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!

Trade Bait – 2012 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!

Stay tuned as I’ll have more trade bait posts all this week.

Post updated 6/12/2017

inserts

News Flashbacks:
MKI – Martin Luther King Jr.

Baseball Flashbacks:
WMC – Willie McCovey

New Age Performers:
RB – Ryan Braun (really? He’d been in the league 5 years…)

Then & Now:
KV – Sandy Koufax & Justin Verlander

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)
Checklist #5, 14, 28, 30, 36 (x2), 37, 50, 53, 60, 64, 65, 67, 69, 78, 85, 92, 96, 98, 105, 108, 110, 118, 124, 132, 133, 138, 139, 144, 145, 155, 157, 163 (x2), 164, 165, 176, 180, 185, 191, 203, 208, 223, 225, 238, 240, 242, 248, 249, 251 (x2), 254, 255, 261, 278, 280 (x2), 283, 290, 293, 294, 304, 317, 318, 329, 331, 332, 340 (x2), 341, 349, 360 (x2), 362, 367, 371, 374, 375 (x2), 388, 393, 399, 407, 410, 419

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!

2017 Cubs – The Fourth 10 Games

So, just like last year, I’ve fallen behind on these posts.  Also, like last year, I’m becoming disillusioned with the Cubs in the middle of the year due to a player with an alleged domestic abuse in his history.  Maybe I’ll talk about that more later, but even though I had started to collect Addison Russell (along with most of the championship roster), his inclusion is indefinitely suspended.

Well, at least the Cubs are doing well overall.  Oh, wait.  They’re not.  Due to what some might call parity in the NL Central I’m calling some lackluster play.  Only 5 wins in this batch, and I think we already know that it doesn’t exactly get better.

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Strikeout #26
May 6, 1992 – Houston Astros at Chicago Cubs

The sixth strikeout of seven came in the 6th inning with the score knotted up at 4.  Ed Taubensee went down swinging to start the 1-2-3 inning.  The Cubs would take the lead in the bottom of the inning and never look back.

Writing captions for these is tough

Strikeout #36
May 16, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants

Maddux kept a one strikeout per inning ratio going by getting the last two batters of the inning.  Will Clark swung and missed to end the third.  Greg wasn’t done there.

I have nothing interesting to say

Strikeout #37
May 16, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants

He wasn’t done, because he started the next inning by throwing one past Kevin Bass.  All told, he would end with 9 strikeouts over 7 innings in a losing effort.

How are you doing?

Strikeout #50
May 27, 1992 – San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs

Will Clark makes his second appearance in the blog post.  It’s another swing and a miss in another Giants win (they can’t all be happy endings).

Oh, that’s good.  Or bad. Depending on your answer.

Strikeout #51
May 27, 1992 – San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs

To end the day, we stay in the same game with a second set of back-to-back cards.  The next Giants victim was Jim McNamara in the 4th, but by that time it was too late for the Cubs.  Hopefully that doesn’t hold true for this year’s team.

Digital De-Cluttering – Frank Thomas Edition

Throughout my years of collecting and blogging (over 7 years now….), I’ve either obtained a small amount of cards from one source, or I’ve posted most cards from a package but not all.  That leaves a bunch of “master files” taking up space in my scan folders, waiting for inspiration to strike or a theme to tie them together.

I know this means nothing to you, but this post (and the others to follow) help ease my mind by cleaning out those folders a little bit and making me feel like I’m making progress in showing everything in my collection.  For the Big Hurt, I still have 87 multi-card scans left after this.  That’s less than Maddux, but still far too many.  I need to post more, but I also have too many hobbies and not enough time.

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The scan kind of looks like a refractor, but it’s not

These first couple are hold overs from trades that were completed back in the days where I didn’t post every single card.  There may be people out there that miss those days.  I’m not sure what would have really made the cut over an older Heritage card, but some did.

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Looks airbrushed, but I’m terrible at spotting that stuff

I think this is another from that same trade.  I can tell the super old scans from the diagonal lines.  On the topic of the card, 2006 Bowman is one of the better ones in my mind.  Mostly because I can tell it apart from the others.

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Missing the gold version

2009 was the year I got back into the collecting game.  These were some of the first inserts I saw and they still look pretty good.  I don’t fully know if I pulled this in a pack, but there’s a strong chance I did.

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Printing quality is terrible on these

This is not from 1995.  It’s one of the reprints from 2011.  It’s also not the original back version. If it were, I would be showing that back.  Probably should anyway, since the front looks horrendous.

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I still don’t get the appeal of minis

Here’s another random one that most likely came from a pack at some point in my life.  I tend to have better luck with Frank Thomas cards than some of the others.

