Digging Out From the Trade Backlog (Trade with Nolan’s Dugout) – Part 5 of 5

If you missed part one of the loot I received from Kyle at Nolan’s Dugout, then click on this link.  If you missed part two…here.  And three. And four.

As a quick recap, I sent him some Topps online exclusive code giveaway die cuts, and he sent me stuff I could actually use. A lot of stuff.  So much stuff that it took five posts to get through it all.  And, I have completed another trade, as I mentioned before, so that won’t be the last we hear from him either!  There may be another trade beyond that, too! I just need to get off my butt and see what the National gets me first.

We’re going to finish things out with more Kerry Wood cards and we’re extending a little past my new normal of 9 cards or less to squeeze things in.

Weird digital outline. Not so hot

I’ve only ever received other people’s Hot Prospects scraps.  Was this meant to be a Bowman competitor with a bunch of minor leaguers?

Can’t even paint a smile

Another question for the group. Are there variations on these?  I have two different Maddux cards and they have different paint stroke patterns on the same image. Nothing else is different aside from the raised texture.

The only one I needed

I’m not familiar with this year of SPx.  There are a lot of competing hash lines and vector spots in there.

Need the refractors

This would be an interesting product to see resurrected. Unnecessary. But interesting.

I don’t know why that mascot never took off

I will NOT scratch off.  You scratch off.  I might scratch off if I ever come across another one.

Card does not stand on its own

Here’s another set that’s done (for Kerry, at least).  I like these simple ones that only have a card or two.

Game cards without the game

Victory is not one of those sets.  I still need the Orange, Blue and Purple versions of this and they are increasingly rare. I opened a box of this back in the day and that gave me 5 orange parallels and 1 blue #/650 and none of the purples #/50.

I don’t think he has an auto in this set

As is the case with a lot of the Fleer sets from the 2000s, I barely recognize the set and I need a few numbered cards to finish it off.

He does have 3 autographs in this one

I remember as a kid I would dream of pulling an Autographics card from a pack.  Of any player.  Now autographs are so prevalent that people only get excited if it’s someone they can collect or flip for a lot of money.

I’ve never liked this photo effect.

Not exactly the same quality as the Playoff Portrait cards.  I don’t know what’s going on in the background either.  Pretty poor choices made all around, really.

But does the gray line go downtown or the black?

If I were to block out the upper right corner, how many of you could tell me what year of Elite this was from?  Worse than Bowman in that regard.  The only way I can tell Elite years apart is through inserts.  Speaking of, I still need 21 total more from Kerry for 2005.

That’s a lot of brown plants

This card helps me to understand why some high end sets are abandoning the base card.  It’s weird having a “Prime Patches” card with no embedded cloth. Stick with the meat and ditch the veggies sometimes.

No real autographs here either

With all of these crazy, specialized sets from back in the day, I couldn’t imagine trying to collect in the mid-2000s. It seems like it was the wild west full of a bunch of throwaways.

Hot and cold zones

And we end everything off with another potential Bowman competitor (?). The fact that I don’t know means that we know who won that battle.

I’m biased, but I think I won this trade, too.  A huge thanks to Kyle for all the great cards, past, present and future.  We’ll be seeing your name show up on the blog again soon.

2017 Cubs – The Fifth 10 Games

I might as well keep the series going, right?  I mean, it’s an excuse to show M&M cards after all.  I sporadically watch the games but as I mentioned, the Russell thing bothers me so I’m less invested again.  Anyway, they’ve played 40 more games after this batch.  We’ll worry about that later (at least they’re playing .500 ball, so few scans are needed).  For now, we have 4 more to add to the bank.

Back at it again

Strikeout #55
June 1, 1992 – San Diego Padres at Chicago Cubs

The first strikeout of the month came in the second inning with the Cubs trailing 1-0.  The last batter of the frame was Dan Walters and he went down looking on three straight to retire the side without further damage done.

At one point I calculated the percentage of these I had

Strikeout #56
June 1, 1992 – San Diego Padres at Chicago Cubs

The very next batter was opposing pitcher Andy Benes and he was able to run up a full count before swinging and missing to start the third.  The Padres would not score again after the first.

I don’t remember what it was and I’m too lazy to do it now

Strikeout #63
June 10, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals

This card is for the first of this game as well.  In the first inning, Ozzie Smith came up and did nothing in the battle of future Hall of Famers. The Cubs took the lead against their rivals in the next half-inning and never looked back.

But overall I’m doing well, but still a long way to go

Strikeout #68
June 15, 1992 – St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs

In the top of the 4th, Maddux notched his third strikeout of the game.  A couple innings earlier, Greg singled in the Cubs first run.  Now he’s keeping the Cardinals scoreless by making Felix Jose’s bat miss the ball.

