Monday, April 24, 2017

Boston Red Sox Trade Bait, Part 1

In my search for team sets over the years I have accumulated a lot of Red Sox trade bait. I have more Red Sox for trade than any other team. I have so many that I'm going to divide them into multiple posts.

Red Sox Trade Bait
1952 Topps Ellis Kinder
1956 Topps 5 different cards, email me for details
1957 Topps 25 cards
1958 Topps 33 including Ted Williams All-Star
1959 Topps I have the entire team set
1960 Topps 34 cards
1961 Topps 27
1962 Topps 27
1963 Topps 24 including Johnny Pesky
1964 Topps entire team including Pesky and Carl Yastrzemski
1965 Topps 26
1966 Topps entire team including Yastrzemski
1967 Topps 26 including Yastrzemski
1968 Topps entire team including Yastrzemski
1969 Topps entire team including Yastrzemski
1970 Topps entire team including Yastrzemski
1971 Topps entire team including Yastrzemski and Luis Aparicio
1972 Topps entire team including Yastrzemski, Aparicio, and Carlton Fisk  (rookie)
1973 Topps entire team including Yastrzemski, Aparicio, Fisk, and Luis Tiant
1974 Topps entire team including Yastrzemski, Aparicio, Fisk, Tiant, Juan Marichal, and Orlando Cepeda

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

In Today's Mail - baseball set

I bought my first complete baseball card set at a local card shop on France Avenue in Bloomington, MN in 1986. Every year after that I did the same thing, but not at that shop. It was a lot tidier to purchase all at once instead of piecing together one by one, and it resulted in a lot less doubles. (and it might have been cheaper) The annual purchase was done for the last time in 2005. I thought that would be it. But then a couple years ago I saw a Topps complete set for sale at a LCS that was Red Sox themed. I did a little research and found out Topps did that through 2010. So I began looking for good deals to get all the Red Sox themed complete sets. Today in the mail the 2009 version arrived.
That just leaves 2004 that I'm still looking to find one day. The UPS driver left the package on the edge of the front step, meaning it was exposed to steady rain for probably a couple hours. The box was directly wrapped in brown paper bag, so there was no padding or protection. The brown paper was soaked, but luckily the Topps shrink wrap protected the cards inside. Not that today's cards aren't waterproof, ha!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Minnesota Twins I Have for Trade

The Minnesota Twins are the local favorite team. I grew up in a house of Twins fans. I'm the black sheep of the family in that regard. And then I married into another Twins family. Next to the Red Sox, I have more Twins cards than any other team. It used to be the opposite. I used to have fewer Twins than any other team because they were quick trade bait to my brother and others. But two years ago they jumped to #2 when I received my father-in-law's collection. Here is a high level overview of the number of each set I have to trade. I'd be happy to provide the details if anyone is interested. Some that have a lot of cards in the set may be the entire team even if not noted as such.

