet to buy any 2019 baseball card product.  That said, I am still working hard on completing some of the many sets from previous years that are lurking on my want list.

I'm also going to be adding two new sets to my want list soon.  Well, "new" in the sense that they will be new additions, but they won't actually be current sets.  No, the two sets in question are 1992 Topps and 1992 Upper Deck.  As you may have seen over the past couple of days, I did nab myself an unopened box of '92 UD which I'm going to rip first prior to posting my want list.  I may end up doing something similar with '92 Topps as well, though I have a lot more of those cards so it might not be worth buying a box.  No matter, let's worry about Upper Deck first, shall we?

I've ripped 6 packs already, here are the highlights from the next three packs out of the box.

Pack 7:
356.  Don Mattingly

Admittedly, this isn't exactly an amazing photograph but for whatever reason it ended up catching my eye as I thumbed through the seventh pack out of the box.  I do like the script team names on the cards, many of which have extra flourishes (such as the bat in the word "Yankees").

Pack 8:
83.  Chris & Tony Gwynn

The 1992 Upper Deck set has a few different subsets including the awesome "Bloodlines" set.  I like everything about this card - from the featured players to the stadium (and 76 advertisement) in the background and even the twilight timing of the photograph.

Pack 9:
663.  Joe Slusarski

I had never heard of Slusarski prior to opening up this pack of cards.  That's another fun thing with older sets - you might discover guys who otherwise would remain unknown forever (at least to me)!  I kind of like the forlorn look that Joe is giving the game of baseball...too bad it's appropriate for a guy who ended up with a 13-21 pitching record, a 5.18 career ERA, and an overall WAR of -0.3.  Ouch!

I'm enjoying that box rip thus far!  It is interesting to note (at least to me) that through nine packs I have yet to find a card numbered 1-49.  As I rip the packs, I semi-sort them into stacks based on intervals of 50.  That is, I have a pile for cards 100-149, 150-199, etc.  At the moment, my pile for 1-49 is still completely empty...hopefully that starts to fill up before long or else my want list definitely going to be lengthy!


Saturday, April 27, 2019

Ripping Packs is Fun.

I recently bought a box of 1992 Upper Deck in an effort to close the gap in terms of what I still need for my own set.  Sure, I guess I could have bought a factory sealed set for less than the price of the box but what fun is that?  The real fun, as most collectors will tell you, is in opening the packs. 

For me, I must say that when I open packs I find myself enjoying each and every card much more than I would otherwise.  When you consider the set in question, '92 Upper Deck isn't a big "mojo" set but rather it is a solid set with neat photography (on both sides of the card).  It's exactly the type of set that one should take their time with and enjoy the pack ripping process which is exactly how I aim to do things!

Pack 4:

Two highlights in the fourth pack out of the box. 

I'll begin with the Rockies' logo hologram sticker - something that I'm still a sucker for despite being a guy closer to 40 than I am 30 years of age. 

The other card of note was a Greg Maddux base card, the front side of the card was fine but I like the helmet-less shot of Maddux sliding into third (or maybe it's second base).

Pack 5:

The fifth pack had a pair of Ryan Bowen cards which is never great - doubles within a box are disappointing, doubles within the same pack is infuriating.  Luckily, all was not lost because taking a look at the backside of the Eduardo Perez "Top Prospects" card reveals a story that is basically all about the Big Red Machine of the 70s and how their offspring fared in the big leagues (to date).

Pack 6:

Always a thrill to pull a prospect card of a guy who actually panned out in the Majors!

Not a bad trio of packs, though the doubles from within the box are already starting to add up.  I was definitely banking on better collation so that my goal of completing the set could be more closely realized.  Still, I'm enjoying this vintage rip - hopefully you are as well!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Flashback Friday! A Entire Vintage (?) Box is Mine, Mine, Mine!

A few days ago, I talked about how I sorted through my entire stack of 1992 baseball cards.  As part of my sorting process, I had to decide which sets (if any) from the year to keep and try and collect in full.  As you may recall, I decided to attempt to build two of the sets:  1992 Topps and 1992 Upper Deck. 

