Saturday, January 31, 2015

Bo's Mega Trade-a-Thon

You may remember back in the fall when in two different Craigslist deals I acquired about 40,000 cards for about $100 total. It has taken me months but now I am at the point where all of the cards are sorted and organized, and split into cards I needed and cards for trade. Of the lot I got there are about 25,000 cards to trade.

I have a pretty standard (albeit detailed) process I go through whenever I get new cards. First, sort the cards into order by set and year. Then, go through my Beckett Almanac (a few years out of date now) which I use as a master checklist to figure out which cards I need. Then I update my tradelist and my wantlist. After that, I have a spreadsheet of cards by player that I update, and then finally I integrate the for-trade cards into the trade boxes and the keepers into my main collection, both of which as sorted by set and year.

With 25,000 cards to trade, I don’t really want to have to add that many cards to the wantlist, and to integrate that many cards into trade boxes. Much more fun to do work with the cards I’m keeping. Besides, the point of getting duplicates is to trade them, not catalog and save them. So, I’d like to trade as many of these cards as possible at this stage, before I update the tradelist. Therefore, I am instituting Bo's Mega Trade-a-Thon.

What I have done is compile a detailed list of cards I have for trade so people can let me know what they are interested in. I know back in September several of you [see below] expressed interest in certain cards, so they will get what they asked for (assuming they are still interested). However, I would ask people who are interested in cards from a team to let me know if there are certain years/sets they are or are not interested in. Otherwise I will give (one of) every card from that team. There are multiples of many cards so I can definitely accommodate multiple requests for a team, first come first served. As you will see there is not much junk wax, most of this is in the 93-98 era, but a lot of people might not want 1991 Score or 1992 Donruss. There are a few 1993 sets that there are a TON of cards from – Pinnacle, Score, Stadium Club and particularly Upper Deck. 1996 Topps too. I hope I can get some takers for those. Also there is a lot of football, basketball and hockey that I would love to trade for some baseball cards.

However, I hope I get more than just team requests! I know the blogosphere is dominated by team bloggers, and I have to admit it kind of annoys me when people automatically earmark their dupes by team. I know it’s easier but non-team-specific collectors like me probably miss out on a lot. If you have interest in certain sets, players, mini-collections, whatever, bring it on! I will prioritize these type of requests over team requests (i.e. if one person needs a card because it fills a set need and another because it is their favorite need, it will go to the set need), but am more than happy to fill team requests as well. 25,000 cards divided by 30 teams equals over 800 cards per team, plenty to go around.

Here is the list of what people started claiming back in September (please let me know if you still want and/or need to refine what you are looking for):
AdamE: 90’s Red Sox
Scott Crawford: various set needs
Dominicfdny: Red Sox
Prowling Cat: 95 Studio
Tony L.: Mid-to-Late 90’s Brewers
Mets Cardboard: Mets
Bru: Astros

What I plan to do is wait (while updating my currently a-bit-out-of-date want list) for all requests to come in, then do one pass-through of all the dupes and sort by who is getting what. I am moving (the third and last time in the last twelve months) and my new house will have a room that I can dedicate to my ever-expanding collection (and lock so my three-year-old can’t destroy it). Once I am settled after the move I will have everyone’s request and start sorting all those dupes into (hopefully) a whole bunch of trade piles.

As for what I would like in return, my written wantlist just scratches the surface of what I am looking for. I love oddballs, minor league cards, or really anything else that I don’t already have. I’m an omnivorous collector so I’m pretty easy to please. If anything I enjoy a trade package full of random, unexpected stuff even more than a bunch of hits off my wantlist. Plus if everyone goes for my wantlist I’ll probably get a lot of the same cards from multiple people. (My wantlist also includes my list of already-completed sets). Basically, as long as you have plenty of cards to trade from the post-1993 era (or oddballs from the 1977-1993 era) you will be able to make me happy.

