Saturday, February 17, 2018

Trade Stack 88: Futurama!

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)!

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: 2/17/18

Today's addition to the Trade Stack is actually a pair of cards from the same set - and not just any set but rather one of my favorite sets from 1998:  Upper Deck Retro.  You can get these two cards plus a great card of my favorite player...all in exchange for at least one card off my want list.  Or, you can gamble that no one else will jump in and wait for me to add another card to the Stack at a future date.  The choice is yours.

Remember, you can claim the current Trade Stack in exchange for at least one card off my want list (or anything LEGO since I've been getting more and more into collecting LEGO as well)!

1998 Upper Deck Retro:
103.  Travis Lee - Diamondbacks
106.  Mike Caruso - White Sox

2000 Fleer Tradition:
352.  Barry Larkin - Reds

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:  ?? by ??

Delivery Time: Rekindling the Cardboard Flame

Last month, I sent out a slew of my "Season of Giving" packages - and as I've said before, while I didn't expect or require anything in return there were a few people who did send me something back.  One such person was Tyler from the Rekindling the Cardboard Flame blog.  I had sent Tyler a flat rate full of Mariners cards (hopefully some that he needed) as part of my Season of Giving.  Tyler took it upon himself to send me a couple of goodies as a way of thanks.

First up, a first (but not the last time as a future mail day post will prove), I received a LEGO set in exchange for some baseball cards.

As a LEGO collector that's AWESOME.  It truly doesn't matter to me what set (big or small, etc.) someone sends my way - I can always use the pieces for my own creations.  I'll show off this set at some point on my LEGO-centric blog but I had to show it off here too since it was the result of a baseball card trade.

Besides the LEGO set, Tyler also included a few cards from the 2017 Topps Archives set that I needed.
Of that grouping I think the Duke Snider is my favorite - for whatever reason the image choice and coloration of the photograph appeals to me.  As for the other cards, I used to pull Ivan Rodriguez cards all that time back in the late getting one now is a flashback of sorts.  I also like the Yuli rookie card, happy to have that in my collection too.

In terms of the 2017 Archives set, here's what remains after the chunk that Tyler was able to fill in for me:
2017 Topps Archives wants:Base:  2, 8, 11, 13, 52, 61, 63, 72, 79, 103, 110, 122, 132, 142, 157, 202, 204, 207, 210, 215, 218, 244, 249, 255, 266, 284, 287, 288, 290, 291, 295, 297, 300
Thanks for the fun return package, Tyler.  I'm looking forward to building that LEGO set...and filling in holes in my set binder pages is also always a thrill.  I'd say you sent along the perfect package for me.  As for anyone else, if you'd like to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Friday, February 16, 2018

2018 Topps Heritage Group Break Anyone?!

I'm thinking about hosting a 2018 Topps Heritage group break.  Hobby cases are crazy expensive right now (thanks Ohtani) but I think we could do three hobby boxes, one team of your choice and one random team for $32 per slot (price would include shipping).

What do you think?  Any interest out there?  I'd need to sell all 15 slots to make this work from a financial standpoint.  Included shipping would be to the US only, however, if you live outside the US and want to pay for the extra cost to ship there I can do that as well.

With three boxes and two teams per slot, this should be a fun break where everyone walks away with some nice cards.  There are a bunch of parallels, inserts, short prints, variations, etc...not to mention one promised auto or relic per box. 

If you are interested in this idea at this cost, let me know.  If you'd rather me include more (or fewer) boxes of Heritage I could do that too (obviously the cost would change accordingly).

I'm all ears so chime in now (this is not an official sign-up post, it's only for me to gauge interest).

Theme Week: Concluding COMC Week with some 3-D Awesomeness!

For my final post of my COMC theme week, we return once again to the 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs set.  I definitely saved the best for last, because this post will highlight my purchases from the 3-D Lenticular insert set.

