Friday, May 10, 2013

All Tribe Mail Day... Post 1 of 2 (Top 10 Cards)

I recently completed another trade with Jack from All Tribe Baseball.  He and I have sent countless packages back and forth - we both seem to have a knack for pulling cards of the other person's team.  I guess Ohio cards can't tell the difference between a Reds fan and an Indians fan.  You can see his end of the swap here - now it's time for me to show off some of my goodies.

Jack sent me a bunch of Barry Larkin cards - including some brand new ones for my collection which I'll show off in Post #2 of the trade.

For now, let's look at a Top 10 of the "Best of the Rest":

#10:  Topps Attax - Dodger Stadium

I'm trying to collect the entire 2011 Topps Attax set - a set that I thought would be a piece of cake to finish off.  At the moment, I still need 17 cards (including the Dodger Stadium card above).  I've been only keeping the non-foil version for my sets because I'm sort of OCD like that...but are there non-foil versions of cards like Dodger Stadium?  If not, then this will have to do...though the foil will forever bug me nestled in among a page of foil-less cards.  For the record, here's what else I need from the set:

2011 Topps Attax Needs:
78, 84, 111, 122, 208, 209, 214, 221, 227, 234, 237, 239, 240, 241, 246, 247, 251

#9:  Triple Play - Bip Roberts

This is the last of Bip that you'll see in the countdown.  This one gets the nod for the back of the card - look at Bip going all "respect your elders" on everyone.  I imagine a few years later his card said "get off my lawn."

#8:  Topps Coin - Eric Davis

I don't do a lot of hunting down non-baseball card items of the Reds (except for Barry Larkin of course).  However, I have to admit that this coin is kind of cool.  I'm not sure how to store it - I know coin pages exist but it seems like a waste to buy a box of pages for what will amount to very few coins in my collection.

#7:  1998 UD Retro - Tony Perez

The '98 UD Retro set is another set that I'm currently working on completing.  I didn't happen to need Mr. Perez but there are a bunch of cards remaining missing from my collection, namely:

1998 UD Retro Wants:
 1, 20, 29, 39, 43, 45, 48, 50, 55, 56, 58, 61, 68, 69, 71, 73, 74, 75, 79, 80, 82, 87, 89, 99, 101, 102, 111, 118, 122

#6:  1993 Upper Deck SP - Bip Roberts

Check out that sweet jacket!  Doesn't that scream 90s to you?  I remember wanting one of those Starter jackets back when I was a kid in the 90s.  Looking back, it's good my parents never shelled out the type of coin that it would have taken to secure such a hideous coat.

#5:  2008 Opening Day - Ken Griffey Jr.

Griffey Jr. has some of the absolute best baseball cards.  Even a simple shot like this "top step dugout shot" is great.  Maybe it's his charismatic smile, maybe it's the fact that The Kid is the man...I dunno but it's a great card.  The red border makes it that much better - the Opening Day set looks much, much better than it's '08 flagship counterpart.

#4:  1987 Boardwalk and Baseball - Dave Parker

I have no idea what this card is all about.  It's manufactured by Topps but called "Boardwalk and Baseball Offical Collector's Set."  No matter, oddball Reds cards are always appreciated - and I'm sure someday I'll figure what exactly the set was all about!

#3:  1993 Upper Deck SP - Chris Sabo

I know I've spoken about my fondness for "Spuds" before on the blog so I won't rehash that.  Instead, I'll just say that this is a tremendous card - I really seem to like the '93 UD SP set.  I don't think I had any cards from that set until Jack's package arrived.

#2:  2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces - Joe Morgan

This list is a veritable "Who's Who" of Reds stars isn't it?  The '08 Masterpieces set is gorgeous - and it's another set that I'm still working on completing.  Since I've already begged twice, might as well make it thrice.  Here's what I need from this set (at least here I'm close to completing the set!):

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Needs:
#99, 105, 108, 115, 118

#1:  2009 UD Piece of History - Johnny Cueto - #299/999

The UD Piece of History set didn't do much for me when it was released.  I believe I bought a single pack (or maybe it was a single blaster - I forget now).  Either way, the set was met with a collective "meh" and then I moved on.  That said, the colored parallels are quite nice - and being able to acquire a numbered parallel of one of the Reds best pitchers of the last 20 years?

Well, that's a number one card indeed!

Thanks for the great trade Jack!  I hope to get the second half of the trade (all Larkins) posted before too long.  And, as always, if anyone else would like to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!



Glad you enjoyed the cards ! We have a sent a few back and forth over the last few years. Wit until you see what I just picked up at Good Will last night !

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