Trade Packages- Outbound

My cards are becoming somewhat more organized, and my end of trades are starting to get done!  So here’s an update:

• Four trade packages have been packaged up and are ready to go.  They are for Marie, Heartbreaking Cards, Community Gum, JD’s Wild Cardz, The Great Sports Name Hall of Fame, no one’s going to read this blog, and I believe Carl Crawford Cards.

• Packages for Too Many Grandersons, Hey That’s Mine, Shoebox Legends, Indians Cards, Play at the Plate, Dayf and Mojo are organized and almost ready to be mailer’d up.

Sooz, Baseball Card Stuff, and the First Day Issue I just need to sort… Yes, I’m still at the sorting stage on these, my three oldest trades still left hanging.  Sooz and BCS’s were ready long ago, but their Jeters got mixed up again somehow… 😦

Wicked Ortega, Offy, All Your Base Cards, The Real DFG, anyone who wants Cardinals cards, Dinged Corners, and Drew also have very disorganized piles of cards picked out for them.

• I have also found some stuff for My Cardboard Mistress and Drinking the Orange Kool-Aid and could almost put them up with the almost ready to be mailer’d up bunch.

Thoughts and Sox, I believe your cards were sent at the beginning of this week.

• Who else, if anyone, do I owe stuff after all this?

• Man, October’s gonna be a busy month for the post office.

• Finally, does anyone want a really big stack of 2008 and 2010 MLS soccer cards?  Or a much smaller stack of hockey cards?  Or a pile of random wrestling and/or non-sports “entertainment” cards?

• That is all.  Seeyas. 😉

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Trading Day Pt. 2: The Search for Curly’s Gold

Here is the other package I received (last) Monday.  These are from Too Many Grandersons hisself.  Behold!

Suh-weet Walter Payton reprints, Gold Hester, base blue Manning parallel /500, Urlacher (foil and thus poorly scanned) insert from rookie year, and more Urlachers (have at that code)! How much better does that blue parallel look than the boring black borders that they've trotted out most of the last 10 or so years?? A set that looks that good I might actually consider collecting, as I once did the the '02 Gridiron Kings (even picked up about half the Legend SPs in a lot once upon a midnight's dreary).

More Bears! Greg Olsen, Bernard Barrien black parallel from one of the single greatest set designs in the history of cards, Cutler, some rookies, and my personal favorite, my first and Julius Peppers as a Bear.

Last of the Bears... The more I think about, the more I think Rex' dad was right about the Bears mismanagement of QBs, especially in the Super Bowl. Fortunately, in getting Martz, they seemed to have wised up to some degree. Not sure I like the total abandonment of the running game though. Somehow Bronko was the only card I already had amongst the Bears.

Moving on to baseball now…

Vladdy! I may have the Own the Game & one of ToppsTownies, but the rest are new to me, three I've never even seen before. The Diamond King is the gold parallel version #'ed to /2500.

Ichiro! Don't get a lot of him in trades. The '04 Own the Game in the middle just insane. And a rookie of the BEST catcher in baseball. Well, he's in that elite group with Mauer, McCann, and Victor Martinez (and maybe Posey in a year or two) at the very top anyway.

And a few of my favorite Cubs to finish it off. I really hope Big Z sticks around if it's between keeping him or Dempster. In fact, I think I'd just rather Dempster leave regardless. Something bothers me about him.

Thanks for the great cards!  I’ll get together something worthwhile to send in return… eventually. *sigh*

.::~Outtro~::.

Belated Night Owl Trade

I sent Night Owl some Dodgers a few weeks ago (or is it months at this point), and here’s what I got in return:

Cards from Night Owl #1 Minis

Starting it off with some Cubs and A&G wantlist minis...

I am unsure of what that Leon Durham is.  It’s not really a card, it’s on paper that’s about newsprint thick.  Whatever it is though, I do like it. 🙂

Straight outta 1960, It's 2009 Topps Heritage... and a couple Target old schools

Straight outta 1960, it's 2009 Topps Hertage... and a couple Target blaster throwbacks

Makes me want to get some more actual 1960 topps Cubbies to go with my lone card from that year, great defensive innovator (and pretty decent hitter to boot) Vic Power.  And is Reed Johnson ever the right guy for an old school version or what?  The hustle & effort, man.  Granted, he’s gritty & hard-working because he’s no better than mediocrely talented, but still, hustle is a motivator for others sometimes… He will make a fine manager someday perhaps.

Cards from Night Owl #3 OPC

2009 O-Pee-Chee, approximately 1/8th of the Cubs base set... 😛

Wasn’t a fan of OPC this year.  Not to say that some of the cards aren’t nicely designed (though plenty of photography stinkers there are).  Not enough cards for the price of admission, considering the ginormity of the set.  If they were eight or more cards per pack with the same insert & hit rate for the $45 or so hobby boxes were going for when it first came out, I *might* have picked up a box.

This brings me to gripe I should mention to Upper Deck sometime if I ever get a live mic with someone with some stroke there.  Upper Deck does not seem to even be able to grasp the concept of low end (flagship VERY aside).  Even the surprisingly decent Upper Deck X suffers from the low end-itis a bit.

Let’s continue with the pretty pictures of baseball cards then, shall we?

Cards from Night Owl #4

Another OPC, some '09 Goudey, '09 UDX, Attax, and '08 Timeline

Thusfar, my favorite Upper Deck brand of the year is UDX.  Is that crazy or what?  I didn’t hate ’08 (one of the few, the proud), and the ’09 version was a vast improvement.  It’s the only baseball product truly geared towards kids too, aside from topps’ surprisingly excellent flagship.

