Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Trade and Win Update #3

No, the Trade & Win contest is not over. I've merely been preparing for today's first day of school, an enterprise that leaves one cursing the choice of one's college major. The hate returns, and there are 179 reasons why. The gloves are off; you are about to witness Blogging Without Mercy. Hit it.

A sizable package from Wrigley Wax came in not too long ago, chock full 'o '82 Topps. The girthiness alone makes W. Wax the chip leader in this showdown. Let's see who we've got.

780 Pete Rose (Good-NESS, look at that beautiful shagginess spilling out from under the Phillies cap. I practically have the look of the complete Rose Topps collection memorized because of the back cover of the 1986 Sticker Album. Owning the card now brings that weird period of Pete's life to life. The locks put him in the same category as most 1980s sitcom boys. Hey, Pete, Alex P. Keaton called, he wants his season 5-casted little brother's haircut back.)

761 Dave Smith
709 Don Money
699 Dick Tidrow
685 Bert Blyleven
660 Dave Concepcion (The earflap became mandatory in 1983. Call Dave "ahead of the curve" on that one. He also had his kids in disposable diapers before they were commercially available.)

654 Jim Morrison (Lester Bangs preferred The Guess Who over Morrison, because The Guess Who had the courage to be drunken buffoons, and that made them poetic.)
651 Carl Yastrzemski In Action

636 Phillies Leaders
632 Bryan Clark
626 Randy Jones
623 Mets Future Stars
595 Dave Collins
582 Luis Pujols (Not the most prolific Pujols, but sports the most prolific Pujols mustache.)

579 Rick Mahler
542 Ned Yost
477 Steve Yeager (I always mix him up with the test pilot, Chuck.)
475 Alan Trammell (Looks a little giggly, like Thomas Jane in the infamous drug deal scene. "Nah, I'm not, see? I'm not kidding. I want what's in the safe! We want what is in the goddamn safe, in the goddamn master bedroom on the fuckin' floor in the goddamn fuckin' floor safe, that's all! " God, Alan Trammell, you could have been Todd Parker!)

471 Royals Future Stars
423 Stan Papi (Great name. It gets called in every Brazilian hip-hop song's chrous.)
396 Twins Leaders (Pathetic.)
394 Checklist
393 Al Hrabosky (Unfortunately not a close-up.)
372 Luis Gomez
336 Mariners Leaders
310 Mike Hargrove (Lots of future managers in this lot.)
297 Clint Hurdle (Another.)
291 Pirates Future Stars
276 Angels Leaders
252 Fred Lynn In Action (Not as much action as Yaz.)

212 Mario Mendoza (Laughing and saying, "Look, two consecutive years above the me line.")

203 Blue Jays Future Stars
200 George Brett (Contemplating crab legs for dinner tonight.)

173 Jamie Quirk
166 Strikeout Leaders
111 Carlton Fisk In Action (Best photo of the subset.)

105 Kirk Gibson (Is this the most iconic Topps Gibson card? I'd make a case for it over the '81 rookie.)

90 Nolan Ryan
81 Jim Palmer In Action
60 Tony Armas
53 Greg Gross
52 Larry Andersen
46 Jerry Augustine (Former coach of the UW-Milwaukee baseball team.)

43 Mike Cubbage (Played for the Mets. Ironically, Mike Mettage played for the Cubs.)

10 Ron Guidry In Action

Awesome lot! Forty-five cards! Around the time I got to Jamie Quirk, I lost the will to go for the jugular, and just tried being witty instead. Actually, my posts have been crap lately, and I feel that this one has brought me out of that funk. There's just nothing funny to say about CC Sabathia anymore. (Might that be a bit of foreshadowing?)
STANDINGS
7 points -- Nathaniel Edwards
7 points -- madding
135 points -- Wrigley Wax

Don't worry, kids, there's another big trade just around the corner. Don't be afraid to enter. You know how sometimes on Jeopardy! there a Final Jeopardy! round where two contestants have gone way out in front, but the third guy or girl is still hanging on with $1200, and the two in the lead bet big against each other and the third person is the only one who gets it right and they win the game? This could be like that, I guess. I just don't want to discourage anyone from entering. Watch one of the seven-point holders win the grand prize. Also remember, this pushes the total number of card above 50, so I'm including another card that will go to a consolation winner.

