Monday, November 30, 2009

Trade Me Anything! III: Trade #17

We may have come to the end of the road, folks. This is what I believe to be the final trade of Trade Me Anything! III, and I must say it has been nothing less than a rousing success. What perfect timing, too, with the Card-vent 2009 beginning tomorrow. Aren't you excited? I know I sure am. This last one comes from Erin in Texas.

Giving: 2009 Topps Updates & Highlights Propaganda # PP27 Tim Lincecum

Getting: 2009 Topps Heritage Chrome #C21 Mat Gamel (0002/1960)

Pluses:
*One card is really all I expect to receive, and it makes posting the trade quite a bit easier. Short and sweet is sometimes the best option.

*Great card of a promising local player. I'd be tempted to try to sell this and perhaps use the profits to buy Mat another "t" for his name, but I like it too much. This one is going straight into the Gamel page of my Brewers binder.

Minuses:
*Nothing, except that it's an eleven-month wait until Trade Me Anything returns.

Thanks to all the traders and their generosity. Stay tuned for the Card-vent Calendar!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Trade Me Anything! III: Trade #16

Another day, another trade. This one came from Jason in Kentucky. He sent a rather girthy plain white envelope (personally, my favorite way to send and receive cards, no offense to the S.O.B.'s down at the padded manilla envelope factory) that looked about to burst if I didn't open it immediately.

Giving: 2009 Topps Updates & Highlights Topps Town Blue #TTT57 Joey Votto

Getting: Three packs of 1988 Topps Baseball Yearbook Stickers

Pluses:
*Well thought-out trade. I am, after all, the king of all things sticker. (At least I held that title in the years 1986-1987.)

*The stickers were infinitely more collectable in 1988 than previous offerings. I opened up one pack to check the cards/sticks out, and here's what I got:
Fronts: 162 Willie Randolph All-Star, 274 Kent Hrbek, 68/177 Orel Hershiser/Dick Schofield, 7/276 Nolan Ryan/Bert Blyleven, 92/246 Bob Brenly/Sam Horn

Backs: 8 Mike Schmidt, 17 Jeffrey Leonard, 54 Dave Winfield, 16 Tony Gwynn, 21 Darryl Strawberry

Minuses:
*The gum was not at its freshest.

(Editor's Note: The connection between the Joey Votto card and the DVD background is a tenuous one at best. If you can figure it out, give yourself a pat on the back.)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Trade Me Anything! III: Trade #15

Not too long after I announced the commencement of Trade Me Anything! III, I got an email from Noah in New York claiming he had "a whole mess of Brewers" for me. Since that's the language I speak, we made a deal.

Giving: 2009 Topps Updates & Highlights Gold #UH202 Angel Berroa (0672/2009)

Getting: A whole mess of Brewers. Here are five out of close to 200 that I've chosen for various reasons:

2007 Allen & Ginter #290 Prince Fielder (Nice close-up, nothing flashy. I probably have ten of this card by now.)

1981 Fleer #511 Robin Yount (The Kid, before he started shaving. Got a lot of this one, too.)

1996 Pinnacle Denny's #26 Kevin Seitzer (This one was from the "Oh, I suppose we have to make one for every team, so why not this guy" phase of the Brewers 15-year post-Molitor/post-Yount rebuilding phase. Moon Over My Hammy indeed.)

2002 Topps Total #639 Curtis Leskanic (Digging deep into the roster for this one. "Scanner" was not a fan favorite by any means, but he will remain forever in our hearts.)

2003 Topps #277 Jerry Royster (The face of baseball futility in Milwaukee. Royster took over 15 games into the season and helped us achieve our first and only 100-loss season. I've never seen a team quit on a manager or coach like they did on Royster. To this day, his name has become synonymous with "two runners standing on third base.")

Pluses:
*Quantity.

*There were also a few non-Brewers in the lot, my favorites of which were the trio of 1983 Donruss Hall of Fame Heroes below, #4 Josh Gibson, #11 Satchel Paige, and #25 James Bell.

