Documenting an Angel of a Trade – Part 6 of 6

This is only my second post in October.  Maybe I’ll get into why that is another time.  All I’ll really say is that I’m now even farther behind on everything.  I’ve mentioned it before, but I have a couple newer trades that still have not been showcased, and more new trades have come in the past couple weeks and some others are pending.  Life has been okay from that standpoint.  Depending on what happens otherwise, hopefully I can get myself to start catching up on those trades throughout the next couple months.  I’d really like to get myself to a point where I can be a little proactive with initiating more trades from blog want lists, but I don’t know when that will be.

For now, I can at least be satisfied to finally finish up this trade with Tom over at The Angels, In Order. The first part was put up on May 30th, if you can believe it…. He sent me a ton of John Lackey and Tony Gwynns.  If you want to review the first part, you can do so here.  Second part here.  Third, here.  Fourth, here. Fifth, here.

Let’s take a look at the best of the rest!

That shape bugs me

Starting with one of those sets with a name that I’m sure is full of good intentions but also full of players that don’t actually fit the moniker.

UD = Bland, gray stars

It also really bothers me when a set is something like this “Signature Stars” and yet there are no autographs on this card (or most in the product).

From the non-update set – He’d have a Red Sox card in that

No silly name here. Just a design that a lot of people dislike.  I don’t. It’s not incredible or anything, but I tend to think some of the backlash is also partly a reaction to the exclusive license pairing with a lackluster look.

No logos here, so this card is safe for distribution at least

Honestly, the UD design isn’t terrible.  Maybe I’ve said otherwise in other posts, but that’s my current feeling.

Okay, that finishes up Lackey, but we have a few more Gwynns, so let’s step back a few years.

The others were blue and pink borders (w/different pictures)

In one of the other posts, I showed off two other Kay-Bee issues. If I were smart, I would have lumped them all together. But I’m not, and so here you go!

Never actually won MVP

I love the mini sets/cereal boxes or whatever you call them.  You’d think it would be a good thing to bring back in the holiday season, marketed as a stocking stuffer type item.

The back pocket gloves gives his elbow some flair

This isn’t referencing any specific record – just the name of the set. The back has the normal stats. The front has those rocking shades.

Too computer-y for me

Jump from ’88 to ’93 and I personally felt this look was a big step down from 1992.  The gold parallels felt cheaper too.

Odds are this is was a hit

1994, I can get down with.  Underrated and understated.

Wrong way to do orange

One of the things that drew me into Fleer Ultra was the one insert per pack thing they started.  Almost all of them looked good, and it was cool to have a better chance at getting a star player in the pack.

Wrong way to do a gold medallion

What I kind of didn’t like was that they made parallels of the inserts at, I believe, 1:36 pack odds at least.  They aren’t much different and the foil isn’t gold, and they were too much money to buy at a card show way back then.  Not now!

Scanning the flag is tougher

I like subsets, but they are so far removed from what we now see in baseball sets, that it’s actually confusing when I receive them. Sometimes it can take a little while to figure out that this is part of the regular set and not an insert I can’t find on my list.

The collector’s choice

Oh wow! We’re already at the end, and we close out the trade with StarQuest.  One of my favorite, and occasionally despised, insert sets.  I loved the large set size, but didn’t love the varied rarity. Some of those were really tough. Are still really tough!  The one stars, I can handle, and thanks to Tom, I can handle this one in person.

Thanks a lot again, Tom, for the great trade. Sorry it took so long to sift through it all, but it was a lot of cards.  If and when we get to do it again, I’ll try to be a bit faster.

2018 Cubs – Fifteenth Ten Games

Sshhh!  Don’t spoil the ending!

Young Lackey subbing for Quintana

Win #84 – Quintana – On this day, he went 6.2 innings, giving up only 3 hits, 0 runs, and 2 walks with 7 Ks. Jose didn’t have an amazing year, but he was better than what people gave him credit for.  The ERA  was close to 4, but he has 13 wins on the season.

Confused as to why his cap has no logo

Win #85 – Baez – It wouldn’t be a ten game stretch if Baez didn’t appear.  3-4, a double, a solo homer, 3 RBI, and an intentional walk filled out the scorecard in a key win in a makeup game against Nats with Brewers inching closer.

