Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Delivery Time! This is Why I Like my Trade Stack Series

I've been adding doing my Trade Stack series off and on for a number of years now on the blog.  The premise is simple:  I keep adding cards to form a stack until someone steps up and claims the pile.  In return, all that person has to do is find at least one card for me from my want list.

Not so long ago, it was Gavin (form Baseball Card Breakdown) who stepped up to claim a Trade Stack.  And then, a day later, he claimed the very next Trade Stack as well.  In return?  Well, he sent me 16 cards from my want list plus a brand new Barry Larkin card for my collection.  Of the want list cards, all were from 2017 Topps Archives - a set that I liked quite a bit but, for whatever reason, has been kind of tough to track down this year.  I guess maybe other's didn't like the set as much as I did?

I also mentioned a new Barry Larkin card - here it is in all of its shiny gold glory.

I'll have plenty more to say about that card when I feature it in a different series of mine, my Barry Larkin Collection series.

Thanks for the pair of trades, Gavin! 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 556: 1996 Pinnacle - #51 - Starburst Parallel

Barry Larkin
Year:  1996
Brand:  Pinnacle
Parallel set:  Starburst
Card number:  51

The Starburst parallel was a partial parallel of the 1996 Pinnacle base set.  I already highlighted Larkin's regular base card in the set - but in this case I have to admit that I like the parallel a LOT better since it uses the Dufex technology.  The Starburst parallel had 100 cards in it for each series (seeded 1:7 packs).  There is also a much rarer (1:47 packs) Starburst Artist's Proof parallel of Larkin that I don't yet own.

In addition to the Starburst Artist's Proof parallel, I am also missing both versions of the Team Pinnacle card of Larkin (which he shares with Cal Ripken, Jr.).  Each version has one player printed using the Dufex technology, but unfortunately both versions have eluded me to date.  And, speaking of eluding me, there is also a First Rate insert set that was retail only that featured Larkin which I need.

Basically, I still need quite a bit more from the 1996 Pinnacle set...but at least this parallel is a start to the collection!

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Great Reorganization: Step 31: The Year 2009 Threw Up On Me

Over the past week or so, I've made some solid forward progress in terms of continuing my reorganization of my baseball card collection.  In fact, I recently went through my stack of 2009 far the largest stack of cards that was remaining for me to sort through.  How large you ask?  Here's a photo that shows what I had to work my way through.

So many sets released in 2009!!

After going through the various piles, I circled the ones that were of sets that I have decided to chase after.

As you can see, there was a lot of unwanted cards from the 2009...and man, it feels great to have gone through the pile and sorted everything out. 

While I did get rid of a lot of stuff, the year 2009 is still one of the largest years in terms of sets that I've collected and/or are still in the process of trying to complete.  In fact, here's the full list of what I've kept from 2009 (with insert sets indented below the main set):

  • Topps American Heritage
    • American Presidents
  • Topps Heritage Low & High Series
    • Then & Now (low)
    • Then & Now (high)
    • News Flashbacks
    • Baseball Flashbacks (low)
    • Baseball Flashbacks (high)
    • New Age Performers
    • Target Mayo
    • Rookie Performers
  • Topps Series 1 & 2
    • Series 1 black (wal-mart)
    • Series 1 throwback (target)
    • turkey Red
    • World Baseball Classic
    • Topps Town Silver/Blue
    • Topps Town Gold
    • Legends of the Game 
    • Career Best Legends
  • Topps Update & Highlights
  • Topps Heritage American Heroes Edition
    • Heroes of Sport
    • Heroes of Space
  • Upper Deck Goudey
  • Upper Deck Spectrum
  • Topps Allen & Ginter
    • Cabinet Boxloaders
    • World Baseball Classic Boxloaders
    • N43 Boxtoppers
    • National Pride
    • Baseball Highlights
    • Regular back minis
    • Extinct Creatures
    • Inventions of the Future
    • National Heroes
    • Creatures of Legend, Myth, & Terror
    • Hoaxes & Bamboozles
Like I said, that's an excessive amount of sets to have collected from 2009.  Amazingly, almost all of the above sets are actually you can see from my remaining want list from 2009:

2009 wants:
2009 Topps Heritage American Heroes Edition:
Heroes of Spaceflight: HSF- 5, 11, 12, 16, 18, 22, 23, 25, 26
Retail Checklist:  1

