Shot Taken

The Orange Goblin..

The Orange Goblin..

Finally pulled the trigger on another trade with my most frequent trading partner, Shot Not Taken!  Lot to get to, so with relatively minimal textual commentary clutter and just pure card porn, here is what came my way.  Roll that beautiful bean footage:

Assorted Bowman and a couple Ernies..

Assorted Bowman and a couple Ernies..

This Kree-Skrull War puzzle was an unexpected surprise. :)

This Kree-Skrull War puzzle was an unexpected surprise. 🙂

One Little Corner..

One Little Corner..

Space is the place…

Martial Mastery..

Martial Mastery..

And of course, minis!

And of course, minis!

Triple Threat..

Triple Threat..

Best of WWE..

Best of WWE..

It is kinda hard to tell, but that Booker T base card is actually a bronze parallel.  The normal foil logo on the base cards is red.

According to my wantlist, I actually still needed this base card!

According to my wantlist, I actually still needed this base card!

Hall of Famer & Superb Owl champion, Roger Staubach!

Hall of Famer & Superb Owl-winning QB, Roger Staubach!

Angelina Love-o-graph..

Angelina Love-o-graph..

Roger & Angelina were consolation for a card I inquired about that wasn’t available.  I’ve been wanting an Angelina Love auto for awhile now though, & Staubach will be made available for trade.  He should net me a nice return and turn this into a technical three-way deal, if one comes along.

Very seriously considering adding Kane to Single Page Sensations..

Very seriously considering adding Kane to Single Page Sensations..

Trouty Mays Lava Flow!

Trouty Mays Lava Flow!

This card is so much more gorgeous in person.  So much so that I decided to acquire a full page of Panini’s Black Friday Lava Flow parallels.  This goes on the Trout page, but I’ve already acquired Bryce Harper and Kevin Durant for the Lava Flow page.  So just a heads up that I’m looking to trade for some more if anyone in the blogosphere has any.

What appears to be black on this is actually bronze-ish foil.  Scanners are fickle mistresses..

What appears to be black on this is actually bronze-ish foil. Scanners are fickle mistresses..

I also picked up a Nomah RC shortly after this arrived.  Now if I could just trade for or find a good looking sub-$15 to buy (well, when I’m not completely broke again) for a possibly all-time record speed trifecta acquiring.

Finally got a Rizzo hit!

Finally got a Rizzo hit! 😀

Awesome way to close this post.  And that be that.  Even my attempt at sparse commentary turns out to be not all that sparse.  Thanks again for being a prime time trading partner, Ray!

Until our next…

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That Old COMC Order…

Better get these posted up, since my ginormo 123 card order got here a few days ago and will be scanned soon.  Plus there’s another good-sized order I’ll be having shipped before Christmas!  I’ll see about getting the trade bait added onto it’s proper page after I finish (this could mean tomorrow or 2018, I don’t know).

In other news, I have at least three packages going out over the weekend as well, possibly more.  Now then, onto the pretty pretty card pictures.  Huzzah!

Iconic minis, Agent Zero, Japanese stickers, a set completing starlet, and some numbered Cats..

None of these are for trade.  The Kenn/Cat is a red parallel #’ed /50, the Fusion is to /150.  The 1980-81 style Arenas is part of a booklety-type thing, except his was missing.  I have a Chris Paul that’s all together though, so I’ll go into more detail whenever I get CP3 scanned and posted.  The COMC pics don’t adequately describe it.  Kosuke and Tuffy aren’t too exciting to look at, but I didn’t even know there were stickers like that made in Japan.  Finally, Selma Blair completes my PopCardz relic set, but that too is another post for another time.

A tire swatch, a shiny Vlad, a super thick and transparent (and I guess die-cut) 'Twoine, The Sarge, Vitters, a great player with a lame patch, Gale Sayers, and a '60 high number..

Only The Sarge is for trade.  Ed is my second ’60 high number, which is pretty good considering I’m just barely into double digits overall.  I say maybe die-cut on Antoine Walker because the five tiny squares at the bottom and the three near the top are holes that go clear through the card, which is patch card thick.  Love that tire swatch; trying to at least one of every single type of relic card in existence.  The Vlad is from the golden age of shiny cards.  In fact it doesn’t so much shine as glow.  It’s a lost art.  Topps just doesn’t have it, and every attempt I’ve seen Panini make at shiny is downright atrocious.  Papi’s patch really is lame.  It’s hard to say for sure that it’s even a patch.  Vitters only set me back about $.75, if I recall correctly.  And Gale Sayers… well, it’s GALE SAYERS, what more need be said?

Horford & some guy, a couple swatches of maybe the most underrated player ever, old school Wiz Rip, Brook & some guys, a giant floor swatch, Gallinari, and J-Rich

All of these are for trade.  I think the theme here is underrated.  If you keep offering up any of these guys for as little as this, I suppose I will feel compelled to take them every time.  There’s just a certain price point for some guys.  The Hawks are probably all going to Dayf unless someone else wants to make an offer on them.  I’ve got a mess of stuff for him already, so if he doesn’t come over and outright demand them, it’s probably not a big deal.  Anyway, have at thee.

