Saturday, January 19, 2019

About that trade bait...

Well, I USED to have a lot of trade bait... here's a fun story about going to a card show with three shoeboxes of trade bait in hand. Sometimes, you find someone who wants a huge chunk of it. Today, that's exactly what happened. I'll admit that this dealer probably came out a just a bit ahead of me in terms of overall value, however I now have a couple of cards I absolutely love and I'm not having to carry around three boxes of trade bait to ever trade night and card show I go to. Most of the cards I traded away were under $2 in value, a smattering of cards worth $10-20 and only one card that would fetch in the $75-100 range. So what did I get? Behold:
Biggio, Bagwell and Altuve triple relic auto /36! This was the much "lower" end card of the two I received and I absolutely freakin' love it. Three of my favorite Astros of all time, all on one card and great signatures.

The other card? Well, it's pretty freakin' awesome too:
6-relic Babe Ruth /25 from Topps Sterling 2010. Wow, this thing is amazing and it's now right center stage in my PC, on the shelf with my other HOF'er autographs/relics. I've always wanted to add a nice higher end Babe Ruth, but other than getting lightning in a bottle I didn't have a lot of hope of that ever happening by opening packs. I traded away dozens of cards I've pulled over the years, but in the end I have a card I reallllllly wanted.

So, I am down to one box of trade bait, and it's rather limited tbh, but here's to growing it back up again! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Blogger Trade - Chris from Nachos Grande

So Chris from Nachos Grande and I have had a stack of cards building for months and months. Finally, we got in touch last week and got the trade completed! I got my cards today:
The crux of the deal was that beautiful blue border Alex Bregman from 2017 Archives. It's numbered /75 and the action shot is great. Awesome card. I picked up the Steinberg because I remember him being an agent for several Oilers back in the day, and his cross over into the movies with his appearance in Jerry Maguire. Plus, pretty cool looking relic. Chris also threw in some random Astros, including that Randy Johnson which I can honestly say I've never seen before! Thanks Chris!

PS - TSHenson - you commented on my blog yesterday, but I have no means of getting in touch with you, please leave me a comment with your e-mail address!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Facebook Trade

After one of the trade nights last weekend, I posted a few of the football hits that I got to that shops' Facebook page. I had managed to pull a decent Josh Allen autograph and I quickly got some trade offers. Since I don't collect much football, I usually try and move it pretty quickly! Here's what I managed to pick up in return for the Allen:
The Yuli is a nice parallel out of /50! And while I'm usually not a huge fan of the fake Topps patch things, I'll take whatever Verlander cards I can find depicting him in an Astros uni! Next, a jumbo Keke Coutee swatch /499. Keke had an uneven year as he couldn't ever quite get that hamstring healthy. Hopefully his sophomore season turns out better as a Texan. Always happy to pick up a Deshaun Watson jersey card, this one /99. Let me tell ya, I LOVE Spectra, I think it's Panini's best product in terms of design and execution. Finally, a couple of Justin Reid autographs. This dude had a monster first year, still can't believe we got him in the 3rd round of the draft. The autos are /49 (XR) and /149 (Illusions).

I have found FB a little less reliable as far as trading goes, rather hit or miss, and a lot of the folks I run into on there still think they can make a living off busting packs, but that is part of the hobby I guess.

I've had several people ask me the same question lately: Do you collect just "hits"? My answer: absolutely not. I'm currently working on a spreadsheet to capture all my numbered parallels and inserts. It's a work in progress. But by all means, if you want to trade base, I'm down for that as well. I have a big backlog of products (a lot of Ginter from the past couple years) as well as just random boxes/packs I've opened along the way. 2018 Chronicles is really about the only set I'm building right now, but I'm always game for getting a nice stack of Astros!

Hope you all are having a wonderful week!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Trade Night Pick Ups

Readers, just a heads up, somehow I'm not getting any e-mails when you guys comment. I'm trying to be good about going and looking to see if there are new comments, but by all means if you want to swing a deal - e-mail me directly -

Alright, there was a local card shop called John's that had trade night Saturday night - here's what I ended up with at the end of the night.
There was actually ZERO trading going on, just like 6 guys with huge cases of high end football showing each other their $400-500 Baker Mayfield autos. Meh.

Once again, see anything you like, let me know!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Random Trade Bait

Here's some of the stuff I've picked up lately that could be yours!
I just kind of went through the trade bait box and made some selections.

Also, wanted to show off this great auto I picked up last weekend in trade at a card show in Arvada, CO.
A freakin' sweet Altuve auto #'ed 2/9. Now, I'll temper my excitement by saying that I don't really care too much for the "Archives Signature Series" brand. But to get this low numbered a card of my guy, I'm pretty stoked.

Have a great Saturday everyone!

Friday, January 11, 2019

A Couple of New Additions

Going through the process of moving and unpacking, you find stuff that you had forgotten about. Today, here's a couple of cards that are in that mix!
Ever since we won the WS, I'd been wanting to add a Hinch auto and well, here it is! I love the Silver Ink autos in Inception, they are crisp against the black backgrounds.

Since the move, I've been really trying to focus on doing more trading. If you've still got my blog in your list of blogs to read, I'd love a chance to trade. I've got a CRAP TON of trade bait. Just let me know what you're looking for! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

2018 Panini Chronicles Needs List

I know it's been a while, but I'm still around! I've decided to do something a little insane, but fun. I'm going after the full base set of 2018 Panini Chronicles - the mishmash set of 19 separate products that Panini decided to throw into one product. While I disagree with the method, I love the product. I am looking to trade for any of the cards listed below. I have a couple of trades en route, so I'll get this marked up ASAP to clear out any I get. I will trade "hits" for bulk base, so if you've bought a few boxes and want to unload the base cards, let me know and we'll work something out.

So without further ado, here's my needs list by subset:

Chronicles Base:
1, 6, 7, 9, 14, 16, 20, 24, 38, 40, 42, 43, 50, 55

2, 4, 9, 10, 12, 17, 22, 27, 29

Contenders Optic Season Ticket:

Need all except 47

14, 17, 20

Donruss Rated Rookies:
272, 278

Donruss Rated Rookies Season Stat Lines:
Need all EXCEPT 278

7, 19

1, 2, 9, 14, 17, 19

Optic Rated Rookies:
181, 182

1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 19, 20

3, 11, 12, 13, 16, 21, 22, 25, 26, 30

5, 10, 12, 16, 17

2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 25

Rookies & Stars:
1, 13, 16, 18, 19

9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 19, 21, 24, 25

2, 4, 10, 12, 13

Need all EXCEPT: 2, 11, 16, 33, 38, 39, 44, 49, 52, 55, 58, 74, 84, 85, 87

6, 13, 25

6, 19, 20

Updated 1/12/19 with trades received.