Hammel for Hamels again

Win #86 – Cole Hamels – Nothing outstanding on offense, so we go to pitching and Hamels’ 6.2 inning, 8 hits, 2 ER (both off of solo homers), 2 walks, 7 Ks, and a pickoff of Hamilton at first.


Win #87 – Lester – Near the end of the year, Jon returned to form.  He went 7 innings, giving up 2 hits, 2 BB, a nice 9 strikeouts, 0 runs in a 1-0 win.

Pitching stretch continues

Win #88 – Hendricks – So close to the complete game.  Kyle had one of his best outings with 8.2 innings, 3 hits (2 in the 9th), 1 ER (solo homer in the 9th), only 1 walk, and 8Ks.

August 2018 Ebay Wins

July was full of big acquisitions.  Possibly too many.  Overcompensating is a word that comes to mind.  August wasn’t quite as big in terms of cards, but it still managed to be pretty dang nice as you’ll see. September, on the other hand, will be much lighter, but we’ll talk about that in a couple weeks.  I don’t want to waste much time, because we have more than 9 to get through once again.

Beam team is looking to similar to last year’s

Starting off a little slow.  You all know by now I don’t bother with the more standard inserts as a single card transaction. Not worth the shipping price.

Got the KB in a CW break, but not the Rizz

Same rule applies here with the Special Forces, but I’m leading to something.

I wish they didn’t parallel the inserts like this

The previous two and this red foil parallel all came from the same lot, but they also brought another friend.

I did not compromise my budget

The….orange?…parallel was the real search driver but not a cost driver as I didn’t pay any sort of premium for the whole lot.

I will eat my own head!

More not so noticeable color differences in inserts on display here.  A green chrome parallel rears it’s dual head into my collection.

Protect ya neck

What a surprise. Another year goes by and another new parallel is added to the mix.  Greens have existed for a few years, but this year they add the green wave. So that’s…fun.

More OF in this picture than 2B, but accurate

Back to basics, in a way, with the vintage stock parallel.  The old logo is lost in the ivy, but the ball sure wasn’t

The series 2 version

In July I accidentally won the Rizzo. This month, I purposefully, but surprisingly won the Contreras.  The market is still unpredictable for him.

Also the S2 one – bat piece if you can’t tell

I like the look of these relics.  No forced theme like in years past. Just a solid design made for the relics specifically.

The P will eventually stand for Phillies

Getting away from the /99 and going into the /50 through another B&W parallel.  I wish I had more of these. I also wish these existed instead of the negative images in flagship.

NL RBI leader still, I think

It’s tougher to get Baez cards for obvious reasons.  I guess the disdain for multi-tiered sets like Gold Label transcend popularity of the players at times.

Always strange when the team name doesn’t match the MLB org in the pipeline, but does match a different one

The autograph train continues with a surprising addition.  It’s also one that I couldn’t definitively find on my want lists (generally formed through Beckett).  I looked at TCDB and that didn’t give me a concrete answer either, so I added a couple lines to my want list.  It’s possible that some of those “Best” cards don’t actually exist though.  This one does, and it’s mine now.

Keep it!

Rip cards are more common these days.  Two per case of Ginter.  That’s making them more affordable.  I decided that I had the ability to get these out of the way now rather than hope to find them years later, like I did with the other Maddux rip cards.  More are sold unripped at the time of release, and that’s great for me!

Also keeping!

I don’t know why some players are numbered lower, but luckily that didn’t affect Frank’s price a whole lot.  This marks my second Big Hurt rip card, which is crazy to think.  I didn’t have any last year, and now I’m piling them up.

Business in the front, auto on the back

The last one for the month is this Gwynn auto that I didn’t want to bother taking out of the screwdown holder it shipped in.  This is an unusual card in that the auto is actually on the back.  The front looks like any other Playoff Portraits card from the base set.  This side you’re seeing has the numbering and the shiny sticker embedded.  I don’t know why they did it that way, but I think that’s partly why it went unsold for a couple weeks, with the price dropping each time.  Lucky me! I’m always happy to add another Gwynn autograph to the collection.  It probably won’t happen next month, but you’ll just have to wait and see.

