Sunday, September 24, 2017

1999 Pacific: Two-Thirds Complete!

This is the 24th pack out of the 1999 Pacific box...and with it, we hit the two-thirds mark of the box.  So far, I've been impressed with Pacific's collation (no duplicates through the first 23 packs) which is excellent since I hope to eventually complete the base set for my own collection!  Let's hope the lack of duplicates carries through the final third of the box...but before we can find out, we need to open up pack #24.

Pack 24:
7.  Shigetoshi Hasegawa
32.  Chipper Jones

Jones looks like he just dropped a stinky fart on someone in the batting cage and then walked away.  

38.  Dennis Martintez
67.  Tom Gordon
134.  Manny Ramirez

Head shot variation.
162.  Damion Easley
234.  John Jaha
265.  Dustin Hermanson
306.  Mike Blowers
381.  Stan Javier

That does it for the first two-thirds of the box.  So far, so good...and I've enjoyed all the comments throughout the box break from my readers.  It's made busting the box that much more fun for me!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Trade Stack 83: Going Through my 2015 Baseball Cards

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: 9/23/17

I spent a good chunk of this gorgeous afternoon sitting in the man cave (aka basement) organizing my cards from the year 2015.  As part of my organizing, I had to make some tough choices in terms of which sets I'd continue to chase after and which sets I'd give up on.  One set that didn't make the "collecting cut" is 2015 Topps Heritage - mostly because I'm still stuck in neutral on about half a dozen previous year's editions of Heritage!  That said, my loss is your potential gain as today's addition to the Trade Stack is an insert from 2015 Heritage.  Perhaps the card will be the one that causes someone to claim the entire pile (which has a rather eclectic mix of cards in it now)!

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

2015 Topps Heritage:
New Age Performers insert:
NAP-16.  Aroldis Chapman (Reds)

2001 Fleer Futures:
118.  Dante Bichette (Red Sox)

1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
61.  Tony Gwynn (Padres)

2010 Topps National Chicle:
33.  Evan Longoria (Rays)

2000 Topps Gold Label:
52. (Class 1) Jim Edmonds (Cardinals)

1998 Upper Deck Retro:
76.  Jose Guillen (Pirates)

1998 Sports Illustrated:
4x6 Great Shots Mini Poster:
19.  Harmon Killebrew (Twins)

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:  ?? by ??

1999 Pacific: Diamond Dynagon Insert Shows Up

Here we are, pack #23 in the box and we still aren't quite two-thirds of the way through the box.  For someone who is ripping one pack per day, this is a box that'll last for over a month...  You can't say that about most boxes of baseball cards from the 2010s.

Pack 23:
81.  Brant Brown
120.  Brett Tomko

Been awhile since I pulled a Reds' card.  Still no sign of Barry Larkin though, that's disappointing.

144.  Derrick Gibson
169.  Justin Thompson
220. Trenidad Hubbard
301.  Jorge Posada
355.  Ray Lankford
386.  Robb Nen
429.  Ivan Rodriguez

Head shot card.

Diamond Dynagon:  5.  Ben Grieve

Woah, an insert card!  Not many of those in the set...this is the second such Diamond Dynagon card that we've found through the first 23 packs.  That's a bit off the expected pace since they are seeded 4:36 packs.  Truth be told, I'd rather get one more of the rarer inserts...or even another base card I need over the extra Diamond Dynagon card.  There's nothing wrong with the card per se, it simply doesn't interest me all that much is all.

Friday, September 22, 2017

1999 Pacific: What Makes for a Good Pack of Baseball Cards?

There's something fun, and old school, about opening up pack after pack of cards without expecting autographs, relics, parallels, or even inserts...  If that sort of thing sounds interesting to you, I'd recommend you pick up a box of 1999 Pacific for yourself - more base cards than the eye can see (and at 36 packs, it's a hefty box to open...and sort)!  We've made it through 21 packs so far, here's the 22nd.

Pack 22:
37.  Marty Malloy

Lots of rookies in the set - and many of them get a head shot variation.  

79.  Manny Alexander
123.  Sandy Alomar, Jr.
204.  Jeremy Giambi
213.  Larry Sutton
305.  Bernie Williams

It seems like each pack has one or two recognizable stars and then a whole lot of has beens and never was.  Still, with solid (though mostly unspectacular) photography, packs are a quick, fun rip.

338.  Francisco Cordova
341.  Jason Kendall
360.  Donovan Osborne
440.  Tom Evans

Solid, but unspectacular is probably a good way to describe the majority of the 1999 Pacific packs.  Still, with just enough inserts in the box, this is a fun rip (at least so far).

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 553: 1995 Topps Stadium Club - #24 - Virtual Reality

Barry Larkin
Year:  1995
Brand:  Topps Stadium Club
Insert set:  Virtual Reality
Card number:  24

The Virtual Reality cards made up a partial parallel set in the 1995 Stadium Club set.  Each Virtual Reality card has computer generated statistics which were meant to show what might have happened had the 1994 MLB season not been cancelled due to the strike.  The front of the card is the same as Larkin's regular base card (other than the Virtual Reality stamping).  The back of the card has the modified statistics (and a new card number) but otherwise that remains the same as well.

Looking back at the set, I'm not sure how I feel about partial parallels.  I think that it worked fine for the 1995 Stadium Club set (given the "weirdness" of the strike the year before) but I don't think I want to see any partial parallel sets in modern card releases.  The OCD set collector in me actually cringes a little bit thinking about the chaos that might unleash.