Friday, February 23, 2018

Flashback Friday! An Unopened Pack of 1992 Upper Deck

I started my Flashback Friday series of posts way back in September of 2015.  Since that time, I've done a grand total of six Flashback Friday posts - all but one of which involved some sort of pack of cards. 

Today is my first Flashback Friday post for 2018 - and like most of the posts from previous years, it too will consist of a pack of cards.  This time around, it's 1992 Upper Deck.  A set that I always liked as a child...but now it is time to see how well the set holds up through my adult collector's eyes.

This particular pack of cards promises 15 cards with an exciting new card design for 1992.  The pack also implores me to "find the Williams" which refers to the 9-card Ted Willaims "Baseball Heroes" set inserted into the packs.  According to the pack wrapper, there are also 2500 autographed copies of the Ted Williams cards.  How cool would it be to find one of those?!

Let's hop in the time machine and go back to 1992.

Note:  The cards are in the order they appeared in the pack.

688.  Scott Terry

1992 starts off like so many other years of baseball cards...with a freaking Cardinals card.  Scott Terry looks kind of angry in this photograph.  Maybe he just gave up a home run or something.  I could live with that (he had a 2.80 ERA in 1991 so I doubt he gave up all that many home runs).  Oh well.

642.  Best Left-handed Pitcher:  Jim Abbott

Abbott was certainly a feel good story in 1992 after he finished third in the 1991 Cy Young Award race.

592.  Donn Pall (who?)
540.  Don Slaught
423.  Paul Molitor

One of the great things about the 1992 Upper Deck set is that the photography is top notch for the most part.  In fact, many of the smaller photos on the backside of the cards are even better than the larger front-facing photographs!

406.  Jason Grimsley
381.  Charlie O'Brien
371.  Todd Stottlemyre
230.  Gilberto Reyes (who?)
271.  Pete Incaviglia
159.  Kevin Appier

Keep your eye on the ball!

183.  Chris Hoiles

Awesome play at the plate card.  You won't see many more photographs like this today thanks to the Buster Posey rule.

45.  Mo Sanford

First Reds card of the pack gets a scan, even if it is "only" Mo.

32 of 36.  Ted Williams Baseball Heroes

Well, no autograph but still nice to pull one of the Ted Williams Baseball Heroes inserts.  I love the design of the Baseball Heroes set - so simple, yet it works so well.  Good stuff.

336.  Greg Swindell

That was a fun little romp through history, wasn't it?  I definitely think that 1992 Upper Deck holds up well.  Oh sure, the design isn't necessarily memorable as compared to the 1993 UD set...and it sort of blends in with both 1990 and 1991 Upper Deck designs...but I like it.  In fact, I'm probably in the minority that likes the 1992 design better than the 1993 Upper Deck design.

...and now, I need to see if I'm close enough to completing the 1992 Upper Deck set to consider adding it to my want list.  What can I say, I like the set!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Delivery Time! Cardboard Greats?

This past couple of weeks have seen a surprising amount of mail going both out of and into casa de Nachos!  This is a wonderful change of pace because the trading streams had all but dried up near the end of last year.  I guess the new year and new sets have spurred more collectors into thinking about trading...and luckily for me, some people still have some "old" stuff to send my way.

Case in point:  Today's PWE is courtesy of Henry over at Cardboard Greats.  Henry claimed one of my recent Trade Stacks (you can read about his haul here).  As per my Trade Stack rules, Henry had to send me at least one card from my want list...he actually did quite a bit better than my minimum requirements though since he sent me five different cards that I needed.

All five were from the wonderful (but retail only) 2017 Topps Gallery set.  I'm slowly inching closer and closer to having the full base set (I'm NOT chasing the short prints in this set).  If you have any lying around, here's what I still need.
2017 Topps Gallery Wants:Base:  3, 4, 5, 13, 16, 27, 28, 33, 34, 50, 63, 64, 66, 72, 75, 84, 85, 89, 91, 98, 107, 114, 115, 116, 118, 133, 135, 141
Thanks again for the great trade, Henry!  And, as always, should anyone else wish to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Trade Stack 89: Indians, Expos, Red Sox, and Dodgers (oh my!)

