Saturday, November 22, 2014

Trade Me Anything VIII: The Keepers

Each year there are a few cards that I just can't release into the TMA pool, no matter how much they yearn to breathe free. There were only two this year, and I wrote some words about them below.

75th Anniversary Buyback 1977 Topps #246 Mike Vail

The stated odds on these are 1:18 packs (#THANKSTOPPS), but I only got one of them in my box. The verdict is not yet in on whether or not this card will go into my '77 Topps set. I'm not actively collecting the set at this time, but in a few years it might happen.

World Series Heroes #WSH-RC Roberto Clemente

I always keep Clementes. He was one of my keepers last year as well. My favorite part of this card is the little Three Rivers Stadium graphic commemorating the 1971 World Series. It looks like most of the other cards in this insert set just use the MLB World Series graphic for that year.

Looking forward to some trades coming my way this week!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Trade Me Anything VIII Has Arrived!

Back in 2007, I had an idea: Trade away all of the extra stuff from my box of 2007 Topps Updates & Highlights in exchange for whatever someone wants to send for it. Well, in recent years the name of the product has changed, but the premise remains. I recently opened a box of 2014 Topps Update Series (which I kick myself for buying every year, since you can usually buy the product a year later for half the price), and all of the insert cards (save for two) are yours for the picking.

The usual spiel...

1. Check out the list of available cards below. Select one (or a couple) you want. Just remember, the more you claim, the better your trade material should be.
2. Send me an email with your choice of card(s) at
Please don't leave a request comment on the blog. This just confuses people, so don't do it, it will just be deleted and will not count.
3. I will reply to you as to the card's availability. First come, first serve. I will include my mailing address.
4. When I confirm the card of your choice, pick out one or more of your own cards or anything else you want to send me. A few guidelines about what you can't send: Nothing that should really be in the garbage, nothing perishable, and nothing illegal. (Notice I didn't say nothing immoral.) I've got a want list you could check out, too!
5. Send me whatever is was you picked out. Don't tell me what it is before you send it, I'd like to have it be a surprise! Include a SASE or you won't be getting your card.
6. When I receive your item, I will take a picture of the trade materials and post the happy couple on my blog, and then I will send you the card.

Here are the cards you may choose from. Cards that have officially been claimed are in BOLD.

1989 Die-Cut
Jacoby Ellsbury - Yankees (smittyscards)
Luis Gonzalez - Diamondbacks
Matt Cain - Giants
Roy Halladay - Phillies (smittyscards)

Gold Parallels (#/2014)
13 Andrew Heaney - Marlins
25 Masahiro Tanaka - Yankees (smittyscards)
46 Jake Marsnick - Astros
100 Jose Abreu - White Sox (Lonestarr)
107 Josh Collmenter - Diamondbacks
138 Asdrubal Cabrera - Nationals
145 A.J. Pierzynski - Cardinals (Kerry Biggs)
169 Chone Figgins - Dodgers (Kevin)
180 Chris Taylor - Mariners
204 Chris Capuano - Yankees
206 Chris Perez - Dodgers (Kevin)
225 Luis Avilan - Braves (dayf)
285 Cody Allen - Indians
293 Tom Koehler - Marlins (cdorso)
323 Chase Headley - Yankees (smittyscards)
324 Alexi Amarista - Padres (David Gao)
325 Jose Abreu - White Sox (Lonestarr)

Red Hot Foil
41 Drew Stubbs - Rockies
43 Pat Neshek - Cardinals (Kerry Biggs)
61 Ryan Kalish - Cubs (Lonestarr)
188 Paul Maholm - Dodgers (Kevin)
207 Rajai Davis - Tigers (Hot Corner Cards)
211 Jordan Schafer - Braves (dayf)

Black Parallel (#/63)
65 Chad Qualls - Astros (Kevin)

Power Players
Albert Pujols - Angels (David Gao)
Carlos Gomez - Brewers
Justin Upton - Braves (dayf)
Miguel Cabrera - Tigers
Mike Trout - Angels
Sergio Romo - Giants

The Future Is Now
Gregory Polanco - Pirates (David Bender)
George Springer - Astros
Jose Abreu - White Sox (JA1) (dayf)
Jose Abreu - White Sox (JA3) (JediJeff)
Jon Singleton - Astros
Nick Castellanos - Tigers
Oscar Taveras - Cardinals (David Gao)
Yordano Ventura - Royals (YV1)
Yordano Ventura - Royals (YV2)