After writing that post, I did a quick eBay search and found an entire unopened box of 1992 Upper Deck available for less than the price of a blaster (even factoring in shipping).  I may not have yet bought any new 2019 products, but I did decide to break the spending seal and splurge on that box of Upper Deck.

A few short days later and the box showed up in my mailbox.  Feeling the weight of the box, I definitely miss the days when boxes of cards were actually full of, you know, cards.  Each pack within the box contains 36 packs with 15 cards in each pack so I'm hopeful that this box will get me most of the way towards filling up my set.

Once I manage to get the entire box ripped and sorted, I'll have to be sure to update my want list with whatever cards remain.  I think I'll work on finishing off 1992 Upper Deck before I start in on 1992 Topps, too much to sort at once otherwise!

My goal is to slowly open up this box on the blog.  I don't plan on typing up every single card but I would like to show some love to an older set so I think I'll show off the highlight(s) from each pack as I rip through the box.  Hopefully that will make for interesting reading for all of you and keep me motivated to continue ripping through the box while also making blog posts.  Going a bit slower will also give me a chance to keep things sorted as I go rather than ripping through the entire box first and then having the terrible task of sorting all the cards at the end.

Ready for some old school fun?  Me too!

Pack 1:
655.  Nolan Ryan

The top card out of the first pack was Nolan Ryan staring out at me.  Most likely he was happy to finally be free of the foil wrapper that's encased him since 1992!

Pack 2:
Baseball Heroes:  29.  Ted Williams

I always loved Upper Deck's Baseball Heroes sets so I'm happy to get this card in the box (even if it doesn't inch me any closer to completing the base set).  Pack 2 also had my first Red of the box (Jeff Reed) and a pair (!) of checklists.  It's worth noting that the checklists are numbered as part of the base set so I guess I'm glad to get them even if it feels a bit underwhelming to pull a checklist card (or two).

Back to the Ted Williams Baseball Heroes set, there are apparently 2500 Ted Williams autographs seeded throughout the Upper Deck print run.  According to a quick eBay search, the Williams autographs still sell for pretty decent money...how cool would it be to pull one of those in this old box?  It's virtually impossible, but the dream is fun!

Pack 3:
689.  Chris Gwynn

One of the main reasons that I decided to collect 1992 Upper Deck was that I loved many of the photographs used in the set.  The Chris Gwynn card above is an excellent example of some of the photography in the set.  Great stuff! 

78.  Jim Abbott

I also had to show off this Jim Abbott "If you can understand this...you can understand this:  Be Cool Stay in School." card.  Not because of the message (though I agree with it), but rather because look at that early 90s computer (and hair)!  I can't say I'm totally convinced that Abbott actually understands whatever it is that is on the computer screen, but the message is clear enough.  This card is also numbered as part of the base set - one of the quirky things scattered about the set!

I think if I do about three packs per post that'll feel about right in terms of scanning requirements and sorting time on my end.  Hopefully that is also enough to keep everyone interested without having people end up being sick of 1992 Upper Deck!  I can tell you already that I'm going to have a bunch of duplicates when all is said and done, so if anyone else out there is interested in the set let me know!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Delivery Time! When a Blogging Icon Retires (JBF Farewell Post)

JayBarkerFan or JBF to some, Wes to others.  No matter what you knew him by, Wes (formerly the owner of Jaybarkerfan's Junk) will surely be missed around the blog-o-sphere. 

For many years, Wes was one of the most generous bloggers around.  In fact, according to my records, he and I exchanged a total of twenty packages counting the final envelope today (with the first package way back in July of 2011)!

While many of the packages that Wes sent me over the years were amazing, I think he managed to top himself with his final mailing.

You can't go wrong sending me Barry Larkin cards, let's be honest about that.  Especially if all of the Larkin cards are new to my collection!  Wes sent along six Larkins in his final envelope to me - four of which you can see below along with the Pacific die-cut checklist card above.

That Bowman card in the upper left is an atomic refractor - my first ever in my collection!  I'll be sure to highlight each of the Larkin cards in much greater detail when I showcase them as part of my ongoing Barry Larkin Collection series of posts!