Minuses:
*No SASE. Man.

Don't worry, I'm in a good holiday mood, so your card will be in the mail as soon as I can find a stamp.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday Steals!!!

If you're anything like me, you woke up at 4:45 Central time this morning and tried (and failed) to get in on some of the sweet deals at Blowout Cards. If you're even more like me, this happened at the in-laws' house where you were at the mercy of dial-up internet service, so any attempt was null and void to begin with. And if you're really, really like me, you don't turn your nose up at a good deal.
As of right now, I've got some nice cards at very reasonable prices on the eBay auction block ending this weekend. Yes, I'm setting some cards free, most of which are still at $0.99 with the fairest shipping prices known to man. Below are scans of the goods.
If you see anything you like, CHECK IT OUT HERE.





Happy bidding.

(Editor's Note: Jim Gaffigan wants you to bid.)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Trade Me Anything! III: Trade #14

Perhaps you remember a week ago, I was traded little more than a self-addressed stamped envelope. Like Dr. Samuel Beckett (once he stepped into the Quantum Leap accelarator -- and vanished) who tried to put right what once went wrong, so has BigD made trading amends.

Giving: 2009 Topps Updates & Highlights Topps Town Blue #TTT68 Michael Young, #TTT75 Alexei Ramirez, and Topps Town Gold #FCTTT75 Alexei Ramirez

Getting: A whole bunch of random oddballs and Wisconsin-centered cards. Here are my favorites from the lot:
2008 Topps Chrome #209 Fernando Hernandez and Xfractor #203 Gregor Blanco

2009 Score #324 Clay Matthews

1989 Topps #373 Don Majkowski

1992 Skybox #365 Bucks Team Card

1993-94 Topps Stadium Club #223 Frank Brickowski

And a Spider-Man sticker

Pluses:
*Not too long ago, my wife told me about philosophical stance Oprah likes to take called "The Secret" wherein you just "put things out into the universe" and hopefully they come to pass. I swear on my mother's life that I had not yet opened this trade package until I had finished writing yesterday's post in which I pined away for a card of a slow big white guy on the Bucks, namely Frank Brickowski. That's pretty eerie if you ask me. There was also a card of Brad Lohaus, the Bucks' 7-footer who exclusively shot 3-pointers.

*Clay Matthews has had a great rookie season. I guess you just can't teach pedigree. He's everything A.J. Hawk is not.

*Two cards closer to that 2008 Topps Chrome set. Man, that thing looks great in a binder! Here's to fewer empty pockets.

Minuses:
*I'm really getting tired of those gum disease cards. I'm not showing it here, but there was one in the package. Those things get passed around more than a 10-foot doobie. Who's to blame for this? Identify yourself!

*While I really dig the sticker, DC kicks Marvel's ass.

Thanks, BigD, your cards are on their way!

And sorry to go so scholarly on you guys with the second background DVD. I'm guessing outside of myself, only members of the American Society of Cinematographers own that one. Yo Soy Cuba.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Trade Me Anything! III: Trade #13

The Collective Troll sent this latest trade. If he was serving up this trade in a diner, it might be referred to as "a heaping plate of anything, extra anything." Check it out.

Giving: 2009 Topps Updates & Highlights Gold #UH24 Gabe Gross (0821/2009) and Propaganda #PP10 Evan Longoria

Getting: A pack of Upper Deck World Cup '94 cards, a pack of 1992 Score Italian Calcio cards...

...a random assortment of cards and trinkets, including a 1981 Ben Oglivie card, a pack of Texaco Star Team NASCAR cards, a coupon for $2 off a blaster of 2009 O-Pee-Chee, a Charlotte Stone Crabs 2009 schedule, a Jeff Grayer card, a bunch of 1982 Topps cards from my want list (best represented by the Steve Carlton amputee Highlight card), a 1987 Topps Coin of Von Hayes, and a 20c South African coin...

