Thursday, August 17, 2017

Check Out My Cards: Want List Destruction (Part 4)

Welcome back to another post showing off cards from my recent Check Out My Cards purchase.  A big goal of my purchase was to finish off as many sets as I could afford.  I also hoped to inch closer on some of the many, many sets that I wouldn't be able to finish.

One set that I've been working more diligently on as opposed to most is the 2007 Allen & Ginter pair of mini inserts.  The Roman Emperor set has only ten cards in it - but they are fairly tough to track down.

I was able to grab one of the remaining five that I needed for my set which leaves me missing only four more.  That's not too bad considering the set is a decade old and I really only started working on it this year.

One of the other mini sets from 2007 that I'm working on still is the Flags of All Nations set.

I was able to knock five more cards off my want list there (and this is a much larger set, 50 cards in total).  For this set, I'm now only missing 19 cards, which are as follows:
8 Canada
12 Costa Rica
14 Dominican Republic
22 Iceland
23 India
24 Indonesia
25 Ireland
26 Israel
29 Jamaica
30 Japan
32 Mexico
34 Netherlands
36 Norway
38 Peru
39 Philippines
41 Puerto Rico
45 Taiwan
49 United Kingdom
50 United States of America
Of the five countries that I was able to acquire this time around, my favorite has to be Italy.  It's also the only country of the five that I've actually been to.  I've actually been to Italy twice, but never in Pisa (and so I've never seen the Leaning Tower in person).  I also have to say it's a bit odd that Belgium's card simply features a map whereas every other card that I've seen from the set features some sort of imagery that is related to the country.  I guess Topps was like "what does Belgium have, anyone know?  No.  Okie then, let's put a map there."

The final Allen & Ginter card from my purchase is a box loader from the 2013 A&G Wonders of the World set.

I'm only missing four more cards from that set - though I have to admit that since most of the cards have super grainy images I'm less enthusiastic about tracking them down as I am the minis from 2007.

I have only three cards remaining to show off from my COMC purchase - and they are an interesting three.  Of the remaining cards, I would say that I have yet to show my favorite card out of the entire purchase...and what is probably my least favorite card as well.  Stay tuned, you'll see both soon enough!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Check Out My Cards: Want List Destruction (Part 3)

Welcome to my third post detailing my recent Check Out My Cards purchase.  Yesterday, I showed off the largest pile of cards from any single set.  Today, we take a look at some smaller, but perhaps more impressive, piles of cards.

One of my favorite sets from the middle of the 00s is the 2006 Fleer Greats of the Game set.  For one, the set has a Barry Larkin in it (and a Larkin relic).  But beyond the Larkin, there are a ton of great cards - and lots of fun inserts.  I've been working on the set ever since I first found out about the set (probably around 2008 or so if memory serves).  Over that time, I've made some good progress - but only with my most recent COMC purchase can I start to legitimately see the "light at the end of the tunnel."

First, I was able to land the final Tigers' Greats card that I was missing.

That's Kirk Gibson, and while I think of him as a dodger, Gibson played 12 of his 17 seasons in Detroit.  I'm now only missing one more of the inserts from the various team greats (it's a Yankee though, of course).

I also was able to locate two more of the Decade greats cards which finished off that insert set as well.

My biggest task remaining for the Fleer Greats of the Game set is all of the various Nickname Greats cards.  I'm still missing quite a few of those.

Shifting gears somewhat (but sticking with great players), I found the final four cards that I needed for the 2011 Gypsy Queen Great Ones insert set.

I have to say, knocking off entire lines from my want list is one of the greatest feelings of card collecting!

I still have a few more goodies to show off (including some awesome minis) which I plan to get to in the upcoming days.  Stay tuned for more COMC goodies soon!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Check Out My Cards: Want List Destruction (Part 2)

Yesterday, I posted the first part of my recent Check Out My Cards purchase where I put a serious dent in my want list.  I'm nowhere near done with the package yet though, so let's see what else I was able to acquire.

For some reason, I decided to hit the 1999 Fleer Ultra set hard.  Prior to my purchase, I needed 16 cards to finish off my set.

And now?

Count 'em.  That's all 16 that I needed.  And seriously, how about those Prospects cards?!  Don't they simply SCREAM nineties to you?  They even have the old Netscape Navigator file look down...speaking of Netscape, whatever happened to that?

