Tuesday, June 25, 2013

2013 Topps Allen & Ginter - More Fluff than Pillowcase of Cotton Candy



Ah, yes, Allen & Ginter, that good ol' old-timey baseball card set from Topps. Don't confuse it with the other good ol' old-timey baseball card sets from Topps, like Topps Heritage or Gypsy Queen.

No, my friends, what makes Allen & Ginter unique is all of the fluff that nobody likes. "Fluff?," you say, "My precious dollars are not wasted on this superb product, are they?" Yes, you are wasting your money.

Topps' 2013 Allen & Ginter is so full of fluff it makes a bloviating proselytizer look like he has no hot air.

The fluff in Topps 2013 Allen & Ginter comes in many different unnecessary insert sets (regular and mini size!):
  • One Little Corner (all about the Solar System)
  • Palaces and Strongholds (forts and homes to the world's royalty)
  • Martial Mastery (10 cards) 
  • Civilizations of Ages Past (20 cards)
  • The First Americans (15 cards, honoring Native American tribes)
  • Inquiring Minds (20 cards, honoring philosophers)
  • Heavy Hangs the Head (30 cards)
  • Codes, Ciphers and Cryptographs (10 cards, famous codes)
  • Peacemakers (10 cards)
  • Famous Finds (10 cards)
Hot dog! 10 different insert sets of crap.  And don't even get me started on the Nick Wallenda Topps Allen & Ginter card...
2013 Topps Allen and Ginter Nik Wallenda 216x300 Image


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Zistle Trading Update

I’ve been using Zistle for a couple of months now and have very much enjoyed the Wiki-like interface and the ease of trading with other collectors. As I emphasized before, it is very encouraging to find an online barter-based mechanism for collecting rather than cash- or credit-based mechanism (eBay, Listia, COMC, etc.), as those sites inevitably lead to huge economic loss.

So, a brief update, here are four trades that I have completed thus far using Zistle:

Trade #1

I received:
     1960 Topps Main Set #330 Harvey Kuenn

I traded:
     2012 Topps Update Main Set #US105 Mat Latos
     2012 Topps Update Main Set #US56 Matt Diaz
     2012 Topps Update Main Set #US155 Franklin Morales
     2012 Topps Update Main Set #US36 Juan Cruz
     2012 Topps Update Main Set #US35 Craig Breslow
     2012 Topps Update Main Set #US18 Tom Wilhelmsen

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Trade #2

I received:
     1997 Donruss Signature Autographs #28 Todd Dunwoody #/3900    
     2011 Topps Update Main Set #US234 Brandon Crawford RC

I traded:
     2012 Topps Update Golden Moments #GM-U35 Eric Hosmer    
     2003 Topps Record Breakers #MS Mike Sweeney 1    
     1999 UD Choice Main Set #9 Carlos Beltran    
     2012 Topps Update Golden Moments #GM-U47 George Brett    
     2011 Bowman Main Set #53 David DeJesus    
     1999 Upper Deck MVP Silver Script #98 Carlos Beltran    
     2004 Upper Deck First Pitch Main Set #102 Jason Grimsley    
     2003 Topps Heritage Main Set #107 Joe Randa    
     2000 Upper Deck MVP Main Set #164 Johnny Damon    
     2000 Upper Deck MVP Main Set #165 Mike Sweeney    
     2000 Upper Deck MVP Main Set #166 Mark Quinn    
     2009 Topps Allen and Ginter Main Set #276 Michael Phelps    
     2001 Topps Main Set #534 Brett Laxton    
     2008 Topps Main Set #597 Kyle Davies    
     2001 Topps Main Set #748 Michael Matthews RC Jason Kaanoi

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Trade #3

I received:
     2012 Topps Archives Main Set #223 Cecil Fielder SP    
     2012 Topps Archives Main Set #23 Chris Young    
     2012 Topps Archives Main Set #31 Joe Morgan    
     2012 Topps Archives Main Set #13 Mark Teixeira    
     2012 Topps Archives Main Set #4 Matt Garza
     1999 Upper Deck MVP Main Set #51 Carlos Lee

I traded:
    1995 Topps Bazooka Main Set #32 Will Clark    
     1998 Donruss Preferred Main Set #42 Will Clark GS    
     2012 Topps Update Main Set #US208 Tyler Moore RC    
     2012 Topps Update Main Set #US276 Matt Harvey    
     1999 Pacific Omega Main Set #32 Will Clark

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Trade #4

I received:
     2012 Topps Archives Main Set #3 Jered Weaver    
     2012 Topps Archives Main Set #9 Brett Gardner    
     2012 Topps Archives Main Set #16 Yunel Escobar    
     2012 Topps Archives Main Set #88 Mike Schmidt    
     2012 Topps Archives Main Set #91 Ted Lily    
     2012 Topps Archives Main Set #103 Ricky Romero    
     2012 Topps Archives Main Set #116 Alex Avila    
     2012 Topps Archives Main Set #122 Dustin Pedroia    
     2012 Topps Archives Main Set #160 Prince Fielder    
     2012 Topps Archives Main Set #167 Michael Pineda    
     2012 Topps Archives Main Set #176 Eric Hosmer    
     2012 Topps Archives Main Set #188 Vance Worley
    1955 Topps Main Set #5 Jim Gilliam (SGC Graded 40)

I traded:
    1998 Sports Illustrated World Series Fever Autumn Excellence #2 Kirby Puckett