...with the trade being rounded out by a series of Bradentucky Bombers All-Girl Roller Derby flyers




Pluses:
*Isn't that Stone Crabs logo spectacular? They took the colors of the Memphis Grizzlies and made a logo that's easily ten... no, fifteen times better. It will take all of my willpower not to order this T-shirt within the next 24 hours.

*The Upper Deck football cards are genuinely intriguing. I actually put together the whole set of the American version of the cards (including the Mia Hamm rookie), but these look like the German variation. Hau ab!
The Score aren't so bad, either. Looks like Ruud Gullit on the front. I'm hoping for either him or a Roberto Donadoni.

*I was actually withholding one of the rollergirl cards. Check out this one that pays homage to Russ Meyer's Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

(I do own that DVD as well. "But, how can that be?" you shriek exasperatedly. Do not forget about French Region 2 imports and region-free DVD players, kids.)

Minuses:
*Jeff Grayer? At least go with one of the slow white guys. If not a Fred Roberts, then at least a Frank Brickowski.

*Six letters: N-A-S-C-A-R. This pack will never be opened.

*I haven't seen an O-Pee-Chee blaster at my Target in months. New Year's Eve, perhaps?

Oh, and there's no background DVD today. I searched and searched, but nothing seemed right. (Don't own Ray or Evan Almighty.) Sure, I could have made a stretch, but it would have sucked. Why cheapen a universally-held tradition?

Trade Me Anything! III: Trade #12

This one comes from everybody's favorite Oregon-based Cardinals fan, madding. I expect nothing less than an honest, straight-up trade that benefits both traders equally.

Giving: 2009 Topps Turkey Red #TR123 Roy Halladay

Getting: A pristine, uncut panel of cards from a 1990 issue of Topps Magazine, featuring #TM12 Robin Yount (along with Bo Jackson, Nolan Ryan, Will Clark, and on the back Joe Morgan, Jim Palmer, Ben McDonald, and John Olerud)...

...and a Bausch & Lomb Pre-Moistened Lens Cleaning Tissue

Pluses:
*A Robin Yount card I don't have?!?! My goodness! Believe me, I checked through my Yount binders looking for this thing. It seems a normal enough oddball card (if there is such a thing), but for some reason I've never managed to acquire it. In any form, torn or not. Until now. Nicely done, madding. I stand and applaud thee.

*I do wear glasses when distance viewing becomes necessary.

Minuses:
*I cannot think of a single negative thing to say about this trade. Trading blind is sometimes the best way.

(Editor's Note: The research department here at Thorzul Will Rule knew very little about Roy Halladay, but managed to find the perfect movie with which to provide a backdrop for his card. Kudos to our crack fact-finding team! Can you figure it out?)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Trade Me Anything! III: Trade #11

A package bearing a return address sticker featuring a polar bear and her cub showed up on my doorstep. These were signals that the trade from the madguru had arrived at last. The contents included a little bit of everything. Let's peer inside.

Giving: 2009 Topps Updates & Highlights Propaganda #PP1 Adam Dunn

Getting: A bunch of 1981 Topps...

...an autographed 1991 Fleer #577 Greg Brock...

...an empty box of ShurFine stuffing mix...

...a postcard of County Stadium depicting the 1957 World Series...

...and the book Waiting Game, by Debra Heimerdinger and John Krich

Pluses:
*One more card for the autograph section of my Brewers binder.

*That County Stadium card is damn cool. At first glance, I thought it was a photograph, but it's actually a painting called "County Stadium Classic" by Andy Jurinko. Game 5 of the Series was chosen as the subject matter, the last time the World Series visited my town. Will it return to "Bushville" again? Only time will tell.

*Waiting Game is an oddity, yet strangely fascinating. The cover picture pretty much sums up the inner contents. This bit of photojournalism, published in 1982, concerns everything about baseball but the game itself. By focusing on the minutiae of the game, the photographer creates a sense of clinical detachment. With shots of empty stadiums, piles of equipment, and lollygagging players, we get a look at baseball as if it were invented by Alain Resnais, not Abner Doubleday. Baseball as metaphysical crisis. Chilling.

