Three New Trade Pals

I've been away a few days but caught up some tonight with trade chatter that's been swirling in my inbox.
I've fallen off in recent months as far as posting trades. My "Trades With" page is horribly out of date as I've completed deals with at least another new dozen collectors in the past month and have worked 2nd, 3rd and 4th deals with many others.

But I want to catch up today with a quick thanks to reader Ryan LaMonica. Ryan doesn't have a blog yet, as far as I know, so he's been great with coming to me with trade offers after reviewing my wants/availables posted on my blog's front page. I do that quite a bit myself so it's a welcome relief to have someone approach with offers.

We've already dealt a handful of times in the past couple of months. This time I sent him, well, I'm not exactly sure and I'm too tired to take a look. I believe it was a slew of Heritage 2011 and a few cards from 2010 Update and possibly 2011 Topps and maybe even a Gypsy Queen or two. All I know is that Ryan surprised me with the return package and sent along this:

This was unexpected and I'm grateful. I love jersey relics with a stripe (or a solid standout color - red, blue, etc. but gray and white notsomuch).

Here is a smattering of what else he sent my way.

OK, I'm one of those guys who doesn't like the Yankees. I do believe they're my least favorite team. Oh, who am I kidding - I know this for a fact. (No offense Ryan, AJ and other Yankee lovers.) However, I also believe you can never go wrong with a Babe Ruth card and former Red Paul O'Neill may very well be my favorite former Yankee.

I'm not collecting the Lineage set but I am chasing the retirees.

Here is another examples of some cards I received, but wasn't expecting.

For some reason the Cabrera scan stinks but it's a nice-looking new Cabrera for my collection.
I doubt I'll be able to pick it back up and post all of my full trades for a few months as I've had way too many obligations outside of blogging lately and until we're settled in a permanent residence, well, life is crazy goofy. However, I'll do my best to get some acknowledgments up in some visible way.

For now, I'd like to send thanks to a couple of additional recent trading partners. Jeff Laws at My Sports Obsession and I have traded several times since we both launched our blogs earlier this year. He's a great trading partner. Also, new blogger Robert Mitchell at $30 a week habit and I have been sending some cards to and fro in the past few weeks and he too is a gem mint of a trading friend.

Glad to find awesome new blogs. Eight months in and I'm already starting to feel like the crotchety ol' blogger around here.

If anyone else is interested in trading baseball picture cards, send me a note. As of this moment, I need to touch up some minor moves on my trading pages but they're probably 99.9% updated - 'cept for A&G which gets a makeover tomorrow thanks to three deals in the works.

At the moment, I'm particularly interested in chasing down some more Heritage SPs.

- potch


Heritage Collection: A Love That Grows

Topps released the Heritage '11 set months ago, yet my feelings for it are only now fully formed.

As a card hobbyist reborn earlier this year, Heritage '11 was my first exposure to this throwback set. Clearly the set is made tailored for guys like me - old schoolers at heart.

Still, I was indifferent about Heritage '11 when it first arrived. I'm not exactly sure why, I just know I sent scores of the cards out in trades, figuring I'd just go for the Reds, Tigers, Cubs and a few favorite players.

But as the year wore on, I found myself returning to my Heritage cards. I kept looking at them, appreciating them. Take a look at a sampling, if you would.
Any Frank Robinson as a Red is a great card to me. The inserts overall are quite nice.
I just love the pose and the black parallel Target works particularly well here. This one is up for all of the goths who seem to now be visiting my site. Hello Goths!
Wasn't in the card market for Strasburg mania last year but I do enjoy the classic pose here.
Wistful about his short print status, I'm guessing. Lucky son of a gun.
And so, like many others, I'm working to complete 2011 Heritage. I have needs, of course, and no doubt the short prints will be the bane of my grand set completion plans but I'm committed to staying the course.
Cy Verlander. A rare short print I managed to land in packs.

The All-Star cards look spectacular.
Hey, I think I just found my new collecting focus - alliterative cards!
So, I'll work eBay as needed to complete Heritage '11but consider this a request for help. My Heritage needs are updated - as are my other pages, I'm pretty sure.