Trading To Fill In Some Junk Wax Gaps – Part 2

I’m working on getting another round of trade packages out in the mail from my latest week of trade bait posts.  I think I only gained one completely new trade partner in that cycle, but ultimately found more success.  That means with several new mailers incoming, I need to work to catch up on the still outstanding ones.

Of of those is from John, known on the Trading Card Database as herkojerko (here’s his profile, should you be so inclined, and you should).  You can see the first part of our exchange right here.  As I mentioned then, many of them were from the so called junk wax era, which is not a problem at all.  I still need a lot of that stuff.  Often times, it’s so prevalent that people may forget to even check those years, including myself.

Thankfully, John didn’t forget and so I have a few gaps filled.  Today, we’re still mostly looking only at Tony Gwynn to finish up that part of things, but we’ll have a cameo or two mixed in.

Showing some teeth

If I ever become rich, not only will I expand the players I collect to include some other hall of famers, but I think I’d also chase a full Ultra baseball run with inserts and parallels.  Some of the later years stink, but the overall catalog is strong.

Double teeth

I love how similar these pictures are.  If I had the patience to do a flip book of the swing motion, these might be back to back.

Mini Gwynn

I never noticed that 1996 Topps took a page out of 1994 UD’s book with that smaller picture.  UD did it better in many respects.

I know there are a lot of anti-foil folks out there, but I wouldn’t mind a gaudier base set

How about that SP!  Back when these cards were certainly not “junk wax.”  I wish I could have afforded these packs, but looking back, its better that I didn’t since they didn’t hold that monetary luster anymore than other cards from that year.

You don’t want to get pulled over by the ML PD

I swear there’s a card hiding in that scan.  It’s just so metal that you can’t handle it.

Fill those stands

A quick diversion to show a pitcher batting on a nearly literal bubble gum card.  Don’t get much better.

Prove ’em wrong, Tony!

These last three will follow a theme, and that theme is “Who picked the ranking for these playing cards?”  A 6?

I used to love playing cards with these at my friend’s house

Frank doesn’t get much more respect with an 8.  Not the way to treat a future MVP.  Also, a White Sox player should be one of the black suits.

There we go!

Not even an ACE?!?!  C’mon!  I mean, his position is listed as Cy Young Award.  Oh well, can’t please everyone, but I’m certainly pleased with the trade, and we have even more to show in a future post.  Thanks again, John!

2017 NSCC #9 – I’m Still Dumb

A couple years ago, I outlined how terrible my memory is by showing cards I bought at the NSCC that I already owned (or that accidentally bought twice at the show).  Well, it happened again.  This time, it was on a larger scale since I had a bigger budget.

Still no real excuse for a lot of these as I had my checklists ready and out on my phone constantly, and even tried to update them each night when I got back.

There were more that what I’m about to show below, but I’m focusing on cards that haven’t been posted on the blog, like various refractors and a Leaf Limited card #/749.  I’m hoping to get a little more organized for the next round in 2019, but time will tell.


1998 Fleer Tradition Diamond Standouts

I won this rather unmemorable insert in an ebay lot many years back.  It’s been sitting in my binder ever since.

1999 Topps Chrome Fortune 15

You’d think I would remember a colorful piece like this, but I didn’t recall that I found it at the 2015 NSCC.  I’ll try not to go 3 for 3.

2005 Donruss Classics Team Colors

The same was true of this insert, numbered to 800.  I probably didn’t even check. After all, I’ll remember a lower numbered insert, right?

2015 Topps Museum Collection Copper

Another I assumed I didn’t have but got in 2015.  Since it’s a 2015 card, it was an easy (but wrong) guess that I couldn’t possibly have bought a same year parallel.


1996 Donruss Hit List #/10000

This one came from a COMC binge at some point in 2015.

1997 Pinnacle Totally Certified Platinum Red #45 – #/3999

There are two different cards in this set of Gwynn. I have them both, but have this twice over now. The first was from a COMC purchase in 2014.

2002 Upper Deck Prospect Premieres Heroes of Baseball

This one stings.  There are 10 different Gwynns in the set, but this is the only one I have….twice. The first time was at a 2016 card show I haven’t talked about yet.