Minuses:
*That stuffing looks delicious, but there's none left for me. Alas, four more days of waiting.

*I already had all of the 1981 Topps cards. That set is complete, as of about two years ago. Just a reminder to people that everything listed by year in the sidebar is for trade or for sale. I spent the better part of the year cataloguing my unwanted cards, so hit me up if there's something you need. Cards I am looking for to complete sets are listed under "Wants and Needs." Madguru realized his mistake soon after sending the cards. Eh, shtuff happens.

Solve the background riddle, anyone?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Trade Me Anything! III: Trade #10

Well, somehow I escaped a visit from Anton Chigurh with my life, so now it's time to see what else somebody traded me. This next one comes from Fabian in California.

Giving: 2009 Topps updates & Highlights #UH89 Phil Hughes, Topps Town Blue #TTT64 Jorge Posada and #TTT51 Mariano Rivera

Getting. A messload of Brewers. I'll take the time to show you my three favorites: 2001 Upper Deck Decade #51 Don Money, 1998 Upper Deck Collector's Choice #404 John Jaha, and 2001 Fleer Ultra #45 Jeromy Burnitz

Pluses:
*Any Don Money card is automatically awesome. He could probably have played third base for any team at any point in history, yet he spent a really long time in Milwaukee. (Okay, maybe not the 1980s Orioles.) Plus, he looked a lot like my dad.

See? Shave the mustache, and my dad would have been playing in the infield right next to Robin Yount. (And yes, that is me. That picture was taken at the Milwaukee County Zoo at some point in the very early '80s.)

*John Jaha is swinging a sledgehammer. A fucking sledgehammer.

Minuses:
*No Fielders, no Brauns, and a Yount I already have several copies of. Those Brewers between like 1994 and 2006 are just a black hole of failure. I just can't bring myself to show them to you. We sucked then, and I never want to go back. Thank God we can always count on those Pittsburgh Pirates to rescue us from last place.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Celebrity Pack Rip: Anton Chigurh - 2008 Topps Series 2

As promised earlier this week, I decided to invite a celebrity pack breaker. The guest this time is Anton Chigurh. He came over, we had a look at my collection, and then we got into some wax. I made him keep his captive bolt pistol in his car, and he begrudgingly complied.

I had originally intended to get him on video opening the pack of 1989 Donruss I got from dayf, but that didn't work out quite according to plan. As a substitute, we were able to scrounge up a pack of 2008 Topps. Enjoy.


If you want, check out some of the earlier Celebrity Pack Breaks:
Carl Brutanadilewski (from Aqua Teen Hunger Force)
Mike Schank

D-O-O-N... "Done"

Another set I've been building has been completed, 2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces. I was fortunate enough to find an eBay seller getting ride of these for pennies on the dollar, and he had the remaining four I needed.
#93 Frank Robinson, #107 Lou Brock, #120 Joe Carter, and #102 Nolan Ryan

I feel pretty bad just storing the 2007 and 2008 sets in a regular old box, so I might need to stock up on 9-card pages with which to properly display these, well, Masterpieces.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made the completion of this set possible. So, not necessarily in order of importance, I'd like to thank:
*eBay case busters who sell near-complete sets for starting bids of $0.99
*Cito Gaston
*The original Broadway cast of Rent, who got me through the tough times when I thought I'd never finish
*Willem Dafoe, for unnamed considerations
*The caffeinated beverage bottling industry of southeastern Wisconsin
*Alan Smithee
*The men and women of our armed forces

In closing, I'd like to say: Rethink your decision, Upper Deck. MLB license or not, 2010 Masterpieces could be the salvo you're looking for. If we as Americans can not have a Masterpieces set to collect, then the terrorists have already won.