Junk Sale, Part Two

The entire point of this post is to help you help me get rid of cards I don't want. I don't necessarily have anything spectacular, hence "junk" sale, but if you're looking to build a collection from your favorite team or teams, then send me a note.

Take a look at this post if you'd like a little more detail.

I had takers the first go-round for the Phillies, Dodgers, Cardinals, Blue Jays - Braves are a little light now - but I have several dozen cards of most of the other teams that I'd like to ship out.

I'm not seeking much of anything in return - a card or two, should you have them, from my want(s) that are posted on the left side of my home page - or feel free to send me your excess Reds or a couple of Cubs or Tigers (both pre-'84) or White Sox ('00 to '05) or suggest a card from my stated player collections. I'm not terribly picky - especially as you'd be helping me clear space.

And, if you'd like to expand the deal to include cards beyond "junk" feel free to make some suggestions. I'm a voracious trader.

This card has nothing to do with this post really. Happy Birthday Mr. Yaz!


I Before E Except After P. Whaaa!?

Months ago, I asked if anyone could explain the card below, and ...

... crickets. 

Maybe it had something to do with the fact I had one follower at the time, myself.

So I ask once more, please. Does anyone know? I'm sure this has likely been discussed in the Wide World of Sports Blogs countless times, but I've missed it. For real, Google searches have revealed nothing.

Oh, and in case you have no idea what I'm talking about, Prince's last name is spelled wrong. Did Topps do this on purpose for some odd reason? Is this card worth $11,000!!!? Ebay says "no" but what the H does it know. I could be holding onto my child's college education - and I have more than one!

(OK, so I'm delusional. Insomnia does this to me.)

And while I'm here posting, if you happen to have GQ for trade, or Heritage ... well, I wrote all about my hopes and best-laid plans here.


A&G and Me: Next Steps

Editor's Note: A version of this post appeared Friday. Blogger hiccuped and it was lost to the ether.

I love baseball cards. That was probably obvious - this being a baseball card blog.

I tend to get caught up in the hullabaloo of the latest and greatest product release. I've enjoyed the various Topps releases this year. I think it was a good year to come back to the hobby after a 27-year hiatus.

Heritage grew on me to the point that I'm crazy about it and will make myself bats chasing the short prints. Gypsy Queen keeps calling my name, especially the lovely bronze- and green-framed papers.
On a related note, looking to deal this gem for the Al Kaline on-card version. Ha ha..but seriously. No? Oh well.
A&G was all fresh and new to me. I bought plenty and my collecting this year took yet another turn.

But now I've decided to wean myself off A&G. I mostly love the set, sure - minus the atrocious verticals - but I need to channel my collecting energies.

I'm not entirely off the product. I really, really want to complete Uninvited Guests, Minds That Made The Future and maybe Mysterious Figures. But beyond those inserts, my 2011 set focus boils down to:

1. Heritage.
2. Gypsy Queen. (Particularly bronze- and green-papers.)

Click here for Heritage needs/availables and here for Gypsy Queen needs/availables and here for the latest on the Kardashians, if that's your thing. And don't forget I have Lineage to barter, too.
Braun very well may be my favorite big-name non-Red, non-Tiger.

Some of the Lineage I have to deal.
My full list of A&Gs for trade appears below. You'll also find a few base set needs from teams I collect and a couple of players I like. I'll create a separate page in the next day or so for my A&Gs.

Enjoy the pursuit. 


A&G Base
2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 17, 18, 26, 31, 35, 51, 54, 58, 58, 61, 63, 73, 75, 77, 84, 91, 94, 94, 99, 102, 114, 116, 118, 131, 142, 143, 144, 146, 146, 150, 153, 157, 159, 162, 174, 182, 182, 184, 192, 199, 199, 202, 203, 212, 213, 222, 222, 224, 225, 229, 230, 237, 239, 241, 243, 246, 249, 249, 254, 258, 259, 260, 269, 269, 271, 273, 284, 285, 289, 291, 297, 298, 300, 312(SP), 312(SP), 317(SP), 322(SP), 331(SP), 341(SP), 342(SP)

A&G Minis Available
58 (black parallel), 94, 99, 279 (black parallel), 284 (black parallel), 310, 316, 321, 331