As a whole, the Lenticular insert set contains 42 cards.  Like almost all of the insert sets within the 2015 Dinosaurs set, the Lenticular cards are broken into various tiers with different insertion rates.  By far the most common, the herbivores are seeded 1:7.5 hobby packs.  The card you see at the top of the post, Ankylosaurus, represents one of my favorite dinosaurs (of any type) and I am super excited to have that one in my collection now. 

Besides the Anky, I also grabbed the other 10 Herbivores that I was still missing (there are a total of 24 Herbivores in the set). 

The Predators make up the next subset and they are substantially tougher to find (seeded 1:25 hobby packs)!  Luckily, there are only 9 Predators in the set...and I was able to grab the final four that I needed including the Spinosaurus (another favorite dinosaur of mine)!

The next subset of Dinos are the Marine cards, these are even tougher pulls (seeded 1:50 hobby packs).  However, for whatever reason I kind of lucked out when opening packs of UD Dinosaurs and I ended up pulling three of the six cards in the set.  That meant I was able to use COMC to nail down the final three and finish off that portion as well.  Since the Marine cards are so rare, I figured I'd show off all three...and let's be honest, those all look pretty cool!

The final three cards in the 3-D Lenticular set are from the Flying subset and they are seeded a ridiculous 1:150 hobby packs.  Unfortunately, I don't (yet) own any of those...and I wasn't able to procure any from COMC either.  Maybe another time!

All told, I landed 18 of the 42 3-D cards...and couple that with the ones I already own brings me up to having 39 of the 42 (with only the three flying crazy short printed cards remaining)! 

I hope you enjoyed my look at my COMC purchase.  I know I enjoyed knocking a whole lot of cards off of my want list.  In fact, as of this moment I've been able to knock three sets off my want list this year while only adding on one set.  That's the sort of ratio I need to maintain throughout the year in order to make some real progress on my card collection (especially the stuff from previous years)!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Theme Week: COM (die-cut) C

For whatever reason, the 2008 Upper Deck Timeline set caught my attention back when it was released.  I bought quite a bit of it from my local big box much so that I figured I might as well try and collect the full set (knowing full well that there were only 100 base cards and then a whopping 285 short printed cards. 

That's freaking absurd and I'll never, EVER collect a set with a similar ration of base to short print like that again.  However, the die had long been cast and over the next decade (holy ****), I managed to slowly acquire most of the cards that I was still missing from the set.  Unfortunately though, the trade well eventually dries up for most older sets...and so 2008 Upper Deck Timeline has been languishing on my want list for quite some time without a single update to the cards needed. 

Thanks to my recent COMC purchase, I can now report that I am oh-so-close to finally completing this cursed set.  In fact, I am now only ONE measly card away from the full set (if you are wondering, the final card that has eluded me to date is #336:  Evan Longoria.

The version of the Longoria that I am still missing is part of the subset based on the 1994 SP set.  I was also missing the Longoria from the 1995 SP subset...but not any longer.  In fact, I purchased Longoria plus the other five of his friends that I was missing from that particular subset.

As you can tell by the player names, this set hasn't aged particularly well.  The player selection in the set is actually quite terrible (for a set with almost 300 total cards).  Many players in the set have upwards of 7, 8, or even more cards.  Evan Longoria, for example, has 9 cards in the set.  Joey Votto has 8 and Kosuke Fukudome has 8 as well (including the one you see above which completed the Fukudome portion of the set for me).

In addition to the six cards you see above, I also bought two of the final three cards from the 1994 SP subset (the last card missing being the Evan Longoria that I mentioned already).

And that (almost) does it for both the 2008 UD Timeline set AND my recent COMC card purchase.  I have one more post for the COMC theme week...and in that post you'll see my favorite cards that I bought from the entire purchase!  Stay tuned for that.

PS:  If you are collecting the 2008 UD Timeline set...or if you want to masochistic and start collecting the thing...well, I've got a lot of extra cards available for trade from the set still.