Here is a tally of the cards available to trade, with approximate number of cards available for each set, to give you an idea of what is available.  (And if we haven’t traded before or recently, be sure to check out my tradelist as well!) This includes duplicate cards for most of these sets. In most cases, there are only common cards and semi-stars – the lot that made up the bulk of the baseball cards had all the stars pulled (there are relatively more stars in the other sports):
89 Bowman: 1 card (Tim Burke, Expos)
98 Bowman: 200 cards
98 Bowman Chrome: 7 cards
94 Bowman’s Best: 14 cards
98 Bowman’s Best: 40 cards
98 Circa Thunder: 40 cards
94 Classic 4 Sport Draft: 1 card (Kelly Wunsch, Brewers)
96 Classic Assets: 3 cards (two Paul Wilsons and a Barry Bonds)
94 Collectors Choice: 200 cards
95 Collectors Choice: 300 cards
95 Collectors Choice SE: 150 cards
88 Donruss: 1 card (Claudell Washington, Yankees)
88 Donruss Opening Day: 2 cards (Brett Butler, Rich Dotson)
92 Donruss: 700 cards
92 Donruss Triple Play: 1 card (Eddie Zosky, Blue Jays)
93 Donruss; 600 cards
93 Donruss Triple Play: 100 cards
93 Donruss Triple Play Action Baseball: 11 cards (4 Joyners, 2 Curtises, 1 Guzman and 4 Justices)
94 Donruss Special Edition: 25 cards
95 Donruss: 300 cards
96 Donruss: 600 cards
02 Donruss Rookies: 1 card (Drew Henson, Yankees)
14 Donruss: 10 cards
95 Emotion: 16 cards
94 Finest: 40 cards
95 Finest: 3 cards (Joey Hamilton, Jose Rijo, Deion Sanders)
96 Finest: 40 cards
98 Finest: 25 cards
93 Flair: 250 cards
95 Flair: 40 cards
81 Fleer Star Stickers: 25 cards
87 Fleer Update: 125 cards (full set just missing the checklist and a few key rookies)
87 Fleer Team Logo Sticker cards: 20 cards
93 Fleer Final Edition: 6 cards
94 Fleer: 70 cards
95 Fleer: 200 cards
95 Fleer Update: 9 cards
96 Fleer: 60 cards
96 Fleer Update: 13 cards
98 Fleer Tradition: 325 cards
98 Fleer Tradition Vintage ’63 parallels: 18 cards
05 Fleer National Pastime: 16 cards (all big stars including multiples of Sosa, Matsui, Jeter and Maddux)
90 Leaf: 100 cards
93 Leaf: 400 cards
94 Leaf: 400 cards (some of these had major issues with sticking to each other)
94 Leaf Limited: 4 cards (Lee Smith, Carlos Baerga, Jimmy Key, Danny Tartabull)
94 Leaf Limited Rookies: 3 cards (Steve Dunn, Norberto Martin, Tim Davis)
95 Leaf: 125 cards
96 Leaf: 250 cards
96 Metal: 25 cards
91 O-Pee-Chee Premier: 90 cards
98 Pacific Paramount: 3 cards (Todd Jones, Mark Bellhorn, Tom Candiotti)
92 Pinnacle: 615 cards (there was a full set and all I needed was a few star cards)
93 Pinnacle: 1,000 cards (hope a lot of you have tons of needs from this set…)
94 Pinnacle: 300 cards
95 Pinnacle: 125 cards
96 Pinnacle: 175 cards
98 Pinnacle Inside: 5 cards (Womack, Brady Anderson, Kotsay, Kent, Lofton Double Steal)
98 Pinnacle Performers: 25 cards
90 Post: 1 card (Pedro Guerrero, Cardinals)
91 Score: 800 cards
91 Score Cooperstown Card: 1 card (Will Clark, Giants)
94 Score: 150 cards
94 Score Rookie/Traded: 40 cards
95 Score: 125 cards
96 Score: 425 cards (including three Bip Roberts sombrero cards, a must for every blogger)
98 Score Rookie/Traded: 125 cards
97 Score Board: 7 cards
93 Select: 1,150 cards (the set only has 405 cards!)
93 Select Stat Leaders: 3 cards (Grissom/Pendleton, Daulton, Wetteland)
94 Select: 50 cards
95 Select: 25 cards
96 Select: 200 cards
95 Signature Rookies: 17 cards (including 10 checklists)
98 Skybox Dugout Axcess: 6 cards
94 SP: 12 cards
94 SP HoloView: 1 card (Andy Van Slyke, Pirates – turn the card and he smiles at you)
95 SP: 40 cards
98 SP Authentic: 10 cards
96 Sportflix: 16 cards
98 Sports Illustrated World Series Fever: 15 cards
98 SPX: 1 card (Gregg Jefferies - #’d 2611/9000)
91 Stadium Club: 500 cards
93 Stadium Club: 1,400 cards (!)
94 Stadium Club: 500
94 Stadium Club Draft Picks: 200 cards (out of a 90 card set)
95 Stadium Club: 150 cards
96 Stadium Club: 175 cards
98 Stadium Club: 225 cards
88 Starting Lineup: 2 cards (Both Mets - Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry)
93 Studio: 175 cards
94 Studio: 75 cards
95 Studio: 5 cards (Baerga, Jaha, Midre Cummings, Brady Anderson, Andy Benes)
96 Studio: 9 cards
98 Studio: 1 card (Ron Wright, Pirates)
96 Summit: 50 cards
93 Ted Williams: 50 cards
78 Topps: 2 cards (Both Mets – Mike Vail and Craig Swan)
79 Topps: 1 card (Tom Hausman, Mets)
80 Topps: 1 card (Skip Lockwood, Mets)
88 Topps: 1 card (Willie Randolph, Yankees)
91 Topps: 110 cards
94 Topps Traded: 6 cards
95 Topps Embossed: 1 card (Pat Hentgen, Blue Jays)
96 Topps: 1,050 cards
98 Topps Gallery: 125 cards
98 Topps Stars: 100 cards
02 Topps: 1 card (Joe Torre, Yankees)
06 Topps: ’52 Rookies (6 cards in various degrees of wear and tear. Ronny Paulino is missing  one corner)
07 Topps Allen & Ginter: 1 card (Mariano Rivera, Yankees)
07 Topps Allen & Ginter Sketch  Cards: 2 cards (Both Derek Jeter. These cards say 1/1 but that is an error, they were mass-produced)
07 Topps Heritage: 1 card (Cards Fence Busters)
10 Topps 206: 1 card (Conor Jackson, Diamondbacks – card is in rough shape)
11 Topps: 2 cards (Freddie Freeman, Luke Scott)
92 Ultra: 400 cards
93 Ultra: 450 cards
94 Ultra: 125 cards
95 Ultra: 200 cards
96 Ultra: 80 cards
98 Ultra: 5 cards (2 Millwoods, Francisco Cordova, D’Amico, Aven)
91 Upper Deck: 450 cards
92 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Ted Williams: 1 card (1941 - .406!)
93 Upper Deck: 3,600 cards (there is one of almost every card from Series 1, and then the guy must have bought hundreds of packs of series two. No Jeters but just about everything else. If you ever wanted to start collecting this set, here is a golden chance)
94 Upper Deck: 450 cards (including a Jeter)
94 Upper Deck Minors: 1 card (Jimmy Haynes, Orioles)
95 Upper Deck: 250 cards
96 Upper Deck: 135 cards
98 Upper Deck: 20 cards
01 Upper Deck Legends: 20 cards
02 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic: 4 cards (Boggs, Eddie Mathews, Ashburn, Dwight Evans)
07 Upper Deck: 8 cards (half of them are Dennis Sarfate, all are in rough shape)
07 Upper Deck Masterpieces: 2 cards (Lou Gehrig, Kei Igawa)
08 Upper Deck: 1 card (Derek Jeter, Yankees)
96 Zenith: 25 cards