Hometown Heroes
3, 8, 19, 22, 36, 41, 46, 58, 74, 78, 89, 94, 97, 99

Floating Fortresses
2, 9, 17, 17

Step Right Up
6, 10

Portraits Penultimacy
5, 9, 9 

A&G Needs   

Uninvited Guests
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10   

Minds That Made The Future
1, 2, 4-9, 11, 13-16, 18-22, 24, 25, 28-33, 35, 36, 38, 39

Base Set
46, 68, 81, 82, 100, 140, 147, 164, 170, 194, 198, 223, 275, 293, 299, 308(SP), 324(SP), 325(SP), 343(SP)

World's Most Mysterious Figures
1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10

Hometown Heroes
8, 10, 25, 27, 29, 30, 53, 77, 93, 94


Lineage Trade Bait

I wrote about my lineage experience the other day but now, after a second small purchase, I wanted to post what's available for trade. I know I've read that a couple of bloggers are planning to chase the set.

I'd love to pick up legends in the set or any Reds or Tigers '75 minis. I'm also very eager to acquire more 2011 Heritage - and my needs are updated. 

Below are pictured a few of the cards I have available. The list is here too. Please comment or e-mail me (dw.reds@gmail.com) if you need these and have some trade thoughts. 

20 - Justin Morneau
35 - Hanley Ramirez
41 - Vladimir Guerrero
51 - Hunter Pence
56 - Shane Victorino
56 - Shane Victorino
65 - Josh Johnson
67 - Nelson Cruz
67 - Nelson Cruz
92 - Clay Buchholz
101 - Madison Bumgarner
115 - Chipper Jones
116 - Pedro Alvarez
118 - Todd Helton
124 - Franklin Gutierrez
126 - Shin-Soo Choo
132 - Nick Markakis
142 - Dan Haren
145 - Adrian Gonzalez
149 - Kevin Youkilis
152 - David DeJesus
152 - David DeJesus
153 - B.J. Upton
169 - Cliff Lee
172 - Jose Bautista
180 - Marlon Byrd
199 - CC Sabathia
Checklist 1 of 4

More image examples. Thanks.

Contest at My Sports Obsession

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Premature Auto-Erotica

So I wrote the post below earlier today, thought I saved it as I had another dozen things to add, but apparently in my haste hit "publish". I think I'm all high on life, it being my birthday and what not.

If you saw the post earlier and thought there were a few gaps, well take another look please. I've added a bit more prose and another dozen autograph pics! Thanks.


First off, apologies in advance to all of the weirdos who found this post via Google.

So, a few days ago, I teased my foray into the world of autograph seeking. Hunting these a'grafs (to parlay what I'm pretty sure is the street lingo) wasn't too hard as they came free with the SUPER VIP ticket to The National that I received as an early birthday present.

(Side note: Tomorrow, the 16th, is my actual birthday. Hooray for me for being born!)

While at The National, I couldn't resist meeting a couple of favorites from my childhood. I even stood in the shorter lines to snag a few other signatures. I'm considering holding on to a couple of the extras for a future contest and some may be headed to family members and blogger friends.

Bill Madlock was one of three guests at VIP night. Madlock signed several cards for me. For some reason, he used a pen I wasn't thrilled with on a couple of them, but no huge whoop.
Uh, yeah, that didn't work so well. Actually, looks much better live than scan, thankfully.
Madlock was favorite of mine in the late '70s. He was a four-time batting title champ and won a World Series ring with the Pittsburgh "We Are Family" Pirates. I recall that World Series very well and was rooting hard for Willie Stargell, Dave Parker, Madlock and Kent Tekulve. The Pirates have ranked in my top echelon of teams ever since.

Madlock loved it when he saw this card.

I wrote about the Hostess cards a few months ago and how much those cards still mean to me. This was my first opportunity to get one signed so I went for it. I considered leaving it at home but thought it might be fun to get a signature and unite my past and present a bit. The best/worst part for me is this was by far my worst cut. Lovely.

The other baseballer in the Very Important People room was Don Kessinger. As a kid, I knew his name but basically nothing about him. He seemed like a good guy as he chatted everyone up with his Arkansas twang. Here are the cards he signed.
Great signature. I particularly love how the '76 looks. No, silly me didn't grab a Cubs Kessinger in time.