You may have caught it that I said Wes sent me six Larkins but I've only shown five so far.  Well, here's the sixth:

That's an on-card autograph of my favorite player!  What a beautiful signature Larkin has here - this is an instant treasure for my collection, especially since I don't own all that many Barry Larkin autographs (official or otherwise)!

Many thanks for the last envelope, Wes and happy trails to you!  Should you ever get back into collecting baseball cards en masse again, let me know since I now owe you!  As for anyone else, if you'd like to trade be sure to check out my want list and make an offer.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Barry Larkin Collection 666: 1991 Topps Micro - #730

Barry Larkin
Year:  1991
Brand:  Topps Micro
Card number:  730

A couple of days ago, I showed off the first of the two Barry Larkin cards in the 1991 Topps Micro set.  Much like that card, this particular card is basically a carbon copy of the regular Topps flagship card except it's much, much smaller.  I have no idea why Topps decided to release the micro set, but I will say that I'm glad that idea didn't last long since these cards are a giant pain to store and sort through!


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Delivery Time! Something Old and Something New!

More spoils from my Trade Stack series arrived at my house not all that long ago, this time from blog reader Mark.  Mark sent me a pair of cool items - one quite old and one quite new!

Let's start with the old item:

I believe this is a Topps Magazine photograph but I could be completely wrong on that.  It's definitely a cool, unique piece for my collection as I've never seen such pictures before (if you can't tell from the scan, the photo is printed on what is essentially newspaper stock).

From old to new, the other item Mark sent my way was this awesome 2019 Joey Votto from Utz and Topps.

Around me, Utz is a potato chip company but I haven't seen any sign of baseball cards within their packaging (truth be told, I rarely buy Utz stuff but still, baseball cards might make me buy more)!  As it stands, this is actually my first 2019 baseball card in my collection!  I still haven't bought a single 2019 card but thanks to Mark I'm no longer shutout on the year!

Thanks to Mark (and my Trade Stack feature), mail days continue to be a lot of fun as I never know for sure what I might find sent my way.  This particular mail day (actually two mail days since the items arrived in separate PWEs) was a lot of fun because it truly was a tale of both old and new, familiar and unfamiliar.  In any case, it was a lot of fun, so thank you Mark for the entertainment this week!

As for anyone else, if you'd like to trade - be sure to check out my want list and make an offer!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Barry Larkin Collection 665: 1991 Topps Micro - #400

Barry Larkin
Year:  1991
Brand:  Topps Micro
Card number:  400

The Topps Micro set from 1991 is a dinky replicate of the regular 1991 Topps set.  According to baseballcardpedia, "Micro was sold exclusively to mass-market retail outlets as a factory set. Each card measures 1" X 1 3/8."  As you can see from the dimensions, these cards are indeed quite micro.  Amazingly, you can still (barely) read all of the text on the cards - even in the case of Larkin's All-Star card which features a list of lots of player names, the entire thing is readable (albeit with decent vision). 

Overall, other than the ridiculously tiny nature of the cards, there's nothing special about the Micro set.  In fact, I'd go so far to say that this set is annoying since the cards are so small it's hard to keep them in 9-pocket pages.  Still, I'm happy to have this card in my collection (I also own Larkin's regular base card from the Micro set but that will be saved for a future post since I only highlight one Larkin card per Barry Larkin Collection post)!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, everyone!  I hope everyone is having a great day!

This year is exciting for my wife and I for a couple of reasons.  For starters, it's our baby boy's first Easter.  He's not quite old enough to color eggs or get into the spirit of searching for hidden eggs, but he is old enough to get excited by an Easter basket filled with goodies for him.

In addition, Easter is always fun to make a little surprise basket for my wife.  This year, I went the classic chocolate route - but not just any chocolate.  No, I ordered a few bars of my wife's favorite kind of chocolate:  Lake Champlain Chocolates.

My wife and I spent many fun vacations going up to Lake Champlain in Vermont to visit my grandparents while they were still alive.  I think it was on one of those trips that my wife discovered the delectable chocolate and the rest is history.

As for me, I don't expect any sort of Easter basket - but if I do get one here's hoping it has baseball cards in it (or LEGO) rather than candy.  I'm not much into candy, give me a couple of handfuls of jelly beans each Easter season and I'm good to go.  How about you?  What do you like to find in your Easter basket (hypothetical or real)?

Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Great Reorganization: Step 36: Giving It Up is Hard to Do!

I've been (ever so) slowly reorganizing my entire baseball card collection.  Over the past few months, I've made some great strides including putting together my Reds' frankenset and most of my non-Reds frankenset.  In addition, I've been working on figuring out exactly what sets I want to collect (and by default, which sets I'm giving up on) for various years including what I did this week which was taking a look at the year 1992.

1992 offered a fairly wide variety of sets, but it was really the last year before the baseball card set dam broke and showered all of us with way too many options.  By my count, there were only a few sets that I actually had to make a tough decision on - most of 1992's sets were kind of trashy!

Donruss:

On the plus side, this set conjures up instant good memories for me every time I see it.  I distinctly recall getting some packs of this stuff in my Easter basket back in 1992 and I still remember being so excited to see baseball cards in my basket rather than candy!  (What can I say, I was a weird kid I guess.)

Unfortunately for Donruss, while the memories that I have of the set are definitely positive, I don't own enough of the product to consider actually trying to complete the entire set.  Therefore, Donruss goes in the "nope, not collecting" pile.

I also briefly considered 1992 Fleer and 1992 Score, but neither of those set designs wow me nor do either sets offer up any sort of positive nostalgia on my end.  Therefore, both of those sets also go in the "nope" pile.

That leads us to the last two major sets of 1992:  Topps and Upper Deck.

Starting with 1992 Topps, I must say that I do like the design.  It's a simple set - but it gets some points for being the last of the "cardboard" flagship sets.  I also remember being enamored with the little stadium picture on the backside of each card.

Another point in Topps' favor is that I already own a fairly large chunk of the set.  Put it all together and I think that I WILL be trying to collect the entire 792 card set - look for an addition to my want list soon(ish)!

The last set from the year 1992 that was worth serious consideration was 1992 Upper Deck.

After much deliberation, I opted to NOT collect the '91 Upper Deck despite liking the set quite a lot.  I simply couldn't make myself do the same thing here - and so, I decided that I would add 1992 Upper Deck to my list of sets that I'm going to collect as well as the 1992 Topps set.

The choice was actually quite easy since I love the '92 Upper Deck set.  The photography is top-notch, both on the card fronts but also on the card backs.  In fact, many of the card backs have better photographs than what you find on the front of the cards.  I mean, just look at the Paul Molitor card above, that's a great card back!  The other thing that went in Upper Deck's favor here is that I already own a good chunk of 1992 Upper Deck cards.  Much like '92 Topps, having a big head start toward completing the set is definitely something that can sway me in terms of deciding whether or not to chase an old set these days!

In the time it took me to write this post, I ended up going on eBay and ordering myself a box of 1992 Upper Deck.  I'll be sure to show my spoils from that box - and hopefully once it's busted and collated I'll be close enough to the complete set to be able to put up a reasonably sized want list on the blog!

And that basically does it for 1992.  Sure, there were one or two other sets out there which aren't bad (Stadium Club for one) but I don't own anywhere near enough cards from the remaining 1992 sets to even consider going after them.  I also remain cognizant that my overall storage room for baseball cards is finite - so the more sets I collect from years past means fewer sets that I'll be able to collect from years moving forward.

At the very least, I'm happy that my slow march toward full collection reorganization is still moving forward!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Flashback Friday! Some Old School Stadium Club

Happy (Good) Friday everyone!  My college gives us two holidays during the spring semester - spring break for a week and Good Friday.  You better believe that I'm enjoying my day off!  In fact, part of my time off has been spent working on reorganizing my collection some more (you'll read more about that in a future post).  For today though, I thought it'd be fun to rip a pack of old school wax that I discovered while sorting cards:  1992 Topps Stadium Club.

Look at how proud Topps was of its relationship with Kodak.  I'm fairly certain that Kodak isn't even a company any more, after all, who still uses film with their photography?!  Well, back in 1992 film was all we had - so let's see what Topps and Kodak were able to provide collectors.