1998 Leaf Fractal Foundations #157 Frank Thomas CC – #/3999

From 2016 COMC.  This is a confusing set and ’90 Leaf reprints are everywhere. I really should have been more careful.

2015 Bowman Chrome Rookie Recollections

This was from the 2015 NSCC and another case where I didn’t think I would have bought a 2015 card at the 2015 show.

2005 Origins Materials Jersey

This is the original stupid.  I bought this same card twice at the 2017 show.  I didn’t update the legacy collections all that well, but boy my memory sucks enough to not remember something form earlier in the weekend.


2003 SP Authentic #106 Kerry Wood RA – #/2500

Another 2015 NSCC purchase and honestly it’s one I should have caught pretty easy if I would have looked.

2005 Origins Old Judge Materials Jersey

There’s something about those Origins relics, I guess. I bought this one twice at the show as well.


2010 Topps Chrome Target Exclusive Refractors

I bought this twice at the show as well.  It’s not very memorable and probably was pretty cheap both times.

2013 Topps Allen and Ginter Framed Mini Relics

Lastly was this third relic card that I bought twice at the show.  I really need to not take anything for granted next time around and check my lists.  Of course if I buy things twice in the same day (which is possible), then who knows.

2018 Cubs – Fourteenth Ten Games

Yeah, I’m back to this already.  I understand that these aren’t the most compelling posts, but it’s a good way to show off some cards without actually thinking of a coherent theme.  I’m happy I’ve gotten this far into the project and I want to get up to date so I can see it through.

As I write this, there are 7 more games left in the season and it’s still a tight race.  It looks like the Brewers are the only ones that might be an issue for the NL Central side, but the Cardinals still are taking up the other wild card slot.  I don’t want three division teams to make the playoffs.  The only thing we can really do on our end is keep winning games (the last few are against the Cardinals) and try to get that magic number down.  At this point, a playoff spot is still not guaranteed for the Cubs either.

In this grouping, there were six more wins helping the cause.

Regular refractor

Win #78 – Zobrist – He was 2-3 and was responsible for the game-winning RBI single in the 11th. This game was suspended and finished the next morning, so technically it ended on 8/29, in case you care about these things.

Mistakenly had this listed as the non-update version

Win #79 – Tommy La Stella – Here’s a name you don’t see all that much.  He’s not part of my collections, so Fowler takes the place.  Tommy was 1-1 as a pinch hitter and hit a 2-run homer (1st of the year) which gave the Cubs the lead for good in the 6th inning.

Your base version from 2015

Win #80 – Baez – Javy went 3-5, and only managed 1 RBI.  This day was all singles for once. Another run scored on an error resulting from his single in the first, but he didn’t get the RBI on that AB.

Pulled from one of my boxes last year

Win #81 – Rizzo – 2-2, 2 walks, 2 RBIs, including a solo homer in a blowout.  That’s a lot of 2s.

Blue refractors not as pronounced that year

Win #82 – Zobrist – Continuing his second half surge, Ben was 3-4, with a double and 2 RBIs in a 4-run fourth that turned out to be necessary runs for the Cubs.

Purples look much better

Win #83 – Zobrist – Three of the six go to Zo.  The next win saw a 2-4 effort with 2 more RBI including a sac fly, raising his average to .313 and putting him in contention for the batting title.

No Trade Deadline Here

The MLB trading deadline has come and gone.  Rosters have been expanded for a few weeks and we’re in the waning days of the regular season.  But just because the actual teams can’t swap players doesn’t mean that collectors can’t swap cards of those players.  There are no deadlines in hobbies.  Occasionally there are temporary trade moratoriums, and maybe I need to consider that with Kerry/Madding at Cards on Cards.  Out of all the trade partners I’ve had, I am by far the farthest behind in showing off the cards from him.

His envelopes to me are often large, and frequent enough that in order to show off all the cards I’m being sent (which is my ultimate goal), I have to either ignore other trades or posts, or just fall deeper into the hole I’ve dug myself.  All of these cards are from a few transactions ago, and it’s still not the last of that batch.  I better hurry up, because after that round of trade bait I posted, there are some new trades heading my way.

Log lady not pictured

Oh man, this card gives me a Twin Peaks vibe.  I’m sure he’s standing on some white and black zig zag flooring while someone is talking backwards.