Twins Trade Bait
1961 Topps 7 including Jim Kaat
1962 Topps 8 including Kaat and Billy Martin
1963 Topps 6 including Kaat
1963 Post Jim Kaat
1964 Topps 3
1965 Topps 10
1966 Topps 3
1967 Topps 12
1968 Topps 14 including Kaat and Harmon Killebrew
1969 Topps 6
1970 Topps 9 including Rod Carew and Luis Tiant
1971 Topps 14 including Bert Blyleven and Tiant
1972 Topps 17 including Killebrew
1973 Topps 16
1974 Topps 20+ including Killebrew and Blyleven
1975 Topps 4 including Killebrew
1976 Topps 15
1977 Topps 8 including Carew
1978 Topps 7 including Carew
1979 Topps 6
1980 Topps 20+
1981 Topps 16
1981 Donruss 19
1981 Fleer 2
1982 Topps 9
1982 Donruss 8 including Roy Smalley Diamond King
1982 Fleer 20+
1983 Topps 15
1983 Fleer 5
1984 Topps 20+
1984 Fleer 3
1985 Topps 17
1985 Donruss 16
1986 Topps 20+ including Kirby Puckett and Bert Blyleven
1986 Donruss 7 including Blyleven
1986 Fleer 6
1986 Fleer Baseball's Best Blyleven
1987 Topps 20+ including Puckett and Blyleven
1987 Donruss 8 including Blyleven
1987 Fleer 5
1988 Topps 20+ including Puckett, Blyleven, and Don Baylor
1988 Donruss 20+ including Puckett, Blyleven, and Gary Gaetti Diamond King
1988 Fleer entire team including Puckett, Blyleven, Baylor, and Steve Carlton
1988 Score 19 including Blyleven and Puckett
1989 Topps 20+ including Puckett
1989 Donruss 20+ including Puckett, Blyleven, and Frank Viola Diamond King
1989 Fleer entire team including Puckett and Blyleven
1989 Score entire team including Puckett
1989 Upper Deck 6 including Puckett
1989 Bowman 16
1990 Topps 20+ including Puckett
1990 Donruss 20+ including Puckett
1990 Fleer entire team including Puckett
1990 Score entire team including Puckett
1990 Upper Deck entire team including Puckett
1990 Bowman 10
1990 Leaf 2
1991 Topps 20+
1991 Donruss 20+ including Puckett and Brian Harper Diamond King
1991 Fleer entire team including Puckett
1991 Score 20+ including Puckett and Jack Morris
1991 Upper Deck entire team including Puckett and Morris
1991 Bowman 3
1991 Leaf 3
1991 Stadium Club 2
1991 Studio 3 including Morris
1991 Post Puckett
1992 Topps 11 including Morris
1992 Donruss 20+ including Puckett, Morris, and Scott Erickson Diamond King
1992 Fleer entire team including Puckett and Morris
1992 Score 15 including Puckett and Morris
1992 Upper Deck entire team including Puckett and Morris
1992 Leaf 6
1992 Stadium Club 20+
1992 Studio 10 including Puckett
1992 Ultra entire team
1993 Topps entire team including Puckett
1993 Topps Gold 3
1993 Donruss 3
1993 Fleer 14 including Dave Winfield
1993 Upper Deck entire team including Puckett and Winfield
1993 Leaf 3
1993 Stadium Club Winfield
1993 Pinnacle 9
1993 Flair Puckett
1994 Topps entire team including Puckett and Winfield
1994 Topps Black Gold 2 including Puckett
1994 Fleer 2
1994 Score 3 including Torii Hunter
1994 Upper Deck 6 including Puckett and Winfield
1994 Bowman Winfield
1994 Leaf 7 including Winfield
1994 Stadium Club 4
1994 Ultra 8 including Winfield
1994 Studio 2 including Winfield
1994 Pinnacle 5
1994 Post Puckett
1994 Collector's Choice 2 including Winfield
1994 Ted Williams Harmon Killebrew
1995 Fleer 2
1995 Score 8
1995 Upper Deck 2
1995 Leaf 3
1995 Flair Puckett
1996 Fleer 2
1996 Upper Deck Puckett
1996 Upper Deck Young at Heart Paul Molitor
1996 Leaf 3 including Puckett
1996 Studio 3 including Paul Molitor
1996 Finest 2 including Puckett
1996 Pacific 2
1997 Topps 3
1997 Donruss 7
1997 Upper Deck 2
1998 Topps 2
1998 Leaf 3 including Molitor
1999 Topps 4
1999 Fleer Tradition 4 including Molitor
1999 Collector's Choice 2
1999 SPx die cuts 2 including Molitor
1999 Ultra 3
2000 Topps 9
2000 Topps Archives Killebrew
2000 Fleer Tradition entire team including Torii Hunter
2000 Fleer Tradition Greats of the Game Kirby Puckett
2001 Topps 8 including Hunter
2001 Topps Archives Killebrew
2001 Upper Deck 2
2001 Fleer Focus David Ortiz


Friday, April 14, 2017

Not My Local Card Shops

I'm in Minneapolis for Easter weekend. Thanks to Brian at Highly Subjective and Completely Arbitrary for making me aware of his favorite local card shops. This afternoon was card shop day. (and in return tomorrow is outlet mall day 👎) My first stop was Three Star Sportscards in Roseville.
They had a very nice selection of cards, but not organized very well. If you had time to sit and sift through boxes and boxes and binders and binders that are unmarked you will surely find a treasure. The best thing about the place was the sports banter between the owner and patrons. I like shops like that. I'll definitely go back when I'm in town again and have more time. The owner said they are relocating soon.

My second stop was Ultimate Collectibles in downtown Hopkins.
Imagine my surprise to walk in and find all the card cases empty! It turned out the store had been burglarized a couple of nights ago! All the valuable stuff had been swiped. The owner told me what kind of stuff that was lifted and it was stuff that would have been up my alley. (Lots of vintage) The insurance adjuster was there at the same time, and it sounds like they will be able to restock and pick up again soon. The store also had lots of collectibles besides cards, bobbleheads and records and whatnot, which I don't collect.

My third and last stop was Twin City Sportscards in Golden Valley.
This store I had been to before in its old location. The new building has a lot more room, is spread out, and well organized. Unfortunately the prices were absurd. I saw a number of vintage cards I wanted, but knew I could get them much cheaper elsewhere. Cards I've purchased recently on ebay or COMC were priced double what I had paid. But the selection and space was by far the best. I'll be back here too. So three shops visited and no purchases made. But a very enjoyable day with fellow card lovers!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

New York Yankees I Have for Trade

Here are the number of Yankees cards I have for each year and brand. I'd be glad to go into more detail upon request. In addition to the cards listed here, I also have odds and ends from various brands. Please let your Yankees collector friends know!