Also, how in the name of all that is holy have I gotten hundreds of trade packages with random Reds thrown in and yet never received the card of Mike Frank?!  That's mind boggling, and I know it wasn't because Frank is some sort of super valuable card (it was 84 cents on COMC).

Looking back on the 1999 Fleer Ultra set, I will say that the regular base cards are quite awesome (lots of great photographs).  The Propects cards are kind of lame, and certainly cheesy, but I'm still glad to finally have the entire set put together (and knocked off my want list).  That leaves me chasing only three more sets from 1999...

1999 Fleer Sports Illustrated:Base:  3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 25, 26, 28, 29, 31, 32, 35, 42, 43, 46, 47, 50, 58, 59, 85, 88, 97, 98, 100, 110, 111, 125, 131, 134, 139, 146, 148, 151, 154, 157, 161, 163, 170, 175, 179
Headliners:  1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
1999 Pacific Aurora:Base:  3, 8, 9, 10, 13, 30, 37, 47, 49, 52, 53, 56, 58, 70, 77, 80, 82, 83, 84, 93, 94, 123, 124, 125, 127, 129, 130, 131, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 148, 149, 150, 152, 156, 160, 164, 169, 179, 180, 181, 183, 189, 192
1999 Pacific Private Stock:Base:  2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 34, 39, 40, 47, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 60, 61, 62, 64, 65, 72, 74, 76, 78, 81, 82, 83, 85, 88, 90, 91, 94, 96, 98, 101, 104, 105, 107, 110, 111, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 119, 120, 122, 124, 125, 126, 127, 131, 133, 134, 135, 139, 143, 145, 146

Still a lot of work to do, but progress is progress!

The pile of Fleer Ultra cards was clearly the largest pile from any one set...but in my next post I promise to show off some more interesting cards that I bought for some other sets that I'm working on (including some nice minis and an oversized box loader)!  Stay tuned, more goodies yet to come.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Check Out My Cards: Want List Destruction (Part 1)

Last week, I made another order from Check Out My Cards.  My goal for the order was to spend a bit  (not a lot) of money and knock off as many cards as I could from my want list.  I did quite well on that front, after shipping I spent under $2 per card (for a total of 37 different cards).

I'll start with the single most expensive card that I bought:

That's a Justin Verlander short print from the 2011 Topps Heritage set.  It cost me almost five bucks (which was way more than I was looking to spend per card).  However, I pulled the proverbial trigger because it was the final card that I needed for my '11 Heritage set.  You better believe that was (almost) five dollars well spent...I finally completed one of the many Heritage sets on my want list!

I also tracked down the final card that I needed for my 2015 Allen & Ginter Keys to the City set.

For whatever reason, the Space Needle card eluded for me two years...and frankly I was sick of seeing that single card take up so much space on my want list.  By acquiring the Space Needle card I have now completed all of the full-sized inserts from the '15 A&G set.

Going back to 2012, I was able to knock off an entire line from my want list there as well with the acquisition of a single card.

That's a Roberto Clemente reprint card - and it was the last of the reprints that I needed for that set.

The final card for today's COMC post is one of the Celestial Stars inserts from 2010 Allen & Ginter.

Unfortunately for me, the Howard didn't complete that set.  In fact, I am still missing six cards from that set after buying the Howard.  Still, each card acquired means I'm one card closer to getting to delete the set off my want list (which is a great feeling).

I have 33 more cards from the COMC order to show off, though they aren't all going to finish off sets for me (or be quite as exciting as some of the highlights from this post).  Still, it was nice to take a sizable chunk out of my want list, especially since trading options have seemingly dried up this year on the blog!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Trade Stack 82: More Collector's Choice (this time from '95) Joins the 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: 8/13/17

I thought someone might jump in after only one card on the Trade Stack since it was a kind of cool, slightly odd-ball insert card.  No one did though, so let's add to the pile.  Today's addition is a card that features an awful lot of red on've been warned!

If I had to guess, I would say that the addition of today's card won't necessarily make anyone jump up and down with excitement.  However, perhaps someone out there is working on the 1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice set and happened to need this card.  You never know - and that's half the fun (for me) of the Trade Stacks!

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

1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
433.  Jack Morris - Reds

1999 UD Choice:
Mini Bobbing Head:
23.  Greg Vaughn - Padres

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:  ?? by ??