Goudey was sometimes not pretty this year, but the Cubbies I received looked fine for the most part.  The Uncanny Valley ookiness is mercifully kept to a minimum.

I still don’t like the Timeline base design, but there is something about the blue on it that give it a certain I don’t know what.

Attax are Attax.  Rolling out a new game every year or two and never sticking with one can’t be helping the baseball CCG cause, I’m just sayin’.

Cards from Night Owl #5

Tristar & Bowman & a different Zambrano & topps Chrome

It’s a shame Tristar’s stuff gets no love, because most of their stuff looks very good, better than Boredom Bowman most years.

I think that’s the first ’94 Fleer Ultra Cubbie I’ve got.  I was going to say the mid-’90s (’94-’98ish), were a good place to start for my Cubs collection needs, but really, I don’t have that many from just about any era.  Vintage aside, mid-’90s is certainly a very low point, but I don’t even have that many junk wax era Cubbies, particularly of the non-topps persuasion.  I guess this is because while I’ve been collecting cards since 1996, it’s only been the last couple of years that baseball cards became my top priority.

Fonsie, just… try to come back healthy next year, ‘kay?

2009 Upper Deck

2009 Upper Deck Cubs

There they are.  Amazing that through all the horrible offseason moves, injuries, and just bad years in general, the Cubs finished over .500 in 2009.

Cards from Night Owl #8

Cards from the dark ages...

Well, the late-’80s/early-’90s were colorful, if nothing else.

Cards from Night Owl #6

'09 Icons & more '09 Allen & Ginter needs

Icons are kinda meh and the foil parallels are mostly fugly, but the blue does the halfhearted baseball design some good.  And there’s Fukudome, the whole reason for the trade in the first place.  Someday, I’m going to update my A&G trade page.

Someday.

Some great great cards from the man with one of the 5 coolest names in the sports card blogosphere (along with Wicked Ortega, Mojo Hand, Collective Troll, and yours truly, Lonestarr, modesty aside ;P).  Give it up for Night Owl one more time!

Oh, Mr. Owl, do you still need the Broxton All-Star card from Updates & Highlights?  If so, I will send it along with the Kershaw & any other stuff I might have.

That’s all for this post.  Just a reminder, only about a dozen guesses have been made in the contest so far, so keep ’em coming.  Remember, even if you’re guess is wrong, you’ll still be in the drawing for a chance at the four football cards.

Play again?

More Discount Cards from K-Mart #2

Here is box number two of the three 1/2-price 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes boxes from K-Mart.  I’ll just throw a keeper or say it’s going to next to the keepers or already reserved cards.

Pack 1

3 Chris Young

96 Prince Fielder

137 Pat Burrell

YSL5611 John Wetteland Yankee Stadium Legacy

41 Ernie Banks Black- Keeper.

Pack 2

186 Vladimir Guerrero/Ichiro Suzuki/Manny Ramirez- Keeper.

148 Barry Zito- This one’s going to Dinged Corners.

118 Hideki Matsui

49 Aaron Harang

67 Al Kaline Black

Pack 3

174 Lastings Milledge

73 J.R. Towles

170 Vernon Wells

YSL5636 John Wetteland Yankee Stadium Legacy- Uncool Upper Deck.  That’s three times now…

64 Miguel Cabrera Black

Pack 4

103 Rod Carew- MAYBE keeper.

19 Mike Lowell

86 Chone Figgins

26 Curt Shilling

108 Johan Santana Black

Pack 5

196 Derek Jeter/Ken Griffey Jr./Cal Ripken Jr./Ichiro Suzuki- Keeper.

44 Paul Konerko

11 Jeff Francoeur

63 Gary Sheffield

164 B.J. Upton Black

Pack 6

176 Don Mattingly/Wade Boggs- Shoebox Legends… probably.  I’ve got plenty of Red Sox ready to send to him, so if a Mattingly collector steps up, I can let this one go to you instead.

71 Andrew Miller

125 Don Mattingly

36 Alfonso Soriano- Keeper.

195 Mike Schmidt/Ernie Banks/Frank Robinson Black- Keeper.

Pack 7

17 John Maine

43 Jermaine Dye

107 David Wright

180 Cal Ripken Jr./Tony Gwynn Gold(?) Parallel #’d 004/299– Numbered Parallel w00t!!

12 Josh Hamilton Black

Pack 8

190 Don Mattingly/Dave Winfield/Reggie Jackson

172 Frank Thomas

145 Greg Maddux

34 Wade Boggs- Shoebox Legends.

39 Carlos Zambrano Black- Keeper.

Pack 9

141 Joe Blanton

10 Brian McCann

144 Jake Peavy- Missing.  I think he must’ve fallen on the floor or something.  I wonder if that’s why the trade didn’t work out… *ducks a pair of shoes thrown by D-Train, only to be hit in the face by a third*

YSL5661 Derek Jeter Yankee Stadium Legacy

87 Andruw Jones Black

There ya go.  I have pulled four numbered parallels from packs and boxes and have yet to pull the same color twice.  One red (Volquez), one blue (Berkman), one gold-ish (Ripken/Gwynn), one green (forthcoming but already taken).

I’m getting kinda tweaked about getting more than one Yankee Stadium Legacy of the same guy from the same blaster for the third time now.

Everybody without a keeper by their name is up for grabs.  Let me know, cheeky Wii monkeys.  Aloha.

Over and out!