New York Yankees Trade Bait
1971 Topps 4
1972 Topps 8
1973 Topps 6
1974 Topps 17
1978 Topps 12 including Reggie Jackson
1978 TCMA Roger Maris
1979 Topps 20+ including Jackson, Catfish Hunter, and Goose Gossage
1980 Topps I have the whole team including Jackson, Gossage, Tommy John, Jim Kaat, and Luis Tiant.
1981 Topps 20+ including Jackson, Gossage, John, Tiant, and Gaylord Perry
1981 Donruss 14 including Jackson, John, Tiant, and Perry
1981 Fleer 5
1982 Topps 20+ including Jackson, Gossage
1982 Donruss 4
1983 Topps 20+ including Gossage, Dave Winfield, and Ken Griffey
1984 Topps 20+ including Don Mattingly, Gossage, Griffey, and Don Baylor
1984 Fleer 2 including Baylor
1985 Topps 20+ including Mattingly, Winfield, Griffey, and Phil Niekro
1986 Topps 16 including Baylor
1986 Fleer 2 including Phil Niekro
1987 Topps 20+ including Rickey Henderson, Winfield, and Tommy John
1987 Donruss Mattingly
1988 Topps 3
1988 Donruss 4
1989 Topps 3 including Winfield
1989 Donruss 14 including Winfield and Henderson
1989 Bowman 17 including Winfield
1990 Donruss 9 including Winfield and Gossage
1990 Bowman 20+ including Mattingly and Winfield
1990 Upper Deck 4
1991 Topps 2
1991 Donruss 20+ including Mattingly
1991 Fleer 2
1992 Topps 20+ including Bernie Williams and Mattingly
1992 Score Bernie Williams
1992 Stadium Club 5
1993 Topps 12 including Derek Jeter
1993 Topps Gold 2
1993 Fleer 2
1993 Leaf 4 including Wade Boggs
1993 Select 2
1994 Fleer 2 including Boggs
1994 Leaf 3
1995 Fleer 3
2000 Fleer Tradition Bernie Williams
2001 Topps Hall of Fame 500 Home Run Club Reggie Jackson
2015 Topps Museum Collection Mark Teixeira


Monday, April 3, 2017

Cards with a Story, Part 3

I'm watching the North Carolina-Gonzaga game so a very short post tonight.
This 1980 Topps Fred Lynn card came out the very same year I started playing organized baseball. I loved the shot of Lynn, and I imagined he was running to the dugout from center field after a third out. For some reason I took to the way he tucked his glove up under his armpit as he ran and I started doing the same thing in my baseball games. Now I was always pitching or playing first base, so I didn't have as far to run in. But I did it anyway. I wanted to be like Fred.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Cincinnati Reds I Have for Trade

Here's a list of trade bait I have of the Cincinnati Reds. If you know any Reds collectors in the blog-o-sphere, please pass the word. I'm not going to list out every single card, but the number I have from each set should give an idea of where my strengths are. Please contact me for any detailed lists.

Cincinnati Reds Trade Bait
1972 Topps 6 including George Foster and Johnny Bench In Action
1973 Topps 5 including Pete Rose
1974 Topps 18 including Rose, Bench, Joe Morgan, and Tony Perez
1975 Topps Pete Rose
1976 Topps Morgan and Perez
1977 Topps 4 including Rose, Morgan, and Ken Griffey
1978 Topps 12 including Rose, Morgan, Bench, Foster, and Tom Seaver
1979 Topps over 20 including Rose, Morgan, Bench, Foster, and Seaver
1980 Topps the whole team including Morgan, Bench, Foster, Seaver, and Griffey
1981 Topps over 20 including Bench, Foster, Seaver, and Griffey
1981 Donruss 9 including Bench, Foster, Seaver, and Griffey
1981 Fleer 2
1982 Topps over 20 including Bench, Foster, Seaver, and Griffey
1982 Donruss 2 including Griffey
1983 Topps over 20 including Bench and Seaver
1984 Topps over 20
1985 Topps over 20 including Pete Rose and Dave Parker
1985 Donruss 2 including Parker
1986 Topps 18 including Rose, Parker, and Perez
1986 Fleer Baseball's Best 2
1987 Topps over 20
1987 Fleer 3
1988 Topps 2
1988 Donruss 5 including Parker
1989 Bowman 16 including Barry Larkin
1990 Donruss 2
1990 Bowman 15 including Larkin and Griffey
1990 Score Barry Larkin
1991 Topps 3 including Larkin
1991 Donruss 16 including Larkin
1991 Fleer 3
1992 Topps 4
1992 Stadium Club 8
1992 Score Select 2
1992 Ultra 7
1992 Kellogg's Tony Perez
1993 Topps 13 including Larkin
1993 Topps Gold 3
1993 Fleer 3
1993 Leaf 9 including Larkin
1994 Leaf 2
1995 Fleer 2
1995 Leaf Deion Sanders
1995 Finest Refractors Deion Sanders
1997 Finest Refractors Deion Sanders