06 Bowman: 2 cards (Both Jets – Kellen Clemens, Brad Smith)
93 Classic 4 Sport Draft: 2 cards: (Roger Harper, Brian Stablein)
95 Classic Assets: 10 cards
04 Donruss Elite: 1 card (Chad Pennington, Jets)
06 Donruss Gridiron Gear: 50 cards
07 Donruss Elite: 16 cards
96 Edge: 1 card (Warren Sapp, Buccaneers)
96 Edge Role Models: 1 card (Tim Brown, Raiders)
98 Finest: 8 cards
06 Finest: 2 cards (Both Plaxico Burress)
06 Flair Showcase: 3 cards (2 Burresses and a Pennington)
98 Fleer Tradition: 1 card (Ray Zellars, Saints)
06 Fleer Hot Prospects: 2 cards (Plaxico Burress; Todd Watkins #’d 403/1150; both cards in rough shape)
06 Leaf Certified Materials: 9 cards (6 Toomers, 2 Shockeys and a Brees)
06 Leaf Rookies & Stars: 1 card (Chad Pennington, Jets)
06 Leaf Rookies & Stars Longevity: 11 cards
96 Pacific: 45 cards
12 Panini Absolute: 30 cards
06 Playoff Absolute: 1 card (Eli Manning, Giants)
07 Playoff Absolute: 1 card (Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers)
07 Playoff Prestige: 1 card (Eli Manning, Giants)
90 Pro Set: 3 cards (Bob St. Clair HOF, Roy Green, Keith Willis)
90 Pro Set Super Bowl: 1 card (SB XXII)
96 Score Board: 16 cards
07 Select: 4 cards (Terrell Owens, Sinorice Moss, Brodie Croyle, LaDanian Tomlinson)
07 SPX: 10 cards
80 Topps: 250 cards (in these early-80s sets there are often two or three of the same card)
81 Topps: 45 cards
83 Topps; 240 cards
87 Topps: 14 cards
87 Topps 1000 Yard Club: 1 card (J.T. Smith, Cardinals)
88 Topps: 45 cards
88 Topps 1000 Yard Club: 4 cards (Al Toon, Henry Ellard, Stump Mitchell, Eric Martin)
06 Topps Chrome: 7 cards
06 Topps Heritage: 1 card: (D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Jets)
06 Topps Chrome Ring of Honor: 5 cards (All are the same Peyton Manning card)
06 Topps Turkey Red: 4 cards (2 each of 2 Jets, Curtis Martin and Jerricho Cotchery)
07 Topps: 175 cards
07 Topps Chrome: 30 cards
07 Topps Hall of Fame: 1 card (Bruce Matthews, Oilers)
94 Ultra: 120 cards
94 Ultra Rick Mirer Rookie of the Year: 2 cards (both #3)
94 Ultra First Rounder: 2 cards (William Floyd, Rob Fredrickson)
94 Ultra Achievement Award: 1 card (John Elway, Broncos)
98 Ultra: 9 cards
96 Upper Deck: 7 cards
98 Upper Deck: 40 cards
00 Upper Deck Gold Reserve: 1 card (Ron Dayne, Giants)
06 Upper Deck Rookie Debut: 29 cards (28 Jonathan Vilmas and a Nick Mangold)