An unfortunate necessity, Maury, BJ, Pettitte is already claimed, I think V-Mart is too, Carlos Lee in his days on the South Side, Buchholz (was he claimed too?), Atkins on the Rocks..

Have at these too.  They are all for trade, or were.  Pettitte was claimed by zee Dimwit, I think Baseball Dad got V-Mart, and I want to say Buchholz was claimed too, but I don’t know for sure.  If you claimed it, speak up, otherwise I’m listening to offers again.  Cardinals, bleh.  But we Cubs fans need to have some around for our Missouriable rivals.  It’s a symbiotic thing.  Better to send ’em to someone who will inexplicably cherish them than make kindling out of them I guess.

The Marlins last hope get a fanbase, Iceman, Addai, a fellow headcase, Amar'e, Mr. Kardashian, and some card backs..

Reyes is bound for Wicked Ortega country, Amar’e was claimed by Plaschke ages ago, but the other four are available.  I despise all that the Kardashians stand for, but that Odom is just a good looking card.  It’s also hilarious.  Listed as a Laker, pictured with the Heat, and the back says the jersey swatch is from his time with the Clippers.  I’d like to believe the floor came from his high school, lol.  Does Vince Young still have fans or collectors?  Do the Colts?  Also, there’s the back of the Antoine Walker card.  Yup.

That’s it.  No more pretty pictures and even more incoherent than usual babble for tonight.  Feel free to stake your claim on any of the available cards you like.  And as always, thanks for stopping by. 🙂

*BAMF*

Small Trade Blowout Extravaganza

Since I’m still working on scans from my Secret Santa gift and the 45+ Warren Moons (amongst other things) from The Great Sports Name Hall of Fame and the cards from Marie and some random hits and you get the idea, and my A Piece of History box isn’t due till Monday, I don’t have much to post about at the moment.  Thank goodness for belated trade posts though.  Here are the cool cards I got in the various clunker-type trades I cashed in on awhile back, as well as a small trade with Baseball Dad.

First up, some cards from Roll Out the Barrel.

The four 2008 Sports Royalty cards were what this one was about.  For some reason I decided I wanted to collect all the non-baseball players in the set.  I’m not even sure how many there are, but I want ’em.  I need to update my wantlist to note that I have these three someday.  May as well list the mini too, since I listed the WBC refractors I have over there.  What were we talking about?

Oh yeah, he sent some Cubbies along for the ride too.  That was nice.  I need ROtB’s address to send him some stuff in return though (bubble mailer’s long gone).

Here are the main cards from Baseball Dad.

Sent a LaPorta jersey and a Crowe auto and a couple other random cards for these and a couple others.  The D-Lee refractor was a nice surprise, especially after the 2009 he had and the realization that I have so many cards of him that I decided I should just make him his own separate player collection.  It’ll be official once I have some room in the big binder or get a new one that I can put his cards in.

These are from Stats on the Back and Nachos Grande.

Sorry about the awkwardness of this pic.  I don’t know what the heck I was doing here.  Gilgamesh and Ichiro (and a not pictured for some reason Chrome Trading Card History of Alfonso Soriano) came from Nachos, and the rest came from Stats.  Well, except for the Red Moore.  I pulled him myself.

I really like the Hit Parade of Champions and am trying to collect that set as well if anybody has any to trade.  All I have are the Kobe above and LeBron.

Lots of nice cards, and even though the whole Clunker thing isn’t relevant anymore, the idea is excellent.  I may try to do this with some of my excess minor inserts and such someday.  Anyone got a catchy new topical name for it?

Finally, I leave you with this.

Flairamis!

Somewhere along the way, I think Aramis Ramirez became my favorite Cub.  I think this card also came from Roll Out the Barrel, but I’m not 100% sure.

Make like a pig and FLY!

No Number?

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Victor Dayf-go

I was going through the cards I got at Shopko, of which I’ll make a post of the Hobby Box soon (in theory anyway), but this is about something I noticed today (three days later).  There was something interesting in one of my Allen & Ginter packs that I didn’t notice when I first opened it.  I got a Victor Hugo (who shall henceforth be known as Victor Dayf-go for the remainder of this post) mini in said pack.  Well, the first thing I failed to realize that it was an SP mini.  Ironically, thanks to an old post of Dayf’s, I found out that SP minis fall 1:13 packs.  Dunno if the odds change in retail or not in them since I haven’t my blaster boxes or any packs still around.  But it gets better, oh yes.

So I turn the card over to see that there is no number.  Confused, I set out on the internet with the mission of finding out just what I have here.  Eventually I stumbled upon the previously mentioned Dayf post to find out that they fall 1:151 packs in Hobby Boxes.  Again, not sure if it changes in retail or not, or what, if anything being an SP does to those odds, but that is pretty fantastic regardless.