The pack that I have is a Series 3 pack which is great for my Frankenset as I'm missing a lot of higher numbers right now (both for the Reds Frankenset and the non-Reds Frankenset).  Hopefully I find some keepers in the pack since I won't be collecting the set!

622.  Joe Magrane
749.  Dennis Rasmussen

You'd be forgiven for thinking I pulled a duplicate right off the bat...that's two different cards but the image is way too similar to be interesting.  Another uninteresting thing?  My first card was a Cardinal.  Ugh.
832.  Scott Garrelts
815.  Chris Gwynn
714.  Jim Bullinger

The backside of the cards show the player's rookie card.  In a fun bit of self-promotion, Bullinger's featured rookie card is his 1992 Stadium Club card (that has a picture of his 1992 Stadium Club card on it).
810.  Andre Dawson
780.  Bobby Bonilla
820.  Kevin Seitzer
738.  Dick Schofield
748.  Don Prybylinksi
1992 Club Membership ad card
618.  Craig Lefferts
709.  Junior Noboa
877.  Neal Heaton
630.  Royce Clayton

882.  Otis Nixon

I'm going to be honest, that was an extremely disappointing (and boring) pack.  Six of the 15 cards in the pack were dull head shots and none of the cards had any sort of photography that I expect out of Stadium Club.  The Royce Clayton card probably had the best photo in the pack - and that particular shot isn't anything special!  The pack was also hurt by a complete lack of "big names."  Other than Dawson and Bonilla (and maybe Clayton), the rest of the players didn't ever amount to much in the big leagues. 

Despite the lackluster results, it was still fun to rip a pack since I still haven't bought any 2019 product this year.  My plan is to keep plugging away at my want list - once I get it whittled down a bit more, then maybe I'll allow myself to get back into buying more modern stuff!

Trade Stack 95: A Dozen Cards in the Stack including an Appearance of a Cactus!

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: 4/19/19

I've been working on my non-Reds Frankenset quite a bit lately - so you'll probably see some of the cards that didn't quite make it into my set show up in the Trade Stack over time!  Today's card is one such card.  From the moment I saw this 2004 Bazooka card, I loved it for one specific reason - all the cacti in the background!  I'm not sure I've seen another baseball card with a cactus on it, it really looks like Marcus McBeth had his photo taken outside a rest area in the southwestern portion of the United States.  Good stuff - but it wasn't quite good enough to earn a place in my Frankenset (that honor for card slot #271 went to an Upper Deck Ichiro Star Rookie card).

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)!

2004 Topps Bazooka:
271.  Marcus McBeth (Athletics)


1997 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
456.  Mark Lewis (Giants)


2018 Panini Donruss:
Nickname Variation parallel:
92.  Joe Morgan (Reds)

1996 Topps Lazer:
20.  Bobby Bonilla (Orioles)


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 ??

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Barry Larkin Collection 664: 1991 Studio - #167

Barry Larkin
Year:  1991
Brand:  Studio
Card number:  167

Somehow, I didn't own this card until about a month or so ago - funny how "junk wax" can still prove to be elusive despite being terribly overproduced back in the day. 

According to baseballcardpedia, the '91 Studio set was the first baseball card set to feature only black and white photos in 40 years.  As a kid, I know that a set like this would not have interested me at all which is probably why this particular Larkin eluded me for so many years!  That said, looking at the card now I can say that it isn't all bad.  The front image is a bit too goofy for my taste (especially since I presume the set is supposed to be more serious).  The back, however, is quite wonderful in terms of information.  I wonder if Barry still collects "compact discs."  Heck, I wonder how many of my readers even know what a compact disc even is anymore!


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Trade Stack 95: So Many Great Things 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: 4/17/19

There are lots of reasons to claim a pile of cards - sometimes it has a card you need for a set, other times it has a player or team you collect...and sometimes?  Well, sometimes it simply has a cool looking picture.  The current Trade Stack might even check multiple boxes for you, especially with today's addition of one of my favorite UD Collector's Choice images from the '97 set.

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)!

1997 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
456.  Mark Lewis (Giants)


2018 Panini Donruss:
Nickname Variation parallel:
92.  Joe Morgan (Reds)

1996 Topps Lazer:
20.  Bobby Bonilla (Orioles)


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 ??