I have this now

This first package from madding had a lot of base cards to really help me spark the player collections in the early days.

Dougie Jones

He escaped!  Look out for his evil twin!

the corner of the base bothers me, though

2010 had some good pictures.  I’m excited about this rainbow.

chrome-icizing the base helps

The chrome side won’t be as exciting since the batter is in the shadows, but maybe the refractors will still pop well enough.

Looks like a horse racing track

I think the 206 stuff suffered a little bit because of the terrible photo effects.  At this point, we have enough retro sets that it’s not missed anyway.

Batter not pictured

2011’s Lester parallel hunt may not be as exciting visually, but I’m happy to take the first step with this card.

Strange Topps logo placement.

Of course, good players make things tougher with the league leader cards to contend with.  Good thing the other guys aren’t hugely popular with collectors.

He was framed, I tell ya!

Finally for this round is this framed white Lackey card.  I was surprised to see this Cardinal parallel come my way.  Either it’s an extra or a hate of Lackey or a third thing.  Whatever it was, I’m thankful for it and the other cards he sent to me.

And no, there will be no trade stoppage with madding.  I just need to step up my game a bit, because he’s certainly bringing his.  Can’t let the Cardinals win!

A Few More Good Group Breaks

It’s been a while since I’ve shown off some of my group break take-aways.  I don’t join a ton of them, and I really haven’t wanted to take the plunge on those guys who have breaking businesses.  Maybe I will at some point, but I don’t like getting into the high-end stuff and really risking things.  Instead, my line of thought is that I can spend the cost of a blaster or two to get the cards from my team and maybe hit something in a lower-middle range product.

Bunch of posed pictures

For both of these breaks I’m showing today, they were handled by Crackin’ Wax, who does a bunch of breaks (twitter handle here) and is an all-around nice guy, hobby ambassador and entertaining to break with.

The first one was a combo of Topps Archives and Heritage from last year.  I had some other non-Cubs teams as well, but I’m going to focus on things that fit my collection.  Here’s a nice assortment of the base cards, but I didn’t get any inserts or parallels for the guys I collect.

However, I did get the Fergie Jenkins Archives missing signature variation (which is for trade).


Next up is an Update break.  I was in this one for the inserts as the guys I collect are either on non-Cubs teams or were featured in S1 or S2.  I did get an Ian Happ auto and the photo variation, which was cool.  And up for trade

Not actually the 1 & 2 hole hitters typically

Okay, there was one base card I needed.  For these multi-player cards, I’ve made the decision to only chase one copy and apply it to both players.  That will ease the burden when it comes to parallels and rare stuff.

Modern reprint alert

Now we get into the inserts.  This is part of the rookie cup history set.

Sound the warning bell

And of course, there’s the obligatory previous year card reprint in order to shoehorn another Bryant card into their product.  I think I got this before I got the real one.

Don’t look over your shoulder

Someone went to the mall for their portrait!  I love this insert set for the great yearbook feel.

Mesh jersey!

Maddux has less of a majestic feel, but certainly captures the ’80s vibe a bit better.  I wish the graphics looked more like lasers and were neon. Would really complete the look.

Always some dynamic photos

Lastly, for this round, was 2018 Stadium Club.  I think this was a half-case break.  No parallels for the collection, but I think I got a red foil Sandberg.  If you have a lead on the others, let me know. I did come away with a couple of inserts here, which was nice.  You’ll be seeing more of that Rizzo insert image in a future post.

I’ve been involved in a few other group breaks besides this, but I’ll save that for another time.  Too many cards, not enough time.

2018 Cubs – Thirteenth Ten Games

Having 7 straight days of trade bait means I’m slipping behind on this task again.  We’re past the 150 game mark and the race is still tense as I write this.  Hopefully there is a little more separation by the time this goes live.

For games 121-130, there was a small 3 game losing streak mixed in, but the Cubs won the other 7 in the batch.  For the first time, I think, the players of the game were more often people I don’t collect, so there are a bunch of stand-ins.

Canvas collection

Win #71 – Schwarber – This was the second straight 1-0 game.  Not pretty, but it works. Hamels didn’t have too many Ks this time. Kyle was 1-2, with 2 walks and a solo homer to win.

