Friday, November 24, 2017

Delivery Time! Trade with Robb from Brewers 792

I recently completed a trade with Robb over at Brewers 792.  Before I get to my end of the deal, I have to say that I'm super excited to now know about another Brewers' collector out there.  For the longest time, I had a hard time finding home for my unwanted Milwaukee cards (luckily for me the Brewers aren't generally all that popular in baseball card products these days so it wasn't like I was accumulating all that much of the Brewers' stuff).  Still, it's nice to know someone who will love the cards....and that's exactly what I was able to do with the trade with Robb.

I dumped traded off some unwanted Brewers cards and in exchange, Robb hooked me up with some cards from my want list.

Working from the newest stuff to the oldest, we begin with 2017 Allen & Ginter.  More specifically, three more cards from the What a Day insert set.

The 100 card What a Day insert set has proven to be a bear to collect this year.  Due to the Aaron Judge hysteria, prices of Allen & Ginter skyrockets and so I was unable to buy as much of the product as I might have otherwise.  Of course, less product bought means acquiring the necessary 100 cards for this set suddenly became quite daunting (you only get 12 cards per box on average).   All things considered, I'm making decent progress but I'm definitely thankful when people like Robb can help me out.

Sticking with Allen & Ginter, Robb had some minis I needed as well including two more of the World's Dudes set.

The Tennis Dude is cool enough I guess, but the real hero here is the Russian Peddler Dude, if for no other reason than his name!

Finally, one more mini from this year's edition of Allen & Ginter, this one from the retail only Horse in the Race set.

The Mustang Horse is definitely one of the better known horse breeds, if for no other reason than their use as a symbol for the American pioneer spirit.  I wonder if Ginter will have a Cows set in next years edition of the brand?

While I'm obviously super pleased to have been able to acquire some cards from my 2017 want list, Robb also was able to give me a bit of help with one other set..this one from 1999.

That's a pair of cards from the 1999 Fleer Sports Illustrated set - a set that I've obviously been working on for quite some time.

And last (but certainly not least), a new Barry Larkin card for my collection.

That's a 1994 Score Dream Team card that I somehow had not yet acquired for my Barry Larkin Collection.  It's amazing to me how many Larkin cards exist out there...and how many of those I still don't have!  At least I have this one now, that's one less to try and track down!

Thanks for the great trade, Robb.  And, as always, if anyone else would like to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 563: 1997 Fleer Ultra - #G177 - Gold Medallion Edition parallel

Barry Larkin
Year:  1997
Brand:  Fleer Ultra
Parallel set:  Gold Medallion Edition
Card number:  G177

In honor of Thanksgiving, here's something I'm thankful for:  the ability to have hobbies!  Today's featured Barry Larkin card is from the 1997 Fleer Ultra set...a set that is quite nice, though not one that I ever bought much of back when it was released.  That's too bad now because I actually still don't own the regular (base) version of Larkin's card, only this Gold Medallion Edition parallel.  Normally I prefer to show off the base version of a card first so that I can compare what changes were made to the parallel, but when (if?) I do track down the 1997 Fleer Ultra base card of Larkin's, I'll have to do my comparison the other way around.

In addition to the base card which I'm missing, there is a Fielder's Choice insert card which features Larkin that I also need to track down (those were seeded a super rare 1:144 packs and the set is 18 cards deep meaning finding Larkin's card will be tough sledding)!  I'm also missing the Platinum Medallion parallel of Larkin's base card (which is serially numbered out of 200) (those were seeded 1:100 packs but there are 553 different cards in the set all of which got a Platinum Medallion parallel). 

I guess I really ought to be thankful to have even one Barry Larkin card from this set...looking at the above odds, I don't think I'll be tracking down any of the other inserts/parallels any time soon.  And you know what?  That's ok.  I should be thankful for having 563 different Larkin cards as it is...and since I have probably another 100 to go that I need to scan and write about, I've got plenty of new Barry Larkin material for at least another year of blogging!

Happy Thanksgiving all.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Trade Stack 86: A Relic Starts Us Off on a New Trade Stack!

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: 11/22/17

The previous Trade Stack was finally claimed after a whopping 29 cards.  I have a feeling the new Stack won't last nearly that long.  Why am I so sure of that, you ask?  Well, I'm starting off the pile with a relic - and not just any relic but a rather nice Topps Heritage relic (which are fairly hard to find, generally seeded one per hobby box)!  Furthermore, if this Stack inspires any actual Rays collectors to contact me, then it's really going to be worth it as I have a pile of Tampa Bay cards that could use a loving home.

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)!

2012 Topps Heritage:
Clubhouse Collection relic:
CCR-JS.  James Shields - Rays

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:  ?? by ??

More than You Ever Needed to Know about Chance Caple & Jason Jennings!

Over the past few weeks, I've been busy preparing for my Season of Giving card giveaway.  As such, I haven't had a lot of time to set up actual trades where both parties agree to send certain items.  Luckily for me, there are other people out there who also like to sometimes send packages "just because."  Adam, from Infield Fly Rule, is one such person.

About a week or so ago, Adam dropped a small PWE in the mail for me which contained a single card from my want list

That's a draft picks card featuring Chance Caple and Jason Jennings (of the Cardinals and Rockies respectively).  Jenning had himself a decent MLB career, but I don't think Chance Caple ever amounted to much (I had never heard of him).  My suspicions were proved correct thanks to Baseball Reference.  On there, I learned that Caple had a 10-15 win-loss record, all in Single A minor league ball.  He compiled a 4.89 ERA across 57 games (54 of which he started).

Jennings, on the other hand, had a 9 year career in MLB finishing with a 62-74 record and a 4.95 ERA. 

I find it interesting that Jennings actually had a higher career ERA than Caple (of course, that's not a fair comparison since I'm looking at Jenning's MLB numbers as compared to Caple's MiLB numbers).  Looking at Jenning's minor league numbers, he was only 20-23 with a 3.83 ERA.  Better than Caple's to be sure, but certainly not world beating statistics! 

If nothing else, it goes to show that it's not only how good of a player you are, but also how lucky you are (right time, right place, etc.) for a player to become a Major League ballplayer. 

As for me, this was definitely the right time and right place for Adam to send me the card - it was one of the remaining 2000 Topps cards that I needed! 

Thanks for the trade, Adam.  And, as always, should anyone else want to send me cards - check out my want list and make an offer!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Delivery Time! The Summer of '74 Brings Cards from the Summer of 2000.

Back around the end of October*, I completed a trade involving older Topps' flagship sets with Mat over at the Summer of '74 blog.  Matt had a nice sized stack of 2000 Topps that I needed - and I was able to help him out with his 2009, 2011, and 2013 Topps' flagship needs.  It's always good fun to trade away unwanted cards while simultaneously filling in holes in my card binder with cards that I actually do want!

In my opinion, the 2000 Topps set doesn't get nearly the credit it deserves for being a solid base set.  It's not flashy (other than the gold foil for the name which I do hate)...but it's a solid set with some interesting photography (and great card backs).

I'm particularly happy to have that Gary Disarcina card in my collection because of the "future version" jersey he is wearing.  Oh yeah, the idea of the future jersey is a hideous eyesore but I'm happy that at least one example of the jersey was caught on cardboard for all of eternity.

Thanks for the quick and easy swap, Matt.  And, as always, if anyone else would like to trade - check out my want list and make an offer! 

*I promise that I wrote this post back at the end of October as well, but with my box of 2015 UD Dinosaurs already scheduled to go live for the first 20 days of November, this post ended up getting pushed back a few weeks.