2009 Topps American Heritage:
Base: 127, 132, 137, 143, 144, 147, 149, 150
Presidents: AP1, AP5, AP6, AP7, AP8, AP9, AP10, AP12, AP13, AP14, AP15, AP16, AP17, AP18, AP19, AP20, AP21, AP22, AP23, AP24, AP25, AP27, AP28, AP30, AP31, AP32, AP33, AP34, AP35, AP36, AP39, AP41, AP42, AP43

2009 Topps Allen & Ginter (Note: You can find the cards I have available for trade here.)
Inventions of the Future (minis): FI5
Extinct Creatures (minis):   EA1
Creatures of Legend, Myth, &Terror (minis): 5, 7, 14, 15
Cabinet Boxloader: CB6, CB10
Regular back mini: 134, 159, 176, 205, 277

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

2009 Topps Heritage (Low and High Series): (Note: You can find my '09 Topps Heritage cards available for trade here.)
Base: 426, 436, 437, 439, 446, 451, 459, 462, 469, 474, 482, 483, 486, 487, 488, 492, 494, 496, 499, 656, 691, 698, 707, 713, 716
Then & Now (High Series): TN-1, TN-2, TN-3, TN-4, TN-7, TN-8, TN-10
New Age Performers: NAP1, NAP2, NAP4, NAP8
Target Mayo: TME-HR, TME-JS
Rookie Performers: RP-03, 10, 15

2009 Topps Base Series 1 & 2:
Legends of the Game (Series 2) insert: Need (all #ed LG-???): Mariano Rivera
Topps Town (Gold Version): TTT29

As the years move on, I know I'll eventually have to go back through my sets and choose some to get rid of in order to make room for newer stuff.  I'm sure that I'll revisit 2009 at that point in time (Upper Deck Spectrum, I'm looking at you)!  Still, it's nice to get more and more organized, even if this is the slowest process ever!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Trade Stack 85: NL East Edition!

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

The Trade Stack:
Last update: 10/15/17

Today's addition to the Trade Stack is a five-for-one.  More specifically, I've added one card for each of the five NL East teams, all from the same set.  Whether you might be a team collector, a player collector, or possibly even a set collector, today's addition could be just the ticket for you to claim the entire pile (which now includes a whopping 15 cards).

Remember, you get the entire Trade Stack in exchange for one (or more) cards off of my my want list.

2013 Panini Pinnacle:
35.  Logan Morrison (Marlins)
63.  Ike Davis (Mets)
98.  Dan Haren (Nationals)
123.  Freddie Freeman (Braves)
138.  Michael Young (Phillies)

2017 Topps Archives:
208.  Todd Frazier (White Sox)

2009 Topps and/or Updates & Highlights:
UH220.  Matt LaPorta (Indians)
Topps Town:
TTT29.  Derek Jeter (Yankees)
TTT34.  Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox)
TTT70.  Hunter Pence (Astros)

2015 Topps:
208.  Wilin Rosario (Rockies)
2000 Fleer Tradition:
324.  Tony Womack (Diamondbacks)

2008 Upper Deck:
StarQuest Series 1:
SQ-20.  Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)
StarQuest Series 2:
SQ-49.  Joe Mauer (Twins)

2008 Topps Stadium Club:
First Day Issue:
117.  Hernan Iribarren (Brewers)

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:  ?? by ??

Barry Larkin Collection 555: 1996 Topps Chrome - #116

Barry Larkin
Year:  1996
Brand:  Topps Chrome
Card number:  116

The 1996 Topps Chrome set was a far cry from what the brand has turned into today.  Can you believe that there were only two versions of each base card?  That's right, there's a regular version (shown above) and a refractor version (seeded 1:12 packs) which I don't (yet) own Larkin's version.  There's no fancy colored border parallels nor is there a plethora of serially numbered cards.  Nope, 1996 was a much simpler time - and the rather blase card design fits the era (even if it doesn't hold up all that well today). 

In addition to the base card, Barry also has a subset card (with corresponding refractor parallel), neither of which I own yet.  It's probably apparent by the fact that I am still missing three out of four cards from the 1996 Topps Chrome set that I'm not overly enamored with the set as a whole.  Oh sure, someday I'll try and track down the missing Larkin cards...but until then, this one base card will have to serve as a placeholder for all of '96 Topps Chrome in my binder.