92 Classic Draft Picks: 50 cards
93 Classic Draft 4 Sport: 5 cards (Lindsey Hunter, Ray Thompson, Nick Van Exel, Rex Walters, Christian Laettner)
96 Classic Assets: 25 cards
96 Classic $2 Phone Cards: 8 cards
96 Classic $5 Phone Cards: 1 card (Jason Kidd)
96 Classic $10 Phone Cards: 1 card (Jo eSmith)
96 Edge: 16 cards (all are #’d 48/3100)
96 Edge Rookie Rage: 5 cards (Todd Fuller, Samaki Walker, Mark Pope, Lorenzen Wright, Checklist #2)
96 Edge Hard Court Time Warp: 1 card (Malone/Camby, #’d 1216/12000)
94 Finest: 25 cards
96 Finest: 50 cards
94/95 Flair: 50 cards
95/96 Flair: 150 cards
95/96 Metal: 90 cards
95/96 Metal Atomic: 2 cards (Rik Smits, Derrick Coleman)
95/96 Metal Dynamic: 1 card (Detlef Schrempf, Supersonics)
95/96 Metal Kinetic: 4 cards (2 Van Exels, Blaylock, Kenny Anderson)
95/96 Metal Rookies: 8 cards
95/96 Metal Steel Tower: 1 card (Kevin Willis, Heat)
95/96 NBA Hoops: 6 cards
95/96 NBA Hoops Slamland: 1 card (Derrick Coleman, Nets)
96 Score Board: 20 cards
95 Signature Rookies: 25 cards
90/91 Skybox: 30 cards
95/96 Skybox: 125 cards
96 SPX Holoview Heroes: 1 card (Shaquille O’Neal, Magic)
92 Stadium Club: 225 cards
94 Stadium Club: 45 cards
95/96 Topps: 100 cards
93/94 Ultra: 30 cards
93/94 Ultra Inside/Outside: 2 cards (Dan Majerle, Walt Williams)
93/94 Ultra Rebound King: 1 card (Hakeem Olajuwon, Rockets)
99 Upper Deck: 1 card (Michael Jordan Highway 99)