Next up, Dick Fosbury - he of the Flop variety. Fosbury was the third VIP in the room. I had nothing for him to sign and pulled out a note card. I didn't scan it but he signed it: "Dick Fosbury, '68 Gold". Nice guy.

During the regular show days I met several other former semi-stars: Jack "The Ripper" Clark, The Brothers Reuschel, Leon "Bull" Durham, Buddy Bell, Lee Smith and Stan Bahnsen. Bahnsen was Rookie of the Year for the Yankees in '68. Who knew. I wasn't planning on getting his signature and didn't have a card. When a pal from the previous day's line saw me, he said I should walk over there and use my Bahnsen ticket. Basically no line at all. Bought the first Bahnsen I could find, for 20 cents, at the table next to where I was standing and headed on over.
Here are some of their signatures put to cardboard. First up are my four favorites from the show.
Bell's rookie card. I grabbed this at the show.
This looks tremendous in hand.
Signature in black pops nicely with the border.

I gave away a couple of cards to seekers in line, including a Rick Reuschel Cubs, but I hung on to this one and took advantage of the rare chance to get two big league brothers signing the same card. Why Topps put Paul's name where Rick is picture and Rick's name where Paul is pictured is anybody's guess. Alphabetical? Silly though.

Along with Madlock, I was most excited about Buddy Bell. I always followed his career and was thrilled when he landed on the Reds later in his career. Of course, in my haste the night before the show, I forgot to pull a card of him on the Reds.

Here are some more from the big show:
The other Lee card. Also love this. Arguably nicer than the first but I'm so partial to the '83s.

Love, love the '83; wrote on his eye with the one immediately above. Ick.
Such a classic shot for me. Great signature.

Believe it or not, I have one more Bell around here that I forgot to scan.
In one word, here's my final and authoritative word on the signers based on my two seconds with them. Well, it's also based on my time spent staring at them while in line.

Jack Clark: Swarthy  (By the way, realized I didn't scan the Clark. I'll probably add it here later or in another post.)

Bill "Mad Dog" Madlock: Happy
Don Kessinger: Folksy
Paul Reuschel: Awshucks
Rick Reuschel: Meh
Buddy Bell: Sophisticated
Lee Smith: Awesome
Leon Durham: Disappointing
Stan Bahnsen: Bored

I brought along three old baseballs I had purchased a decade ago for a White Sox charity night meet and greet and I bought one more at the show. The balls were signed by Madlock, Kessinger, Smith and Bell.


My First Lineage Experience

Because I can't stand to be left on the sidelines, I picked up some Lineage last night at the local Wal-Mart while buying coloring supplies for my daughter. Or is it that I picked up coloring supplies for my daughter while at the local Wal-Mart buying baseball cards? I can never remember.

I have mixed feelings about these cards.

I love the mini-75s and managed to snag a whopping one in two rack packs.
As for the rest, well by nature I tend to love looking at any new card set. It's in my blood. The thrill isn't gone yet. I imagine everyone has seen the backs posted on other blogs by now. I don't understand why so many of these sets can't just stick with the stats.

For now, I'm thinking I'll just pick up some Reds and Tigers, other players I collect, various cards of the legends and then call it a day. Hope to eventually land Andre Dawson, Joey Votto, Frank Thomas - probably some other PCs I'm missing.

As for last night's purchases, no Tigers in the two rack packs but a few Reds!

Here are some of my favorites:

Jay Bruce
Johnny Bench
A Shiny Guy That I Collect
I must lean old school because these legends on cards just look better to me than the whippersnappers. I was pleased to pull:

Cal Ripken Jr. (The trophy does it for me.)
Sandy Koufax (this one too, cannot argue with snagging any Koufax)
Whitey Ford (nice action shot - take my word for it)
Walter Johnson (Big Train! Still love that nick.)
Jackie Robinson (always nice, although I'm about to send him away in a deal for the beloved Al Kaline)
Mickey Mantle (yeah, overkill, but I truly love this card!)
Meanwhile, here are some more Lineage cards for your viewing pleasure. All are up for trade. I'm setting aside Dunn for Jeff and Helton for Johnny until I hear otherwise. Enjoy!

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