2008 Upper Deck #800

24 01 2009

I’m just throwing this out for those of you chasing the 2008 Upper Deck set and have card #800 on your list of needs:  It doesn’t exist.

I’m not sure if it was a planned omission or if something happened that caused Upper Deck to pull whatever card was supposed to end the set, but I’ve scoured the checklist at the Upper Deck website and checked the web and eBay and come up with nothing.

The only reason I mention it is that I’ve seen the card pop up on a wantlists as I’ve been trying to work out trades.  If you need it, mark it off.  And if it’s the only card you need, consider your set complete.  Congratulations!

Just thought I’d let you know.


800 ≠ 800

5 01 2009

Can someone explain to me why my 800 card Upper Deck set will not fit in an 800 count card box?

Man, I wish that Update release hadn’t be cancelled.   I could really use that box.

End of year clearance – Upper Deck Masterpieces

18 12 2008

Here’s a set I’m not actually working on but is quite popular out there in the world o’ blogs – Upper Deck Masterpieces.  While some of the cards are true works of art, there are many other cards that simply aren’t.  Those misses along with the short prints have up until now kept me from this set.  I still wouldn’t mind picking up the Reds, though.  Looking at the remains of the blaster I got, I still need these:

52, 59, 98, 99

I also wouldn’t mind any of the Reds Signs of Greatness or Captured on Canvas cards, but I’m pretty short on what I’d trade for them.  Still, if you think we can work something out, drop me an email.

The idea of the Clearance is simple, and hopefully you’re getting used to it.  Post your wants in the comments along with your e-mail (use * name at host dot com* format to combat spambots), and be sure to check back as others add their wants.  Try to work out trades amongst yourselves as well as with me.

I’m not sure how much I can help you on this one, but I’ll give it a shot.  I know we had some Allen and Ginter matches made last time, and I’d love to see them continue moving forward.

Oh, and obviously we’ll do an Upper Deck one of these, but if there’s another set you want me to sticky post up here, email me (handcollated at wordpress dot com).  If there’s enough interest in a certain set, I’ll make sure it gets done.

Now get trading.

Trading Day: Joseph from MLB Collector

18 12 2008

Before I started the Year End Clearance idea, I got an email from Joseph at MLB Collector .  He said he had a few cards for me, and I found a few cards for him, and the rest is trading history. Well, it will be once his package gets mailed. And, by the way, I believe today was the last day to mail packages first class and have them arrive before Christmas. So, Joseph, if it’s not there in a week, we have a claim against the post office.

Anyway, inside the package was a couple cards from the 90 Topps set, an 83 Topps need, and, more importantly in my rush to end all sets 2008, fourteen Topps cards, all from series 2.

Here’s a few:

360 David Ortiz


I so want to make a joke here, but I want to keep this a family blog, too. Plus, I can’t afford an NHL suspension for a comment that Bettman would be ashamed to explain to his kids.

509 Alex Gonzalez


Will Alex be healthy enough to start at SS for the Reds this year? I have no idea.  Alex was a signing I was very excited about until injuries and family illness kept him from the field.  Hopefully he can return to the field and be productive once more.

569 Brad Hennessey


Am I the only guy who sings The Humpty Dance when I see Brad’s name? If I am, that’s okay. And if you don’t know why, I’ll post the lyric later, if requested.

578 Ricky Nolasco


I think I’ve mentioned him before when discussing what so far has been my worst fantasy baseball trade, right? I gave him up for Felipe Lopez. Ugh.

650 Frank Thomas


Another questionable Topps image, unless you wonder what Frank looked like from behind.

Thanks Joseph for the cards. Wading through some of the emails from the End of Year Clearance stuff, I’ll be achingly close to done with this set once the dust settles.

Thoughts on Upper Deck Documentary

16 12 2008

For a brief moment in time, I was actually thinking of chasing this set.  I still might, but I’m worried about a 5000 card set and quality control issues with Upper Deck. 

Anyway, Upper Deck has the images for Documentary on their website now (the first 300 cards, anyway).  Here’s a perhaps nitpicky thing that will bother me, though.  Looking at card #73, which is the Reds 3rd game of the season, the recap on the front of the card reads “Reds fire-baller has debut nothing short of amazing.”  (Whoops.  I forgot to mention they were talking about Johnny Cueto)  The picture on the card?  Ken Griffey Jr.  Did Griffey play a role in the victory?  No clue.  There’s no mention of him on the card. 

Griffey is mentioned on card #74, the Reds 4th game.  It talks of him getting “untracked” while driving in two runs (the grammarian in me hates that phrase).  The picture on the front?   Brandon Phillips.

Say what you want about the release itself ( and Upper Deck must think there’s a market for this thing or they wouldn’t release it), but it’s little things like matching the player with the player blurb that would make a set that much better.  And if Jeff Keppinger really was the hero of game 7 for the Reds, then put him on the card. 

Anything’s better than Corey Patterson.

More 2008 Topps Updates and Highlights: The Mega Value Pack!

16 12 2008

When I was at the big box store the other day for some more padded envelopes, and that ill-fated Timeline blaster, I grabbed one of the 80 card “Mega Value Packs!” that dayf had blogged about before.  They were hanging under the peg marked $4.99, so I grabbed one thinking it was quite the deal.

When I went through the checkout, though, it rang for twice that price.  I told the cashier about the discrepancy and the price was the reason I had wanted it in the first place.  He simply smiled and credited me some money back.  “For your trouble,” he said.

I won’t bore you with all 80 cards, but I managed 7 cards I needed, and one of these:


Smiling Jay Bruce. T205 design. Beautiful.  I had actually forgotten that these T205’s were in there at all, so this was a very nice surprise.

If I’d known about these sooner (both the value packs and the T205 cards), I’d have gone this route to try and put together a set (of both). I’m to close to the actual set now to do this, though, because the last thing I need is 1500 Updates and Highlights duplicates lying everywhere, no matter what the price.

End of year clearance – 2008 Topps Allen and Ginter

13 12 2008

With only a few weeks left in the year, it’s the perfect time to close out those 2008 wantlists.  No need to have them looming over your head as we head into the new year.  So the plan is to post my wantlists one at a time and use it as a forum to help you, too.

As you can tell by the title, Allen and Ginter’s up next.  Here’s my wantlist:

5, 40, 47, 54, 86, 90, 97, 111, 113, 142, 165, 184, 187, 188, 195, 201, 215, 218, 219, 220, 222, 226, 235, 236, 241, 242, 248, 249, 267, 282, 283, 305, 307, 308, 309, 310, 318, 320, 321, 324, 330, 331, 333, 335, 336, 346

Here’s what to do:  Post your wantlists in the comments below along with an email address (use the *accountname at host dot com* format to avoid spam bots).  As new people add comments, check out their wantlists as well as mine, and together, we can eradicate Allen and Ginter wants before the new year.