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I forgot that Manny played for the White Sox.

We’ll finish this off with a few more 2011 Topps cards from back in the case breaking days.  I have tons of leftovers and I snagged these for the binders.

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Did not forget about Dunn

And a second of these.  Complete with the same poor printing quality we saw with the reprint up above.  Did we get a bad batch, or did the printing company get things wrong?

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I think the shine “sun bleached” it

This third one makes it look like the printer’s fault.  These sparkle cards in general have aged better than expected.  I like the silver ones better than the “cognac” but less than the Hope versions.  I don’t have the hope version of this Thomas card, but I do have one of his A’s picture.  But I’ve shown that already at some point.  Why show it again?  There are so many more to post…another time.

If I Were To Collect: Boston Red Sox Edition

[The twenty-fifth in a series:  I’m picking one player that I associate with a team (whether they spent the majority of their career there or not) that I would strongly consider adding to my official want lists.  They may not always be superstars, or the most popular, and honestly they may not always be my favorite player from the team, but that’s what will make this fun, no?]

Before the series with the Yankees, the Cubs faced the Red Sox.  If I had my act together, this post would have come first.  But I don’t, and so here we are.  I still don’t even have all the scans ready for the other 5 teams left, but at least this will finish off the AL East.

Red glove, too

Oil Can Boyd gets the call, which may be a surprise or underdog for many.  Honestly, it’s all about the nickname.  Growing up in the ’80s and collecting cards, I would see a lot of players come through those 15 card packs.  Most would go on by without a second thought and nearly all would escape my terrible memory.  It’s very hard to forget pulling a card of a guy named “Oil Can.”  I thought, and still do think, that was so cool.  I wish more players would have unique nicknames and have them put onto their cards.

Han Ram – not as catchy

Current player runner-up:  Hanley Ramirez

This was a tough decision.  I know Pedroia has been pretty good, but I really don’t care. I’m not a fan of Ortiz.  Young guys need to show consistency first.  I don’t care much about Hanley, either but someone has to make the cut.

How can you hate those eyebrows?

Retired player runner-upBill Buckner

I briefly thought about Mike Greenwell just because of his provision card, and Wade Boggs was not my cup of anything.  Buckner may not have been with the Red Sox very long, but people obviously didn’t forget his time there.  He gets a bad rap overall for that one play, but he was a solid player. And there’s a Cubs connection to run with.

The Series So Far
Angels – (tie) Jim Abbott & Vladimir Guerrero
Astros – J.R. Richard
Athletics
Blue Jays – Carlos Delgado
Braves – Steve Avery
Brewers – Bob Eucker
Cardinals – Jim Edmonds
Cubs
Diamondbacks – Randy Johnson
Dodgers – Jackie Robinson
Giants – Kevin Mitchell
Indians – Jim Thome
Mariners – Felix Hernandez
Marlins – Giancarlo Stanton
Mets – (tie) Darryl Strawberry & Dwight Gooden
Nationals/Expos – (tie) Marquis Grissom & Delino DeShields
Orioles – Adam Jones
Padres
Phillies – Mike Schmidt
Pirates –  Andrew McCutchen
Rangers – Nolan Ryan
Rays/Devil Rays – Evan Longoria
Red Sox – Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd
Reds – Eric Davis
Rockies – Carlos Gonzalez
Royals
Tigers – Alan Trammell
Twins
White Sox – Paul Konerko
Yankees – Mariano Rivera

Finally Making Good on My Promise

Back around last year’s MLB trade deadline, I wrote this post all but denouncing the Cubs for making what I believed to be a terrible trade. I thought that the integrity of the team was compromised for very little discernible benefit and expressed my disdain for the “win by any means necessary” attitude that seemed contradictory to their public statements before or since.

In that post I made a promise.  I said that I would donate money to a charity that supported and assisted abused women.  For each save Aroldis Chapman would earn for the Cubs, I would donate $25.  For any post-season save, those would be $50.

I tried to do some research and found what I hope is a reputable organization.  I decided my donation would go to Connections for Abused Women and Children – http://www.cawc.org/donate/

Overall, since joining the team, he accumulated 16 regular season saves.  At $25 each = $400.

Then you have 4 post season saves – $50 each = $200

I decided that I would also throw in an extra $150 for the joy I felt when he blew that save in game 7.  My biggest fear with him joining the team was that he would earn the final out of the World Series and forever be memorialized and be deemed a Chicago hero by many.  Mike Montgomery came in and induced the ground ball and your normal Cubs poster boys of Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo essentially share that moment that will be replayed for the rest of our days.

So, that totals $750.  Not a large sum of money in the grand scheme of things, but I hope it does help.