Only in 2 years of Ginter I think

Win #72 – David Bote – Local legend Bote went 1-2, with 2 walks.  His 2-run homer in the 5th give us the lead for good.

Rookie Silver Foil version

Win #73 – Cole Hamels – The first Complete Game of the year for the Cubs, I believe.  1 run, 8 hits, 2 walks, 7 Ks over 114 pitches, and a pick off of Billy Hamilton.  Solid.

Golden rookie

Win #74 – Bote – Again with a walk-off homer! No one was on base this time, but in the bottom of the 10th, he came up big as he’s already become known to do.

Holo version

Win #75 – Baez – We can’t forget about Baez.  He went 2-3, 1 walk (a rarity), and got 3 RBIs (not a rarity) including a solo homer in the 5th and a 2-run single in the 7th.

I think that’s higher now

Win #76 – Hendricks – Pitchers haven’t earned a lot of these honors, but this won’t be the last time you see Hendricks show up.  On this game, he pitched 7 innings, gave up only 2 hits and 1 walk, had 5Ks, and no runs in a blowout.

Love those winter clothes

Win #77 – Rizzo – To close it out, Anthony was 3-5, and had 2 RBI off of 2 doubles and a homer.  Solid day all around.

Trade Bait – 2016 Topps S1, S2, Update and Blister Packs

Day 7 of 7 in another week long trade bait party. Keep coming back and claiming through comments on each post and we’ll finalize after day 7 is done.

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 Cubs players as an alternative, but odds are you’ll have plenty to work with!

More Trade Bait to be found HERE

Post updated 9/28/2018


**Quick Note** I do not currently have any S2 cards, but if I ever do get them, they will be updated here.  Also got a few random team blister cards from a repack thing.

Red Sox Team Blister
Dustin Pedroia

Royals Team Blister
Eric Hosmer

Nationals Team Blister
Stephen Strasburg

Dodgers Team Blister
Adrian Gonzalez

100 Years of Wrigley
Kris Bryant (WRIG-1)

Wacky Packages
San Francisco Giants

Walk-Off Wins
Wilmer Flores

inserts 2

Berger’s Best
Miguel Cabrera
Wade Boggs
Rod Carew

Adrian Gonzalez

MLB Debut
Adrian Gonzalez
Nelson Cruz
Starlin Castro

Pressed Into Service
Mitch Moreland

inserts 3

First Pitch S1
Johnny Knoxville

First Pitch Update
JoJo Fletcher

Back to Back
Ted Williams/Bobby Doerr

Andrew McCutchen

Chasing 3K
Ichiro 2985 – #55

3000 Hits Club

500 HR Futures Club Gold
Paul Goldschmidt

parallels & blaster medallion

Gold S1 #/2016
Alcides Escobar WS (#120)

Gold Update #/2016
Carlos Gonzalez AS (#198)

Rainbow Foil S1
Maikel Franco (FS)

MLB Debut Medallion S1
Hank Aaron

Base Set S1 & S2 (Just listing card numbers – please inquire about specific players or teams – I’m happy to check and list that out if you need it)
5, 9, 11, 17, 18, 32, 34, 41, 57, 63, 72, 73, 74, 77, 89, 91, 96, 99, 104, 113, 115, 122, 132, 133, 144, 145, 152, 158, 159, 160, 161, 163, 173, 174, 175, 186, 188, 190, 193, 194, 201, 203, 204, 211, 229, 230, 232, 234, 238, 247, 249, 253, 258, 259, 267, 269, 274, 275, 277, 278, 288, 294, 298, 300, 302, 304, 308, 313, 321, 328, 336, 337, 340, 342, 344

Base Set Update (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, 9, 14, 15, 21, 24, 37, 38, 55, 66, 77, 79, 80, 84, 85, 89, 91, 111, 114, 115, 116, 119, 123, 131, 132, 133, 135, 141, 149, 154, 155, 161, 170, 177, 180, 183, 192, 193, 197, 198, 199, 200, 203, 210, 213, 216, 219, 229, 233, 239, 240, 248, 252, 253, 257, 258, 264, 267, 271, 277, 283, 293, 298, 299

Make sure you check out the link above for the other trade bait and I’ll post more soon!