World Series Heroes
Bill Mazeroski - Pirates (David Bender)
Mike Schmidt - Phillies (dayf)
Pablo Sandoval - Giants

Fond Farewells
Al Kaline - Tigers
Cal Ripken, Jr. - Orioles (Kevin)
Johm Smoltz - Braves (dayf)
Mark McGwire - Cardinals
Paul Konerko - White Sox (JediJeff)

All-Star Stitches
Yu Darvish - Rangers (Red Jersey Memorabilia) (Lonestarr)

Here we go, let's make a trade!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Glossies For Trade

Toward the end of the summer, I picked up a box of 2002 Fleer Tradition Update. I have to say, it was the most fun I'd had opening a box of cards in some time. Great subsets, fun inserts, and a nice, heavy card stock. The only parallel in the set was a glossy parallel, with each card numbered to 200 copies. The parallels were of Update series cards as well as the regular Fleer Tradition set. I got a bunch of good ones and I don't really have a need for in my collection, but I thought someone else could use these.

If you see a card you'd like, all you have to offer me is two cards from my want list. Base cards, inserts, whatever. If it's on my want list, I'll take two for any of the cards seen below.

Tom Glavine

Albert Pujols

Jim Thome

Jason Grabowski

Jason Varitek

Ben Broussard

Friday, August 29, 2014

How to Properly Open a Can of 1997 Pinnacle Inside

Over a year ago I was at my LCS and I bought a can of 1997 Pinnacle Inside out of a junk box for a dollar. I've been waiting until the right night to open it up, because I wanted to do it the right way. Enjoy.

That Mussina Diamond die-cut parallel clocks in at 1:63 cans. Pretty good hit, hopefully I can flip it to a die-hard Mike Mussina collector.

Also, the soup was good.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Garage Sale Finds

Back over Memorial Day weekend (yeah, sad, I know) I was up in Minnesota. One morning my sister-in-law, who is an expert at these sort of things, invited us to come along rummaging with her. Let's take a look at what I got.

The very first place we stopped was a garage owned by some real professionals. You could tell that putting out their wares was an every-weekend sort of deal, and that the garage was basically a permanent junk store. There were shelves upon shelves of VHS tapes, and I decided to hone in on the action genre. There's just something about an '80s or early '90s action movie on VHS that gets lost in the translation to another format. The price was right, too, as all tapes were only a quarter apiece. I spent $1.00 total on these movies:

1. Cobra
Never seen it, but looking forward to it. I was never really a big Stallone guy, but I hear this delivers.

2. New Jack City
Urban crime was never really my genre, either. I'm sure I'm making someone very jealous that I get to watch this for the first time.

3. Above the Rim
Ditto. In the interest of full disclosure, I've never seen Juice either.

4. Kickboxer
Now this one I have seen. That Tung Pao is a bad emmer offer.

A few houses later, we happened upon another perma-store garage, this one cleaner and better organized that the one previous. Apparently you pay for the reassurance that you're not going to catch a disease by thumbing through stacks of vinyl, so their tapes were priced at a buck each. I talked the lady down to 50 cents for each of these.

5. Kickboxer 2
Fuck yeah, that domestic violence dude from Step By Step! It feels good to be able to pair the original with its sequel.

6. Delta Force 2
I'm not real big on Chuck Norris movies, so this would be new to me, too. The lady selling them declared, "Ooh, I just love that Chuck Norris." Seal of Fucking Approval.

Finally, the last thing I'll share here was something I got back at the first garage with the quarter VHS tapes. I'm sure everyone has a holy grail of their own personal rummage sale search, and this one was one of mine.

Crossfire (Complete, No Box)

I only think I would have been more psyched if I had found a MIB Fireball Island, but this is pretty good. Crossfire is a stupid, pointless, draining, boring game, but its commercial from its heyday makes it seem totally awesome. The current resale market is pretty hot for this game, even for sets lacking the original box. When I finally get around to selling it, I'm hoping to see a sale price in the $35-$40 range.

Price paid: $3.00


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

May Group Break: Team #14 - Milwaukee Brewers

I should probably blog at least once a month, right?

Let's fulfill the July quota by concluding the May group break. I'll show off what I got with the Brewers slot.

Requisite Base Cards

2012 Allen & Ginter Corey Hart Black Mini, 2012 Panini Prizm Robin Yount Green Prizm, 2014 Topps Ryan Braun Upper Class

Those were all cards I didn't own before acquiring them, so they're all winners in my book.

See you in August?