Monday, February 27, 2017

Checklist Update: 1990 Star Company

As I am trying to get the perfect Barry Larkin checklist, I am always finding oddball or cards I have missed.  The only versions I knew of was the 1990 base version out of 1989.  There is also a Barry Larkin/Bo Jackson series.  The set of 11 alternates between Barry Larkin and Bo "knows" Jackson.

Perusing through ebay I saw the 1999 ad card.  Which goes into a description for dealers what to expect from the Star Company.  I am not quite sure what the print run of these are.

I also knew about the Star Gold edition from a fellow collector but thought it was just a variation.  However, it is actually it's own nine card set which is out of 1500.  It still has the red border as the original version but "Star" is in a gold holofoil.

There is also another nine card set titled "Nova".  Another nine card set which goes away from the red and has a gold aspect at the bottom and Nova at the top instead of Star.  This set is out of 500

Each has it's own "Promo Card"   They have the normal front with a blank back.

Star Nova Promo out of 100

Star Gold Promo out of 300

Star Promo

I am still learning more about the set, so if anyone knows of any other Larkin sets from this company, please let me know.  I'll be happy to add them.

Friday, February 10, 2017

2017 Mail Day #3

The family and I were on vacation this past week in Atlanta.  It was a great time, but it was great to come home to an amazing pile of bubble mailers with all the new items that have come in while we were gone.

Since there are so many this time around I am only going to hit on the highlights of the packages.  So some will be left out.  To those of you who are curious what was in the largest one was the 2017 Topps Series 1, two box jumbo break I was in.  I had four teams, including the Reds.  Hit both Tigers relics, but not a single Larkin!  Please let me know if you have any series 1 needs, I have plenty of base to get rid of.

2016 Panini Pantheon Metropolis Monuments Relic /99

I saw this card on Facebook's Baseball Collectors-Keeping it Real page.  It has a bat relic of Barry Larkin and Ted Kluszewski, and a Jersey of Frank Robinson, and Ken Griffey Junior.  The price was really fair and was sitting there for almost two days, so I had to take it before a Jr. fan saw it.  I'm not a huge fan of the jersey cuts, but overall a sweet design!

1997 Pinnacle Inside Dueling Dugouts #11 Barry Larkin/ Derek Jeter

Found this on one of Facebook's card auction pages.  Must have been from a Jeter collector because he had several listings and all of them Jeter.  I always love finding Larkin and Jeter on the same card. I played shortstop when I was little and these were the two guys idolized.  Jeter especially as I got to watch him as a Columbus Clipper in 94 and 95 before being called up to the majors. This card is unique as you can flip through the stats!

1998 Topps Tek #57 Barry Larkin, Paterns 11, 55, and 71

Another successful week for the "Ultimate Want List"!  I found these on eBay on three separate listings under the same seller and was able to strike a deal.  He is constantly buying lots of Topps Tek and will keep me updated if he comes across anymore.  I am also currently working on a deal to get one more through another outlet online.

2017 Topps Series 1 Lot

I would not have made it through this week without going after some 2017 items.  I was able to get the Topps Salute and 87 Tribute base.  I also found a bronze buyback.  This is something I am torn about.  I don't like how the card industry is buying back cards and putting stamps on them.  Why would I want something I already have 50 of in the basement?  The other negative is there does not seem to be any sort of a checklist, so I have no idea how many years Barry Larkin is in (already counted four via ebay).  The only positive is I'm a supercollector and try to get as many as unique cards as I possible can.  In the end I boo the card companies for this.

Stay tuned for my next posting.  On the 15th of each month I am going to post a progress report on my 2017 goals.  So everyone please hold me accountable!