I devoted a portion of that original post to the idea that character matters.  The rest of the Cubs seemed like they had a very palpable chemistry and were well-liked, and vocal and active in their communities with charity and helping people.  They’ve been great teammates to each other.

I’ve realized that I haven’t been a very good “teammate” in the worldly sense.  I tend to be very selfish and self-serving in my actions.  I want to change that.  We’re in this country together.  It’s not enough to just bitch and moan about things that are going wrong.  Since I have the capacity to try to make a little bit of a difference, then perhaps its time I do that.

So, in an effort to be a better teammate to those around me, I’m going to try to do a monthly charity donation.  This is the first one (months too late, but at least it did finally happen) and I want to try to touch various aspects of society in future installments.  I’ll keep you posted on this journey and if you want to join me on any given month, please let me know before or after.  Maybe we can start a nice little charity team.

Digging Out From the Trade Backlog (Trade with Nolan’s Dugout) – Part 3

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.

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.

Today is part one of the Kerry Wood barrage.  KW made up the bulk of the package and you can’t go wrong with that.

On the radar

We’ll start off with a nice, shiny card of what appears to be one of the better Bowman’s Best designs.  Typically those sets are too gaudy and busy.  This weird bullseye/radar thing doesn’t bug me.

He never won the Gold Glove

I know this is supposed to be a leather glove, but it gives off more of a book vibe to me.  Perhaps it’s just a bit too straight.  Looking at it, though, I think it would be really interesting if a card would replicate something like this with in depth texture or faux-leather on the side.

Also never won the triple crown

Some 2000s Fleer is fantastic, but some of it is also lazy throwaway stuff like this.  That’s why limiting the number of licensed products per year (one way or another) is key.

Decent background effect

This one is a bit better, although I can’t exactly articulate why.  I mean, it is more than just a couple foil lines.  We have some color and some curves.  And a confusing set name.

I like the use of uniform numbers on cards

I’ll propose the same here as I did with the leather, except let’s get some cheapo wood on the edge.  Obviously not game used, but just to be different and unique.

I think we need a fifth Cubs logo on here

I didn’t realize how long the 206 brand was out there.  This is from what I believe is the initial reboot in 2002.  Riding that fresh Heritage retro high from the year before, I suppose.

An example of uniform number use that doesn’t work well

Remember that conversation about throwaway sets from Fleer?  I have no idea what is really supposed to be going on with this thing.

Aaah, much better and easier on the eyes

I’m not wild about what Topps did with the recent re-branding of Topps Gold Label.  I’m not sure why it has to be reconfigured to be a one-pack gamble thing instead of a smaller box like Finest.  Not my choice, of course.

Looks like an Upper Deck card

We’ll end today’s post with a set I know very little about.  I vaguely remembered the set existed, but that’s about it.  I see there’s a die cut version I need. Very curious to see how that will look.

For now I’ll enjoy this and the other cards that Kyle has sent over to me in the past.  Stay tuned, because we’re still not done.

2017 Cubs – The Third 10 Games

Another 10 games have passed, and the NL Central is a lot more up for grabs that most people would have assumed.  Or at least not in the ways we’re currently seeing.  I personally thought the Cardinals and Pirates would be threatening.  Instead, we have to worry about Brewers and Reds, too.  The biggest problem the Cubs seem to have is pitching.  The bats haven’t been as potent as usual, but they’re almost always in an early hole.  A stark contrast from the dominance of 2016.

As a result, we only managed 4 wins.  That’s good as a time saver for this game log posts, but bad for the team rooting thing.  You get it. We’ve all been there.

I found I have more strikeout Cubs cards than Wins Cubs cards

Strikeout #29
May 11, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at Houston Astros

The second strike out of the game ended the first inning by getting Eric Anthony looking, leaving Biggio stranded at second after his walk and steal.

May not make much sense when talking about wins

Strikeout #123
August 1, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at New York Mets

Maddux came off of a tougher 5th inning where he gave up 2 runs on 4 hits.  It was a tiny bit of a battle, but Howard Johnson finally went down swinging to start the 6th.

It’s also hard to write captions

Strikeout #157
August 31, 1992 – Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs

If it weren’t for the 6 strikeouts, this being the last, Maddux might have thrown a Maddux.  He walked away with 107 scoreless pitches over nine.  Henry Rodriguez took up 5 of those last batch of pitches in his swinging strike.

I’ll be extremely happy when I complete this set

Strikeout #169
September 11, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals

The sixth of nine Ks on the night came in the 6th inning with the Cubs cruising on a 6-run lead.  Geronimo Pena tried but ended up swinging and missing like so many before.