2015 NSCC #9 – Preparing for 2017

I’m very much itching to get back to the National and I finally bought my tickets.  It’s been hit or miss as to whether or not I would be able to get there, but as of now, I’m going to make it.

Work was (and still is) the biggest obstacle.  I requested the days off, but there’s this massive project that should have been done already and isn’t.  It’s planning to go live to our 5,000 users that week.  If that were to happen, I’d have to stay and deal with questions and issues from multiple sides of the process.  The group that I work with is delaying the launch until the day after the show, so there’s less concern now.

That would have been disappointing if I had to miss the show I’ve been looking forward to for two years due to another department’s problems.

Precursor to Prizm

Work has already prevented me from blogging regularly for a few years now.  I’m trying to get back into it semi-regularly, but this project has thrown these backwards.

There aren’t enough one per team inserts these days

If life included a “normal” schedule, maybe I would have gotten through all of the cards I bought two years back.

Rip off of 1994 Pacific

Then again, it’s tough to find a good topic to put these things in post-worthy groupings.  And I bought a lot of cards.

Never an MVP winner, but I think they Cy Youngs are good enough

I mean, a LOT of cards.  Hundreds of them.  And I really want to top myself this year.

I don’t remember without looking it up if this is starburst or something else

I want more crazy parallels.

Traded for a bucket of balls

I want more gimmicky cardboard and oddballs.

Alternate poster for Jem and the Holograms

I want more shiny stuff.  And numbered cards (not pictured). And relics (also not pictured).  And hopefully some autos (clearly not pictured).

This insert doesn’t…produce

Now I have a bunch more players that I’m chasing, so that will make things interesting.  I also am credit card debt free, so I’ll be looking for some bigger ticket items.

Just a couple more weeks and I can start a whole new backlog of fun, unrelated cardboard.

May 2017 Ebay Wins

I know that some people don’t use ebay as part of their collecting adventures, and I sometimes envy those people.  It can be a fickle and frustrating process at times, but I find it to be a pretty necessary.

Trading is fantastic (and I’m finally trying to do more of it).  Card shows are a lot of fun, but very infrequent.  Card shops are hit or miss and I personally find them to be very awkward as I search through boxes while some dude just watches.

Besides, to find lower numbered stuff, ebay is still one of the best places to find things.  So, I’ve set up several saved searches and bide my time.  Here’s most of what I was able to grab this past month.

MVP

Yep, the Cubs collections are in warm-up mode.  The original six are still my main focus, but I’ll put a minimum bid on some parallels to see what I can get.  Here’s a Vintage Stock to start us off.  Well, not really.  I have earlier ebay wins for the new Cubs, but you get it.

#/50

I think this was probably the biggest surprise.  I haven’t seen a lot of the gold parallels from the silver packs given when you bought a hobby/jumbo box.  People really don’t seem to be very interested in Arrieta cards right now, because this and the rest were 99 cent bids.

Not a pick off throw

My plan is to buy a full box of Diamond Kings at the National this year.  I seriously doubt I’d run across a red paper framed parallel I needed in that, so this was an easy win.  I love the raised paper framed cards.

Nighttime cardboard

What ebay is not good for is normal base cards.  That’s why I didn’t specifically bid on it.  It was a throw in with this next one.

Only 10 more of these to go

Can you believe that this is my first Studio portrait of Kerry Wood?  Most of the ones I come across on there are BINs with prices above my threshold. It’s pretty nice to land this #/50 for the minimum.  Take note, BIN sellers.

And that’s it.  I already have a larger haul for June and there’s still two weeks of unknowns left.  Until then.

Digging Out From the Trade Backlog (Trade with Nolan’s Dugout) – Part 4

If you missed part one of the loot I received from Kyle at Nolan’s Dugout, then click on this link.  If you missed part two…here.  And three.

As a quick recap, I sent him some Topps online exclusive code giveaway die cuts, and he sent me stuff I could actually use. A lot of stuff.  So much stuff that this still isn’t going to be the last part.  We got one more.  And, we just completed another trade recently so that won’t be the last we hear from him either!

I didn’t change this text in the previous parts, but you can assume that we’ll be looking at all Kerry Wood all the time for these last two parts.  Why delay any further? Let’s look at some cards.

40P34

I opened a box of this stuff a few years ago.  For those that don’t know, the set is over 1,000 cards and features just about every person on the 40-man roster.  I think.  It’s a lot.  You’d need plenty of packs to get anywhere close to a set, or a specific card.

Electric

And you’d need a couple cases to get one of these parallels.  They fell one per pack, so…yeah.  The odds are long and this was a big surprise.

Was anyone excited about this?

Sometimes I don’t think I missed a whole lot while I was out of collecting.