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: 2/21/18

The previous Trade Stack was claimed with only five cards in that in itself should be a warning that if you see something you like, don't wait too long to jump in and claim the full pile!  Of course, with a Trade Stack claimed we must start anew...and that's exactly what we are doing tonight.  

Stack #89 in the series (wow!) begins like so many of my Stacks do, and that's with an insert or parallel.  For this Stack, I'm starting us off with a sticker insert featuring four different teams.  It's kind of a strange card, but if you are working on the set (or a team collector) this is your chance to grab a possible need for cheap!  

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)!

2004 Topps Bazooka:
4-in-1 Stickers:  28 of 40.  
Ellis Burks (Indians)
Livan Hernandez (Expos)
Derek Lowe (Red Sox)
Kazuhisa Ishii (Dodgers)
I scanned the front and back of the card for you.

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:  ?? by ??

Delivery Time! Some Much Needed Topps Flagship.

Not all that long ago, I posted my want list for 2018 Topps flagship.  The baseball card community is (by and large) a rather amazing group of people and wouldn't you know it, their generosity struck quickly!

Case in point:  Today's mail day is thanks to Marc over at Remember the Astrodome.  Marc sent me a smattering of cards that I still needed for my 2018 set...and all as a bit of a surprise for me.  Super cool - and a great mail much better than a mail box full of bills and junk mail!

Marc's PWE to me contained five cards - and since I'm so giddy about getting cards I needed in the mail, let's take a look at all five and rank them, shall we?

#5:  258.  Tyler Saladino

Out of the five, this is basically the only image where there isn't much to say.  Saladino isn't a guy that I know much about...and his card doesn't really interest me all that much either (besides the fact that now his spot in my binder is no longer empty).  Moving along to the good stuff...

#4:  323.  Elvis Andrus

Andrus was the Rangers first player since 1983 to start in all nine batting order spots.   Not quite the same as playing all 9 positions in a single game, but it's still a fun tidbit.  I like that Topps puts stats like WAR on the card back now...and so does Andrus since his WAR in 2017 was a whopping 4.1.  Saladino, by comparison, had a WAR last year of -1.2.  Ouch.

#3:  83.  Howie Kendrick

In Kendrick's first 10 games with the Nationals, he had a grand slam and a 5-for-5 game.  Not bad.  In an unrelated note, I often think of Kendrick as an older player (he has, after all, been in the big leagues for 12 years).  He was also born in 1983.  So let that sink in.  A 12-year veteran is now younger than I am (by a year).  Ouch.

#2:  73.  Miami Marlins

Oh sure, the Marlins are nothing but rubbish (and their new owner seems to be no more competent at running a team than their old owner), but still, this is a nice "farewell" card for Miami fans.

#1:  290.  Salvador Perez

This is simply an awesome baseball card.  So much blue, both in the stands, on the field of play, and the team logo.  The colors pop - the action and tension is palpable.  It's all great - and easily the best of the five cards that Marc sent my way!

Thanks again for the PWE, Marc.  And - as always, should anyone else want to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Barry Larkin Collection 585: 1998 Leaf Rookies and Stars - #21

Barry Larkin
Year:  1998
Brand:  Leaf Rookies and Stars
Card number:  21

By 1998, Donruss was one of the first brands to kind of go "off the rails" in terms of set concepts, and in this case set names.  Of course, you can't really "blame" Donruss here since it was actually Playoff who released this set after acquiring Donruss earlier in the year.  Oh sure, the folks at Donruss were the ones that designed most of the set...but still, that bankruptcy has to earn them a tiny bit of leeway, right?

As for the card itself, if you couldn't tell, the less said the better.  This is classic Donruss fair:  boring, yet confusing.  I do appreciate the full career statistics on the backside of the card, but otherwise this is one boring dud of a design.  Larkin's card in particular is poor...neither photograph chosen has any sense of life or interest.  The entire thing looks like it was slapped together in a hurry with no real care...and based on what happened to the company in question that year, that's probably exactly how the set design went down!