Tuesday, April 24, 2018

2018 Gypsy Queen: Box 2 - Packs 13 - 16 (in which I pull an autograph!)

It's now time to dive into the second half of the 2018 Gypsy Queen box (box #2 of 2 in fact).  Today's four packs produced a bunch of goodies including two inserts, a parallel, and an autograph.  Read on to find out more.

Box 2:  Packs 13 - 16:

First up, our two inserts which both happened to be of the Fortune Teller variety.

I like the theme of this year's Gypsy Queen inserts, even if the Fortune Teller cards themselves don't interest me all that much.  Thematically, I think Topps hit the nail on the head with the set as a whole and so I commend them for that.

I mentioned already that we had a parallel in the four packs - and here it is:

That's a 1:41 pack black and white parallel of Matt Moore of the Texas Rangers numbered 26/50 on the back of the card.  I don't seem to do a lot of trading with Rangers fans anymore...so if I can't trade this away it'll end up on eBay before too long!

And finally, our autograph:

Yeah yeah, a stinking Twin.  Of course it's a Twin. 

Oh well, at least it is on card and nice looking.  I know nothing about Granite but maybe he'll end up being a superstar and I can retire off this card. 

Not likely.

Monday, April 23, 2018

2018 Gypsy Queen: Box 2 - Packs 09 - 12 (in which I pull an Indigo #/250)

It's been a couple of days since I last dipped into my second (and final) box of 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen.  I think it's time to rip four more packs, don't you?

Box 2:  Packs 9 - 12:

This quartet of packs was admittedly less than wonderful.  In fact, two of the four packs were nothing but base cards (and most of those duplicates from the first box to boot).  I did get a pair of cards of note including another one of the awesome Tarot cards.

Calling Puig the "joker" is kind of funny I guess, but if I were Puig I'm not sure I'd find it amusing.  Seems almost mean...

The second and final card worth scanning was an Indigo parallel of Gary Sanchez of the Yankees.

The card is numbered 193/250 on the back and is definitely available for sale or trade.

That's half the box down...I'll do my best to work my way through the second half of the box in a quicker fashion than I did the first half.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Barry Larkin Collection 600: 2002 Fleer Genuine - #12 - Names of the Game Memorabilia

Barry Larkin
Year:  2002
Brand:  Fleer Genuine
Insert set:  Names of the Game Memorabilia
Card number:  12

Before I talk about this specific card, it's worth pointing out that this is the 600th entry in my ongoing Barry Larkin Collection series!  Way back when I started this series, I don't think I had any idea that I'd eventually be writing post #600...nor could I have imagined that I'd still have about 200 more Larkin cards waiting for me to write about in future posts!

Returning to the card of the day, this is a nice relic insert with a red stripe from the '02 Fleer Genuine set.  The Names of the Game cards were seeded 1:24 hobby packs so it isn't overly rare (though the set clocks in with 19 players so good luck getting the one you want)! 

In addition to the relic, Barry also has a base card in the set (#29) and a Names of the Game (non-relic edition) card (#NG4).  I have the base card which I need to show off in a future post but I don't yet own the regular Names of the Game insert card.  While I am still missing one card from the set, I am appreciative that there were exactly zero parallels in this set - that will make completing the entire Larkin portion much, much easier in the long run!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Delivery Time! Some Allen & Ginter Cards from Ryan including Minis!

I think I mentioned this a couple of days ago, but it's worth repeating:  I sure do love trading baseball cards...and over the past week or two, trades have been coming in fast and furious (which makes going to the mailbox much more exciting as opposed to only dreading bills). 

One of my latest swaps is with Ryan (he of the custom Allen & Ginter mini fame).  Ryan sent me a trio of cards that I needed for my 2017 Allen & Ginter set in exchange for some of my unwanted 2018 Heritage cards.

I didn't buy as much Allen & Ginter last year as I had in previous years (mostly due to money).  As such, I ended up needing a lot more cards than usual...including full sized inserts from the 100 card "What a Day" set.

Ryan was able to help me inch closer with the Lindor card celebrating Lindor's steal of first base in the 2016 World Series which won the nation free tacos (Taco Bell, however, is not mentioned by name on the card back).

The other two cards that Ryan had for me were both of the mini variety.  The first was a Horse in the Race retail only mini that I needed still.

I like the horse cards quite a bit - but since I usually stick with hobby boxes when I buy A&G I often struggle to complete any of the retail only sets.  As such, getting even one card closer is actually a big deal for my set!

The final card of the envelope comes from one of the best mini sets from 2017 A&G (at least in my opinion):  the World's Dudes set.

That's the Steel Worker Dude.  The back of his card talks about how the steel workers used lunch pails in the 1920s with packed lunches including hard-boiled eggs, vegetables, meat, coffee, and pie.

Good stuff all around!  Thanks for the trade, Ryan.  If anyone else has some unwanted 2017 Allen & Ginter lying around, I'm still looking for quite a few cards.  Here's the list (and my full want list):

2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Wants:Base:  160
What a Day:  WAD- 2, 11, 16, 22, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 33, 34, 37, 38, 39, 41, 44, 45, 48, 50, 53, 54, 63, 73, 75, 77, 78, 83, 90, 94
Minis:Bust a Move:  BAM- 3, 5, 8, 9
Constellations:  C- 3, 4, 6, 7, 8
Horse in the Race:  HR- 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24
Required Reading:  RR- 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 11, 13, 15
World's Dudes:  WD- 2, 5, 12, 25, 37, 43

As usual, shoot me an email if you want to trade!

Trade Stack 90: I Miss Upper Deck Retro!

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: 4/21/18

Today's addition to the Trade Stack is a card from one of my favorite Upper Deck sets:  Upper Deck Retro.  While that particular brand had a very short lifespan of only a couple of years, the Retro sets themselves are really nice (and the hobby boxes were actually lunch pail tins which was pretty cool)! 

I'll keep adding cards to the Trade Stack until someone jumps in to claim it...but the risk in waiting for another card to be added is that someone else may end up with the entire pile before you do!  It's a fun little game of risk/reward!

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:
120.  Eric Milton (Twins)

2018 Panini Donruss:
American Pride Insert:
AP20.  Tim Cate (USA)

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:  ?? by ??