93 Classic 4 Sport: 3 cards (Janne Niinemaa, Alain Nasseddine, Kevin Paden)
96 Classic Assets: 9 cards
96 Classic $2 Phone Cards: 1 card (Petr Sykora)
95 Donruss: 40 cards
95 Donruss Pro Pointers: 5 cards (Modano, Turcotte, Fleury, Pronger, Witt)
95 Donruss World Junior Team: 1 card (Shean Donovan)
96 Donruss Elite: 325 (out of a 110 card set)
96 Finest: 60 cards
96 Impact: 50 cards
95 Leaf: 115 cards
95/96 Parkhurst: 300 cards
95 Pinnacle: 50 cards
90 Pro Set: 375 cards
95 Signature Rookies: 2 cards (Alexei Morozov, Radek Dvorak)
95 Signature Rookies Sr Force: 1 card (Jaromir Jagr, Penguins)
96 Score Board: 13 cards
96 SP: 30
75/76 Topps: 1 card (Bill Clement, Capitals)
80/81 Topps: 7 cards
87/88 Topps: 135 cards
87/88 Topps All Stars: 3 cards (Ron Hextall, Mark Howe, Mike Liut)
87/88 Topps Logo Stickers: 10 cards
89/90 Topps: 90 cards
92/93 Upper Deck: 1 card (Shawn McEachern, Penguins)

96 Classic Assets: 1 card (Sterling Marlin)
96 Classic Assets $2 Phone Cards: 1 card (Sterling Marlin)
96 Classic Assets $5 Phone Cards: 1 card (Dale Earnhardt)
96 Classic Assets A Cut Above $5 Phone Cards: 1 card (Dale Earnhardt)

Also a wide array of non-sports and non-card stuff.


  1. Ooh! If you want to send me some cards, I'll send you back some cards.

    Good luck with some trades!

  2. i need a ton of Braves from those years to complete some team sets. I could use all (not just braves) of those baseball Ultras to try and finish up those sets. Also wouldnt mind getting those 1996 topps cards to build that set, and to add to the many mini collections of mone, and finish up with the 98 topps stars and topps gallery too. I have a ton of minor league stuff i'd like to get rid of too.

  3. probably a lot there that i am missing but flair dodgers and ultra dodgers would likely top the list. random double play turns, too. no need to be too specific if you want to send me some cards - i'd take any dodgers in trade. thanks!

  4. I'm interested in those '81 Fleer Star Stickers. I'll see what I got from your wants -- it'll take awhile.

  5. I am still down for some Mets! I will go through this list and let you know sets I have the most interest in and the sets you can leave off and reserve for other collectors.

    1. I have no need for the following:

      - Topps from 1980 to 1991
      - 1994, 1995 collectors choice (regular and SE)
      - 1994 Score
      - 1995 Upper Deck

      Everything else is welcome. I have pulled some cards from your wantlist and will look for some more.

  6. I'll trade for any Griffeys you pulled. Also Jay Buhner, Javy Lopez, and Will Clark, if you find any!

  7. The Fleer Metal/Metal Universe cards, too. I'm building the '95 and '96 sets :-)

  8. I would be happy to work out some trades. I collect Mariners, Seahawks, Sonics and Phoenix Suns. For players I collect Griffey, Steve Largent and Steve Kerr.

  9. What a generous offer. I collect catchers, mostly: Carlton Fisk, Gary Carter, Jason Kendall, Jason Varitek. I also collect Red Sox.

  10. I'll trade for any D-Backs and one of those Bip Roberts sombrero cards!

  11. I am not sure if I have anything in return you would want. Mine are mostly 93 and newer haha. I may have some minor league cards prior 93 but not sure. I like the 90's inserts from any sport or team. Seems there are a few listed especially in basketball. I collect for fun and don't collect for specific things but having been a 90's collector I tend to lean that way. Inserts are very creative.

  12. Not sure if I have much to offer in trade, but there may be a few holes to fill in my White Sox collection from all that.

  13. Oh my goodness, somehow I missed this post and almost missed out!

    I'm still in for some Astros, for certain. Let me dig through that list and tell you which sets I definitely don't need, that might save you some time pulling cards.

  14. Thanks for the e-mail, Bo. I'd take that 4-sport Kelly Wunsch too if it's available! :-)