Hold on to the globe

I honestly thought this was an insert card, but it’s actually from a set.  Another one of those random things that Upper Deck put out to create another product.  I guess it is kind of an “insert” in that Kerry Wood is a short print.  Maybe because they knew he would never actually be a World Series hero.  Close, though.

Non-auto

I wonder how popular these signature series cards were back then.  Autos weren’t nearly as prevalent as they are now, and usually the checklists were better.  I’m happy to be able to receive what most that opened it would consider the table scraps.

Yup

This one looks like a promo card.  It’s it weird that all the gold text has a fake shimmer instead of being actual foil?

Cubs won 15-2, Kerry Wood with an RBI

It’s a little strange that I got the relic card for Kerry before the base card.  If Upper Deck ever gets a chance to resurrect baseball products, I hope they consider doing Authentix again.

Non-relic

Same question for this as with the Donruss Signature.  Was the allure of jersey cards that powerful?  I personally still like them, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a jersey card from this jersey edition.

Only need the Legacy #/150

We’ll end this part with what is actually one of the weaker years of Showcase.  It’s not terrible, but others are better.  Still, it’s a card I needed, so I’m happy.

And there’s still more!  I think we’ll be able to do one more part of this to finish it all off.  Are you as excited as I am?  Probably not, but it’s my blog so it’s happening.

Trade Bait – 2017 Topps Gypsy Queen

Hey there!  Take my cards!  I have cards. You need cards.

What can you send my way?  Take a look at this page right HERE.  I’m willing to trade in your favor if it means getting stuff out of my house faster.  Also, if you’re not sure if you have anything from my player specific lists, I’m also accepting any cards of just about all current 2017 Cubs players as an alternative, but odds are you’ll have plenty to work with now!

More Trade Bait to be found HERE

Post updated 6/19/2017

Inserts and parallels

Missing Nameplate
275 – Betances

Green border #/99
302 – Ryne Sandberg

Purple border #/250
285 – Kirby Yates

Missing Black plate
182 – Sam Dyson

Short Print
306 – Griffey Jr.

Fortune Teller
GS – Gary Sanchez
MT – Mike Trout

main set

Base Set (Just listing card numbers – please inquire about specific players or teams – I’m happy to check and list that out if you need it)
6, 7, 18, 20, 23, 24, 26, 29, 30, 41, 43, 46, 53, 54, 58, 64, 66, 67, 74, 77, 85, 88, 89, 90, 94, 97, 101, 109, 112, 116, 120, 122, 124, 130, 133, 136, 138, 139, 148, 152, 153, 158, 159, 161, 164, 166, 171, 176, 181, 188, 189, 193, 194, 203, 213, 215, 216, 217, 218, 220, 227, 232, 234, 238, 243, 248, 251, 252, 260, 261, 265, 266, 275, 277, 279, 291, 294, 296, 298

Make sure you check out the link above for the other trade bait and other Gypsy Queen years!

Trade Bait – 2016 Topps Gypsy Queen

Hey there!  Take my cards!  I have cards. You need cards.

What can you send my way?  Take a look at this page right HERE.  I’m willing to trade in your favor if it means getting stuff out of my house faster.  Also, if you’re not sure if you have anything from my player specific lists, I’m also accepting any cards of just about all current 2017 Cubs players as an alternative, but odds are you’ll have plenty to work with now!

More Trade Bait to be found HERE

Post updated 7/24/2017

Minis

Regular Minis
91 – Chris Archer
130 – Matt Harvey
203 – Chris Heston
255 – JJ Hardy

inserts

Glove Stories
Burns

Power Alley
Pujols
Mathews

Short Print
#328 – Rod Carew

Main set

Base Set (Just listing card numbers – please inquire about specific players or teams – I’m happy to check and list that out if you need it)
2, 13, 25, 39, 60, 65, 68, 76, 87, 100, 105, 110, 118, 121, 125, 132, 139, 151, 155, 159, 186, 202, 203, 217, 228, 234, 248, 261, 278, 281, 295, 298, 300

Make sure you check out the link above for the other trade bait and other Gypsy Queen years!

Trade Bait – 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen

Hey there!  Take my cards!  I have cards. You need cards.

What can you send my way?  Take a look at this page right HERE.  I’m willing to trade in your favor if it means getting stuff out of my house faster.  Also, if you’re not sure if you have anything from my player specific lists, I’m also accepting any cards of just about all current 2017 Cubs players as an alternative, but odds are you’ll have plenty to work with now!