I wonder… if the odds hold true does that mean that the print run of the not numbered ones is roughly 50, #’d to 25 Bazooka Backs are roughly twice as hard to get at 1:301?  My inner stat geek is so curious I’d like to find out from Topps themselves.  And if it isn’t right I’d like to try and figure how it could be off.  Oohoohoohoo, so exciting.  I think I peed myself a little.

Not really, but statistical nincompoopery does make me a little tingly inside.  Weather phenoma has been known to get me that way too.  And history.  Heh.

Oh, anyway, here’s what the back looks like:

As you can see, no number...

I knew there was a reason the A&G packs felt good...

As you can see, there is no number under his profession.  Pretty cool huh?  It does beg the question though… What do I do with all the cards of non-sport people I’ve accumulated from packs of baseball cards?  Should I do a Great Cardening post for them as well?

Thanks for reading.  I swear, one of these days I will get a proper post up thanking Shane and Marie great cards I’ve received.

Oh btw, I finally got your cards sent out Shane.  I hope they are up to snuff.  I am kinda worried honestly.  I don’t know how I could ever hope to match such an epic bunch of cards as what you sent.

One day I might actually get around to finishing The Great Cardening of 2009 Yankees post, too.  Someday…

‘Til the Crossroads…

Allen & Ginter, We got BOTH of ‘Em!

I picked up my blaster of A&G last night, and… I think I picked the right one.  Let’s see if you agree.

Pack 1

61 Adam Dunn

18 James Loney

271 Paul Lo Duca

254 Hunter Pence

131 Todd Helton Mini

Crack teh Code Promo

106 Brian Schneider

Pack 2

192 Yunel Escobar

196 Edgar Renteria

112 Akinori Iwamura

336 Allen Fisher SP- Arm wrestling champion.

WL16 Konstandinos Karamanlis. Greece The World Leaders- Prime Minister is his official title.

AGR-TPH Travis Hafner JERSEY- w00t!  Finally got a hit of a guy who I can say is difinitevely NOT the worst player in the pack. *dances awkwardly and moral victoriously*

Checklist Three of Four

167 Marie Curie

Pack 3

266 Matt Kemp

53 Chien-Ming Wang

WGV16 The Battle of Thermopylae The World’s Greatest Victories- Speaking of moral victories, I think it’s fair to say this battle was one.  They held out long enough for the forces back home to be prepared and ultimately win the war, but they all ended up getting killed.  Moral victory, no?

234 Jared Weaver Mini

166 Bram Stoker

42 Luke Scott

Pack 4

46 Chris Young (Padres)- Team Denotation will become important later…

74 Khalil Greene

5 CC Sabathia

335 Phil Hughes SP

120 Derek Jeter Mini

US39 Paul Konerko (Rhode Island) The United States of America

223 Nyjer Morgan Pirates RC

Pack 5

155 Troy Tulowitzki

90 Jose Reyes

126 Chris Young (Diamondbacks)- Wait for it… WAIT FOR IT… keep waiting… there it is… yes…

46 Chris Young (Padres) Mini- WHAMMY~!!!!!!!!!!! Back-to-back different people with the same names!!

72 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers RC

154 Jesse Carlson Blue Jays RC

Nice to get two rookies I have yet to pull from A&G or elswhere.  I am so sick of Ian Kennedy and Max Scherzer.

Pack 6

222 Jeremy Bonderman

47 Chad Billingsley

195 Russell Martin

343 Bengie Molina SP

9 Ian Kinsler Bazooka Back Mini

US18 Jonathan Papelbon (Louisiana) The United States of America- It might already be too late to stick this in with all the other cards I’m sending to Shane.

Checklist Four of Four

273 Jay Bruce Reds RC

Pack 7

101 Adrian Beltre

241 Ryan Garko

36 Michael Young

54 Takashi Saito Mini

Crack teh Code Promo

217 Friedrich Nietzsche

286 Pat Burrell

Pack 8

164 Jorge Posada

225 Roy Oswalt

111 Dan Uggla

305 Randy Johnson SP

177 Evan Longoria Mini Rays RC

US19 Tim Stauffer (Maine) The United States of America

252 Callix Crabbe Padres RC

I think I did pretty well for myself with this one.  A not guaranteed jersey, a couple of nice inserts, good rookies and a couple of nice minis.  Can’t ask for any better than that from a blaster.

Hit me up in the comments section if you see something you like.

Until our next…

Straight Out My Mailbox

This here’s Bailey from the Nennth Inning‘s end of a trade wit’ me for six cards from the 2008 Allen Ginter base set and three Tim Lincecums.  There will be more though, I found all my Giants cards, and only my lone Fred Lewis I particularly care to keep.  I’ll send your cards out soon I swear!

Anyway, here is what I received:

2007 BowChro- Ichiro refractor, David Ortiz, Alfonso Soriano, Mitch Atkins Prospect, “Good Ol'” J.R. Mathes Prospect, and two Ryan Norwood Prospects

2008 A&G David Ortiz & Ginter Back Mini Hanley Ramirez

Do you still want the World Leader since you are selling off your minis on eBay?  I only ask because… I’m not entirely sure where it is.

In other news, my Gail Kim event used mat card came today.  Scans are as always, pending. :/