(Total number of cards traded: 51)

BOLD = Received
Italics = Offered
1992 Upper Deck Baseball (One Point Each)
33 51 61 62 73 74 75 77
195 197
204 213
304 315 343 383 384 386 387 388 391
422 424 447 449 459
602 628 687 688

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces (Five Points Each)
93 102 107 120

2008 Topps Chrome
Base (Two Points Each; #224, 227 Ten Points Each)
24 30 124 209 211 224 227
X-Fractor Parallel (Five Points Each)
1 3 5 6 7 8 10 11 17 18 19 20 23 24 25 27 29 30 32 34 36 38 40 41 42 43 44 46 47 48 52 53 54 57 58 60 66 68 70 72 73 74 80 81 83 85 86 90 94 97 101 106 107 109 110 111 112 116 120 121 122 124 127 129 130 131 133 135 137 138 139 141 144 145 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 155 156 157 159 161 162 164 165 167 168 170 172 175 176 181 182 184 186 191 192 193 195 196 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 213 214 215 216 217 218 219

2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes
Base (One Point)
144
Charcoal Parallel (Three Points Each)
5 25 26 35 39 69 91 102 105 112 121 123 127 131 133 168 172 177 180 198 200

2008 Topps Heritage Need List
Short Prints: (Seven Points Each)
430 436 437 444 445 446 448 453 489 492

2007 Topps '52 Rookies
Chrome /1952 (Four Points Each)
2 3 8 11 13 14 18 19 20 23 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 33 34 37 38 39 43 45 46 47 48 50 52 53 54 55 56 57 60 61 63 64 66 67 68 69 70 71 7273 74 75 76 77 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 90 92 93 94 95
Debut Flashbacks Chrome
DC12

2007 Topps Mickey Mantle Story (Three Points Each)
38 45

2007 Allen & Ginter (Five Points Each)
Relic Cards: Robinson Cano
National Pride Cabinet Cards
1 Japan
2 Japan
3 Venezuela
4 South Korea
5 Canada
6 Dominican Republic
8 Puerto Rico
9 USA
10 USA

1994 Fleer Football (Three Points Each)
All-Pro: 1 24
NFL Prospects: 18
Living Legends: 4
Scoring Machine: 1 3 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

2001-02 Topps Basketball (Five Points Each, Twenty Points For Tony Parker)
235 (Steven Hunter) 237 (Michael Bradley) 239 (Zach Randolph) 241 Joseph Forte) 242 (Jeryl Sasser) 243 (Brandon Armstrong) 244 (Gerlad Wallace) 247 (Tony Parker) 248 (Trenton Hassell) 253 (Ousmans Cisse) 255 (Kenny Satterfield) 256 (Alvin Jones)
Kareem/Alcindor Reprints (Six Points Each)
1 2 3 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Team Topps (Four Points Each)
2 Duncan
3 Jamison
4 Terry
5 Davis
7 Stojakovic
9 Marion
Mad Game (Five Points Each)
1 Iverson
2 O'Neal
3 Duncan
4 Carter
6 Bryant
7 McGrady
8 Francis
Lottery Legends (Four Points Each)
2 Francis
3 Miles
4 Marbury
6 Walker
7 Williams
11 Houston
12 Croshere

1982 Topps Baseball (Three Points Each)
1 5 10 17 22 23 31 34 38 43 46 52 53 55 56 60 66 72 75 76 81 83 84 85 89 90 96 105 110 111 118 119 126 127 129 138 140 141 147 148 162 164 166 171 173 179 180 185 199 200 201 202 203 205 210 212 222 226 240 247 248 250 251 252 255 276 284 291 295 297 300 301 304 306 310 312 316 320 335 336 360 367 372 375 382 390 391 393 394 396 400 415 422 423 426 431 434 438 440 454 455 466 471 475 477 486 501 503 507 511 523 525 528 532 542 572 576 579 580 582 595 600 609 615 618 620 621 623 626 632 634 636 639 645 646 651 654 660 666 674 680 681 683 685 699 709 715 730 744 748 754 759 760 761 779 780

1978 Topps Baseball (Five Points Each, Ten For George Brett)
100 205 363 503 567 599 608 618 659 667 678 704

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