More Trade Bait to be found HERE

Post updated 6/15/2017

Framed and relic

Framed White from rack packs
6 – David Wright
41 – Ivan Rodriguez (miscut top/bottom)
72 – Carlos Martinez – TRADED
98 – Jose Reyes (miscut top/bottom)

Framed Gold border #/499
58 – Gallardo

Full Size Relic
VM – Victor Martinez

minis

Regular Minis
1 – Trout
29 – Sale (x2 – only 1 pictured)
79 – Dawson – SOLD
86 – Marichal
110 – Verlander
149 – Miguel Cabrera
176 – Puig
181 – Cliff Lee
196 – d’Arnaud
197 – Matt Adams
226 – Melky Cabrera
279 – Weaver
284 – Rosenthal
296 – Belt
297 – Bailey

inserts

Queens Throwbacks
19 – Granderson

Pillars of the Community
JA – Jose Abreu

Walk-Off Winners
13 – Luis Gonzalez

Glove Stories
3 – Adam Eaton
7 – Revere
8 – Betts

Base Set (Just listing card numbers – please inquire about specific players or teams – I’m happy to check and list that out if you need it)
3, 10, 19, 24, 29, 35 (x2), 38, 46 (x2), 49, 54, 62, 64, 65, 69, 74, 75, 76, 78, 91, 92, 94, 95, 99, 100, 102, 104 (x3), 108, 109, 113 (x2), 114, 115, 116, 120, 121, 128, 130, 132, 140, 142, 146, 154, 155, 162, 163, 168, 169, 170, 176, 177, 179, 183, 184 (x2), 187, 189, 192, 193, 195, 205, 209, 210, 217, 220, 225 (x2), 227 (x2), 232, 234, 236, 245, 249, 251, 259, 262 (x2), 264, 268, 270, 272, 278, 281, 282, 290, 299, 333

Make sure you check out the link above for the other trade bait and other Gypsy Queen years!

Trade Bait – 2017 Topps Heritage

Hey there!  Take my cards!  I have cards. You need cards.

What can you send my way?  Take a look at this page right HERE.  I’m willing to trade in your favor if it means getting stuff out of my house faster.  Also, if you’re not sure if you have anything from my player specific lists, I’m also accepting any cards of just about all current 2017 Cubs players as an alternative, but odds are you’ll have plenty to work with now!

More Trade Bait to be found HERE

Post updated 7/24/2017

inserts

1968 Topps Game Rookies
3 – Orlando Arcia
10 – Aaron Judge – SOLD
15 – Ryon Healy – TRADED

1968 Topps Game
16 – Giancarlo Stanton – TRADED
24 – Robinson Cano
27 – Trea Turner – TRADED

Then & Now
8 – Juan Marichal & Rick Porcello

New Age Performers
8 – Manny Machado – SOLD

Rediscover Topps Buybacks
Tom Herr 1987 #721 (Bronze/copper stamp) – TRADED

main set

Base Set (Just listing card numbers – please inquire about specific players or teams – I’m happy to check and list that out if you need it)
11, 13, 17, 18, 27, 28, 32, 39, 41, 43, 44 (x2), 48, 52, 65, 62, 76, 81, 83, 84 (x2), 85 (x2), 86, 87, 89, 91, 94, 99, 100, 101, 102, 108, 111, 112, 115, 116, 117, 119, 120, 124, 127, 129, 132, 133, 137, 139, 140, 144, 147, 148, 151, 154, 160, 161 (x2), 165, 168, 175, 176, 180, 181, 189, 190, 191, 194, 196, 198 (x2), 200, 208, 211, 212, 215, 216, 217, 218, 225, 237, 239, 242, 246, 247, 249, 255, 257, 258, 267, 271, 273, 277, 279 (x2), 285, 287, 289, 291 (x2), 294, 295, 298, 301, 304, 305, 306, 309, 313, 315, 316, 320, 325, 330, 332, 338, 347, 348, 358, 376, 378, 384, 388, 390, 392, 400, 406, 408

As far as I can tell, I don’t have any of the variations, but could be wrong. But check the link above for the other trade bait and other Heritage years!

Trade Bait – 2016 Topps Heritage High Number

Hey there!  Take my cards!  I have cards. You need cards.

What can you send my way?  Take a look at this page right HERE.  I’m willing to trade in your favor if it means getting stuff out of my house faster.  Also, if you’re not sure if you have anything from my player specific lists, I’m also accepting any cards of just about all current 2017 Cubs players as an alternative, but odds are you’ll have plenty to work with now!

More Trade Bait to be found HERE

Post updated 6/13/2017

Only 2 inserts

Rookie Performers
Blake Snell – TRADED

Award Winners
Carlos Correa

main set

Base Set (Just listing card numbers – please inquire about specific players or teams – I’m happy to check and list that out if you need it)
514, 515, 518, 528, 533, 534, 536, 537, 547, 556, 577, 594, 604, 622, 623, 626, 629, 632, 633, 651, 661, 671, 675

Not much to work with. I only bought one hangar box and traded a few away.  I never bought any 2016 Non-High Number either.  But check the link above for the other trade bait and other Heritage years!